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A double date for Leela, Amy, Kif Kroker and Zapp Brannigan ends in disaster when they crash on the planet Amazonia. There, they are caught by the Amazons, hulking warrior women. Fry and Bender attempt a rescue, are caught and the men are sentenced to Death... by Snu-Snu! Meanwhile, Zoidberg molts from his shell and tries to find a new one.

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  • Actor Allusion: The Femputer combines both Maude Findlay (an ardent feminist) and Dorothy Zbornak (an intelligent woman who is desperate for love).
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  • A Man Is Always Eager: All the guys are supposed to enjoy being sexed to death by the amazon women. When Kif expresses horror, Zapp mocks him as gay.
  • Amazonian Beauty: The Amazonians, a race of gigantic, muscular, scantily-clad tribal women.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Kif, when he's about to be Snu-Snu'd to death, finally gets over his shyness towards Amy. He tells her the terrible pickup lines were Zapp's idea and he didn't mean them and that he was the one frequently calling her and hanging up out of nervousness. Touched, Amy resolves to rescue him.
  • Art Imitates Art: The drooping items on the table back at Planet Express are reminiscent of Salvador Dalí artwork.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Femputer's reaction to Bender discovering her secret is to advance on him menacingly... the next time we see them, they're making out.
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  • Berserk Button: Don't mock the way Amazonians play basketball. Femputer is almost swayed by Leela's plea to let the guys go, until one of the Amazonians tells her they mocked their basketball.
    Femputer: WHAT? Did you explain how the women's good fundamentals makes up for their inability to dunk?
    Amazonian: Yes! They still laugh!
    Femputer: THE MEN MUST DIE!
  • Big "OMG!": A variation from Bender.
    Bender: [to Fry] Oh, your God!
  • Bilingual Bonus: Amy, as usual, curses in Cantonese when she's angry (though the line used is more of a threat than a curse). When Bender refuses to help her and Leela, she starts twisting his arm while yelling "Fa te fung chi gu li da si ne!" meaning "You better do it or I'll kill you!"
  • Black Comedy Rape: Fry and Zapp initially take being Snu-Snu'd to death pretty well. Judging by the skeletons in the Snu-Snu dungeon, so did the Amazonians' past victims. That's not to say it's all fun and games, though; it is still a form of capital punishment, and Fry and Zapp beg for a break (And notably Kif, who is very unwilling, manages to get away unscathed, although this is justified as Snu-Snu is a threat to the skeleton and later episodes establish that Kif's species doesn't have bones).
    Zapp: [Tired] We need rest. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised.
    Ornik: IT TIME SNU-SNU!
    Fry: Can't we just cuddle?
    [The Amazonians drag the guys back into their rooms.]
    Fry: NOOOO!!
    Zapp: Ugh...
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  • Bridal Carry: Inverted with Kif and Amy. After Amy rescues Kif from being Snu-Snu'd, she carries him this way as they flee from the Amazonians.
  • Call-Back: There's a brief flashback to the immediate aftermath of "A Flight to Remember", which shows that Amy gave Kif her phone number after they returned to Earth. It also shows Bender trashing the necklace the Countess gave him before she fell into the black hole.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Kif is in love with Amy, but is too shy to tell her (both in person and over the phone).
  • Ceiling Cling: Kif manages to avoid Snu-Snu by doing this. It takes the woman trying to Snu-Snu him a long time to find him, and she doesn’t spot him until right before Amy’s Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Chick Magnet: The entire planet Amazonia thinks that Kif is the most attractive guy they've seen. He'd be happy with Amy.
  • Compressed Vice: Fry and Bender are sexist towards Leela, Amy and the Amazonians, despite demonstrating no such sexism before or after this episode.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Kif tries reading Zapp's god-awful come-ons to Amy, making her increasingly angry, but is too nervous to stop.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: The men who are subjected to "death by Snu-Snu" by the Amazonians have no say whatsoever. That said, for some (In-Universe, at least), it could be seen as one of the best ways to go. Even the skeletal remains of their past victims are still smiling after dying from snu-snu. That said, Kif, the one man who is not willing whatsoever, manages to escape unscathed.
  • Dreadful Musician: Zapp Brannigan sings so badly that the glass covering the escape pod button in the restaurant shatters before the hand reaches it.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Fry and Bender gaze through what they think is some tall grass... only it turns out to be an Amazonian's grass skirt.
  • Fan of the Past: All of the songs performed for the karaoke night are from the 20th century. Morbo sings "Funkytown", Kif "Total Eclipse of the Heart", and Zapp "Lola".
  • Flat "What": Bender, after Femputer explains her backstory.
    Femputer: Have you any idea what it's like, being a fembot on a man-bot's manputer's world?
    Bender: What?
  • Gibberish of Love: Kif gets so nervous at the mere thought of talking to Amy that he's reduced to stuttering, mumbling, and hyperventilating. It takes his imminent Death by Sex and the ensuing Rescue Romance to find the courage to talk to her.
  • A Good Way to Die: Fry, Zapp and Kif are facing death by Snu Snu.
    Fry: I never thought I'd die this way, but I always really hoped.
    • We also see the skeletons of the last men who died by snu-snu, and they all have deliriously happy expressions on their faces. One of them is even still holding a cigarette.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Femputer is guarded by two Amazonians, who first start talking about their appearance, before just walking away, allowing Bender to walk inside on his own.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: Kif is the only man present who doesn't display any of the sexism or mockery of Zapp, Fry, or Bender, yet he's condemned as a sexist pig just like them. He's also the only man not eager to experience Death by Snu Snu, yet gets dragged along anyway.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Zapp's horrendous rendition of "Lola" by The Kinks empties the restaurant. In keeping with Zapp being a Captain Ersatz of Captain Kirk, the scene is a parody of William Shatner's "spoken word" singing.
  • Hulk Speak: The Amazonians talk this way.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Amy claims the guy who's been calling ten times a day for a year who just breathes heavily and hangs up makes her afraid to answer the phone, only to eagerly pick it up the second it starts ringing.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: All the Amazonians have this.
  • Informed Attribute: The "petite", "large" and "most beautiful" Amazonians all basically look the same.
  • Internal Reveal: Before he was taken to be Snu-Snu'd, Kit told Amy he was the one who's been calling her but was too nervous to say anything.
  • Lady Land: Planet Amazonia. All the men mysteriously died out years ago, about the same time Femputer appeared. Leela and Amy seem to like it, with Leela looking through a "Westside Cave Rentals" brochure for apartments.
  • Loophole Abuse: Bender claims his absence of a groin, and the fact that he's a man-bot, exempts him from the Amazonians' punishment. It works.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Fry and Zapp are horrified at the prospect of death by Snu-Snu, and yet also aroused. Also Zapp's response to Kif's reaction.
    Zapp: (to Kif) What are you, gay?
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Amy shares this dynamic with Kif, which is ironic since she fits the Girly Girl to her Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic with Leela. Her rescuing him and carrying him bridal style to safety is part of what kick-starts their relationship.
  • Mood Whiplash: Happens In-Universe when the Amazons sentence Fry, Zapp and Kif to death by snu-snu. On the one hand, they're horrified at the expectation of death. On the other hand, Fry and Zapp are hornified at the thought of banging lots of scantily-clad Amazons. Their mood switches about every second or so.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Zapp, courtesy of the Amazonians.
  • No-Sell: Leela tries to beat her way through the Amazonians, and none of them react. Though one of them just calmly picks her up by the ponytail, drops her and then sits on her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kif's reaction to "death by Snu-Snu". Zapp and Fry, however, shift between this and eager joy.
  • Oh, My Gods!: Or, as Bender puts it, "Oh your God!"
  • Only Sane Man: Unlike Fry and Zapp, Kif reacts to the "Death by Snu-Snu" sentence with the amount of horror it deserves.
  • Out with a Bang: Fry, Kif, and Zapp Brannigan are actually sentenced to "Death by Snu-snu" from eight-foot-tall Amazons. Fry and Zapp's expressions upon hearing of their fate shift rapidly (and repeatedly) between horror and shit-eating grins while Kif sticks with horror. As shown by the image in the trope page, three skeletons of previous victims are seen nearby with crushed pelvises and very satisfied expressions. This might be based on the old Unga-Bunga joke.
    [Kif sobs]
    Zapp: What are you, gay?!
  • Overly-Long Gag: The list of Amazonians who shall snu-snu Kif. The line separating the "large women" and the "petite women" actually blurs since both types look the same.
    Femputer: The one known as Zapp shall be snu-snu'd by the largest women of Amazonia. He that is designated "Fry" shall be snu-snu'd by the petite women. And Kif, as the most attractive male, shall be snu-snu'd by the most beautiful women of Amazonia. Then the large women! Then the petite women! Then the large women again!
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Amy comes in walking on stilts, a bad skirt, and a You No Take Candle patois to rescue Kif.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: To Amazon Women on the Moon.
  • Product Placement: Evidently Amazons drink Tab (in huge cans).
  • Rescue Romance: After a year of mutual pining, Kif being too shy to talk to Amy and Amy being put off by Zapp's sleazy pickup lines, the two are finally able to start dating properly after Amy rescues Kif from his "Death by Snu-Snu."
  • Serenade Your Lover: After Amy and Leela are disgusted by Zapp's sleazy pick-up lines that Kif fed her, Kif sings Amy a love song via Karaoke to tell her how he really feels. It starts to work, only for Zapp to shove him out of the way and scare off the rest of the restaurant staff and crew with his own lousy singing.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Le Palm D'Orbit is likely a reference to the Palm Restaurant, a New York City-based chain of fine dining steakhouses known for high prices. It is also a reference to the Palme d'Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.
    • Fembot's story is an obvious take-off on The Wizard of Oz.
    • The concept of the Femputer is an allusion to the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Return of the Archons".
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Amy likes Kif because he's the nicest guy to ever show interest in her.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: One of the previous victims of death by Snu-Snu is shown with a cigarette in his hand.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Kif is singled out as the most attractive man present, so all the Amazons want to take turns with him, while only 1/3 want to go with Zapp and Fry.
  • Special Guest: Bea Arthur as the Femputer (That's actually a Fembot).
  • Squick: In-universe, everyone's reaction to a naked Zoidberg.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Amazonians are 10 or more feet tall and quite attractive.
  • Woman Behind The Curtain: It turns out that the Femputer who rules the Amazons is actually a female robot (Fembot). She came from a planet run by a computer, which was actually a male robot.
  • Woman Scorned: Amy is angry with Kif through the most of the episode, due to Zapp feeding him lousy pick-up lines. Before he was taken to be Snu-Snu'd, Kit confessed that those weren't even his words, which made Amy love him again.
  • Worth It: Fry and Zapp are seen wearing casts around their lower areas after being saved. No doubt they ache but the look on their faces show that it was worth it.
  • Yawn and Reach: Kif does it with Amy at the end.

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