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Recap / Futurama S 3 E 20 Godfellas

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A battle with Space Pirates ends with Bender being shot into space. While Fry does everything in his power to find his lost friend, Bender becomes the subject of worship from a species of tiny organisms that start to grow on his body.


  • An Aesop: If you do too much for others, they become overly relient on you, and if you do too little people lose hope. "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all."
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  • A God Am I: Bender gets to have this experience.
  • Astronomic Zoom: The episode ends with one zooming out from Earth to the god-like entity in outer space.
  • Being God Is Hard: Bender's seemingly simple request for beer led to the micro sized aliens having many hardships. And then they waged religious war against the other micro alien colony on Bender that couldn't see him and didn't believe he existed. And then everyone died. Later in the episode Bender met an entity that may or may not be the real God, and shared notes. Conclusion reached:
    Entity: Bender, being God isn't easy. If you do too much, people get dependent on you. And if you do nothing, they lose hope. You have to use a light touch like a safecracker or a pickpocket.
  • The Commandments: There is only one commandment: "God needs booze".
  • Contrived Coincidence: Fry's prayer to find Bender just happens to reach the God-entity, who happens to have Bender nearby and decides to throw him back to Earth.
    Leela: This is, by a wide margin, the least likely thing that has ever happened.
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  • Emergency Cargo Dump: Bender tries to slow down his drifting through space by dumping excess weight. So he starts throwing off the swag he picked up from the Space Pirates.
  • God Guise: Bender ends up drifting in space, where he becomes God to the Shrimpkins, a race of miniature people who end up settling on his body.
  • Godly Sidestep: Godfellas is this trope in compact-episode form. Bender becomes a god, fails horribly, meets something that might be (or have been) God, and then proceeds to learn the ultimate godly lesson:
    Entity: When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
  • Hidden Depths/Pet the Dog: Bender tries very hard to be compassionate and merciful towards his Shrimpkin followers, in stark contrast to how he usually treats people. Unfortunately his thoughtlessness in attempting to perform miracles leads to the Shrimpkin getting wiped out.
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  • Ignoring by Singing:
    Fry: You can't give up hope just because it's hopeless. You gotta hope even more and cover your ears and go, "Blah blah blah blah!"
  • Kill 'Em All: Those poor Shrimpkins.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: This is how the God-entity Bender meets operates.
  • Not Quite the Almighty: Discussed by Bender and the Galactic Entity on whether the Entity is God, or a god-like being that was the result of a probe colliding with God. The Galactic Entity admits both are possible.
  • Nuke 'em: The Shrimpkins gain access to Bender's nuclear stockpile. Their society goes downhill really quickly after that.
  • Panspermia: The Shrimpkins land on Bender via a meteor chunk he crashed into.
  • Parody Names: The episode title is a pun on GoodFellas.
  • Physical God: Bender is this to the Shrimpkins.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: The Gypsy Fortune Teller does this at one point.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The crew tries to cheer Fry up by giving him a replacement Robot Buddy for missing Bender called "Helper". It doesn't work.
  • Rope Bridge: Subverted. It turns out that the rope bridge to the monastery is actually a moving walkway.
  • Script Wank: The aesop is repeated at the end.
  • Seadog Peg Leg: Space Pirates are featured in the episode. Their captain is a four-legged alien dressed in typical pirate attire, including peg legs for three of his legs.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Bender ultimately fails to provide proper guidance to the Shrimpkins, and they die out in a nuclear war.
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  • Single Precept Religion: When Bender is being worshiped by tiny aliens, he issues only one Commandment: God Needs Booze.
  • Space Pirates. They're pirates, but, you know, in space.


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