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Recap / Futurama S 3 E 3 A Tale Of Two Santas

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It's Xmas time again, and the people of Earth prepare to defend themselves from Robot Santa's yuletide rampage. While on a mission to deliver letters to his fortress on Neptune, the Planet Express crew cause Santa to be trapped in the ice, leaving Bender to deliver toys and bring back Xmas as the 20th century knew it. However, while on the job Bender is caught by a Santa-hunting task force!


  • All Crimes Are Equal: Robot Santa considers everyone equally as naughty, as seen in this line of dialogue:
    Robot Santa: Mobsters beating up a shopkeeper for protection money! Very naughty. Shopkeepers not paying their protection money — exactly as naughty!
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  • Ambiguously Gay: Some of Neptunians constantly hold hands with their same-sex partners.. After Robot Santa's been deposed, and some global warming, they start wearing "breezy short-shorts", which they claim are because of the increasing temperature. The only reason they do not all count is because it is hard to tell the sex of the older ones.
  • Black Comedy: The children's Xmas letters to Robot Santa, along with Robot Santa targeting a little girl he victimised the year before during his rampage.
  • Call-Back: Bender and magnets, once again, do not mix.
    • Walter Cronkite's Xmas warning has clips from the last Xmas episode depicting Robot Santa's rampage.
  • Crapsack World: Neptune sucks. Robot Santa's presence has destroyed the economy, the Neptunians are underfed and poor, and liable to be killed at a moment's notice, and while they live in gingerbread houses, they can't eat them (Food or shelter, not both).
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  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Bender is sentenced to be pulled apart by two giant magnets, which is said to be humanely. He points out it isn't, only for Mayor Poopenmeyer to state it's humane for the audience, because it's not boring.
  • Downer Ending: Despite the crew's attempts to make Xmas cheerful and magical again, it ends up as worse as ever.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: The Neptunians, after building adequate toys for Xmas, go home to drown themselves in rye (a type of whiskey distilled from the grain plant of the same name).
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When it becomes apparent that someone has to fill in for Robot Santa, Bender points out that to deliver toys to everyone on Earth they need some sort of robot. "Oh, crap! I'm some sort of robot!"
  • Gingerbread House: The Neptunian midgets live in these, and are hungry because "It's food or shelter, not both".
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  • Global Warming: The smoke from Neptune's toy factory warmed the atmosphere enough to melt the ice imprisoning Santa.
  • Got Volunteered: One of the Neptunians decides to help the Planet Express crew sneak into Santa's ice fortress, and his partner has to tag along.
  • I Am Spartacus: When Bender as Santa is about to be executed, the rest of the Planet Express company storms the execution dressed as Santa...except for Zoidberg, who goes as Jesus.
    Mayor: You're not Santa! You're not even robots! How dare you lie in front of Jesus!
  • Improbable Weapon User: Robot Santa has a bicycle gun, which he likes to use on little children.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The Hyper-Chicken has a girl that has been attacked by Santa testify by merely pointing at Bender, feeling that is proof enough.
  • Kill It with Fire: Petunia tries to kill Bender with a flamethrower. It doesn't take, but it definitely hurts.
  • Logic Bomb: Leela tries to destroy Robot Santa by pointing out that he himself is naughty, and thus must destroy himself. Unfortunately, Robot Santa was built with paradox-absorbing crumple zones.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: While trying to play the part of a good Santa, Bender is chased, humiliated, and attacked (even by the Professor) by everyone and was even arrested and nearly executed because everyone mistook him for Robot Santa.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Amy wears a midriff baring Santa suit and skirt during the aforementioned I Am Spartacus scene.
  • Take That!: One aimed at Barbie, when Bender dumps the toys he was supposed to deliver into the sewer, Violet pops out and yells at him.
    Violet: This toy creates an unrealistic standard of beauty!
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite Leela having just told him that Bender was playing Robot Santa, the moment the Professor saw Bender, he whipped out a shotgun and fired at him. He even shot at him during the trial.
    Leela: Didn't you pay attention to what I just said?!
    Professor: NO!
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Professor Farnsworth fortifies the Planet Express building, and exclaims Santa can't kill them, unless they were stupid enough to leave. And then he mentions that the crew needs to make a delivery...

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