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Zoidberg goes to Hollywood to get tips on comedy from his uncle, the once-famous silent hologram star Harold Zoid. Zoid, however, thinks that with funding from his 'rich, doctor nephew', he'll be able to produce a movie that will put him back in the spotlight. Bender gets Calculon involved, and if they can rig the awards, maybe someone could get an Oscar.

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  • Angrish: With the movie a bomb and him out a million bucks, Calculon angrily threatens Bender and the lobsters that they get him an Oscar or they're dead.
    Calculon: Dead, do you hear me?! DEAD!
    (Bender and Zoidberg whimper and cower as Calculon storms off)
    Zoid: Oi, now he emotes!
  • Bad "Bad Acting":
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    • Zoidberg's acting is especially awkward in the scene where he opens the door for the Vice President. Oddly enough, he actually seems to have improved as the shoot went on, as he delivers the movie's penultimate line in a much better way.
    • Subverted with Calculon's acting; Harold thinks Calculon's acting like this, when in fact he's being his usual Large Ham self, which is still more subdued than the Denser and Wackier acting that was apparently the norm in Harold's heyday.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor/Logo Joke: At one point, the tour guide says the 30th Century Fox logo spotlights are used to blind pilots so that they can film the resulting plane crashes. The joke being that Fox makes pilots crash and burn. It once provided the page image for the Logo Joke.
  • Box Office Bomb: In-Universe example with "The Magnificent Three". During its opening night, everyone except Bender, Zoidberg, Zoid, and Calculon walked out before the film ended. As Calculon put it "I've seen plagues with better opening nights than this!".
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  • Brick Joke: Throughout the shooting of the film, Zoid complains that Calculon's not being enough of a Large Ham and orders him to emote more. Eventually, Calculon does emote to the level Harold wants him to... right after the film has been finished and when he's threatening Zoid, Zoidberg, and Bender to get him an Oscar.
  • Call-Back: Also playing at Loew's Qaddafi's Mann's Grauman's Chinese Theater is the 1000th Anniversary re-release of Jury Duty II: Trouble on the Hubble, first mentioned by its star Pauly Shore in the earlier episode The Cryonic Woman. Shore and Fry's ex-girlfriend Michelle (who ran off with him in that episode) can also be seen in the audience at the Academy Awards ceremony.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Subverted! Bender and Zoidberg hijack the Oscars to give away someone else's award and get off scott-free.
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  • Exact Words: After the movie bombs, Calculon confronts Bender who told him that an Oscar was practically on his mantle.
    Bender: Know you know why I used the qualifier "practically".
  • Face Death with Dignity: When the room started shaking like there was an earthquake (actually the Planet Express ship with Fry and Leela), Zoid was okay with dying as he had finally gotten an Oscar.
  • Never My Fault: It was Bender's idea to get Calculon to fund Zoid's movie, under the premise that it could win an Oscar. When Calculon threatens murder if he doesn't get that Oscar, Bender gripes, "Calculon's going to kill us and it's everybody else's fault!"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Harold Zoid is none-too-subtly based on Harold Lloyd, while his films are based on those by Buster Keaton. Both were silent comedy stars that matched the popularity of Charlie Chaplin. However, they all but retired when talkies emerged and now are mostly remembered by classic film buffs.
  • Product Placement: Parodied. In the 31st Century, the Academy Awards now has a Best Soft Drink Product Placement category.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: Played with.
    Bender: That plot makes perfect sense, wink-wink.
    Zoidberg: Bender, you said "wink-wink" out loud.
    Bender: No, I didn't, raise middle finger.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: In the movie, the Vice President, refusing to follow in his father's footsteps as the President of Earth, hands in his letter of resignation, only for the President to tear it up before accidentally falling to his death.
    Zoidberg: The President is dead. (To Calculon) Congratulations, Mr. President!
    Calculon: NNNNNOOOOO!!!
  • Take That!: Twice during the episode, a Neanderthal skeleton is mistaken for Sylvester Stallone.
  • Walking Out on the Show: Everyone but Bender, Calculon, Zoidberg, and Zoid walk out on the opening night of "The Magnificent Three".
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Zoid, for the first half of the episode. He thinks he's one good movie away from getting his fame back, but near the end seems resigned to his fate as a has-been.
  • Writers Suck: When Bender is asked if the Best Actor category has been announced, he says, "They're giving out the minor technical awards. I think they're up to writing."
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