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Recap / Futurama S 3 E 9 The Cyber House Rules

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Leela meets another former orphan from the Orphanage, Adlai Atkins, who has become a plastic surgeon. He offers to give her two eyes so she can appear normal, a chance Leela leaps on, to Fry's dismay. Meanwhile, Bender adopts all of the orphans to get the stipends from the government, but finds child-rearing to be a more costly venture than he figured.


  • An Aesop: Fitting in for shallow reasons is overrated, and people who are shallow and try to have you change your physical appearance don't care about you as much as you think.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Little Leela at the orphanage. The photograph of her standing alone says it all.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Smitty listing the charges the NNYPD are arresting Bender for.
    Smitty: You're under arrest for child cruelty, child endangerment, denying children food, selling children as food and misrepresenting the weight of livestock!
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  • Be Yourself: Fry insists Leela is better the way she is. Eventually Leela agrees with him.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Leela yells this to Fry when he shouts "Yay!" when Leela tells Adlai that she's happy being herself.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Adlai is still as judgmental as ever about other people's abnormalities, and only bothered to "correct" Leela's one eye on the grounds that he'd be able to date her afterward.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Bender's reaction to when he agrees to get the kids food.
    Albert: Can we have Bender Burgers again?
    Bender: No! The cat shelter's onto me!
  • Brick Joke:
    • Zoidberg's ink pouch.
    • When trying to get rid of the children, Bender calls a restaurant to ask if they take children, and checks Albert (the fat kid)'s weight. When the police come to arrest him, two of the charges are "selling children as food" and "misrepresenting the weight of livestock".
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  • Cheerful Child: The orphans. It makes Bender slightly less monstrous when he tries to sell them for money.
  • Children Are Cruel: The orphans who bullied Leela, but especially Kurt the blind kid. They are still Jerkasses as adults.
  • Continuity Nod: At the end of the episode, the Cookieville Minimum-Security Orphanarium is renamed the Bender B. Rodríguez Orphanarium.
  • Dine and Dash: Bender and his adopted human children go to a restaurant and run away without paying.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Two-Eyed Leela briefly causes Mom's sons to become a Human Traffic Jam when she passes them on the street.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Bender needs a calculator. He has one built in, but as he points out to Fry, he needs a good calculator. This is apparently a pet peeve of one of the Futurama writers.
  • Dog Pile of Doom: The kids do a cute version on Fry at Benders home and also on Bender in the closing shot.
  • Doorstop Baby: Subverted. Leela finds what looks like a baby in a basket in front of their home. It turns out to be an invitation to an orphan reunion.
  • Eye Scream: Threatened when Leela wants to return to being a cyclops.
    Leela: Listen, buddy. By the end of the day, one of us is gonna have one eye.
  • Flowers of Romance: Adlai orders a bouquet for Leela from a bouquet-vending tree. He wants "average", which is a simple bouquet of yellow flowers. The couple before them got something much more splendid.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A newspaper clipping headlined "Primitive Human Found in Cryo-tube", and a picture of Fry.
  • Honest John's Dealership: The sign above Bender's home reads "Honest Bender's Stolen Car Parts Boutique".
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • One of the orphans who bullied Leela, who happened to be French, calls her as stupid as a French guy.
    • Another orphan who bullied Leela was blind, arguing that at least he had two eyes even if they didn't work.
    • The female robot praises Bender for being a man of responsibility. He agrees and proposes to ditch the kids in an alley so the two of them can have some fun.
    • When Bender presents the orphans he adopted to Leela and Adlai for their own adoption, Leela reflects back on the humiliation of being presented like livestock during her orphan days. Then she dismisses one orphan for being too fat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the end we see that Bender is actually touched by the painting the children did for him.
  • Keeping the Handicap: Leela eventually goes back to having one eye because she understands this is part of what makes her herself.
  • Kick the Dog: The NNYPD also arrest Fry and the kids for being part of Bender's scam, despite the fact it's pretty obvious they couldn't have been involved (a deleted scene explains that Bender told them the kids were in on it to avoid doing hard time).
  • Licked by the Dog: Bender's kids hugging him at the bar and later handing him a cute painting.
  • No Name Given: Of the twelve orphans, only four get names: Nina (the black girl), Albert (the fat one), Sally (the girl with an ear on her forehead), and Bethany (who isn't identified).
  • Not Helping Your Case: Fry has a point, but he phrases it really badly.
    Fry: Do you wanna be like (the Planet Express crew), or do you wanna be like Adlai, with no physical or social problems whatsoever?
    Leela: [Beat] That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
  • Obsessively Normal: Adlai prides himself in being the Ridiculously Average Guy that he is. Every compliment Adlai gives Leela is on how average and not-special she is, he specifically orders an average bouquet for her and when Leela decides to adopt the three-eared Sally, he only agrees on the condition that he has the third ear removed.
  • Orphanage of Fear: The orphanage looks like a prison from the outside, and Leela is reminiscent of the metal bars in the windows.
  • Parental Neglect: Just one of many of Bender's mistreatments of the kids. He and Fry are arrested for it.
  • Ragtag Band of Misfits: In an attempt to dissuade Leela from getting the surgery, Fry tries to pass off the Planet Express company's various dysfunctions as good things.
    Fry: What's so wonderful about Leela being normal? The rest of us aren't normal and that's what makes us great. Like Dr. Zoidberg: he's a weird monster who smells like he eats garbage and does.
    Zoidberg: Damn right!
    Fry: The Professor's a senile, amoral crackpot. [Farnsworth gibbers and waves] Hermes is a Rastafarian accountant.
    Hermes: Tally me banana.
    Fry: Amy's a klutz from Mars. [Amy drops the glass she is drinking from and it smashes]
    Amy: Sploops!
    Farnsworth: And, Fry, you've got that brain thing.
    Fry: I already did!
  • Raised by Robots: The B-plot has Bender attempt this. He adopts 12 children from the orphanage to collect stipends from the government. Unsurprisingly, Bender is terrible with children.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Adlai is so bland he has Hawaiian shirts toned down.
  • Spit Take: Bender when learning of the $100/week child adoption deal.
  • Status Quo Is God: At the end of the episode Leela gets her one eye back.
    • Even during the episode, it was noted that the operation only gave Leela the appearance of having two eyes; the second eye itself was purely cosmetic and she couldn't actually see with it.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Zoidberg, when Leela informs him that most doctors are actually rich.
    Zoidberg: What?! You're joking, right? (starts shaking Leela) THAT'S NOT FUNNY!
  • Tempting Fate: Leela announcing the most beautiful moment of her life is followed by her being covered in Zoidberg's ink.
  • This Page Will Self-Destruct: The orphan basket self-destroys.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bender begins the episode trying to stomp on a basket, not remotely caring when Leela claims there's a baby inside, and later tries to sell some of the orphans to a Chinese restaurant.
  • You're Just Jealous: What Leela says when Fry disapproves of her getting two eyes and entering into a relationship with Adlai.
    Fry: No, I'm not! Oh wait, I am! But my point remains valid!


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