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Recap / Futurama S 4 E 17 Spanish Fry

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While on a camping trip, Fry's nose is stolen by aliens because 'human horns' are used by some species as an aphrodisiac. They track the nose to Lrrr, of the planet Omicron Persei VIII, whose marriage with Ndnd is on the rocks. Then Lrrr gets it into his head that he needs Fry's lower horn...!

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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The Professor exhibits this regarding Bigfoot:
    Farnsworth: Bunk! Bunk, I say! Bring me a bag of Bigfoot's droppings or shut up!
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  • Always a Bigger Fish: This looks to be invoked when Bigfoot enters the fray at the climax, but it's the other way around. For all the size and strength he's supposed to have, Futurama is full of aliens that are way tougher and scarier than Bigfoot.
    Ndnd: Aww, look at his adorable little feet!
  • Bait-and-Switch: Hermes walks past everyone with a roll of toilet paper, saying he's going to do "some business" behind a tree... then we see him get out a printing calculator, insert the toilet paper and start literally doing some business.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: The Planet Express crew get past the guards by pretending to be selling cookies to go to some camp.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Double Subverted; right as the Omicronians have lost patience and are about to take Fry's lower horn, Bigfoot smashes his way onto the scene in what looks to be a badass rescue... but they're all bigger and tougher than him and consider him a cute critter. Bigfoot then makes a show of yelling and throwing leaves around, as he is a dumb animal. In the end his appearance does save Fry, but instead by getting Lrrr to realize something about himself.
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  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Bigfoot plays a prominent role in the episode.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Lrrr and Ndnd can't help but fawn over Bigfoot.
  • Dreadful Musician: While Leela is usually extremely competent at just about anything, singing falls into the small number of things she's catastrophically bad at. Lrrr and Ndnd are so horrified by her rendition of "I Will Always Love You" that they decided to harvest Fry's "lower horn" there and then, and get out of there.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Bender is just as disgusted as Fry and Leela when the human horn dealer reveals he records everyone who comes into his store so he can blackmail them later.
  • Freudian Threat: Keeping Lrrr from harvesting Fry's "lower horn" becomes the point of the second half of the episode.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Lrrr is very reluctant to have his gentle, romantic past be revealed.
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  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: The entire third act, as helpfully pointed out by Bender.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Morbo's newscast mentions human horn is portrayed as an aphrodisiac on "alien broadcasts, too filthy for us to show." He then shows a clip from such a show.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The porno dealer calls Fry, Leela and Bender out on their disgust about his blackmailing customers, asking them what did they expect from someone in his line of work.
    Dealer: Hey, I'm a porno-dealing monster, what do I care what you think?
  • Meaningful Name: The name of the park ranger is Ranger Park.
    Fry: I get it!
  • Mirror Reveal: Fry has just had his "human horn" (nose) stolen by alien poachers. Zoidberg agrees to tell him tactfully and promptly shouts "Fry your nose is gone! We know not where it is but on your face it is not!". Bender then shoves a mirror in his face and invokes this trope.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Bender informing the Omicronians about the "main event".
  • The Noseless: Fry after his "human horn" is removed.
  • No-Sell: The ranger tries to tranquilize the Omicronians when they stand between him and Bigfoot, but the dart bounces harmlessly off of Lrrr's skin.
  • Not So Different: After stopping the ranger from cutting off Bigfoot's feet, Lrrr realizes that wanting to cut off Fry's "lower horn" is no different. He asks himself, "Am I any better that this man and his perverted foot lust? Yes, but not by enough."
  • Opt Out: Leela offers Zoidberg a chance to tag along with them, but he casually declines.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Lrrr's dons one of these when going to an alien porno shop. He calls himself, "Some guy...RULER OF THE PLANET OMICRON PERSEI VIII!!"
  • Real After All: "Bigfoot! He's real! I knew it! The Loch Ness Monster's book was right!"
  • Running Gag: The last act has Bender constantly cracking jokes about all the double entendres involving Fry's "lower horn".
    Lrrr: Mmm, this jerked chicken is good. I think I'll have Fry's lower horn jerked.
    Bender: It's used to it. Whoooo!
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Fry! What in Sega Genesis happened to you?"
    • The ending where Bigfoot walks off is a homage to the Patterson-Gimlin film, which also appears during the documentary shown to the campers at the beginning.
    • The long random tube used to suck Fry into the saucer is copied from Windows 95 3D Pipes screensaver.
  • Squick: In-universe with the PE staff's reaction to what human noses are used for.
  • Take That!: Pottery Barn is described as a "scuzzy bazaar", and the crew look there for Fry's nose.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Fry's genitals are frequently referred to as his "lower horn".
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: As Fry is walking in the woods, he sees a spaceship over the trees. It plays like a typical Alien Abduction scenario, until Fry says "Oh, it's just a spaceship. You can't park here!" This being the future, Fry has seen his share of spaceships.
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