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Recap / Futurama S 4 E 18 The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings

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The last episode of the fourth season of Futurama and the series finale for the show's FOX run.

Fry continues his quest to win Leela's heart by playing the Holophonor (which he hasn't played since "Parasite's Lost"), and makes a deal with The Robot Devil to master it — only to learn that, as in every Deal with the Devil story, the ultimate price Fry must pay is something near and dear to him (in this case, it's Leela, not his soul).

It should be noted that this episode is currently the number one choice on the Futurama Best Episode Crowner.


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  • Abusive Parents: One of the parents at Fry's recital admits they hit their child "fairly hard" while watching him perform. Bender approves.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: The Robot Devil's line about Fry's hands touching him in places.
    Fry: Yeah, they get around.
  • All Part of the Show: The Robot Devil interrupts Fry's opera, but the music is still playing and the main characters sing along with it. Notably, the audience applauds after Fry's solo lamenting Leela's own deal, and Hedonism Bot is rather impressed with the sudden change of pace.
  • Ascended Extra: Hedonism Bot, previously a one-off joke in "Crimes of the Hot", gets a larger role here.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Hedonism Bot would consider any opera that keeps his attention through the overture a rousing success. He later exclaims that Fry and Leela's battle with the Devil, despite the emotional situation for everyone involved, is losing his interest.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: At the beginning, when the wheel of robot hands is spun, it's set up to look as if the wheel will land on Bender.... Only for it to land on Robot Devil instead.
  • Big "NO!"/Catch Phrase Interruptus: When Bender realizes he sold his ass plate to the Robot Devil.
    Bender: Oh, yeah? Well bite my shiny metal... OH NOOOOOOO!!
  • Brick Joke:
    Zoidberg: Only $14.99 for a two-record set. Two records! Oh, Zoidberg, at last you're becoming a crafty consumer! [dials the phone] Hello? I'll take eight.
    [Later]
    Tinny Tim: Extra! Extra! Greatest opera of all time sucks!
    Zoidberg: I'll take eight!
  • Call-Back:
    • Fry's motivation, which is a reference to "Parasites Lost", when, by the worm's influence, managed to play the Holophonor and (temporarily) win Leela's heart.
    • Leela also mentions her ex-boyfriend Sean, this time more in depth.
  • Cartoon Juggling: When Fry first introduces Planet Express to his new hands, he juggles parts of Bender's body to prove his skill with them.
    Bender: (after it's over) Where'd I go just now?
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When we first see Robot Hell, the Robot Devil is playing an instrumental version of the song he played back in "Hell is Other Robots".
    • The Wheel of Robots includes the name of every robot seen in the shown.
    • Leela is seen eating a buggalo leg at one point.
    • The flashcards Leela uses to emote at the opera use the Hardhat Guy.
  • Complexity Addiction: The Robot Devil takes Bender's ass plate when just giving him the airhorn with one use would have been enough for the rest of the plan. Also the overly-complicated plan to get his hands back in the first place.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Three deals, in fact. The first one bit the devil in the ass, however.
    • When they travel to meet the Robot Devil, he states Hell is filled with ten year olds who tried to make deals with him.
    • Also, the one Calculon made with him for his UNHOLY. ACTING. TALENT.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: The Robot Devil is capable of ridiculously circuitous planning, but when his initial one goes belly-up he's reduced to frantically begging Fry for his hands back. Also, he has to take a bus from New Jersey to Planet Express, rather than something more impressive.
  • Dirty Coward: Bender is played as such in the opera.
    Bender's actor: ♫Leela, Leela, Leela. Save him, Save Fry, save Fry. Godzilla will devour him. As for me, I must be off, to have my doctor check this cough. (coughs) Goodbye!♫
    • Bender admits that if they had ever fought Godzilla, he so would have ran off like that.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Almost literal example, when the Robot Devil makes a run for it, and takes a confused Richard Nixon's head with him.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Downplayed since it became a Series Fauxnale, but even after the Robot Devil makes Fry give up the hands he used to play the Holophonor, Fry's final scene manages to win Leela over, or at least implies they're both willing to give it a shot.
  • Evil Hand: The first thing the Robot Devil's hands do when they are implanted on Fry is to choke him, which the Devil says will wear off after a couple of days. Later, the Robot Devil complains that Fry's hands are "always touching me... in places!"
  • Evil Laughter: Robot Devil has it.
  • Gambit Roulette: The Robot Devil's "ridiculously circuitous" plan to get his hands back.
  • Hidden Depths: Fry, Fry, manages to write an opera, and while the Robot Devil does provide the hands he needs to play it, the opera itself has some gorgeous sounding music (the plot itself, on the other hand, is a little suspect).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bender, dissatisfied with his deal, tells the Robot Devil to bite his shiny metal ass, only he can't, because the deal involved selling his ass.
  • Hypocritical Humor
    Robot Devil: You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!
  • Irony: Erroneously used by the Robot Devil. Though correctly used by Bender.
    Bender: That's not ironic, that's just coincidental!
    Bender: ♫The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention - now that IS irony!♫
  • Lampshade Hanging: Zoidberg's contribution to the singing.
    ''♫ I can't believe everybody's just ad-liiiiibing!♫
  • Metaphorgotten: Bender says that Fry may have to make a metaphorical "deal with the Devil." And by "metaphorical," he means "get your coat."
  • Musical Episode: Almost all of the third act is this.
  • The Magic Was Inside You All Along: Zoidberg encourages Fry to continue playing even after losing the Devil's hands because "the beauty came from your heart, not your hands." Subverted when Fry plays lousy and Zoidberg yells "Your music is bad, and you should feel bad!"
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Trope Namer, when the Robot Devil complains about Fry's opera.
    Your lyrics lack subtlety! You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!
  • Off-into-the-Distance Ending: That's the way how it ends. Did you like it, Leela?
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "You evil! Metal! Doooooooooooorkkkk!"
  • Read the Fine Print: Leela agrees to give the Robot Devil her hand, and didn't bother to check the fine print saying it was her hand in marriage.
  • Sadistic Choice: Fry has to choose between losing Leela forever, or losing the operatic skill that has nearly won her heart. He chooses saving Leela.
  • Series Finale: Of the original run on FOX...
    • Series Fauxnale: But not the whole series (that wouldn't be until the season 7note  episode "Meanwhile," and even then, the possibility of the show continuing is up in the air).
  • Smoke Out: Continuing the episode's running theme of Beelzebot being less impressive than he seems, he does this after regaining his hands. As the audience gasps in alarm, we see him rushing up the theatre aisle.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • Zoidberg finally has some money. Too bad he keeps wasting it.
    • After spending half of season three and most of season four chasing after Leela, the ending is the first sign that Fry's persistence has paid off.

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