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Recap / Futurama S 4 E 6 Bender Should Not Be Allowed On Television

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After a child acting unit has a (literal) breakdown during a live taping, Bender gets a part on All My Circuits, and his unashamed antics quickly make him an idol. But when children start imitating him, it doesn't take long for parents to start complaining.

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  • Abstract Scale: The Cool-O-Meter measures coolness in megafonzies.
  • Aesop Amnesia: At the end after the Professor repeats the Aesop just learned, everybody still doesn't want to turn off the TV.
  • Always a Live Transmission: Antonio malfunctioning and Bender ad-libbing seemingly appear live on the broadcast. In fact, the show's ratings (albeit just with a test audience) go up the moment Bender does his scene. It gets a Hand Wave when Calculon invoked refuses to do a second take because "amateurs do two takes."
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: When they look for a replacement for the kid actor in "All my Circuits", Bender asks the orphan robot kid if he thinks the same thing as he does. Of course Bender was only thinking of himself.
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  • As Himself: The show is starring Bender as "Bender".
  • Breakout Character: In-universe: Bender becomes this by going wildly off-script and being his obnoxious, self-centered self. The former Trope Namer is even used as a measurement of coolness (megafonzies) by the Farnsworth's Cool-O-Meter!
  • Call-Back: Bender mispronounces "guacamole" the same way Zapp does in "The Problem with Popplers".
  • Credits Gag: The end credits music is the cast singing Black Flag's "TV Party."
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: In-universe. After Dwight, Cubert, and Tinny Tim decide to rob Bender, Dwight says, "TV gave us the idea." It then cuts to the Futurama title card and Bender's voice over saying: "You're watching Futurama, the show that does not advocate the cool crime of robbery."
  • Easy Amnesia: Practically rampant on All My Circuits.
    Calculon: Let me get this straight. Does anyone here not have amnesia?
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  • Executive Meddling: In-universe: Calculon was ready to fire Bender after one take, but the network execubots insisted he stay on because Bender's filthy antics increased ratings.
  • Faux Fluency: Bender's "flawless" Spanish accent.
    Bender: I will see adeeos, Padre. Come, Jesoos, my faithful chee-hua-hua. Tonight we eat some gee-oo-ack-a-mole by del ree-o.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: Bender does this in the cottage scene of the show.
  • From Bad to Worse: As Calculon and the Director observe Bender's footage in the editing room, it's interrupted by different footage:
    Calculon: (while watching footage of Bender whistling nonchalantly as he empties a chest of drawers) I don't even remember shooting this scene...
    Director: We didn't. That's security camera footage from your dressing room.
    Calculon: He stole the scene and my money?! That's it! I demand you fire this felonious ham!
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Anti-Bender group is called "Fathers Against Rude Television"
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Dwight steals what he assumes is a cigar from his father, but Hermes blurts out that it's not a cigar—and unconvincingly insists they're not his.
  • His Name Is...: The original actor kid breaks down while trying to deliver Calculon's Trigger Phrase.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Bender has no problem with people imitating his television antics, until Cubert and Dwight steal his stuff while doing so. Likewise, Prof. Farnsworth resorts to violence to stop Bender, inspired by something Bender did on television.
  • Incendiary Exponent: At one point Bender suggests his character to be on fire.
  • Insane Troll Logic: During the auditions, Calculon believes Bender is the studio audience, despite the woman he's with trying to point out they're not in a studio.
  • Large Ham: Bender outhams Calculon here.
  • Look Behind You: Bender gets the Network President to turn away by pointing in the other direction and announcing "hey, look, the prop guy has a lamp!"
  • Pandering to the Base: In-universe. What the producers do to "All my Circuits".
  • Playing a Tree: Bender's role is rewritten to fit his talents - his character is now in a coma. And he can't even manage that.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: One of the kids doesn't know the origin of the catch phrase "Duh".
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Bender wielding and shooting with Farnsworth's gun at the studio.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Can be heard when the adults crash the kids party.
  • Running Gag: Hypnotoad.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: During the climactic confrontation at the Hollywood studio Farnsworth pulls out his gun remarking that he saw it work on TV.
  • Seasonal Rot: In-universe: Fry claims that Everyone Loves Hypnotoad has been going downhill since season three. How a still shot of the Hypnotoad staring at the camera can decline in quality is anyone's guess note .
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the mother robots at the All My Circuits audition, horrified to see several loose wires inside her son's chassis, rips them out and begins beating him with them, screaming "NO! MORE! HANGING! WIRES!!."
    • Home Alone is reenacted.
    • There's a poster for "Planet of the Clams" hanging in the studio's waiting room".
  • Speaks in Shout-Outs: One of the network execubots speaks only in catch phrases.
  • Spoof Aesop: "Have you ever tried simply turning off the TV, sitting down with your children, ... and hitting them?"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Farnsworth: The ruffians (Dwight) smoked one of your cigars.
    Hermes: That's not a cigar. Uh... and it's not mine.
  • Thing-O-Meter: Farnsworth's Cool-O-Meter, which measures the level of "cool" in any area.
  • Third-Person Person: Bender lapses into this after getting mad that his stuff had been stolen because of kids imitating his actions on TV:
    Bender: Bender must be stopped! I've gone too far! Who does that guy think I am?!
  • Throw It In!: Happens in-universe with Bender's off script shtick.
  • Title Drop: Funnily enough, the episode's title is spoken by Bender himself after he realizes that Cubert, Dwight and Tinny Tim stole his stuff:
    Bender: What? What's going on?
    Farnsworth: I'll tell you what. Our boys have taken up stealing! One of the worst and coolest of crimes.
    Hermes: And all from watching you on TV, you cool jerk.
    Bender: Hey, lay off me. TV would stink if everyone on it was a positive role model. Bender is about entertainment, baby! You can't hold me responsible for what kids do when— Hey! This is my stuff they stole! That's the last straw! Bender should not be allowed on television!
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Fry wonders what kind of losers would start a protest group against Bender. The Professor then announces that he and Hermes have started a protest group against Bender.
    Zoidberg: That was uncanny!


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