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Recap / Futurama S 6 E 11 Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences

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Lrrr, RULER OF OMICRON PERSEI VIII, is once again having problems with Ndnd. Kicked out of his castle, he finds refuge on Earth, and undergoes a mid-life crisis.


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  • An Arm and a Leg: Lrrr tears off one of Kif's legs and eats it after Zapp offers him up as a sacrifice.
  • Author's Saving Throw: In-Universe. After Leela criticizes Fry's Deliveryman comic on the basis the titular Deliveryman is an Invincible Hero with thirty-something powers, Fry revises the comic so Deliveryman has no powers in an attempt to make him more relatable. This revised edition doesn't go over particularly well either, as Deliveryman has become a Failure Hero who fails to save comic-Leela from being vaporized. The third edition fixes that problem by having Deliveryman Taking the Bullet for Leela, which goes over much better with her.
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  • Brick Joke: At the Comicon, Lrrr's only success is that he buys J.J. Abrams' face for Ndnd, who complains there's no point to it, since he never takes her anywhere she can wear it. When they attend a play about how the Omicronians took over Earth, she uses it as a lorgnette.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Quite literal, in this case. In the beginning Farnsworth confesses that the vaporizing guns sold on the back of comic books are actually Teleport Guns. This comes in handy later on when Fry is hit with one.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In her own way, Ndnd does not like anyone else bossing her husband around. She tries to make Lrrr choose between her or Leela and the one he doesn’t choose will die.
  • Continuity Nod: When Lrrr and Leela meet at Comicon, Leela nonchalantly remarks that Lrrr once tried to eat her, as seen in "The Problem With Popplers".
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  • Creator Cameo: Matt Groening and David X. Cohen appear as their own heads during Comicon.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Lrrr; the episode focuses on his mid-life crisis and failing marriage to Ndnd.
  • Deus ex Machina: In the final revision of Deliveryman, the titular hero tries to take a disintegrator shot for Leela, but jumps too early and misses his cue. A random asteroid then comes out of nowhere and kills the villain before he can take another shot.
  • Disney Death: Fry's Heroic Sacrifice by taking a hit from a vaporizer, which turned out to be a teleporter.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Lrrr getting date-raped by a "cross-species-dresser" (a human woman in a incredibly convincing Omicronian costume) is Played for Laughs.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The plan to get Ndnd to take Lrrr back by faking his conquest of Earth. Zapp overheard the fake broadcast, thought it was real, and surrender Earth's defenses to Lrrr, thus making his conquest real.
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  • Invincible Hero: In-Universe; Leela points out there's no real peril to Fry's Deliveryman comic as the title character, with thirty-something superpowers, is never in any real danger.
  • Sadistic Choice: Lrrr is forced to choose between shooting his wife Ndnd and Leela, who helped reignite his marriage to Ndnd to begin with. He shoots Leela, but Fry takes the shot for her.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Urrmrmrfrr or Consequences, otherwise known as Truth or Consequences
    • Orson Welles complaining about Fry's script is a reference to the infamous Frozen Peas commercial.
    • When Fry mentions calling Orson, Bender paraphrases Mork of Mork & Mindy and his catchphrase ("Dork calling Orson, dork calling Orson.")
  • Something Else Also Rises: Inverted. When Bender sees a fold-out of a naked Omicronian woman, his eyes flop.
  • Stylistic Suck: Fry's Deliveryman comic. Besides the bad artwork, the hero is incapable of being well-rounded, no matter what Fry does to try and fix his character.
  • Taking the Bullet: Fry takes a hit from a Disintegrator Ray aimed at Leela. Fortunately, it was actually a Teleport Gun.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The faked invasion is one both in and out of universe to the old The War of the Worlds broadcast that caused a panic.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Orson Welles complains about Fry's poorly written scenario. He's bribed into compliance with a cheese log.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Lrrr invades Earth during the costume contest at the San Diego ComicCon and is mistaken for another contestant.

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