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Recap / Futurama S6E18 "The Tip of the Zoidberg"

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The rest of the Planet Express staff has had it with Dr. Zoidberg's malpractice, but it seems Professor Farnsworth has a real reason to keep the alien around, besides cheap labor. A reason that dates back Farnsworth's and Zoidberg's first meeting, on a yeti-hunt for Mom long ago...

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Zoidberg somehow made Bender incontinent, and now he pees himself when he laughs. Fry laughs at this and Bender retorts "It's not funny! Well, it is a little funny. He, he, he... Uh-oh!"
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  • Anatomically Ignorant Healing: Zoidberg's penchant for this reaches its absolute nadir in this episode, as he mutilates the entire crew (Bender included!) while trying to cure Fry's jaundice.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Farnsworth and Zoidberg met each other during a yeti hunt. Farnsworth transforms into a yeti in the climax of the episode.
  • Bowdlerisation: On Sky in the UK, the part in the flashback where Professor Farnsworth says "Those poor, doomed bastards!" is cut.
    • The part in the flashback where Professor Farnsworth is stabbing the Yeti is edited to remove him saying "I lost my virginity during the film, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details."
  • Distant Prologue: The episode opens with a flashback to Farnsworth and Zoidberg's first meeting, then cuts back and forth between then and the present day.
  • The Dreaded: Zoidburg has a reputation as such an infamously bad doctor that real doctors use his name as a verb.
  • Epic Fail: While this is nothing new to Zoidberg, he manages to botch multiple attempts at healing all in a row- each one the result of the previous attempt.
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  • First-Name Basis: Zoidberg is shown to be on this with Mom, or rather, Carol.
  • Hidden Depths: It's shown that Zoidberg is actually quite a skilled doctor when it comes to aliens. He's just lousy when it comes to human anatomy.
  • Magical Defibrillator: Zoidberg tries to shock the Professor to death with some wires he pulled out of a fuse box, but then he has a heart attack and dies, so Zoidberg puts the wires back. The wires then fall out and shock Farnsworth back to life.
  • Mercy Kill Arrangement: Thinking he has Hyper Malaria, Farnsworth makes Zoidberg promise to kill him quickly so he wouldn't suffer whenever it kicks in.
  • Person as Verb: When a real doctor sees the effects of Zoidberg's failed surgery on the crew, he comments that the doctor for them must have been "A real Zoidberg."
  • Pet the Dog: Mom, oddly enough, treats Zoidberg like a friend, as gives up the Yeti head in exchange for a coupon.
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  • Rube Goldberg Device: The thing the rest of PE staff build to Mercy Kill the Professor in Zoidberg's place.
  • Scare Quotes: The M in M.D. on Zoidberg's office door is in quotation marks.
  • Sequential Symptom Syndrome: As Amy lists the symptoms of Tritonian hypermalaria, the Professor suffers through each one as she mentions them. When she gets to death, the Professor lies unconscious... and a beat later he says "Yes!"
  • Shout-Out: Fry starts out with Simpsons jaundice, which makes his skin yellow. Due to Zoidberg's bungling, he gets diseases that make him look like Kermit the Frog, Garfield and a Smurf.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: Getting scratched by a yeti causes the Professor to turn into a yeti. The cure involves transferring one of the yeti's glands into him in order to flush out the yeti neurotoxin. It turns him into a double yeti first, then cures him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Professor calls out everyone for imprisoning Zoidberg and tells them he asked Zoidberg to kill him.
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