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Recap / Futurama S 6 E 19 Ghost In The Machines

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Bender commits suicide after Fry saves a human instead of a robot during a Parade Day parade, but is stuck in limbo — unless he can scare Fry to death.


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  • Absolute Cleavage: Lampshaded with Dr. Cahill.
    Dr. Cahill: I'm afraid your heart has suffered a lot of damage, Mr. Fry. And my cleavage isn't helping.
    Professor Farnsworth: (smiling) Not helping him.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Bender is "murdered" by a suicide booth seconds after asking her to kill him. Whether he would have weaseled out of getting killed otherwise is unknown: according to his friends, he's cried wolf on this subject many times.
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  • Barn Raising: Fry participates in one while on the Amish Homeworld, after he flees there to get away from technology that was haunting him.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase:
    Hermes: (indicating a graph) As you can see, since Bender's death, requests to bite one's shiny metal ass are down 98%. (Scruffy uses Bender's remains to vacuum) Do you mind doing that later?
    Scruffy: Bite my shiny metal ass. (chart rises)
  • Call-Back: The rationale behind robot ghosts appeared all the way back in "The Honking."
  • Continuity Nod: The Robot Devil mentions the "hand-swapping incident" with Fry, and the first part of the Robot Hell song can be heard before Bender shuts the band up.
  • Deal with the Devil: Again. The devil agreed to let Bender have his body back if he could scare Fry to death, due to the fact that the devil is still mad about that whole hand switching incident.
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  • Devil, but No God: For the first time, Robot Heaven is seen, though the being at the gateway denies being Robot God.
  • Diving Save: How Bender, possessing the body of the Robot Devil, saves Fry's life.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Back in The Cryonic Woman, Terry mentioned that they have a cure for heart attacks in the future.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: The wooden spaceships that travel to and from the Amish Homeworld are powered by oxen on a treadmill.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Zapp when he's relying on his arm being held up by a mechanical arm by Kif.
    Zapp Branigan: "Kif, you're slacking off on my waving arm!"
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: When Amy sees Bender has killed himself.
    Amy: "Poor, nasty, mean, old Bender."
  • Refusing Paradise: When Bender is offered the opportunity to go to heaven, he replies with "screw this" and returns to life.
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  • Space Amish: The Amish Homeworld, where Fry goes to escape technology. Currently provides the page image.
  • Take That!: When Bender learns Fry survived his heart attack, his Skyward Scream is, "Damn you, Obama Care!" With the initial failure of the healthcare.gov website, this line is now either funnier or crueler in retrospect.
  • Virtual Ghost: Bender's "ghost" is more technically his disembodied software roaming the wireless network shared by all machinery.
  • Who You Gonna Call?:
    Fry: All I know is I've got a ghost that needs busting. (dials a phone)
    Hermes: Who you gonna call?
    Fry: Gho-
    Phone: (UNAVAILABLE BEEPS) The number you have dialed has been lame since 1989.

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