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Continuing from the movie, Into The Wild Green Yonder, the Planet Express company are severely injured after escaping through the wormhole. While the Professor is able to reconstitute most of the bodies, Leela seems to be stuck in a coma. Unable to live without his love, Fry has a robot duplicate of Leela made!

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  • Bowdlerization: On UK's Sky One channel, Fry's line, "It's like when I passed out in college, except no one drew Magic Marker penises on my forehead" is cut to remove the line about having Magic Marker penises drawn on his forehead whenever Futurama airs before the watershed hour (8:00pm).
    • On New Zealand's PickTV, Robot Leela calling the real Leela a "slut-clops" was cut.
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  • Cloning Blues: Thanks to the data uploaded from the security footage, Robot Leela initially believes herself to be the real Leela.
    Robot Leela: The truth is, Fry, I still have feelings for you. But are they really my feelings? Am I just an automaton, or can a machine of sufficient complexity legitimately achieve consciousness?
  • Comically Missing the Point: And Dramatically Missing the Point, as Zoidberg saw Fry's internal gears already in an X-Ray and assumed they were normal for the real Fry.
  • Fanservice: When Amy and Leela are ejected naked from the Stem Cell Tub. Especially in Amy case: when she comes out, she's fully conscious but the professor slaps her anyway from just off-screen.
    Amy: *admiring her skin* Ooh, baby soft.
    Farnsworth: Indeed.
  • Foreshadowing: When Bender has the doomsday device installed, the shaking caused by his overloading causes one of his eyes to start shaking loose.
    • The reawakened Leela is initially furious at Fry for building a robot Replacement Goldfish, but concludes in fairness that "if I lost you, I don't think I could stand it either. I'd probably build a copy of you too." She may not remember it, but that's exactly what she did.
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  • How We Got Here: The episode begins with Fry asking why he has burns all over his body. Prof. Farnsworth then recounts the events that happened right after Into the Wild Green Yonder, up until they crash back to Earth.
  • Intro Dump: Fry names off each character as they come out of the machine, including their surname. This was due to this episode being the first one on Comedy Central, and first-time viewers who hadn't seen the Fox run could be confused.
  • Killing for a Tissue Sample: Prof. Farnsworth revives the crew by using adult stem cells... harvested from adults whom he had killed for their stem cells.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Prof. Farnsworth references the show's Channel Hop when he recognizes the Panama Wormhole, Earth's main interplanetary shipping channel.
    Zoidberg: How humorous.
    Prof. Farnsworth: Yes, it's a sort of a Comedy Central channel, and we're on it now.
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  • Made of Iron: Bender survives being ground zero for an exploding doomsday device. He lampshades it.
    Bender: Geez, what does it take to kill me?
  • No, You: Exchanged between the real Leela who just woke up & Robo-Leela.
    Leela: How is this possible? And can you believe she wore a tank top to my funeral?
    Robot Leela: Shut up, we gotta get outta here!
    Leela: No, you "shut up, we gotta get outta here!"
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Both being jealous types, the Leelas don't like each other.
  • Overly Long Gag: Robo-Leela screaming while looking at the wires that were accidentally revealed by Nibbler.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: After rebuilding Bender, Farnsworth equips him with a doomsday device, and Bender needs to burn off the excess energy by partying non-stop. Bender is at first happy to do so, but eventually gets sick of it and stops, risking exploding and killing everyone around him. Fortunately, the Cyclophage eats him after one of his eyes falls out, absorbing the explosion.
  • Replacement Goldfish: When it seems Leela is in a permanent coma, Fry builds a Robo Leela and programs it with her personality. And it turns out, the Fry we've been following is also this, as the real Fry was obliterated in the crash. Leela had built a Robo Fry, but accidentally electrocuted herself and needed to be rebuilt along with the others, but ended up in a coma.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Invoked with Robo-Fry and Robo-Leela, whose voices turn deeper (and Austrian accented) when they take their skins off. Amy asks why that happened.
    Professor Farnsworth: That's the one thing we'll never truly understand.
  • Robotic Reveal/Tomato in the Mirror: Probably the most messed up use of this trope yet to be seen.
  • Robot Me: Robot Leela and Robot Fry.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Robot Leela and Robot Fry's attitude after discovering their true nature.
  • The Stinger: Zapp's resurrection at the very end of the episode.
  • Stripped to the Bone: The entire cast except Farnsworth (who had a better Safety Sphere) and Fry (who was reduced to paste).
  • Wham Line: "Bender, shut the hell up!" said by the real Leela, who until this point was assumed to be in a permanent coma.
  • Wham Shot: Fry's chest being blasted open—revealing that he's a robot duplicate like Robo Leela.

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