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Recap / Futurama S 6 E 25 Overclockwise

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Bender is overclocked by Cubert, becoming more powerful in computing power, causing him to eventually be omniscient. Cubert and Professor Farnsworth are tried in court for violating Bender's license agreement, and Fry and Leela question their on-again, off-again relationship in this Series Fauxnale.


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  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Bender is overclocked by Cubert to make his reflexes faster for playing video games. Bender then begins overclocking himself, becoming smarter and able to predict the future. Eventually he becomes a god-like entity, able to create new worlds just by belching. Eventually the Reset Button is pushed when Mom captures him and resets him to factory standards, as user licenses are apparently more strictly enforced in the 31st Century.
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  • Catchphrase: Lampshaded, where Cubert cleans out terabytes of outdated catchphrases so he can overclock Bender. Bender responds to this with "It's gonna be fun on a bun!", a phrase he only said twice before this episode, which is promptly deleted.
  • Courtroom Episode: Professor Farnsworth and Cubert are on trial for violating Bender's license agreement.
  • Do Wrong, Right: When the professor and Cubert are in prison, the professor is angry that Cubert overclocked Bender, but only because he was caught, which the professor had taught him not to.
  • Driven to Suicide: Fry decides, after Farnsworth gets arrested and Leela decides to leave Planet Express and move to another planet, to kill himself by jumping down Niagra Falls in a barrel. It doesn't quite work, as it turns out.
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Cubert (illegally) overclocks Bender to make him better at video games. Bender then continues to upgrade himself, while dodging manufacturer recall and ends up omniscient before the episode is over, but in the end he turns himself in to keep Farnsworth from being arrested for it and gets returned to normal.
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  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The books Bender reads while in his overclocked state.
  • Genius Serum: Cubert overclocks Bender's computing systems in order to give him better reflexes for playing video games. Bender then goes on to keep overclocking himself, becoming smarter and able to predict the future. After inserting more processing chips and going into hiding, Bender ascends to a higher level of existence and becomes a near Physical God, but loses all of it after saving the Professor and Cubert from being convicted by Mom for voiding his warranty.
  • Godly Sidestep: Bender temporarily achieves omniscience, and obtains printouts with the answers to life's great questions. He casually throws away "the reason we exist", but does show Fry and Leela an account of their future together.
  • Series Fauxnale: For the third time — albeit much like what happened with "Into the Wild Green Yonder", by the time it was actually released it was already known that the show was being renewed for one more season, which is why "Reincarnation" was last in the season's running order instead of this episode.
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  • Shout-Out: When Mom commands the Hoverfish to go after Bender, she tells them "Bring me the clock of Bender Rodriguez".
  • The Unreveal: Bender achieves near-omnipotence, but won't answer when Fry asks how his relationship with Leela will go. At the end of the episode, after Bender is returned to normal, he reveals that he did indeed plot what would happen in Fry and Leela's relationship and wrote it down. The two read it together, and we get to see their emotional responses (basically every emotion a couple can experience), but obviously we don't hear a word of it. However, the last parts Leela and Fry read may be referring to events in the final episode "Meanwhile". Fry wears a look of disgust while Leela looks at him in horror, probably referring to Fry constantly dying in a bloody splatter after plummeting from the Vampire State Building. When Bender turns the page, they read about them spending a lifetime being married.
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