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When her relationship with Kiff starts to go sour, Amy finds herself attracted to the ultimate bad boy- Bender! Now the two are in a fight to legalize robosexual marriages.

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  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Amy's still in this a bit, much to Kiff's frustrations. However, he shows that he can be 'bad' in his own way to make up with her.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Farnsworth campaigns against robosexual marriage because his young love cheated on him for a robot. Well, it actually turns out Farnsworth's young love was herself a robot, which causes him to instantly renounce his views on the issue.
  • Big "NO!" / Skyward Scream: The elderly professor, who's disgusted with a human kissing a robot, happily states that he's glad he didn't live to see this day. After a second of thought, he checks his pulse and raises his arms to the skies yelling no.
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  • Blatant Lies: Leo Wong insists Amy should only come home if it's her decision, then immediately lassos her.
  • Brick Joke: Bender's graffiting URL's butt, which gets him arrested at the beginning of the episode, and then again during the Proposition Infinity montage.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Bender's idea of complimenting Amy is to say that of all the people he's dated, she's probably in the top ten. Amy's still touched.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Hermie makes the point that two consenting adults should feel no shame for doing anything in the dark, which Zoidberg, the most pathetic and unfortunate character on the show, annotates with "Or one!"
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • The episode isn't actually about advocating for robots and people to have sex with each other, it's an allegory for the debate on homosexual marriage at the time of the episode's production. The show repeats a lot of the talking points of the pro-legalization verbatim while putting it in the mouths of the characters, but it also plays with the allegory a little by having a character off-handedly mention that gay marriage actually exists and is legal in the setting, alongside interplanetary and ghost-horse marriage.
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    • Once again, Bender's antenna functions like a penis, shrinking when he and Amy are caught in the act.
  • Flanderization: Kif's Extreme Doormat tendencies are ramped up here, to the extent that he refuses to watch a cooking show simply because it may contain chopping. This is the same Kif who's previously been showing fighting, on the front lines of a war, with no problem whatsoever.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Amy mentions that Kif is not related to the sea cucumber where it counts.
    • Hermes makes several implied references to his drug preferences.
  • Go Look at the Distraction: After Preacherbot tries to rally a mob against Bender and Amy for kissing in public, Bender draws their attention by claiming he can see a single mother.
  • Hypocrite: Preacherbot runs an anti-robosexual camp, but is a heavily closeted robosexual himself.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Amy says the robot-human sex pride parade is all about family-friendly fun, as a BDSM-ready Hedonism Bot heartily enjoys having a pre-op transformer pore its bodily fluids all over his stomach.
  • Lipstick Mark: Bender has a kiss mark of Amy's on his cheek.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Bender and Amy. It's what gets them caught by the Professor.
  • Meadow Run: In Farnsworth's flashback, he and his co-worker run across a meadow.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The radio DJ at the end of the episode is Billy West doing his Casey Kasem impersonation.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: Lampshaded by Bender when he realizes that the Profesor's whistling means bad news. And in comes Preacherbot.
  • On Three: Leela's failed attempt when they try to trap the tornado.
  • Pressure Point: Used by URL against the criminal who tries to hold Amy hostage.
  • Redshirt Reporter: The reporter in the crashed hovercopter early on.
  • Robosexual: The topic of the episode deals with the controversial issue of robosexual marriage. Well, not really. It's just a metaphor for gay marriage; the episode actually kinda dismisses the idea of a robosexual when Amy singles out that she only likes Bender and isn't attracted to an emotionless wine-dispensing robot.
  • Series Continuity Error: Back in Season 3, Bender himself said "Humans dating robots is sick," and every cast member besides Fry agreed with him. Now, Bender is fighting tooth and nail to legalize human-robot marriage and the only person who seems to disagree is Farnsworth, who is far more disgusted with the practice than he was back in "I Dated a Robot."
    • Could arguably not be a continuity error, as in the previous case Fry was just dating a robot programmed specifically to want to be in a relationship with him, whereas in this case Bender is a fully independently-programmed robot who has made a conscious choice to date Amy.
  • Shout-Out: We see a house swirling around the tornado.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Morbo is not remotely sympathetic to Jim the Cameraman's death, screaming immediately after he's blown up on camera how he hated him.
  • Status Quo Is God: After fighting tooth and nail against their co-workers, society, and the media to ensure that their sexual relationship is legally recognize, Bender and Amy passionately kiss, as Amy happily announces the beginning of their monogamous marriage. Bender takes a step back and repeats "Monogamous?" in confusion, only for the shot to cut to Bender on a beach with two bimbos while Amy reunites with her love interest from every other episode of the show.
  • A Storm Is Coming: Spoofed, with the Farnsworth Foundation ad.
    Man: A storm is coming. A storm of robosexual marriage that will rain down on us like fire.
    Other man: It's probably a firestorm.
  • Straw Character: Farnsworth is suddenly an avid supporter of traditional marriage and hates the idea of robots marrying humans. He never argues or presents an opinion on the issue and instead grumbles like an old man the whole time until the debate comes and he remembers that he is actually a robosexual, switching sides and leaving literally no one thinking robot-on-human marriage is wrong.
  • Strawman News Media: Morbo's news network reports that people overwhelmingly disapprove of robo-human marriage, right before cutting to an ad from one of their biggest sponsors, an anti-robo-human marriage group.
  • Strawman Political: Any characters and groups in the episode who are anti-robosexual are portrayed as old, grumpy and/or religious, with the main reason for their views being that they are old, grumpy and/or religious.
  • Tempting Fate: After having been outed by their making out, Amy says everything should be fine so long as her parents don't find out. Pan out to the Professor finishing a phone conversation with Amy's parents.
  • Think of the Children!: The Farnsworth Foundation ad tries doing this, but it's lacking, since they can't actually think of any negative impact legalizing robosexual marriage would have on children.
  • Title Drop: The name of Amy and Bender's movement is the "Proposal Infinity."
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Amy has never exactly been a complete genius, but here she honestly thinks Bender, Bender, who she's known for over a decade, will be willing to settle down into a monogamous relationship with her when everything's over.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Amy, who previously stated she loves Kif for his sweetness, suddenly becomes an utter jerkass toward him, repeatedly insulting him, and makes out with a convict right in front of him.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Farnsworth's flashback to the Meadow Run of him and Eunice turns out to be fake. We then see another flashback with the real Unit 47 by Farnsworth's side.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Unit betrayed Farnsworth with another robot.

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