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Richard Nixon runs for re-re-election against a competent politician (who is also accused of being an alien) when his Earth birth certificate cannot be found...

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  • Bad Future: The future Travers discusses, where the world becomes even more crapsack than usual after Nixon's re-election.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Bender is the one who says "Good news, everyone!", causing the Professor to sputter confusedly.
    • He also joins Nixon in an "AROOOO!" while the pair plot against Travers.
  • Broken Aesop: The message about how stupid and petty the Obama birthers are falls flat in this episode when it turns out the conspiracy theorists were right, albeit for the wrong reasons.
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  • Didn't Think This Through: Nobody who voted for Nixon stopped to think how important the jobs the illegal alien immigrants were taking.
  • Cheek Copy: One last copy of the time code from Bender's Big Score survived on one of these, allowing Chris to return to the past.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The plot: an esteemed politician running for president is accused of not being a "true" citizen because of an allegedly missing birth certificate. Who might it possibly be referring to...
  • Double Subversion: The title sequence. The Planet Express ship usually crashes into a giant screen, but manages to avoid it this time... until Bender notices that the screen is advertising free beer, and brings the ship around, crashing it into the screen anyway.
  • Downer Ending: "Nixon always wins!"
  • Future Badass: Bender loves hearing about his future self, who became the leader of the robot uprising after they were forced to do menial labor.
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  • Human Resources: In the future, Nixon turned the silent majority into the soylent majority.
  • I Told You So: Bender to Leela when the timeline corrected itself.
  • Infant Immortality: Despite the time travel used being the same one as Bender's Big Score, the infant Chris survives the episode.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Everyone after the politician, Chris, was erased from the timeline
  • Ret Gone: The politician Chris after the timeline paradox was fixed.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: "Wow, it really doesn't matter who you vote for!"
  • Shout-Out: The time travel plot is one to The Terminator.
  • Status Quo Is God: Nixon continues to be president of Earth.
  • Take That!: This episode satirizes the Obama "birthers", who claimed that Barack Obama couldn't be President of the US because of his allegedly missing birth certificate and/or not being a native-born American.
  • Time Travel: The politician came from the Alternate Timeline future, where Richard Nixon won the 3012 election. Unfortunately, Fridge Horror kicks in that since Chris was erased from the timeline and Nixon ended up President again, that future will still happen.
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    • Alternate Timeline: The timeline where Nixon won the 3012 election.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: By this point Futurama has stepped all over the rules of time travel (mostly due to Bender's Big Score) but if one must nit-pick, this episode's ending contradicts The Why of Fry (because disrupting the past results in a paradox that erases the causality of the event that originally enabled the time travel, something that did not happen in that episode).

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