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Recap / Futurama S 7 E 6 The Butterjunk Effect

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After a delivery to the moon, Amy and Leela become a team in the redneck Blood Sport of Butterfly Derby. Their pathetic efforts of losing to every possible team turn around, however, after they are introduced to a shady and highly addictive substance known as "nectar".


Tropes present:

  • Accidental Adultery: Fry accidentally sleeps with Amy, thinking she is Leela, because he didn't turn the lights on.
  • An Aesop: Doping is bad.
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  • Amazonian Beauty: Leela and Amy become more muscled and athletic as a result of abusing nectar. Their boyfriends are more upset over the psychological side-effects than their manly physiques. Their opponents, the Murderflies, avert this trope despite having been drinking nectar longer than Amy or Leela.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Fry turns into a giant butterfly at the climax, saving Amy and Leela from a fatal plummet into lava. They then engage in an orgy, which causes the match to end because everyone gets Brain Bleach.
  • Blood Sport: The Butterfly Derby. An all-female sport popular on the Moon involving two teams of two fighting while wearing butterfly wingsuits. It is implied that crippling injuries are common and the championship match takes place over a lava pit.
  • Chick Magnet: Once he's doused in male butterfly pheromones Fry becomes irresistible to any woman who has taken Nectar. To the point Leela and Amy can't stop kissing him even when angry at him.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: In this exchange:
    Leela: (seductively) Fry, leave your door unlocked tonight.
    Fry: But MacGruff the crime dog says-!
  • Compressed Vice: Leela and Amy are unusually competitive and antagonistic towards each other here. Even more jarring is that Fry says they're always like that.
    • Averted at first due to it being playful banter (With both being more annoyed at Fry) It's only when they started doping that this trope comes into play.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Amy and Leela are able to fly unrealistically close to the lava pit in the championship match.
  • Dancing Bear: In-Universe. Initially why Amy and Leela are hired, because they are so bad at the sport. Leela gets upset and eventually decides with Amy to get the nectar.
  • Easily Forgiven: Upon discovering Fry started having sex with Amy:
    Leela: As God is my witness, I'll never forgive you for this! [proceeds to make out with him]
  • Epic Fail: Amy and Leela were so bad at Butterfly Derby, they lost to their own reflections.
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  • Fanservice: In order to be good at the Butterfly Derby, contestants must dress in lightweight and skimpy outfits. Needless to say, Amy and Leela aren't the only ones providing this.
  • Fantastic Drug: Nectar.
  • Lava Pit: In the championship match, the normal floor is replaced by one of these.
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Murderflies.
  • Self-Deprecation: On the initial delivery to the moon:
    Bender: With one-sixth gravity, you can work and be lazy at the same time! It's like being a voice actor!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Leela and Amy spend much of the first half of the episode playfully bickering. The guys are kinda off-put by it.
  • The Worf Effect: Leela and Amy are both Badass Adorable but even they start off their Butterfly Derby time by losing.

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