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How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back 

The Bureaucracy loves Hermes less while loving Fry loads more.




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Episode credited cast:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Hermes Conrad (voice)
Amy Wong (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morgan Proctor (voice)


A meticulous substitute bureaucrat at Planet Express develops an unseemly attraction to dirty Fry while career bureaucrat Hermes Conrad goes to a vacation resort featuring forced labor. After Bender discovers the affair, only Hermes can save his personality after it is downloaded by the unscrupulous substitute. Written by Jeff Lindstrom

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Release Date:

2 April 2000 (USA)  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Fry, Leela, Amy, the Professor, and Bender are following Leela's tracker through the Central Bureaucracy, they run into a floating orb with many eyes. This is a Beholder, another classic Dungeons and Dragons reference. See more »


LaBarbara's hover car comes to a stop accompanied by the sound of squealing tires despite the fact that the car has no wheels. See more »


Fry: What's with the specs, Bender?
Bender: They're my lucky shades. I got them off some lucky guy while his lucky seeing-eye dog was out taking a whiz.
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Crazy Credits

Opening Banner: As Foretold By Nostradamus See more »


Features Felix Trifles with Time (1925) See more »


The Bureaucrat Song
Music and Lyrics by Ken Keeler
Performed by Phil LaMarr, Dawnn Lewis, Billy West, Katey Sagal,
John DiMaggio & Nora Dunn
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Hermes gets replaced
23 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With an inspection from the Central Bureaucracy due the next day Hermes is in his element; having filed everything away he declines an invitation to Leela's poker evening with the crew and her old workmates. This was a mistake because when Bender gets caught cheating he runs and hide's in Hermes' office; in the ensuing fight it is well and truly demolished. When Hermes gets to work it is too late to clean up before Inspector Morgan Proctor arrives; any chance of promotion is dashed so he considers suicide... until informed that that would lead to a posthumous demotion! To help him recover Zoidberg sends him away to a spa planet... which turns out to be a forced labour camp! While he is away Proctor takes over and makes some changes; the most surprising of which is promoting Fry; she does this because while she might be a neat freak she also has a kinky fetish for slobs like Fry! They are soon engaged in an affair but that ends when Bender catches them in the act; to protect her job she downloads Bender's brain onto a floppy disc and sends it to the Central Bureaucracy where they will need a master bureaucrat if they wish to find it again... it is a good job Hermes has returned!

It was nice to have an episode where B-character Hermes got a chance to take centre stage for once; it also gave his voice actor, Phil LaMarr chance to show he can sing! Guest character Morgan Proctor proved entertaining; who would have guessed that such a prim woman had a kinky side to her! More laughs were provided by the poor Australian guy who ended up doing all the work in the Spa-5 Labour camp. Fans of Terry Gilliam's Brazil will no doubt enjoy the similarity between the bureaucracy there and the Central Bureaucracy here... although thankfully there doesn't appear to be a department of 'Information Retrieval' here!

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