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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 »


When Leela inserts the canister into the tube to find Central Filing, she puts it in the 'In' tube, when it should have been placed in the 'Out' tube. See more »


[repeated line]
Bender: I am Bender, please insert girder.
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Crazy Credits

Opening Banner: As Foretold By Nostradamus See more »


Referenced in Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow (2017) 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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