Futurama: Season 4, Episode 4

Love and Rocket (10 Feb. 2002)

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When the Planet Express ship gets a selectable personality upgrade, Bender chooses one and falls in love... but too briefly.



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Episode credited cast:
Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Sheldon / Dummy #2 (voice)
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Dummy #1 / Elzar (voice)
Gwen / Fembots / Nd-Nd (voice)
Male Planet Express Ship / Lrrr / Omicronian Guard (voice)
Lucy Liu (voice)
Hermes Conrad (voice)
Amy Wong (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lovey Bears / Lion / Howler Mummies / Tapirs (voice)


When the Planet Express ship gets a selectable personality upgrade, Bender chooses one and falls in love... but too briefly.

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At the end of the climactic chase that takes place within the ship's circuitry, Bender (as an electron) races through a diode against the direction marked on it and is unable to go back the way he came, cornering him where the ship can catch him. This is more or less an accurate example of how diodes work. The arrows marked on diodes (and their representations on schematic diagrams) actually point *in the opposite* direction to how the electrons move as the people who originally devised the symbols for electronic components were mistaken about which way electricity flowed. This convention held even after scientists learned the electricity moves from negative to positive, and not positive to negative as originally thought, and today, schematic diagrams still depict the electricity moving in the wrong way. See more »


When talking with the Plant Express ship, Leela is seen in her pajamas. However, when the ship became crazy and turned off the oxygen, Leela grabbed her oxygen mask. When in the shower talking with Bender and Fry about her plan, she is seen in her Valentine's uniform. See more »


[Leela tries to hint to the ship that Bender isn't being faithful in their relationship]
Planet Express Ship: You're just jealous! Nobody loves you because you're tiny and made of meat!
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Bender falls in love... with the ship!
25 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the episode opens Bender is having an argument with the ship because it doesn't approve of his taste in 'art'. After getting the contract to deliver goods for Romanticorp the professor pays to have certain upgrades to the ship; this includes giving it a new adjustable personality. When a female personality is selected it isn't long before Bender and the ship are in love. At first this is just an annoyance to the others but when Bender decides it is time to move on it becomes positively dangerous when the ship can't get over it and will do whatever it takes to become one with Bender... even flying into a quasar so that they can become a singularity! While this is all going on the crew have to deliver a shipment of candy hearts to Omicron Persei 8 to show how much the people of Earth like (and fear) them; it does not go quite as planned as the concept of 'Wuv' confuses and annoys them!

This was a fun St. Valentines special. The numerous spoofs of 2001 were very funny although I suspect some of them wouldn't work as well if you've not seen that film. You don't need to have seen anything to find the scenes at Romanticorp hilarious; Leela getting poked with a cattle prod whenever she wasn't romantic enough and the cute cuddly toys being made by stuffing cute little animals were laugh out loud funny! This episode is notably for the guest appearance from Sigourney Weaver; she does a fine job providing the voice for the Planet Express ship. Given how the ship had only been used as a mode of transport before it was a bit of a surprise to learn that it had a personality... no doubt after the way it ended we won't be hearing any more of its personality in later episodes. If you think Bender dumping the ship is hardly the thing for the Valentine's episode; Fry does something for Leela which could certainly be considered romantic; as is the result of Leela dumping the candy hearts.

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