Futurama: Season 5, Episode 9

The Sting (1 Jun. 2003)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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Sent on the same mission which caused the deaths of the previous Planet Express crew, Leela mourns the apparent death of Fry.



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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender (voice)
Kug / Petunia / Singing Bee (voice)
Hermes Conrad (voice)
Amy Wong (voice)
Father Changstein-el-Gamahl / Terry (voice)
Nibbler / Bees (voice)


Sent on the same mission which caused the deaths of the previous Planet Express crew, Leela mourns the apparent death of Fry.

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Professor Farnsworth says his former crew was killed by "space bees". In the pilot he said they were killed by space wasps. Bees are not wasps and vice-versa. See more »


Leela: [laying on a table] Is this some kind of brain scanner, Professor?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Of a sort. In France they call it a guillotine.
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Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


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Written by Kimberley Rew
Arranged by Christopher Tyng
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Possibly the best episode in the entire series
22 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No matter how funny a comedy show is, its best moments are always defined by it serious episodes. Along with "Godfellas" this is my favorite episode in the series. Bender, Fry, and Leela are sent on the same mission which killed Professor Farnsworth's previous crew: collecting honey from killer space wasps. Although Fry does not want to go, Leela forces him. As they are completing their mission, Fry jumps in front of Leela, taking the wasp sting that was meant for her. Following Fry's funeral, Leela suffers terrible guilt.

"The Sting" is a pivotal episode as it shows the deep emotional bond that Fry and Leela share. Although it does have moments of classic Futurama comedy (including the main cast breaking into a rousing rendition of "Don't Worry, Be Happy"), this is a really deep, serious episode, which will likely bring viewer to tears.

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