Futurama: Season 5, Episode 9

The Sting (1 Jun. 2003)

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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 »


Professor Hubert Farnsworth: These bees are larger than most Buicks, and twice as ugly.
Fry: Larger than an American sedan? How big is the honeycomb?
Hermes Conrad: Honeycomb's big, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Bender: It's not small?
Hermes Conrad: No, no, no.
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References The Sting (1973) See more »


Walking on Sunshine
Written by Kimberley Rew
Arranged by Christopher Tyng
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Easily the best episode of the series
11 January 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The writers of this show are absolute geniuses. They make a cartoon which is very often hilarious and sometimes moving and powerful. This particular episode is a great example of their talent.

Leela and the crew are sent to collect honey from giant bees- which is how the previous Planet Express crew died. Eventually, Fry and Leela get stung by one of the bees. Leela gets a small scratch but Fry got the full impact and she feels extremely guilty and depressed for causing his death.

What then follows is a series of bizarre hallucinations (including a hilarious scene where they all suddenly burst into song) and dreams and she becomes more and more certain that Fry is still alive.

This is an incredibly clever episode, with a great twist in the end and truly touching ending. I won't give away anything- but if you haven't yet seen this one, do so! It is the best work the crew of Futurama have done to date.

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