Fry and Bender enlist in the army to get a soldiers discount for bubblegum. When they are called to fight a war on a planet of bouncing ball aliens, Leela disguises herself as man to enlist... See full summary »

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Turanga Leela / Lee Lemon (voice)
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Bender / Henry Kissinger's Head / Bumpkin Soldier / Additional Voices (voice)
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Nurse (voice)
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Lt. Kif Kroker / iHawk / Brain Balls / Recruitment Officer / Additional Voices (voice)
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Hermes Conrad (voice)
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PA Announcer (voice) (as Todd Sussman)
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Fry and Bender enlist in the army to get a soldiers discount for bubblegum. When they are called to fight a war on a planet of bouncing ball aliens, Leela disguises herself as man to enlist with them. Bender is eventually sent to parley with the enemy, but this turns out to be a ploy. Written by Rad Fox

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The scene where it switches to the hospital has many large references to the classic American TV series M*A*S*H (1972). The PA announcer and the scene with Dr. Zoidberg arguing with a robot (which has "iHawk" written on the front, referencing Hawkeye Pierce, the series' main character) are both the two main examples. See more »

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Captain Zapp Brannigan: As you know, the key to victory is the element of surprise. Surprise!
[pushes button, bay doors open under soldiers]
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References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

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The M*A*S*H Theme
Written by Johnny Mandel
Arranged by Christopher Tyng
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The One Where Fry And Bender Join The Army...
31 October 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's so funny. Fry is just so dumb and lovable, that you can't help loving him.

In this episode, Fry and Bender decide they want some bubble gum. So after choosing it, from the wide selection that the future has to offer, they go up to pay for it. They find out that if they're in the army, they get a discount and will save like 35 cents. So they go and enlist and come back and pay for the gum. With the discounted price. Then they get drafted. Bad idea. Leela knows that they won't last without her help, so she dresses up as a man and joins as well. For some reason, they wouldn't let her join when she was just a woman. Fry doesn't realize that it's Leela and hangs out with him slash her. And he begins to grow really attached.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.


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