Futurama: Season 3, Episode 2

War Is the H-Word (26 Nov. 2000)

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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... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela / Lee Lemon (voice)
Bender / Henry Kissinger's Head / Bumpkin Soldier / Additional Voices (voice)
Nurse (voice)
Lt. Kif Kroker / iHawk / Brain Balls / Recruitment Officer / Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
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Hermes Conrad (voice)
PA Announcer (voice) (as Todd Sussman)


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 »


Bender: These balls are making me testy!
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Features Neptune Nonsense (1936) See more »


The M*A*S*H Theme
Written by Johnny Mandel
Arranged by Christopher Tyng
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A great spoof of M*A*S*H and Starship Troopers
1 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After seeing a soldier get a five percent military discount Fry and Bender decide to sign up themselves with the intention of quitting as soon as they have made their purchase... too bad war is declared only seconds after they sign on the dotted line! Knowing that they are doomed without her Leela attempts to sign up too but Zapp informs her that there is no place for women in his army. On arrival on the alien planet the troops find themselves pitched into battle against a race of bouncing balls! Soon after arrival a new recruit catches Zapp's eye; Pvt. Lee Lemon. Lemon; the best recruit by quite some way is strangely familiar... perhaps it is the purple hair; perhaps it is the slightly feminine voice. The battle doesn't go well and Bender is taken to the field hospital where his bravery is spotted by President Nixon... he comes up with a plan to beat the balls; he will plant a bomb in Bender and detonate it at the peace talks.

If you've seen Starship Troopers or M*A*S*H you are probably going to enjoy this as both are heavily referenced; it isn't essential to have seen them though as only one or two jokes require knowledge of them to be amusing; the iHawk robotic doctor being the most obvious. Once again Zapp provides plenty of good laughs; mostly when he finds himself strangely attracted to Lee Lemon... how he, and Fry and Bender, didn't realise it was Leela is a mystery as it was obviously her... that is what makes it so funny of course! I was a little surprised at the number of 'ball jokes' some viewers mind find them too crude but I expect most will have a good laugh!

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