Futurama: Season 4, Episode 3

Anthology of Interest II (6 Jan. 2002)

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An anthology of three "what if" stories: what if Bender was human, what if life was more like a video game, and what if Leela found her true home.



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Episode credited cast:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Q*bert / Robot from Berzerk / Evil Brain-Bot / Igner (voice)
Nd-Nd / Who-Ask Machine / Mom (voice)
Narrator / Lrrr / Donkey Kong / Mario / Walt (voice)
Hermes Conrad / Soldier (voice)
Dr. Ogden Wernstrom / General Colin Pac-Man / Scruffy / Larry (voice)
Amy Wong / Ms. Pac-Man (voice)
Nibbler / Toaster-Raccoon (voice)
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An anthology of three "what if" stories: what if Bender was human, what if life was more like a video game, and what if Leela found her true home.

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After the Space Invaders spoof, Q*bert hops down the stairs and, while speaking backward, says, "where can a guy get some pants around here?" See more »


Many of the characters in the "if life were like a video game" segment are referred to as "Nintendians", a reference to the video game manufacturer Nintendo. However, very few of these characters are actually from games by Nintendo. See more »


Fry: [Bender is a massive glob of flab. Fry waves his hand in front of Bender's eyes] He's dead.
Professor Ogden Wernstrom: When did he die?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: [checks Bender's pulse] Hmm. About 12 hours ago when the party started.
Professor Ogden Wernstrom: But he just said, "Woooo!"
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: No, that was air escaping from the folds of his fat.
[shoves a glob of fat on Bender]
Bender: [his fat] Woooo!
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Opening Subtitle: Hey, TiVo! Suggest THIS! See more »


Spoofs Asteroids (1979) See more »


Tom Sawyer
Written by Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson
Performed by Rush
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11 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is time for the second 'Anthology of Interest' so the professor has repaired his 'what if' machine and assembled the crew to ask it three more questions. Once again it is Bender, Fry and Leela asking the questions; Bender wants to know what it would be like to be human; Fry wonders what it would be like if life was more like a video game and Leela just wants to know what it would be like to go home. In Bender's story he delights in over indulging on all of life's pleasures that one week later he is so fat that his width matches his height; Fry's section features a battle which spoofs such classic video games as Donkey Kong, Pac Man and Space Invaders and Leela's segment is closely based on 'The Wizard of Oz'; although there is a nice twist to the end.

I thought this 'Anthology of Interest' episode wasn't quite as good as the first but they are pretty close; and I'm sure different viewers will have their own favourites from the two episodes. Here I enjoyed the final section the most; the spoof of 'The Wizard of Oz' was great with lots of laughs which I suspect will work whether you've seen the film or not; although it will obviously be better if you have seen it. Bender's section was second best although many of the jokes might be considered a little too crude by some viewers. Fry's section was the weakest of the three for me but I suspect that might be because I was never really into video games; I suspect people who enjoyed the games being spoofed will enjoy it far more. Over all this was a quality episode and I'm sure everybody will enjoy at least one of the sections if not all three.

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