Futurama: Season 3, Episode 12

Insane in the Mainframe (8 Apr. 2001)

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Fry and Bender are mistakenly convicted of robbing a bank and are both sent to a robot mental institution.



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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Norm / Frankie / URL (voice)
Teller / Surveillance Camera / Nurse Ratchet / CIA Voice (voice)
The Hyper-Chicken / Bailiff / Dr. Perceptron / Victor / Horserace Commentator (voice)
Hermes Conrad / Thompson's Teeth Announcer / Unit 2013 (voice)
Amy Wong (voice)


Fry and Bender are mistakenly convicted of robbing a bank and are both sent to a robot mental institution.

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In keeping with the idea of artificial intelligence having the capacity for insanity, the subtle reference to the movie 2001 is the fact that the robot nut-house is called the "HAL institute." See more »


Roberto: Hey, Red. You're just in time for the hostage situation. Which side do you want to be on?
Fry: The side that kicks your twisted, metal ass.
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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One of the funniest episodes
11 June 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is one of the funniest episodes of Futurama out there in the telly. Roberto is one of the funniest and diverse literary characters ever invented, and he is endlessly quotable. "Stand back I gotta practice mah stabbin'", and "IT WAS NOT Nothing!!!" impress the hell ou of girls. In fact, this whole episode is a quote miners gold mine. I find myself shouting "Change places!!" and running at people that are eating at every opportunity. There is also a nice reference to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Watch this episode if you don't want to die unfulfilled. I have to write two more lines. Fry's psychological breakdown and descent into madness is hilarious, as is the BEEP he makes after Leela kisses him.

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