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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Bender has a human heart in his compartment. This could be a reference to _"Futurama" Anthology of Interest II (2002)_ where Bender tells the group that he needs a human heart to pump blood out of his basement. See more »


Roberto: I'm sorry I spilled the transmission fluid, Mommy! No, no! Don't weld me to the wall, Mommy!
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Fry gets certified then goes insane
25 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After realising he has made no pension provisions Fry goes to the bank to start a savings account; while there Bender bumps in to his old friend Roberto... just before he robs the bank! Roberto makes his getaway leaving Fry and Bender each holding a bag full of money. They are arrested, tried and sent to an asylum for insane robots... despite Fry protesting that he is human. As the robot doctors refuse to believe Fry is human his nerves get more and more frayed; he is given electric shocks to calm him, fed robot oil and is forced to share a tiny room with Malfunctioning Eddie... the robot who keeps exploding. Eventually he thinks he is about to be released but in fact it is Eddie who is freed and Fry gets an even worse room-mate... Roberto the insane bank robber! Not able to cope he eventually comes to believe that he is indeed a robot... a belief that gets him released! Once out he still considers himself a robot; which puts him in grave danger when he confronts the escaped Roberto.

This episode contains some good laughs; Roberto is particularly funny in his own psychotic way and it was nice to see Malfunctioning Eddie again. For such a funny programme Fry looks genuinely disturbed and his breakdown feels believable as he descends into madness. The asylum setting obviously gets 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' references but you don't need to have seen that film to enjoy the jokes.

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