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Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV 

Bender becomes a star on his favorite soap opera by forgetting his lines and reverting to character, but becomes concerned about the effect he is having on the audience.

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Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / TV Announcer / Network President (voice)
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Turanga Leela (voice)
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Bender / Human Friend / Sal / Antonio Calculon, Jr. (malfunctioning) / Cool-o-Meter / Additional Voices (voice)
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Monique / Tinny Tim / Linda / Mombot / Emotitron Jr. / Macaulay Culckon / Executive Gamma / Children at Party (voice)
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Calculon / Morbo / Executive Alpha / Executive Beta / Additional Voices (voice)
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Hermes Conrad / Antonio Calculon Jr. (voice)
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Director / Casting Director / Additional Voices (voice)
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Cubert Farnsworth / Casting Director / Emotitron Jr. / Children at Party (voice)
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Dwight Conrad (voice)
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Bender becomes a star on his favorite soap opera by forgetting his lines and reverting to character, but becomes concerned about the effect he is having on the audience.

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Trivia

While Cubert, Dwight and Tinny Tim are stealing Bender's stuff, Bender Calls Fry on the phone, just as Dwight is walking past Fry carrying a safe labeled 'Bender's Loot.' In the next scene, it is revealed that Bender was inside this safe, which means that Bender called Fry from inside the safe as it was being stolen, but, did not mention it to him. See more »

Quotes

TV Announcer: We now return to everyone's favorite show, already in progress. Everybody Loves Hypnotoad.
[TV shows Hypnotoad staring]
Fry: This show has been going downhill since season 3.
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Crazy Credits

The Futurama theme is remixed with John DiMaggio beat-boxing and Billy West as Zoidberg "rapping". See more »

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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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TV Party
Written by Henry Rollins
Performed by Black Flag
Performed in the credits by John DiMaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal,
Phil LaMarr, Kath Soucie, Bumper Robinson, and Lauren Tom
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Bender becomes a role model
29 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While the Planet Express crew along with Cubert and Dwight are watching Calculons's melodramatic soap opera 'All My Circuits' one of the actors malfunctions and the channel announces that they are holding auditions for child-robots to replace him... so Bender tries out. Despite being terrible he gets the job and is told that he will be playing a character in an incurable coma. He can't even do this as he gets up and starts drinking, smoking and being generally offensive. Since Calculon never does two takes they broadcast the episode and are shocked to find that the viewers like Benders 'In ya face attitude'. As his popularity rises youngsters including Cubert, Dwight and Tinny Tim start to emulate him. This leads to a protest group led by the Professor and Hermes, 'Fathers Against Rude Television' being formed to get Bender taken off the air. Bender is not impressed until the boys emulate his coolness by stealing his property! Horrified that his property has been stolen he joins the protest and marches on the studio.

I thought the story here was a little bit weak overall even though there were plenty of individual laughs to be had; Dwight smoking his father's 'cigar' was particularly funny as was Conrad's reaction. It probably didn't help that I never found the deliberately exaggerated melodrama of 'All My Circuits' all that funny nor are Cubert and Dwight among my favourite characters... they are okay in small doses but aren't so good when taking a major part. I know that all sounds fairly negative but even a weak episode of Futurama is worth watching.


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