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Lethal Inspection 

Bender discovers that he has no backup capabilities--meaning that he is mortal, and he and Hermes travel to Mexico so that he can take out his frustrations on his inspector.

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Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Center Square Bureaucrat / Killbot #3 / Killbot #4 / Old Man in Line (voice)
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Turanga Leela (voice)
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Bender / Darth Ithead / Man Flung Out of Cube / Killbot #2 (voice)
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Darth Sploder / Female Bureaucrat / Bureaucrascan / Mom (voice)
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Border Guard (voice)
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Amy Wong (voice)
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Hermes Conrad / Darth Stroyer / Killbot #1 / Killbot #5 (voice)
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Darth Trocious / Scruffy / Bureaucrat 74 / Mexican #1 (voice)
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Bender discovers that he has no backup capabilities--meaning that he is mortal, and he and Hermes travel to Mexico so that he can take out his frustrations on his inspector.

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The note in alien code which Leela receives translates to "Need extra cash? Melt down your old, unwanted humans. We pay top dollar!" See more »

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Bender: So what could have caused that leak? A heat fracture, on account of I'm so hot?
Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth: I'm afraid not. Oh, Bender, you have a fatal defect.
Bender: Ah, fatal, schmatal! I'll just download a wireless backup copy of me into an equally fabulous body.
Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth: That's just it. You can't! You were built without a backup unit.
Bender: There's no backup copy of me?
Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth: That's what I just said, you mortal coil.
Bender: So if I die...
Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth: You die. Or as you put it...
[Blows raspberry]
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References Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) See more »

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Little Bird, Little Bird
Written and Performed by Elizabeth Mitchell
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The first really strong episode of the new Futurama
23 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous reviewer that since Futurama returned to TV it has been floundering a little. This episode however, has everything that has made the show great- the laugh-out-loud jokes and the deep, character-affirming emotion.

Due to a critical defect, Bender finds that he has no back-up copy and is therefore mortal. With Hermes' help, he sets out to search the Central Bureaucracy for any trace of the robot inspector who missed the defect in order to get revenge.

Few episodes explore Bender's relationship with humans other than Fry, but "Lethal Inspection" shows him developing a very real friendship with Hermes. It also shows Bender learning to deal with mortality and to treasure the time he has... more than he would have if he still thought he was immortal. This episode will hold its own and stand alongside episodes like "Jurassic Bark," "Luck of the Fryrish," and "Leela's Homeworld."


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