Futurama (1999–2013)
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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.


Ray Claffey


Matt Groening (created by), Matt Groening (developed by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Billy West ... Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Center Square Bureaucrat / Killbot #3 / Killbot #4 / Old Man in Line (voice)
Katey Sagal ... Turanga Leela (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Bender / Darth Ithead / Man Flung Out of Cube / Killbot #2 (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Darth Sploder / Female Bureaucrat / Bureaucrascan / Mom (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Border Guard (voice)
Lauren Tom ... Amy Wong (voice)
Phil LaMarr ... Hermes Conrad / Darth Stroyer / Killbot #1 / Killbot #5 (voice)
David Herman ... Darth Trocious / Scruffy / Bureaucrat 74 / Mexican #1 (voice)


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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Release Date:

22 July 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Professor calls Bender a "mortal coil". This is a reference to Hamlet's famous monologue in Act 3, Scene 2. The monologue begins "To be or not to be". See more »


The computer on the desk in Inspector #5's house appears and disappears. See more »


Bender: Looks like things are looking up.
Hermes Conrad: [Seeing incoming missles] Look up!
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Edited into Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow (2017) See more »


Little Bird, Little Bird
Performed by Elizabeth Mitchell
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Finally the series hits it's stride
26 July 2010 | by kath_hendersonSee all my reviews

We were all waiting for the return of Futurama as it was cruelly cancelled, we got the films and we got some reprieve in that but what we really wanted was a new series. And here it is. Finally. But the first few episodes have been hit and miss and this has left a few disheartened, I can't see how anyone would feel that way after watching this episode though.

Futurama's most important quality is that it can tug the heartstrings as well as cause a good old fashioned belly laugh. This episode has both of these qualities and the ending, like most really great episodes in this series, was able to be emotionally satisfying without being to saccharine, it felt honest and sweet and I loved it.

Although I was surprised that the two characters to cause such an emotional response were Bender and Hermes but that was the joy of the episode really, developing both characters to an extent and making it enjoyable (because everyone knows an episode with Bender focus is awesome).

What really surprised me about this episode (apart from the ending which I refuse to spoil) is the look at mortality. This episode looks from Bender's point of view as he realises (to his utter shock) that he is in fact mortal and therefore at one point will die. He asks the questions that you do when you realise this, "Why was I brought on to this planet only to die?", it's so tragic and heartbreaking, one particular scene in which he actually breaks down doesn't feel forced at all and actually purely emotional (once more without being uncomfortable). Of course he learns the lesson we all do which is that life is precious and although it ends we have to learn to experience and enjoy it for it's faults, Hermes actually helps him with this, as I previously said I was shocked how much I really liked Hermes in this episode.

So yes, to those disheartened by the new material released by Futurama, watch this episode and have your faith restored.

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