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 names of the Sith Lords in the war reenactment are a satirical commentary on George Lucas' decision to name his Sith Lords in the Star Wars prequel movies blatantly obvious "bad guy" names, such as Darth Sidious (insidious), Darth Maul, Darth Tyranus (tyrant), and Darth Plagueis (plague), not to mention Darth Vader (invader). With the possible exception of Vader (whose name was accepted and embraced long before the other characters were named), this practice by Lucas is viewed by many fans and critics as a ridiculous and hokey poorly-conceived attempt at subtext by giving his villains names that shamelessly foreshadow their most evil characteristics. See more »


The sign in México reads: "FÁBRICA ROBOTICA DE LA Madre" (Robot factory of the mother). It should have said "FÁBRICA ROBÓTICA -with an accent mark on the second O- DE Mamá" (Robot factory of Mom). See more »


Darth Trocious: I shall rip out your heart and show it to you!
[Taps Scruffy with toy lightsaber]
Darth Trocious: It is done.
Scruffy: [Lies down] The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. Mmm-hmm.
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References Futurama: Parasites Lost (2001) See more »


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Written and Performed by Elizabeth Mitchell
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The first really strong episode of the new Futurama
23 September 2010 | by UnicornMaidenSee 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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