A Head in the Polls

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 12/12/99
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  • Episode Description
  • When a mine disaster traps the only supply of Titanium and 1000 robots, Bender becomes highly profitable, so he decides to sell his entire body. He later discovers that life as a simple head is boring, so he wants his body back. Elections take place, with John Jackson, Jack Johnson and Richard Nixon's head as candidates; but Nixon is using Bender's body.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Stoned Guy / V.A.P. Man / Bill Clinton’s Head / Bob Dole’s Head

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Richard Nixon’s Head

  • Tress MacNeille

    Brain Slug Woman / Linda / Campaign Manager

  • Frank Welker

    Nibbler / Checkers' Head

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • Nixon

    By futuramarama, Apr 02, 2010

  • Quite funny...

    By BreezyLad, May 17, 2009

  • A unique episode.

    By that70sguy92, May 03, 2009

  • bender sells his body after a raise in titanium

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 22, 2008

  • Bender sells his body for money only to want it back.

    By stitch069917, Jun 16, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (52)

    • Morbo: Morbo congratulates our gargantuan cyborg president. May death come quickly to his enemies.

    • Farnsworth: I can't believe it. He won by a single vote. Bender: Well it ain't my fault. I'm a non-voting felon, thank you. Fry: Well it's not my fault either 'cause I forgot to vote. Leela: Oh, crud. I knew there was something I meant to do today.

    • Linda: The sheer drama of this election has driven voter turnout to its highest level in centuries. 6%!

    • Bender: Not so fast, Nixon! Are you familiar with audio tape? Nixon: Uh-oh. I don't like where this is heading. Nixon: [on tape] And I'll go into people's houses at night and wreck up the place! Nixon: My God? I really sound like that? I thought my voice had more of a Clark Gable quality.

    • Bender: Whoa, mama! Get a room, you two! Man: We're in a room! Bender: Well then lose some weight.

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    Notes (2)

    • When Bender is sleeping, he dreams in Binary. After frame by frame study, there is an actual message inside the dream. In the final frame when the screen fills with numbers, just before the bigger numbers appear, the binary can be translated into the sentence "Get A Life." Bender wakes up when you see a 2 in the code.

    • Bender's mentions that his body is 40% titanium in this episode. It is also 40% zinc, as mentioned in the episode Fry and the Slurm Factory. And in Jurassic Bark Bender says his body is 40% dolomite. In The 30% Iron Chef, he mentions he's 30% iron. All together that is 150%.

    Trivia (12)

    • In "The Scary Door" a shoe, a telephone, a stopwatch, a chicken drumstick and a guy washing his hair all float through the air during the opening music.

    • The toy car Bender drives around in has wheels, despite the fact that the technology for the wheel had been lost for who knows how long in Mothers Day.

    • Opening theme promotion: FROM THE MAKERS OF FUTURAMA

    • When Fry, Leela, and Bender's head go bowling, the ball Leela uses looks exactly like an eye, a reference to her cycloptic nature.

    • Bender reads a Playbot magazine.

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    Allusions (14)

    • Cheech and Chong At the voter registration place, one of the political parties with a booth is "Dudes For The Legalation Of Of Hemp". Besides legalization being spelled wrong and "of" being repeated, the guy working the booth responds to Amy's question about the uses of hemp by saying "Dave's not here, man." That phrase was made famous on Cheech and Chong's self-titled debut album.

    • Playboy Magazine Bender can be seen reading a 'Playbot Magazine.' This is a direct reference to Hugh Hefner's popular mens magazine, Playboy.

    • Betty Friedan: Nixon's head dreams of Betty Friedan, a feminist activist most famous for her book The Feminist Mystique, published in 1963.

    • Katey Sagal: In the Head Museum, the heads assorted into different categories. One of those categories is 'TV Stars' and one of the heads is Katey Sagal, from Married... with Children, who provides the voice of Leela in Futurama.

    • 2984 (during "The Scary Door") This is a reference to George Orwell's famous book "1984"

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