Futurama

A Tale of Two Santas

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 12/23/01
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  • Episode Description
  • In this Xmas episode, Santa is not as we know him. In the future, Santa is not the bearer of gifts, but an evil robot, intent on bringing terror to the holiday. Unfortunately, the crew has the mission of delivering Santa's mail on Xmas eve. As the people on Earth lie in wait for Santa to arrive, the crew accidentally freezes Santa. This brings the opportunity for Fry to bring his "antiquated" notion of Christmas to the 21st century. To Bender falls the unenviable task of replacing Santa and discovering the wrath of yuletide cheer, until Santa returns and makes Bender his partner in Xmas crime.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer / Father / Elves

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Smitty / Judge Ron Whitey / Elves

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong

  • Tress MacNeille

    Linda / Petunia / Vyolet / Premula / Little Girl / Little Boy / Mother

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Not sure what people see in this episode.

    By gpph, Jun 21, 2014

  • Christmas Review #44

    By tigerdude22, Dec 26, 2011

  • The second Xmas episode.

    By that70sguy92, Jul 22, 2009

  • hillarious episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 24, 2008

  • Simply a hilarious episode that is a must see!!!

    By Iverson82094, Feb 19, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (56)

    • The Elves' Song

      Elves:
      We are free and fairly sober
      With so many toys to build!
      The machines are kind of tricky,
      Prob'ly someone will be killed.
      But we gladly work for nothing...

      Fry:
      Which is good because we don't intend to pay.

      Elves:
      The Elves are back to work today!
      Hooray!

      We have just a couple hours
      To make several billion gifts
      And the labor isn't easy.

      Leela:
      Then you'll all work triple shifts.
      You can make the job go quicker
      If you turn up the controls to super-speed.

      (The controls switch to Lucy and the Elves' work and the song accelerate in the tempo.)

      Fry, Leela, Bender and Elves:
      It's back to work on X-Mas Eve!

      Elves:
      (tired) Hooray.

      Leela:
      And tho' you're cold and sore and ugly,
      Your pride will mask the pain.

      Fry:
      Let my happy smile warm your heart.

      Solo Elf:
      There's a toy lodged in my brain.

      Elves:
      We are getting awf'lly tired
      And we can't work any faster
      And we're very, very sorry.

      Bender:
      Why, you selfish little bastards!
      Do you want the kids to think that Santa's
      Just a crummy empty-handed jerk?

      Elf:
      Ow!

      Bender:
      Then shut your yaps and back to work!

      Elves:
      Now it's very nearly X-Mas
      And we've done the best we could.

      Fry:
      These toy soldiers are poorly painted...

      Leela:
      And they're made from inferior wood.

      Bender:
      I should give you all a beating
      But I really have to fly.

      Robot Santa:
      If I weren't stuck here frozen,
      I'd harpoon you in the eye!

      Elves:
      Now it's back into our tenements
      To drown ourselves in rye.

      Leela:
      You did the best you could, I guess
      And some of these gorillas are okay.

      Various Elves:
      Hooray!
      We're adequate!

      All:
      The elves have rescued X-Mas Day!
      HOORAY!

    • Bender: On, Trasher! On, Smasher! Hey, Kwanzaabot, where you off to? Kwanzaabot: Ah, you didn't hear about it? Chanukah Zombie's having a luau at the B'nai B'rith! You comin'? Bender: Word!

    • Fry: Wait a second! Maybe your futuristic Xmas isn't so rotten after all. Leela: What are you talking about, you crouton? You said it yourself: Xmas should be about bringing people together, not blowing them apart. Fry: But don't you see? Fear has brought us together. That's the magic of Xmas! Farnsworth: That's a big crock of- (There is an explosion outside) Hold me!

    • Leela: This wangs chun! After all the good we tried to do, Xmas turned out as rotten as ever. Farnsworth: No heat. Amy: No power. Hermes: Huddled together in fear like lice in a burning wig.

    • Bender: Santa! You saved my life. Please don't kill me! Santa: I'm not here to kill you, Bender! I need you to help me save Xmas. Bender: Gee whiz, Santa! You want me to help you? Fry: Don't do it! He's evil! Santa: I know he is but I have no choice. I'm running late and if I don't complete my brutal rampage, well, it just wouldn't be Xmas.

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    Notes (5)

    • Coolio is credited as a "Special Appearance".

    • If you have season 3 DVD set you can listen to the table reading of this episode. Go to the "Tale of Two Santas" menu and press right from 'play episode' this will hightlight the episode picture. Press 'enter' to start.

    • Some of the names on Santa's list are members of the Futurama staff.

    • Even though John Goodman played Santa in Xmas Story, John DiMaggio (Bender) takes over the role in this episode.

    • This episode was originally slated to air in December of 2000, but was deemed too violent for the show's Sunday 7PM timeslot. However, the episode finally aired a year later on December 23, 2001 at 9:30PM (Eastern Standard Time).

    Trivia (20)

    • Why did the Neptunians paint Bender red, and why did he agree anyway? All this would do would make him look more like Robot Santa, and people would hate him and not listen to him. But even still, how could so many people have not realised that Bender wasn't nearly as fat as Robot Santa, or any other obvious differences?

    • In Xmas Story it was shown that nobody would be outside or working on Christmas Eve after 4pm, for fear of Santa killing them. So why are there so many people outside here?

    • Bender refers to the robot Reindeer as Trasher and Smasher, however, in Xmas Story, the original Christmas special, Amy stated that one of them was Rudolph when it's nose began flashing red, about to explode.

    • Santa-bot's hat, which was taken by Bender, appears briefly while chasing Fry and Leela. It occurs during the scene where he is hurdling the toy soldiers.

    • Opening theme promotion: THIS EPISODE PERFORMED ENTIRELY BY SOCK PUPPETS

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    Allusions (9)

    • The blinking warhead is an homage to Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

    • Santa's Workshop is using non-union workers. This is just one of many links between the Neptunians and Mexicans.

    • Star Trek Kirk is famous for defeating artificial lifeforms by telling stories containing logical paradoxes.

    • I Love Lucy: Job Switching
      The toy factory speed "Lucy" is remenicent of a classic episode "Job Switching" in which Lucy works in a chocolate factory.

    • Barking Dogs
      The evil barking dogs that bark at the elves are a tribute to the famous Christmas Dogs who were recorded singing Christmas carols in 1995. They're barking the tune of "Jingle Bells."

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