Bender Gets Made (a.k.a. Bendfellas)

Season 2, Ep 17, Aired 4/30/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Bender finally has his chance to meet chef Elzar, his hero, as the Planet Express crew are guests in the audience of Elzar's cooking show. Bender makes a fool of himself, and inadvertently causes Leela to become temporarily blind. Elzar offers them a meal in his restaurant to repay Leela for what happened, but then sticks them with a $1200 bill that they cannot pay. To avoid jail, Bender volunteers to work off the debt. But when he meets members of the Robot Mafia, Bender decides that crime pays more, and joins their gang. His job? Steal a shipment of Zuban cigars from a delivery ship to show his loyalty... the Planet Express ship.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Smitty

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various

  • Tress MacNeille

    Hattie / Waitress / Mother / Tinny Tim

  • Frank Welker

    Nibbler / Chihuahua Doctor

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • The Robot Mafia!

    By that70sguy92, Jun 15, 2009

  • bender gets in the robot mafia hillariou sepisode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 22, 2008

  • Bender joins the robot mafia.

    By stitch069917, Jun 19, 2008

  • ( See Review) Robot Mafia!!!

    By Iverson82094, Feb 03, 2008

  • bender joins the mafia

    By bender21345, Nov 28, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (60)

    • Bender: So they sent a helpless child to kill me? Well I'm not going out without a fight. (kicks Tim's crutch out from under him) Tinny Tim: Fine kick, sir! But I'm actually here to deliver your cut from the cigar heist. Bender: Oh, sweet legal tender! Kid, tell the Donbot I'm quitting organized crime. From now on I'll stick to the regular kind.

    • Leela (seeing a blurry image that looks like Bender): I think it's Blotto, that gangster I saw when my patch fell off! (her vision clears to reveal the Professor) Professor?! Where were you at 10pm last night? Farnsworth: Where am I now?

    • Fry: I'm telling you, Leela was cool, she was in command, and when she kicked people it hurt. It really hurt.

    • Leela: I've got an idea. Hold still. (She rubs her ropes against Bender's arm) It's about to break. Yes! Yes! Bender's arm drops off Leela: Alright! Bender: Yeah that broke, alright!

    • Bender: Uh, help! Help! Leela: Bender! Fry: You're OK! Bender: Yes, I am. Having just this minute regained consciousness.

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    Notes (2)

    • As was the case with the previous episode, the Professor's line "Holy Zombie Jesus!" was censored when aired on Adult Swim but restored for Comedy Central.

    • First appearance of Don-Bot, Clamps and Joey Mousepad.

    Trivia (8)

    • Alien code: The Ambulance that rushes down the street has Alien Code #1 on the front of it. It's written backwards for rear-view mirrors and it reads "Meat Truck".

    • Bender's mafia name, 'Blotto', is a joke on the double meaning of his real name. Blotto is a slang term for being drunk, and Bender, in addition to being what he does, is also a term meaning a drunken binge.

    • Opening theme promotion: SIMULCAST ON CRAZY PEOPLE'S FILLINGS

    • Fry ties strings to the steering wheel since Leela can't drive, but in the next shot, they are gone. Response: The strings aren't gone until Leela returns to the wheel, and presumably she had removed them herself.

    • When Bender's speaking with Tinny Tim at the Oil-Aide stand, you can see "The Masked Unit" standing in the background.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Hermes: Where in Legoland is Leela? Legoland is a theme park based on the popular children's toy, Lego. There are currently four theme parks in England, Denmark, Germany and the USA.

    • Star Trek The console above the bed Leela is on when she is being examined looks like the vital signs monitor used in Star Trek: The Original Series. In Star Trek, they are also placed above the beds.

    • Title Gag: SIMULCAST ON CRAZY PEOPLE'S FILLINGS This could be a possible reference to a claim made by Lucille Ball on The Dick Cavett Show that she had picked up radio signals on her tooth fillings.

    • The ambulance takes Leela to Taco Bellevue Hospital, which uses the Taco Bell logo on its sign. Leela is carried into the ER past a patient who is talking to an alien doctor that looks like the Taco Bell Chihuahua with an antenna growing out of the top of its head.

    • Emeril Live Elzar's cooking show (and in fact his character) are references to Emeril Lagasse and Emeril Live, a cooking show on the Food Network.

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