I Dated a Robot

Season 3, Ep 15, Aired 5/13/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Fry downloads Lucy Liu's image from nappster.com onto a blank robot and falls in love with the computerized image that is programmed to love him back. His friends, who are worried about Fry, try to shut down nappster.com, and discover that the company has actually kidnapped real celebrities. They grab Lucy Liu's preserved head and try to escape, but nappster.com send an army of warrior Lucy Liu-bots after them.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Clyde Smith / Trekkie #2 / Nappster Salesman / Nappster Owner / George Michael's Head

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Zapp Brannigan / Sebastian Cabot / Trekkie #1 / Propaganda Film Nar

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong / Little Girl / Marilyn Monroe-bot

  • Tress MacNeille

    Mother / Mrs. Everyteen / Mavis / Madeline Albright’s Head / Madeline Albright-bot / Cameron Diaz

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Lucy Liu

    By futuramarama, Jun 20, 2010

  • Not one of my favorites.

    By that70sguy92, Jun 26, 2009

  • kid nappster? hillarious episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 24, 2008

  • Series Classic.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 19, 2008


    By Kas_dude, Apr 07, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (48)

    • Bender: I know it hurts, buddy. But at least you're not in a sick relationship with a robot anymore. Fry: Uh-huh. And I guess now maybe I can get to know the real Lucy Liu. Bender: Pft! Yeah, at our wedding! Liu: It's true. Bender and I are in love. Fry: But, but- Bender: Don't be a prude, Fry!

    • Fry: Lucy Liubot, if I don't survive the corn, I want you to know that I love you as much as a man can love a computerised image of gorgeous celebrity. Which it turns out is a lot. Liubot: Oh, Fry, I love you more than the moon and the stars and the - poetic image number 37 not found.

    • Zoidberg: At least we've got food. Leela: Dr. Zoidberg, cut open that bag! Zoidberg: Hooray! Leela: And don't eat it. Zoidberg: Aww!

    • Bender: Damnit! We weren't counting on them being as smart as they are sexy! Liu: A dangerous mistake to make.

    • Alex: Mr. Mayor, if you want to see a real vampire, look in the mirror! Mayor: I can't! I'm a vampire!

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    Notes (7)

    • This episode's title "I Dated A Robot" is also shown as the title of the propaganda film that Professor Farnsworth shows Fry, making it one of only 10 Futurama episodes that broadcasts its title on screen. The other 9 eps. are: Hell Is Other Robots (on the Robot Devil's brochure), Roswell That Ends Well (written on the side of the missile and also sporting a doodle of Dr. Zoidberg as Kilroy), Where No Fan has Gone Before (the opening theme promotion) Anthology (Tales) of Interest, I, Anthology (Tales) of Interest, II and the four movies.

    • The destruction of Earth in the filmstrip is the same as the one you see in Space Pilot 3000 when Fry is frozen.

    • Several of the nerds on the internet resemble Futurama staff members, including David X. Cohen!

    • Alien code: When you see the Space Pope logo, it has Alien Code #2 on the bottom half. When translated it reads: "Crocodylus Pontifex." This is the only time the code if actually translated on screen to what it really says.

    • Alien code: When the professor goes to log Leela and Fry online, Alien Code #2 can be seen on the computer screen. When translated it reads: "AOL."

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    Trivia (16)

    • Fry says that Lucy Liu was the hottest actress of the 21st century, but Fry wasn't around in the 21st century. So, there's no way he could've known that.

    • When the crew escape with Lucy Lui's head the nerds send an army of Lucy's to take them out by using a backup disk. If they could make backups there was no reason to keep them prisoner in the first place.

    • When Fry's Lucy Liu-bot points the projector down on the other Lui-bots, the film can still be seen on the movie screen, however it should now be projected onto the Lui-bots.

    • In the film "I Dated a Robot" that the Professor shows to Fry and the gang, one scene asks where the biochemists are. Incidentally, Lucy Liu's mother is a biochemist.

    • The sign on the wall out the front of Dinkin' Donuts reads 'If Food is Not Reasonably Clean, Return Uneaten Portion For Partial Refund.'

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    Allusions (12)

    • The settings for the Lucy Liu robots, "Competent Lawyer," "Icy Dominatrix," and "Erotic Assassin", are probably references to her roles on Ally McBeal, Payback and Charlie's Angels respectively.

    • The Twilight Zone The presenter on "Don't Date Robots" is a parody on The Twilight Zone presenter, Rod Serling.

    • Bender's problem with human/robot relationships reflects some peoples' views on interracial relationships (just replace "human/robot" with "white/black" and it's pretty clear)

    • Hand Crafters is a quick reference to Lens Crafters, a store that fills eye prescriptions.

    • Dinkin' Donuts is a quick reference to Dunkin' Donuts and former New York Mayor Dinkins

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