The Honking

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 11/5/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When Bender inherits a spooky castle from his deceased uncle, he finds himself being pursued by a terrifying, driverless car.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Thermostadt Villagers / Tandy / Vladimir’s Ghost / Project Satan

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Solicitorbot / You There / Vandal #1 / Yokelbot

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong

  • Tress MacNeille

    Gypsybot / Inuitbot

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • A good way to start the third season.

    By that70sguy92, Jun 15, 2009

  • great episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 24, 2008

  • Bender becomes a werecar.

    By stitch069917, Jun 19, 2008

  • Season three getting started off right!!! A great episode to say the least.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 04, 2008

  • Another rather unspectacular Bender episode kicks off the slightly inconsistent third series.

    By kaffikanna111, Dec 18, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (52)

    • Fry: Hey Project Satan, over here! I'm a blind pedestrian! 20 points!

    • Fry: You didn't hurt me at all. But I know you wanted to, and that's what matters. Here's to you. Bender: Hey, that's my last beer, you bastard. I'll kill you! Fry: I'll kill you too, buddy. I'll kill you too! (Bender starts choking Fry)

    • Fry: Yes! He chose me! He's trying to kill me! Leela, I'm so happy!

    • Bender: Oh, boy! I feel like a car in a candy store!

    • Leela: Oh, no! There's no exhaust pipe! Project Satan: That's right! Thanks to Ed Begley Jr.'s electric motor, the most evil propulsion system ever conceived!

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    Notes (2)

    • The numbers that drench in blood on the wall have actual meaning. 0101100101 is jiberish, it just stands for the number 357. But 1010011010 actually stands for 666, the sign of the beast.

    • This episode was pre-empted in the Eastern and Central time zones due to extended NFL coverage. These time zones were treated to this episode joined in progress at 20 minutes after the hour. (This happened so often that by the time Futurama was cancelled, there was a whole season's worth of unshown episodes, hence five seasons instead of four.)

    Trivia (14)

    • The name of the city "Thermostadt" is not actually Hungarian (as the city is supposed to be), but it's rather German, translating in Thermo-City. The City itself also looks very much like a small German town from the 18th or 19th century.

    • Bender's bumper sticker reads "If You Can Read This, I'll Kill You".

    • The term "werewolf" in Old Germanic means "man wolf". The term "werecar" is applied incorrectly because Bender is not human.

    • After Bender is welded to the wall, both Leela and Fry leave the apartment; but Fry lives with Bender. Even though he obviously couldn't stay with Bender, where exactly was he going? Response: this is a plot hole which occurred because a scene was deleted. After having nailed Bender to the wall, Fry explains that he wants to listen to some homeless guy, because he makes some really good points. This scene explains why Fry is leaving his own apartment. It can be found on Futurama Season 2 DVD4.

    • Bender cannot have an uncle because he was made in MOM's factory nor could he have a family castle.

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    Allusions (23)

    • Werewolf

      The second part of the episode reminds of the 80's tv series Werewolf where a young boy is bitten by a Werewolf and is cursed to turn into a werewolf himself forever unless he finds the source of the original bloodline and kills him in order get freed from the curse.

    • MacBeth Bender calls Calculon "MacButt" - a bad attempt at a pun on the Shakespeare character, MacBeth.

    • Frankenstein: The original were-car was built by assembling parts from various evil cars, an allusion to Frankenstein's monster, built from various body parts, some of them from criminals.

    • Dracula: The early sequences of the superstitious villagers and the coachman who will go no further are references to Dracula.

    • One of the tombstones in the castle cemetery reads "The Red LeBaron", a punning reference to the Red Baron and the Chrysler LeBaron, foreshadowing the were-car plot.

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