Season 5 Episode 13

Bend Her

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 20, 2003 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Bender faces his greatest challenge when he tricks his way into the 3004 Earth Olympian and wins several events, but he must endure the final and most revealing test to receive his medals. When Bender has a date with a major robot celebrity, Calculon, he sees this as an opportunity to be wined and dined like never before. When Bender realizes there's an inequity of feelings, he enlists Fry's and Leela's help to stage a "soap opera death".moreless

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  • funny episode

    well futurama is a great show and everyone who watches it loves it because of the non-sense involed in the simple dialog and obviouls flaws because everyone loves a sci-fi cartoon and its great because becoming a fem-bot bender wants to stay after he meets calculon and doesnt want to hurt his fellings but in the end as in all shows like this like when stewie loved lois he goes back to a male robot and starts hating everyone again so in the end it is a good one but something your kind of already expecting when will all these shows take a lead off from one another?moreless
  • A wierd episode: a sex change!!!!!

    While watching robots compete at the Olympics Bender gets the urge to compete himself. But his hopes are quickly dashed when he sees the feats of the manbots and realizes he will not be able to compete with them. So he disguises himself as a fembot to win their events.

    Bender asks the professor to transform when he discover he will have to undergo testing. Testing that would reveal him to be a manbot and his medal would be stripped from him.

    As the fembot 'Coilette' Bender becomes very successful and popular as he appears on countless magazines and even begins dating Calculon who eventually asks Coilette to marry him. Realising that he is unable to go through with it he plans to fake his own death.moreless
  • bender was buff!!!

    so, its the 3004 olympics, and hermes screws up with his big comeback to limboing because of his old nemesis (and Labarbaras old husband) Barbados Slim. Bender watches the Bending athletes Bending, and both him and zoidberg notice that their dreams can never come true! but then bender decides to cheat, and enter the fembot tournament, which he totally kicks a$$ in!1 so he's all happy, but then he finds out that they do a gender check- so bender does the one thing that he can do... get the professor to make a woman out of him ("no thanks, i think its best if we stay friends") and becomes Coilette, a fembot from Robonia.

    then after collecting his medals and disgracing women all over the world, just as bender is about to change back, he gets a date- with Calculon. so he goes along with it, and tries to scam calculon off, but in the end gets engaged to him. So everyone tries to get bender off the hook in the only way calculon knows- by Dramatizing!!!

    this ep was awesome!!!!!moreless
  • it was good

    it was very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good.moreless
  • Bender bends his gender!

    At the 3004 Earth Olypics, Bender wants to win a Bending challenge. But when he sees that the men's challenge is too hard for him, he sneaks into the women's challenge. Bender does an amzing job, and wins all the challeges with perfect scores! But when they have to do an oil check, Bender flips out. Then Professor gives Bender (Coilette) a sex change so he can get his or her medals. Then Bender/Coilette gets to be a guest star on a late night show where he meets Calculon. Calculon falls in love with Bender/Coilette, and ask him/her out on a date. Then Bender/Coilette start taking things more serous, the others start to worry. But Bender/Coilette says that he'll find a way out of the relationship, like most famous people do. But when Calculon tells him/her that he's in love with her/him. Bender/Coilette needs a way out of the weddng by a dramic 'soup opera death.' Eventhough it was done very cheesy, Calculon bought it, and made a movie based on Coilette. Everyone was watching it while Bender was turning back into a man. Towards the end of the end of hte show, Bender cries when he sees hte ending of the Coilette movie. Then quickly covers it up!moreless
David Herman

David Herman

Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Toronga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela, Various

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Nibbler, Various

Dawnn Lewis

Dawnn Lewis

LaBarbara Conrad

Recurring Role

Byrne Offutt

Byrne Offutt

Ultility Player

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (18)

    • The banner the crew holds up in support of Hermes reads, "You the Mon!"

    • The song that plays during Coilette's date with Calculon is Tom Jones' She's a Lady.

    • We learn that, prior to being married to Hermes, LaBarbara was married to Barbados Slim.

    • Opening theme promotion: TOO HOT FOR RADIO

    • Amongst the countries represented at the 3004 Olympics are Cyberia (with robots in parkas), Nation of Joe (a guy with a flag), Devil's Island (famous for the movie Papillon), and The Republic of French Stereotypes (a bunch of people in striped shirts and berets).

    • Also seen at Calculon's wedding is Hedonism-bot, the Gold robot constantly eating grapes.

    • LOOK HARD: The flags waved by the spectators at the Olympics are British, Canadian, Brazilian, Chilean, Belgian, Australian, South Korean and Djibouti. There are also teams in the field from Canada and Belgium.

    • The bottle of male oil that Professor Farnsworth uses to turn Bender back into a manbot is labeled "Testostiroil".

    • The torch carrier lights a pilot light in the brazier, and then turns on the gas. However, you hear the sounds of a striker attempting to light before the flame appears. If a pilot light is already lit, why would the brazier also need a striker?

    • Hermes was able to limbo under the emergency-door which Zoidberg clamped open, about 20cm in height... And now he can barely limbo under stick almost as high as himself standing up.

    • When the torch-carrier is about to light the Olympic flame, there are 2 guys with small flags. The right one is the Belgian flag, with the black field attached to the stick. Then, when the athletes enter the stadium, we see another correct Belgian flag in the audience, yet the big flag of the Belgian team (in front of Canada) is reversed, with the red field attached to the pole.

    • Bender's antenna pops out at the end despite having been snipped off.

    • This episode starts off at the 3004 Olympics. Two episodes before (by production code) "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" the cast of Star Trek and the Planet Express Crew are forced to take place in "Trek Fest 3002". I really don't think the episode "The Sting" took over a year.

    • No-one seems to notice that the Coilette marrying Calculon looks nothing like the Coilette who competed in the Olympics.....

    • In 2ACV14 Mother's Day, Mom said that every robot has an antenna, so why would Bender need his removed for a sex change operation?

    • In the 2980 Olympics in Hermes' flashback in 1ACV10 A Flight To Remember, there was one Earth team, but here in 3004 each country has its own team.

      Note: Countries do have inter-state games in which each state brings their own flag to represent and that may be how Earth works in 3004.

    • LaBarbara says Hermes hasn't limboed in the Olympics "for 20 years" but it has been 24 years, since he competed in the 2980 Olympics and this is the 3004 Olympics.

    • When Bender was a fembot, he was wearing clothes, but all other fembots that appeared throughout the series didn't wear clothes.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Coilette: Hail, Hail, Robonia. A land I didn't make up.

    • Fry: So who should I root for America or one of those countries I learned about at the food court?
      Amy: How about those guys?
      Leela: No, They are from the republic of French sterotypes everybody hates them

    • Bender: Goodnight Calculon.
      Leela: What did you say?
      Bender: I said you two don't dress trampy enough.

    • Fry: C'mon Bender let's go. This chick flick is getting me all barfy.
      Bender: Yeah. Emotions are dumb and should be hated.

    • Fry: Yay my buddy's home! And his respect for women is back to normal.
      Leela: I kind of hope this whole experience would have left you a little more open to your sensitive side.
      Bender: Yeah you'd think but what you gonna do?

    • Zoidberg: I'm a doctor, she's dead.
      Calculon: She lives no more. But let us all find comfort knowing that she truly loved me. To honour my pain, I shall star in a film dedicated to her memory. And this time the Academy will not deny me. Not when they see Coilette: A Calculon Story.

    • Coilette: But, you always said you'd rather burn down a convent than give up showbusiness.
      Calculon: I always said many things. But now all I want is a peaceful life and a quiet villa overlooking a vineyard...with you.
      Coilette: Would we have donkeys?
      Calculon: All you can eat!

    • Coilette: Come on, you never went on a date with a guy just 'cause you were hungry?
      Leela: Well I...uh...I thought I might like him on a full stomach.

    • Coilette: I marry Calculon, divorce him, take half his money and turn back into a guy. It's sort of a two-person pyramid scheme.
      Fry: That's marriage alright!

    • Fry: I'll miss you buddy. You've been like a brother and then a sister to me. And now you're getting married. I love you.
      Coilette: The marriage is a scam.
      Fry: Cool. What's for dinner?

    • Calculon: Coilette, I can't stop thinking about you. I can't sleep at night - although as a robot I don't do that anyway.

    • Coilette: Bah. Any day now he'll dump me for a new wad of arm candy. And then I can turn back into a guy and hock all this stuff! It's just a game.

    • Elzar: Hey ma'am, you sure can put it away! You saved me a trip to the dump! Bam!
      Calculon: I'd appreciate it if you didn't bam the young lady.
      Elzar: Well, I'd appreciate it if I did, so I guess we're even.

    • Farnsworth: Oh dear. Her mood swings are getting wilder. She's becoming a slave to her emotions. Just like all women, particularly you Leela.

    • Coilette: Oh please. Every man wants a tramp! No wonder you girls aren't married! I tell you, men are so much better at being women.

    • Fry: But what if he wants to, I mean if he tries to...uh...Barry White?
      Coilette: I'll just tell him I needed commitment first. That'll stick a potato in his tailpipe!

    • Fry: You gotta tell me. You're not actually attracted to Calculon right? And if you are don't tell me. Are you?
      Coilette: Certainly not. But just once I'd like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn't bound and gagged. Is that so much to ask?
      Leela: Well I think you dating a Manbot is a disgrace. And I refuse to be involved. And you have way too much lipstick on.

    • Coilette: This top makes me look fat. Is it trampy to go on a first date nude?
      Amy: Yes.
      Coilette: Perfect.

    • Humourbot 5.0: Anecdote accepted. Snappy comeback not found. Please put your hands together for my next guest. Winner of five Olympic medals - Coilette from Robonia. So Coilette, many young Fembot's wish to emulate you. Any advice for them?
      Coilette: Yes Humourbot. If you ask me, women today are too stuck up to go out and jiggle their jello like everybody wants them to.

    • Humourbot 5.0: So Calculon, do you want to set up this clip from All My Circuits?
      Calculon: No I think it's self-explanatory.
      Calculon: Nooo!
      End clip
      Calculon: Funny story, the script called for me to say "yes" but I gave it a little twist.

    • Robot: We can't wait for Coilette any longer dammit. I have to get home to watch The Zombie Osbournes.

    • Fry: I can't watch this 'cause it's creepy and wrong and sick. However I will watch out of curiosity.

    • Bender: Oh God, I'm not gonna get my medals! They're all I have to remember my Olympic career... Wait, I've got it! Professor, make a woman out of me!
      Farnsworth: Oh I think we should just stay friends.
      Bender: I don't need friends, I need a sex change operation and give it to me now!
      Farnsworth: Bender a robot sex change is a complex and dangerous procedure. Replacing your testosteroil with Fembot lubricants can cause wild mood swings. And the effects may be irreversible. Well let's get started!

    • Leela: You actually thought they'd let you walk away without an engine oil sex check?

    • Bender: Ever been beaten up by a guy dressed like a chick?

    • Bender: What do you mean I'm not registered? My name is Coilette and I'm from, uh...Robonia! Coilette's a chick's name!
      Official: Yes but "Robonia" sounds like something somebody made up on the spot.

    • Bender: Well enough about Hermes, I couldn't win a medal either. Even at bending - the thing I was built to do. I'm so embarassed. I wish everybody else was dead.

    • LaBarbara: That's when they begged my husband to step in and make an ass out of himself.
      Hermes: And I said I'd try my very best.

    • Leela: It does seem like Jamaica would be able to field a strong limbo team without you.
      Amy: Yeah, isn't that basically all Jamaicans do?
      Hermes: Jamaicans have other interests. Which is why the limbo team got detained at the airport.

    • TV Commentator: Welcome to the games of the 3004 Earth Olympiad, continuing this network's tradition of sportscasting excellence. Celebrity Ape Fight will return next week at it's regular time.

    • Minister: The bride has written a statement that we will now all pretend to be interested in.

    • Bender: Wow! That guy must be the world's greatest bender! My dreams of glory died before they began!
      Zoidberg: Welcome to my life.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Several scenes were deleted from this episode, including a few that didn't even make it to animation. Most were about terrorism at the Olympics, which were taken out after 9/11/01. The few animated ones can be found on the Season 4 DVD.


    • Stella Walsh

      Bender competing at the 3004 Olympics as a female is a callback to Stella Walsh, the Polish athlete, who won gold at the 1932 Olympics and came in second at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. A well renowned athlete and record holder, upon her death, an autopsy revealed that she had ambiguous genitalia.

    • Hedonism-Bot is a play on Dom Deluise's Ceasar (from Mel Brooks' History of the World, pt.1), the fat, always eating and drinking emperor of Rome. That's what's with the grapes.

    • Brandi Chastain
      Bender taking off his shirt and dancing is also in reference to Brandi Chastain's celebration after winning the World Cup.

    • Late Show, Tonight Show & Arsenio
      The title of humorbot 5.0's show was a copy of David Letterman's Late Show. But the set is clearly from Jay Leno's Tonight Show. Not to mention Bender taking off his top similar to Drew Barrymore's topless birthday dance on Letterman. The rotating wrists of the robots in the audience is like the trademark Arsenio "Whoop Whoop."

    • Gender testing
      Gender testing has actually been a reality to women competing in the olympics, although it was banned in the early 21st century.

    • Bender: Hail Robonia.
      Bender's "anthem" is taken from the Marx Brothers' movie Duck Soup (1933). The fictive nation in that movie is called Freedonia.

    • Hermes: You've gone one toke over the line!
      When Hermes confronts Barbados Slim, he refers (or should I say, "reefers" to) Brewer & Shipley's 1971 hit "One Toke Over The Line," a song about drug dealers.