While watching an episode of Elzar's cooking show be filmed, Leela is blinded by a blast of a spice weasel namely caused by Bender's unruly behaviour.
Elzar offers to cook everybody a meal in compensation, but after the meal still insists that they pay. Bender offers to work for Elzar to pay of the debt, which he reluctantly accepts. While working in Elzar's restraunt Bender meets members of the Robot Mafia. They take an instant liking to Bender and offer him to join their crew. Their first mission is to hijack a shipment of cigars which is being transported by the Planet Express Crew.