Season 3 Episode 13

Bendin' in the Wind

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 22, 2001 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Fry finds an old VW van at a construction site. Bender, while getting ready to put the Whale Oil can open, gets broken. While at the robot hospital, he finds Beck, and he invites him to sing with. They go on a tour, and Fry, Leela, Amy, and Zoidberg follow the bus in the van. The other broken robots consider him a hero, before their doom: being turned into tools. Meanwhile, the other crew is out of money, and are eating out of trash, until Zoidberg coughs up "Genuine Love Beads", and start selling them for money. Bender, while singing, gets a check, and starts moving. After their van falls, he recovers the check and they head home.moreless

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  • The worst episode of the whole series next to "The Sting"

    Fry finds an old VW van at a construction site. Bender, while getting ready to put the Whale Oil can open, gets broken. While at the robot hospital, he finds Beck, and he invites him to sing with. They go on a tour, and Fry, Leela, Amy, and Zoidberg follow the bus in the van. The other broken robots consider him a hero, before their doom: being turned into tools. Meanwhile, the other crew is out of money, and are eating out of trash, until Zoidberg coughs up "Genuine Love Beads", and start selling them for money. Bender, while singing, gets a check, and starts moving. After their van falls, he recovers the check and they head home.

    This episode is a complete waste of time do not even bother watching such a mcokery of the Futurama series.moreless
  • Bender and Beck... cant beat that kind of combination, easily my favorite episode in the series...

    Bender and Beck... cant beat that kind of combination, easily my favorite episode in the series...It is exactly the kind of episode that makes the show so great...

    The songs are interesting, but its really more the scenes with Beck and Bender together that make this episode so hillarious... The little sub-story with Fry, Leela, Amy, and Zoidberg is interesting but it alone is not reason enough to love this episode... Beck is pretty funny, Bender makes some of his best jokes and most hillarios comments in the entire series, in this single episode... Many nice little musical refrences placed into the show as well... In particular the Simon and Garfunkel part during the Bend-Aid concert... All and all, great episode, best in the series in my oppinion...moreless
  • Meh..

    I did not really like this episode of Futurama (Bendin ' In The Wind). I really can't explain the reason why I do not like it, I just genuinely do not like the episode. I did not really like the plot. The episode is not very memorable. I did not like Beck guest starring, but that is mostly because I do not like Beck. I did not really like Fry, Leela, Amy, and Zoidberg traveling in the Volkswagen van either. I just did not really like the episode for these reasons, and some other ones that I cannot really put my finger on.moreless
  • no tthe best episode

    After being left unable to move after another accident with the electric can opener, Bender is left seriously damaged and unable to move. In the hospital he meets Beck and is invited to join his band as a washboard player.

    Fry, Leela, Amy and Zoidberg follow the band living in an old van that Fry found being excavated in New New York. Zoidberg proves to be useful in creating his unique jewelery that they are able to sell.

    Benders fame as a broken washboard player is ruined when he recovers from his injury and is able to move freely. frankly not much happened in the episode, it wasnt that funny, and it wasnt touchingmoreless
  • Bender breaks down in an accident and meets Beck at the robot hospital. Beck offers Bender a chance to go on tour with him and Bender gets to realize his dream of becoming a folk singer.moreless

    While this episode had some great moments I felt the episode was cheapened by the blatant cameo of Beck. I guess the writers felt that they had to go somewhere with the idea that Bender secretly wanted to be folk singer, which was introduced in earlier episodes. At least the writers got to meet their favorite folk-americana-rock singer. On the bright side, it was Beck and not some other, more obnoxious celebrity.

    As always, there were some golden lines in this episode, mostly based around the road trip. Also, every word uttered by the professor in this episode is absolutely hilarious.

    All in all, it was a mediocre episode that at least explores one of Bender's dreams. A little too much focus on Beck and not enough on the rest of the characters.

David Herman

David Herman

Patchcord Adams / Broken Bot #3 / Art Garfunkel’s Descendant / Broken Robot #5 / Chinese Caterpillar Alien

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

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

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong / Hippie #3

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Broken Bot #2 / Hippie #1

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad / Broken Bot #1

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Bender's first gig with Beck is at "Squatter's Corners Civic Audeetorium". The song they play is "Where It's At". Instead of "I've got two turntables and a microphone", Bender says "I've a washboard and a microphone".

    • The sign by the laundromat reads "No shirt? No Shoes? What Are You Washing?"

    • When Fry introduces the van, the 8-track in the 8-track player is called "Groove Pile '72". Despite its appropriate name, there is no such album.

    • Right after the opening credits, a sea serpent is swimming in the waters surrounding New New York.

    • When Fry finds an old hot dog in the trash, it has mustard on it in the close up shot, but when we see him hold it, there is no mustard on it. It changes back to mustard when Zoidberg takes it from Fry and cuts it into equal pieces.


    • Bender managed to easily detach himself from his body in 'A Head In The Polls,' so why didn't he simply detach and get a new body? Nixon showed that robot bodies are interchangable.

    • Why was Beck in a robot hospital? He's still a human being.

    • The song performed in this episode by Cylon and Garfunkel is 'Scarborough Fair' by Simon & Garfunkel.

    • States on the U.S. Map include; New New York, New New Jersey, Sylvania, Penn Republic, Washington A.C., West Virginia, East West Virginia, eHIO, 'Ucky, XORegon, Muontana, User ID: aho, Wy(omega)ing, 24-Bit Colorado, Nukevada, HighCal, LoCal, Washingtron and HUMAN FARM (written in Alien Language 1).

    • Beck's Tour Bus and Fry's Van go through a tunnel. The sign reads: "Holland Tunnel - Tunnel Closed: 3 - 6 AM - Alt. Route: Just Fly There"

    • When Cylon and Garfunkel start to perform at the concert, they are standing behind a single microphone. When it switches to the backside view, we see that they are, in fact, standing by two microphones.

    • Bender, when initially cut by the can opener, has six even slashes through this chest. However, throughout the episode, his chest switches between having six slashes and having seven slashes.

    • When Fry & Bender steal the ship in an earlier episode, the Golden Gate Bridge was still the same as it was in the past, however it is shown in this episode as a hover-bridge.

    • On the map it says New Jersey is now called New New Jersey, yet it has been referred to as New Jersey in previous episodes.

  • QUOTES (40)

    • Leela: (After Zoidberg gags up bead-like gem stones) They're beautiful!
      Zoidberg: Eww! You're touching them?!

    • Garfunkel: (singing) Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
      Cylon: (loud and robotically) PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY AND THYME!

    • Lyrics to "My Broken Friend" as written

      People say my broken friend is useless.
      But I say his mind is free.
      There's lots of things my mangled robot friend could be.
      Well he could make a good hat rack,
      he only has to stand there.
      Or a cheap doorstop,
      he doesn't need to move.
      Or a great big giant thermos with a twist off top,
      that would be good for soup.
      He could be a storage closet for outdated pants.
      I like 'em tight.
      My broken friend could do it all,
      just give him a chance.
      That robot has a tragic secret,
      that I'd like to share.
      My broken friend is closer to me than an ass to a chair.
      That robot's name I never told you...
      ...you could not forsee.
      I'll say it loud and sing it proud,
      his name is you and me.
      Don't meld me down into a crowbar,
      it suffers alone,
      just 'cause I can't move my arms and legs.
      Or me into a trash can,
      Just 'cause I can't cook you ham and eggs.
      Don't crush me into an anchor,
      just 'cause I can't jump and dance and sing.
      I'm telling you, my broken friend...
      ...Put your hands in the air like you just don't care!
      I'm telling you, my broken friend,
      can do most anything!

    • Fry: C'mon, Bender. If you're done scamming Beck, we're heading home.

    • Bender: I'm really sorry I lied, Beck. All I ever wanted was to make music with you. I never meant to hurt anyone, or help anyone.
      Beck: Bender, that's some played-out, new-jack, horse crap... But I know you don't mean it so apology accepted.
      Bender: So, I can, uh, keep the cheque?
      Garfunkel: Over my dead career!

    • Bender: Oh, no! I forgot this is a hoverbridge.
      Leela: And I forgot this isn't a hovercar.
      Fry: Is any of that a problem?
      Zoidberg: Not if you've lived a life without regret.

    • Bender: Well, everyone, prepare to get your guts kicked out by folk singers.

    • Bender: Curse my natural showmanship!
      Robot #1: You big, fat fraud! You're not really broken!
      Robot #2: But you will be in a minute! Bum-rush the stage!

    • Hippie #1: Wow, look at the colours. These'll go great with my soul.
      Zoidberg: Glad you like them. I've been making fine jewellery for years, apparently.
      Hippie #2: I'll take three.
      Hippie #3: Give me one, man!
      Hippie #4: I'll trade you a bad poem!

    • Bender: You know, when I first got broken, I thought my life was over. But look at me now: I've got fame, money, groupies, and it's all thanks to being completely immobilised. That's why I'll be proud to go up on stage tomorrow and say, "Look at me, world, I am a broken robot!".
      Fry: Bender, you can move! You're cured!
      Bender: Oh, crap! It's a miracle!

    • Leela: This coming-together of superstars really means a lot to you, doesn't it, Bender?
      Bender: Uh-huh. Helping my defective brothers is the first thing I've ever cared about, even the slightest bit.

    • Announcer #1: Tuesday, Golden Gate Park, the monsters of vaguely-folkish alterna-rock will strum your brains out at Bend-Aid! Featuring Beck, Wailing Fungus and special guest, Bender!
      Announcer #2: A portion of the proceeds might go to help broken robots.

    • Fry: Wow, I forgot about TV. Living free on the road, you realise how much better life is without it. Well, let's see what's on.

    • Leela: Mind if we crash here tonight? The colours in the van are keeping us awake.
      Bender: Alright, but hands off the minibar.

    • Beck: I wish I could help raise awareness about broken robots. But what can I do? I only weigh eight pounds.
      Bender: Wait a minute, you know lots of rock stars, and most of them like to look like they care about things!
      Beck: We can all get together for a big benefit concert in San Francisco!
      Bender: And we could call it "Bend-Aid", after me, Bender!
      Beck: And you can sing that song you're writing!
      Bender: And I'll let you sing backup! But remember who the star is. Me: Bender.

    • Bender: That is so wrong. They can't just melt down broken robots. Not right when they're kissing my ass.
      Beck: Whoa, dog. Just cold chill. You know, when I'm upset, I write a song about it. Like when I wrote Devil's Haircut, I was feeling really- What's that song about?
      Bender: Hey, yeah, I could write a song! With real words, not phoney ones like "odelay".
      Beck: "Odelay" is a word. Just look it up in the Becktionary.

    • Bender: Whoa, check out all those broken robots. Howdy, fellas!
      Robot #1: I don't believe my broken eyes! It's Bender, the washboard player! Hey, man, we caught your concert from here.
      Robot #2: You rock!
      Fembot: Oh, oh, Bender! Sign my chest! It's in that bin behind me.

    • Beck: Bender, that was the best 40-minute washboard solo I've ever heard. And the parts when I was awake blew my mind.

    • Amy: One bowl of Jell-O knuckles, please.
      Barman: That'll be three pick-e-tures of George Washington.
      Amy: Oh, no! My beautiful money.
      Leela: It got ruined in the wash.
      Fry: Mine too, even my change.

    • Zoidberg: Bad news, friends. My shell ran.
      Amy: Zoidberg, you idiot, my outfit. It's, it's-
      Leela: Kinda cool.
      Fry: Yeah, I like it.
      Amy: Me too, now that I'm used to it.
      Zoidberg: Then it was all on purpose! You're lucky to have Zoidberg as a friend. But cross me, and I'll turn on you like that!

    • Beck: Come on, move it! We gotta get to the concert and make the audience wait for it at the start.

    • Fry: Hey, I have an idea. Who wants to cram in my van and follow Bender on tour and live there, in the van?
      Zoidberg: Oh, I don't know, Fry. I think I'm too poor to follow a band around in a van.

    • Beck: Alright, congratulations, my friend.
      Bender: Why? 'Cause I can make annoying noises?
      Beck: Exactly. I use those all the time in my music. Bender, I want you to become my new washboard player.

    • Bender: Oh, my God, you're Beck! I'd get up to shake your hand and steal your wallet but my crappy body crapped out on me.
      Beck: Don't take it so hard. I used to miss my body too but then I fished this mannequin out of the 92c Store dumpster.
      Bender: Wow. We've sure got a lot in common, Beck. I always dreamed of being a musician-poet who transcends genres even as he re-invents them, just like you.

    • Bender: Hey, the blues. The tragic sound of other people's suffering. That's kind of a pick-me-up.

    • Patchcord Adams: Hey, here's a giggle! Did you hear why they're using Windows 3000 as a prison guard?
      Fry: No, why?
      Patchcord Adams: 'Cause it always locks up.
      Bender: For the love of God, somebody kick his ass!

    • Doctor: Bender, your hydraulics are shot. You'll never move again.
      Bender: You mean...
      Doctor(to Farnsworth): I'm sorry, you'll have to get a new one.
      Fry: Oh, no! This is terrible.
      Zoidberg: Poor Bender.
      Farnsworth: Well, let's drag him to the kerb.
      Fry: Wait a minute, Bender is my best friend. We can't just dump him in the gutter like Grandma's ashes.

    • Bender: Jimmy cracked corn and I don't care, Cause the master's gone away.
      Zoidberg: It's toe-tapping-ly tragic.

    • Leela: Bender, lift it up to the can opener.
      Bender: Oh, no! I'm not going near it. Last time, that magnetic psycho nearly cut my head off.
      Fry: Oh, right. Plus, the magnet screws up your inhibition unit and makes you sing folk songs.
      Bender: What? Who said anything about me secretly wanting to be a folk singer? How ridiculous.
      Fry: Bender, if you don't open that can right now, your fear will own you, and nothing that can opener could ever do would be worse than that.
      Bender: OK, OK, I can do this. It's time to take life by the cans.

    • Amy: Wow, neat.
      Hermes: It's a triumph of free-spirited German engineering.
      Amy: Hey, the speedometer only goes up to 80. This thing can't go faster than 80,000 miles an hour?
      Fry: No, it can't, but it's got a driver's-side floor and an 8-track player with genuine mono sound.

    • Leela: What's that? One of those Jefferson Starships I've heard so much about?
      Fry: It's called a van, and in light of the fact that it's not a-rockin', I invite you to come a-knockin'!

    • Bender: What's that? One of those Led Zeppelins I've heard so much about?
      Fry: No, it's an old Volkswagen van. Hey, Mister? Mind if I take this old van?
      Sal: Sure. You wanna dump the corpses out of theres, it's yourses.
      Fry: Yeah, yeah, I've gotten used cars before.

    • Bender: Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ride, uh-huh, uh-huh
      Well, Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ride,
      Blah, blah, blah, something, Bender is great!
      Froggy went a-courtin' and Bender is great, uh-huh!

    • Beck: That song doesn't usually last three hours, but we got into a serious thing... and I forgot how it ended.

    • (Bender sticks a magnet on his head)
      Bender: Fry cracked corn, and I dont care; Leela cracked corn, I still don't care; Bender cracked corn, and he is greaaat... take that you stupid corn!

    • Hermes: Congratulations Bender, you got mangled and now you're a folk singer. Both our dreams came true!

    • Leela: Gas was an environmental disaster, anyway. Now, we use alternative fuels.
      Fry: Like what?
      Leela: Whale oil.

    • Doctor: This is the worst part of the job.
      Bender: What is it? Good news!?

    • Patchcord Adams: What's the matter? Can't move your arms?
      Bender: Obviously not or I'd be strangling you!

    • Bender: How can I sing about broken robots when I'm not? That's like Christina Aguilera singing in Spanish! Wait, that's it! I'll fake it!

  • NOTES (3)

    • After being mangled, Bender says "My life is over. I'll never know happiness again." Fry later said the same thing after his nose was stolen in "Spanish Fry".

    • Alien code: While following the bus on its way to San Francisco, they past through several states with odd names. One of them is written in Alien Code #1. Instead of staying named Utah, Utah has been changed to: "Human Farm." If you look hard in both The Simpsons and in Futurama, the crew takes many shots (at least 2) at Utah every season in both shows.

    • a.k.a. "The Time's They Are a-Bendin'"

  • ALLUSIONS (12)