Season 1 Episode 5

Fear of a Bot Planet

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 20, 1999 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • Leela, Fry, and Bender are the only three on the delivery: no one else was present totake the Robanakuh photos.

    • During this episode the One Hundred Forty-Six Thousandth unsuccessful Human Hunt marked exactly 400 (Earth) years without a human sighting on Chapek IX. Also presumably determining just how many centuries ago Chapek IX was founded.

    • Opening theme promotion: FEATURING GRATUITOUS ALIEN NUDITY.
      Opening theme cartoon: A Corny Concerto (1943) (Warner Bros.)

    • The metallic tubes Leela wears on her arms change shape a number of times as she gestures with her hands.

    • Why would an all-robot planet order something through the Earth-based, and human-operated, Planet Express?

    • A bird can be seen flying within Madison Cube Garden, yet it is a glass cube.

      Response: Birds can be seen flying within Lowe's Home Center, yet it is an enclosed building.

    • Pigeons have supposedly been wiped out, and replaced by owls in New New York City, but one appears in plain daylight to attack Hermes' hologram at Madison Cube Garden.

    • A slurm sign seen at Madison Cube Garden reads 'Slurm - Unaturally Delicious.' It is only able to be seen by turning the vert height down on the television set.

    • The two blernsball teams playing at Madison Cube Garden are the New New York Yankees and the Mars Greenskins.

    • When Fry, Bender and Leela are partying on the ship during the end of the episode, the metal barrel is carved to look like a jack-o-lantern.

    • Only the second blernsman, the equivalent of 2nd base, gets knocked over by the explosion as the guy on the hoverbike drives by.

    • In the Blernsball game, the batter was out when the fielder touched second base whilst holding the ball.

    • Several of the show's staff members' names can be seen on the score card Leela is holding, though only their last names are shown. The staff members being Eric Horsted, Patric Verrone, Ken Keeler, J. Stewart Burns, David X. Cohen, Eric Kaplan, and Lewis Morton.

    • Apparently, Zoidberg's urinary process requires a zipper in his chest area. We see this after the opening credits during the "give me something crawling with parasites" scene.

    • When Hermes first brings in the package of lugnuts, the address is on two lines, the 'To:' and 'Chapek 9,' but when the shot changes the address is all on one single line, 'To: Chapek 9.'

    • Bender was pitching his album during his big speech, which supposedly came with a free Bender doll with purchase. However, when the robots handed Bender money, Bender handed them the doll but no album.

    • In the courtroom scene, Fry is seen extending his arms past the handlebars of his cage. A vertical bar from the cage is in between his arms, yet the tether holding his arm shackles together remains intact.

    • A robot suggests "Ctrl Alt Del" to reboot the Robot Judge, which is a Mac computer. 'Ctrl Alt Del' is a Windows-based prompt, and therefore does not work on a Macintosh.

  • Quotes

    • Bender: You do know that I made Robanukah up to get out of work, right?
      Leela: Of course.
      Fry: But that doesn't make it any less meaningful.

    • Fry: Stop! Take one more step and I'll breathe fire on you!
      Leela: He'll do it. He's crazy!
      Yellow Elder: Can they really breathe fire or did we make that up?
      Blue Elder: Gee, I can't remember anymore. It might just be from that stupid movie.
      Orange Elder: Was that the original or the re-make?

    • Blue Elder: Elders, execute function-control-shift-kill.

    • Bender: The fact is, humans are completely harmless.
      Blue Elder: We're well aware of that.
      Bender: You are?
      Blue Elder: Of course. But they're useful to us as a scapegoat to distract the public from their real problem.
      Green Elder: Like our crippling lug nut shortage.
      Orange Elder: And a corrupt government of incompetent Robot Elders.
      Yellow Elder: Duh, that's for sure.
      Blue Elder: Quiet, Jimmy.

    • Bender: I can't kill them. Plenty of humans have mistreated robots, but not these two. They're my friends. Humans are no threat to us. They're stupid, putrid cowards.
      Fry: Damn right!

    • Bender: Alright, let's make this quick, I'm due at the opening of a mini-mall. Hey! What is this?
      Blue Elder: Silence! It is time to put the humans to death.
      Fry: But the judge already sentenced us at the trial!
      Red Elder: Silence! That was just a show for the public. We are the true rulers of this planet, hand-carved from meteorites by the Robot Founders over four centuries ago.
      Blue Elder: Silence! Come forward, Bender. You will have the honour of executing the prisoners.
      Green Elder: Silence! I concur!

    • Leela: Who are you?
      Blue Elder: We are the robot elders.
      Fry: You don't look very old.
      Blue Elder: Thanks. We try to take care of ourselves.

    • Judge: The humans are hereby sentenced to live as robots live on Earth. They will perform tedious calculations and spot-weld automobiles, until they become obsolete and are given away to an inner-city middle school.

    • Robot Bailiff: Uh-oh! He froze up again!
      Robot Mayor: Try control-alt-delete.
      Robot #1: Jiggle the cord.
      Robot #2: Turn him off and on.
      Robot #3: Clean the gunk out of the mouse.
      Fry: Call technical support.

    • Robot Mayor: Your Honour, I intend to demonstrate beyond 0.5% of a doubt that these humans before us are guilty of the crime of being humans. Come to think of it, I rest my case!
      Judge: Thank you, prosecutor. I will now consider the evidence.

    • Bender: I love this planet. I've got wealth, fame and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring.

    • Fry: We've been looking for you. Last we heard you were under arrest as a human sympathiser.
      Bender: I was. But they let me go when I told them I killed a million billion humans.

    • Bender: Wait! What's that?
      Robot Mayor: That's the old abandoned adult book store. Nothing in there except a few mouldy old shreds of robot pornography.
      Bender: Hmm, sounds like a breeding ground for humans. I'd better check it out.

    • Robot Mayor: Well that makes 146,000 unsuccessful hunts in a row. But I've got a good feeling about tomorrow.

    • Robot Mayor: Anything in the trap?
      Bender: Nothing. Today's active humans prefer a low-calorie bait.

    • Bender: Many said I was too extreme when I first called for the annihilation of the human species, as well as some of the more cunning monkeys. But after living on Earth, I can tell you that I am, if anything, too merciful!
      Fry: My God! He's become evil... I mean eviller!

    • Robot Mayor: Welcome to a very special human hunt! We have with us today a guest whose irrational hatred for humans makes me look like a human sympathiser!
      (The robots in the crowd laugh.)
      Robot Mayor: (continues) A newly-arrived refugee from Earth, let's hear it for... Bender!
      Fry: It's him! He's OK!
      Bender: Death to humans!
      (The robots in the crowd cheer.)
      Fry: Aww... It's good to hear his voice.

    • Robot #1: I heard a human was draining coolant behind garbage can 738.
      Robot #2: I heard they unscrew our lug nuts at night and eat them at their human brunches.

    • Leela: Try to stay with the crowd so no one notices how crummy you look.
      Robot: Aww, that was uncalled for.

    • Leela: I'm sorry. My friend and I have to go and perform some mindless repetitive tasks.
      Robot: Sounds like a romantic evening. I won't keep you.

    • Robot: Sir? Are you aware that you're leaking coolant at an alarming rate?... Lemme just patch you up with some hot resin.
      Fry: I think the leak's stopping itself. Wait... Wait... Yeah, there we go. Wait... Yeah!
      Robot: What sort of robot turns down a free blast of searing-hot resin?

    • Leela: Come on, Fry! Walk like a robot.
      Fry: I can't. I have to go to the bathroom.
      Leela: Robots don't have bathrooms.
      Fry: Oh, right. I wonder where they smoke in high school.

    • Guard-bot #1: Administer the test.
      Guard-bot #2: Which of the following would you most prefer? A, a puppy; B, a pretty flower from your sweetie or; C, a large properly-formatted data file?
      Guard-bot #1: Choose!
      Fry: Is the puppy mechanical in any way?
      Guard-bot #2: No. It is the bad kind of puppy.
      Leela: Then we'll go with that data file.
      Guard-bot #2: Correct.
      Guard-bot #1: The flower would also have been acceptable.

    • Guard-bot #2: Be you robot or human?
      Leela: Robot... we be.
      Fry: Uh, yup. Just two robots out robot-ing it up!

    • Fry: Man, we look stupid. We should've gotten store-bought costumes.
      Leela: Yeah, but there wasn't a Woolworth's in this quadrant.

    • Leela: We'll have to walk like robots, talk like robots and, if necessary, solve complex differential equations like robots.
      Fry: I can sorta dance like a robot. Will that help?

    • Fry: W-What are we gonna do?
      Leela: I don't know! I don't know! It's not an easy decision. If only I had two or three minutes to think about it.

    • Leela: There! This oughta' show that stupid robot we care about him.

    • Leela: Now, we can't land on the surface because those robots will kill Fry and me. So we'll have to stay up here and lower you with the winch. And remember; You don't know humans, you don't work for humans, and, above all, you don't like humans.
      Bender: I'll try to keep that in mind.

    • Fry: So, let me get this straight. This planet is completely uninhabited?
      Bender: No. It's inhabited by robots.
      Fry: Oh, kinda like how a warehouse is inhabited by boxes.

    • Bender: Alright, I'll go. But so help me, I'll hold a grudge against every last stinking one of you for the rest of your lives.
      Farnsworth: Well then it's settled. So long, everyone!

    • Hermes: Now, look here, Bender. I respect your diversity to the extent the law requires but you used up all your days off when you had that bout with Roberculosis.

    • Bender: Well I'm not doing it! It's a robot holiday.
      Fry: Really? Which one?
      Bender: Only Robannukah, the holiest two weeks on the robot calendar.
      Leela: Oh, come on, Bender. Last month it was "Robomadom" and before that "Robonza".
      Fry: Man, that one was a blast!
      Bender: It wasn't just "a blast". It was a sacred tribute to my ancestral prototypes which happened to take the form of a drinking contest.

    • Bender: Oh, I get it, make the robot do all the work!
      Leela: This is the first actual work you've ever had to do around here.

    • Leela: Hey, hold on. I understand these robots hate humans, but how do they feel about humanoid aliens?
      Farnsworth: They're not fans.

    • Farnsworth: Great news, everyone. You'll be delivering a package to Chapek 9, a world where humans are killed on sight.

    • Bender: You humans are so scared of a little robot competition you won't even let us on the field!
      Fry: What are you talking about? There's all kinds of robots down there.
      Bender: Yeah, doing crap work! They're bat boys, ball polishers, sprinkler systems. But how many robot managers are there?
      Fry: Eleven?
      Bender: Zero! (throws bottle down and a small robot sweeps it up) And what a surprise! Look who's scraping up the filth! Is it a human child? I wish!

    • Bender: Now Wireless Joe Jackson, there was a blern-hitting machine!
      Leela: Exactly! He was a machine designed to hit blerns! I mean, come on, Wireless Joe was nothing but a programmable bat on wheels.
      Bender: Oh, and I suppose Pitchomat 5000 was just a modified howitzer?
      Leela: Yep.

    • Farnsworth: He's good, alright. But he's no Clem Johnson. And Johnson played back in the days before steroid injections were mandatory.

    • Bender: Hey, nice seats! We're close enough to when you knock a player down with a beer bottle, he stays down.

    • Zoidberg: I'd like a jumbo squidlog please.
      Man: We don't sell those.
      Zoidberg: All right, all right, let me have one of your young on a roll.
      Man: We're out of rolls.
      Zoidberg: Fine! Just give me something crawling with parasites.
      (The guy hands Zoidberg a hot-dog and he scarfs it down noisily)
      Fry: Mmm! At least hot-dogs haven't changed.

    • Fry: What just happened? Why is the ball on that sproingy thing?
      Leela: It's traditional. Just like aluminum bats and the Seventh-Inning Grope.

    • Fry: I don't get this. Is Blernsball exactly the same as baseball?
      Farnsworth: Baseball? God forbid.
      Leela: Face it, Fry, baseball was as boring as mom and apple pie. That's why they jazzed it up.
      Fry: Boring? Baseball wasn't... hmm, so they finally jazzed it up?

    • Bender: Act now and you get this Bender action figurine.
      (Bender pulls the string on figurine)
      Bender Figurine: Bite my shiny metal ass!

    • Fry: Hey I'm starting to get the hang of this game. The blerns are loaded, the count's 3 blerns and 2 anti-blerns, and the in-field blern rule is in effect... right?
      Leela: Expect for the word 'blern' that was complete gibberish.

    • Bender: You humans think robots are only to make your lives better.
      Fry: Well aren't they?
      Bender: I've never made anyone's life easier and you know it!

    • Robot: So, how'd you like the movie?
      Fry: Uh, too much love, not enough human killing.
      Robot: Yeah. It was a real chick-flick.

    • Bender: Now, your basic human is between 3 and 25 feet tall, and is made of a hairy, oily goo wrapped in a t-shirt.
      Other Robot: Is it true they bite your neck and suck your transmission fluid, and then you become a human?
      Bender: Sure, why not?

    • Farnsworth: Chapek IX was colonized centuries ago by a murderous crew of radical robot separatists.
      Bender: Oh, so just cause a robot wants to kill humans, that makes him a radical.

    • Fry: But Bender, we're your friends!
      Bender: Friends? That activates my hilarity unit! I'm just a machine to you. You're no more friends of me than you are with the toaster or the phonograph or the electric chair!

  • Notes

    • According to Nielsen Ratings, this episode was ranked 3rd in its timeslot with a score of 6.7 million viewers

  • Allusions

    • Invasion of the Body Snatchers The robot who offers Fry a hot-resin patch hears Leela sneeze and he turns, points and lets out a shrill roar. In Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the humans who caught on that the aliens replacing them were devoid of emotion would pretend to blend in and inevitably give themselves away, the alien who discovered them would point and roar to alert others of the intruders.

    • Transformers
      The two guards that ask the multiple choice questions to Leela and Fry act extremely similar in the way in which they fold up to that of characters in the animated series Transformers.

    • Omega Virus or Berzerk
      When Fry and Leela are discovered, the Anti-Human Patrol speakers announce "Intruder Alert!" This is the same phrase and sound that is played when you enter the room that contains the Virus in the boardgame Omega Virus.
      This was also identical to the alert from the game Berzerk. "Intruder alert! Intruder alert!" Spoken when Evil Otto appears.

    • Ol' Man River
      When Bender is mocking Leela, he copies the line "Tote that barge; lift that pale," which is from the song Ol' Man River in the play Showboat. The song is sung by slaves, so the line implies that Leela is a slave to her 'space-job.'

    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
      The scene with the robot elders combines elements of the Knights Who Say Ni, aswell as the Three-Headed Monster, both being from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The one elder at the end yelling "Silence!" in a high-pitched voice sounds a lot like one of the Knights who say Ni, and the prisoners being allowed to escape while their captors bicker pointlessly is just like the Three-Headed Monster scene.

    • Life in Hell
      The rabbit that Bender pulls out of a hat in the picture that Leela and Fry show to the robot construction worker looks a lot like the rabbit in Matt Groening's syndicated comic strip, Life in Hell.

    • Beneath the Planet of the Apes
      The whole concept of the robot elders being the true controllers of Chapek 9 is a direct reference to the film Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

    • Battlestar Galactica
      The robots alerted to Leela and Fry's position sound the alarm in a monotone voice, which is quite similar to that of the Cylons in the film Battlestar Galactica.

    • The Simpsons
      The Bender-doll is quite similar to the Bart Simpson-doll that appears in the episode 'A Big Piece of Garbage.' When the string is pulled on the Bender-doll, it says "Bite my shiny metal ass," and the Bart-doll says "Eat my shorts." Also, the Ralph Wiggum look-a-like character, first seen in 'Space Pilot 3000,' makes a reappearance; he can be seen in the background of Madison Cube Garden.

    • Racial Segregation in Baseball
      Bender's rant about robots at the blernsball game is an allusion to the racial segregation in pre-50's baseball, when African-American players were not allowed to play in the Majors despite their obvious skill. Bender also mentions 'Wireless Joe Jackson,' a name obviously based on Shoeless Joe Jackson, the most famous of the 1919 Black Sox banned from baseball.

    • Movie Posters
      The movie posters seen at the robot movie theater are 'Barbot Streisand in Yentltron,' which is a parody of Barbra Streisand and the film Yentl.
      'Buff Bot the Human Slayer,' which is a parody of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
      'I Was a Teenage Human,' which is a parody of the film I Was a Teenage Werewolf.
      And lastly, 'It Came From Planet Earth,' which is a parody of the film It Came From Outer Space.

    • Star Wars
      The ticket booth of the movie theater Leela and Fry hide in is shaped like the robot R2-D2 from the Star Wars series of films. Also, Hermes shows up in the form of a hologram during the Madison Cube Garden scene, much like Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

    • Various Holidays
      The Robot holidays made up by Bender called 'Robonika,' 'Robonza' and 'Rabadan' are all obviously reffering to the real holidays Hanukkah, Kwanza and Ramadan.

    • Got Milk?
      When wandering through the Chapek 9 city, a billboard comes into view that spoofs the Got Milk? advertising campaign; reading 'Got Milk? Then you're a human and must be killed.'

    • Uncle Sam Poster
      When Fry and Leela enter the Chapek 9 city, there is a poster hanging on one of the walls with a robot designed like the character Uncle Sam. The sign reads 'I Want You... For The Anti-Human Patrol.'

    • Tetris
      The scene where the robots are building a wall by dropping blocks from a crane is a reference to the classic video game Tetris. The blocks' shapes and colors are exactly the same as those used in the game.

    • Ending Line of Horror Movie
      "Funny, isn't it? The human was impervious to our most powerful magnetic fields, yet in the end he succumbed to a harmless sharpened stick!"
      The last line in the robot movie parodies horror movies that were prevalent in the 50s and 60s where the monster or alien was defeated by something that was harmless to the native population; most notably seen in the sci-fi film War of the Worlds.

    • The Star Diaries

      Much of the episode is based on the book The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem, a Polish science fiction writer who realed the book in the U.S. One of the short stories is about Ijon Tichy, a space traveller, who visits a planet full of robots, and has to disguise himself as a robot, otherwise he will be killed.

    • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
      When a robot discovered that Leela was human, he pointed at her and made a high pitched wail, which is the exact same sound and gesture a pod person made when discovering a human in the famous 1978 sci-fi movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

    • Berzerk!
      When Fry and Leela are discovered, the two robots that arrive from the Anti-Human Patrol shout "Get the humanoid! Get the Intruder!" and the speakers announce "Intruder Alert!" This is taken from the classic arcade game Berzerk!, where your human character is being hunted by robots. Not only that, but the robots who spoke these lines look exactly the same as the robots in Berzerk! Being tall, blocky bipeds with wide dome heads and eyes that can rotate 360 degrees around.

    • The Robot Dance
      Fry and Leela do the popular 1980's dance called the Robot several times throughout the episode; firstly upon disguising themselves as robots, and later during the end of the episode, when Bender also tries.

    • Apple Computers
      The Macintosh start-up sound is played when the robots begin the human hunt. Also, the judge is an older Apple computer and his face looks like an older in age version of the MAC OS Finder symbol. Also, the robot elders' eyes are the same colours used for the first iMac's. Lastly, the scene where the robots yell out ways to unfreeze the judge are from an old Apple commercial.

    • Title: Fear of a Bot Planet
      The title of this episode is a reference to the album Fear of a Black Planet by the acclaimed hip-hop group Public Enemy.

    • Chapek 9
      In 1921, the Czech author Karel Èapek (pronounced "Chahpek") wrote his best known piece of work, the play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), which featured machines created to simulate human beings. This book introduced the term 'robot' into the English language. The word 'robot' is derived from the Czech word 'robota' meaning 'heavy labour.'

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