Futurama

Season 4 Episode 8

Godfellas

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 17, 2002 on Comedy Central
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When the Planet Express Ship is attacked by space pirates, Bender, sleeping in a torpedo tube, gets launched into space. He speeds through an asteroid field and accidentally accumulates a microscopic civilization on his stomach, who declare him God, and worship him despite his constant inability to provide for their needs.moreless

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  • One of the best Futurama episodes

    9.5
    First off, Godfellas is really funny. ("Oh cruel fate, to be thusly boned"; "This is, by a wide margin, the least likely thing that has ever happened")



    Second, it is one of not many TV episodes to which the overused term "thought-provoking" could be accurately applied. It really does leave you pondering afterward.
  • Array

    10
    The line "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all" is my "signature" on all my outgoing emails. I get a lot of positive feedback on it. The episode is magnificent. It has a perfect mixture of comedy and intelligence to it. Keeler and I are quite similar in our views on religion. Mostly that it is all fantasy. Perhaps that is why I love the script so much. The "Don't depend on God for all your answers" theme is something I live my life by and found it refreshing to see it on a great show like Futurama.moreless
  • hillarious

    10
    At the start of this episode the Planet Express ship is attacked by space pirates while Bender is trying to take a nap. Not happy with the commotion Bender decides to find some peace and quiet by taking a nap in a torpedo tube.

    Bender is shot through space as that tube is fired sending him hurtling through space.



    Unfortunately for Bender the ship can not catch him as he is moving too fast. Bender picks up a few tiny passengers when he passes through a region a space when he is bombarded with debris. Bender becomes a god like figure to the tiny creatures as he attempts to guide them through life with disasterous results. bmoreless
  • BENDER ALMIGHTY!

    10
    Oh my, my, my... GOD!!! This is an epiphany.

    BEST EPISODE EVER.

    This only shows how massively underrated FUTURAMA is.

    The messages of this episode are pretty much Everywhere, it just gives me creeps how deep it was.

    This episode is WOW! People in this site obviously didn't get it at ALL. What do I care about the rating, for this episode it should be disabled and keep it at a 10.00 forever.

    I'm going to omit many funny stuff, because there was a lot more going on.

    This episode got me hooked the whole time, because at the beginning it was completely to laugh out loud, Bender put himself two ears and then covered them to sleep, HAHA. Then he takes out a torpedo out of its storing, and Leela launches it, shooting Bender and destroying the Spaceship pirate. Leela tells Fry that Bender is doomed to drift through space for the eternity. Then, Bender takes out a little piano out of his chest, since there it was full of subtle and direct references to God. While Bender gets into asteroids, there was one where shrimpkins lived, one of them Malachi was the devoted one who gave the one commandment to the people "God needs booze". Bender became the Metal Lord, everyone prayed at him. Bender starts doing miracles, but not all of them were so accurated. Then, Malachi tells Bender, people in his ass is going to start a war. Everyone died. Next, Bender encounters with God, having a small talk. He was cloudy and coloured and spoke binary. God looked uninterested. Bender doesn't know where Earth is.

    Meanwhile, Fry misses Bender a lot, he goes to "first amalgamated church", the priest says he should pray, Fry replies: -"Is there anything useful I can do?" Priest: -"No."

    Then the oracle machine, tells him there is a sect at the top of the Himalaya in search of God with a telescope to look through space. Both Leela and Fry go there meeting the monks, Fry insists to use the telescope saying they have the whole time to find God, while he just needs one life to find Bender. There was lot of funny stuff until this point, specially with the monks.



    The last scene made this episode, is so creepy!: After some time, Fry gives up looking for Bneder. God reaches the message from Fry after the machine "luckily" reaches him. God sends Bender back to Earth, he lands with a parachute, Fry hugs him while Bender was in flames. Fry says the monks are locked up but their God was going to save them. Then Bender replies: "Fat chance! You can't count in God for jack! He pretty much told me so himself. If we don't save those monks, nobody will." The camera flies through space, until it gets to the cloudy God. God: -"Hahahaha, Sometimes when you do the right things, people won't be sure you've done anything at all." Ends with a sound that it just gives you goosebumps.

    I was perplexed, I was like "Daaaaaaaamn!". Pay attention to every quote, pretty much if you are christian, this episode gets you deeply.

    My brother was watching it with me, he just said: "That was powerful." I said "yeah..."moreless
  • Another great episode from this great seaosn!

    9.4
    During a noisy space pirate attack, Bender-trying to find some peace and quiet in the torpedo tube-is launched into interstellar space beyond the reach of Fry and Leela (As they were going top speed when they fired Bender, Bender was therefore going faster than the ship's top speed). After an asteroid crashes into him, a civilization of tiny humanoids ("Shrimpkins") grows on Bender and they begin worshipping him as a god. At first, Bender enjoys his new-found status, and has his followers brew what for them are vast quantities of "Lordweiser" beer (Bender needs alcohol to fuel his power cells). The tiny denizens living on him begin praying for rain, sun, and wealth, and Bender attempts to heed their prayers -- failing comically and harming the Shrimpkins in the process. Eventually, the Shrimpkins who migrated to his backside feel their prayers are unheeded and become atheists. The atheists on Bender's backside threaten war with Bender's loyal worshipers on his chest. However, Bender is horrified at how his earlier attempts to help the Shrimpkins only harmed them, and he refuses to intervene again. The micro-civilization is ultimately destroyed when the front-side and back-side factions launch atomic weapons out of Bender's nuclear pile.



    Bender soon meets a cosmic entity who may be the real God. When Bender mentions his experiences with the Shrimpkins, God responds, "I saw... you were doing well until everyone died." He notes that the best way to deal with worshipers is to use a light touch so they will neither lose hope nor become dependent on supernatural intervention.



    During this time, Fry and Leela search for a way to contact Bender, which leads them to a sect of secretive monks who use a giant radio telescope to search for God in space. Leela overpowers the monks, and Fry spends the next three days searching for Bender, while the imprisoned monks eat their own shoes for sustinence. Fry finds God by accident, and God flings Bender back to Earth, just as Fry and Leela are leaving the monastery. Bender quickly recounts his tale (simply saying, "first I was God, then I met God") and Fry boasts they "climbed up a mountain and locked up some monks", which reminds Leela that they never let them out. Fry is reluctant to return to the monastary and claims that as monks, God will surely help them (or at least provide them with more shoes to eat.) Bender however, tells them that God cannot be counted on for anything, and demands they rescue the monks themselves. The show cuts back to God, who then chuckles and repeats the advice he gave to Bender: "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all."moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (21)

    • There is no sound in space, so Bender would not have been able to hear the notes of the piano he was playing.

    • Nitpick: Bender has no atmosphere, yet on him there are living organisms such as the tiny people and plants. Although it's possible that they can survive in the space vacuum, there can also be seen some planes and other aircraft flying around Bender, and some explosions on him too.

    • After a few shots, the carving on Bender's chest disappears with no explanation.

    • Whilst flying through space, Bender puts a Rolex watch on his wrist, but in the next shot, it's gone and isn't seen again.

    • Bender says that he only knows enough binary to ask where the bathroom is. A funny line, but why would there be such a phrase in binary at all, since it's been established that robots don't go to the bathroom. Also, in I, Roommate, Bender doesn't even know what a bathroom is.

      Re: However, in Bender's Big Score, for the first time ever, Bender does use the bathroom.

    • Opening theme promotion: PLEASE TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND TRICORDERS

    • The skull on the space pirate flag had 3 sockets as the pirates have 3 eyes.

    • The Pioneer 10-like plaque, which Bender engraved on his chest, has the male and female figures without nipples or genitalia, which would otherwise offend the censors, if not some members of the audience.

    • Apparently Swiss Army Knives still exist in the future.

    • The "First Amalgamated Church" combines Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

    • The title on Bender's Bible reads 'The Bible - by Bender - with Malachi.'

    • As Fry says his last request for Bender, he has facial hair due to not shaving, but moments after Bender returns, he is clean-shaven.

    • When Bender is speeding too fast through space with the Swag Bag the method he uses (throwing objects out of the bag in the direction he is going) to slow down is scientifically accurate. It follows the theory of conservation of momentum. Momentum (mass x velocity) in a closed system (say tumbling through space) is constant. So to balance out the forward momentum Bender creates when he thrusts the swag objects forward, he experiences momentum going the other way, thus slowing down his relative velocity.

    • Bender has a nuclear pile.

    • Cheap animation gag: When Bender puts the swag bag away, there's no piano inside him. When he reopens it a second later, it's there.

    • Why is Malachi hanging "down" when Bender holds him even though there's no gravity? But even if Bender affected him enough, he would have to "hang" in direction to Bender, and not to the bottom of the camera's viewangle when Bender turns around.

    • Bender's sack of swag flaps as if it were caught in a breeze, even though there's no air or wind in space to allow it.

    • Between episodes, the Statue of Liberty has different objects in its hand. In this episode, it's a large photo of the torch.

    • "God" doesn't know Earth's location until He hears Fry's broadcast. Though it is possible he did know but didn't tell Bender so he wouldn't grow dependant on him.

    • When Bender is bombarded by the asteroids, one tears a hole through his head. Moments later, the hole is gone (i.e., he is repaired) for the remainder of the episode with no explanation as to how the hole was mended.

    • Wait, Bender doesn't know (barely) to speak binary? He's spoken it SEVERAL times in the series, including in Hell is Other Robots, when he says an entire prayer in binary!

      It's possible he just memorized the binary but didn't know what it meant.

  • QUOTES (55)

    • Space Pirate: Too Late, I realize, that me children are me only real treasures.
      (Spaceship blows up)

    • Bender: Fat chance! You can't count on God for jack. He pretty much told me so Himself.

    • Bender: Guys, you'll never believe what happened. First I was God, then I met God!
      Fry: We climbed a mountain and locked up some monks.

    • Leela: This is, by a wide margin, the least likely thing that has ever happened.

    • Fry: Hello? Has anyone out there seen Bender?
      Lrrr: No! Quit asking.

    • Leela: Fry, it's been three days. And even if you stay here the rest of your life, there is virtually no chance of finding him. It's time to give up.
      Fry: You're right. I'm never gonna see him again. I know he was evil and on more than one occasion he-he actually stole my blood.

    • Bender: Does that mean you wouldn't send me back to Earth even if I prayed to you?
      God: Earth? Which way is that?
      Bender: I don't know.

    • Bender: It was awful. I tried helping them, I tried not helping them but in the end I couldn't do them any good. Do you think what I did was wrong?
      God: Right and wrong are just words. What matters is what you do.
      Bender: Yeah I know, that's why I asked if what I did- Forget it.

    • Bender: So, do you know what I'm gonna do before I do it?
      God: Yes.
      Bender: What if I do something different?
      God: Then I don't know that.

    • Fry: Hmm. Finding God. That-That's important, yeah. But you know what might be a treat for everyone? If you let me use the telescope to find my lost friend, Bender.
      Monk #1: I don't know what to say, other than "absolutely not". Your loss is a tragedy but our work-
      Fry: Aw, come on! You guys have forever to look for God. All I'm asking is one measly lifetime to find my friend.
      Monk #2: He speaks out of love for his friend. Perhaps that love in his heart is God.
      Monk #1: Oh, how convenient! A theory about God that doesn't require looking through a telescope. Get back to work!

    • Monk #1: A member of our brotherhood sits at these controls every hour of every day, scanning the heavens for God.
      Monk #2: There he is! No. No, wait, no.
      Leela: How long have you been at it?
      Monk #1: 700 years. We've not yet examined one-ten-millionth of the sky. But we will go on until we find the Almighty, even if it takes till the end of time.

    • Bender: You speak English?
      God: I do now.
      Bender: What are you? Some kind of galactic computer?
      God: Possible. I am user friendly, my good chum.
      Bender: Who built you?
      God: I have always been.
      Bender: Oh, my God. Are you God?
      God: Possible. I do feel compassion for all living things, my good chum.
      Bender: But why would God think in binary? Unless... you're not God, but the remains of a computerised space probe that collided with God.
      God: That seems probable.

    • Bender: Hey! That galaxy's signalling in binary. I gotta signal back. But I only know enough binary to ask where the bathroom is.

    • Bender: Hello? Is anyone still alive? How about in the porno theatre? Don't be embarrassed... They're dead. All dead. Who would have known playing God could have such terrible consequences?

    • Malachi: We will solve our own problems as you commanded. The time has come to convert the unbelievers.
      Bender: Convert them?
      Malachi: To radioactive vapour!

    • Malachi: Fear not, my Lord. We shall be with you soon.
      Bender: You're with me now. This is the maximum level of being with me!

    • Bender: Atomic bombs? Oh, no! Those unbelievers from my backside must have found my nuclear pile!

    • Malachi: They talk of war against the faithful. I beseech thee. Rise up against them. Smite someone who deserves it for once.
      Bender: Malachi, every time I interfere, I only make things worse. You're best off solving your own problems.
      Malachi: But-But Metal Lord.
      Bender: What part of "nay" doesn't thou understand?

    • Bender: Yes, Malachi, what is it this time?
      Malachi: My Lord, the infidels on your back no longer believe in you. They say their prayers go unheeded.
      Bender: Of course they're unheeded. How am I supposed to hear prayers coming out of my ass?

    • Gypsy: Look, you want false hope or not?
      Fry: Only if you don't have any real hope.

    • Bender: Malachi, what manner of deal is this with the chanting?
      Malachi: They saw you save my son. Now everyone is praying for their own miracles.
      Bender: Very well. What do they want?
      Malachi: The people of that village pray for wealth.
      Bender pulls out a Coolio coin and tosses it to the Shrimpkins, flattening several houses
      Bender: Um, that was a practice miracle. Who's next?
      Malachi: The farmers pray for sunlight so their barley might make a more refreshing beer for today's God on the go.
      Bender: Very well. Let there be light. (He closes his eye visor, reflecting the rays of a star onto the farmers' fields. They cheer but the fields burst into flames and so do the farmers) I got it! I got it! (He blows the flames out and also blows several Shrimpkins off his body and into space) Um, when you're writing the Bible, you might want to omit that last miracle.

    • Malachi: Save him! Save my son, oh Metal Lord!
      Bender: This looks like a job for God!

    • Malachi Jr.: Daddy, I can't hold much longer. My arms are tired from hugging.

    • Bender: Wait a second. Did you rip off your own arm as a joke?
      Malachi: Nay. Like most of your followers, I was maimed while building the Great Brewery. Others died from the pestilent fumes it spewed forth. And, of course, the liquor industry attracted organised crime.

    • Amy: Fry, we brought someone to cheer you up.
      Hermes: His name is Helper and he's eager to be your new best friend.
      Helper: Hello there, chum. I understand you miss your buddy. Have a pudding pop!
      Fry: No, thanks, I don't-
      Helper: Who wants to go to an amusement park?
      Fry: Well, I guess that sounds OK.
      Helper: Have a good time.

    • Malachi: Behold: The One Commandment.
      He holds up a tablet reading "God Needs Booze"
      Bender: Make it a double!

    • Malachi: Pity me not, for I am richened by the love of my family.
      Malachi's Wife: What art thou doing, Malachi Jr.?
      Malachi Jr.: I'm practising to hug Daddy when he gets back from God.
      Bender: Eck! Gag unto me with a spoon!

    • Bender: Hmm. Those peewees think I'm God, huh? Hard to blame 'em! I am the Metal Lord. Who are you?
      Malachi: I am called Malachi, Lord. It means, um, "He who really loves the Metal Lord".
      Bender: Listen here, Malachi. Time for a religious donation. Hand over your wallet.
      Malachi: But, Lord, we are a poor and simple folk.
      Bender: Poor? Oh, crap.

    • Shrimpkin Priest: Fellow Shrimpkins, behold him who hath taken us unto his breast.
      Bender: Holy frijoles!
      Shrimpkin Priest: All bow before the great Metal Lord!
      Bender: Worshippers? This ought to liven up my endless, tragic voyage.

    • Bender: Hey! what's bombarding me? Oh, no! An asteroid field. If even a pea-sized asteroid were to whiz through my skull it could- (An asteroid whizzes through his skull) Ow! Hurt slightly!... Well that was fun. Now for eons of loneliness.

    • Bender: Ah, the pity. Fated to drift forever through the void as gravity's plaything. Oh, cruel fate, to be thusly boned. Ask not for whom the bone bones. It bones for thee.

    • Leela: I don't know how to say this, Fry, but Bender is doomed to drift through space... forever.
      Fry: He always wanted to drift forever, but through the American Southwest.

    • Bender: Make Bender take a nap in a tube. (He opens the tube and pushes a torpedo out) Come back when I've had some sleep, baby!

    • Bender: Help! Mechanical man overboard!

    • Fry: Is there anything we can do to help find my friend?
      Priest: Well, we could join together in prayer.
      Fry: Yeah, but I mean anything useful?
      Priest: No.

    • Leela: Oh no! Space pirates!
      Fry: Space pirates?!?
      Leela: Yeah you know... like regular pirates... in space!

    • God: You have to have light touch. Like a safe-cracker or pickpocket.
      Bender: Or a guy who burns down bars for insurance money.
      God: Yes, but only if you make it look like an electrical thing.

    • Leela: Oh, no! The monks! We forgot to let them out of the laundry room.
      Fry: Do we have to? I mean, they're monks. I'm sure their God will let them out or at least give them more shoes to eat.

    • (The four monks take up kung fu positions. Leela jumps forward)
      Leela: Hi-yah! You're order may be famous for its martial arts, but I've never met a holy man I couldn't clobber.
      Monk: Actually, we only practice martial arts as a form of meditation. We are a strictly non-violent sect.
      Leela: Oh. Then get in the laundry room or I'll kick your butts!

    • Monk: You see, the telescope is also an amplifying transmitter.
      Leela: Sort of like a giant karaoke machine?
      Monk: Not really. Would you like to see our giant karaoke machine?
      Leela: Not really.

    • Leela: Fry, if I drop dead from exhaustion, make sure my body freezes in a dignified position. None of that huddled over for warmth crap.

    • Leela: Well, you obviously won't listen to reason, so I guess I'll listen to idiotic-ness and come with you.

    • Leela: Look, I miss Bender almost half as much as you do but you can't bring him back this way. It's hopeless.
      Fry: You can't give up hope just because it's hopeless. You gotta hope even more and cover your ears and go "blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!"

    • Fry: You think they'd let me use it to look for Bender?
      Gypsy: What am I, a psychic? I mean, yes! Yes, I'm-I'm sure they will. Yes.

    • Gypsy: Well, there is perhaps one way. Have you heard of the Monks of Deshuba?
      Fry: I've not heard of them.

    • Gypsy: Sure I hold séance, channel your friend, no problem. Insert coin. (Fry inserts 5 cents) I am your friend, Bonder.
      Fry: Bonder? Is it really you?
      Gypsy: Yes. I am fine. Give the gypsy $10.
      Fry: Wait a minute! Bender's name isn't Bonder, it's Bender. You're a fraud!

    • Fry: I can't believe you're gone. I won't! If I can't reach you physically, I'll just have to try something desperate and crazy!

    • Helper: Hey, I heard your friend Bender is back.
      Fry: What? Really?
      Helper: No. I just thought you would enjoy that for a moment.

    • Fry: Can you find him, Professor?
      Farnsworth: No. I'm afraid the Smellescope isn't powerful enough. Bender's odour is so mild it's being overpowered by local sources. (all stare angrily at Zoidberg)
      Zoidberg: Hooray! People are paying attention to me!

    • Bender: I'm gonna spend eternity alone with barely any swag.

    • Leela: It's no use. We were going full speed when we fired him so he's going even faster than that.
      Fry: You mean we can never catch up to him? Not even if we rub the engine with cheetah blood?

    • (Fry and Leela watch Bender through the windshield)
      Leela: That's not torpedo three. That's not torpedo three at all!

    • Bender: Cool cool! I bet a lot of people pray to you huh?
      God: Yes, but there are so many asking so much. After a while you just sorta tune it out.

    • Bender: You know, I was God once.
      God: Yes, I saw. You were doing well until everyone died.

    • God: When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Bender: "I only know enough binary to ask where the bathroom is."

      Many non-spanish speaking people in the south west only know enough spanish to ask for the bathroom.

    • The etching Bender carves on his body is very similar to the plaques attached to the real NASA Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecrafts.

    • Bender's line "Ask not for whom the bone bones, it bones for thee!" is a rewrite of a line from the 17th century poem "Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne, which was also used by Ernest Hemingway in his book, "For Whom the Bell Tolls": "Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee".

    • LordWeiser: The beer that the Shrimpkins create on Bender is called LordWeiser. This is based on the popular beer Budweiser.

    • Title: Goodfellas

      The title of the episode, Godfellas, is an allusion to the mafia movie Goodfellas.

    • Bender asks "God" whether "it" was a robot which merged with the "real" God, thus producing an entity with both attributes. This is an allusion to the robot-satellite "Nomad" from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, "The Changeling", as well as to the satellite-entity, "V'ger", from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Both had story lines about satellites traveling in space which were altered when they accidentally merged with an alien satellite, producing a "life-form" with higher intelligence and sentience.

    • Polonaise in C Minor

      The song that Bender plays on his piano is Chopin's Polonaise in C Minor.

    • Quickdraw
      When Fry shoots down the first pirate ship, he does it through a fancy version of the game Quickdraw.

    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
      The robe that the priest wears looks pretty close to the coat that is used in the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

    • The Nine Billion Names of God: by Arthur C. Clarke
      The episode has references to the book "The Nine Billion Names of God." In which a Tibetan monastery uses technology to search for God. They have worked for centuries to write out the nine billion combinations of their letters that could be God's name. Then they buy a computer and a printer and wrap it up in a few months.

    • The Twilight Zone: The Little People
      This episode also has several references to The Twilight Zone episode "The Little People," where Peter wants to be god over a race of little people he found. The episode was also used on The Simpsons for one of their Halloween Episodes, but that's another guide.

    • Microcosmic God: by Theodore Sturgeon
      This episode has several references to the 1940 book
      "Microcosmic God" where a scientist creates a microscopic race who believe him to be their God.

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey music
      Bender's odyssey through space is accompanied by two musical works that were heard in "2001: A Space Odyssey": J. Strauss' "Danube Waltz" and R. Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra".

    • Gypsy Machine
      The robotic fortune-teller machine is a spoof on the magical "Zoltar" machine from the Tom Hanks movie "Big."

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