Season 2 Episode 11

Lesser of Two Evils

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 20, 2000 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • The shot of Fry squinting his eyes has become a popular meme on the internet. The meme is known as "Not Sure If". An example includes captions reading, "Not sure if slow internet or pixelated image." The first suggestion (take "slow internet") is at the top, and then the second suggestion (take pixelated image") will be at the bottom. Normally written in white. This makes it look as if Fry is not sure about something.

    • In the line of contestants you see a being that has a sash that says Miss Heaven next to Miss Vega 4 but when they announce the winner there is no Miss Heaven.

    • In the talent show competition, the "gangster" song that one of the contestants is performing sounds like "Insane in the brain" by Cypress Hill.

    • The 'chlorine' gas that Flexo sprayed on Fry was not chlorine. First and foremost, chlorine gas has a greenish tint, and was later portrayed as such in the episode Crimes of the Hot. Secondly, chlorine is exceptionally poisonous in humans, so much so that a trace amount is lethal.

    • In this episode, Bender mistakes a telephone booth for a suicide booth. In the pilot, Fry mistakes a suicide booth for a telephone booth.

    • Opening theme promotion: THE SHOW THAT WATCHES BACK

    • "The Crushinator" returns in this episode. She was first seen in Episode Two: The Series Has Landed.

    • Bender reads Pentiumhouse magazine.

    • The Miss Universe audience is all humanoid, though most of the contestants exhibit, shall we say, non-humanoid types of beauty.

    • One of the possible Miss Universe candidates looks like a three-eyed Abe Simpson, wrapped in a white towel.

    • For those of you who are wondering the street sign says:

      1 hour
      9A.M to 6P.M
      Monday thru Saturday

      Alternate side
      Of the street parking
      Tuesday, Thursday
      Holidays excepted
      Leash law enforced
      By radar

      No parking

      Not "Up yours kid," like the cop told Fry.

    • Benders serial number is 2716057 and Flexo's is 3370318.

      Bender says that both serial numbers can be expressed as the sum of two cubes.

      3370318 = 1193 + 1193
      2716057 = 9523 + -9513

  • Quotes

    • Fry: Well, you guys might both be losers but I just made out with that radiator woman from the radiator planet.
      Leela: Fry, that's a radiator.
      Fry: Oh. Is there a burn ward within 10 feet of here?

    • Leela: It figures. Who else but Zapp Brannigan would be judging the most chauvinistic, degrading, dehumanising-
      Zapp: Huh? Leela?
      Leela: Wait, you're making a- Ooh! Look at that. I feel like a princess!
      Zapp: Wait. What are you people? Idiots? I'm still going mano a mano with this envelope. And the winner is: Miss Vega 4. There it is, Miss Universe. There it is, looking weird.
      Leela: I almost had that tiara.
      Bender: Me too.

    • URL: Is this the guy?
      Barker: Huh? Oh, yeah, that looks like him. Whatever.
      Flexo: Wait, but I-
      Barker: Take him away.

    • Fry: I'm so confused. The Bender I liked turn out to be evil and the Bender I hated was good. How can I live my life when I can't tell good from evil?
      Bender: Eh, they're both fine choices. Whatever floats your boat.

    • Leela: I'm sorry we suspected you, Flexo. It's just, what with the beard and all-
      Flexo: Don't even bother. You people sicken me. I put my life on the line to guard that atom and this is how you repay me? Well you can go rot for all I care. Nah, I'm just kidding, you guys are alright.

    • Fry: Bender? You stole the atom?
      Bender: Yeah, but I can explain, it's very valuable.
      Flexo: I saw him snatch it while Fry was asleep. That's why I ran to tell Bob Barker.

    • Leela: I don't know which one to shoot.
      Fry: Flexo! Shoot Flexo!

    • Bender: Shoot him, he's choking me!
      Flexo: No shoot him, he's choking me!

    • Fry: Well, uh, we'll be leaving now. If you'll just sign this form saying you received the atom.
      Barker: I'm not signing squat. You find me that damn tiara before the pageant ends.
      Leela: But, Mr. Barker-
      Barker: Enough out of you. I may be against the fur industry, but that won't stop me from skinning you alive! As long as no one wears the skin.

    • Barker: So you lost the atom, huh? You're garbage, human garbage! Do you brain-dead space jockeys have any idea how much that thing is worth?
      Fry: 100,000?
      Leela: 200,000?
      Bender: 200,001?
      Barker (to Leela): You're closest without going over.

    • Barker: Which one of these lovely womanoids will take home the atomic tiara?
      Leela: Downplay the tiara.
      Barker: Uh, we'll find out after these subliminal messages.

    • Barker: And our tenth and final finalist, Miss Earth's Moon, The Crushinator.
      Crushinator: Thank you, Bob Barker. I'm as happy as a girl can be. End statement

    • Leela: He must have jumped ship with the atom the second we landed.
      Fry: Or maybe, he never left at all! Wait a minute. You're Bender.
      Bender: Of course, who said I wasn't?
      Fry: But why were you wearing that scarf and the turtleneck and this fruity number?
      Bender: It's a little thing called "style". Look it up sometime.

    • Bender: Well, he wasn't in the, uh, kitchen room.
      Fry: Say, Bender, can I hold that map for a second?
      Bender: And leave me high and dry in case of a scavenger hunt? I think not.

    • Leela: How could Flexo have stolen the atom?
      Fry: He must have used a sleep-ray on me. Sleep-rays exist in the future, right?
      Leela: No.
      Fry: Oh. Then I must've fallen asleep.

    • Leela: My God! Did you hear maracas?
      Fry: No.
      Leela: Then it wasn't space bandidos.

    • Fry: Look, I know Flexo's your friend but I don't trust him alone with the atom.
      Bender: My God, Fry! Just 'cause the guy's got a beard you label him as evil? Well I got a label for you, pal: An ugly little word called "prejudice".
      Fry: I'm not prejudiced.
      Bender: Ah, save it for the cross-burning, Adolf!

    • Bender: Halt. Who goes there?
      Fry: Don't point that at me.
      Bender: "Fry" who?

    • Leela: Space bandidos have been operating in this quadrant so you'll each take 8-hour shifts guarding the safe. First Bender, then Flexo, then Fry.
      Fry: Wait, hold on. I don't like the sound of that. Let's just go alphabetically.
      Leela: OK. First Bender, then Flexo, then Fry.
      Fry: Wait, let's go by rank.
      Leela: OK. First Bender, then Flexo, then Fry.
      Fry: Flexo outranks me?
      Flexo: That's "Flexo outranks me, sir"!

    • Farnsworth: Due to the atoms tremendous value, Planet Express would go bankrupt if it was stolen. Therefore we'll need to hire on additional security for the mission.
      Flexo: Oh, oh, oh, oh! Mr. Professor, right here!
      Fry: Uh, maybe we should stick with people we know and trust. I mean, Flexo's great, but-
      Farnsworth: "Flexo's great," you say? Well that's good enough for me. Welcome aboard, lad.

    • Amy: Wow! When I was a little girl on Mars I dreamed of being Miss Universe.
      Leela: That's kinda pathetic.
      Amy: Aw, come on, Leela. Deep down all girls wanna be Miss Universe.
      Leela: Not me.
      Amy: Really? Maybe it's just cute girls.

    • Zoidberg: So what is it, already?
      Farnsworth: It's a single atom of jumbonium, an element so rare the nucleus alone is worth more than $50,000.
      Bender: How much more?
      Farnsworth: 100,000. That's why I hid it here, under my mattress.

    • Hermes: Take a rage dump, man. He's no worse than Bender.
      Fry: He's much worse. He drinks and smokes and he posts naked pictures of me on the Internet.
      Amy: That's Bender, alright.
      Fry: I'm talking about Flexo.

    • Zoidberg: It's funny because it's poisonous!
      Fry: Yeah, keep laughing, brine shrimp, but he's bad news. I regret ever running him over.

    • Fry: I don't like this place. It's 120 degrees and there's very little oxygen.
      Bender: Shut up and hoot. Hubba-hubba, she is built - in Mexico, I believe.
      Flexo: And that ain't silicon, it's tungsten. And plenty of it!
      Fry: Uh, yeah. Look at that exhaust fan.
      Flexo: Ew!
      Bender: Pervert.

    • Robot: Hey, check it out here. Six beautiful devices. They know what you like and they'll do it to within a tolerance of one micron!

    • Fry: Well just let me know if there's anything I can do to make it up to you.
      Flexo: Actually, your little stunt did a number on my back. You mind rubbin' it for me?
      Fry: Uh... sure.
      Flexo: Aw, yeah, that's it. Little lower.
      Fry: How's that?
      Flexo: Lower. Yeah that's gettin' it. A little lower though.
      Fry: Uh, I can't get any lower than this.
      Flexo: I'll say, you're rubbing my ass!

    • Fry: So, uh, Flexo. Sorry about crushing your body like that. You OK now?
      Flexo: Well I don't feel as bad as you look! Nah, I'm just messing with you, kid. You're alright. That's some face you got, though. I think they got a cream for that. Nah, you're great.

    • Bender: Hey, brobot, what's you serial number?
      Flexo: 3370318.
      Bender: No way! Mine's 2716057!
      Fry: I don't get it.
      Bender: We're both expressible as the sum of two cubes.

    • Farnsworth: Leela, Zoidberg, the rest of you, this is Flexo.
      Hermes: Sweet llamas of the Bahamas! Except for that stylish beard, he looks just like Bender!
      Flexo: No duh, dreadlock, we're both bending units.

    • Fry: How's that robot I ran over?
      Farnsworth: We did all we could.
      Fry: You mean he's-
      Farnsworth: Good as new? Yes!

    • Bender: I think I got whiplash.
      Leela: You can't have whiplash, you don't have a neck.
      Bender: I meant ass whiplash.

    • Fry: Hey, my girlfriend had one of those. Actually it wasn't hers, it was her dad's. Actually she wasn't my girlfriend, she just lived next door and never closed her curtains.
      Leela: Fry, remember when I told you about always ending your stories a sentence earlier?

    • Leela: It says he was mummified in ceremonial vestments.
      Fry: We sometimes called it a jogging suit.

    • Bender: I gotta say I'm really enjoying the day out with you people. Hey, a suicide booth! So long, suckers.
      Fry: Uh, sorry, Bender, that's just a phone booth.
      Bender: Oh.
      Leela: What were they used for?
      Fry: In New York? Bathrooms.

    • Tour Guide: I direct your attention to this ancient and mysterious tablet which has yet to be deciphered.
      He points to a parking sign
      Leela: Do you know what it means?
      Fry: Yeah, I asked a cop once. It means "Up yours, kid".

    • Bender: C'mon, Fry, I really wanna see it. You know how I yearn for a simpler time. A time of barn dances and buggy rides, before life was cheapened by heartless hi-tech machines.
      Leela: But, Bender, you are-
      Bender: Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...

    • Announcer: Is today's hectic lifestyle making you tense and impatient?
      Bender: Shut up and get to the point!

    • Leela: Hey, Bender, I thought you said you were in this episode.
      Bender: Nah, this week I'm on Caught On Tape 3 'cause of what I did in the coffee pot.

    • Centipede Man: C'mon, man, I didn't fire off no laser.
      Smitty: Then why is there a smoking hole in your ceiling, sir?
      Centipede Man: What? Crazy upstairs lady must've been shooting down.
      URL: Sir, you're on the top floor of this particular domicile.

    • Announcer: Futurama is brought to you by... Arachno Spores! The fatal spore, with the funny name!

    • Farnsworth: Report to my room for an exciting exhabition!
      Others: Uh...?

    • Leela: Fry, why are you looking for Flexo in my underpants drawer?
      Fry: Well, I didn't find him here ten minutes ago so I figured it was time to check again.

    • Fry: Wait a second. You mean Bender is the evil Bender? I am shocked! Shocked! Well, not that shocked.

    • Fry: No one in New York drove... there was too much traffic.

    • Fry: If I ever want to go back to the year 2000, I'll just freeze myself again.

  • Notes

    • First appearance of Flexo.

    • Alien code: In the Subway of Past-O-Rama, there is a sign written in Alien Code #1. It reads "Laser Tentacle Surgery".

    • Alien code: During the Miss Universe ceremony, one of the girls is wearing a sash with Alien Code #1 on it. It reads: "Way To Go, "Dexter"!" Later in the credits you see a Character Layout Designer whose name is "Dexter Reed." Apparently he is the one responsible for designing most of the women in the scene. Additionally, Hermes' original name was going to be "Dexter".

  • Allusions

    • The slogan of Past-o-Rama is "It's Da Boom!", referring to a FOX advertising slogan used during Futurama's first season.

    • The Simpsons

      After the atom goes missing, the crew immediately blame Flexo, thinking he is the 'evil twin', however it turns out that Bender is in fact the evil one. This is similar to The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror VII", in which Bart's supposedly 'evil' twin, Hugo, turns out to be the good one of the two, and Bart is the in fact the evil twin.

    • Jimi Hendrix

      The title of the robot strip club is Electric Ladyland, a direct spoof of the Jimi Hendrix Experience album "Electric Ladyland."

    • Virginia Slims:
      Bender's line on seeing primitive robots, "We've come a long way, baby" is very similar to cigarette-maker Virginia Slims' first slogan, "You've come a long way, baby."

    • Star Wars
      On a theater marquee in Past-O-Rama: Star Wars 9 -- Yoda's Bar Mitzvah

    • Pastorama
      This is a reference to the actual show Futurama though saying that the present is the past.
      Additional information: Not only is this a reference to Futurama the TV show, but it is also paying homage to the Futurama exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in New York.

    • Star Trek

      Flexo's goatee is a quick reference to the Star Trek episode Mirror, Mirror in which the evil Spock has a goatee!

    • COPS
      The show "Cop Department" is a parody of the Fox hit COPS.

    • Bob Barker: You were the closest without going over.

      Bob Barker is the host of The Price is Right where contestants guess the prices of things and the person who guesses closest without going over the actual price wins. Bob says this line after he asks Fry, Leela and Bender how much they think the tiara was worth, and they each make a guess.