Futurama

Season 2 Episode 12

Raging Bender

2
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 27, 2000 on Comedy Central
8.7
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While at the movies, Bender accidentally knocks out a champion of the Ultimate Robot Fighting League. He then enters the world of pro wrestling, discovering that the competition is rigged and the most popular robot always wins. Bender's career soars until he is asked to lose his next fight to an up-and-coming robot.moreless

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  • superb

    9.0
    What I liked: Hermes' brain slug, Fry's brain slug dying because it starved, Bender cowardly saying 'see you at the fight', Leela's old teacher telling her he would "See her in Girl Hell. I'll be in Boy Hell. Much nicer!", the movie at the beginning, amongst other things.



    Decent episode. Not one of their best but it certainly was an enjoyable way to spend a half hour of my time, and it is one I would definitely rewatch again. B+ or so for this episode seems fair, I'd saymoreless
  • Odd...

    8.5
    This was an odd episode. I'm still not sure how much I liked it. Sure, it was funny, but it was also just plain weird. Bender was strange during the episode, and I'm not really sure how much I liked the plot or the episode. It WAS funny, as all episodes of Futurama are, though.



    Since this episode is impossible for ME to describe, I will just allow TV.com to describe it for me:



    While at the movies, Bender accidentally knocks out a champion of the Ultimate Robot Fighting League. He then enters the world of pro wrestling, discovering that the competition is rigged and the most popular robot always wins. Bender's career soars until he is asked to lose his next fight to an up-and-coming robot.moreless
  • hillarious episode

    9.8
    This episode was great the whole way through especially after we find out Ultimate Robot Fighting is a sham ("I always thought Ultimate Robot Fighting was real like professional wrestling. But now I've found out that it's a sham like professional boxing"). The Gender Bender is a hilarious idea and the great twist that Bender does win when Destructor gets KO'd but falls on Bender and therefore wins. The brain slugs were hilarious too especially Fry's which died ("Poor thing starved to death"). Farnsworth not realising that Bender had knocked out Destructor and the movie screen had gone blank saying "they don't make movies like this anymore" was a terrific senility joke. All in all, this was a very amusing episodemoreless
  • Bender becomes a robot fighter.

    9.5
    Fry, Leela, Amy, Bender, Professor Farnsworth, and Zoidberg decide to go see a movie. They decide to go see "All My Circuits: The Movie". While the are watching the movie, Bender gets obnoxious and gets the robot in front of him riled up. The robot looks like he is a geek, but then transforms into one of the robot fighters. Bender spills some of his oiled popcorn and the robot fighter slips on it and falls knocking him out cold. The man that runs robot fighting just happens to have been in the audience and wants Bender to become a robot fighter.moreless
  • An odd, but Hialrious episode to say the absolute least.

    9.0
    At the morning Planet Express meeting, the crew discovers Hermes has been assimilated by the brain slugs. To avoid Hermes' slack-jawed stare and being assimilated themselves, the rest of the staff takes off for the movies.



    While watching All My Circuits, The Movie, Bender picks a fight with a robot that turns out to be Ultimate Robot Fighting champion The Masked Unit. The Masked Unit trips on Bender's oil-soaked popcorn, and is knocked out by the fall. Coincidentally, the commissioner of Ultimate Robot Fighting is at the movie, and hires Bender on the spot.



    After training with Leela, Bender has his first fight against a chainsaw-equipped robot called The Clearcutter. By a stroke of luck, Bender defeats his opponent, causing The Clearcutter to explode into a pile of parts. However, Bender runs into the robot backstage, and the commissioner reveals that Ultimate Robot Fighting is fixed, and that the most popular robot always wins.



    Bender spurns further training from Leela, and proceeds to win several fights, but eventually his popularity wanes, and he is told that he can either take a dive in his new role as 'The Gender Bender', or be killed by his giant opponent, Destructor. Bender asks Leela for help, but she initially refuses. When she discovers that Destructor is being trained by Arcturan kung-fu Master Phnog, she changes her mind. The male chauvinist and sexist Master Phnog had ruined Leela's dream of competing in the Arcturan Kung-fu junior championships years ago, and Leela still holds a grudge.



    While Bender is being thrashed by Destructor (Bender asks Fry to throw in the towel he finds out that Fry has a Brain Slug on his head -- it is found dead at the end), Leela discovers that Destructor is being controlled remotely (using motion capture and virtual reality) by Phnog. They proceed to fight, but just as Funog is winning, Leela uses Phnog's own fist to force Destructor to punch him, knocking them both out. Destructor, however, fell on and flattened Bender, thus winning the match anyway. After the fight, Fry and Leela roll up the flattened Bender and carry him home.moreless
David Herman

David Herman

Master Fnog / Bill / The Foreigner

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Zapp Brannigan / Richard Nixon's Head

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Monique / Hattie / Flabby / Fembots

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad

Rich Little

Rich Little

Himself

Guest Star

Mr. Moviefone

Mr. Moviefone

Himself (as Russ Leatherman)

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

The Masked Unit / Abner Doubledeal

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (52)

    • Robot: I'm gonna open a file of whup-ass on you!

    • Leela: Ready Bender?
      Bender: I was built ready. Gimmee the bell! Gimmee the bell! (Bell rings) Did you hear a noise?

    • Little: And so ends the chronicle of one of the greatest ever to play the sport.
      Foreman: And he didn't look half bad in the tutu.
      Little: That he did surely not.
      Foreman: What?

    • Doubledeal: Great job, kid. You lost and you made it look almost half real. I want you to have this card good for 10% off at Bed Bath & Beyond.

    • Leela: I'm proud of you, Bender. Sure, you lost. You lost bad. But the important thing is I beat up someone who hurt my feelings in high school.

    • Little: I've not seen a spectacle of this nature in all my years impersonating a sportscaster.
      Foreman: It sure was some fight. Interesting side note: As a head without a body, I envy the dead.
      Little: No argument here.

    • Fnog: You were an excellent student. Too bad I was a lousy teacher

    • Leela: You didn't train Destructor. You're just controlling him like a puppet. I mean, cheating in a fake fight. That's low!
      Fnog: Better than being a girl. Like you. You're a girl!

    • Leela: According to the script, you're supposed to prance out and tickle him with your fairy wand. Instead, I want you to prance out and kick his head off!
      Bender: Got it. Large kickle, hold the tickle!

    • Little: Hello and welcome to a remarkable championship bout. Destructor, a robotic armoured tank, whose very use at battle has been ruled a war crime, versus Gender Bender, who wears a pink tutu. This is Rich Little, imitating Howard Cosell, here at ringside with George Foreman. George, a word in edgewise?
      Foreman: This could be the most one-sided fight since 1973 when Ali faced an 80-foot tall mechanical Joe Frazier. M-My memory's not what it used to be but I think the entire Earth was destroyed.
      Little: Interesting, if true. The Vegas odds tonight stand at an unprecedented 1000-0; a bet of $0 on Bender pays $1000 if he wins. Still, very few takers.
      Foreman: It's not-not a smart bet.

    • Leela: Not Fnog! Bender, let's hit the gym. I'm gonna teach you to fight like a girl!
      Bender: I'll put on my tutu!

    • Announcer: You loved him as Bender the Offender! Now get ready to hate him as he threatens your sexuality in his new persona... The Gender Bender!

    • Bender: It's one thing to win a fixed fight; there's dignity in that. But to lose? And in this atrocity? I can't do it!

    • Fry: Man, I thought Ultimate Robot Fighting was real, like pro wrestling. But it turns out it's fixed, like boxing.

    • Bender: But the crowd loves me.
      Doubledeal: Perhaps. But let's see how they feel about your new persona: The Gender Bender.
      Billionairebot: You'll be the most unpopular robot fighter since Sergeant Faeces Processor.

    • Doubledeal: Bender, your popularity is slipping.
      Foreigner: Sales of your Bender Brand French milk bath soaps are down 20%.

    • Bender: Howdy, chief. For my next bout, what do you say I fight these two bimbos in some mud?
      Doubledeal: Actually, we've decided to go in a different direction.
      Bender: What if I told your we wouldn't be fighting in the conventional sense?

    • Doubledeal: In fact, you're more than popular, you're pure lowest common denominator.
      Bender: Go Bender! Go Bender! Go Bender!

    • Doubledeal: What, you didn't read the pamphlet? Ultimate Robot Fighting's a scam, kid. It's rigged. It's a secret, so keep it under your head, but the most popular robot always wins.
      Bender: You mean I'm not a great fighter? I just won 'cause I'm popular?
      Doubledeal: Bingo!
      Bender: Woo-hoo! I'm popular!

    • Bender: Hey, Bender the Offender doesn't need you. Bender the Offender doesn't need anybody!
      Fembot: What about us, Mr. The Offender?
      Bender: Well obviously I need floozies! Let's roll!

    • Leela: Bender! You're three hours late. You can't give up on your training now after both of us worked so hard.
      Bender: What do you mean, "we"?
      Leela: I said "us".

    • Referee: Versus... The Chain Smoker!
      Chain Smoker: I love smoking. And after I win the fight I'm heading straight to your favourite restaurant.

    • Referee: Presenting Bender the Offender!
      Bender: I'm just an ex-con trying to go straight and get my kids back.

    • Bender: You know, I'm also an Ultimate Robot Lover.

    • Bender: Y'know, I think I he might be dead. I took a life! Woohoo!

    • Bender: Let's commence preparations for rumbling!

    • Leela: I lost my chance to be a champion. I won't let you throw away yours.
      Bender: Leela's right! I don't wanna end up a loser like her. Count me back in!

    • Leela: That's it. I'll take you on right now.
      Fnog: Very well. But, you see, I have the will of the warrior. Therefore, the battle is already over. The winner? Me! Rematch? You lose again! Had enough? I thought so! (Laughs)

    • Fnog: No girl has the will of a warrior. You have the will of a housewife or, at best, the schoolmarm.

    • Leela: But, Master Fnog, I can beat these dorks with one eye closed.

    • Fnog: Excellent. Bill, Keith, you will go to Junior Championships. Bill, congratulate Keith when he regains consciousness.

    • Bender: Crippling pain? That's not covered by my insurance fraud!

    • Leela: Let me tell you a story from my childhood.

      Zoidberg: Oh, again with the orphanarium!

      Leela: When I was growing up at the orphanarium, I got picked on a lot.

    • Leela: No! You've got to do it. I don't care how suicidal it is.
      Fry: Hey! How come when I wanna do fun stuff that'll kill me you're against it?
      Leela: This is more important than that marble-eating contest, Fry!

    • Amy: Bender, you can't be an Ultimate Robot Fighter. It's the most brutal form of competition in the galaxy!
      Bender: It is?
      Farnsworth: There are no rules. Two robots enter, one robot leaves. Then later the other robot leaves after being declared the winner.
      Bender: Well, that doesn't sound so bad.
      Farnsworth: Oh, did I mention the crippling, agonising pain? I'm pretty sure I did. Oh, yes, definitely.

    • Bender: I'm gonna be the greatest Ultimate Robot Fighter ever. Float like a floatbot, sting like an automatic stinging machine!

    • Doubledeal: Son, I'm the commissioner of Ultimate Robot Fighting. I'm a connoisseur of jerks like you who pick fights in movie theatres and you're the biggest I've ever seen.
      Bender: You should see me at funerals.
      Doubledeal: Kid, I want you in the Ultimate Robot Fighting League.
      Bender: Ultimate Robot Fighting? Sounds pleasant! I'll do it.

    • Robot: Pardon me, sir, but you seem to be inadvertently kicking my seat.
      Bender: "Pardon me, sir, but you seem to be bleh, bleh..."
      Robot: Yes, that's the gist of what I said.

    • Monique: Calculon, a fight scene has broken out at the special effects warehouse. Come quickly before a fiery explosion chases someone down a hallway.
      Calculon: I have no choice but to-
      Announcer: If you want Calculon to race to the laser gun battle in his hover-Ferarri, press 1. If you want Calculon to double-check his paperwork, press 2. Enter now.
      Chair: You have pressed 2.
      Fry: No, I didn't!
      Chair: I'm almost positive you did.

    • Bender: Uh, hey, buddy! Yo! You mind taking your head off?
      Robot: I'm sorry, sir, but I need it to watch the movie.
      Bender: Just ask Flabby over here to describe it to you later.
      Robot: Sir, she is as the factory made her.
      Bender: Well they should have stopped making her about halfway through.

    • Announcer: This week in the universe: New New York mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer opens a new tube line to alleviate rush hour traffic.
      Dateline: Paramecium Homeworld. Newly-crowned Miss Universe Glady's Lennox entertains troops fighting to wipe out the human race. Go get 'em, boys!
      And in the world of Ultimate Robot Fighting, the Masked Unit wins his championship bout against Gorgeous Gonks by technical melting.

    • Farnsworth (in the front row): Down in front!

    • Bender: Hey, gimme a large diet malt liquor and a popcorn with extra motor oil.

    • Fry: Cool! Let's see this one!
      Leela: Nah. I'm not in the mood for a historical documentary. I've heard good things about Quizblorg, Quizblorg.
      Amy: Guk! I hate subtitles. Alien films are so pretentious.
      Zoidberg: Fellows! Fellows! How about a film we can all enjoy? Planet Of The Clams. It's about an upside-down world where lobster is slave to clam.
      Bender: Who invited you? Let's just see All My Circuits: The Movie.
      Fry: Yeah, I wanna see that.
      Bender: Good point, Bender.

    • Hermes: On to new business. Today's mission is for all of you to go to the Brain Slug Planet.
      Zoidberg: What are we going to do there?
      Hermes: Just walk around not wearing a helmet.

    • Amy: So how was the Spleef Nebula?
      Hermes: The flight had a stopover on the Brain Slug Planet. Hermes liked it so much he decided to stay of his own free will.
      Fry: Hermes has all the fun. Wait a second! He's got a Brain Slug on his head!
      Leela: Shh! You're gonna get us all assimilated!
      Amy: Just act normal and switch to a garlic shampoo.

    • Farnsworth: Good news, everyone. I've taught the toaster to feel love.

    • Leela: If you didn't want my help when you didn't need, why should I help you when you do need me?

    • Fry: (to movie concessionaire) I'll take a small Slurm.
      Man: For only 25 cents less you can get a Super Small.
      Fry: Uhhh, okay.
      Man: (puts a single drop of Slurm into a tiny paper cup and hands it to Fry)
      Fry: (walks away but accidentally makes the drop spill onto his shirt) Oop! Aw, man!

    • Leela: Get up Bender. You can't quit every time you get an axe in the back... or a drill through your face. Now quit scratching your axe-hole and get out there!

    • Deleted Scene only found on Season 2 DVD
      Mom: (Yelling an order from the crowd to Destructor) MAKE THAT BITCH YOUR BITCH, YOU BASTARD!!!

    • Amy: Fry, what happened to your brain slug?
      Farnsworth: Tsk, tsk. The poor guy starved to death.

  • NOTES (2)

    • One of the movies playing is "When a Man Loves a Smizmar." Also, in Bender's first fighting bout, the announcer calls out to the crowd "Ladies and Gentlemen and Smizmar!" This is one of the little cookies that Groening & Co. liked to put in early episodes, for payoff in later ones, as we learn just what a "Smizmar" is, years later in Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch.

    • A slight reference to the previous episode, as we see a news broadcast about Miss Universe (crowned last episode).

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • The Karate Kid

      Bender's crane stance just before he's flattened by the Destructor is taken from the final fight scene in The Karate Kid.

    • Planet of the Apes

      The movie "Planet of the Clams" is a parody of the classic film starring Charleton Heston.

    • James Bond

      The opening title to All My Circuits: The Movie is a parody of the trademark opening titles by the late Maurice Binder, famous for his work in fourteen of the James Bond films. His distinctive formula incorporated images of silhouetted nude women jumping and leaping off massive pistols, dancing amidst explosions, and firing weapons - in the case of Futurama, the women are now robots. Furthermore, the movie's theme music bears similarities to the James Bond theme.

    • Bender: Float like a float-bot, sting like an automatic stinging machine.

      Is an homage to Muhammad Ali who famously said he'd "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" when referring to the fighting style he'd use in the fight against George Foreman nicknamed The Rumble in the Jungle.

    • The Muppets
      The "flabby" robot kisses like Miss Piggy, saying, "moi." A quick and cheap reference to the Muppets.

    • Title: Raging Bender

      This is a reference to the Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull (1980), starring Robert DeNiro. It is the story of professional boxer, Jake LaMotta.

    • Ultimate Robot Fighting League

      The robots that Bender faced are all based on the Old School WWE and Old School WCW wrestlers: The Clear Cutter is based on Big Josh the wrestling lumberjack because of the tree-cutting tools he has. Billionaire Bot is based on Million Dollarman Ted Dibiase. The Foreigner is based on The Iron Sheik. The Chain Smoker is based on The Brooklyn Brawler. And Destructor is based on all the mighty giant in wrestling such as Andre The Giant, Big John Studd, El Gigante and Kevin Nash.

    • The movie theater sign: Loew's ào-Plex
      In Set Theory, the symbol ào (Aleph-0; Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet) is used to denote the cardinality (number of elements in the set) of a countably infinite set. An example of such a set is that of the natural numbers, N = {0,1,2,3,…}. All this to say that the movie theater has an infinite number of rooms.

    • Bender: It's Benderin' time!
      Bender's battle cry of "It's Benderin' time!" is similar to comic hero the Thing's battle cry of "It's clobberin' time!" The Thing is one of members of the group The Fantastic Four.

    • Shirt: "Bender 3:16"
      One fan during a Bender match has a shirt that says "Bender 3:16." Since Ultimate Robot Fighting is a lot like wrestling, it's safe to assume it's a reference to the famous "Austin 3:16" of wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, which is itself an allusion to John 3:16 in the Bible.

    • Joe Eszterhas

      In the credits to: All My Circuits the writing credits go to Writing Unit 5, Writing Unit 12, and Joe Eszterhas. Eszterhas is a writer who's works include: Basic Instinct, Jade, Showgirls, Sliver, and Flashdance. This could be a jab at some of his less popular works.

    • Crow T. Robot: Will you please be quiet? We're trying to watch the movie!

      An ironic statement from Crow T. Robot, who is sitting with Tom Servo in the theater in silhouette. The reference is to the classic show Mystery Science Theater 3000, whose entire raison d'etre is that they make funny comments during bad movies - in other words, they ALWAYS talk during the movie.

    • Let's all go to the lobby!

      This line, shouted in the theater during the fight between Bender and the Masked Robot, by an old lady (recurring character), was part of the jingle of an old cinema advertisement in US cinemas to encourage movie-goers to buy snacks in the lobby.

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