This episode was very entertaining as Bender's dream of becoming a chef is ruined (it's a good thing the crew didn't drink that liquid though). The ending is terrific with Professor Farnsworth declaring that the secret ingredient was merely water... with LSD or "confidence" as Bender prefers the term to be.The checklist that Bender has is also great and his chef training, including chopping up his arm and accidentally killing his trainer, Helmut.The B story of Zoidberg framing Fry for breaking the Professor's ship and the obvious clues such as "Fry Confesses" on a pad labelled "From the desk of Zoidberg" and "I hate bottles" on Fry's shirt. The return of the accusing parlour to show that it wasn't a "what if we had an accusing parlour" question was good since it was randomly put in on Anthology of Interest.Both stories were good but I preferred Zoidberg's.
Bender aspires to be a cook for the Planet Express crew, but the meals he produces are awful. One day he cooks brunch for the crew but uses disgusting ingredients: a pony for Amy and at least two containers of salt in each meal (which, according to Bender, is 10% less than the deadly dose). Bender accidentally overhears Fry complaining about the meal and after the whole crew agrees with him Bender starts to cry and runs away, dropping his drinks (which have mop water in them), making an acidic hole in the floor. Also, Zoidberg destroys the scale replica of the world's largest ship-in-a-bottle that Professor Farnsworth has just made. He frames Fry for the damage and the Professor demands that Fry pay $10 for the material cost. Fry repays him with ease, not having the wherewithal to defend himself. Because Zoidberg is so poor, he sees $10 as a huge sum of money and is riddled with guilt.
After running away, Bender hopes Elzar will teach him how to cook, but Elzar refuses. Bender then finds two hoboes who take him with them on the spacerails. Bender and the hoboes end up in the biggest hobo joint in the universe, "not Eugene, Oregon" according to Bender. There, Bender meets Helmut Spargel-a legendary cook who lost his TV show when a young, upcoming Elzar replaced him. Spargel begins to train Bender how to cook in order to get revenge on Elzar.
Once Bender is finished with his training, Spargel gives Bender the final test: whether he can cook an edible meal for Spargel. Spargel eats the food and tells Bender that it is acceptable. As a result of eating the food, his stomach explodes, and he dies. With his last, dying breath, Spargel reveals the secret to perfect cooking and gives him a vial of unknown liquid to use whenever he needs to spice up a food.
Bender challenges Elzar to a cook-off on Iron Cook. The main ingredient used in this cook-off is Soylent green. Bender prepares terrible looking food, but he applies the liquid that Spargel gave him and somehow wins. As Elzar scrubs dishes, Bender declines the title of Iron Cook and takes the lesser title of Zinc Saucier, which he made up at that moment, stating that it also comes with double prize money. After the contest, Zoidberg becomes remorseful for framing Fry (when Fry is unable to pay for a $10 commemorative turkey baster, having forgotten to bring spending money with him). Zoidberg publicly apologizes before trying to commit seppuku honorably using a ceremonial Wakizashi, only to damage the $5000 sword (seemingly having forgotten his body is a hard shell); and before running away, he falsely says it was Fry who did it.
When the Professor examines the liquid in the bottle Spargel gave Bender, it turns out the liquid was ordinary water. Fry says that all Spargel gave him was confidence, the confidence to beat Elzar-after which the Professor mentions that the water was laced with LSD. The episode closes with Bender proposing a meal for his co-workers. The characters are unsure, but when Bender adds that the meal will include plenty of "confidence", they joyfully accept.
Bender once again makes another attempt at cooking for the crew, but as usual his food is totally unedible. Bender overhears everybody talking about how bad the meal was.
Determined to become a great chef, Bender pleads his case to Elzar asking him to teach him how to cook. But Elzar rejects him.
We see the devious side of Zoidberg as he takes a leaf out of Benders book and frames Fry for an act he committed. But unlike Bender, Dr Zoidberg feels guilt for what he has done. Bender stumbles across Helmet Spragel, the man who Elzar replaced on TV and it is he who agrees to teach Bender how to cook.
The cooking show that Bender battles Elzar on is a funny spoof of the Japanese Show Iron Chef.
This is a really funny episode. Bender actually learns how to cook.
Bender cooks breakfast for everyone, but since he doesn't have the sence of taste, so he makes terrible food. Bender overhears everyone talking about how bad it was, so he runs away. He tries to get Elzar to teach him to cook, but Elzar doesn't help him. Bender is mad. Then he meets someone who was really good at cooking. He also hate Elzar for ruining his dream. He teaches Bender how to cook. Then he dies. Right before he dies, he gives Bender a bottle of pure taste. One drop will turn anything tasty. Bender challenges Elzar to a cook off. Bender wins it with his pure taste. He cooks for the crew all the time now, with his pure taste of course. The professor does a test on it and it turns out that it's just water and LSD.
When Bender agrees to cook for Planet Express, the others get scared of his cooking. They try to escape but Bender catches them at last minute. He makes them sit at the table and eat his food the he made for them. Everyone is saying that Bender is a terrible cook, and that they should pretend to like it anyway. They later on talk about how gross the cooking was, but Bender over heard it, and cried, then ran away.
Meanwhile, Dr. Zoidberg is playing with the Professor's ship in a bottle, when he accidentally breaks it. While trying to fix it, he makes an even bigger mess. He then later on blames it on Fry so he wouldn't get in trouble.
He then goes to the cheif that inspeired him to cook, Elzar, but he also turned him down, so then he runs away for good. He then finds some hobos that lead him to the only person who can help him out, Helmut Spragel. He helps him get to the top, but when he tried one of Bender's meals he dies. But, before he died, he gave him a secret ingredient to use.
Then Bender challanges Elzar to the Iron Cook. During the making of the foods, Elzar looks like he's in for the gold, while Bender looked like he didn't know what he was doing. Towards the end of the episode, Bender didn't looked to hot, but when the judges tasted his foods, they loved it! So Bender turned out to be the Iron Cook.
Meanwhile, Dr. Zoidberg is playing with the Professor's ship in a bottle, when he accidentally breaks it. While trying to fix it, he makes an even bigger mess. He then later on blames it on Fry so he wouldn't get in trouble. At the cook off, Zoidberg counldn't take the pressure of blaming Fry. So he tried to kill himself. But instead he broke the sword.
Later on, after the cook off, we got to see what the secret ingredent was. It was water.
This episode was very entertaining as Bender's dream of becoming a chef is ruined (it's a good thing the crew didn't drink that liquid though). The ending is terrific with Professor Farnsworth declaring that the secret ingredient was merely water... with LSD or "confidence" as Bender prefers the term to be.
The checklist that Bender has is also great and his chef training, including chopping up his arm and accidentally killing his trainer, Helmut.
The B story of Zoidberg framing Fry for breaking the Professor's ship and the obvious clues such as "Fry Confesses" on a pad labelled "From the desk of Zoidberg" and "I hate bottles" on Fry's shirt. The return of the accusing parlour to show that it wasn't a "what if we had an accusing parlour" question was good since it was randomly put in on Anthology of Interest.
Both stories were good but I preferred Zoidberg's.
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