Season 3 Episode 11

The Cyber House Rules

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2001 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • In this episode we learn Bender's height for the first time. According to the height chart in his mugshot he is 6' 1" with his antenna extended, and 5' 7" when it is retracted.

    • Plot hole: when Bender and Fry get arrested and locked in a prison cell, the kids are seen to be locked in the same cell as well, though they apparently have done nothing to get arrested. This has been explained in a deleted scene: when Leela comes to visit Bender and Fry, she asks why the orphans are also in the cell, and URL the police robot answers that they had a tip the kids were in on it. This deleted scene can be found on Futurama Season 3 DVD2.

    • At the end of this episode, Bender sticks the picture that the kids drew for him on his door with a magnet, but it was stated in Episode Two: The Series Has Landed that if Bender is magnetized it screws up his inhibition unit and makes him sing folk music.

      Response: this is only true when the magnet is placed on/near his head (apparently that's where his inhibition unit is). Hence sticking a magnet on his chest door would not affect the unit.

    • At the orphanage reunion, Kirk approaches Leela and calls her by her old nickname. But if he's blind and deaf, he would have no way of knowing who she was.

    • If Sally, the orphan girl with three ears, is a mutant, then why isn't she living underground in the sewers?

      RESPONSE: It was never said she's a mutant. She could well be an alien.

    • Despite the fact that the pupil of her new second eye was drawn on with marker, Leela rolls her eyes and moves both pupils several times throughout the episode.

    • After the operation, Leela goes to 'Eye Robot' for her new glasses.

    • Opening theme promotion: PLEASE RISE FOR THE FUTURAMA THEME SONG

    • The note under the Taco Bellevue Hospital sign reads "Normal, Healthy Baby? Super-Size it for 49 cents."

    • The sign outside the garden reads 'Yes We Have 'Looking At' Trees.'

    • As Fry and Bender leave the kids in the closet, you see a newspaper clipping on the door with Fry's picture on it, the caption reading 'Primitive Human Found In Tube.'

    • Referring to How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back, if you look carefully, the warden is Bureaucrat level 135.

    • When Amy drops her glass at the restaurant, it shatters into pieces. At shots afterwards, she's holding her glass, it still fully intact.

      RESPONSE: It was already shown in The Cryonic Woman that cups (and maybe glasses) can repair themselves.

    • How does Bender get out of jail at the end of the episode? It is just said that he gives the orphans to the orphanage.

    • In the scene where Leela first blinks, she is looking in a mirror. Hermes takes a photograph, but says it screws it up. The mirror was right in her face, and therefore impossible to take a picture of her face.

    • Bender doesn't have a sense of taste, yet he says the popsicle sticks absorbed "quite a bit of flavour."

    • In I, Roommate, it's obvious that Bender and Fry's apartment only has one big room, Fry's room, but in this episode they had three large rooms.

    • Just after the doctor examines Leela's eyes, and only the real one follows the flashlight, she rolls both her eyes when she says "You're just jealous."

    • Bender flushes himself, but where does the water go?

    • The orphanage apparently has a gymnasium.

  • Quotes

    • Nina: We know robots don't have emotions but we drawed you this picture.
      Sally: So if you ever miss us, even just a teeny bit, you can look at it.
      Bender: Hey, I smoke a cigar, not a candy cane. Sheesh!

    • Fry: It's good to have the old weird-looking Leela back.
      Leela: Aww! You're a true friend, Fry. I guess there's nothing wrong with being a little weird.
      Fry: Leela, there's nothing wrong with anything.

    • Leela: Now take me to the hospital and put my eye back the way it was. Right now!
      Adlai: Why should I do that?
      Leela: Listen, buddy. By the end of the day, one of us is gonna have one eye.

    • Leela: She doesn't need an operation! She's fine the way she is!
      Adlai: Oh, and I suppose you were fine the way you were?
      Leela: Damn right I was!
      Fry: Yay!
      Leela: Shut up, Fry.

    • Leela: I've made up my mind. Let's adopt her.
      Adlai: Her? But there's plenty of normal ones.
      Leela: Come on, Adlai. She could really use a mom and dad.
      Kids: Ear-face! Ear-face! Sally won the ugly race!
      Adlai: On the other hand, the children bring up a good point. She does have an ear on her face.

    • Leela: Officer, would it be alright if we adopted one of the kids?
      Smitty: Might as well. They're just gonna rot in the evidence locker.

    • Smitty: You're under arrest for child cruelty, child endangerment, depriving children of food, selling children as food and misrepresenting the weight of livestock.
      Bender: If you had kids of your own, you'd understand!

    • Bender: Then how about this little number? Pure-bred human. No vampire in there.
      Leela: Uh, um.
      Adlai: Hmm.
      Bender: If you're strapped for cash, you might wanna consider this irregular unit. Cursed with a third ear but so full of that emotion I understand is called "love".

    • Leela: I remember this from when we were kids: The warden would trot you out in front of prospective parents and they'd judge you like a piece of meat.
      Albert: I'm Albert.
      Leela: Kind of fatty.

    • Leela: Hi, Bender. We'd like to adopt a child.
      Bender: Well, you've come to the right place because Honest Bender's Orphanarium means discount orphans. Now, little lady. What do I have to do to send you home with 12 orphans today?
      Adlai: Uh, I'm afraid we only want one.
      Bender: Whatever you say, chief. I'll show you what I got in stock.

    • Adlai: You know, doing this jigsaw puzzle of a pacifier factory makes me want to have children with you all the more.
      Leela: Adlai, I was thinking, since we're both orphans, maybe we should adopt a child.
      Adlai: Adoption? Yes, that's acceptable. Heck, it's more than acceptable, it's adequately satisfactory!

    • Bender: Minus the food, the bunny rabbit wallpaper- I'm getting 100 bucks a kid and they're costing me 110!
      Fry: There goes my new kitchen cabinets.

    • Bender: Now to figure out how much money I'm raking in off those twerps! Oh! I need a calculator.
      Fry: You are a calculator.
      Bender: I mean a good calculator.

    • Albert: Daddy Bender, I want a piggy back ride.
      Bender: Daddy's tired. Let's just have another dog-pile on Fry.

    • Adlai: You know, seeing that strange robot force 12 children to do his bidding makes me think about kids of our own.

    • Albert: I gotta go poopy!
      Bender: Well you should've gone poopy before it was time to run out on the check!

    • Elzar: Which one of you cutie muffins gets the children's spicy squab?
      Boy: Me!
      Bender: Ah-ah-ah! What do we say when someone gives you something?
      Boy: 'Bout time!
      Bender: That's my boy!

    • Bender: Remember your manners, kids. Forks go in the left pocket, spoons in the right.

    • Fry: So, Leela, do you wanna be like us? Or do you wanna be like Adlai with no severe mental or social problems whatsoever?
      Leela: That's the dumbest question I ever heard!

    • Fry: And the Professor's a senile, amoral crackpot. Hermes is a Rastafarian accountant.
      Hermes: Tally me banana.
      Fry: Amy's a klutz from Mars.
      Amy: Sploops!
      Farnsworth: And, Fry, you've got that brain thing.
      Fry: I already did!

    • Adlai: Uh, listen. I just want you all to know your Leela's one standard lady.
      Leela: Oh, Adlai, stop!

    • Leela: Thanks for coming out to get to know my boyfriend. Isn't he dreamy?
      Zoidberg: Totally.

    • Bender: Hey, what the hell are you doing? Quit hugging me!
      Fembot: I guess you're busy. I'll catch you later.
      Bender: You morons! I don't know what you're trying to pull but I got half a mind to hug each and every one of you and see how you like it!

    • Boy: Daddy Bender?
      Bender: Son, daddy's trying to score with a cheap floozy right now, so we need you to cram a Tinkertoy in it!

    • Fembot: These kids yours?
      Bender: Yeah.
      Fembot: Ooh. I'm attracted to a man with responsibility!
      Bender: That's me, baby! Let me just ditch the kids in an alley and we can go have some fun.

    • Bender: Hey! Hey! Only eat and drink enough to barely keep yourselves alive! I'm trying to make a profit here.

    • Bender: OK, they've got everything you need here: Booze, a couple of peanuts, they got a crapper in the back. That's one of the things you kids do, right?
      Albert: Yeah.
      Bender: Then knock yourself out.

    • Leela: Fry, I just wanna try dating a normal man, who if you go somewhere with him no one says he's crummy. I think I deserve that once in life.
      Zoidberg: Be careful with that Adlai, Leela, he's a doctor, they're very poor.
      Leela: Actually, most doctors are rich.
      Zoidberg: What? When did this happen? You're joking, right? That's not funny!

    • Fry: This is so unfair! I liked you back when you were a cyclops! That guy's only interested now that you have two eyes.
      Leela: You're just jealous!
      Fry: No, I'm not! Oh, wait, I am. But my point remains valid!

    • Adlai: I've never been good with words, which is why I'm in such a delicate conundrum. Will you go out with me this Sunday?
      Leela: Sure!
      Adlai: I don't know what else to say, so I'll just say it. Okey-dokey, see you then.

    • Sally: Daddy Bender, we're hungry.
      Bender: What is it with you kids? Every other day it's food, food, food!... Oh, fine. I'll get you some stupid food.
      Albert: Can we have Bender burgers again?
      Bender: No. The cat shelter's on to me!

    • Bender: Kids, meet the jerkbags I work with.
      Kids: Hello, jerkbags!

    • Leela: I've never felt so unremarkable! Today I actually blended in with a crowd!

    • Leela: Wow, look at me. Although I don't have the hang of blinking yet.
      Adlai: You'll get it. Personally, I try not to blink too much because it seems flashy. But when I do, I enjoy it.

    • Amy: Leela, those eyes look so great on you.
      Fry: Bah! I think she looked fine before.
      Farnsworth: No.
      Zoidberg: No.
      Amy: Uh-uh.
      Hermes: Wrong.

    • Fry: If you ask me, you shouldn't care what other people think.
      Leela: You're right! I'll start by not caring what you think! I'm getting the surgery.
      Farnsworth: That a girl!
      Amy: Right on!
      Zoidberg: Wonderful. And while you're under the knife, you could also get an ink pouch to help you escape your enemies.

    • Amy: I think cosmetic surgery's great, Leela. I used to be too cute, so I had cuteness-reduction surgery.

    • Bender: Sons, daughters, meet Uncle Fry.
      Fry: Hey, why are those kids following you? Do you have candy stuck to your ass?
      Bender: No. It's called "parenting". Come on, dumplings. We've got 12 government stipends to collect.

    • Adlai: No, I specialise in phaser eye surgery. I can build you a paraffin eye and graft it on with skin from your foot.

    • Adlai: I'm so sorry I teased you back then. Let me make it up to you. I can fix it so no one ever makes fun of you again.
      Leela: You mean by beating them up? Because I've broken that blind kid's nose like 10 times and it doesn't make any difference.

    • Vogel: Sir, you seem pretty stable. Have you thought about adopting one of our kids?
      Fry: Sure haven't.
      Vogel: Well keep adoption in mind. It's a great way to have a kid without having sex.

    • Leela: Thanks, Adlai. I guess you never really outgrow being an eyeball- Oddball!

    • Adlai: Nonsense. You're a space captain. That's a fine, conventional profession.
      Leela: Well, you know, it's just for a package delivery service.
      Adlai: Ah-ah. A package is just a box until it's delivered.
      Leela: Huh. I'd never thought of it that way. So what do you do these days?
      Adlai: Oh, I'm a doctor.
      Leela: A tall doctor, you say?

    • Kirk: Well, if it isn't old one-eye!
      Leela: Oh, yeah? Well, shut up, cane boy!
      Man: He can't hear you. He's deaf now.

    • Man #1: So, whatcha been up to since you left the orphanarium?
      Man #2: Uh, living in a box, fighting the shakes. You?
      Man #1: Selling kidneys, teeth, whatever falls out of me.
      Leela: And what am I up to, you ask? Why, I'm a very successful space captain.
      Man #2: Oh.
      Man #1: Wow.
      Man #3: How nice for you, Leela.
      Woman: That's so good for a person with one eye.
      Leela: Hey! You can't feel sorry for me! I'm a space captain and you're a bunch of losers.
      Man #1: Uh, right, right. We're the losers!

    • Leela: Hey, look. It's our old group picture.
      Fry: I don't see you anywhere.
      Leela: That's me over in Cootietown.

    • Fry: Mmm! The gristle-in-a-blanket isn't half bad.
      Bender: And try one of these Popsicle sticks. They've absorbed quite a bit of flavour.

    • Fry: That's terrible, Leela. But imagine the look on their faces when you show up with two friends who eat all the hors d'Oeuvres.
      Leela: Well, I wouldn't mind rubbing my success in a few choice faces.

    • Kids: One-eye! One-eye! One-eye!
      Kirk: Nice depth-perception, one-eye!
      Leela: How can you make fun of me, Kirk? You're blind!
      Kirk: My eyes may not work, but at least I got two of them!

    • Card: Leela, you're invited to a reunion at Cookieville Minimum-Security Orphanarium. Please stand clear of self-destructing basket.
      Bender: A reunion at your old orphanarium, eh? You gonna go?
      Leela: No way, Jose-bot.

    • Leela: It's a doorbell baby! Hello, little guy. You know, I was abandoned as a baby too, so-
      Bender: Garbage, huh? I'll take care of it.

    • Morbo: So I gave the cookies you made to Fawn and the kids and they couldn't believe it - they were delicious. But, I digress... Tremble, puny earthlings! One day my race will destroy you all!

    • Fry: Zoidberg. He smells like he eats garbage, and does.
      Zoidberg: Damn right!

    • Adlai: I just came by for your follow up exam.
      Leela: Oh, that's so hansom of you.

    • Leela: I did it, I blunk.
      Hermes: And just in time to ruin this picture I just took of you.

    • Fry to Leela: You're better then normal, you're abnormal.

    • Bender: Ok kids, time for bed. The grown-ups need to talk now.
      Kid: But it's 10 in the morning.
      Bender: I said hit the hay!

    • Leela: Oh Adelai, I've had a wonderful time today. No one stared at me, or avoided staring at me, or tried to burn me. You make me feel so not weird!
      Adelai: Leela, you're 999,999 in a million.

    • Amy: Ohh, they're so cute. What are their names?
      Bender: Kids have names?
      Nina: My name's Nina, and his name's Albert, and...
      Bender: And from now on you're all named Bender Jr!

  • Notes

    • First appearance of Sally (the 3-eared orphan girl).

    • Bender's apartment number is '00100100', which is the ASCII code for '$' (dollar sign). His neighbor's apartment number is '01010111', which is the ASCII code for '+' or 'Shift-F4'.

    • Leela calls Bender Jose-bot. Further assuring the point that Bender was made in Mexico.

    • Alien code: When Leela runs into a blind man from her past, a sign with Alien Code #1 is seen on the side of the wall. It reads: "Humane Human Traps."

    • The orphanarium is renamed to the "Bender B. Rodriguez Orphanarium", thereby confirming his name.

  • Allusions

    • Hermes: Tally me banana!/Daylight come!

      When Fry points out that Hermes is Jamaican, Hermes responds with lyrics from The Banana Boat Song (Day-O!) made famous by Harry Belafonte.

    • After getting her second eye implant, Leela goes to "Eye Robot", an allusion not only to retail eyewear stores, but also to "I, Robot", a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov.

    • Adlai wants to stop 'living this vida bachelor loca' - a reference to the song Livin' la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin.

    • When Leela decides to go to her reunion with Bender & Fry, Bender says, "Set a course for adventure!" This is a line from the TV series The Love Boat: "Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance."

    • At Bender's apartment, we can see a picture of a hovercar on his wall. This hovercar strongly resembles Ferrari's 360 Modena.

    • The house that Adlai lives in looks exactly like the home from Leave It To Beaver.

    • Twilight Zone
      When Adlai is taking Leela's bandages off, it parodies a scene from the Twilight Zone episode, Eye of the Beholder.

    • Bender: You kings of New New England.
      The episode title is a pun on The Cider House Rules, a 1985 novel (by John Irving) and 1999 movie (directed by Lasse Hallström) set in an orphanage. Also, Bender calls the kids "you kings of New New England", parodying a line from the book / movie.

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