Season 3 Episode 1

The Honking

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 05, 2000 on Comedy Central

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  • Season three getting started off right!!! A great episode to say the least.

    After spending a terrifying night in his late Uncle Vladimir's castle, Bender is run down by one of the most feared of robot monsters, a "were-car" (the robot equivalent of a werewolf)-in truth, the "were-car" is a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury, a clear reference to Stephen King's Christine. Back at Planet Express, Bender begins to have nightmares about cars running people over, and starts to have blackouts. Seeking advice, the group consults "professional help", a circus fortune-teller machine. She tells him that he has become a were-car himself, and that he is fated to kill his closest friend. The only known way to break the curse is to destroy the original were-car. She gains this information from an ancient read-me file, a text book called "Curse Of The Werecar for Windows 98".

    That night, a restrained Bender breaks out of confinement, transforms into a Cadillac-like sedan, and almost kills Leela, angering Fry, who had thought that he was Bender's best friend. This causes Fry to hate Bender, and they are no longer friends. The next morning, Fry, Leela, and Bender set out to track down the original were-car. After returning to the castle, an old cursed bird watcher robot sends them to follow a trail of infected robots, which leads to an igloo in the Arctic, and then to the All My Circuits soundstage. There, Calculon tells them that a thousand years ago, scientists built the most evil car out of parts from other evil cars. It consists of the steering wheel from Adolf Hitler's Mercedes Benz, the left-turn signal from Charles Manson's VW bus, and the "windshield wipers from that car that played Knight Rider" (known on the show as KITT). The were-car infects Calculon, who was a simpler automotive arm-machine at the time. Acting on Calculon's information, the crew heads off to find Project Satan, the most evil vehicle ever made. When they arrive at the abandoned automotive plant, they confront Project Satan, but the clock strikes midnight, and Bender takes on his were-car form. After being given the choice of whom to kill, Bender goes for Fry, ending Fry's grudge with him. While trying to kill Leela, Project Satan accidentally skids into a giant furnace and is killed, dissolving the curse.

    Unfortunately, though, it is lifted at an inconvenient time, as Fry was in were-car Bender's driver's seat. Bender reverts to normal, but thinks he killed Fry as his last act. However, Bender's stomach hatch opens, revealing a squished Fry, who jumps out and enjoys Bender's last beer, causing Bender to once again try to kill him.