Season 7 Episode 10

The Prisoner of Benda

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 19, 2010 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Farnsworth builds a brain-swapping device.
  • Surprisingly overrated

    I'm not going to pretend that I understand the math part of this. Even to me that's clever but in all and all there were not that many funny moments to praise this thing. I guess people were so taken by the whole Theorem thing they forgot how weak the jokes were. I don't understand it and I probably never will on how people can overlook the most important thing in comedy. The jokes !moreless
  • A very funny episode with a decent plot, and some rather disturbing but in-character outcomes...

    "The Prisoner Of Benda"

    Grade: A

    As usual from our expectations, Ken Keeler delivers another fantastic episode of Futurama! The storyline of the episode was very interesting and funny, to have characters constantly switch with mixed parings such as Farnsworth and Zoidberg being Fry and Leela (delivering a rather disturbing scene) to Amy switching with Leela and making her fat as a result. The best scene by far is the one with Amy and Scruffy though, since it was in character for Scruffy and not expected, plus its kind of heartbreaking in a way too.

    The plot's resolution was quick, but I'm actually impressed on how much content this episode fitted in within the 22 minute mark. Nevertheless, The Prisoner Of Benda had jokes which almost all worked for me (The only one that didn't work too well I thought was the Japanese translator guy, and the mentioning of Nicolas Cage), but other than that, this episode had a strong plot, similar to Three Hundred Big Boys and The Farnsworth Parabox, with plenty of laughs (Zoidberg being Fry, Amy being Leela, and Fry and Leela as a couple... in Farnsworth and Zoidberg's body), many memorable quotes, and is easily one of the best this season. I'm going to give this episode a strong 9/10 on first viewing!moreless
  • this one is hilarious

    The professor and Amy switch bodies, and soon all of Planet Express switches. But, there might not be a way to get their bodies and minds back. Will they figure out a way, or is Planet Express doomed to have each character be in a different body.

    Pretty good. I liked Fry as Zoidberg and Leela as the Professor. The entire episode was pretty funny, probably one of the funniest episodes of the new season, second only to Late Philip J. Fry. This is one of the best episodes of the season, hopefully they make more hilarious episodes like this. No real complaints, and as such, this episode gets an A+ from me. Simply a hilarious episodemoreless
  • No Wash bucket, we can't ;)

    This is without a doubt, my favourite episode of Season 6. It was endless comedy, smart and definitely Sci-Fi. The relationship between Fry and Leela was hilarious and the part with Scruffy and Wash bucket was hilarious too. Theindividualstory line for each character was great, this was kinda a 10 stories in one episode like 'Three Hundred Big Boys' but I enjoyed this one better than that one. It involved all Planet Express members and some new ones and even a couple of the Globe Trotters characters. My favourite scene was when Fry and Leela (as Zoidburg and the Professor) were testing each others shallowness and then started kissing and did it, was the funniest thing I've seen in Futurama for a long time and Scruffy has more than JUST a few lines, my favourite episode of Season 6: 10/10!moreless
  • Wow, hilarious.

    I'll be completely honest when I say that I don't think I've ever seen a body swap episode, or even movie for that matter, nearly as good as this. The execution was damn near perfect. It felt like it was faltering off a little towards the end like it was running out of time, but nonetheless everything before it was just fantastic. The different storylines, like Fry and Leela's little love relationship in Zoidberg's and Hubert's body, Hubert realizing just how valuable his old body is, amongst all the other hilarious situations that happened as a result of the brain swaps, like the washbucket falling in love with the janitor. That scene was particularly well done. And the serious but not so dramatic scenes were surprisingly effect. Excellent excellent episode!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Zoidberg (in Fry's body) brings the Emperor (in wash bucket's body) to Fry and Bender's apartment, the front door leads directly into the "closet" of the apartment and not through the small room Bender refers to as the "apartment".

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: April 14, 2011 on Prima COOL
      United Kingdom: August 19, 2011 on Sky1/Sky 1 HD

    • The Professor was previously shown to have already invented a mind-switching device in Bender's Game. However, it's possible that it was merely in testing then, and was perfected in this episode.


    • Stargate SG-1
      The mind swap premise used in this episode is similar to the one used in Stargate SG-1's second season episode "Holiday". They encounter a dying inventor named Ma'chello who swaps bodies with Daniel Jackson. Because of how the machine was designed, they could not be swapped back directly. In the end, they used a simple rotation in order to swap everybody back.