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Anthology of Interest II
Pacman
Episode 47
Season 4
Air date January 6, 2002
Directed By Bret Haaland
Written By I, Meatbag:Lewis Morton
Raiders of the Lost Arcade: David X. Cohen
Wizzin': Jason Gorbett and Scott Kirby
Opening subtitle Hey TiVo, Suggest This!
Preceded by A Tale of Two Santas
Followed by Love and Rocket


"Hey, my antenna's gone! Nah, it just moved. I'm not getting good reception on it, though. Maybe if I wiggle it around a little..."
Bender
"Bender, no! You'll make God cry!"
Fry

Anthology of Interest II is the 3rd episode of the fourth season of Futurama. It aired on January 6, 2002. It is the follow up to Anthology of Interest I which aired in 2000.

Plot Edit

Claiming he's gotten the bugs fixed, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth hauls out his What If Machine again and the Planet Express crew takes a look at three alternate realities.

I, Meatbag Edit

Humanbender

Bender as a human

Bender Bending Rodríguez asks what would happen if he were human.

Professor Farnsworth announces that he has invented a process of reverse fossilization, which can turn metal robots into organic life-forms. He uses his reverse fossilization machine on Bender, who is successfully transformed into a human.

After a short period of adaptation, Bender's self-control is overwhelmed by his new senses of taste, touch and emotional responses, and goes on a sensory input binge. A week later, at the Academy of Science Nobel Prize judging, the Professor presents Bender, who has become a thousand-pound blob.

The committee initially condemns the Professor, but Bender begs them to consider his new lifestyle. The open-minded scientists spend the night in a state of wild hedonism. Just before dawn, the committee awards Bender his own Nobel Prize. They discover that he died shortly after the party started: his excited "Woo" was just the sound of air escaping the folds of his fat.

Raiders of the Lost Arcade Edit

FryAOI2

Fry is ready to fight the Nintendians

Philip J. Fry I wants to see a universe that is more like a video game because that is the only thing he is good at.

As the simulation starts, President of Earth, Richard Nixon's head, is preparing to sign a treaty with Ambassador Donkey Kong of Planet Nintenduu 64. Ambassador Kong attacks Nixon and a state of war erupts with the ambassador for Italy (Mario) expressing his distress.

Due to his extensive knowledge of video games, Fry is brought to the 'milatari' headquarters and introduced to General Colin Pac-Man. Before Fry can impart his wisdom to the military, the Nintendians launch an attack on Washington, D.C. and they are forced into the escape tunnels that resemble a Pac-Man maze.

They emerge outside the Planet Express building, where the space invaders, led by Lrrr, are blasting New New York. Fry, fortified with snacks, soda, as well as his all-Rush cassette tape, situates himself at the controls of a rolling AAA platform and begins destroying the alien ships.

Unfortunately for Earth, Fry is unable to destroy the last ship (his brother Yancy Fry, Jr. always used to get it for him) which lands, conquering Earth. After Fry enters "ASS" as his initials for his high score, the invaders emerge, with one stating "All your base are belong to us." They demand millions of dollars in quarters, but the Earthicans refuse, as they need the quarters to do their laundry. A compromise is reached, with the Nintendians throwing their laundry in with Earth's.

Wizzin' Edit

PHOTO NO-1

Parody of the Wicked Witch

Leela wants to see her true home. When the Professor pulls the lever on the What-if Machine, he whacks her in the head and she falls to the floor unconscious.

She wakes up (in sepiatone) with Nibbler pawing at her, at the helm of the Planet Express ship, which is caught in a tornado. It crash lands in a technicolor wonderland, crushing the Man-Witch of the West, Scruffy. The Cute Witch of the North, Amy, tells her that she should seek out the Professor, who lives in the Emerald Laboratory down Martin Luther King Boulevard, which is constructed from yellow brick.

While traveling, she meets a scarecrow, Fry, a mechanical man, Bender, and "the other guy", Zoidberg. The Wicked Witch, Mom, sends her winged monkeys, Walt, Larry, and Igner, to kidnap Leela and her friends. The Wicked Witch always wanted a daughter and offers to take Leela in. Leela accepts as long as she can be a "real" witch and not just dance around at the equinox. As part of the celebration, Bender takes a bottle of champagne from his compartment an uncorks it. Under tremendous pressure, the liquid shoots out of the bottle and lands on the Wicked Witch, causing her to melt.

Falling back to the original plan, the crew make their way to the Emerald Laboratory. There they meet the great and forgetful Professor. The Professor tells Leela that she can go home by clicking her ruby boots together and wishing to go home. She objects that she wants to stay, but the Professor insists she must return to Kansas to live with her "dirt-farming, teetotaling" aunt and uncle. Pretending to agree, Leela clicks her heels and says: "There's no place like... I wanna be a witch!" In a puff of smoke, she appears in witch clothes and turns the Professor, the scarecrow, and the robot into frogs. Her reign of terror is cut short by Zoidberg, who has encountered a problem with the Emerald Laboratory's upstairs toilet and accidentally splashes water on her.

As she melts in the dream universe, she wakes up back in the Planet Express building, the professor wanting to harvest Leela's organs.

Alienese Edit

The signs in Alienese read, "Tale of Interest" and "Toxic Ink".

Ongoing ThemesEdit

DoppelgängersEdit

Bender takes a turn at being human.

Death, near-death, mutilationEdit

  • The "reverse fossilized" Bender dies as a result of his overindulgences.
  • Ambassador Kong bashes Nixon's head jar with a barrel, sending Nixon's head flying.
  • Various invaders wreak havoc on Earth, resulting in the deaths of many of the invaders.
  • Zoidberg eats Fry in the Pac-Man maze. Fortunately Fry 'had another guy' and reappears unharmed.
  • General Pac-Man is fatally shot in the head. (Apparently he didn't 'have another guy'.)
  • Leela clouts Bender on the head, causing his eyes to fly out and clout Fry on the head.
  • Farnsworth clouts Leela on the head with the arm of the What If machine, knocking her unconscious.
  • The Man-witch of the West is smashed to death by the Planet Express ship.
  • Nibbler eats Glurmo.
  • Leela uses the ship's landing gear to smash the Cute Witch of the North to death.
  • Bender sets the scarecrow Fry on fire.
  • Mom, the Wicked Witch, stooge-slaps her sons.
  • Bender's champagne causes Mom to melt away into a puddle of smoking ooze.
  • Leela pokes Hermes in the eyes, stooges-style.
  • Fry, the Professor, and Bender are transformed into frogs.
  • An overflowing toilet upstairs causes Leela to melt away into a puddle of smoking ooze.

References Edit

When Bender is turned human, the colours he is wearing may be a reference to Homer Simpson from The Simpsons.

See also Edit

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