|Bender's Big Score|
|Released|| November 27, 2007 (U.S.)|
March 5, 2008 (AU)
April 7, 2008 (UK)
|Running Time||89 minutes|
|Directed By||Dwayne Carey-Hill|
|Written By|| Ken Keeler (teleplay and story) |
David X. Cohen (story)
|Guests|| Al Gore as himself |
Coolio as Kwanzaabot
Mark Hamill as Chanuka Zombie
|Preceded by||The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings|
|Followed by||The Beast with a Billion Backs|
- "What's the secret of time travel doing on Fry's ass?"
Bender's Big Score is the first of four straight-to-DVD movies based on the animated series Futurama, released on November 27, 2007. The movie is written by Ken Keeler and David X. Cohen. Established characters appearing include the Nibblonians, Seymour, Barbados Slim, Morbo, Santa Claus Robot, the God Entity, Al Gore, and Zapp Brannigan. The plot also heavily involves several new characters; a trio of Nudist Alien Scammers, Head Museum technician Lars Fillmore and a narwhal named Leelu.
An owl flies through a small hole into Planet Express building, where Hermes gives out the staff roll call, but when they get to the Professor, he says that they're all fired. He claims that in 3005, the executives of the Box Network, an allusion to the Fox Network, canceled Planet Express's contract; no one told the crew for two years. Now those executives have been fired for incompetence and ground into a fine, pink powder, so Planet Express is back "on the air." They throw a party to celebrate, during which Hermes is decapitated by a saber sword and his body crushed by the Planet Express ship. His head is placed in a jar while his body is repaired. The man that performs the procedure, Lars Fillmore, takes an immediate liking to Leela, much to Fry's chagrin. Meanwhile, LaBarbara Conrad goes back to her former husband, Barbados Slim, claiming that Dwight needs a father, not two half fathers.During a delivery to a nude beach planet, Bender makes fun of Fry's "wiener", and Fry decides to leave to go deliver the package. When he finds the right person, he uses his penis as a pen to sign for the package. Leela finds a tattoo of Bender on Fry's ass, of which Fry was unaware. While on the beach, a trio of Nudist Alien Scammers use flimsy excuses to get the entire Planet Express crew to sign petitions and provide their e-mail addresses.
Upon returning to Earth, the entire crew receives hundreds of spam messages. The crew responds to the offers and Bender is infected with a virus. The scammers fool Professor Farnsworth into signing his business over to them, and they show up to take over. Bender's virus compels him to obey the scammers without question. The scammers are drawn to the tattoo on Fry's buttocks, which is revealed to contain the code for a Paradox-Free Time Travel Machine. Bender reads this binary code, which summons a time sphere from the God Entity. Nibbler reveals his sentience, explaining that using the code even once could destroy the universe, but they ignore him. Nibbler calls in some Kitten class attack ships to stop the scammers, only to be defeated by chairs.
Nudar uses the sphere to go back to last night, meeting his past self and they "ended up at my place, or shall I say, our place.", making out with his past self. Farnsworth states that he knows a paradox when he sees it and accidentally crushes "yesterday Nudar" with his Smell-O-Scope.
Because the time portal is only a one way trip and cannot bring anyone back to the present, the scammers have Bender use the code to steal valuable objects from Earth's past, waiting out the time in between in the limestone cave beneath Planet Express. They also have Bender replace the Professor's Spheroboom doomsday device, placing it with a rose with a tag that reads, "You've been scammed, Sweetheart". During this time, Hermes asks Bender to travel back in time and kill an earlier version of himself for a replacement body. However, Zoidberg unknowingly attaches Hermes's head the wrong way, making him facing backwards. The angry bureaucrat chases Zoidberg.
Meanwhile, the Professor and the Harlem Globetrotters analyzes the time-travel code. Though the Professor states that time travel is impossible, Ethan "Bubblegum" Tate figures out that paradox-free time travel is possible. The factor that corrects the paradoxes is the doom field, which, if raised exponentially, could destroy the fabric of causality, exactly what Nibbler was trying to tell them. Zoidberg and Hermes run in. The scientists are shocked about Hermes' duplicate body. The doom field results in all time-travel duplicates, including Hermes' new body, to be essentially doomed. Hermes doesn't care, as he will need the duplicate body only long enough to win back LaBarbara.
Once Bender has stolen everything of value from history, the scammers finally care if the universe gets destroyed. They decide to destroy the time-travel code by killing Fry and blanking Bender's memory. Fry uses the time code to escape to January 1, 2000, the day he was frozen, and Bender is sent back to kill him. Bender creates a duplicate of himself when he needs to use the bathroom, going back nineteen seconds. Then another Bender in a tuxedo appears, claiming to be from "way at the end", putting a rub-on time code on Fry's butt. The second duplicate catches Fry as he appears in the past and attempts to kill him, only to have his feelings for Fry and his inability to urinate to cause an overload. Fry shoves him in a cryogenic-tube before he can explode. Fry leaves and the original Bender fails to catch him. He tries to commit suicide only to learn that he was in a 20th century phone booth. He begins to search for Fry, going through a list of names in the phone book. He skips past a hobo named Fry and Fry's former girlfriend Michelle, making out with her new boyfriend, Constantine. Bender spends the next twelve years hunting Fry and causes Al Gore to lose the 2000 election to George W. Bush. After ending up at Yancy's house and mistaking Philip J. Fry II for his friend, he is directed to the North Pole. While attempting to stow aboard a boat, Bender spots a bearded Fry and chases after him, temporarily sidetracked by Al Gore, who can't control his Hybrataxi. Eventually, Bender blows up Panucci's Pizza when Fry walks inside, also turning Seymour to dolomite.
Once Bender returns to report his apparent success, the scammers wipe his memory of the code, fifty terabytes of porn and the virus. Suddenly, Fry shows up at his own funeral. He explains that in the past, he couldn't buy pizza from Panucci's with his futuristic money, so he went to Applied Cryogenics for free pizza, but it had turned cold. He went back an hour to eat the pizza when it was still warm. After talking with the Fry who locked Bender in the cryogenic tube, he realized that his frozen self still had 20th century money. Unfortunately, he accidentally touches his own frozen butt and slips on a chair, which caused him to fall into the tube once again. Once his younger self got out of the tube, the 3007 Fry froze himself for 7.95 years. Bender tries to kill him again but the Professor stops him, informing him that when the time code duplicates a living thing, the copy is always doomed. Nibbler destroys the time travel tattoo to keep the scammers from abusing it further, as well as saving 40% of Fry's rectum.
What happened to the Fry Bender murdered is also explained. In the paradox in which Fry decides to live above Punucci's, he lives his 20th century life; delivering pizzas, spending time with his family, using his seven leaf clover against Yancy in basketball and hanging out with his beloved dog Seymour. Eventually, he gets over Leela, deciding to find his own purpose in life. When he sees a poor narwhal named Leelu, he decides to be her caretaker, as he is the only one who can assist her in eating. When Leelu is released back into the wild, Fry enlists Panucci's cousin Leroy to find Leelu and bring her back to New York. After two years, and 108 narwhals later, setting them all free and eating nothing but sausage, they find her. Noticing that Leelu is interested in a male narwhal, Fry decides to let her go.
Even during this depression, Leela and Lars decide to get married. Fry tries to stop the wedding by replacing a pen full of ink with a pen with no ink, but Lars had an extra. Meanwhile, Hermes was able to win back LaBarbara by zippering up her dress, which Barbados was unable to do. Leela accidentally hits Hermes with the empty pen, resulting in a chandelier slicing off his head and crushing his duplicate body. The Professor explains that he expected that, since all duplicates are doomed. Lars becomes agitated by this news and calls off the wedding. LaBarbara leaves Hermes again for Barbados, even though his original body is almost repaired.
Richard Nixon, President of Earth, is tricked into selling Earth to the scammers and everyone is forced to emigrate off the planet. The Planet Express Crew moves to Neptune. After learning that Robot Santa was cheated out of his naughty list, Leela decides it's time to fight back and forces Santa to help them. Though they had enough ships to mount a rag tag attack, Nixon says that the scammers have a fleet of solid gold Death Stars defending Earth. However, Santa grants them access to his factory for weapons and calls in his holiday friends, Kwanzabot and the Chanuka Zombie. Zapp Brannigan arrives to take command, but before the fleet can link computers with the Nimbus, the Death Stars de-cloak and send it crashing to the ground; Leela then takes de facto command. Unfortunately, she can't coordinate so many ships, so Hermes offers his bureaucratic highly organised mind. He destroys all the Death Stars; this helps Hermes win back LaBarbara much to Slims annoyance. However, the scammers have one last trick, the Sphere-O-Boom doomsday device that Bender had stolen for them. The scammers demand their surrender, but Bender stole it back after being released from their control. The crew fires the device at the scammers' ship, destroying it. On New Year's Day, 3008, Bender explains that while sawing off the Professor's hand with a dull saw, he figured that he needed the doomsday device for himself. Once he was out of the scammer's control, he "pulled the old switchoroo".
Fry sees that Leela is still unhappy that Lars left her at the altar and tries to get them back together. However, just as Lars is about to tell Fry something important, the reunion is cut short by Nudar, who survived the doomsday device through use of a doomsday device-proof vest (musing that he wished he'd worn matching pants). Nudar claims that the time-travel code still exists and is on Lars. Lars tricks him into approaching the cryo-tube with Bender on overload; once that Bender is released, the explosion kills them both. The explosion singes off some of Lars' clothing, revealing the time-travel tattoo. A flashback explains that Lars is actually Fry's duplicate, having survived Bender's attack in 2012, which burned off his hair and injured his larynx, deepening his voice. Upon realizing that he was Lars, the duplicate Fry froze himself to return to the future and be with Leela, hitching a ride in Michelle's tube, arriving in 3002 and taking a job at the Head Museum. However, he realizes at the wedding that, as a duplicate, he was doomed, so he left Leela at the altar to spare her the pain of becoming a widow.
During the funeral, Bubblegum and Nibbler state that nothing makes sense anymore, so someone will have to travel back and put the time tattoo on Fry in the first place; this job Bender did, by removing the tattoo from Lars and traveling into the past to place it on the Fry frozen in the Cryogenic tube. Upon returning, Bender reveals that he had convinced his time-travel duplicates in the cave to remain with him instead of emerging when they were logically supposed to. Then they all emerge together. Nibbler, horrified, shouts "Everyone out of the Universe!", before eating himself out of existence. The sheer number of time-paradox Benders causes a giant tear in the universe. "Well, we're boned," says the normal, non-doomed, Bender. This tear in the universe leads into the next movie The Beast With a Billion Backs.
- Billy West as Philip J. Fry/Lars Fillmore,Professor Farnsworth,John A. Zoidberg and additional voices.
- In the opening they make fun of Box Network. This is a reference to Futurama's cancellation by the Fox Network.
- Fleb is reading a book called "A Brief History of Time Travel", copyright 4972.
- While on a date, Leela and Lars visit the "Cylon War Memorial Make Out Point", a reference to Battlestar Galactica.
- When the film was cut into separate episodes, the three additional opening captions were: "Watch, Rinse, Repeat", "Apply directly to the foreclaw" (a reference to HeadOn), and "Last Known Transmission of the Hubble Telescope".
- Eric Cartman's head can be seen in the Head Museum (next to Cartman's head, you can see Troy McClure's head).
- Apu's head from The Simpsons is seen in the head museum for the second time. The first was Space Pilot 3000.
- Leelu's name is a possible reference to the film 'The Fifth Element'.
- The title may be a reference to the 1972 film 'Shaft's Big Score' starring Richard Roundtree.
- In Santa's workshop, the toys are a possible reference to the comic, "Life in Hell" by Matt Groening.
- Bender's email, email@example.com, is a real domain.
- Some of the aircraft seen in Neptune when the Planet Express crew are preparing to fight arainst the scamming aliens seem to be based on real commercial airliners.
- While Amy's is checking her laptop and gets spammed ads. You can see an ad that says Watch! Comedy Central, which is an allusion to the series getting picked up by Comedy Central a year later.
- The code of codes (Machine Language Time Code) is
001100 010010 011110 100001 101101 110011
- The code is a count from 1 (001) to 6 (110) in binary, mirrored vertically.
- Professor Farnsworth's Bank Account Number is 299792458. This is the same as the speed of light in a vacuum, 299,792,458 m/s.
- 001100010010011110100001 is 3,221,409 in Binary numeral system
- Some of the greatest treasures of humanity stolen by Bender include: an unfinished Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, Tutankhamun mask, a Sunflowers painting by Vincent van Gogh, the Gutenberg Bible, the KFC secret recipe (chicken, grease and salt) written on the Gutenburg Bible, a United States flag, Eddie Van Halen guitar, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, R2-D2, the David by Michelandelo with his genitals censored, a Moai, a cross (possibly the one used to crucifiy Jesus Christ) and Vince Lombardi trophies.
- Fry unfroze in 3007 on December 12, at around 3:30 in the afternoon, if the estimate of around 4 pm is true when he first unfroze in 2999. This figure is determined due to his spending 7.95 years in the cryo-tube.
DVD Extras/Special Features Edit
- Commentary by Matt Groening, David X Cohen, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, Claudia Katz, Dwayne Carey-Hill and Ken Keeler
- Futurama Returns A live comic book reading by the Futurama Cast
- Everybody Loves Hypnotoad: "Amazon Adventure", A full length episode
- Deleted Storyboard Scenes
- A Terrifying Message from Al Gore, animated promo for An Inconvenient Truth, featuring Bender, Billy West and Al Gore
- Bite My Shiny Metal X, a Futurama Maths Lecture
- Script: First Draft
- New Character/Design Sketches
- Original 5-minute Comic-Con Promo
- Futurama: Beast With a Billion Backs, Trailer
- Easter Egg - Ken Keeler Sketch
- In the climax of the film when Leela, Lars, and Fry are at the cryogenics lab, it is day. However, in the scene before this, it is night and Fry told Leela to meet him up there in 5 minutes. Although the new year of 3008 was being celebrated outside, so this could have been sometime after midnight while the sun was beginning to rise.
- In "Future Stock", Fry's butt is clear of any Bender tattoo. It is possible that at that point in time, Bender hadn't placed the tattoo on his butt yet.
- In front of Panucchi's there is a tree outfront in "Jurassic Bark"; the tree is cut down during "Seymour's" tragic montage years towards the end. In "Bender's Big Score", there is no tree on Jan 1, 2000 01:01hrs.
- However, this is unlikely because Bender is seen in the movie appearing and putting the code on him while he was in the Cryogenic tube shortly after he was frozen.
- Michelle's boyfriend's name was Charles in "Space Pilot 3000", but this could be his middle name.
- When Hermes asks Bender to go back in time to steal his body, Bender's eyes return to normal for the rest of the scene.
- After Hermes gets decapitated at Lars and Leela's wedding, Lrrr's horns are discolored white. They are supposed to be brown.
- Fry's nephew Phillip J. Fry II is seen in this movie, as a child, with red hair. However, in his first appearance in the episode "The Luck of the Fryrish", he had brown hair like his father Yancy.
- The dollar has the H. G. blob and it was green, but when all the New New Yorkers are at Neptune the H. G. blob was Orange-ish Brown.
- When Bender says "Great, Great, Great, Great, Great". So Happily, His Eyelids are discolored Gray, They are supposed to be Black.
- The film got completely positive reviews and a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.com.
- The film got a Score of 8 out of 10 at ign.com
- The film got a score of 7.6 out of 10 at imdb.com
- The film got a A for everything except extras (a B) at ugo.com
Debut Appearances Edit
- Dr. Cahill
- Chanuka Zombie
- Charles de Gaulle's head
- Nudist Alien Scammers
Injury, Death, DismembermentEdit
- A Box executive punches himself in the face.
- Farnsworth narrates the news that the Box executives who cancelled Planet Express' license have been fired, beaten badly, most of them beaten to death and ground into Torgo's Executive Powder.
- Amy crashes her party board off-screen.
- Hermes receives a flesh wound while limboing under a sword.
- Hermes is decapitated while standing under a sword.
- Hermes' decapitated body is crushed by the Planet Express ship.
- A delivery customer signs paperwork using Fry's "pen".
- Leela falls to the floor when Bender blocks her karate kick aimed at Nudar.
- Nibbler devours a hamster alive.
- Although there is a brief military battle between the Nibblonians and the scammers in Farnsworth's observatory, there are no casualties.
- Nudar from last night is crushed to death by Farnsworth's Smell-O-Scope.
- Bender hacks off Farnsworth's hand with a hacksaw.
- Bender goes back in time, decapitates some unspecified Hermes, and brings back the body, sans head.
- Nibbler is kicked across the room by Zoidberg, who is fleeing from Hermes, who crashes into a wall and collapses.
- A mini-golf robot is dismembered by Leela's putt.
- Lars and Leela are crushed by a giant boulder, Wile E. Coyote-style.
- Fry, at altitude in a giant soap bubble, pops his bubble and falls to the ground, off-screen.
- Fleb throws the Gutenberg Bible at random and hits Fry in the head.
- Fry kicks one of the Benders into a cryo-tube and sets the timer to one million years.
- Bender steps on a beachgoer's head.
- Bender is thrown impossibly far from Al Gore's taxi and lands finally on his head.
- Bender's attempt to kill Fry results in the fast-fossilization of Seymour.
- Bender punches Fry in the stomach to ensure that Fry is not a zombie.
- The time-code tattoo is removed from Fry's butt, "as painlessly as possible", destroying some 60% of Fry's rectum.
- Bender kicks Tinny Tim's crutch twice, causing Tim to fall to the ground.
- Hypnotoad forces an off-screen TV announcer to kill himself.
- Countless earthlings are thrown from the Planet Express ship when it lands on Neptune.
- Leela slaps Santa in the face multiple times.
- A napalm explosion in Santa's toy factory sets a Neptunian on fire.
- Three Neptunians are blasted in the face by Hanukkah Zombie's dreidel.
- A Neptunian is blasted in the face by an exhaust pipe full of Torgo's powder.
- The scammers blast the DOOP ship Nimbus out of the sky, sending it hurtling to Earth.
- All of the scammers except Nudar are killed in the space battle.
- Nudar, Lars, and a doomed Bender are killed when the Bender self-destructs.
- Bender rips a large chunk of flesh from the deceased Lars' butt.
- Nibbler eats himself after the anomaly forms in the sky.
The time-spheres are sent by the God Entity whenever anyone recites the time-code. They are an interesting echo of the chronotons from Time Keeps On Slippin', as the chronotons caused time to jump only forward, while the time-spheres can be used to go only backward in time.
Nudar is the first to use the time sphere, going back to yesterday and seducing himself. The Nudar from last night is killed when Farnsworth's Smell-O-Scope falls on him. That is, the "original" Nudar, the one who used the time-sphere, is still alive.
After Nudar, Bender uses the time-code uncounted times to go to the past, steal priceless artifacts, and return them to his scammer masters. He suggests that he may have fatally harmed Leonardo da Vinci, and it is shown that his flight from the Swedish authorities matches one of the apocalyptic scenes that was depicted while Fry was in cryogenic stasis.
Bender goes into the past and brings back a Hermes-body. Zoidberg attaches present-Hermes' head to the past-Hermes' body, but we know by now, from Nudar's experience, that this body from the past is doomed to destruction in order to correct for the time paradox.
Fry, in the year 3007, escapes from Nudar by using the time-code to go back to Jan 1, 2000 at 12:30am. He fights with the self-destructing Bender, kicks him into a cryo-tube, and goes to Panucci's Pizza, arriving at 1:00am. He then returns to the cryogenics lab and goes back in time one hour. He watches himself fighting Bender, argues with that self, and falls back into the cryo-tube with the "native" Fry who is already inside and frozen.
The Fry who fights Bender while the first Fry watches is the Fry who becomes Lars. This Fry goes to Panucci's Pizza one minute later than the non-doomed Fry, at 1:01am. Rather than going back to the cryogenics lab for pizza, this Fry goes on to pursue, catch, and release Leelu. He returns to his apartment above Panucci's Pizza in 2012 and is injured by Bender's assassination attempt, realizing at that moment that he is in fact Lars.
Bender, in the year 3007, goes back to Jan 1, 2000, at 12:28am, in order to assassinate Fry. There is no indication whatsoever how Bender knew to aim for that particular moment in time. It seems to have no significance to any part of the story. This same Bender goes back in time again, by 19 seconds, to ask the Bender at that time to stand guard for a restroom break.
Bender "from the end of the story" arrives while the other Bender is in the restroom. End-Bender chats briefly with the Bender keeping watch, tattoos "native" Fry's butt in the cryo-tube, and then disappears silently, presumably to wait in the limestone cavern.
A Fry arrives at the cryogenics lab on Jan 1, 2000, at 12:30am, while a Bender awaits him. This Bender goes into self-destruct sequence under the pressure of the conflict between his orders and his loyalty to Fry. Until nearly the end of the episode, A Bender is frozen in a cryo-tube after Fry kicks him into it.
It is the non-doomed Bender, after his trip to the restroom, who spends the next 12 years tracking the (doomed) Fry who becomes Lars.
Non-doomed Fry appears during his own memorial service being held by his fellow crewmembers. He tells the tale of going back to 2000, going back again by one hour for warm pizza, falling into the cryo-tube, and restarting the tube set for 7.95 years when the "native" Fry leaves it in 2999.
At Lars' memorial service, Bender finally goes back in time once more to transfer the tattoo from Lars' butt to the butt of the Fry in the cryo-tube back in the year 2000. When this Bender returns to the present, he has convinced all of the Benders who have ever waited in the limestone cave to stay with him and come up into Planet Express all at once. This results in the rupture in space-time that sets the stage for The Beast with A Billion Backs.
Fry and LeelaEdit
Their holophoner-inspired feelings apparently forgotten, Fry and Leela have returned to their usual relationship mode: Fry with immature, mostly lust-driven "feelings" for Leela, and Leela wishing Fry were more mature. Fry's emotional repertoire grows just enough to include jealousy. Leela falls in love with and almost marries Lars, a clear indication that it truly is only Fry's immaturity that makes her dislike him, as maturity is the major difference between Fry and Lars.
Back in the 20th century, the Fry who becomes Lars reconnects with his family and his life, but pines for Leela, until he starts a long relationship with Leelu.
At Lars' memorial service, Leela seems to have a new appreciation for Fry, but she doesn't articulate it, and Fry moves on to a different woman in the following episode.
Hermes and ZoidbergEdit
Hermes and Zoidberg argue over the spam email that Zoidberg has received, but there is no particular animosity in the conversation.
Nibbler reveals himself to the crew for the third time. It's a surprise to everyone, of course, because Leela and Fry, the only witnesses to his true identity, have both lost their memories of it. This time, he's not careful at all; he charges into Farnsworth's observatory on a hamster and begins pontificating to the whole crew and the scammers about the dangers of using the time-code. After this, Nibbler is rather quiet for the remainder of the episode, finally devouring himself in order to escape from the universe and avoid its apparently imminent destruction when Bender brings up all the other Benders from the limestone cave. As the crew mention in a later episode, Nibbler does not erase anyone's memory at this moment, so they all know his "secret", but no one talks about it.
- When Bender steals the doomsday device from Farnsworth, he leaves Farnsworth a bag with a rose and a mocking note inside. Per Nudar's command, Bender puts the other bag (the one with the doomsday device) in the safe. When Farnsworth throws his rose-bag out of Zoidberg's office, Bender catches it in his torso. Later, when Bender has been freed from the scammers' obedience virus, Bender recovers the doomsday-bag and saves it in his torso while putting the rose-bag into the safe for Nudar to find later.
- During his hunt for Fry, Bender encounters a drunk in the gutter named Philip Fry, the same drunk in a house, an aide to Al Gore named Philip Fry, and Fry's nephew Philip. He also nearly mistakes Michelle's new boyfriend, Constantine, for Fry.
- Yancy Fry refers to Bender as "some kind of trash can".
- Santa doubles as a beat box.
- Leela's Wrist LoJack-a-mater is also a tissue dispenser.
- Sweet yeti of the Serengeti
- Farnsworth correctly pronounces the word "warned" twice in a sentence.
- Sal's speech impediment seems to have stabilized for the time being but it seems that he is passing his disorder on to Leela, as she begins pluralizing words when she is around him.