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Obsoletely Fabulous
Bender-obsoletely- fabulous
Episode 68
Season 5
Air date November 7, 2004
Directed By Dwayne Carey-Hill
Written By Dan Vebber
Preceded by "Bend Her"
Followed by "The Farnsworth Parabox"
We're going to stage an attack on technology worthy of being chronicled in an anthem by Rush!


Obsoletely Fabulous is the 68th episode of Futurama.

Summary Edit

Mom's Friendly Robot Company reveals their latest product; Robot 1-X, an extremely helpful robot. Professor Farnsworth is impressed, and acquires one for Planet Express. Bender does not take well to Robot 1-X, which "scares" him. The crew persuades him to undergo a compatibility upgrade.

Bender is anxious as he waits in line, and eventually breaks out of the upgrade center. Unsure of where to go, Bender paddles out into the (assumed) Atlantic Ocean. Eventually washing up on an island, Bender discovers that it is populated with a variety of obsolete robots. Bender finds joy in the simplified, anti-technology lifestyle. He goes through a downgrade process, which results in his body being converted almost exclusively to a wood chassis.

Bender then decides to lead a raid against mankind, taking his fellow obsolete robots back to the mainland on a mission to crush technology wherever they find it. When they reach the Planet Express building, Bender attempts to have their catapult destroy Robot 1-X. The attempt knocks a support from the Planet Express ship, which catches the crew partly underneath a wing. Fuel leaks out and catches fire, circling the crew in flames. Bender attempts to save them, but his wooden body turns out to have developed a termite infestation. Then, while attempting to stretch his arms, they fall out of their sockets. Inching himself toward his friends, his new wood body catches on fire. Bender then instructs Robot 1-X to save his friends (and Zoidberg). Robot 1-X does so, which leaves Bender praising the usefulness of the robot. At this point, it becomes clear that Bender has just experienced the compatibility upgrade, and his entire escape/time at the island/raid on technology has all been part of his imagination. Bender leaves the upgrade center with the thought that "reality is what you make of it."

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