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The Futurama Holiday Spectacular

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The Futurama Holiday Spectacular
Infobox television episode
Episode 101
Production Code 6ACV13
Season 7
Directed By Ray Claffey
Preceded by The Mutants Are Revolting
Followed by The Silence of the Clamps

The Futurama Holiday Spectacular (originally named Holiday Val-U-Pak) is the thirteenth episode of the sixth season of Futurama. This episode will be a Anthology of Interest-style episode focusing on three seasonal stories; one based on Xmas, one on Robanukah and one on Kwanzaa.


In every story all earthlings die, exception made for the Robanukah story in which Bender survives, and the Kwanzaa episode in which only the crew dies for sure. This kind of regardlessness of continuity was never before experienced in the Futurama series, if not within the stories in the Anthology of Interest I and II, from which this episode also takes the three-stories setting.

Also, in every episode someone sings a song about the holiday traditions. Santa for Xmas, Bender for Robanukah (first mentioned in Fear of a Bot Planet) and Kwanzaabot for Kwanzaa.

Al Gore makes an appearance in every storyline and in the final wrap up with Amy, advertising, for the fifth time in the episode, Gundersons Nuts.

First story

The Xmas story from episode 6x13
The first story is about Xmas. Fry is gloomy because he still didn't understand the Xmas holyday, therefore Santa explains it in a song. When they realize they do not own a pine tree, as Xmas tradition would require they want to get one. Pine trees are extinct, therefore they go to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, right next to the Germ Welfare Repository. They then are able to obtain a seed for the pine tree, which appears to be contaminated with germs, and Fry plants it in front of the Planet Express Building. One year later it is grown not more than six feet, and Nixon steals it in order to replant it in front of the white house to celebrate the annual whitehouse xmas tree lighting. And right after the lighting, the tree starts growing huge and shooting pinecones on the ground, reforestating the world. This brings very high levels of oxygen. This is when Bender says: "I don't recall doing anything for a while, but I still think I deserve a smoke!". When he lights his cigar, the oxygen in the air catches on fire transforming the whole earth in a ball of fire.

Second Story

Robanukah tradition to wrestle in petroleumoil
The second story is about Robanukah. Bender is upset because everyone gets exited about holidays but not about Robanukah. When he is accused to have invented Robanukah himself just to skip days of work, he makes up a song in which he describes Robanukah traditions. One of these is to watch two fem-bots wrestling in petroleum oil. Unfortunately there is no petroleum left on earth. The professor sates there should be some petroleum deep down towards the center of the earth. They therefore modify the Planet Express Ship in order to dig through ground. They finally go too deep and all the crew but Bender is crushed. Bender then sits singing "Bender is great" for 500 million years. When he looks back to the crew he finds out they finally turned into petroleum oil, "I thought they were selfish, but in the end, it turns out it was I that thought they were selfish!", so he climbs back to surface and celebrates Robanukah with the two fem-bots wrestling in lots of petroleum oil, generated from the whole population of earth being extinct, and the planet being now a desert.

Third Story

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The Third story is about Kwanzaa. The crew gathers at the Conrad's place to celebrate Kwanzaa. This is when they want to know more about Kwanzaa, so Kwanzaabot sings a song about it and it's traditions. They therefore find out they have to light some candles, which have to be made 100% out of bee wax. All bees on earth are attacked by parasites and cannot produce any bee wax. Fry then suggests to go on the planet of the space bees, and so they do. Once there they see how all the bees are crushing against walls and floors and exploding. The queen bee then explains that they have been attacked by parasites themselves, and can't do anything but just talk smack to eachother. Hermes wants to stop this bee on bee conflict and decides to africanamericanize the space bees. He tells them about the values of Kwanzaa, about unity. Hermes' speech about Kwanzaa brings back the Kwanzaa spirit, which kills all the parasites. Now the space bees are united again and turn against the crew, killing Kwanzaabot and making them into candles to celebrate Kwanzaa.

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