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[3ACV03] A Tale of Two Santas

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General Episode Data
Title: A Tale of Two Santas
First aired: 12/23/01
Production Code: 3ACV03
Written by Bill Odenkirk
Directed by Ron Hughart

Bender is declared the new Santa when it is discovered that the evil Santabot has been frozen in a block of ice on Neptune. But when Bender begins delivering toys, the citizens, who are unaware that Santa is now a good guy, stage an all-out assault against him. Just when things can't get any worse, the evil Santa's icy tomb thaws and he escapes to exact his wrath upon the world.

Voice Credits
  • Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zoidberg)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender, Santabot)
  • Tress MacNeille (Linda)
Guest Starring
  • Coolio (Kwanzabot)
Also Starring
  • Phill LaMarr (Hermes)
  • Lauren Tom (Amy, Bicycle Girl)
  • Maurice LaMarche (Morbo)
  • David Herman (Mayor Poopenmeyer)

Did You Notice...
  • The bucycle gun shoots real bikes while everything else which used to have wheels now is floating. {JD}
  • Kwanzabot is giving out books to kids called 'What the Hell is Kwanza'? {R}
  • Santa is at the North Pole of Neptune. {R}
  • The guy giving the Christmas warning is 'Walter Cronkite'. He worked for CBS news for 49 years. {R}
  • The things pulled out of the Mayor's pockets by the magnet were a watch, a bottle of liquer and an iron. {R}
  • It's exactly 5 minutes to twelve when the toys are finally ready. {MW}
  • The Neptunians - with their purple skin, four arms, and piggish nose - seem to be of the same alien species as everyone's favorite TV chef: Elzar. {W}
  • Santa's Workshop is using non-union workers. This is just one of many links between the Neptunians and Mexicans (especially the immigrants) {MF}
  • Smitty was fired from the police force, but still wore his uniform and went on patrol with URL. Can't you get charged with impersonating a police officer in the 31st century? {MN}
  • Professor Fransworth puts on bullet-proof shields, but at the end of the episode, the shields are off? I would keep them on! {J}
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External references
  • A Christmas Carol
    • Santa writes with a feathered quilled pen {h}
  • A Tale of Two Cities (novel)
    • Where the episode name is derived from {J*}
  • Deck the halls. (Carol)
    • Bender says "T'is the season" {MN}
  • I Love Lucy (TV series)
    • The toy factory speed "Lucy" is remenicent of a classic episode of the series in which she works in a chocolate factory. {J*}
  • Rudolf the red nosed reindeer (Carol)
    • Santa says 'won't you slay with me tonight'. {h}
  • Star Trek: DS9
    • The chimney cover looks exactly like the Cardassian airlocks on DS9 {MN}
  • Star Trek: TOS
    • Kirk is famous for defeating artificial lifeforms by telling stories containing logical paradoxes. {MN}
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Futurama references
  • 1ACV01 - Space Pilot 3000
    • Bender drinks "Old Fortran" {MN}
  • 1ACV02 - The Series Has Landed
    • Magnets mess up Bender's inhibition unit causing him to folk sing {J*}
  • 1ACV09 - Hell Is Other Robots
    • Belzebot is sitting in jail {MW}
  • 1ACV12 - When Aliens Attack
    • Spray cans are introduced as means to do anything. That time: Spray-on-Bikini, this time: Spray-on-XMas-tree decoration {MW}
  • 2ACV01 - I Second That Emotion
    • The father in the first house Bender visits is the veterinarian in this episode {J*}
  • 2ACV02 - Brannigan Begin Again
    • We see the Hyperchicken lawyer for the first time. {MN}
  • 2ACV04 - Xmas Story
    • Robotic santa and chimney cover are intoduced {J*}
    • Santa uses the TOW missle launcher in both eps {J*}
  • 2ACV07 - Put your head on my shoulder
    • Petunia (the woman with a flamethrower) first appeared {J*}
  • 3ACV11 - Insane in the Mainframe
    • We see Judge Whitey for the first time {J*}
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Freeze Frame Fun
FOX Warning for the show:
        Due to the mature
   theme and violent content,
 parentral discretion is advised.
Planet Express XMas Slogan:
Entrance to the Neptune Northpole:
Toy Factory reads:
  coming soon:
On The way up to Santa's Ice Fortress
The sledges are parket at:
Toy Factory sign changes:
Present produced by the elves:
 Clinton Logs
Toy Machine Speeds:
People on Bender's delivery list:
 * Liz Francis
 * Tristan John
 * Michelle Raven
 * Professor Farnsworth
 * Erin Quigley
 * Teddy Kaplan
 * Nicky Reingold
New New York Post:
 Chanukah Zombie still at large.
Court Building:
 Famous Original Ray's Superior Court
Stattica Robot
 Two Death Rows
   No Waiting
Bender is nearly executed using the:
Van hit by Bender:
 Stinky Storky's
 Diaper Service

Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • Bender's legs were mended minutes after they were beaten by the family. {R}
  • Bender's shotgun wounds disappeared after he'd been shot. {R}
  • How did the Neptunians make all those toys in so little time? {R}
  • Robot Santa's spiked hat is on Bender after he takes it. Robot Santa isn't wearing the hat when he rides the PE ship to Earth, but is wearing a second hat when he frees Bender, who is still wearing the "original" hat. {J*}
  • How is Santa able to keep the PE ship from flying away? It doesn't matter how strong he is,because there is nothing holding him to the ground. {J*}
  • When Santa breaks in to save Bender the one magnet is still pulling hard on Bender, but has no effect on Santa or his sleigh. {MC}
  • Neptune actually has no north pole at all, since its rotation-axis is allways pointing towards the sun. (unless one wants to define that as north then) {MF}
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Comments and other Observations...
  • Tinny Tim who played a pretty large part in Xmas story, didn't show up this episode. He is a christmas based character, after all. {h}
  • The Fry household had two different kind of egg-nogs for christmas. In "Xmas Story" Fry talks about his fathers special egg-nog, made from bourbon and icecubes. Now we learn that Fry's grandma prefered bathtub egg-nog. {MN}
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{J} Justus
{J*} Joe25
{JD} Jym Dyer
{MC} Mister C
{MF} Martin Fink
{MN} Michael Nissen
{MW} Marc Wichterich
{R} Reed
{W} Wang
{h} haleys_comet

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