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[3ACV11] Insane in the Mainframe

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General Episode Data
Title: Insane in the Mainframe
First aired: 04/08/01
Production Code: 3ACV11
Written by Bill Odenkirk
Directed by Peter Avanzino
Opening theme promotion: Bender' Humor by Microsoft Joke

When Fry and Bender are mistaken as bank robbers, they are sentenced to time in an insane asylum for robots. Bender, of course, sees it as a vacation, but Fry begins to crack under the pressure of mechanical examinations and a diet consisting of motor oil. Fry soon becomes convinced that he too is a robot and is declared cured and released back to New New York. Bender and his new partner in crime, Roberto, escape from the asylum and attempt to rob a bank only to find the cops waiting to bust them. On the lam, the seek refuge on the Planet Express and take the crew hostage.

Voice Credits
  • Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, Nixon)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender, Norm)
  • Tress MacNeille (Nurse Ratchet, CIA cafeteria announcer, Surveillance camera, bank teller)
Guest Starring
  • Phil Lamarr (Hermes Conrad, Unit 2013)
  • David Herman (Roberto)
  • Lauren Tom (Amy Wong)
Also Starring
  • Maurice LaMarche (Chicken Lawyer)

Did You Notice...
  • the courthouse seal has an eagle holding mallets? {JK}
  • By 3000, the U.S. Constitution has 67 Amendments? {JK}
  • the cover of Hermes' book with the mandatory speech reads "Minimum Obligations Manual"? {JL}
  • the statue of the fortuna goddess in front of the court is holding two pizzas in her hands instead of a libra and a sword? {JL}
  • the judge's cell-phone plays Mozart's 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'? {JL}
  • the birds flying in a circle over the "HAL Institute for criminally insane robots"? {JL}
  • Bender and Roberto had to break through five walls in order to escape? {JL}
  • The calculator has a "carry the one" key? {MW}
  • Hermes has been lazy? There is a sheet of paper in the "in" folder, but none in the "out" one. {MW}
  • Thats it is really freaky when Fry is asleep talking about peanut butter? {d}
  • Fry's retirement fond is stuck in his socks? {T}
  • That Richard Nixon is on the $1000 bill {LL}
  • That Fry steps on a woman, lying on the floor in the bank during the robbery, when he runs to open the door? {LL}
  • That the judge ruled that being poor is a mental illness? {LL}
  • That Bender has a live bird inside flying around? {LL}
  • That Hermes' calculator was an anniversary gift from Barbara, his wife? {LL}
  • That Fry calls Leela "bossy-me-creature"? {LL}
  • That Bender has the heart of a human? {LL}
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External references
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (movie)
    • HAL INSTITUTE is a reference to HAL computer than went insane in the movie {M}
  • 3 in one brand oil
    • Pi-in-1 oil {w}
  • 7-11 (convinience store chain)
    • Fry and Bender sit infront of one. {M}
  • Alice In Wonderland (book)
    • Mad Hatter Bot {JK}
  • Insane in the Brain (Song by Cypress Hill)
    • Episode Title is a reference to the lycrics of the song, specifically "Insane in the membrane" {JL}
  • Lucille Ball Urban Legend
    • Robot with teeth that pick up CIA transmittions {JK}
  • One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest (movie)
    • Nurse Ratchet is a reference to Nurse Ratched from the movie. Her "haistyle" is also modeled after the movie version. {M}
    • several Robot Asylum scenes are a reference to that movie {M}
  • Tenderv Vittles (cat food)
    • Zoidberg refers to the name of that cat food {AH}
  • The Star Diaries (novel, Stanislaw Lem 1971)
    • Fry's stay in the robot asylum reminds of the chapter 'The Sanitorium of Dr. Vliperdius'. {JL}
    • "Perceptron" mentioned "Professor A. Donda" {M}
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Futurama references
  • 1ACV06 - A Fishful of Dollars
    • Fry has to deal with his old bank account. {M}
  • 1ACV13 - Fry & the Slurm Factory
    • Bender's mechanical insides {JL}
  • 2ACV02 - Brannigan Begin Again
    • Hyperchicken Lawyer appears {M}
  • 2ACV07 - Put your head on my shoulder
    • Victor and Malfunctioning Eddie appear {M}
  • 3ACV04 - The Luck of the Fryrish
    • Hairbot appears {M}
  • 3ACV05 - The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz
    • Hyperchicken Lawyer appears {M}
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Freeze Frame Fun
Sign on Big Apple Bank:
Outside Robot Insane Asylum:
Plaque on Dr. Perceptron office:
   Dr. Perceptron
Note on the wall in Asylum:
   You Don't 
    Have to
   Be Crazy to
   Mutter to
  But it Helps
In the visitor room:
mandatory speech book:
Fry is stamped:

Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • After offering the others the sandwiches, Fry's pants are suddenly zipped up. {JL}
  • Why would a robot write something on paper, even with a pen? (Perceptron) There should be better ways for these few kilobytes by now. {JL}
  • Leela seems to unscrew the nut in the wrong direction. {JL}
  • Bender knows some french words, even though french is a dead and forgotten language now {MJ}
  • Fry seems to be able to grow a beard. He looks unshaved at the visit, while in "I, Roommate" he doesn't even though Bender's appartment doesn't have a bathroom. Also: How did his growing beard disapear later? The asylum doubtly has a bathroom, and as he think he's a robot Fry wouldn't want to shave either? {MF}
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    {AH} Andrea Huckstep
    {JK} Joe Klemm
    {JL} Johannes Lempp
    {LL} Lena Linck
    {M} Me
    {MF} Martin Fink
    {MJ} Matty Jorissen
    {MW} Marc Wichterich
    {T} Thrasher
    {d} deltron_Fetus
    {w} wavking

    Original Capsule Author: Me whose name I prefer not to mention


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