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[4ACV08] Crimes of the Hot

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General Episode Data
Title: Crimes of the Hot
First aired: 11/10/02
Production Code: 4ACV08
Written by Aaron Ehasz
Directed by Peter Avanzino

As Earth is unable to counter its rising temperature through the usual method (the dropping of a giant ice cube into the ocean), Gore leads an emergency conference in Kyoto, Japan, where Professor Farnsworth claims responsibility for the crisis. It seems love detoured him from observing proper emission standards on his prototype robot, and that could necessitate the destruction of all its "descendants." That includes Bender, who resigns himself to having a farewell blowout before being blown up.

Voice Credits
  • Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Prof. Farnsworth)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender)
  • Tress MacNeille (Linda)
Guest Starring
  • Al Gore (himself)
  • Phil LaMarr
  • Lauren Tom (Amy)
  • David Herman
  • Frank Welker
Also Starring
  • Maurice LaMarche (Morbo, Hedonismbot)

Did You Notice...
  • Nibbler has a small hut on the veranda? {MW}
  • The old film starts after a countdown in Alien Language 1 which only goes from 6 down to 4? {MW}
  • Morbo's species has no skulls? {MW}
  • Planet Express doesn't have (well working) air conditioning? {MW}
  • Zoidberg has perspiratory glands under his arms? {MW}
  • One of the Hookerbots does stuff for only 25c? {MW}
  • The shape of the Galapagos Islands are pretty accurate? {MW}
  • When the crew is tricking Bender to come out of his torso Farnsworth and Hermes are sitting at the table nakedly? {M}
  • the Crushinator is wearing a bikini bottom? {b}
  • Fry comments about how hot it is and he has all his normal clothes on plus a winter cap? Everyone else has a bathing suit of some sort on. {b}
  • In the scene when Nibbler is drinking the pool, in the background Zoidberg is drinking the drink Hermes is holding and Fry is messing with his lightspeed brand briefs for one frame. {MG}
  • The voice of the greenhouse gases was Sal's. Considering Sal's job record, maybe he also does cartoon voices...? {L}
  • Nibbler drank all the water in the pool but the 7 dead leaves inlcuded in the instant pool pack remained? {S}
  • Nibbler also drank all the water down to the bottom of the pool while ending up on top of the wall? That's some mad suction. {P}
  • The Crushinator still has a thing for Bender? {RB}
  • Apparently Roberto's stabbing practice has paid off? Every stab a hit! {RB}
  • That when Bender gets mail his antenna gets a red flag? {MN}
  • Some of the scientists sigh in relief before the shadow hits them? {MN*}
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External references
  • 2061: Odyssey Three (book)
    • In 2061, Heywood Floyd must once again confront Dave Bowman, a newly independent HAL, and the limitless power of an unseen alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a role in the evolution of the galaxy--whether it wants to or not. In the beginning Floyd is on a ship that lands on Halley's Comet. {K}
  • AOL
    • "You've Got Mail": A small red flag was raised on Bender's antenna when he received an animated greeting card from Richard Nixon, inviting him to a robots only party on the Galapagos Islands. {TG}
  • Armageddon (movie)
    • Spaceship crew land on a celestial body, with lots of pointy rocks, to drill a hole, and thus save Earth. {MN*}
  • Baloney
    • Originally a sausage ("bologna") made from various unattractive yet nutritious and collagen heavy pieces of calves, cows, and pigs which are ground into a fine smooth texture and enclosed in a skin, usually an intestine. {MW}
  • Earth in the Balance
    • An actual book written by Al Gore {b}
  • Evergreen State College
    • The scientist with the baloney homeopathic medicine degree graduated from this Washington college. (See comments) {MW}
  • Frank Herbert's Dune
    • Al Gore says "I have ridden the mighty moon worm". {E}
  • Get Down Tonight (song)
    • The song when the robots go to the Galapagos Islands is this song by KC and The Sunshine Band {MW}
  • Harry Potter (book)
    • Al Gore mingled this best selling fantasy book title into his own book title, riding on the "anything with Harry Potter on it sells"-wave lasting from 1997 till well into the 30th century. {MW}
  • Holland
    • Windmills, clogs (the wooden shoes Bender wears) and tulips are the traditional stereotypes for the Netherlands. Also, the flat land behind dykes. {MW}
  • Hot Hot Hot (song)
    • The song at the very end by Buster Poindexter and his Banshees Of Blue. Originally it was composed and performed by Arrow. {MW}
  • Joan Rivers
    • Comedian with real name Joan Molinsky. Also a show host of "The Tonight Show" (1983-1986). Three years later she started her own "The Joan Rivers Show" for which she won an Emmy. {MW}
  • Johnny Carson
    • Fry blames a bad joke on "The Tonight Show" host Carson. {MW}
  • Kyoto Treaty
    • A 1997 protocol designed to cut emission rates for the big developed polluters. In 2001 Al Gore's political adversary George W. Bush invented the new action of "unsigning" to get rid of duties that come as part of the protocol (namely, cutting green house gas emissions). {MW}
  • McDonalds
    • On the other hand, McDonalds was serving coffee that was much hotter than normal. Stella Liebeck didn't merely get a scald -- she suffered third degree burns, was hospitalized for a week, and required skin grafts This is not what you would ordinarily expect from something served in a foam cup. McDonalds refused to settle for her medical costs ($20,000), hence the trial. Although the jury awarded $2.7 million punative damages, the judge reduced that to $480,000. McDonalds later entered into a confidential settlement. {AH}
    • Fry talks about spilling McDonalds coffee in his lab to cool off. It's a reference to an (in)famous incident where a costumer sued McDonalds, after spilling coffee in her lap. Apparently McDonalds failed to to live up to their responsibility, when they didn't make the costumer aware that spilling steaming, hot coffee in your lap could be painfull, and thus not recomendable. {MN*}
  • Noah's Ark
    • After the polar ice caps melted, an ark was floating on the water with two of every animal on board, exactly like the biblical story of Noah except with two gay men navigating the boat and with same-sex couple animals. {TG}
  • Scooby Doo
    • The Bender Snack sounds like a joke about the Scooby Snack {MN}
  • Some Like it Hot (movie)
    • The subtitle "None Like it Hot" to the global warming information film is a reference to this 1959 Billy Wilder movie with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, George Raft and Jack Lemmon. {MW}
  • Spiro Theodore Agnew
    • While Nixon's head was preserved for the future, his 1969-73 vice president - who was forced to resign even before Nixon - only appears as a body. {MW}
  • Star Wars (movies)
    • Farnsworth's failed robot is reminiscent of C3PO. {MW}
    • Professor Farnsworth says 'A billion robot lives are about to be extinguished, oh the Jedis' are going to feel this one' {a}
    • When Wernstrom is shooting at Earth the graphic on the computer screen is right out of Star Wars {b}
  • Terminator (movie)
    • Farnsworths failed robot is crushed just like the robot in the first Terminator movie. {MN*}
  • The Quest for the Holy Grail (movie)
    • The Dark wizard with his beard and cap looks very much like Tim the Enchanter in this movie by the Monty Python {MW}
  • Yakov Smirnov
    • Fry blames his second bad joke on this mid 80s comedian ("In America, you can always find a party. In Russia, the party can always find YOU!") {MW}
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Futurama references
  • 1ACV01 - Space Pilot 3000
    • Johnny Carson's head is in the Head Museum. {MW}
  • 1ACV08 - A Big Piece of Garbage
    • Professor Ogden Wernstrom and the dislike between him and Farnsworth is introduced. {MN*}
  • 2ACV03 - A Head in the Polls
    • Nixon's head becomes president of the Earth using a new body to claim a third presidency. {MW}
  • 2ACV04 - Xmas Story
    • Leela tell Fry how the first global warming was cancelled out by nuclear winter. {MN*}
  • 2ACV10 - A Clone of My Own
    • A film tells how Hubert Farnsworth was working for Mom's company as a robot designer. {MW}
  • 2ACV14 - Mother's Day
    • The love between professor Farnsworth and Mom is detailed. {MW}
  • 2ACV16 - Anthology of Interest 1
    • Al Gore's first guest appearance as the head of the vice-presidential action rangers in "What if Fry never got frozen". {MW}
  • 3ACV08 - That's Lobstertainment!
    • Joan Rivers commenting the arrivals at the Academy Awards. {MW}
  • 3ACV17 - A Pharaoh To Remember
    • Bender in speedos. {MW}
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Freeze Frame Fun
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 none like it hot!
Curious          (see comments) {DB}
 watashi wa anata no koto
 o, anata no okaasan yori
  ai shiteimasu
 to        KYOTO
 the anagram lover's Tokyo
  Happy Meeting
 For Warming Globe
Name of the robot boat:
 Galapagos Princess
Wet Chassis Contest
 Medal of Pollution
A list of recurring robots: {L}
 (see comments for the ones marked with asterisks)
 The "girlfriend" of The Masked Unit
 Billionaire Bot
 Malfunctioning Eddie
 Chain Smoker
 Robot Devil
 Several of his Robot Devil minions
 A Grim Reaper bot from the Near-Death Star*
 Jimmy Mousepad
 Don Bot
 A bunch of Hooker bots
 A Killbot**
 The teenage bot who sold popcorn in the theater from "Raging Bender"
 The Masked Unit
 The Crushinator*
 The chef robot from the pizzeria in "Fishfull of Dollars"
 The Robo-Rooter robot from the ad at the start of "Crustacean in Love"
 The "jacking-on" robots from "Hell is Other Robots"
 Reverend Lionel Preacherbot
 One of Robot Santa's robot dogs***
 Calculon's evil half brother
 The Clear Cutter
 That robot that the Robot Mafia shot 'cos he couldn't pay the loan
 A "Barrier Bot" from the Near Death Star*
 The Postman bot from "Bicyclops Built For Two"
 The Slurm Vending Machine bot from "Mother's Day"
Note the PreacherBot is holding up after Nixon's plan is revealed: {b}

Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • If Zoidberg is steaming inside his own shell, why doesn't he just take it off for a while? He didn't use to mind before. {MW}
  • The paper sheets taped to the wall in the old classroom magically switch positions from shot to shot. {MW}
  • The mirror hot spot was going northwards from the Caribbean to the east coast of the US and Canada. Kyoto was not endangered. {MW}
  • It is quite unlikely that Bender falls all the way over doing a sommersault when hit with a chair on the back head. Bender's center of gravity probably isn't his head, but most likely his torso. {MN}
  • Bender's wooden clogs disappear when he is knocked on his back. {K*}
  • Bender says that he can get up from his back if he is slightly on his side, yet when he mimicked the turtle in getting up, he rolled over entirely to get on his stomach and first then he could get up. Seeing as Bender complained about having to carry pillows, he would hardly do the extra effort here. {V}
  • Nixon did not show any sweat until the "close up" shot of him, even though the closeup was not significantly closer than the other ones. {V}
  • When they knock over Bender, Zoidberg's sweat is magically gone. {V}
  • Nixon and Wernstrom are flying a helicopter in space? {V}
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Comments and other Observations...
  • The Evergreen State College mentioned is also the one Matt Groening graduated from. {SV}
  • Remarks on the robot list: Marked with [*] are robots which don't live on Earth, so it doesn't make sense that they are to be destroyed because of Earth's global warming. The [**] Killbots, I recognized because of the deleted scene from "Love's Labors Lost in Space", but I don't remember seeing them in any episode before this. [***] robots also don't live on Earth and belong to Santabot, but in addition, I don't see Robot Santa anywhere! {L}
  • The Japanase sentence on the Pussycat sign roughly means "I am your things, with love from your mom". {DB}
  • Hyping Gore as "the inventor of the environment" spoofs his infamous quote on Wolf Blitzer about "taking the initiative in creating the Internet." The mock title "inventor of the Internet" has haunted Gore ever since. {C}
  • Al Gore's daughter Kristin is part of the Futurama staff writers and contributed to this episode. The Washington Post wrongly credited her for the whole episode. {TG}
  • In Xmas Story, Fry comments that the "snow is great. I'm glad Global Warming never happened". Leela answers that "actually, it did. But thank god Nuclear Winter cancelled it out". This entirely contradicts the statement made in this episode that global warming did and still happens and Leela makes no reaction to this new information. One solution would be that the current (2002) global warming was the one cancelled out but later on a second global warming came up. {V}
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{AH} Alan Hamilton
{C} Craig
{DB} Daniel Burdie
{E} ElDragon
{K} Ken
{K*} Kitty
{L} Leandro
{M} M5438
{MG} Mc Grady
{MN} Magnus Nordlander
{MN*} Michael Nissen
{MW} Marc Wichterich
{P} Phen
{RB} Rev Bleech
{S} Shiborugu
{SV} Steve VanDevender
{TG} Tom Georgoulias
{V} Vladimir
{a} aslate
{b} blahness

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