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Futurama Episode Capsule


[4ACV14] Obsoletely Fabulous


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General Episode Data
Title: Obsoletely Fabulous
First aired: 07/27/03
Production Code: 4ACV14
Written by Dan Vebber
Directed by Dwayne Carey-Hill
Opening theme promotion: You can't prove it won't happen



Synopsis
When Fry, Bender and the Planet Express gang attend Roboticon 3003 - the world's largest robot trade show - the Professor purchases the new "Robot 1-X", which threatens to render Bender obsolete. Feeling inadequate, Bender returns to MomCorp for an upgrade, but becomes terrified that the procedure will erase his robo-humanity. In desperation, he escapes from the factory and becomes a castaway on a tropical island that seems uninhabited... or is it? Violence ensues.


Voice Credits
Starring
  • Billy West (Fry, Farnsworth, Zoidberg)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender)
  • Tress MacNeille (Mom)
Guest Starring
  • Phil LaMarr (Hermes)
  • Lauren Tom (Amy)
  • David Herman
  • Frank Welker
Also Starring
  • Maurice LaMarche



Did You Notice...
  • Exploding Eddie in the background on the fair? {MW}
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External references
  • Alien (movie)
    • Nannybot 1.0 looks just like a robot version of an alien from this movie. Complete with extending tongue with a jaw. {MW}
  • Sinclair Computers
    • The Sinclair 2k robot is a reference to this old computer line. See comments. {MW}
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Futurama references
  • 3ACV11 - Insane in the Mainframe
    • The stabbing-happy Roberto from this episode returns. {MW}
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Freeze Frame Fun
        Roboticon 3003
 World's Largest Robot Trade Show
    Formerly, Roboticon 3002
    Upgrade Specials:
 X-Ray       Arm      Neon
 Vision   Extension  Crotch
   $2      70c/yard   15c
    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
    I, BENDER, BID YOU HELLP!
       YOU WON'T KNOW ME,
 THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF ME,
    BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT.
      LONG STORY SHORT...
          I NEED HELF
Tapes of the Cartridge Bot:
 * Introduction (Side A: We're a community of outdated robots who refused
   to upgrade and came here
   Side B: to live a simpler existence. Free of technology.)
 * Snappy Response  (Your mother)
 * State the obvious (But Bender, you ARE technology. You're the most 
   advanced thing on this entire island!) 
 * What?! (What?!)



Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • It's the Roboticon 3003 even though the episode before featured the 3004 Olympiad. {MW}
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Comments and other Observations...
  • The Sinclair 2k robot is a reference to the early 80's line of computers by Sinclair Research. Most known are the Sinclair ZX80, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum. While the ZX80 was monochrome and only had 1Kb memory by default, the Specturm featured a total of 8 colors, 3.5MHz and a whooping 48Kb RAM. Due to the low memory count of the early system, programs had to constantly dispose parts of their memory in order to shuffle in new parts from the mass media (a datasette). {MW}
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Contributors
{MW} Marc Wichterich

Original Capsule Author: Can't get enough Futurama <www.gotfuturama.com>


 

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