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Episode Reviews

Short Summary

How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back
First aired 04/02/00
Rank: 36/124
Reviews: 166
Rating: 87%

Hermes becomes depressed after being demoted for failing an annual workplace inspection. Until he gets his rank back, he is replaced by the inspector herself: Morgan Proctor.

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#1 by Teral
Funny episode, not top-10 but good (what Futurama ep. isn't good :)).

After reading the synopsis I was glad Hermes finally got an episode centered on him. Why haven't they done this a long time ago, instead using him only to insult Zoidberg and act all bureaucrat-like? Well, now I know: Hermes isn't funny enough to carry an episode all by himself. Luckily he wasn't the main center of the episode. What we saw about him was however interesting, and absurd. We saw what his job involves, what makes him tick and how literal he takes regulations and laws. Funny in an absurd kind of way. Who other than a bureaucrat would make his own labour camp more efficient?

Zoidberg was just hillarious, as always. Both the pokergame and the labour camp/Spa V story was totally in character for Zoidy. And he has other patients other than teh PE crew. Poor patients.

Fry, Leela and Bender was good too. Fry's appartment and locker is just like I pictured them. An owl caught in a spiderweb, LOL. Bender cheating at poker, ofcourse. Leela taking charge when Bender's disc has to be found was also expected, and it was great to see her old colleages again. That whole poker thing was just great.

Farnsworth and Amy, they where there too.

Morgan Proctor, while funny in her function as a bureaucrat, is what really pulls this episode down. Her affair with Fry, not funny. All her "Dirty boy, dirty boy" just irritating. I hope I'll never see her again. Had they kept her as a strict bureaucrat it could have been much better.

All the bureaucratism was just beyond words in all it's absurdity. A rule for everything, and a deadpan face to announce it. And the "Bureaucrat Song", it rocked, one of the highlights of the entire series until now. ROFL. That couldn't have been any better. Just too bad Zoidy didn't get to finish his song, it had potential.

Short comments. I like The beholder, waiting line outside, the Australian, Leela's old boss, the yoghurt.

I didn't care for the love affair or Morgan Proctor.

So to sum up, good work, I'll call it an 4 (remove Morgan proctors affair with Fry, and it would've been an 5)

Teral gave 4 points

#2 by Dane
A wonderful episode. The whole bureaucrat theme was enjoyable - especially when Fry hooked up with one of them!

I loved the song Hermes sang near the end as he filed everything away in the nick of time. One of my favorites!

Dane gave 5 points

#3 by Otis P Jivefunk
I love the part where they're waiting in the que to get into the Doop Headquarters & the line moves backwards a step & the old man in front says something like, oh no not again, someone in front had a baby. That is one of the best moments in the whole of Futurama, really funny.

Otis P Jivefunk gave 4 points

#4 by Jiri Kábrt
This is the worst Futurama episode ever!! Very, very poor storyline and stupid jokes!

Jiri Kábrt gave 1 point

#5 by facehairteeth
Not the best episode I've seen, but not a bad one either.

I don't know if I was just extremely tired or if there was a gas leak in my apartment, but when Bender finished that little medley at the end of the episode with "I am Bender, please insert girder," I was laughing so hard I seriously pulled a rib muscle.

facehairteeth gave 4 points

#6 by phlasher
One of the best!

phlasher gave 5 points

#7 by kampf
I love this one, really cool. Especially Hermes´ song and the part when Morgan arrives are absolutely great.

kampf gave 5 points

#8 by Mike
A brilliant episode - one of my top five ever. I love Hermes' character, and most of the bureaucrat jokes were hilarious. The song at the end is my top Futurama musical moment so far.

Mike gave 5 points

#9 by Fry/Flexo Fan
Pure genius! From beginning to end it's a geniune classic. The climax, in which Hermes leads the cast in a musical number is the real highlight, but it only just comes before the poker game, in which we finally get to see Leela's old collegues again.

Fry/Flexo Fan gave 5 points

#10 by Lr
very balanced. Futurama at its best.

Lr gave 5 points

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