Bend Her

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Season 4 episode
Broadcast season 5 episode
Bend Her
No.67
Production number4ACV13
Written byMichael Rowe
Directed byJames Purdum
Title captionToo hot for radio
First air date20 July, 2003
Broadcast numberS05E13
Title referenceA play on "Bender" / Ben Hur
Opening cartoonNaughty But Mice (1947)
Additional
Commentary
(Transcript)
Transcript

Pictures

Season 4
  1. Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch
  2. Leela's Homeworld
  3. Love and Rocket
  4. Less than Hero
  5. A Taste of Freedom
  6. Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television
  7. Jurassic Bark
  8. Crimes of the Hot
  9. Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles
  10. The Why of Fry
  11. Where No Fan Has Gone Before
  12. The Sting
  13. Bend Her
  14. Obsoletely Fabulous
  15. The Farnsworth Parabox
  16. Three Hundred Big Boys
  17. Spanish Fry
  18. The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
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"Bend Her" is the sixty-seventh episode of Futurama, the thirteenth of the fourth production season and the thirteenth of the fifth broadcast season. It aired on 20 July, 2003, on Fox. To win the fembot Olympic event, Bender turns himself into a fembot, while female he finds himself in a romantic relationship with Calculon.

The Story[edit]

Act I: "Sweden? I don't think so!"[edit]

Farnsworth reaching for Femzoil in his operation clothes.

The crew attend to the 3004 Olympic Games. Hermes competes in the Men's 500 meter Limbo contest, as the rest of the Jamaican team have been detained at the airport because of "other interests". Since he is a bit out of shape, Hermes relies on his body-shaping spandex suit the Professor gave him in order to uphold Jamaica's honour and beat his bitter rival Barbados Slim. He almost succeeds, but the suit bursts shortly before he reaches the finish line and Hermes loses. Meanwhile Bender is dreaming of winning a few medals in the bending contests for himself, but as he sees no chance of beating the ultra-powerful manbots, he disguises himself as a fembot and enrols under the name "Coilette from Robonia". He wins five medals, but in order to pass the gender check afterwards, he undergoes a sex change operation/oil change the Professor gives him. The operation is a success and Bender gets to keep his medals, however, he is now female.

Act II: "Maybe she's right about the lipstick!"[edit]

As the winner of five gold medals, "Coilette" is an instant celebrity and is invited to Late Night with Humorbot 5.0. She decides to stay female for the time being, although it endangers her ability to change back. At the Late Night show, she meets Calculon who instantly falls in love with her. They go on a date, while Leela and Amy start worrying together with the rest of the crew. Coilette undergoes wild mood swings that are connected with the sex change. Shortly thereafter, Calculon asks Coilette to marry him and she accepts.

Act III: "If I help you with this, do you promise to get out of my gender and stay out?"[edit]

Coilette wants to make the wedding a scam to get at Calculon's money, but then realizes she truly loves him and can't bring herself to hurt him. The crew rush to her aid to create a proper ending for the liason which Calculon can deal with: a Soap Opera Death. At the wedding, Leela, Fry, Hermes and Zoidberg stage an elaborate and very stylish death for Coilette so Calculon can accept the loss. Afterwards, the Professor changes Coilette back into Bender, much to the relief of Leela and Amy.

Additional Info[edit]

Nations participating in the 3004 Earth Olympiad[edit]

Quotes[edit]

    Bender/Coilette: [singing] Hail, hail, Robonia - a land I didn't make up.

    Calculon: I've always said many things.

    Amy: You're making us look like jerks in front of the other genders!

    Bender/Coilette: Is it trampy to go on a first date nude?
    Amy: Yes!
    Bender/Coilette: Perfect! [strips off]

    Bender/Coilette: Why don't all of you back off? Can't a girl enjoy herself without being judged? [Bender/Coilette walks off.]
    Professor Farnsworth: Oh, dear. Her mood swings are getting wilder. She's becoming a slave to her emotions. Just like all women. Particularly you, Leela. [Leela slaps the Professor.]

    Leela: I'm worried about him too, Professor.



     Bender/Coilette: Nice try sister. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to meet with my wedding planner. (Shouting) Zoidberg. (Talking) Zoidypoo, please tell me frilly is in this year.

Goofs[edit]

  • In a previous flashback showing Hermes at the Olympics, he was competing for Earth, not for Jamaica. However there may be both an Earth Olympics and an interplanetary Olympics.
  • During all scenes with Bender wearing the five medals, the colours of some of the straps change every time the scene shifts back to Bender. Originally one medal with red straps and the rest with blue, and then afterwards alternates between another medal having one red and one blue strap, one with a completely red strap, or back to four blues and one red.
  • When Bender and Calculon walk down the aisle together, Monique is first shown to be in the front of the crowd. However, in the shot immediately afterward, she is in the back of the crowd.
  • While waving the small Chile flag in the Olympic audience, the backside of the flag is fixed on the wrong side.

Allusions[edit]

  • Femmzoil is a portmanteau of the word "female" and of the American oil company Pennzoil.
  • Near the end of the episode, the Professor shouts "Turn off that crap-o-rama!", a possible reference to the show itself.

Continuity[edit]

  • The unbendable girder makes its second appearance.
  • Humorbot 5.0 (last seen on "That's Lobstertainment" as a stand-up comic) now has his own talk show.

Characters[edit]

(In alphabetic order)

Episode Credits[edit]