Assie Come Home
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|Assie Come Home|
|Written by||Maiya Williams|
|Directed by||Raymie Muzquiz|
|Title caption||FEATURING A NEW INVISIBLE CHARACTER WHO DOESN'T SPEAK|
|First air date||31 July, 2013|
|Title reference||The 1943 film Lassie Come Home|
"Assie Come Home" is the one hundred and thirty-fifth episode of Futurama, the twenty-first of the seventh production season and the eighth of the tenth broadcast season. It aired on 31 July, 2013, on Comedy Central. Bender searches the universe for his missing shiny metal rear end.
After the crew is sent to a planet ruled by gangsters, Bender has all his parts stolen, and it's up to Fry and Leela to find them. They contact the police and find Yuri, who sold Bender's parts, and he gives them a list of all the buyers. After traversing across the galaxy collecting all the parts, the only one left to find is Bender's ass, which unfortunately was on a space ship that sank in a gaseous space sea. The crew then goes to said sea and meet Tarquin, the local keeper of a poorly lit lighthouse, who helps them salvage the ship and recover the ass plate, much to Bender's joy, but they soon find out that Bender's ass is a better reflector than the one in the lighthouse, forcing Bender to part with it to ensure that scurvy cursing sailors do not die at sea, thus being unable to spread curse words. After returning to Earth, Bender is heartbroken and depressed because of his loss, but his friends assure him that he should be happy that his ass is doing some good. Meanwhile, back at the lighthouse, Tarquin is spending some quality time with Bender's shining ass while reading a Bible, but just then the rotating device goes out of control and flings the ass plate out of the lighthouse. The ass plate then flies off and saves a boy who fell into a gravity well, and then continues to fly all the way back to Earth, where it reunites with a happy Bender in Planet Express. However, back on the gaseous sea, ships are crashing everywhere due to the lighthouse having lost its reflector.
 Image Gallery
Concept art for the crud gang. 
Promotional picture of Leela, Bender and Fry underwater. 
Concept art for Tarquin, a lighthouse keeper who helps in the search for Bender's ass. 
 Additional Information
- The episode's title caption is very similar to that of "Möbius Dick", which was also the eighth episode of its broadcast season, and also featured a sea setting.
- The ship's deck is filled with crates. The first labelled crate to be seen supposedly contains the Ark of the Covenant, which was the focus of the first Indiana Jones film, and the third labelled crate to be seen supposedly contains the Holy Grail, which was the focus of the third Indiana Jones film. The fourth crate contains the jewel from the 1997 film Titanic, which was released after the 1980s Indiana Jones trilogy.
- In "Space Pilot 3000", upon being told to "bite my shiny metal ass" by Bender, Fry remarks that "it doesn't look so shiny to me". However, in this episode it is shown that Bender's ass shines brighter than "the brightest object in the known universe", i.e. the original lighthouse light.
- Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.
- The episode's title is a reference to the 1943 movie Lassie Come Home, directed by Fred M. Wilcox.
- The concept of a planet run by gangs may be a reference to the Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action".
- The blips and the cruds are named after the African American gangs the Bloods and the Crips.
- The concept of a planet whose inhabitants are separated based on different placement of the same two colors is reminiscent of the planet Cheron, as seen in the Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield".
- Peoples α is very similar in colour and design to the city of Detroit in the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, where rival gangs are a major plot point.
- Fry getting his head stuck in a honey jar marked "HUNNY" is a reference to the fictional bear Winnie-the-Pooh. He also says "Oh, bother", which was Pooh's catchphrase.
- Fry asks Leela if she thinks that they walked straight out of Blipton. Blipton is a reference to Compton, California, which is in the vicinity of where the Bloods and the Crips originated. It may also be a reference to the tea brand Lipton.
- Many robots from other works are seen in the chop shop.
- C-3PO, from the Star Wars franchise
- The title character from the 1999 film The Iron Giant
- Rosie the Robot Maid, from the animated sitcom The Jetsons
- What appear to be the robot versions of Bill and Ted from the 1991 film Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
- Alpha 5, from the children's TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
- The title character from the anime TV series Tetsujin 28-go, adapted in the United States as Gigantor
- A Dalek, from the science-fiction TV series Doctor Who
- A Cylon, from the Battlestar Galactica franchise
- The hospital's name may be a reference to the Christian martyred saints Faith, Hope, and Charity.
- The name "Sargaseous Sea", which Leela pronounces as "Sargashes Sea", is a pun on the name "Sargasso Sea" and the word "gaseous".
- The lighthouse, its tenant, and his lines reference the 2005 video game Half-Life 2: Lost Coast.
- The bathysphere and diving suits reference the 2010 video game BioShock 2.
- Tarquin's boat is marked "FLOTSAM & JETSON", a reference to the maritime terms "flotsam" and "jetsam" and The Jetsons.
- Johnny being the name of a boy trapped in a well may be a reference to the 1899 film Ding, Dong, Dell, Johnny's in the Well.
- When Fry and Leela encounter whom they think are cruds (actually a reflection of blips), the thing that Leela wears on her wrist keeps changing arms between shots.
- When Bender is found by Fry and Leela, he only has his mouth and eyes. However, since he doesn't have a brain, he shouldn't be able to speak.
- There may be a secondary brain inside his mouth or his eyes.
- It's possible that his brain still controlled his eyes and mouth wirelessly, just as his arms have been seen to move independently in various episodes.
- Without his ass, Bender has a lot of exposed circuitry, but, in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", his container unit is shown to be empty.
- Bender's design constantly changes throughout the show. This may be due to Bender getting modifications.
Fry: Uhm, Leela, remember when we were trying to guess what would happen if someone stuck a gun in my face and you said I'd probably crap my pants? Well...
Moustached crud: We are the cruds, but we're over here. And don't shoot. That crate is a gift from us.
Blip #2: For real?!
Moustached crud: There's been enough violence on these streets, too many lives and mirrors have been shattered, so yo, we sent you a crate o' weapons as a sign o' trust. Together, we can use them to rid our streets of the real enemy: giant spiders!
Fry: I knew it!
Bender: They stole everything except my mouth and eyes! I guess they didn't like all my screamin' and winkin'.
[Bender is sat looking miserable at the table in the Planet Express employee lounge, whilst Fry, Leela, Amy, Hermes and Zoidberg are sat watching the TV.]
Amy: Bender, come join us, we're watching Rear Window!
Bender: I used to stick my rear out the window...
Zoidberg: If you prefer, we could watch Behind the Music.
Bender: My behind used to make music...
Hermes: Backdraft is on.
Bender: Even my ass wouldn't watch that.
- Debut: Alejandro
- Debut: Blip gang
- Borax Kid
- Debut: Captain of the S.S. Miami Muy Caliente
- Debut: Crud gang
- Dean Streptococcus (cameo, 9:40)
- Doingg (cameo, 7:34)
- Feffernoose (cameo, 7:34)
- Flabby (cameo, 9:40)
- First Robot capable of qualifying for a boat loan (cameo, 8:30)
- Human-horn dealer
- Debut: Johnny
- Debut: Johnny's parents
- Lady Buggle (cameo, 7:34)
- Pimparoo (cameo, 7:33)
- Princess Num Num (cameo, 7:34)
- Professor Farnsworth
- Rosie the Robot Maid (cameo, 6:26)
- Debut: Tarquin
- Tinny Tim
- Unnamed clown (cameo, 8:30)
- The Beast With Two Bucks
- Debut: Blip Turf (mentioned in speech only)
- Debut: Blipton (mentioned in speech only)
- Feldspar Queen
- Galactic Bazaar
- Mars University
- Miami (mentioned in speech only)
- Debut: Peoples α
- Planet Express conference room
- Planet Express employee lounge
- Planet Express lobby
- Debut: Sargaseous Sea
- Debut: Scenic Detroit (mentioned in text only, 3:17)
- Debut: South Beach (mentioned in speech only)
- South Street Spaceport
- Debut: St. Hope's Charity Hospital for Robot Orphans
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- ^ Countdown to Futurama: Crud Gang. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 26 May 2013. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
- ^ Countdown to Futurama: Leela, Bender and Fry Underwater. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 27 May 2013. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
- ^ Countdown to Futurama: Tarquin. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 28 May 2013. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.