Bender's Big Score Part 2
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|Season 5 episode|
Derived from Bender's Big Score
Broadcast season 6 episode
|Bender's Big Score Part 2|
|Written by||Ken Keeler|
|Directed by||Dwayne Carey-Hill|
|Title caption||Watch, Rinse, Repeat|
|First air date||23 March, 2008|
|Special guest(s)||Al Gore|
"Bender's Big Score Part 2" is the seventy-fourth episode of Futurama, the second of the fifth production season, the second of the sixth broadcast season and the second cut from Bender's Big Score. It aired on 23 March, 2008, on Comedy Central. It guest-stars Al Gore as himself and Sarah Silverman as Michelle. Controlled by the scammer aliens, Bender time-travels to the past to steal stuff, while Fry goes back to the year 2000.
After a quick recap of the previous episodes, Nudar decides to test the powers of the time sphere; Farnsworth objects, because time travel invariably creates a paradox, but Nibbler informs them that it is a paradox-correcting time code, which means everything will work out all right—except if the universe is destroyed, after which he objects as well. Nudar travels back to one day prior and returns with a duplicate of himself; he met himself the other day, and apparently made out with himself. Suddenly the Smell-O-Scope falls upon the new duplicate of Nudar and kills him, thus resolving the paradox. Around this time, Hermes learns LaBarbara has hooked up with Barbados Slim.
A problem occurs with the scammers' plans to steal all things of value in Earth's history as the time sphere can only get them back to the past, not forward into the future—they may be able to steal things, but they would be dead before they could reap the benefits. Bender informs them that he can last for thousands of years, so he can travel back in time, steal the stuff, then wait in the cavern beneath the building, and emerge as if he were gone for hardly a second. And so his stealing of Earth's past values begins. As a matter of interest, while fleeing from Swedish police in 2308 after stealing a Nobel Peace Price from the Sweedledome, Bender's ship and its decoys destroy the original New York (1ACV01).
Farnsworth wants to sell off his doomsday devices in order to make money, but he won't sell his favorite, the Spheroboom, which he places in a satchel he handcuffs around his wrist. The scammers order Bender to get it, replacing the real satchel with an empty one. Bender does this by sawing off the Professor's hand. When Hermes sees how well Zoidberg sewed the professor's hand back on, he asks if he could do the same for him and his body. Hermes asks Bender to go back in time and get an undamaged body from the past; Bender, curiously, does not object. Unfortunately, after they get the body, Zoidberg puts Hermes' head on backwards.
The Professor has invited the Globetrotters to assist in figuring out how paradox-free time travel is possible, and their calculus confirms it is. The reason is due to the "doom field" in the equation, which means that a duplicate created from a time travel is always doomed to die. This essentially means that, although no paradoxes are created, the universe balances itself out by eventually destroying duplicated matter. This also means that Hermes' new body from the neck down is doomed as well, but Hermes says he only needs the body long enough to win LaBarbara back.
As Lars and Leela go out on a series of dates, Bender eventually manages to steal everything the scammers wanted. However, now that the scammers are rich, they suddenly care if the universe gets destroyed. They intend to delete the code from Bender and vaporise Fry—rather than just removing the tattoo—in case he memorized the code. Fed up with the scammers, and jealous of Lars, Fry escapes by using a mirror to read the code off of his tattoo. He travels back to January 1, 2000, 12:30 AM, 30 minutes after he was frozen, and winding up in Applied Cryogenics. Bender is ordered to travel back a few moments before he arrives to be safe and terminate him (mimicking "The Terminator").
Bender arrives at 12:28 a.m. in the cryogenics lab, but after drinking the beer Fry left before he was frozen, Bender (for the first time in his life) needs to go to the bathroom. He goes back 19 seconds in time and creates a time-paradox duplicate of himself to wait for Fry to come while he goes to the bathroom, unaware that the duplicate is doomed.
Before Fry arrives, another copy of Bender arrives in a tuxedo and says that he is Bender from "way at the end," and he needs to put the Bender tattoo on Fry's ass in the first place. He tattoos the time code on the backside of the Fry duplicate that is within the cryogenic tube, thus revealing how he got the tattoo in the first place. Fry arrives, and the duplicate Bender threatens to kill him, but he goes through a moral crisis and ultimately enters his Automatic Destruct Sequence due to an internal error in programming caused by the tension. Before he can explode, Fry kicks the duplicate into the freezer and sets it for 1 million years.
The original Bender in the bathroom leaves, and spots Fry waiting for the elevator. He tries to catch up, but he loses him. He considers commiting suicide in what he initially believes to be a suicide booth, only to stop after realizing it's actually a telephone booth. After giving up on suicide, he begins his hunt for Fry. During the 2000 election, he attacks Al Gore's manager, named Philip Joshua Fry, in Florida, and winds up destroying Gore's ballots, resulting in a victory for Bush. (This also explains the in real-life voting controversy in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.) After 12 years, he finally catches up to Fry on the docks of New York City. Fry has grown a long beard and is walking off a boat, but it's clearly him (identified by a brief shot of the tattoo). Bender calls for a cab (driven by Al Gore) and starts a taxi chase, but his taxi gets into an accident, and Bender is hurdled to Panucci's Pizza.
Bender lands in front of Pannuci's (near Seymour). While he at first thinks he's lost Fry, he spots him in the window above the restaurant, and shoots into the window, destroying much of the building (and fast-fossilizing Seymour in the process). It collapses, and Bender is suddenly overcome with remorse over killing his best friend.
The episode ends with "To be continued".
- See Miscellany of Bender's Big Score. for trivia, quotes, etc.
Film to Episode Edits
- The introduction is replaced. Following the title caption, Bender appears at the league headquarters and says "Previously on Futurama.", he blows cigar smoke at the screen and there is a summary of the first part, followed by a billboard crash into a blank board. The section is backed by the game's theme music remix, much like the film's introduction was.
- Various "minor" bits of scenes, usually with dialogue, are removed and some music is adjusted to fit the re-edit
- Nibbler begging Nudar is cut.
- The conversation between LaBarbara, Barbados and Hermes' head is shortened greatly, removing mention of running into each other.
- Farnsworth's chuckle after being asked to compare notes with Hedonismbot is removed.
- Bender's exit from the Nobel ceremony is shortened.
- Hermes doesn't say that his body is not the original, he only says that it is a copy.
- The Lars/Leela date montage is cut down to leave only the scene at Elzar's and the bubble ride.
- Fry now runs as soon as Nudar threatens him instead of trying to talk his way out of it.
- Bender doesn't taunt Nudar for missing.
- After missing Fry in the elevator, Bender doesn't say "let us match wits".
- Bender is quicker to notice that he's not in a suicide booth.
- Bender doesn't suspect Constantine is tricking him.
- Al Gore
- Barbados Slim
- Bubblegum Tate
- Dwight Conrad
- Hedonism Bot
- LaBarbara Conrad
- Lars Fillmore
- Mr. Panucci
- Philip J. Fry, II
- Debut: Philip Joshua Fry
- Debut: Phillip Fry
- Professor Farnsworth
- The Galactic Entity
- Richard Nixon's head
- Scammer Aliens
- Yancy Fry, Jr.
- Zapp Brannigan
- Dr. Zoidberg