Commentary:The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings

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The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
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Production number4ACV18
Recorded date20 February, 2003
On DVDSeason 4
Disc 4
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive Producer
Ken Keeler
Bret Haaland
Billy West
Actor (Fry, misc.)
Maurice LaMarche
Actor (Calculon, misc.)
Dan Castellaneta
Actor (Robot Devil)

Topics of Discussion[edit]

  • Fry's Holophonor recital is like Ken's when he was younger.
  • The Holophonor makes its second appearance.
  • The Crew thought there was a 50/50 chance that this episode would be the last one when they were writing it.
  • The Devil's voice is based on a very bad impression of actor Hans Conried.
  • All the Robots on the Devil's Wheel of Robots appear in the show.
    • It was easier than they expected to find names to go on the wheel.
  • The crew tried to fit most of the characters into the last episode.
  • The music on Fry's music advert is a reference to musician John Williams.
  • They don't know what the public thinks of Hedonismbot as the episode hadn't been aired yet.
  • Its actually hard for the actors to scream when they aren't using their own voice.
  • Lots of secondary characters appear in the background in this episode.
  • They think its funny that they still make fun of Nixon in the last episode.
  • Katey Sagal had a bad throat whilst recording and not all of her lines were recorded on the same day, then they couldn't record the lines she missed as Katey was working on 8 Simple Rules.
  • Most voice actors seem to have great singing voices.
    • Maurice points out though that when he sang his only singing part as Kif in 3ACV01 he couldn't get notes right for hours.
  • Dr. Zoidberg has money in this episode.
  • It's impressive that the music at the end is bad yet moving.

Highlights / Quotes[edit]

  • David X. Cohen: Look its Dan Castellaneta as the Robot Devil.
  • David X. Cohen: Every robot on this wheel appeared in the show and we made sure they weren't robots like Cleaning Bot that appeared for a second.
  • Billy West: I love Ken's operas.
  • Bret Haaland: Yes that's a real song from ERM.
  • David X. Cohen: That grand singing of the word Dork always makes me laugh.
  • Matt Greoning: That joke's great.
  • Bret Haaland: Well it said he disappeared but I thought a robot can't do magic.
  • Billy West: (As Zoidberg) I wanted to go out good.