Proposition Infinity

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This article is about the episode. For the ballot initiative, see Proposition ∞.
Season 6 episode
Broadcast season 7 episode
Proposition Infinity
Robosexual Proposal.jpg
Bender and Amy fight for the right to marry each other.
No.92
Production number6ACV04
Written byMichael Rowe
Directed byCrystal Chesney-Thompson
Title captionDictated But Not Read
First air date8 July, 2010
Broadcast numberS07E04
Title referenceCalifornia Proposition 8 (2008)
Special guest(s)George Takei
Nomination(s)38th Annie Awards
Best Animated Television Production
Additional
Commentary
(Transcript)
Transcript
Storyboard

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Season 6
  1. Rebirth
  2. In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela
  3. Attack of the Killer App
  4. Proposition Infinity
  5. The Duh-Vinci Code
  6. Lethal Inspection
  7. The Late Philip J. Fry
  8. That Darn Katz!
  9. A Clockwork Origin
  10. The Prisoner of Benda
  11. Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences
  12. The Mutants Are Revolting
  13. The Futurama Holiday Spectacular
  14. The Silence of the Clamps
  15. Möbius Dick
  16. Law and Oracle
  17. Benderama
  18. The Tip of the Zoidberg
  19. Ghost in the Machines
  20. Neutopia
  21. Yo Leela Leela
  22. Fry Am the Egg Man
  23. All the Presidents' Heads
  24. Cold Warriors
  25. Overclockwise
  26. Reincarnation
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"Proposition Infinity" is the ninety-second episode of Futurama, the fourth of the sixth production season and the fourth of the seventh broadcast season. It aired on 8 July, 2010, on Comedy Central. It guest-stars George Takei as himself. After a break-up with Kif, Amy gets together with Bender in a frowned-upon robosexual relationship.

The episode was nominated for the 2010 Annie Awards.

The Story[edit]

Act I: "I'm not just some piece of tofu, Amy!"[edit]

New New York's walls are hit by a mysterious vandal, revealed to be Bender. Bender is caught vandalizing the back of URL, a police officer, and swiftly arrested. Bender calls Amy, who has been fighting with Kif all night, to bail him out of jail. She agrees, then enters the police station with Kif to bail Bender out. While in line to get discharged, Amy is hit on by an inmate and flirts back with him. This shocks Kif, as the man is a criminal, and his reaction irritates Amy. Kif tells her she's attracted to "bad boys", which he is not. Amy disagrees, but then flirts with another inmate who actually threatens her life. Kif, still hurt by Amy's flirtations, tells Amy they're through.

The breakup severely upsets Amy. To make her feel better, Leela, Fry, and Bender take her to Forbidden Planet Hollywood. Bender repeatedly mocks Amy; when he tells her to shut up, Amy tells him to back off, saying he should be afraid of what she did to the last person that told her to shut up: sexual intercourse. After this, Amy and Bender discover a mutual attraction for each other. They enter into a taboo robosexual relationship, so they keep quiet about it, even to friends. Their co-workers grow suspicious but think nothing of it.

Act II: "Oh, the humanity! Also Bender!"[edit]

On the Planet Tornadus, the crew, collecting tornado wind for the Professor's entry for the County Fair, is shocked to learn that Bender and Amy are missing. They discover their clothes flying around in the tube with the tornado winds, so the Professor shuts off the machine, and when the winds die down, the crew is shocked to see Bender and Amy making love. Professor immediately disapproves, whereas the rest of the crew accepts Bender and Amy's relationship. Amy thanks them, as she knows she can't tell her family. However, this is exactly what Professor does; he calls Leo and Inez, Amy's parents. He also calls the Robot Pastor for Bender. While at her parent's Mars ranch, Amy is saved by Fry, who poses as her new beau. Amy saves Bender from the camp the Robot Pastor sent him to. They go back to the Planet Express building, where Bender proposes to Amy.

Act III: "I'm just glad I didn't live to see this day"[edit]

The Professor reminds them that robosexual marriage is illegal in New New York. To fight against this, Bender and Amy launch a campaign, Proposition ∞, for the legalization of robosexual marriage. In days before the election, Prop. ∞ support slumps in the polls. Amy loses hope, but Bender says they'll win following his debate tonight against Professor Farnsworth. Bender gives a heartfelt speech and the audience applauds. The Professor follows with his rebuttal, beginning with a flashback. He was in love with a fellow scientist named Eunice, and, 43 years later, discovered her in bed with First Robot Capable of Qualifying for a Boat Loan (or a similar robot) . This doesn't impress the audience, who despise the Professor for hating robosexuals simply because his girlfriend slept with a robot. He then admits that she was a robot, named Unit 47, who slept with another robot. Farnsworth's heart was broken, so he took his anger out on other robosexuals. After admitting the truth, the Professor withdraws his argument and fully backs Prop. ∞. The next day, Prop. ∞ is approved. Amy is ecstatic, saying she and Bender can have a normal, monogamous marriage now. Upon hearing the word monogamous, Bender leaves Amy for two robot hookers, while Amy goes back to Kif, who became a bad boy for her.

Production[edit]

David X. Cohen calls the episode one of his favorites from the sixth season.

Reception[edit]

In its original American broadcast, "Proposition Infinity" was viewed by an estimated 2.013 million households with a 1.0 rating/3% share in the 18-49 demographic going down one tenth of a point from last weeks, "Attack of the Killer App".[1] The episode has also been nominated for the 2010 Annie Awards.

Additional info[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • This is one among few Futurama media featuring its title.
  • Kif said that he is actually related to the sea cucumber. This makes many fans learn that he is not a toad or a jellyfish even though his species has no spine and is very squishy.
  • The closed captions had lines that were not spoken. Something to the effect of "Where am I? Is this TBS?" suggesting that Conan O'Brien originally had a cameo.
  • In Amy and Kif's apartment, there is a picture of Apu and Manjula, from The Simpsons.

Continuity[edit]

Allusions[edit]

The Richard Nixon "Despair" poster.
The Gay Robot in the upper left corner.

Quotes[edit]

    Leela: I thought circusitis only affected children.
    Hermes: Children of all ages.

    Leo Wong: Come home, Amy! It your decision! We can't make you! [Lassos her in.] Attagirl!

    Randy: Our poodle has two daddies!

    George Takei's head: [After hearing Bender's debate speech.] I haven't heard such an eloquent speech since Bill Shatner explained why he couldn't pay me back.

    Bender needs $5,000 for bail money
    Amy: I don't have that kind of money laying around.
    Bender: Yeah you do. You know that floor safe where you keep 10 grand? There's 5 grand in there.

    Hermes: When the lights go out, it's nobody's business what goes on between two consenting adults.
    Zoidberg: Or one!

    Fatbot: Look at the rack on that one! I mean, that one on the rack!

    Bender: We're going to fight to legalize it right here.
    Hermes: Ya mon! Ya got to legalize it!
    Amy: We're talking about robosexual marriage.
    Hermes: We're talkin' about lots of stuff.

    [Wine bucket pours wine into Amy's glass.]
    Amy: Thank you.
    Leo Wong: Stop seducing him, you hussy!
    Amy: Dad, gleesh! I'm attracted to Bender! Not this emotionless wine bucket!
    Wine Bucket: [A tear rolls down its face.] Hopes... deleted.

    Reverend Lionel Preacherbot: The only lies worth believing are the ones in the Bible.

Goofs[edit]

  • Bender apparently stole Lassie's head in the Forbidden Planet Hollywood. However it was already said in "Jurassic Bark" that Lassie was in the Louvre.
    • Several dogs have played Lassie over the years, though.
    • And she could have been moved from the Louvre since.
    • Or if Bender took it in the Louvre instead.
  • Most of the crew's opinions on robosexuality are different from previous episodes, such as "I Dated a Robot".
    • As the story takes place several years after "I Dated a Robot", the crew may have simply changed their minds on the subject.
    • Also it could be related to the fact that the robots shown to be robosexual, are all actual robots, not built for the purpose of dating a particular human nor are their personalities and looks based off of a human.
    • A general aversion to humans developing emotional attachments to robots was shown in "I Dated a Robot", but in neither episode does anyone say robosexuality itself is illegal, only robosexual marriage (much as homosexuality is legal today, while homosexual marriage is not).
  • In "Slaves of New New York!", the Hydroponic Farmer forced Gil to marry the Crushinator. However, the Crossover Crisis is non-canon.
  • Why did Bender try to carve a wooden stick with a knife to protect himself from Roberto? He could have just used the metal knife!!!
    • This is obviously a joke, smilar to the cookie-assembling machine Fry uses and then only eat the center part anyway.
  • Bender doesn't launch into folk singing when Reverend Lionel Preacherbot drags him out of the Planet Express HQ with a magnet.
    • The magnet wasn't near his inhibition unit. If the magnet isn't near the head, it doesn't cause him to sing.
  • In "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", the Robot Devil wanted Leela to marry him, even though robosexual marriage is revealed to be illegal in this episode.
    • He's the Robot Devil, so he can do what he wants.
    • It was a sham marriage anyway, part of an extremely elaborate plot by the Robot Devil to get his hands back. The Preacherbot was probably in on the plot, too.
    • Also, Robot Hell is in New Jersey, where robosexual marriage may be legal.
  • When Morbo talks about Bender's tile graffiti, he says it is happening in "our city" but it has been established in "A Big Piece of Garbage" that √2 News is based in Los Angeles.
    • Considering the large amount of time that has passed, it is possible that √2 News has moved. More news seems to develop in New New York, so it would be advantageous for the news station to be based there.
  • In this episode, a criminal stole a police lightsaber and held it up to Amy's neck as if it was a knife (or a Star Wars lightsaber). However, in Futurama, police lightsabers are used as batons, so there was no point in holding up a baton to someone's neck.
    • The criminal may not have known how the lightsabers worked.
    • It is possible to choke someone to death with a baton by constricting the blood flow to the brain.
  • Amy states that since she and Kif were Fonfon Rus, they weren't actually married. However, in The Beast with a Billion Backs, she refers to Kif as her husband, and Zapp later refers to her as Kif's wife.
  • When the crew discovers Amy and Bender together, the mini-tornado has vanished from the jar.

Appearances[edit]

(In alphabetic order)

Characters[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "A parody of Prop 8, with Bender and Amy wanting a robosexual wedding. There is a Prop Infinity attempt to stop them."
    Perkis, Ed (25 July 2009). "Comic Con: Futurama Ignores Controversy, Promises To Take On Twitter". Cinema Blend. Retrieved on 26 July 2009.