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"'''Bendin' in the Wind'''" is the forty-fifth episode of ''[[Futurama]]'', the thirteenth of the [[Season 3|third production season]] and [[Broadcast season 3|third broadcast season]].  It aired 22 April, 2001 on FOX.  It guest stars [[Beck]] as himself.  [[Bender Bending Rodríguez|Bender]] becomes a folksinger after being broken, and starts touring with Beck.
[[Bender Bending Rodriguez|Bender]] becomes a [[:Category:Folk singers|folksinger]] after being broken, and starts touring with Beck.
== The Story ==
== The Story ==

Revision as of 20:23, 1 September 2013

Season 3 episode
Bendin' in the Wind
Bendin' in the Wind.jpg
Production number3ACV13
Written byEric Horsted
Directed byRon Hughart
Title captionFederal law prohibits changing the channel
First air date22 April, 2001
Broadcast numberS03E13
Title referenceThe song "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan
Opening cartoonA Coy Decoy (1941)
Special guest(s)Beck


Season 3
  1. Amazon Women in the Mood
  2. Parasites Lost
  3. A Tale of Two Santas
  4. The Luck of the Fryrish
  5. The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz
  6. Bendless Love
  7. The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
  8. That's Lobstertainment!
  9. The Cyber House Rules
  10. Where the Buggalo Roam
  11. Insane in the Mainframe
  12. The Route of All Evil
  13. Bendin' in the Wind
  14. Time Keeps on Slippin'
  15. I Dated a Robot
  16. A Leela of Her Own
  17. A Pharaoh to Remember
  18. Anthology of Interest II
  19. Roswell that Ends Well
  20. Godfellas
  21. Future Stock
  22. The 30% Iron Chef
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"Bendin' in the Wind" is the forty-fifth episode of Futurama, the thirteenth of the third production season and the thirteenth of the third broadcast season. It aired on 22 April, 2001, on Fox. It guest-stars Beck as himself. Bender becomes a folksinger after being broken, and starts touring with Beck.

The Story

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Act I: "This thing can't go faster than 80,000 miles per hour?"

While walking, Fry and Bender come across the NNY Hole Project. Fry gets a recently excavated Volkswagen Transporter microbus that he pushes back to Planet Express. Though petroleum no longer exists, a can of whale oil is supplied. Bender starts to open it with the can opener, but he is caught by the magnetic forces and is horribly damaged. at the hospital, Bender learns that his hydraulics are ruined, he can never move again. While wallowing in his misery, he notices Beck, his favourite folk singer. Beck invites Bender to be his new washboard player, giving him robotic mini-arms, which allow him to play by scraping them across his broken chest.

Act II: "My shell ran."

Bender and Beck go on tour, with Fry, Leela, Amy and Zoidberg following them in the microbus. While at a laundromat, Zoidberg's shell runs, ruining their money. Beck and Bender organize a benefit for broken robots and Bender starts writing his own song. After he finishes writing his song, he is visited by Fry and the rest; they are shocked to find he is capable of moving again.

Act III: "I didn't get my beads!"

Bender is wondering how he can play at his upcoming concert, Bend-Aid and thinks of something... by faking still being injured. At his concert, Bender sings with Beck, while the others make money by selling "love beads", pearls coughed up by Dr. Zoidberg. Bender receives a giant check before singing the song he wrote, "My Broken Friend", and right before he finishes his song, his secret is exposed as he gets too cocky and starts to dance. Bender escapes his former fans rushing the stage, lands in the VW, and drives off with the others. Beck and Co. give chase in the tour bus.

Act IV: "Put the metal to the pedal to the other metal!"

Bender and the rest start driving through town, trying to outrun Beck and his minions. The VW falls off the Golden Gate Bridge, because it is now a hover bridge (no span) and they aren't in a hovercar. Bender grabs a cable and manages to save himself and as the others hold onto him, slow the van's drop. Once safe, Leela releases her grip of Bender (making Fry and Amy lose theirs), causing him to be slingshot into the air. He lands near Beck's bus, where Beck recovers the huge check, but spares Bender. With a magnet placed on his head, singing "Bender is Great", Bender returns to the crew, who are paddling home by using the bus as a raft.

Additional Info



  • According to the DVD commentary, the part where Fry holds up a bong after the Professor asks, "Where's the device that can slow down and speed up time?" was not asked to be edited by the FOX censors because the bong was referred to in the script as a "weird bottle."
  • Cedars-Sinewave Hospital is a play off of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
  • Non-speaking appearances are made by the heads of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, on Beck's tourbus.
  • Bender's music, as shown on the sheet music (approx 11:07), is actually the melody of the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
  • In this episode we learn the 4th millennium's names for many of the States of America:
    • New York → New New York
    • New Jersey → New New Jersey
    • Pennsylvania → Sylvania and the Penn Republic
    • Virginia → East West Virginia
      • West Virginia's name remained unchanged.
    • Washington D.C. → Washington A.C.
    • Ohio → eHIO
      • Possibly a pun on eBay.
    • Kentucky → 'Ucky
    • Montana → Muontana
    • Washington → Washingtron
    • Wyoming → WyΩing
    • Colorado → 24-bit Colorado
    • Idaho → User ID:aho
    • Oregon → XORegon
    • Nevada → Nukevada
    • Utah → Human Farm
      • The name is written, perhaps officially, in AL1.
    • California → HighCal and LoCal



  • Bender eats some Olestra chips from the 1990s and suffers the usual side effects of the product.
  • Patchcord Adams is a spoof of Robin Williams' portrayal of real-life medical doctor Patch Adams in the movie bearing his name.
  • Cylon and Garfunkel are the 31st century equivalent of Simon and Garfunkel. They sing the latter's "Scarborough Fair".
  • The broken robots that "bum rush" the stage reenact a scene from the movie Freaks


  • Issues come up involving the state names, which were presumably only thought up for this episode, as they are not used at any other point in the series.


    Hippie: Wow, look at the colours. These'll go great with my soul.
    Zoidberg: Glad you like them. I've been making fine jewellery for years, apparently.

    Bender: Hey, yeah, I could write a song! With real words, not phoney ones like "odelay".
    Beck: "Odelay" is a word. Just look it up in the Becktionary.

    Zoidberg: Oh, I don't know, Fry. I think I'm too poor to follow a band around in a van.

    Beck: [honks horn] Come on. We have to get to the concert in time and make the audience wait for it to start.

    Bender: [After realizing he can move again.] Oh, crap!! It's a miracle!

    Bender: [Falling from the bridge.] Somebody fat get in my waaaaaayyyyy!!! [Bender lands on a skinny woman, who was standing next to a fat man.]

    Bender: [crying] No, don't you see? I was a hero to broken robots 'cause I was one of them. But how can I sing about being damaged if I'm not? That's like Christina Aguilera singing in Spanish. [He gasps and stops crying.] Wait, that's it! I'll fake it!

    Professor Farnsworth: Where's the device that lets you speed or slow the passage of time?
    Fry: [picking up bong] Under the seat.


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