Futurama: S03E01: Amazon Women In The Mood
It all started with Nibbler’s hairballs, which led to the discovery of Zoidberg’s death! … er… molting. After this side story wanders away Amy’s phone rings, allowing her to reveal that she’s being plagued by some relentless crank-caller (“Some guy’s been calling and hanging up ten times a day for a year!”)
This mystery caller is none other than Kif, Zapp Brannigan’s less than exuberant first mate, trying fruitlessly to confess his love for Amy and wallowing in his self-proclaimed cowardice. Zapp, full of his usual pep, vigor and boorishness, ignores Kif’s story of meeting Amy on the Titanic a year previous, and then realizes that Amy knows Leela, and contacts Leela to try to negotiate a series of double dates. At Amy’s request (“Please Leela? Kif’s like, the sweetest guy who’s ever liked me.”)
Leela allows a compromise of one half-date, and they meet at Le Palm D’orbit — a satellite restaurant. Kif’s characteristic nervousness is evident is his acceptance of Zapp’s dating advice — and said advice works just as well for Kif as it does for Zapp (that is, it makes things even worse). It’s up to the great ancient art of Karaoke to save the day!
But one bad thing, er.. bad note, leads to another, that is to say, the evacuation of the ship, leaving Zapp, Kif, Leela and Amy to pilot the restaurant. (“You win again, gravity!”). Zapp’s amazing piloting skills manage to crash them directly onto the dangerous uncharted planet (“It is not uncharted, you lost the chart.”) which the restaurant was orbiting — a planet which happens to be inhabited by enormous Amazon woman, who like Zapp’s pick up lines just as much as Human women.
In search of Leela and Amy, Fry and Bender manage to crash gracelessly on the Amazon Planet — and get captured in a equally graceless manner. After a tour of the Capital city Amazonia, during which Fry Bender and Zapp act chauvinistically male, the men of the group are sentenced to death by the leader of the Amazon’s, Fem-puter. Death via the only way men can be of use — Death by what the amazons call ‘snoo-snoo’ — Death by sex! (“Woo-hoo!”) While Bender (freed from the fate of his friends on grounds that he is not a man, but a Man-Bot) is busy trying to re-program the Fem-Puter (whom he discovers is in fact a fembot disguised as a fem-puter), Leela and Amy are trying to save the men.
When Amy barges into to rescue Kif — who has eluded Amazonian affections thus far by clinging to the ceiling — she causes a ruckus that ends with her and Kif cornered in the Fem-puter’s temple. But the Fem-puter/Fem-Bot having been persuaded (and seduced) by Bender decides to let the release the prisoners, so they can return home and, in Fry and Zapp’s cases, recover from their adventure.
Full of classic Futurama humor, this is an excellent episode all around, and if you’re a fan of sex, jokes, and jokes about sex (and you are, because it’s one of the requirements of being a Sci-Fi Geek) you will enjoy this episode all the more.
This episode rates an 8 out of 10.
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