Futurama/Amazon Women in the Mood
Amazon Women in the Mood is the fifth episode of the third season of Futurama, and the thirty-fourth episode overall. This episode introduces Kif and Amy's romance.
In the first episode to go further in depth in Kif and Amy's potential relationship previously hinted in A Flight to Remember, Amy has been getting strange phone calls from what is revealed to be a nervous Kif. When Zapp Branigan discovers that Amy and Leela a friends, he forces a double date at Le Palm D'Orbit, a ritzy restaurant in space. Zapp sabotages Kif's chances with Amy by giving him bad advice and worse pick-up lines. He manages to regain some ground with karaoke, but Zapp shoves him out of the way to do a spoken word parody of Lola. His song causes all of the patrons and employees to abandon ship. After Zap takes control, the restaurant crashes into a planet. End of act 1.
Act 2 starts at Planet Express with Zoidberg trying on new shells holographically. He skulks off when Hermes tells him that the company will only cover one type of shell, and none of the exotic ones he wants. When Fry realizes that Leela and Amy haven't returned, he and Bender fly off in the Planet Express ship to save them. On the alien planet, the stranded four discover that the planet is inhabited by a race of gigantic Amazons. When Zapp blows their cover, they're hauled off. Fry and Bender stumble upon the presentation of the prisoners but are also captured when they don't realize they're hiding in an Amazon's grass skirt. They're taken to the Femputer. The four men are sentanced to death by snoo-snoo. The reaction is mixed between the four. End of act 2.
Act 3 lays out who will be the first victims of snoo-snoo and by what women (who incidentally all look about the same). When Bender is released for being a manbot, he, Leela and Amy come up with a plan to have Bender reprogram the Femputer. Instead it turns out that Femputer is actually a fembot who Bender seduces. Meanwhile, Amy and Leela attempt to rescue Fry, Kiff and (to a lesser extent) Zapp. Only Amy is successful in rescuing Kiff, but in her escape she stumbles upon the Femputer room where Bender has the Amazonians release the prisoners and to bring him gold. The episode ends with Kiff making nervous noises over something Amy whispered to him.
Alien Language Sightings
- There are no alien language words in this episode.
- Kif and Amy: Kif and Amy's relationship formally begins as of this episode.
- Bender: It is revealed that Bender was made in Mexico, and thus has decided to identify with a Mexican heritage.
- 1x04 - Loves's Labors Lost in Space: In case anyone forgot, Zapp and Leela slept together in their very first meeting and he still thinks that Leela will come crawling back "like a bird on its belly" to him one day.
- 2x01 - A Flight to Remember: Kif and Amy were introduced to each other by Leo and Inez Wong during the ill-fated Titanic voyage.
- Opening Caption: Secreted by the Comedy Bee
- Bender's Mexican Origin: This show is the first to introduce the idea that Bender is of Mexican descent. "Hecho En Mexico" is enscribed on the inside of his chest panel.
- Freeze Frame: When the amazon women are approaching, causing ripples in the water, when Leela's reflection in the pond ripples she has two eyes.
- Zapp's Song: Although it's cut off when everyone flee's Zapp's song about Leela is a direct parody of The Kinks' "Lola"
- I met her in a club down in old Soho,
- Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola,
- C-O-L-A... Cola.
- She walked up to me and she asked me to dance,
- I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said
- L-E-E-L-A... Leela!
Behind the Scenes
- Emmy Awards: This episode was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) in the 2001 Emmy Awards, but lost to a Simpsons episode called HOMR.
- Episode Concept: The episode was based around an office joke which wouldn't be repeated on the commentary because it would be too dirty for release meant for kids. Suffice to say, the punchline of the joke was "Death by Snoo-Snoo."
- Casting Couch: The idea of casting Bea Arthur for the role of the femputer was from Ken Keeler.
- Fun With Censorship: Zapp says "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised." Originally, after delivering that line, he looked down in his general crotch area but the censor made them redirect his gaze.
Allusions and References
- Episode Title: The title of the episode is a parody of the b-movie title "Amazon Women On The Moon."
- Total Eclipse of the Heart: Kiff sings "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler to serenade Amy before Zapp shoves him out of the way. The song was recorded by Bonnie Tyler on her album Faster Than the Speed of Night in 1983. The song was written by Jim Steinman and hit #1 on several different charts.
- Lola: The song that Zapp parodies is "Lola" by The Kinks, the song is about a man falling in love with a woman at a bar but throughout the song it's slowly revealed that the woman who he fell in love with is actually a man. The song was released on the album Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One and managed to hit #2 on the UK charts and #9 on the US charts.
- Shatner's Spoken Word: When Zapp sings "Leela", he does it in a spoken word style. This is based off of the spoken word album (in particular his rendition of Rocketman) that William Shatner recorded. During his performance, another shot is taken at Shatner when someone in the crowd says "he sickens me." This is from an outtake from the sessions where Shatner says to a director asking him to do a line differently, "Please don't tell me what to do. It sickens me."
- Morbo singing "Funkytown" in kareoke.
- Zapp Brannigan sings (kind of) a parody of Lola called "Leela".
- Zoidberg tries on holographic shells, including a stereotypical Mexican bandito, a gay biker and a solid white (Hermes' suggestion).
- Zapp: I'm calling to negotiate a double date. You and me, Kif and Amy.
Leela: Forget it.
Zapp: Then let the negotiations begin. I propose we go out on 10 dates.
Leela: How about zero?
Amy: [whispering] Please Leela? Kif's like the sweetest guy who's ever liked me.
Zapp: Five, and that's my final offer...four.
Leela: One half.
Zapp: I'll take it.
- Zoidberg: Ah! Muy macho! Hey gringos! Here comes El Zoido to ruin your drinking water!
Bender: Whoa whoa whoa. I'm Mexican and I find that offensive. [Bender opens his chest panel to reveal Hecho En Mexico enscribed into him]
- Fry: I can't believe Leela and Amy aren't back yet from their half date. I'm gonna call the restaurant.
Operator: The number you have dialled has crashed into a planet. Please make a note of it.
Fry: We gotta go rescue them
Bender: Eh, I don't know.
Fry: Bender! Think of the señoritas!
- Thog: Here stadium, where our women basketball teams play.
Kug: We no can dunk, but good fundamentals.
Ornik: That more fun to watch.
[Zapp, Fry and Bender laugh.]
Zapp: [laughing] Oh God you're killing me! [He is clubbed by an Amazon] Ow! God, you're killing me!
- Leela: Femputer, be reasonable. Sure men are annoying and they wreck up whatever planet they're in charge of. But most of these men are sorta my friends. They don't deserve to die.
Femputer: Hmm. Perhaps men are not as evil as Femputer thinks.
Thog: But they make fun women's basketball.
Femputer: What?! Did you explain how the women's good fundamentals make up for their inability to dunk?
Ornik: Yes. They still laugh.
Femputer: The men must die.
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