Futurama/The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
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The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings is the sixteenth episode of the fifth season of Futurama, and the seventy-second episode overall.
Guest Stars: Dan Castellaneta (Robot Devil)
Unable to play the holophoner well due to "stupid fingers," Fry makes a deal with the Robot Devil. His new skill brings him fame, but he finds himself at odds with Beelzebot and his ridiculously circuitous plans.
- When Fry and Bender first enter Robot Hell, the Robot Devil and his band are practicing the song from Hell Is Other Robots.
Alien Language Sightings
- 1x09: Introduction of the Robot Devil and Robot Hell.
- 3x04: Introduction of the holophoner, and Fry's first attempt to woo Leela by playing it.
- Opening Caption: See You On Some Other Channel
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- The episode's title is a play on the Puritan adage that "Idle hands are the Devil's playthings."
- Fry: "That could be my beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing."
Bender: "Oh, but you can! Though you may have to metaphorically make a deal with the Devil. And by Devil, I mean Robot Devil. And by metaphorically I mean get your coat."
- [About Fry's opera]
Robot Devil: "Your lyrics lack subtlety! You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!"
- [Last words of the series]
Leela: "Please don't stop playing, Fry. I wanna hear how it ends."
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