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"There's no place like... I wanna be a witch!"

"Anthology of Interest II" is the 50th episode of Futurama. It aired on January 6, 2002. It is the sequel to "Anthology of Interest I", which aired in 2000.

Opening Sequence[]

Futurama logo with subtitle, Alienese and (often), cartoon.


Claiming he's gotten the bugs fixed, Professor Farnsworth hauls out his What-If Machine again and the Planet Express Crew takes a look at three alternate realities.

I, Meatbag[]

"Hey, my antenna's gone! Nah, it just moved. I'm not getting good reception on it, though. Maybe if I wiggle it around a little..."
"Bender, no! You'll make God cry!
Bender and Fry

Bender asks what would happen if he were a human.

Professor Farnsworth announces that he has invented a process of "reverse fossilization", which can turn metal robots into organic life-forms. He uses his reverse fossilization machine on Bender, who is successfully transformed into a human.

Anthology of Interest II (Main Episode - I, Meatbag) - 144

Human Bender after becoming morbidly obese.

After a short period of adaptation, Bender's self-control is overwhelmed by his new senses of taste, touch and emotional responses, and goes on a sensory input binge. A week later, at the Academy of Science Nobel Prize judging, the Professor presents Bender, who has become a thousand-pound blob.

The committee initially condemns the Professor, but Bender begs them to consider his new lifestyle. The open-minded scientists spend the night in a state of wild hedonism. Just before dawn, the committee awards Bender his own Nobel Prize, but discover that he died shortly after the party started: his excited "Woo!" was just the sound of air escaping the folds of his fat. After a few seconds of mourning, the Professor tells the rest of the Planet Express crew to dispose of Bender's corpse, as it is starting to rot.

Raiders of the Lost Arcade[]

"Wait a second... I know that monkey! His name is Donkey!"
"Monkeys aren't donkeys! Quit messing with my head!
Fry & Professor Farnsworth
Anthology of Interest II (Main Episode - Raiders of the Lost Arcade) - 151

Fry is ready to fight the Nintendians.

Fry wants to see a universe that is more like a video game, because that is the only thing he is good at.

As the simulation starts, President Richard Nixon is preparing to sign a treaty with Ambassador Donkey Kong of Nintenduu 64. Ambassador Kong attacks Nixon and a state of war erupts, with the ambassador for Italy (Mario) expressing his distress.

Due to his extensive knowledge of video games, Fry is brought to the 'milatari' headquarters and introduced to General Colin Pac-Man. Before Fry can impart his wisdom to the military, the Nintendians launch an attack on Washington, D.C. and they are forced into the escape tunnels that resemble a Pac-Man maze.

They emerge outside the Planet Express Building, where the Invaders, led by Lrrr, are blasting New New York. Fry, fortified with snacks, soda and his all-Rush cassette tape, situates himself at the controls of a rolling AAA platform and begins destroying the alien ships.

Unfortunately for Earth, Fry is unable to destroy the last ship (his brother Yancy always used to get it for him), which lands, conquering Earth. After Fry enters "ASS" as his initials for his high score, the invaders emerge, with one stating "All your base are belong to us". They demand millions of dollars in quarters, but the Earthicans refuse, as they need the quarters to do their laundry. A compromise is reached, with the Nintendians throwing their laundry in with Earth's.


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Leela experiences a bizarre, Wizard of Oz-style dream.

Leela wants to see her true home. When the Professor pulls the lever on the What-if Machine, he whacks her in the head and she falls to the floor unconscious.

She wakes up in sepia-tone, with Nibbler pawing at her, at the helm of the Planet Express Ship, which is caught in a tornado. It crash-lands in a technicolor wonderland, crushing the Man-Witch of the West (Scruffy). The Cute Witch of the North (Amy) tells her that she should seek out the Professor, who lives in the Emerald Laboratory down Martin Luther King Boulevard, which is constructed from yellow brick. Leela then crushes the Cute Witch to death with the ship's landing gear after she insults her.

While traveling, she meets a scarecrow (Fry), a mechanical man (Bender) and "the other guy" (Zoidberg). The Wicked Witch (Mom) sends her winged monkeys (Walt, Larry, and Igner) to kidnap Leela and her friends. The Wicked Witch of the West always wanted a daughter and offers to take Leela in. Leela accepts as long as she can be a "real" witch and not just dance around at the equinox. As part of the celebration, Bender takes a bottle of champagne from his compartment and uncorks it. Under tremendous pressure, the liquid shoots out of the bottle and lands on the Wicked Witch, causing her to melt. Bender then drinks it because he doesn't want to waste it.

Falling back to the original plan, the crew make their way to the Emerald Laboratory. There they meet the great and forgetful Professor. The Professor tells Leela that she can go home by clicking her ruby boots together and wishing to go home. She objects that she wants to stay, but the Professor insists she must return to Kansas to live with her "dirt-farming, teetotaling" aunt and uncle. Pretending to agree, Leela clicks her heels and says "There's no place like... I wanna be a witch!" In a puff of smoke, she appears in witch clothes and turns the Professor, the scarecrow and the mechanical man into frogs before turning them into frog-vampires. Her reign of terror is cut short by Zoidberg, who has encountered a problem with the Emerald Laboratory's upstairs toilet and accidentally soaks her with water.

As Leela melts in the dream universe, she suddenly wakes up back in the Planet Express building and scolds everyone for ruining her dream. The professor expresses disappointment at this, as he was ready to harvest Leela's organs.


  • At 14:00 - title card reads "Tale of Interest".
  • At 19:48 - upper right corner of the Professorland Fun Bucks reads "Toxic Ink".

Ongoing Themes[]


  • Bender takes a turn at being human.
  • The characters shown in the third segment are based off of a character from the 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.

Death, near-death and mutilation[]

  • The "reverse fossilized" Bender dies as a result of his over-indulgences.
  • Ambassador Kong bashes Nixon's head jar with a barrel, sending Nixon's head flying.
  • Various invaders wreak havoc on Earth, resulting in the deaths of many of the invaders.
  • Zoidberg eats Fry in the Pac-Man maze. Fortunately, Fry 'had another guy' and reappears unharmed.
  • General Pac-Man is fatally shot in the head (apparently, he didn't 'have another guy').
  • Leela hits Bender on the head, causing his eyes to fly out and hit Fry on the head as well.
  • Farnsworth hits Leela on the head with the arm of the What If Machine, knocking her unconscious.
  • The Man-Witch of the East is crushed to death by the Planet Express ship.
  • Nibbler eats Glurmo.
  • Leela uses the ship's landing gear to crush the Cute Witch of the North to death.
  • Bender sets Fry on fire.
  • The Wicked Witch stooge-slaps her sons.
  • Bender's champagne causes the Wicked Witch to melt away into a puddle of smoking ooze.
  • Leela pokes Hermes in the eyes, stooges-style.
  • Fry, the Professor and Bender are transformed into frogs and later into frog-vampires.
  • Zoidberg accidentally overflowing the upstairs toilet causes Leela to melt away into a puddle of smoking ooze.


  • When Bender is turned human, the clothes he is wearing are similar to those of Homer Simpson.
  • Bender receiving the Nobel prize in chemistry is likely a reference to criticism of the prize by chemists, who argue it's often awarded to non-chemistry related recipients.

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