- "How 'bout "Blotto"? It's witty, it's got street cred. Plus I can keep my monogrammed slippers."
- ―Bender, choosing his Robot Mafia nickname.
"Bender Gets Made" is episode thirteen in Season Two of Futurama. It was originally shown in North America on April 30, 2000.
The Planet Express crew attends a taping of Elzar's television show, Essence of Elzar, much to the joy of Bender, who aspires to be a chef. Bender's admiration for Elzar does not prevent him disrupting the show to be more a part of it, and when his camera's flashbulb momentarily distracts Elzar, the chef accidentally hits Leela in the eye with his spice weasel.
At Taco Bellevue Hospital, Leela is advised to wear an eye patch for a week. Elzar invites the entire crew to dinner at his restaurant in order to make up for the accident. He presents them with individually tailored dishes, and after the dinner, he presents them with a tray of chocolates...with a bill underneath. Unable to pay, facing arrest of the whole crew by URL and Smitty, and not least because it would mean he would get to work with his idol, Bender suggests he work for Elzar to pay back the debt. The crew hasten to praise Bender's qualifications as an employee.
Bender begins working at Elzar's restaurant, Elzar's Fine Cuisine, as a busboy. The three members of the Robot Mafia, the Donbot and his goons Clamps and Joey Mousepad, come to eat at Elzar's. Bender attempts at grifting from them convinces the Donbot member that Bender would be a good prospect. Bender is offered a chance to join the Robot Mafia. Needless to say, this is right up Bender's alley, and his first few jobs run smoothly. The mafia tell Bender of their plans for a Zuban Cigar heist, and recommend that he make sure of an alibi. Bender feigns illness, and hooks up a recording of his anguished cries to simulate his presence on board the Planet Express ship. All seems well until the target of the heist comes into view ahead of the mafia ship: the Planet Express ship. With Leela unable to pilot the ship, Fry both fires and steers, but the engines run out of fuel when Clamps clamps the fuel line. The mafia blindfold and tie up Fry and Leela. Bender is now able to move around without them seeing him, and changes the setting on his voice modulator to an upper class English accent. The mafia, checking the ship's log, discover that a Robot is part of the crew; Bender's voice changing allows him to feign finding himself and beating himself up. Even Leela's blindfold coming off doesn't blow his cover, since she can only see a blurred silhouette. Bender pledges to stay behind to finish the "doity woik", further convincing the Donbot of his ruthlessness and loyalty. When they fly away, he ties himself up, and pretends to have only just regained consciousness. At the Planet Express building, Leela removes her eyepatch, and sees the same blurred silhouette, which turns out to be Farnsworth. Tinny Tim delivers Bender's share of the loot, and Bender gives him a message to the Donbot: "I'm quitting organized crime. From now on I'll stick to the regular kind."
- Bender: "Zubans? Those are the finest cigars in the universe. I can stink up a whole maternity ward with one of those things."
- URL: Undercover pursuit in progress......baby.
- The episode title refers to the Mafia system of rewarding its most valued members. Such a person is called "a made man", and in the heyday of organized crime, such a person was untouchable by the law, and by other gangsters.
- Elzar's phrase "knock it up a notch" is a reference to television chef Emeril Lagasse's phrase "kick it up a notch" The exclamation "Bam!" is copied verbatim.
- The channel that airs Elzar's television show is called MmmTV, a reference to MTV (a sister channel of Comedy Central which will later air Futurama) and a parody of channels like the Food Network or the Cooking Channel.
- The doctor at the Taco Bellevue Hospital references Gidget, the Chihuaha mascot for a series of Taco Bell advertisements in the 1990s.
- The binary numeral system used in computers is again referenced when Clamps insists that the Robot Mafia's "private lottery", an illegal numbers game, is "nothing fancy, y'know, ones and zeroes mostly".
- Sammy 'the Mechanical Bull' Gravano is a reference to mobster Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, an associate of John Gotti.
- This episode features the first and only appearance of Little Bitaly .
- The text on the ambulance, which brings Leela to the hospital, says "Meat Truck" in Alienese.
- The line "Sweet Zombie Jesus", first a subject of controversy in The Deep South, was again censored by Adult Swim.