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"Tell me something, you've got all this money. How come you always dress like you're doing your laundry?"
Fry to Amy

"Put Your Head on My Shoulders" is the seventh episode of Season 2 of Futurama. It was written by Ken Keeler and directed by Chris Louden.

Synopsis

Amy asks Leela to help her buy a car at Malfunctioning Eddie's Rocket-car Emporium. Meanwhile, Bender refuses to get the recommended safety features that would reduce the risk of "catastrophic butt failure", namely explosion, in a low-speed collision installed because they make his butt look like that of a human.

Amy asks Fry to take a road trip to Mercury in her new rocket-car, but they break down after they run out of gas. While getting towed away, she and Fry begin making out.

With Valentine's Day approaching, Bender decides to start a computer dating service. Fry quickly gets sick of Amy. He asks Leela to come with them on a picnic to Europa they had planned. When she refuses, Fry asks Dr. Zoidberg out instead. Zoidberg agrees to come with them, but when Fry asks him to drive, he crashes the car. Fry wakes up to find Zoidberg telling him that his body was badly damaged in the crash. Fry, in shock, discovers that his head has been grafted onto Amy's shoulder in order to keep him alive. After returning to Earth, Fry breaks up with Amy and she makes Valentine's Day plans with another man named Gary.

Fry, Amy and Gary wind up at Elzar's Fine Cuisine, where all the people who applied to Bender's dating service, including Leela, are with their dates. However, all these dates are flops, as Bender merely rounded up a bunch of strangers from the bus station and they all leave for the bus ride home. Gary invites Amy to go home with him in hopes for a one night stand, over Fry's unwilling protestations. Luckily for Fry, Leela spots him across the room and comes over. She saves Fry by tricking Gary into talking about banking industry regulation. He soon winds up talking about various technical minutiae, distracting him from leaving with Amy. Fry quietly thanks Leela for the assistance.

The next day, Zoidberg reattaches Fry's head to his now-repaired body and everything returns to normal. Some of the nerves in Fry's neck were apparently rewired so that Fry's left leg hits him every time he touches his neck. As a result, Fry kicks Bender and his explosive butt finally blows up, saying "MY ASS! MY BEAUTIFUL ASS!".

Ongoing Themes

  • Fry asks Leela out on a Valentine's Day date, but she angrily refuses. He instead goes for a ride with Amy and they end up having a short-lived affair. Ultimately Fry rebuffs Amy. Because Amy is not desirable to Fry it’s a) easier to hook up with her and b) more permissible to use her at his convenience. Instead of treating Amy like a person, she was an object to be used as needed and discarded when something better comes along. .
  • Fry's behavior towards Amy in this episode indicates that Fry was unwilling to sustain a romantic relationship with her. Fry and Amy are close in age and in general outlook, and both are sexually eager. If sparks didn't occur between them, we'd start to wonder what was wrong, So they went ahead and explored that avenue, and made it clear that Fry did not find Amy attractive nor did he have any deeper attraction for her. Case in point… Amy: Y'know Fry, I really like hanging out at you. [Fry procedes to panic] (later in the episode...) Leela: I actually enjoyed hanging out with you. [Fry hardly bats an eye] The deliberate parallel in Amy and Leela's lines couldn't make it more obvious that we're expected to compare Fry's reactions and conclude which of the two he is willing to get serious about. Fry loves Leela. He has feelings for her. With Amy it's just fun. He doesn’t love Amy and he just got sick of her. Not only is Amy ditzy but she is also very ugly. In this episode as well as other episodes throughout the series, Fry is shown to have lower standards for looks of women for casual / no strings sex, than for relationships and pursues the beautiful Leela for a relationship but only saw the unattractive Amy as casual sex material.
  • Also in this episode, Fry is decapitated in a hovercar accident. Zoidberg attaches Fry's head to Amy's shoulder to keep him alive while Fry's body is repaired.
  • Bender says "Shut up, Baby! I know it!" for the first time.
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