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"If rubbing frozen dirt into your crotch is wrong, hey, I don't wanna be right."
Free Waterfall Sr.

Opening Sequence[]

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


Farnsworth announces an “extremely controversial" mission which involves towing a massive six thousand hulled tanker full of dark matter oil past protesters and Pluto where the penguins are. However, Leela refuses to participate, so Farnsworth strips her of command (and her leisure jacket) and gives command to Bender, who treats Fry like a work boy.

Leela joins the protesters, Penguins Unlimited, led by Free Waterfall Sr., who advocates that they form a peace circle around the tanker, unaware that the Planet Express ship can simply go over them. So the protesters prepare to move to Pluto to stop the delivery. Meanwhile, Fry gets fed up with Bender's obnoxiousness and ends their friendship. This drives Bender to not drink while causing him to malfunction (like if he wore drunk) and captaining the ship, resulting in an upside down flight across Pluto. The tanker strikes a sharp iceberg puckering all 6000 hulls, dumping dark matter oil over Pluto and the penguins.

The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz (Main Episode) - 87

Captain Bender and an irritated Fry (Wiggles)

Bender is sentenced to help clean up the dark matter oil. But as the URL and Smitty are distracted by hugging, he disguises himself as a penguin (with a tuxedo) to escape. His absence is noticed, so Fry and Zoidberg take the ship to find him, only to "leave" space and get attacked by a space squid. Bender, in the meantime, gets attacked by an orca whale. When he is found by penguins, his programming reboots but glitches to meet their specifications, making him think he's a penguin.

Penguins Unlimited finds that because of the dark matter, both male and female penguins lay six eggs every fifteen minutes. Because of this increasing population that will take out their food supply, Waterfall commences hunting season. Leela objects but Waterfall points out that overpopulation will make the penguins starve so she concedes. But when she finds a flock, she tearfully fires at one but it is actually Bender, who, when seeing Leela, reboots to his normal personality. He teaches the penguins to attack anything not black and white, killing Waterfall senior, at which his father swears to avenge him. Unfortunately, when Bender takes off his tuxedo, the penguins attack him and Leela, so they run to the sea and break off a raft of ice, only for the penguins to swim towards them. Luckily, Fry arrives, using the ship to tip the ice so the penguins fall into the mouth of a whale and get eaten. As everyone returns to Earth, Leela hopes that nature will eventually correct itself. Unseen, two penguins pick up the discarded guns.

Ongoing Themes[]

Death, near-death, mutilation[]

  • A whale attempts to eat Bender, but ends up throwing him back onshore.
  • Numerous penguins perish in the dark matter spill, then in the penguin hunt; additionally, a flock is eaten by a whale.
  • Bender wrings a penguin to get the dark matter out of it.
  • Bender, trying to care for baby penguins, kills fish, purees them, and regurgitates the paste into the hatchlings' mouths.
  • It is implied at the close of the episode that the two penguins who found the rifles shoot each other.