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"Fry? Why are you looking for Flexo in my underpants drawer?"
Leela
"I didn't find him here 10 minutes ago so I thought it was time to check again."
Fry

"The Lesser of Two Evils" is the sixth episode of Season 2 of Futurama. It originally aired in North America on February 20, 2000.

Opening Sequence[]

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

Plot[]

At a "Past-o-Rama" event, Fry accidentally runs over a robot that looks exactly like Bender. His name is Flexo and he immediately gets along well with Bender. Fry, however, believes that Flexo is evil, especially noting his tendency to constantly insult him and follow it up with half-hearted "just kidding", making a humongous robot stripper give him a painful lap dance, or when he blows chlorine in his face. Later, Professor Farnsworth hires Flexo to be extra help to guard a beautiful gigantic atom of "jumbonium", which goes on top of the Miss Universe Pageant winner's tiara. Fry falls asleep on his watch and when he wakes up, the atom is gone and so is Flexo. Bender, Fry, and Leela search the ship but Fry mistakes Bender for Flexo because Bender uses a map, turtleneck sweater and a scarf, which hides where Flexo's goatee would have been. When they go into the pageant they are pressured by Bob Barker to find the atom before it's too late Bender, Fry and Leela run into Flexo. Bender and Flexo engage in combat. Not knowing who to shoot, Leela shoots an overhead chandelier, hitting them both. The chandelier ornaments knock Bender's door open, revealing that Bender was the one who stole the jumbonium. Flexo had actually run to tell Bob Barker. However, after Gladys Lennox win the pageant, the police apprehend Flexo instead and Bob Barker, saying that he "looks like (the thief)", had him taken away instead of Bender.

Alienese[]

  • At 3:45 on a sign in the subway - "Laser Tentacle Surgery."
  • At 16:30 on one of the alien beauty contestant's sash - "Way to go, Dexter!"

Production[]

In the audio commentary of the show, David X. Cohen states that this episode was the only one to which he gave his artistic input. Halfway through the episode when Fry, Bender, and Flexo are at a robot strip club, a robot stripper with a strange gear oriented design can be seen. Cohen claims that he drew the robot himself. [1]

Continuity[]

Hermes-isms[]

"Sweet llamas of the Bahamas!"

Ongoing Themes[]

Fry still hasn't completely fallen in love with Leela. In this episode he makes out with a "radiator woman from the radiator planet."

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