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Every Christmas my Mom would get a fresh goose, for gooseburgers, and my Dad would whip up his special eggnog out of bourbon and ice cubes.


"Xmas Story" is the fourth episode of Season 2 of Futurama, and the 17th episode overall. It was written by David X. Cohen and directed by Peter Avanzino.

Opening Sequence[]

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


While on a ski trip, the Planet Express Crew are watching the comedy stylings of Conan O'Brien's Head. His act, mostly dated material from the 20th century, causes Bender to cry when O'Brien points out Bender has no freckles. After some winter sports and a few injuries, the crew relaxes by the fire. Fry begins to feel nostalgic for 20th century Christmases. To cheer him up, the rest of the Planet Express staff decide to decorate for what is now called Xmas, which includes cutting down an Xmas tree. Pine trees have been extinct for 800 years, so they cut down a palm tree.

Fry decides to venture into the city to buy Leela a present, although she hadn't felt happy about Xmas when she was an orphan. The others warn him to be back before sundown, or else he will be killed by a murderous robotic Santa Claus. In the year 2801, The Friendly Robot Company had made up a robotic version of St. Nick himself to determine who had been naughty and who had been nice. Unfortunately, due to a programming error, the jolly robotic elf soon turned into a mad murderer when his standards were set too high and at sundown, he will kill anyone who has been naughty. Meanwhile, Bender befriends several homeless robots and goes on a robbery spree.

Fry buys Leela a parrot, which escapes. Leela heads out to rescue Fry before Santa Claus arrives. After pursuing the parrot to the top of a tall building, he is saved from plunging to his death by Leela. Unfortunately, the sun goes down, the robotic Santa Claus makes his appearance and attacks the two friends.

Fry and Leela take refuge in the Planet Express Building after being saved by Bender and his homeless robot friends, but Santa breaks in through the chimney. Thanks to some quick thinking by Dr. Zoidberg, Santa is forced back into the chimney, where an explosion sends him and his mechanical reindeer tumbling into the stratosphere. Everyone celebrates by singing "Santa Claus Is Gunning You Down".

Robot Santa vows that he'll be back when no one expects it, next Xmas.


  • At 5:12, as the Planet Express ship heads back to the office with the Xmas tree, a sign for a company called "Humanpower" advertises "Disposable Office Temps."
  • At 11:55 on a shop's shutter - "Joyeux Noex" (not a typo). While French may have been established as a dead language in "A Clone of My Own", French may be similar to Latin, in that certain phrases are still in use.

Ongoing Themes[]


The first of Hermes Conrad's Catchphrases is used: "Sweet lion of Zion!" (a reference to Jesus Christ)
He also says "Sweet manatee of Galilee!"


Leela introduces the idea that the word ask is now pronounced as ax.

Hermes and Zoidberg[]

Hermes is openly hostile to Zoidberg for the first time, addressing him as "Filthy crab." He had been unkind once in an earlier episode, but here it is clear that Hermes has issues with Zoidberg: these issues come to the surface with increasing frequency as the story continues. Strangely, he is also kinder toward Zoidberg in this episode than in any other, politely passing Xmas mail to Zoidberg and even going so far as to sell his own hair in order to buy a set of hair combs for Zoidberg.

Fry and Leela[]

Fry and Leela share a couple of spontaneous romantic moments when Leela goes out to bring Fry home safely. They hold hands briefly just before Santa first attacks them and they almost kiss under the mistletoe just when they believe they are about to die. However, just as in "A Flight to Remember", the kiss is interrupted.