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Futurama: I Second That Emotion

Bender becomes envious of all the attention that Nibbler has been receiving. The annoyance culminates when Nibbler devours Bender's homemade cake before he can gloriously unveil it. To get rid of the pest once and for all, Bender carelessly flushes Nibbler down the toilet. Leela is heartbroken and rightfully accuses Bender of lacking remorse. However, the Professor has a way to make Bender experience human emotion. He installs an empathy chip and sets it to Leela's emotional frequency so that Bender can understand her loss. Motivated by misery, Bender heads to the sewers to bring back the missing pet and to put an end to his new-found regret, unaware of the dangerous mutants that inhabit the underground.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 2ACV01
Airdate: Sunday November 21st, 1999

Director: Mark Ervin
Writer: Patric M. Verrone

Main Cast
Katey SagalKatey Sagal
voiced Turanga Leela, Various
Billy WestBilly West
voiced Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various
John DiMaggioJohn DiMaggio
voiced Bender Bending Rodriguez (Bending Unit 22), Various
Lauren TomLauren Tom
voiced Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various
Frank WelkerFrank Welker
voiced Nibbler, Various
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Hermes Conrad, Lionel Preacherbot, Various
Maurice LaMarcheMaurice LaMarche
voiced Kif Kroker, Morbo, Walt, Raoul, Various
David Herman (1)David Herman (1)
voiced Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Turanga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various
Kath SoucieKath Soucie
voiced Cubert Farnsworth, Various
Episode Notes
Opening title: Made from meat by-products

Opening theme cartoon: "Fresh Hare" (1943)

Episode Quotes
Fry: Hey, what are these rings in Nibbler's fang?
Vet: Um, I'm still a little woozy from a gazelle kick this morning, but if he's anything like the common tree, the rings might indicate his age.
Fry: (laughs) Yeah well, good luck. It'd take some kind of genius to count all those rings.
Vet: (looks at the fang) He's five.

Leela: You have no sympathy for anyone else's feelings!
Bender: Of course I do! Right now I feel sorry for you.
Leela: You do?
Bender: Yeah, I mean one cantaloupe-sized bloodshot eye... You ain't winnin' no beauty pageants, lady.

Dwayne: Please, do not be frightened. We're harmless.
Raoul: I have three arms.
Dwayne: I said "harmless" not "armless."
Vyolet: Lay off him. You know he's only got one ear.

Fry: Hey, aren't you supposed to be eating our brains? You're mutants!
Dwayne: Mutants? Perhaps it is you who are the mutants.
Vyolet: Puh-lease, Dwayne. Have you looked in a mirror lately?

Fry: So, is it true that alligators flushed down the toilet survive down here?
Vyolet: No, that's just an urban legend.
Bender: Then what are those?
Vyolet: Crocodiles. (snorts)

Dwayne: (about El Chupanibre) If the legend is true, our only hope is to offer him a snack-rifice.
Raoul: Yes, an unspoiled virgin.
Leela: I volunteer!
Vyolet: Nice try, Leela, but we've all seen Zapp Brannigan's webpage.
(Bender laughs)
Bender: (sadly) Oh, I made myself feel bad.

Fry: Leela, your scaredness is being transmitted straight to Bender. If you care about Nibbler, stop caring about him!
Leela: I can't! I love every living creature.
Fry: Even me?
Leela: As a friend.
Fry: Damn.

Dwayne: Gather round, children, to hear the legend of Bender. (sings) He came from above with a-
(guitar string breaks)
Dwayne: It's gonna be many a year before someone flushes another guitar string.

Professor: Bender, you won't believe this, but the empathy chip burned out. The emotion you felt for Nibbler was actually your own!
Fry: Huh, looks like Bender learned an important lesson about respecting other people's feelings after all.
(everyone agrees)
Professor: No, I'm wrong. The empathy chip was running at triple capacity.
Bender: And I still barely felt anything. Goodnight, losers!

Cultural References
The creature standing at the desk when Leela takes Nibbler to the vet - brown, with two antennae and a propeller tail - is a rust monster, from the Dungeons and Dragons game.

Other Episode Crew

Character Layout ArtistJess Espanola
Director Of Computer GraphicsScott Vanzo
3d DirectorScott Vanzo
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