Assie Come Home

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Season 7 episode
Broadcast season 10 episode
Assie Come Home
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Bender pointing at where his shiny metal ass used to be.
No.135
Production number7ACV21
Written byMaiya Williams
Directed byRaymie Muzquiz
Title captionFEATURING A NEW INVISIBLE CHARACTER WHO DOESN'T SPEAK
First air date31 July, 2013
Broadcast numberS10E08
Title referenceThe 1943 film Lassie Come Home
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Commentary
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Season 7
  1. The Bots and the Bees
  2. A Farewell to Arms
  3. Decision 3012
  4. The Thief of Baghead
  5. Zapp Dingbat
  6. The Butterjunk Effect
  7. The Six Million Dollar Mon
  8. Fun on a Bun
  9. Free Will Hunting
  10. Near-Death Wish
  11. 31st Century Fox
  12. Viva Mars Vegas
  13. Naturama
  14. Forty Percent Leadbelly
  15. 2-D Blacktop
  16. T.: The Terrestrial
  17. Fry and Leela's Big Fling
  18. The Inhuman Torch
  19. Saturday Morning Fun Pit
  20. Calculon 2.0
  21. Assie Come Home
  22. Leela and the Genestalk
  23. Game of Tones
  24. Murder on the Planet Express
  25. Stench and Stenchibility
  26. Meanwhile
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"Assie Come Home" is the one hundred and thirty-fifth episode of Futurama, the twenty-first of the seventh production season and the eighth of the tenth broadcast season. It aired on 31 July, 2013, on Comedy Central. Bender searches the universe for his missing shiny metal rear end.

Story[edit]

Act I: "The ship's still here, and nothing was stolen."[edit]

Farnsworth sends the crew to deliver a mysterious crate to Peoples α, "the planet of gangs, thugs, and hustlers". At Peoples α, Fry and Leela complete the delivery while Bender guards the ship. Fry and Leela deliver the crate, barely surviving a gang battle between the blips and the cruds. They return to the ship only to find that thieves have bot-jacked Bender, having made off with all of his body except his eyes and mouth.

Act II: "I never even knew you had an ass."[edit]

Bender's RoJack leads the police to the chop-shop of Yuri, who provides them a list of the buyers of Bender's parts. The Planet Express crew search the galaxy and find all of the parts except for Bender's ass, which turns out to have been on the freighter Floatwell when it sank in the Sargaseous Sea. This "sea" is actually a nebula, but traveling there is like sailing an ocean: asteroids rise from dense fog like icebergs, and ships can sink.

Act III: "Maybe I have been selfish, hiding my ass under a bushel."[edit]

Navigating the Sargaseous Sea with difficulty, Leela crashes the ship into an inadequate lighthouse, whose keeper, Tarquin, helps the crew to recover Bender's ass. While they relax back at the lighthouse, the cruise ship S.S. Miami Muy Caliente approaches the lighthouse on a collision course, the ship's captain unable to see its feeble light. Celebrating Bender's reunion with his ass, Fry takes flash photos of Bender posing with it. The light reflecting from Bender's ass is brighter than the lighthouse, enough to alert the crew of the Caliente just in time to avoid disaster. Seeing its potential as a highly effective lighthouse mirror, Tarquin, Fry, and Leela convince Bender to leave his ass behind.

Although Bender accepts his loss, his ass finds it unbearable to listen to Tarquin reading bible verses. It escapes from the lighthouse and returns to Bender. Upon the reunion, fireworks appear in the sky, but they turn out to be ships exploding in the Sargaseous Sea, where the lighthouse beacon shines no more.

Production[edit]

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On 5 February, 2013, Vulture.com released a preview clip for the tenth broadcast season,[1] which contained footage from the episode.

By 26 July, Comedy Central had released a two-minute preview clip featuring a fight between the crud gang and the blip gang. [2]

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Additional Information[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The episode's title caption is very similar to that of "Möbius Dick", which was also the eighth episode of its broadcast season, and also featured a sea setting.
  • To blend in with the cruds, Leela takes off her shirt and reverses it, simultaneously showing Fry her breasts. She also does so wearing a bra.
  • Bender gets his arms and hands back from the Borax Kid. In "Zapp Dingbat", Bender loses his hands to the Borax Kid.
  • The ship's deck is filled with crates. The first labelled crate to be seen supposedly contains the Ark of the Covenant, which was the focus of the first Indiana Jones film, and the third labelled crate to be seen supposedly contains the Holy Grail, which was the focus of the third Indiana Jones film. The fourth crate contains the jewel from the 1997 film Titanic, which was released after the 1980s Indiana Jones trilogy.
  • In "Space Pilot 3000", upon being told to "bite my shiny metal ass" by Bender, Fry remarks that "it doesn't look so shiny to me". However, in this episode it is shown that Bender's ass shines brighter than "the brightest object in the known universe", i.e. the original lighthouse light.
  • The piece of music that plays at the Galactic Bazaar is used on the main menu for the second disc of Volume 8.
  • According to the commentary, the episode's title was Ken Keeler's idea.

Allusions[edit]

Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.
  • The episode's title is a reference to the 1943 movie Lassie Come Home, directed by Fred M. Wilcox.
  • The concept of a planet run by gangs may be a reference to the Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action".
  • The blips and the cruds are named after the African American gangs the Bloods and the Crips.
  • The concept of a planet whose inhabitants are separated based on different placement of the same two colors is reminiscent of the planet Cheron, as seen in the Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield".
  • Peoples α is very similar in colour and design to the city of Detroit in the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, where rival gangs are a major plot point. The planet also contains references to Detroit's real life issues with crime and poverty (in fact the city filed for bankruptcy almost two weeks before the premiere of this episode).
  • Fry getting his head stuck in a honey jar marked "HUNNY" is a reference to the fictional bear Winnie-the-Pooh. He also says "oh, bother", which was Pooh's catchphrase.
  • Fry asks Leela if she thinks that they "walked straight outta Blipton". Blipton is a reference to Compton, California, which is in the vicinity of where the Bloods and the Crips originated. It may also be a reference to the tea brand Lipton. The phrase "straight outta Blipton" is likely a reference to the N.W.A album Straight Outta Compton.
The robot chop shop.

Continuity[edit]

Goofs[edit]

  • When Fry and Leela are looking at the blips' reflection in the mirror, the thing that Leela wears on her wrist is on her left arm, even though only the aliens are in the mirror.
  • When Bender is found by Fry and Leela, he only has his mouth and eyes. However, since he doesn't have a brain, he shouldn't be able to speak.
    • There may be a secondary brain inside his mouth or his eyes.
    • It's possible that his brain still controlled his mouth and eyes wirelessly, just as his arms have been seen to move independently in various episodes.
  • Without his ass, Bender has a lot of exposed circuitry, but, in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", his container unit is shown to be empty.
    • Bender's design constantly changes throughout the show. This may be due to Bender getting modifications.

Quotes[edit]

Bender with only his mouth and eyes in "Obsoletely Fabulous".

    Fry: Uhm, Leela, remember when we were trying to guess what would happen if someone stuck a gun in my face and you said I'd probably crap my pants? Well...

    Moustached crud: We are the cruds, but we're over here. And don't shoot. That crate is a gift from us.
    Leela: What?!
    Fry: Huh?!
    Blip #2: For real?!
    Moustached crud: There's been enough violence on these streets, too many lives and mirrors have been shattered, so yo, we sent you a crate o' weapons as a sign o' trust. Together, we can use them to rid our streets of the real enemy: giant spiders!
    Fry: I knew it!

    Bender: They stole everything except my mouth and eyes! I guess they didn't like all my screamin' and winkin'.

    Ship captain: I thought we were near the rocks, but I don't see the lighthouse, so...everything is fine and we can relax. [He speaks through the intercom.] All hands on deck...for mojitos.

    [Bender is sat looking miserable at the table in the Planet Express employee lounge, whilst Fry, Leela, Amy, Hermes and Zoidberg are sat watching the TV.]
    Amy: Bender, come join us, we're watching Rear Window!
    Bender: I used to stick my rear out the window...
    Zoidberg: If you prefer, we could watch Behind the Music.
    Bender: My behind used to make music...
    Hermes: Backdraft is on.
    Bender: Even my ass wouldn't watch that.

Appearances[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jesse David Fox (05 February 2013). Watch a Preview of Futurama’s Seventh Season. (Vulture.com.) Retrieved on 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ Bot Jacked - Video Clip. (Comedy Central.) Retrieved on 26 July 2013.
  3. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Bender’s Eyes and Mouth in Trash. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 25 May 2013. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
  4. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Crud Gang. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 26 May 2013. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
  5. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Leela, Bender and Fry Underwater. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 27 May 2013. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
  6. ^ Countdown to Futurama: Tarquin. (Comedy Central's Tumblr page.) 28 May 2013. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.