Put Your Head on My Shoulders
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|Season 2 episode|
|Put Your Head on My Shoulders|
|Written by||Ken Keeler|
|Directed by||Chris Loudon|
|Title caption||Not Based On The Novel By James Fenimore Cooper|
|First air date||13 February, 2000|
|Title reference||The Paul Anka song Put Your Head on my Shoulder.|
|Opening cartoon||"Chick And Double Chick"|
"Put Your Head on My Shoulders" is the twentieth episode of Futurama, the seventh of the second production season and the tenth of the second broadcast season. It aired on 13 February, 2000, on Fox. After a romantic picnic trip between Amy and Fry (and Dr. Zoidberg) ends in tragedy, Fry's head is attached to Amy's shoulder.
Act I: "You just assume I can't get a Valentine's Date?"
Amy decides to buy a new car, and Fry, Leela and Bender go with her. In Bender's case, the visit is mandatory because he has to bring his ass in for servicing, as he has received a recall note with his name (Bender Unit 22) on it - there is the danger of his ass bursting into flame on a low-speed collision. At Malfunctioning Eddie's Rocket Car Emporium, Amy quickly falls in love with the Beta Romeo, with a little help from Victor, the car salesman, while Fry is sorely tempted by the Ford Thundercougerfalconbird. Bender is being serviced in the service department and has some shock-absorbing bumpers installed to reduce the risk of catastrophic butt failure. Bender is not happy with the new part and has it removed, despite the warning of the mechanic. Amy buys the Beta Romeo, and they all drive back to Planet Express. As Valentine's Day is coming, Fry asks Leela out, but she refuses. Amy wants to take out her new car to Mercury, and Fry decides to go with her. They have a lot of fuel-consuming fun with the new car and run out of fuel in a desolate area, where they are stuck for a few hours. They get into talking and realize they have a lot in common, and they end up sleeping with each other.
Act II: "Fry and Amy go together like a lime and a coconut"
The PE crew is astounded to hear that Fry and Amy are together now, and Zoidberg is especially jealous as he is miserably lonely and desperately poor so he can't even buy romance. This inspires Bender to start a dating service (Benders Computer Dating Service, Discrete and Discreet), after his prostitution ring gets shut down due to anti-pimping laws (which gets Bender a $500 fine and time served). Fry is meanwhile fearing that his relationship with Amy might become too close, and asks Leela if she will come with him and Amy to a picnic on Europa as he doesn't want to be alone with her. Leela refuses, but Zoidberg is happy to join in. On the tour across the moon's frozen surface, Amy is asking Fry what he wants to do on Valentine's Day, and he is preparing to break up with her. For this, he needs a more intimate atmosphere, and lets Zoidberg take the helm of the car. As Zoidberg can't drive, he accidentally pulls the wheel off and there is a terrible accident in which Fry's body is severely injured, but Zoidberg manages to keep his head alive by transplanting it on Amy's shoulder. Whether he wants it or not, Fry is going to spend a lot of time with Amy...
Act III: "This sort of thing always happens with office romances"
Fry is now temporarily reduced to his head and dependent on Amy to survive, but he doesn't let this stop himself and he finishes his breakup with her. Amy, however, takes it easy and arranges another date for this evening. Meanwhile, Leela is getting desperate and hires Bender's services to arrange a date for her, and sometime later. so does Fry who doesn't want to be alone with Amy and her date. They all congregate to Elzar's Fine Cuisine. Amy is meeting with a good-looking guy named Gary, while Bender has arranged Petunia to be Fry's valentine, and Leela meets Sal. Only Amy's date is taking a satisfactory course, as both Petunia and Sal (and every other date in the room Bender arranged) have to catch their bus - it turns up Bender rounded up his candidates at a bus station to take a bus to Nutley. Now Gary and Amy are planning to get busy in a more private fashion, which is a horrifying thought for Fry. He actually tries to break free from Amy's shoulder, when Leela steps in to save him: she involves Gary in a long, boring conversation so the intimate get-together with Amy is canceled. The next day, Dr. Zoidberg restores Fry's head to his own body, and everything seems to have worked out - except for Bender, who becomes, right in the closing shot, a victim of catastrophic butt failure.
- Among the cans in the closet at Planet Express, there are two bearing the labels Emergency Beans and Condensed Milt, plus two folders, one labeled P, the other NP.
- It is revealed that Al Gore is on the $500 bill.
- Bender's Office (employee lounge) seems to connect to the conference room on one end and the hanger and the main hall at the other though the same door.
- Near the end when Fry turns on his chair, it duplicates then covers itself up.
- In the final scene where Leela is accusing Bender of rounding up their dates at the bus station, during the close-up shots of their head, the background doesn't change when it switches between them.
- In the scene where Hermes is explaining that he was chewing himself out for asking for Valentine's Day off, the "Chewing Out in Progress" light behind him appears differently when the camera is facing him then when he first leaves his office.
- Malfunctioning Eddie and Victor have another appearance in "Insane in the Mainframe".
- Amy's apartment returns in "Proposition Infinity" and "That Darn Katz!".
- This is not the first time a show created by Matt Groening has explored the idea of sewing someone's head onto another person's body; the idea was explored in a Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episode.
- In the scene where the crew goes to Jupiter's moon, Europa, there is a black monolith with an "Out of Order" label on it, referencing the Tycho Magnetic Anomaly from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The car Malfunctioning Eddie mentions in his television ad is a Plymouth 'V'ger, a reference to the major plot device in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. A sentient life form known as V'Ger that turns out to be NASA's Voyager 6 deep space probe and also a reference to the Plymouth Voyager minivan.
- Amy's car has "Cross your heart seat belts", a parody of Playtex's Cross Your Heart bras.
- Amy's compact makes the Star Trek communicator sound effect when it opens.
- The only gas station on Mercury is Hg's Fuel, this is a pun as Hg is the chemical symbol for the element mercury.
- The company "Septuple A" is a reference to "Triple A" (i.e., AAA or the American Automobile Association).
- The car "Beta Romeo" is a reference to Alfa Romeo.
- Bender's dating service is advertised as being "Discreet and Discrete", the first meaning exercising self-restraint, and the second a form of mathematics based in logic and computability, by which as a robot, Bender is programmed to abide.
- The plot might be a reference to such science fiction movies as the 1971 film The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant and the 1972 film The Thing with Two Heads.
- Bender's recall regarding "rear-end" collisions might be a reference to the controversy that surrounded the Ford Pinto, and to its recall in 1978.
- The two books labeled P and NP are a reference to the P versus NP problem, the most important open question in computational theory.
Victor: Hi, I am Victor, and I know many things about unloading cars on beautiful women. [He kisses Amy's hand.]
Leela: Uh-huh. Now tell her she's witty and sophisticated.
Victor: Ah-ah-ah. A gentleman always sells a lady a car first.
Amy: Smeesh, Leela! This car has everything a [She begins imitating Victor's accent.] beautiful woman like me needs! Victor said so.
Victor: Ha ha ha. No dog food for Victor tonight.
Fry: Sorry, I'm not here to buy.
Car Dealer: I understand, and it's wonderful that you don't care whether anyone questions your sexual orientation.
Fry: I care! I care plenty! But I just don't know how to make them stop!
Car Dealer: One word: Thundercougarfalconbird.
Leela: OK, the sticker says 55,000, but we'll only go as high as, say--
Victor: Oh, I will have to ask my manager. [Victor walks into Malfunctioning Eddie's office.]
Leela: Amy, you don't go up from the sticker price.
Amy: I thought it was an auction. [Through the office window, we see Victor say something to Eddie. Eddie smiles and they both dance. Victor comes back out again.]
Victor: He is not too happy.
Amy: I'm sorry. 80,000? [Malfunctioning Eddie explodes]
Amy: Hey, I'm taking my new car out for a spin to Mercury. Anybody wanna come?
Fry: Yeah, OK. What's the weather like?
Amy: The usual: Boiling lead, oceans of lava.
Fry: So, what? Shorts?
Bender: Congratulations, Fry! You snagged the perfect girlfriend. Amy's rich, she probably has got other characteristics...
Leela: Bender! Romance isn't about money.
Bender: Oh, so it's just coincidence that Zoidberg is desperately poor and miserably lonely? Please!
Leela: For your information, it's because he's hideous.
Fry: Amy, you know how at first you like chocolate but then you get tired of it cause it always wants to hang out and stuff.
Amy: Huh? You don't like chocolate?
Fry: Look, could chocolate just let me finish?
Leela: So... how's business?
Bender: [He opens his chest-compartment, and takes out a 500-dollar bill.] Are you familiar with my friend Al Gore? I'm tellin' ya, losers really get desperate around Valentine's Day!
Leela: Yeah, it's pathetic alright. [He whistles nonchalantly.]
Leela: [Finally laying down the cards.] How much?
Bender: Five hundred bucks.
Leela: [Without batting her eye.] Done.
Bender: Zapp Brannigan okay?
Bender: Six hundred.
Leela: You're too late, Fry. I'm sharing Valentine's Day with a very special man. He's not Zapp Brannigan or anything!
Fry: Then I have no choice to do something so pitiful and embarrassing that I'm ashamed to tell you about it.
Leela: Bender's in his office.
Sal: Eeh! Nice eyeball, eyeball.
Leela: Nice ass, ass.
Bender: Ooh, sparks!
Professor Farnsworth: I still don't understand why you wouldn't let me graft a laser cannon on your chest, to crush those who disobey you! But I guess we're just two different people.
Leela: No, you didn't! You just corralled a bunch of stiffs at the bus station and pocketed our money!
Bender: True. But, in the end, isn't that what Valentine's Day is really all about?
Hermes: Which concludes the summary of the movie I saw last night. Now, any old business?
All: [Simultaneously.] No.
Hermes: Any new business?
All: [Simultaneous.] No.
Hermes: Anyone spend the night together? [Everyone except Fry and Amy replies "No".]
Alien Language Sightings
Location: Sign next to Planet Express
- Debut: Famous Original Ray's Superior Court judge
- Professor Farnsworth
- Hattie McDoogal
- Hookerbot 5000
- Inez Wong (mentioned in speech only)
- Leo Wong (mentioned in speech only)
- Debut: Malfunctioning Eddie
- Abraham Lincoln's head
- Mrs. Fry (mentioned in speech only)
- Debut: Petunia
- Debut: Thundercougarfalconbird salesman
- Debut: Victor
- Yancy Fry Sr. (mentioned in speech only)
- Zapp Brannigan
- George Washington's head