Viva Mars Vegas
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|Viva Mars Vegas|
|Written by||Josh Weinstein|
|Directed by||Frank Marino|
|Title caption||Made By Hand (and Tentacle)|
|First air date||22 August, 2012|
|Title reference||The 1964 Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas|
|Opening cartoon||Futurama - "Reincarnation" (2011)|
"Viva Mars Vegas" is the one hundred and twenty-sixth episode of Futurama, the twelfth of the seventh production season and the eleventh of the ninth broadcast season. It aired on 22 August, 2012, on Comedy Central. The Planet Express crew stages a casino heist to recover stolen property from the Robot Mafia.
Act I: "Category Five Sucker Now Arriving."
The Robot Mafia steals some money from a delivery company. Meanwhile, the crew decides to go to a casino in Mars Vegas. Zoidberg is excited to go, but Amy tells him not to come because of his poor money managing skills. Dejected, he goes back to his dumpster. Meanwhile, the Robot Mafia is being chased by the police, so they decide to dump their money in Zoidberg's dumpster, where Zoidberg takes it. Zoidberg goes to Mars Vegas, and after a few risky bets, he loses all of the money. When he gets back to the dumpster, he finds it occupied by the Robot Mafia wanting their money back.
Act II: "Mr. Wong, we have a mafia proposal for you. Your casino...give it to us."
After Zoidberg tells them that he lost all of the money to the casino, they try to kill them, but Zoidberg escapes by triggering his ink defense, which covers him in ink. He goes to the Planet Express building, where Professor Farnsworth accidentally uses a ink remover to make all the ink on Zoidberg invisible. This makes Zoidberg invisible as well, and then the Robot Mafia break into the PE bulding and look for Zoidberg. Because Zoidberg is invisible, he cannot be found by them. The mafia decide to get their money back by taking over the casino. In the process, they take away all of Leo and Inez Wong's property, including their mansion, which reduces them to living in the area they set aside for their employees. However, Amy comes up with a plan to get the money back, with a little help from Zoidberg.
Act III: "He STINKS like the inside of a Tauntaun."
Using a smelly shrimp cart to hide Zoidberg's stench, the crew goes upstairs to the area with the safe. Leela, Amy, and Fry, who are pushing the cart, pretend to have a broken wheel so that they have a reason to stay up there, while Professor Farnsworth, Hermes, and Bender distract Donbot to keep him from closing the safe door prematurely. Meanwhile, Zoidberg gets into the safe and eats all of the money, except a few bills he coughs up, making it just as invisible as he is. He also eats a black box. However, after eating all of this, he becomes too heavy to move, so the Professor, Hermes, and Bender have to carry him out until they can get him on the shrimp cart. They had intended to escape through the roof, but Zoidberg's weight made the elevator fall to the first floor, forcing them to escape through the main lobby. Zoidberg starts coughing up money as they go. Despite this, they almost make it to the exit, until a blind guard, Blind Joe catches them. He tries to force them to give him the money, but Amy tries to make a deal with him. Because the guard is a Native Martian, he doesn't like making deals with the Wong Family. Amy says that this is because he doesn't know about the original deal, which only gave the Wong family the right to occupy the land for 100 years before they gave the land back to the Native Martians. Because of this, the Native Martians own the casino, and they kick the Robot Mafia out. Fortunately for the Wong family, the Native Martians give back the Wong's mansion and their other casino. Professor Farnsworth tells Zoidberg that he'll become visible again as soon as he takes a bath, and he goes with Amy to the other casino.
On 29 February 2012, CGEF revealed the episode's title, its writer to be Josh Weinstein and its director to be Frank Marino. On 10 July, MSN TV updated their Futurama episode guide, revealing the episode's plot and air date. The same day, Zap2it released a TV listing of Futurama which showed the same information about the episode, with slight variation from the plot published by MSN.
On 12 July, following the broadcast of the episode "Zapp Dingbat", the public were given the opportunity to participate in a live chat with the Futurama cast and crew. Several clips of "Viva Mars Vegas" during the live stream.
- Both this episode, which was originally planned to be the second-to-last episode of the ninth broadcast season, and "Stench and Stenchibility", which is the second-to-last episode of the tenth broadcast season, have Zoidberg as the main character.
- When the vault scans the Donbot's finger, it identifies him as Don "Smith".
- The title sequence for this episode is a live-action recreation, which was also used to promote the new season through ads on Comedy Central. It is also the second major alternate one-off title sequence since Into the Wild Green Yonder.
- Zoidberg reads a newspaper called "The Daily Bum Blanket".
- This is the second episode (in production order) of season 7 to be aired out of order, as the broadcast order of both this episode and "31st Century Fox" were swapped.
- It is confirmed in the commentary for "31st Century Fox" that this swap was requested by Comedy Central as they wanted to advertise Patrick Stewart being in the season finale (which they subsequently did not).
- The Professor says that he is a young internet billionaire, in reference to Mark Zuckerberg, who created Facebook while in college.
- Arriving at the parking lot of the casino, Planet Express Ship crushes what appears to be Mars Curiosity rover, although it appears larger than the real life robot compared to the size of the ship.
- The episode's title is a reference to the 1964 Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas.
- The song played through the montage of Zoidberg spending his cash and sung by Zoidberg himself at the end of the episode is a parody of the song Big Spender from 1966 musical Sweet Charity.
- The Binks Armored Express truck at the beginning of the episode is a reference to the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks from Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and the Brink's armored trucks. The truck is also piloted by two aliens that bear a striking resemblance to the Gungans, Jar Jar's species, and they also speak like him.
- The Donbot refers to the stolen money as "De Niros", a play on "denaro", which is Italian for "money", and Robert De Niro whom the Donbot is based upon. Of De Niro's various films is Casino which involves mob connections in Vegas.
- The Professor says "Dude, where's my ship?", in reference to the 2000 stoner comedy film Dude, Where's My Car?
- The ball that the croupier uses in the roulette game flaps its "wings" and flies around the roulette wheel, making it very similar to a Golden Snitch from Harry Potter. It does not behave this way during the final spin that results in Zoidberg losing, though.
- The plot of an orchestrated casino heist has been the subject of many films including Ocean's Eleven.
- The deal made by Sir Reginald Wong with the Native Martians was supposed to last as long as the deal the deal the British made with the Chinese to gain control of Hong Kong.
- Wong Island is a parody of the Las Vegas hotel and casino Treasure Island. Its name may also be a reference to New York's Long Island.
- Fry's tattoo after the weekend in Vegas is a reference to the 2011 film The Hangover Part II.
- When Zoidberg is poked in the stomach to cough up the contract, he gives out a high pitch laugh. This a reference to the Pillsbury Doughboy, the mascot of the Pillsbury dough brand, who laughs when poked in the stomach.
- When the Robot Mafia take over the casino, they are wielding what appears to be the M6G Magnum from the video game series Halo.
- Sir Reginald Wong is mentioned again.
- Mars is blown out of orbit in "A Farewell to Arms", but reappears in perfect condition in this episode without explanation.
- Native Martians are seen here, but they all left Mars in "Where the Buggalo Roam".
- That doesn't mean some few would not return possibly out of a sense of attachment to their ancestral lands.
- Zoidberg spends a lot of money before he gets to the table, so he couldn't have had eight million left. Because of this, he shouldn't have been able to buy eight chips, each worth a million dollars.
- At the beginning of the episode Donbot said "It's over eight million bucks". So Zoidberg could only spend the "over" part.
- The Wongs had two casinos, but they don't go there when the mafia take their first casino and their house. Furthermore, this is New Mars Vegas as in Into the Wild Green Yonder, so the Wong family would have many business holdings over the entire planet.
- It might have been possible that most of the building were damage during the "A Farewell to Arms" incident with only those two casino being operational at the time.
- None of the mafia, or the native Martians seemed to question, why the old shrimp carriers, and all those people turned up (the crew in disguise) in the money counting room, despite the fact its supposed to be the most secure area.
- This may have been done intentionally as a joke.
- The deal between the native Martians and the Wongs here is different from the deal mentioned in "Where the Buggalo Roam".
- The deal only involved paying for the land, there was no mention of whether Sir Reginald was purchasing or leasing it. Thus his compassionate intentions to give back the land must have been a lost detail that only Amy was familiar with.
- Amy also might have told Blind Joe something that he'd want to hear to make him side with her family.
- Zoidberg doesn't eat the two 100 dollar bills that fall out of his mouth.
- The ink on Zoidberg's mouth is wiped off, exposing it. When Amy escorts Zoidberg to Wong Island, the ink on Zoidberg's mouth has returned, as the pink of his skin would have been able to see from the back of him.
- It's possible that it doesn't show because the ink on the back of his head covers it, which would be why we can't see inside of him.
- The Professor says that the ink will wash off when Zoidberg takes a bath. But in the bath scene, the ink doesn't wash off.
- He might just have been sitting on the edge of the tub, or the toilet.
- As a robot, Bender doesn't possess a scent, but Blind Joe smells he was stealing money.
- Bender would have a strong scent of alcohol and tobacco.
- In "Godfellas", the Professor notes that Bender does have an odor, however mild.
- In "Hell is Other Robots", Bender is said to smell of "vodka and motor oil."
- The ink doesn't come off on the money or Amy when Zoidberg touches them.
- The ink would have dried by then.
- When Zoidberg places his third bet on 34 red, he pushes all the chips away to his left onto 34 on the roulette board, but while the wheel is spinning the chips are right in front of him again. His sardini (Zoidberg's name for a martini with a sardine in it) has also filled back up after he loses, although it could be a refilling glass like the ones seen in "That Darn Katz!".
- Zoidberg's eyes weren't covered with ink, neither was the inside of his mouth. So, while he is invisible, you should have been able to see his eyes and see his tongue when he speaks.
- His mouth is usually covered by his tentacles.
- The money Zoidberg eats is never mentioned after he is caught
Zoidberg: [He sighs then puts his claws together and begins to pray.] God, it's Zoidberg. I hate to bother you, but- [A huge bag full of money lands directly in front of him, he looks inside.] Okay, okay, I'll shut up!
Joey Mousepad: [He bangs on the door.] It's no use, Zoidberg! We're like 85% sure you're in there!
Professor: My God! He was so saturated with ink that his entire body structure was polarized!
Zoidberg: You mean I'm invisible?
Professor: No, no, no, not in any sense of the word. But essentially, yes, entirely.
[As Zoidberg risks the $8 million on a single game of roulette.]
Amy: Zoidberg, what are you doing?
Zoidberg: I don't know. I think it's called "roulette".
- 21st Century Girl
- Debut: Blind Joe
- Inez Wong
- Joey Mousepad
- Leo Wong
- Masked Unit (cameo)
- Michelle (cameo)
- Morbo (cameo)
- Sir Reginald Wong (mentioned in speech only)
- Family Bros. Pizza
- Mars Vegas
- Nigeria (mentioned in speech and text only, in text at unknown moment)
- Debut: Planet Express chart room
- Planet Express conference room
- Planet Express employee lounge
- Planet Express hangar
- Planet Express headquarters
- Planet Express lab
- Debut: Texas (mentioned in speech only)
- Wong Hotel & Casino
- Debut: Wong Island
- Wong Ranch
- Zoidberg's dumpster
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- ^ Futurama - Episode Guide. (MSN TV.) Retrieved on 12 July 2012.
- ^ Futurama : Viva Mars Vegas; Naturama. (Zap2It.) Retrieved on 10 July 2023.
- ^ "Tastes Like Fry" (12 July 2012). "Newsarama! (Futurama News Thread)" (page 1). (PEEL.) Retrieved on 13 July 2012.