The Futurama Holiday Spectacular
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|The Futurama Holiday Spectacular|
|Written by||Michael Rowe|
|Directed by||Ray Claffey|
|Title caption||Time Travelers: Only 331 shopping days 'til last Xmas|
|First air date||21 November 2010|
|Special guest(s)||Al Gore|
"The Futurama Holiday Spectacular", originally titled "Holiday Val-U-Pak", is the one hundred and first episode of Futurama, the thirteenth of the sixth production season and the seventh broadcast season. It is the third seasonal episode so far, though parts of Bender's Big Score exhibit seasonal themes. It aired 21 November 2010 on Comedy Central, and guest starred Al Gore as himself and Coolio as Kwanzaa-bot.
The Planet Express crew races to preserve the traditional practices of the classic holidays of Xmas, Robanukah and Kwanzaa. Along the way, they encounter the murderous Kringlebot, Al Gore's Head-In-A-Jar, mutated pine trees, droidls, fembot wrestling, albino humping worms, Kwanzaabot and giant space bees, all while learning the true meaning behind the holidays... with an occasional song thrown in for good measure.
- This is the first episode to feature the name of the series in its title.
- This is the first non-canon episode to not feature the What-If machine.
- Hermes' home is revisited. The Conrad home has been seen twice before, once in "The Route of All Evil" and once in "Bender's Big Score".
- The Giant Space Bees are seen again, previously having been introduced in "The Sting".
- Dwight can be seen reading a Captain Yesterday comic, referencing Less than Hero
Leela: What's wrong, Fry? Are you regretting another wasted year?
Fry: I don't know. Something about Xmas just doesn't feel like Christmas.
Farnsworth: [The alarm sounds and the red light flashes.] Santa's coming! Initiate defenses! [The grey armour from "A Tale of Two Santas" covers the Planet Express headquarters, and Bender, Hermes, and Zoidberg block Santa's fireplace entrance.]
Santa: [Flying in his sleigh.] God rest ye, merry gentlemen... in peace. [He starts firing at the building.]