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"'''The Six Million Dollar Mon'''" is the one hundred and twenty-first episode of ''[[Futurama]]'', the seventh of the [[Season 7|seventh production season]] and the [[Broadcast season 9|ninth broadcast season]].
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"'''The Six Million Dollar Mon'''" is the one hundred and twenty-first episode of ''[[Futurama]]'', the seventh of the [[Season 7|seventh production season]] and the [[Broadcast season 9|ninth broadcast season]]. [[Hermes Conrad|Hermes]] replaces his body parts with mechanics after being fed up with his inferiority to machines.
  
 
== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
 
=== Act I: "When I fight machinery, machinery always wins." ===
 
=== Act I: "When I fight machinery, machinery always wins." ===
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After conducting an annual performance review, [[Hermes Conrad|Hermes]] discovers that he is the most inefficient employee of [[Planet Express]] and has himself fired and replaced by the [[robot]] accountant [[Mark 7-G]]. Surprisingly, [[Dr. John A. Zoidberg|Zoidberg]] is the only member upset by his departure, as he believed that Hermes' hatred for him was merely a friendly inside joke, rather than out of genuine malice, and shows open resentment towards the company's new accountant. After Hermes tells his family the news over his wife's extremely spicy goat soup, he and [[LaBarbara Conrad|LaBarbara]] go for a walk, where they are attacked by [[Roberto]]. [[Smitty and URL]] come to their rescue at the last minute using URL's robotic chest harpoon, leading Hermes to conclude that he could use a robotic upgrade for himself. Because of his multiple escapes, Roberto is taken immediately to the electromagnetic chair and executed. Using Bender's help, Hermes finds the shadowy surgeon [[Yuri]] to perform the operation on him and returns home to show his family, much to their surprise and shock, that he now has a robotic chest harpoon.
After conducting an annual performance review, Hermes discovers that he is the most inefficient employee of Planet Express and has himself fired and replaced by a [[Mark 7-G|machine]]. Surprisingly, Zoidberg is the only member upset by his departure, as he believed that Hermes' hatred for him was merely a friendly inside joke (rather than out of genuine malice) and shows open resentment towards [[Planet Express|the company's]] new accountant. After Hermes tells his family the news over his wife's nearly-fatal spicy goat soup, he and Labarbara go for a walk, where they are attacked by Roberto. [[Smitty and URL]] come to their rescue at the last minute using URL's robotic chest harpoon, leading Hermes to conclude that he could use a robotic upgrade for himself. Because of his multiple escapes, Roberto is taken immediately to the Electromagnetic Chair and executed. Using Bender's help, Hermes finds a [[Organ Dealer|shadowy surgeon]] to perform the operation on him and returns home to show his family, much to their surprise and shock, that he now has a robotic chest harpoon.
 
  
 
=== Act II: "Nice shiny metal ass, Hermes." ===
 
=== Act II: "Nice shiny metal ass, Hermes." ===
The next day, Hermes shows off his new chest artillery to the [[Planet Express crew]]. Everyone is impressed and, upon demonstrating it to retrieve a box just out of [[Mark 7-G|Mark's]] reach, re-hires himself as Planet Expresses accountant. Zoidberg is thrilled to have him back, and even though Hermes explicitly states that he's ''not'' Zoidberg's friend, Zoidberg laughs it off, saying how, "When he [Hermes] stops insulting is when [Zoidberg] worries." When [[Professor Farnsworth|the Professor's]] dentures fall down the drain, Hermes' chest harpoon cannot reach it. However, Bender's extendo-arm can, leading Mark 7-G to consider getting the same upgrade. Since this would once more have Hermes removed, he[Hermes] returns to Yuri for more upgrades-this time an extendo arm. When Hermes and LaBarbara are in bed, Hermes uses his extendo-arm to remove his glasses but crushes them. Hermes then decides to get a bionic eye. LaBarbara is at first all right with it, but when they are about to have sex, Hermes' penis is revealed to have been upgraded as well, leading LaBarbara to condone the upgrades. Hermes agrees to LaBarbara's demand he cease upgrading himself, but behind his back, Hermes crosses his robotic fingers. Eventually, it comes to the point where the only thing left of the real Hermes is his brain, brain stem, and hair. Meanwhile, Zoidberg has taken all of Hermes' human parts and reconnected them, creating a ventriloquist's dummy that he calls Little Hermes. Zoidberg and Little Hermes hit the town to much applause.
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The next day, Hermes shows off his new chest artillery to the [[Planet Express crew]]. Everyone is impressed and, upon demonstrating it to retrieve a box just out of Mark 7-G's reach, re-hires himself as the Planet Express accountant. Zoidberg is thrilled to have him back, and even though Hermes explicitly states that he is not Zoidberg's friend, Zoidberg laughs it off, saying how, "When he [Hermes] stops insulting is when [Zoidberg] worries." When [[Professor Farnsworth|Professor Farnsworth]]'s dentures fall down the drain, Hermes' chest harpoon cannot reach it. However, Bender's extendo-arm can, leading Mark 7-G to consider getting the same upgrade. Hermes sees this as potential competition, and returns to Yuri for an extendo arm. When Hermes and LaBarbara are in bed, Hermes uses his extendo-arm to remove his glasses, but accidentally crushes them. Hermes then decides to get a bionic eye. LaBarbara is initially fine with his decision, but immediately condones the upgrades when she realizes that Hermes has upgraded his penis as well. Hermes agrees to LaBarbara's demands to cease upgrading himself, but behind his back, Hermes crosses his robotic fingers. Eventually, it comes to the point where the only thing left of the real Hermes is his brain, brain stem, and hair. Meanwhile, Zoidberg has taken all of Hermes' human parts and reconnected them, creating a ventriloquist's dummy that he calls Little Hermes. Zoidberg and Little Hermes hit the town, performing their routine to much applause.
  
 
=== Act III: "He wants a brain. He wants a robot brain." ===
 
=== Act III: "He wants a brain. He wants a robot brain." ===
Hermes feels that he needs to perform the last upgrade, by replacing his brain with a computer. When Yuri does not want to do the brain replacement, Hermes, Professor Farnsworth, and Bender head to the robot graveyard to exhume a robot body for a processor card. Unbeknownst to them, the processor card belonged to Roberto.  
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Hermes feels that he needs to perform the last upgrade, by replacing his brain with a computer. When Yuri refuses to perform the operation, Hermes travels with Farnsworth and Bender head to the robot graveyard to exhume a robot body for a processor card. Unbeknownst to them, the processor card they have obtained is Roberto's.
  
In order for the procedure to work, Hermes locks LaBarbara, Dwight, and the Planet Express crew in the lab until Professor Farnsworth completes the transplant.  
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Just as Farnsworth is about to perform the operation, Hermes' family arrive to beg him to stop. LaBarbara goes as far as to threaten Hermes with a divorce. Seeing this, Farnsworth refuses to perform the operation. Hermes then locks his family and his co-workers inside the lab, threatening to kill Farnsworth unless Farnsworth performs the operation. Zoidberg then offers to perform the operation, with the help of Little Hermes. He performs the operation whilst singing a rendition of the song "{{w|Monster Mash}}" with new lyrics to fit the situation. After removing Hermes' brain, he places the brain into Little Hermes. Suddenly, Hermes comes back to life in his original body and realizes that he has given up his humanity for the pointless pursuit of perfectionism. The crew realize too late that Roberto's card has been installed into Hermes' robot body, and they are trapped inside the lab.
  
LaBarbara and Hermes' friends convince him to stop this. Unfortunately he still agrees to continue with the implant. With the professor's refusal, Zoidberg agrees to complete the operation using Hermes' human body to help him as he and Hermes sing a parody of "Monster Mash".
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Still wanting to eat Hermes' skin, Roberto uses his new body to remove a piece of Hermes' skin off his forearm. However, he starts melting as soon as he eats Hermes' skin, as it has become extremely spicy as a result of years of LaBarbara's goat soup. Hermes ends up thanking Dr. Zoidberg for saving him and the crew.
 
 
After the removal of the brain and placing it in Little Hermes, Hermes comes back to life in his original body and realizes that he has given up his humanity for the pointless pursuit of perfectionism. The crew later learns that after the transplant the processor card was that of Roberto (whose processor card was installed into the Hermes robot) as Roberto reshapes his head.
 
 
 
Still wanting to eat Hermes' skin, Roberto used the new robot body to remove a piece of Hermes' skin off his forearm, but realizes too late he cannot eat it because of LaBarbara's curried goat she cooked over the many years.
 
 
 
Roberto's new body then starts to melt quickly, thus saving the crew. Hermes ends up thanking Dr. Zoidberg for his part of restoring him. Dr. Zoidberg then dances to his "Monster Mash" parody much to the chagrin of everyone present.
 
  
 
== Production ==
 
== Production ==
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{{cultural mentions}}
 
{{cultural mentions}}
 
*The episode's title is a reference to the American television series ''{{w|The Six Million Dollar Man}}''  - {{w|Steve Austin (fictional character)|the title character of which}} is, like Hermes here, a cyborg - and the fact that Hermes pronounces "man" as "mon".
 
*The episode's title is a reference to the American television series ''{{w|The Six Million Dollar Man}}''  - {{w|Steve Austin (fictional character)|the title character of which}} is, like Hermes here, a cyborg - and the fact that Hermes pronounces "man" as "mon".
*''[[Astounding Tales]]''<ref name="Countdown to Futurama 2"/> is a reference to the American science fiction magazine ''{{w|Analog Science Fiction and Fact}}'' - which was initially published as "''Astounding Stories''" - and the American anthology comic book series ''{{w|Astonishing Tales}}''.
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*[[Mark 7-G]]'s name is a possible reference to Sector 7-G, the name of the area {{s|Homer Simpson}} works in at the {{s|Springfield Nuclear Power Plant}} in ''[[The Simpsons]]''.
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*''[[Astounding Tales]]'' is a reference to the American science fiction magazine ''{{w|Analog Science Fiction and Fact}}'' - which was initially published as "''Astounding Stories''" - and the American anthology comic book series ''{{w|Astonishing Tales}}''.
 
*The book ''Lady Chatterley's Janitor'' is a reference to the 1928 book ''{{w|Lady Chatterley's Lover}}''. In keeping with the running gag of Scruffy only reading sexually explicit material, Lady Chatterley's Lover is well-known for containing explicit descriptions of sex.
 
*The book ''Lady Chatterley's Janitor'' is a reference to the 1928 book ''{{w|Lady Chatterley's Lover}}''. In keeping with the running gag of Scruffy only reading sexually explicit material, Lady Chatterley's Lover is well-known for containing explicit descriptions of sex.
*Hermes reads a book called "''[[The Invisible Mon]]''" - which is a reference to the [[H. G. Wells]] science fiction novella ''{{w|The Invisible Man}}''.
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*Hermes reads a book called ''[[The Invisible Mon]]'' - which is a reference to the [[H. G. Wells]] science fiction novella ''{{w|The Invisible Man}}''.
*The song sung by Zoidberg is a parody of the ''{{w|Monster Mash}}''.
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*The song sung by Zoidberg is a parody of the 1962 song "{{w|Monster Mash}}" by {{w|Bobby Pickett|Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers}}.
*The Professor showing Hermes' brain to his family is a possible reference to Dr. Mark Shelley, a Navy doctor who allowed the family of a deceased Marine to handle his brain and take pictures.
 
*While Hermes and LaBarbara walk through the city at night, they pass the bridge where Fry and Leela spent Leela's birthday in "[[The Late Philip J. Fry]]".
 
 
 
=== Trivia ===
 
 
 
*This is the second episode of [[season 7]] where a recurring [[character]] has been killed (The first being [[Calculon]] in "[[The Thief of Baghead]]").
 
*One of the gravestones in the cemetery reads [[Helper]], another short-lived replacement for one of the main cast members.
 
*Zoidberg's song is a reference to "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett.
 
*[[Mark 7-G]]'s name is a possible reference to Sector 7-G, the name of the area {{s|Homer Simpson}} works in at the {{s|Springfield Nuclear Power Plant}} in ''[[The Simpsons]]''.
 
  
 
=== Continuity ===
 
=== Continuity ===
*[[Yuri]] makes another appearence in the series who opperates on [[Hermes]]. Yuri had made his first appearence in "[[My Three Suns]]" who was about to give [[Fry]] gills.
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*While Hermes and LaBarbara walk through the city at night, they pass the bridge where Fry and Leela spent Leela's birthday in "[[The Late Philip J. Fry]]".
*The electromagnetic chair that nearly executed Bender, who masqueraded as [[Robot Santa]], reappears to execute Roberto.
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*The gravestone of [[Helper]], a short-lived replacement for Bender first seen in "[[Godfellas]]", is seen in the robot graveyard.
*{{e|4ACV13}}, {{e|7ACV01}}
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*The episode is the second episode of [[season 7]] where a recurring [[character]] has been killed, the first being [[Calculon]] in "[[The Thief of Baghead]]".
**[[Farnsworth's operation clothes]] make their third appearance.
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*[[Yuri]], the surgeon from the episode "[[My Three Suns]]", makes his sixth appearance in the series. His name is also revealed in the episode.
*Amy wears the same dress from Amazon Women in the mood.
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*The electromagnetic chair first seen in "[[A Tale of Two Santas]]" that nearly executed Bender, who masqueraded as [[Robot Santa]], reappears to execute Roberto.
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*Amy wears the same dress she wore in "[[Amazon Women in the Mood]]".
  
 
=== Quotes ===
 
=== Quotes ===
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=== Goofs ===
 
=== Goofs ===
* [[Hermes's Robot Body]] starts talking like [[Roberto]] before his (Roberto's) brain is inserted.
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* Hermes's robot body starts talking in [[Roberto]]'s voice before Roberto's brain is inserted. This can, however, be explained with the fact that if robots die a certain way, their software is uploaded into the computational cloud and the deceased robots become capable of taking-over other electronic devices {{et|6ACV19}}.
** It is discovered that if robots die a certain way, their software is uploaded into the computational cloud and capable of taking-over other electronic devices. {{et|6ACV19}}
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* The magnetic waves from the electromagnetism chair would have fried Roberto's brain. However, magnetism, even at that power, would only cause severe damage to a hard drive; Roberto's brain shows more resemblance to a motherboard with no indication of any kind of storage device on it.
* When Roberto melts, one of the three key-rings inside his chest cabinet does not.
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* Hermes' robot body goes from having a hole in its head, where the brain was taken out, to not having one when Roberto attacks. The reshaping of the head could have closed the opening, however.
** The keys on the plot-driven key-ring (and only that key-ring) may be made of a different metal more resistant to heat (eg: Dolomite).
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* Hermes stated Zoidberg did not reattach his nerves in which case he would have died the moment he tried to move. It is possible, however, that the autonomic nervous system was reengaged, but the parts of the somatic nervous system (i.e. pain receptors in the skin) were left separate.
* The magnetic waves from the electromagnetism chair would have fried Roberto's brain.
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* Bender wears a spacesuit with an oxygen hosepipe attached to it while releasing ash into space, despite the fact that previous episodes establish that he can easily live in the vacuum without a spacesuit and that he does not need air to breathe. However, the hosepipe may have just been attached to Bender to anchor him to the ship, an important function that prevents the events from "[[Godfellas]]" from happening again.
** Magnetism, even at that power, would only really damage a hard-drive (in our time) Roberto's brain looks more like a motherboard with no indication of any kind of storage device on it.
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* Fry's spacesuit explodes, leaving him naked in the vacuum. This should have led to immediate death.
* Hermes robot body, goes from having a hole in its head, where the brain was taken out, to not having one, when Roberto attacks.
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* Professor Farnsowrth appears to look worried when Hermes shows his firing tie, despite the fact that Farnsworth actually owns the company.
** The reshaping of the head could have closed the opening.
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* The curried goat soup drops right down to [[Robot Hell]], despite the fact that Hermes lives in [[New New York]] and Robot Hell is in [[New Jersey]].
* Hermes stated Zoidberg didn't reattach his nerves in which case, he would have died the moment he tried to move.
 
** It is possible that the autonomic nervous system was reengaged, but the parts of the somatic nervous system (i.e. pain receptors in the skin) were left separate.
 
* Bender wears a spacesuit with an oxygen hosepipe attached to it while releasing ash into space, but from previous episodes it is clear that he can easily live in the vacuum without a spacesuit and he doesn't need air to breathe.
 
** The hosepipe also anchors him to the ship, an important function that prevents the events from "[[Godfellas]]" from happening again.
 
* In a simultaneous blunder, Fry's spacesuit explodes leaving him naked in the vacuum. This should have led to immediate death.
 
* When Hermes shows his firing tie, the Professor looks worried, but Hermes can't fire him, he owns the company.
 
**Ethier the Professor feels bad for the other employees, or this is just a case of the Professor having a terrible memory or even he gave Hermes the right to fire him when he made [[Cubert]] his successor.
 
* When the curried goat burns through the floor, right down to Robot Hell onto the Robot Devils head, but Hermes lives in New New York, and Robot Hell is in New Jersey.
 
  
=== Alien Language Sightings ===
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=== Alien language sightings ===
'''Time''':06:46<br />
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*'''Time''': 06:46
'''Location''': Alley wall next to [[Organ Dealer]]'s store<br />
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*'''Location''': Alley wall next to [[Yuri]]'s store
'''Language''': [[Alien languages#AL1|AL1]]<br />
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*'''Language''': [[Alien languages#AL1|AL1]]
'''Translation''': If you lived here you'd be homeless by now
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*'''Translation''': If you lived here you'd be homeless by now
  
 
=== Characters ===
 
=== Characters ===
 
{{chars-begin}}
 
{{chars-begin}}
*[[Amy]]
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*[[Dr. Amy Wong|Amy]]
*[[Bender]]
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*[[Bender Bending Rodríguez|Bender]]
 
*[[Center Square Guy]]
 
*[[Center Square Guy]]
 
*[[Dandy Jim]]
 
*[[Dandy Jim]]
*[[Dwight]]
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*[[Dwight Conrad|Dwight]]
*[[Farnsworth]]
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*[[Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth|Professor Farnsworth]]
*[[Fry]]
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*[[Philip J. Fry|Fry]]
 
*[[Gus]]
 
*[[Gus]]
*[[Hermes]] (Semi-Antagonist)
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*[[Hermes Conrad|Hermes]]
*[[LaBarbara]]<ref name="Countdown to Futurama 7"/>
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*[[LaBarbara Conrad|LaBarbara]]
*[[Leela]]
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*[[Turanga Leela|Leela]]
 
*'''Debut''': [[Little Hermes]]
 
*'''Debut''': [[Little Hermes]]
 
*'''Debut''': [[Mark 7-G]]
 
*'''Debut''': [[Mark 7-G]]
*[[Mayor Poopenmeyer|Poopenmeyer]]
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*[[Mayor Poopenmeyer]]
*[[Roberto]] (Antagonist)
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*[[Roberto]]
 
*[[Robot Devil]]
 
*[[Robot Devil]]
*[[Ron Whitey]]
 
 
*[[Sal]]
 
*[[Sal]]
 
*[[Scruffy]]
 
*[[Scruffy]]
 
*[[Smitty]]
 
*[[Smitty]]
 
*[[URL]]
 
*[[URL]]
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*[[Ron Whitey|Judge Whitey]]
 
*[[Yuri]]
 
*[[Yuri]]
 
*[[Zoidberg]]
 
*[[Zoidberg]]

Revision as of 10:28, 10 September 2012

Season 7 episode
Broadcast season 9 episode
The Six Million Dollar Mon
The Six Million Dollar Mon screenshot.png
Hermes - with an extendo arm and cycloscanner eyes - and LaBarbara in bed.
No.121
Production number7ACV07
Written byKen Keeler
Directed byPeter Avanzino
Title captionThis Episode Worth 250 Futurama Points
First air date25 July 2012
Broadcast numberS09E07
Title referenceThe American television series The Six Million Dollar Man and the fact that Hermes pronounces "man" as "mon"
Special guest(s)Dan Castellaneta
Additional
Commentary
(Transcript)
Transcript
Storyboard

Pictures

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
← Season 6

"The Six Million Dollar Mon" is the one hundred and twenty-first episode of Futurama, the seventh of the seventh production season and the ninth broadcast season. Hermes replaces his body parts with mechanics after being fed up with his inferiority to machines.

Plot

Act I: "When I fight machinery, machinery always wins."

After conducting an annual performance review, Hermes discovers that he is the most inefficient employee of Planet Express and has himself fired and replaced by the robot accountant Mark 7-G. Surprisingly, Zoidberg is the only member upset by his departure, as he believed that Hermes' hatred for him was merely a friendly inside joke, rather than out of genuine malice, and shows open resentment towards the company's new accountant. After Hermes tells his family the news over his wife's extremely spicy goat soup, he and LaBarbara go for a walk, where they are attacked by Roberto. Smitty and URL come to their rescue at the last minute using URL's robotic chest harpoon, leading Hermes to conclude that he could use a robotic upgrade for himself. Because of his multiple escapes, Roberto is taken immediately to the electromagnetic chair and executed. Using Bender's help, Hermes finds the shadowy surgeon Yuri to perform the operation on him and returns home to show his family, much to their surprise and shock, that he now has a robotic chest harpoon.

Act II: "Nice shiny metal ass, Hermes."

The next day, Hermes shows off his new chest artillery to the Planet Express crew. Everyone is impressed and, upon demonstrating it to retrieve a box just out of Mark 7-G's reach, re-hires himself as the Planet Express accountant. Zoidberg is thrilled to have him back, and even though Hermes explicitly states that he is not Zoidberg's friend, Zoidberg laughs it off, saying how, "When he [Hermes] stops insulting is when [Zoidberg] worries." When Professor Farnsworth's dentures fall down the drain, Hermes' chest harpoon cannot reach it. However, Bender's extendo-arm can, leading Mark 7-G to consider getting the same upgrade. Hermes sees this as potential competition, and returns to Yuri for an extendo arm. When Hermes and LaBarbara are in bed, Hermes uses his extendo-arm to remove his glasses, but accidentally crushes them. Hermes then decides to get a bionic eye. LaBarbara is initially fine with his decision, but immediately condones the upgrades when she realizes that Hermes has upgraded his penis as well. Hermes agrees to LaBarbara's demands to cease upgrading himself, but behind his back, Hermes crosses his robotic fingers. Eventually, it comes to the point where the only thing left of the real Hermes is his brain, brain stem, and hair. Meanwhile, Zoidberg has taken all of Hermes' human parts and reconnected them, creating a ventriloquist's dummy that he calls Little Hermes. Zoidberg and Little Hermes hit the town, performing their routine to much applause.

Act III: "He wants a brain. He wants a robot brain."

Hermes feels that he needs to perform the last upgrade, by replacing his brain with a computer. When Yuri refuses to perform the operation, Hermes travels with Farnsworth and Bender head to the robot graveyard to exhume a robot body for a processor card. Unbeknownst to them, the processor card they have obtained is Roberto's.

Just as Farnsworth is about to perform the operation, Hermes' family arrive to beg him to stop. LaBarbara goes as far as to threaten Hermes with a divorce. Seeing this, Farnsworth refuses to perform the operation. Hermes then locks his family and his co-workers inside the lab, threatening to kill Farnsworth unless Farnsworth performs the operation. Zoidberg then offers to perform the operation, with the help of Little Hermes. He performs the operation whilst singing a rendition of the song "Monster Mash" with new lyrics to fit the situation. After removing Hermes' brain, he places the brain into Little Hermes. Suddenly, Hermes comes back to life in his original body and realizes that he has given up his humanity for the pointless pursuit of perfectionism. The crew realize too late that Roberto's card has been installed into Hermes' robot body, and they are trapped inside the lab.

Still wanting to eat Hermes' skin, Roberto uses his new body to remove a piece of Hermes' skin off his forearm. However, he starts melting as soon as he eats Hermes' skin, as it has become extremely spicy as a result of years of LaBarbara's goat soup. Hermes ends up thanking Dr. Zoidberg for saving him and the crew.

Production

On 28 July 2011, it was revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con that, in an episode of the seventh production season, "Hermes [would] realize he [was] less efficient than a machine, so he [would] chop some unnecessary parts of his body and [would] become a cyborg".[1] On 30 August, a photograph of the cover of the episode's production script was posted on a Tumblr blog - revealing the episode's title.[2] On 29 February 2012, CGEF confirmed the episode's title and revealed its writer to be Ken Keeler and its director to be Peter Avanzino.[3][4]

In June, Countdown to Futurama began releasing promotional material for the episode. It has so far released eight items: A promotional picture showing Leela, Amy, Zoidberg, Farnsworth, a mecha Hermes, Bender and Fry in the Planet Express employee lounge and a design of the mecha Hermes - together with the revelation that the episode was the one associated with the Hermes plot at the San Diego Comic-Con - on 6 June,[5] a design of the cover of the magazine Astounding Tales on 7 June,[6] part of the storyboard showing Bender suggest to Hermes getting an implant on 8 June,[7] a design of a new character, Mark 7-G, on 9 June,[8] a design of Hermes with an extendo arm and cycloscanner eyes and a design of four stages undergone by a ventriloquist dummy of Hermes on 10 June,[9] a promotional picture showing Zoidberg controlling the Hermes dummy on 11 June[10] and a video clip featuring Hermes - with the extendo arm and the cycloscanner eyes - and LaBarbara in bed on 12 June.[11]

By 8 June,[12] MSN TV had revealed the episode's air date.[13]

Comedy Central's website released another promotional picture, showing mecha Hermes about to drive a drill into Farnsworth's head.[14]

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 "The Six Million Dollar Mon" were shown during the live stream.[15]

Additional information

Allusions

Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.

Continuity

  • While Hermes and LaBarbara walk through the city at night, they pass the bridge where Fry and Leela spent Leela's birthday in "The Late Philip J. Fry".
  • The gravestone of Helper, a short-lived replacement for Bender first seen in "Godfellas", is seen in the robot graveyard.
  • The episode is the second episode of season 7 where a recurring character has been killed, the first being Calculon in "The Thief of Baghead".
  • Yuri, the surgeon from the episode "My Three Suns", makes his sixth appearance in the series. His name is also revealed in the episode.
  • The electromagnetic chair first seen in "A Tale of Two Santas" that nearly executed Bender, who masqueraded as Robot Santa, reappears to execute Roberto.
  • Amy wears the same dress she wore in "Amazon Women in the Mood".

Quotes

    Hermes: No more implants. I don't want to end up a cold, emotionless machine like you.

    LaBarbara: Hermes! Oh, ya foolish man!

    Zoidberg: You don't understand. He was the only one who cared enough to insult me.
    Leela: I insult you, you fat sack.
    Zoidberg: Sure, when it's convenient.

Goofs

  • Hermes's robot body starts talking in Roberto's voice before Roberto's brain is inserted. This can, however, be explained with the fact that if robots die a certain way, their software is uploaded into the computational cloud and the deceased robots become capable of taking-over other electronic devices (6ACV19).
  • The magnetic waves from the electromagnetism chair would have fried Roberto's brain. However, magnetism, even at that power, would only cause severe damage to a hard drive; Roberto's brain shows more resemblance to a motherboard with no indication of any kind of storage device on it.
  • Hermes' robot body goes from having a hole in its head, where the brain was taken out, to not having one when Roberto attacks. The reshaping of the head could have closed the opening, however.
  • Hermes stated Zoidberg did not reattach his nerves in which case he would have died the moment he tried to move. It is possible, however, that the autonomic nervous system was reengaged, but the parts of the somatic nervous system (i.e. pain receptors in the skin) were left separate.
  • Bender wears a spacesuit with an oxygen hosepipe attached to it while releasing ash into space, despite the fact that previous episodes establish that he can easily live in the vacuum without a spacesuit and that he does not need air to breathe. However, the hosepipe may have just been attached to Bender to anchor him to the ship, an important function that prevents the events from "Godfellas" from happening again.
  • Fry's spacesuit explodes, leaving him naked in the vacuum. This should have led to immediate death.
  • Professor Farnsowrth appears to look worried when Hermes shows his firing tie, despite the fact that Farnsworth actually owns the company.
  • The curried goat soup drops right down to Robot Hell, despite the fact that Hermes lives in New New York and Robot Hell is in New Jersey.

Alien language sightings

  • Time: 06:46
  • Location: Alley wall next to Yuri's store
  • Language: AL1
  • Translation: If you lived here you'd be homeless by now

Characters

(In alphabetic order)

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