|Episode no.||Season three
|Directed by||Swinton Scott|
|Written by||Eric Horsted|
|Original air date||February 11, 2001|
|Opening caption||"Torn From Tomorrow's Headlines"|
|Opening cartoon||"Little Ol' Bosko in Bagdad" (1938)|
Jan Hooks as Angleyne
After an overly dramatic takeoff results in an inelegant crash onto the streets of the city, the crew discovers that the Planet Express ship's essential L-unit has been straightened. After discovering that other objects in the office have been bent, suspicion naturally turns to Bender. The bent objects include Professor Farnsworth, who is bent forward at a right angle so he always faces the ground. Offering to fix the professor, Bender bends Farnsworth backward at a right angle. The crew plays the security tape from the night before, which shows Bender sleep-bending. The Professor sends Bender away to satisfy his psychological need for bending; throughout the episode, the Professor annoys the rest of the crew with his uplifting personality and fascination of looking up at the sky now that he is bent backwards.
Bender gets hired at a bending plant as a scab worker during a strike, and discovers that Flexo, who was sent to prison in Bender's place in a previous episode, is also employed as a scab. Also working at the factory is a buxom blue-collar beauty of a fembot named Angleyne. Bender quickly develops an affection for Angleyne, and they begin dating. Their relationship goes well, until Bender discovers that Angleyne and Flexo are a divorced couple on friendly terms, and that they may still be affectionate.
In an attempt to discover Angleyne's true feelings, Bender disguises himself as Flexo, and meets her at an orbital nightclub. While there, Bender flashes the wad of cash he has made as a strikebreaker, which angers the members of the Robot Mafia who are present. Bender (as Flexo, although still acting like Bender) succeeds in seducing Angleyne, but when she discovers his identity, Bender rushes off to kill Flexo.
Bender arrives at the bending plant where Flexo is working the night shift, and starts a fight. Meanwhile in the crane control booth, the Robot Mafia moves an unbendable girder into position above Bender and Flexo. Because they do not know that Bender was disguised as Flexo, the Robot Mafia wants Flexo dead for Bender's monetary indiscretions. The girder is dropped on top of Flexo, crushing him. Angleyne confesses that she still loves Flexo, and Bender decides that her happiness is more important than his, and resolves to save Flexo by bending the unbendable girder. After a mighty struggle, he frees Flexo, earning Angleyne's appreciation, but not her love.
Having satisfied his need for bending, Bender returns to his job at Planet Express. However, in the act of fixing the Professor, he bends him even further back so that his back is now against the back of his legs, making him depressed now that he can no longer look up at the sky, though no one really cares.
Broadcast and reception
Actor John DiMaggio (Bender, Flexo, Sal, Joey Mousepad, Elzar) won an Annie Award for "Outstanding individual achievement for voice acting by a male performer in an animated television production" for his performance as Bender in this episode.
- "BroadcastWatch.(broadcast network prime time ratings, February 5-11)(Illustration)(Industry Overview)(Statistical Data Included)". Broadcasting & Cable (Reed Business Information). 2001-02-19. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
- "29th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners". International Animated Film Society. 2001. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
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