Futurama (season 2)

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Futurama Season 2
Futurama Volume 2.png
DVD cover art for the 2012 re-release of Volume Two
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 19
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run November 21, 1999 (1999-11-21) – December 3, 2000 (2000-12-03)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 August 12, 2003
July 17, 2012 (re-release)
Region 2 November 11, 2002
Region 4 May 13, 2003
March 13, 2013 (re-release)
Season chronology
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List of Futurama episodes

Futurama '​s second season began airing on November 21, 1999 and concluded after 19 episodes on December 3, 2000.

The full nineteen episodes of the season have been released on a box set called Futurama: Volume Two, on DVD and VHS. It was first released in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2002, with releases in other regions in 2003. The season was re-released as Futurama: Volume 2, with entirely different packaging to match the newer season released on July 17, 2012.[1]

Episodes[edit]

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14 1 "I Second That Emotion" Mark Ervin Patric M. Verrone November 21, 1999 2ACV01 S02E05
During Nibbler's birthday party, Bender becomes annoyed at how little attention he is getting and flushes Nibbler down the toilet. Distraught, Leela wishes that Bender could understand human emotions, so Professor Farnsworth installs an empathy chip in Bender so that he can feel Leela's emotions as she feels them. Leela's sadness of losing Nibbler becomes too great for Bender, who flushes himself down the toilet to find and rescue Nibbler in the sewers. Fry and Leela follow Bender and encounter a group of sewer mutants who live in fear of a monster called El Chupanibre, believing it to be Nibbler. Nibbler returns safely, but it turns out that he is not the monster, which appears alongside him. Bender tries to fight El Chupanibre, but Leela's fear for Nibbler's safety immobilizes him, so he convinces her to think only about herself rather than others, which gives Bender the strength to drive off the monster. Bender's empathy chip is later removed, though he has learned nothing.
15 2 "Brannigan, Begin Again" Jeffrey Lynch Lewis Morton November 28, 1999 2ACV02 S02E06
Zapp Brannigan and his subordinate Kif are court-martialed and dishonorably discharged after destroying the new DOOP headquarters. Unemployed, Zapp and Kif take up jobs at Planet Express. During a mission, Zapp plays upon Leela's harsh treatment of Fry and Bender and convinces the two to stage a mutiny so that he may attack a neutral planet, hoping it will get him reinstated in the DOOP. Fry and Bender discover the plan is a suicide mission, so they free Leela and foil Zapp's plan. Zapp later tries to take credit for the Planet Express crew's heroics, and he and Kif are reinstated in the DOOP after Leela supports his testimony to keep Zapp away from her.
16 3 "A Head in the Polls" Bret Haaland J. Stewart Burns December 12, 1999 2ACV03 S02E07
After the price of titanium skyrockets, Bender pawns his titanium-rich body. Now nothing more than a head, Bender begins to live glamorously until he meets the head of former president Richard Nixon, who tells him that life as a head is actually depressing. Bender decides to buy his body back, only to find it has already been bought by Nixon so that he may participate in the current election race for President of Earth. Fry, Leela, and Bender confront Nixon over Bender's body, and Nixon rants about his devious future plans for Earth, which Bender records and uses to blackmail Nixon into giving his body back. The three believe they have defeated Nixon, but because Leela forgot to vote, Nixon wins by a single vote thanks to acquiring a new, giant war robot's body.
17 4 "Xmas Story" Peter Avanzino David X. Cohen December 19, 1999 2ACV04 S02E08
Fry becomes homesick during his first 31st century Christmas, called "Xmas". His insensitive moping hurts Leela's feelings because she has no family to celebrate Xmas with, and she runs off in tears. Fry goes out to buy Leela a present to apologize, but the others warn him to return by sundown, or else he will encounter Robot Santa, a murderous robot who kills anyone he believes to be "naughty", which is practically everyone. Fry finds Leela and the two reconcile, but it gets late and they are attacked by Robot Santa on their way back home. Robot Santa tries to break into the building, but everyone teams up to drive him away. Everyone celebrates their victory over Robot Santa, who threatens to return next Xmas.
18 5 "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" Brian Sheesley Eric Kaplan February 6, 2000 2ACV05 S02E09
Zoidberg's recent aggressive behavior indicates it is mating season for his species. Zoidberg goes with the crew to his home planet of Decapod 10 for the mating frenzy, but his erotic display fails to attract any mates, including a female Decapodian and an old acquaintance of Zoidberg's named Edna. Fry teaches Zoidberg how to win Edna's heart through romance, but she begins to grow attracted to Fry instead upon learning that he is responsible for Zoidberg's romantic behavior. Enraged, Zoidberg challenges Fry to a fight to the death over Edna's affections, but the other Decapodians leave partway through the fight to participate in the mating frenzy, including Edna, who mates with the Decapodian king instead. Having missed out on the mating frenzy, Zoidberg reveals that everyone who participates in it dies after laying their eggs and apologizes to Fry.
19 6 "The Lesser of Two Evils" Chris Sauve Eric Horsted February 20, 2000 2ACV06 S02E11
The Planet Express crew meets another bending robot named Flexo, who bears a striking resemblance to Bender, save for a goatee. Bender and Flexo become friends, but Fry suspects Flexo to be Bender's evil twin. Flexo joins the crew on their way to the Miss Universe pageant to help guard a valuable Jumbonium atom, but when they arrive at the pageant, the atom is missing and Fry immediately suspects Flexo. Bender gets into a fight with Flexo to stop him until it is revealed that Bender is the one who stole the atom. The atom is recovered, but Flexo is accidentally imprisoned for Bender's crime.
20 7 "Put Your Head on My Shoulders" Chris Louden Ken Keeler February 13, 2000 2ACV07 S02E10
Fry goes with Amy to try out her newly purchased car on Mercury. When the car runs out of gas, the two make love while waiting for a tow truck and begin dating. Valentine's Day approaches and Fry begins to feel smothered by Amy, but as Fry prepares to break up with her, they get into a car accident that nearly kills him. With his body severely damaged, Fry's head is kept alive by being grafted onto Amy's shoulder. Fry breaks up with Amy anyway upon returning to Earth, so she arranges another date that Fry is forced to attend. Before Fry can unwillingly join Amy in an intimate relationship with her boyfriend, Leela saves him by prolonging their conversation and canceling their evening plans. Fry has his head is reattached to his repaired body the next day, and he and Amy continue to remain friends.
21 8 "Raging Bender" Ron Hughart Lewis Morton February 27, 2000 2ACV08 S02E12
Bender inadvertently defeats a champion robot boxer and is hired to become a member of the Ultimate Robot Fighting League. Leela agrees to train Bender to get back at her old sexist martial arts teacher Fnog. Bender becomes more popular with each fight he wins, which all turn out to be fixed, causing him to neglect his training. Soon, however, Bender's popularity begins to dwindle and he is instructed to throw the next match against a giant robot called Destructor. Leela only agrees to help Bender upon learning his opponent is trained by Fnog. During the fight, Leela discovers Destructor is being controlled remotely by Fnog, who she fights and beats up. Bender tries to use this opportunity to defeat Destructor, but his opponent falls on him and he loses the match anyway.
22 9 "A Bicyclops Built for Two" Susan Dietter Eric Kaplan March 19, 2000 2ACV09 S02E13
Leela meets another cyclops named Alcazar, who appears to be the only other remaining member of their kind following the destruction of their home planet of Cyclopia. Leela moves into Alcazar's castle and decides it is her duty to help rebuild their civilization with him, but he begins to treat her like a slave. Fry grows suspicious of Alcazar, but before he can persuade Leela, Alcazar proposes to her and she accepts. During the wedding, Fry and Bender discover that the planet has four other castles, each housing a different alien Alcazar had proposed to and is preparing to marry on the same day. Fry exposes the secret and Alcazar's five brides gang up on him, forcing him to reveal his true form as a shapeshifting bug-like alien. As they leave Alcazar's planet, Leela begins contemplating the odds of finding the planet she came from.
23 10 "A Clone of My Own" Rich Moore Patric M. Verrone April 9, 2000 2ACV10 S02E15
Farnsworth celebrates his 150th birthday, but begins to grow concerned about what will become of his inventions after he is gone, so he names a clone of himself, Cubert Farnsworth, to be his successor. However, Cubert shows no interest in becoming an inventor and harshly criticizes all of Farnsworth's ideas and inventions. Saddened, Farnsworth leaves a will revealing that he is in fact 160 years old, the age when people are taken to the Near-Death Star, a retirement home-like facility from which they never return. The crew and Cubert rescue Farnsworth while he is still unconscious, but their ship's light-speed engines are damaged. Fortunately, a blow Cubert sustained to the head during the escape causes him to gain Farnsworth's understanding of how the engines work. The crew safely returns to Earth, and Cubert tells Farnsworth that he has decided to follow in his "father's" footsteps.
24 11 "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back" Mark Ervin Bill Odenkirk April 2, 2000 2ACV11 S02E14
When Hermes takes a stress-relieving vacation, replacement bureaucrat Morgan Proctor becomes infatuated with Fry. Bender threatens to publicize their affair, but Morgan removes Bender's memory and hides it within the cavernous Central Bureaucracy.
25 12 "The Deep South" Bret Haaland J. Stewart Burns April 16, 2000 2ACV12 S02E16
A fishing trip over the ocean takes a turn for the worse when a colossal mouth bass pulls the Planet Express ship to the bottom of the sea. There, Fry falls in love with a mermaid named Umbriel with long blonde hair, and the crew discovers the sunken city of Atlanta, Georgia.
26 13 "Bender Gets Made" Peter Avanzino Eric Horsted April 30, 2000 2ACV13 S02E17
Bender takes a new job in the Robot Mafia, but his loyalty is tested when he goes along on the robotic gangster's efforts to rob the Planet Express ship.
27 14 "Mother's Day" Brian Sheesley Lewis Morton May 14, 2000 2ACV14 S02E19
Mom reprograms the world's robots to rebel against humanity. The only hope of salvation is Mom's old flame - Professor Farnsworth, who must rekindle his romance with Mom in order to save mankind.
28 15 "The Problem with Popplers" Chris Sauve & Gregg Vanzo Story by: Darin Henry & Patric M. Verrone
Teleplay by: Patric M. Verrone
May 7, 2000 2ACV15 S02E18
The crew discovers an irresistible source of food on a distant planet, and brings it back to Earth to be sold at the Fishy Joe's restaurant chain. But when it's discovered that the so-called "Popplers" are actually Omicronian babies, the Omicronians demand recompense.
29 16 "Anthology of Interest I" Chris Louden & Rich Moore Eric Rogers (Part 1)
Ken Keeler (Part 2)
David X. Cohen (Part 3)
May 21, 2000 2ACV16 S02E20
Farnsworth invents a What-If machine that simulates the Planet Express crew's wishes: Bender asks what if he were 500 feet (150 m) tall; Leela asks what if she were more impulsive; and Fry asks what if he never came to the future.
Terror at 500 Feet – Bender is built on another planet to be 500 feet tall and comes to Earth to wreak havoc. Desperate to put an end to Bender's rampage, the Planet Express crew turns Zoidberg into a 500-foot-tall (150 m) giant who fights and kills Bender.
Dial L for Leela – Farnsworth tells Leela that she will be named his successor because she is boring and predictable. Acting on impulse, Leela kills Farnsworth and the rest of the Planet Express crew except Fry, who she has sex with to keep him quiet.
The Un-Freeze of a Lifetime – After just missing falling into the cryogenic tube, Fry discovers a wormhole that threatens to destroy the universe if Fry does not go to the future. Instead of stepping into the tube, Fry destroys it and brings about the end of the universe.
30 17 "War Is the H-Word" Ron Hughart Eric Horsted November 26, 2000 2ACV17 S03E02
Upon enrolling in the Earth army to get a military discount at the convenience store, Fry and Bender are whisked into war against a planet of ball-like aliens. Leela secretly enters the ranks to keep an eye on her friends.
31 18 "The Honking" Susie Dietter Ken Keeler November 5, 2000 2ACV18 S03E01
At his late Uncle Vladimir's estate, Bender is run over by a vicious Werecar, inheriting the curse. The only way to stop Bender's fatal transformations is to seek out and destroy the original Werecar - the deadly Project Satan.
32 19 "The Cryonic Woman" Mark Ervin J. Stewart Burns December 3, 2000 2ACV19 S03E03
Fry, Leela, and Bender all lose their jobs at Planet Express after an accident, and they endeavor to return to their old jobs. Due to a mix-up of their career chips, Fry becomes a career counsellor at Applied Cryogenics, where he meets up with a familiar defrostee - his girlfriend from the 20th century, Michelle.

Critical reception[edit]

Reception[edit]

IGN gave the season a positive review of 9.0/10, "Amazing".[2]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

The season tied for 97th in the seasonal ratings with a 5.4% rating and 8.9% share. It tied with King of the Hill.[3]


Home releases[edit]

The original Volume Two home release.
Futurama: Volume Two
Set details Special features
  • Optional full-length commentaries on all 19 episodes
  • Animatic for "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?"
  • Deleted scenes from 15 episodes
  • Alien Alphabet
  • Concept art still gallery
  • International clips
  • Hidden movie poster easter eggs
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
August 12, 2003 November 11, 2002 May 13, 2003
Futurama: Volume 2
Set details Special features
  • 19 episodes
  • 3-cassette set (VHS)
  • 4-disc set (DVD)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio menu
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio episodes
  • Languages:
  • Subtitles:
    • English SDH
    • French
    • Spanish

Features different packaging to previous release of season, to match newer season releases.

  • Optional full-length commentaries on all 19 episodes
  • Animatic for "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?"
  • Deleted scenes from 15 episodes
  • Alien Alphabet
  • Concept art still gallery
  • International clips
  • Hidden movie poster easter eggs
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
July 17, 2012[1] TBA March 13, 2013[4]

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