|Episode no.||Season six
|Original air date||June 23, 2011|
|Opening caption||"Provides a full day's supply of Vitamin F!"|
"Neutopia" is the twentieth episode of the sixth season of the animated sitcom Futurama, and the premiere of Season 6-B. It is the twentieth episode of the sixth season in production order, and the 108th episode in broadcast order. It aired on Comedy Central in the United States on June 23, 2011.
Planet Express faces foreclosure and to raise money, Professor Farnsworth, Fry, Bender, Zoidberg, Hermes and Scruffy take advantage of a contract clause to force Leela, Amy, and LaBarbara to pose for a pin-up calendar. This plan does not work out, so the company converts into a private airline. During its maiden voyage the plane runs out of fuel and crashes on a planet made entirely of minerals with rivers of mercury.
Tensions begin to arise between the males and females, and each gender forms a group. A sentient rock alien appears and is fascinated by everyone's genders, as it is unfamiliar with the concept. The alien tests the two groups on gender superiority, challenging them to reach a glacier cave before the planet reaches perihelion, boiling the mercury. Both groups realize they can create a cooler from Bender's gas compressor, and the freon coil of a refrigerator fembot named Amana. Hermes and LaBarbara each steal a part from the other group, but are caught by each other. During an argument they end up having sex, and fail to create a cooler in time. The rock alien teleports everyone to the safety of the cave, and expresses its disappointment that both groups failed to cooperate with each other. In an attempt to resolve their differences, the alien uses its powers to neuter everyone.
Without the tension caused by genders, the castaways get along and work together to repair the crashed ship. However, Hermes and LaBarbara begin to miss the feeling of physical intimacy and demand the alien to restore their genders. The alien attempts to do so, but inadvertently switches their genders. Before the alien can fix its mistake, it is vaporized by Zapp Brannigan. Back at Planet Express, Leela and Amy take advantage of the contract clause to force the men-turned-women to pose for the calendar, and enough calendars are sold to save the business. Their celebrations are interrupted by the rock alien's friend, the Borax Kid, who restores everyone to their correct genders before leaving. Scruffy emerges from a bathroom, still female, having missed the Borax Kid's visit.
In earlier drafts of the script, the episode did not feature the characters switching to their opposite genders at all, nor the character of the Borax Kid. An original ending involved Amy's parents, Leo and Inez Wong, purchasing Planet Express and saving it from foreclosure.
- Fitzpatrick, Kevin (May 5, 2011). "Futurama's Gender-Bending Season Premiere 'Neutopia' Clip". ugo.com. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
- Cohen, David X.; Groening, Matt; Horsted, Eric; Fong, Edmund; Rowe, Michael; Burns, J. Stewart; DiMaggio, John; Lewis, Dawnn; West, Billy (2011). Futurama: Volume Six commentary for the episode "Neutopia" (DVD/BluRay Disc). 20th Century Fox.
David X. Cohen: Strangely enough, in a early draft of the script, there was this crazy thing where Amy's parents came in and saved the day.... Let me back up, there was a draft where early on Amy's parents were considering buying the building for some reason, and at the end they came in and did buy the building, which saved the company.
- "Neutopia" at the Infosphere, the Futurama Wiki.