Bendin' in the Wind

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"Bendin' in the Wind"
Futurama episode
Episode no. Season three
Episode 13
Directed by Ron Hughart
Written by Eric Horsted
Production code 3ACV13
Original air date April 22, 2001
Opening caption "Federal Law Prohibits Changing The Channel"
Opening cartoon "A Coy Decoy" (1941)
Guest actors

Beck as Beck's Head

Season three episodes
List of Futurama episodes

"Bendin' in the Wind" is the fourteenth episode in season three of the animated television series Futurama. It first aired in North American on April 22, 2001, on the Fox network. It guest-stars Beck as himself. Bender becomes a folksinger after being broken, and starts touring with Beck. The title comes from the Bob Dylan song "Blowin' in the Wind".


Fry gets a free Volkswagen microbus, excavated from the ruins of Old New York. He pushes it back to the Planet Express office, and has to fuel it with whale oil, which replaced gasoline. Bender lifts the barrel of whale oil to the can opener, but is caught by the opener's magnet and horribly damaged.

At the Cedars-Sinewave Robot Hospital, the doctor informs Bender that he will never move again. Bender falls into a state of depression, which is not helped by Patch Cord Adams; but when he finds out that Beck's disembodied head is occupying the bed next to him (he was attempting to affix a mannequin to his head), his spirits are lifted. Beck loans Bender a set of neck-mounted robotic mini-arms. Using the arms to scrape across his mangled body, Bender earns the position of Beck's washboard player.

Bender goes on tour with Beck, and Fry, Leela, Amy, and Dr. Zoidberg pile into Fry's van to follow them. Unfortunately, their money is destroyed in the laundry, so they are unable to buy food to live on. Things are eventually solved, however, when Zoidberg coughs up some pretty pearls, which Leela and Amy string together as jewelry to sell. While on tour, Bender is insulted by the treatment of other broken robots. As the tour continues, Bender writes a song about broken robots. Together with Beck, he decides to put on a benefit concert in San Francisco to help all the broken robots.

Fry and the crew catch up with Bender, who is relaxing in a San Francisco hotel. To everyone's shock, they discover that Bender has miraculously been fixed. To keep his music career, Bender decides to fake still being broken. The concert goes on as planned, but when the time comes to perform Bender's song, he cannot restrain himself, and dances around the stage. Having been found out, Bender runs off with the oversized benefit check in Fry's Volkswagen.

Bender, being pursued by an irate Beck, drives the microbus into the San Francisco Bay. Beck catches Bender, and recovers the check, but he forgives him since Bender has done so much for broken robots. The crew floats back to New New York in the microbus.

Broadcast and reception[edit]

In its initial airing, the episode received a Nielsen rating of 3.6/7, placing it 79th among primetime shows for the week of April 16–22, 2001.[1]


  1. ^ Ray, Kenneth (2001-04-30). "BroadcastWatch.(Statistical Data Included)". Broadcasting & Cable (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

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