Free Will Hunting
Episode 9 of 13 within Season Nine : Comedy Central. Item 127 of 145 overall.
Production number 7ACV09.
David X. Cohen - Writer
Frank Marino - Director
3 votes

Enrolling in college on a whim, Bender gets a questionable student loan from the Robot Mafia and falls in with a bad crowd. He then promptly drops out of college, gets addicted to robot drug "Spark," does dubious acts for Hedonismbot, and ultimately attempts to rob girl scouts (only for them to turn the tables on him) to earn money.

His downward spiral leads to his arrest and trial, but his lawyer argues that as a robot, he lacks free will and it was his programming that led to the sequence of events. The judge rules Bender not guilty, much to Bender's dismay.

original airdate--August 8,2012       rating--1.009 million

network--Comedy Central 

music--"Theme from Futurama" by Christopher Tyng


Title caption--Warning: Do Not Show To Horses

Title reference--The 1997 film Good Will Hunting

Goof--In this story, they can't charge Bender, because as a robot he doesn't have free will, but this has never been brought up before, when he or any other robot is on trial.

  • The Professor could have been wrong with robots not being able to hurt him. The gun's safety was on the whole time, so Bender may have only thought the programming was preventing him when it was really the safety all along.
  • If the free-will device was built after the Robots, then how did they know what shape it was going to be, to give to the robots?

Trivia--Bender delivers a package to Mr. 147573952589676412927 — which is equal to 267 − 1, and is a reference to mathematician Frank Nelson Cole.

  • As Bender is wandering the streets of the robot homeworld, he passes by a bank called (n+1)st National Bank.


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