War is the H-Word
Episode 2 of 15 within Season Three : FOX. Item 31 of 145 overall.
Production number 2ACV17.
Eric Horsted - Writer
Ron Hughart - Director
69 votes

Bender and Fry volunteer for military duty to enjoy the benefits of the soldiers's discount. When war breaks out later that same day, Leela too decides to join the all-male ranks, under the guise of Lee Lemon, and creates quite a stir for her leader, Zapp Brannigan.

original airdate-- November 26,2000   rating--3.7 million


music--"Theme from Futurama" by Christopher Tyng


opening subtitle--General Sherman's words "War Is Hell"

opening cartoon--Felix the Cat in "Neptune Nonsense"

Trivia--The Earthicans used positron shooters against the Spheroids.

Goofs: Bender's ID-tag pinned on his chest changes position several times during the episode. In some shots it's even gone.

  • When Leela tells Bender to stop destroying the earth she has her arms crossed. When it cuts they're down.
  • When Bender is brought into the surgery tent and Zap is holding Nixon, the level of the fluid in Nixon's jar changes between angles. In the wider shots it covers his whole head, in the closer ones the top of his head is above the fluid.
  • When Bender enters the officer's bar, he has two medals on his chest. In the last shot of him they have both disappeared.
  • When Leela says she wants to enroll in to the army Kif is standing right next to Brannigan. When it cuts Kif is gone.

Trivia: The store where Fry buys ham-flavored chewing gum has a sign that says, "Free bag of ice-9 with six-pack". Ice-9 is a fictional form of ice which is solid at room temperature, described by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in his novel "Cat's Cradle".

  • The scene where it switches to the hospital has many large references to the classic American TV series M*A*S*H. The PA announcer and the scene with Dr. Zoidberg arguing with a robot (which has "iHawk" written on the front, referencing Hawkeye Pierce, the series' main character) are both the two main examples.
  • When it aired originally, the last few minutes of the episode were pre-empted on the East Coast of the United States for a live news conference, held by Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, announcing the soon-to-be-controversial certification that named George W. Bush the winner in Florida of the 2000 presidential election. The interruption by Fox News occurred just after Bender screamed when he thought he said the word to blow up the planet, followed by a few seconds of black screen.

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Previous episode :
030 The Honking
Next episode :
032 The Cryonic Woman

regional titles

War is the H-Word
La guerre, c'est l'enfer
Krieg auf Spheron Eins
Guerra dell'altro mondo
La Guerra es una M