HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: FUTURAMA – THE HONKING

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Billy West (Sabrina: TTW)
Katey Sagal (8 Simple Rules)
John DiMaggio (Adventure Time)
Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons)
Maurice LaMarce (Frozen)
David Herman (Angel)
Lauren Tom (Bad Santa)
Phil LaMarr (Free Enterprise)
Frank Welker (The Simpsons)

As part of his late uncle Vladimir’s last will, Bender has to spend a night in his family’s sinister old castle near Thermostadt, the capital of the Robo-Hungarian Empire. However, the castle’s holographic “robot ghosts” cause him to flee out into the night, where he is promptly run over by a mysterious non-hover car.

After returning to New New York, Bender begins to experience nightmares and blackouts, and starts to believe that the car has followed him home. In the city, mysterious tire tracks are discovered at places where Bender has been. Worried, he seeks “professional help” from a coin-operated Gypsy Bot machine. It informs him that he was run over by a “werecar”, the robotic equivalent of a werewolf, and has thus become one himself. He is cursed to keep running people over and eventually kill his best friend, Fry. The only thing that can lift the curse is to destroy the original werecar. That night, Bender indeed turns into a sedan that resembles the 1971 Lincoln from the movie The Car and goes after Leela. This angers Fry, who takes this as a sign that Bender does not consider him to be his best friend after all.hqdefaultAfter narrowly surviving Bender’s nocturnal rampage, the crew returns to the village near Uncle Vladimir’s castle. From there, they follow a trail of various bizarre werecars, until they ultimately find the original werecar: Project Satan, a demonic car built a thousand years earlier from parts of the “most evil cars in history” (such as Hitler’s Mercedes and the Manson Family’s Volkswagen transporter).
In the final act, Bender once again transforms, and this time goes after Fry, to the latter’s immense joy. A climactic fight ensues between Leela, Fry, Bender-car, and Project Satan. Project Satan accidentally drives into a large furnace, destroying himself and lifting the curse. The episode ends with Bender violently strangling Fry for taking his last beer, signaling their friendship has returned to normal—or what passes for it between them.futurama301thehonkingwn4.7379The Honking is a Bender-centric episode, but it’s one in which he’s actually not responsible for any of the action. For once, he’s a passive victim of any and all wrong-doing; it’s technically possible that he murdered his Uncle Vladimir (an idea that Vladimir mentions in his will), but since the robot died in his bed of apparent old age, and since the idea of Bender being the murderer is only mentioned as throwaway joke, I’d say his hands are clean. This is unusual, but makes for an entertaining episode