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Futurama episode
"I Dated a Robot"
Futurama ep47.jpg
The crew and Lucy Liu's head hide from the Liu-bots.
Episode no. 47
Prod. code 3ACV15
Airdate May 13, 2001
Writer(s) Eric Kaplan
Director James Purdum
Opening subtitle No Humans Were Probed In The Making Of This Episode
Opening cartoon "Censored"
Guest star(s) Lucy Liu
Season 3
January 2001 – December 2002
  1. Amazon Women in the Mood
  2. Parasites Lost
  3. A Tale of Two Santas
  4. The Luck of the Fryrish
  5. The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz
  6. Bendless Love
  7. The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
  8. That's Lobstertainment!
  9. The Cyber House Rules
  10. Where the Buggalo Roam
  11. Insane in the Mainframe
  12. The Route of All Evil
  13. Bendin' in the Wind
  14. Time Keeps On Slippin'
  15. I Dated a Robot
  16. A Leela of Her Own
  17. A Pharaoh to Remember
  18. Anthology of Interest II
  19. Roswell That Ends Well
  20. Godfellas
  21. Future Stock
  22. The 30% Iron Chef
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"I Dated a Robot" is the fifteenth episode in season three of Futurama. It originally aired on May 13, 2001.



After the crew sees an episode of The Scary Door, Fry decides to do all the things he always wanted to do; and the Planet Express crew obliges. After demolishing a planet, visiting the edge of the universe, and riding a dinosaur, one of his few remaining fantasies is to date a celebrity. Fry and Leela venture into the Internet to visit and download a celebrity's personality. Fry downloads the personality of Lucy Liu into a blank robot, which begins projecting an image of her.

Fry and the Lucy Liu robot begin dating, aided by her being programmed to like Fry. The other Planet Express employees, concerned about his relationship, show him the standard middle-school film (similar to Boys Beware) that predicts the destruction of civilization if humans date robots. Unfortunately, Fry ignores the movie and keeps making out with his Lucy Liubot.

Bender, offended by the concept of competing with humans for the attention of female robots, sets off with Leela and Zoidberg to shut down Nappster. In the Nappster building a broken sign eventually reveals that the company is actually "Kidnappster". Breaking into the back room Bender discovers that Nappster has been kidnapping the heads of celebrities and making illegal copies of them. Leela grabs Lucy Liu's head and the four take off. The Nappster CFO loads a backup disk of Lucy Liu, and creates a horde of Lucy Liu robots ordered to kill (by having their settings changed from "competent lawyer" to "erotic assassin").

Leela and her group, running from the robot horde, duck into a movie theater, where Fry is seeing a movie with his Lucy Liu robot. Everyone ducks into the projection room. Zoidberg discovers a five ton bag of popping corn, and sends it pouring onto the robots on the theater floor. The robots eat their way out from under the corn and start shooting popcorn kernels from their mouths at the room. Fry's Liu-bot points the projector at the other robots, and the heat causes the popcorn to pop, bursting the robots. At the request of the real Lucy Liu, Fry blanks his robot. A hypocritical Bender begins dating & kissing Lucy Liu's head much to Fry's anger.

Broadcast and reception

In its initial airing, the episode received a Nielsen rating of 3.8/8, placing it 76th among primetime shows for the week of May 7-13, 2001. [1]


  1. ^ "BroadcastWatch (prime time television ratings, week of May 7-13)". Broadcasting & Cable (Reed Business Information). 2001-05-21. Retrieved 2009-03-07.  

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