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Futurama episode
"Mother's Day"
Futurama 219 - Mother's Day.jpg
Bender and Comrade Greeting Card
Episode no. 27
Prod. code 2ACV14
Airdate May 7, 2000
Writer(s) Lewis Morton
Director Brian Sheesley
Opening subtitle Larva-Tested, Pupa-Approved
Opening cartoon "Bold King Cole"
Season 2
November 1999 – December 2000
  1. I Second That Emotion
  2. Brannigan, Begin Again
  3. A Head in the Polls
  4. Xmas Story
  5. Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?
  6. The Lesser of Two Evils
  7. Put Your Head on My Shoulder
  8. Raging Bender
  9. A Bicyclops Built for Two
  10. A Clone of My Own
  11. How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back
  12. The Deep South
  13. Bender Gets Made
  14. Mother's Day
  15. The Problem with Popplers
  16. Anthology of Interest I
  17. War Is the H-Word
  18. The Honking
  19. The Cryonic Woman
List of all Futurama episodes...

"Mother's Day" is episode fourteen in season two of Futurama. It originally aired in North America on May 14, 2000.



Every Mother's Day, robots made in Mom's Friendly Robot Company factories around the world give gifts, money and cards to the owner of the corporation, Mom. However, -despite promoting it extensively- she actually hates this day, carelessly redirecting all gifts for some hocus-pocus philanthropic causes, cure for cancer and orphanage-grade toilet paper.

Furthermore, Mom is of a bitter mood this year, remembering a romantic affair that had ended 70 years prior. Such doomed romance had been with a younger Professor Hubert Farnsworth, then an employee of Mom's Friendly Robot Company. When Mom insisted that the Professor's latest design, a children's toy named Q.T. (Cutie) McWhiskers, be changed to an eight-foot-tall death machine to be sold on the intergalactic arms market, the Professor, enraged, stormed out of the room, and they hadn't seen each other since.

In revenge then, Mom attempts to become the supreme overlord of Earth for this Mother's Day ("This year everyone will hate it as much as I do"), ordering the entire robot population of the planet to rebel and overthrow humanity through a control that transmits to every robot's antenna.

Wishing to end the robot rebellion and save humanity, Mom's three sons, Walt, Larry, and Igner, cooperate with the Planet Express crew to obtain the robot control Mom keeps in her bra. Their plan is to bring Mom to her rustic cabin in the Bronx (though on the map provided it is actually in Queens), have the Professor seduce her -as the only way to make her happy again-, remove her bra, and use the control to end the rebellion. They give the crew a valuable non-computer-drawn map to their destination. Because of the distance, and the complete dependence on hover technology, Fry designs and builds a wagon (with oval wheels) to carry the Professor, but is then forced to pull it to the cabin.

When the Professor and Mom do meet, however, their love is rekindled, and they erupt into sex. Amidst this, everyone else comes in to escape the robots, who have made their way to the Bronx, irrupting into Mom's cabin. For not interrupting their romantic evening, Mom then decides to finally call off the rebellion, but her bra is nowhere to be found. After searching, it is found to be hanging on a robotic fan which refuses to return it. Fortunately, Bender arrives and Mom asks him to recover her bra. While he initially refuses, when his card states that in the post-rebellion "robot worker's paradise" (Communist state) there will be no liquor, Bender angrily tears up the card and fetches the bra from the fan.

Mom uses the remote control to stop the rebellion, but dumps the Professor after learning of their plot. Life is then returned to normal. In order for the Professor to remember Mom, he sends out his albino shouting gorillas to yell her name from the roof-tops.

Cultural references

  • The opening subtitle "Larva-Tested, Pupa-Approved" is reminiscent of the slogan for Kix cereal, "Kid-Tested, Mother-Approved!".
  • The can of soup Fry tries to open says "Quantum Leek," which is a reference to the TV show titled Quantum Leap.
  • The robot rebellion is a parody of communist revolution. This is particularly evident from the dialogs between Bender and the electronic greeting card in which common elements of the Marxist lexicon are uttered by the latter, notably comrade and bourgeoisie.
  • The paper the cigarette dispenser-bot is burning is a punched card.
  • The garbage can throwing itself through the window of Sal's Pizzeria is a reference to the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing.
  • A later dialog between Bender & the Electronic Greeting Card brings up 'the boring peaceful kind of taking to the streets', and shouts 'in your face, Gandhi'. This is in reference to the non-violent independence movement initiated by Gandhi in India.
  • When Walt is showing the map of the surrounding area, an area called "Cloakwood Forest" is visible. This is a reference to the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • The flashback scene of Mom and Farnsworth riding a bicycle in happier times is a parody of a similar scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The scene also features a mock-up of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", which was featured in the original movie scene.
  • One of the robots waiting for Mom is a Betamax video recorder.
  • Mom's fatsuit retracts and disappears from view in a manner similar to various science fiction robotic mechanisms, such as the headpieces of the Horus Guards in Stargate or Transformers.
  • Mom's universal robot remote control features the options 'Serve Man (Regular)' and 'Serve Man (Ironic)', a reference to To Serve Man.


  • In this episode, none of the Planet Express crew members know what a wheel is, but wheels have been seen in such episodes as "A Head in the Polls" (when Bender is driving his toy car) and "The Honking" (Bender transforms into a 20th century car with standard wheels).
  • Mom says that she hasn't seen Farnsworth in 70 years, even though she came to the Planet Express office in "A Fishful of Dollars" and saw him there without either one of them mentioning their past.
  • In Xmas Story and Bender Gets Made, Tinny Tim's crutch was on his right side, but in this episode the crutch is on his left side.
  • Two robots from "Raging Bender" appear in this episode: The Chain Smoker (who burns a punch card as if it were a draft card) and Destructor (who punches a hole through a building during a newscast).
  • The two new's anchors Morbo and Linda are seen in front of the Planet Express offices, even though they previously said that they were based in Los Angeles.

Broadcast and reception

This episode was rated TV-14 for suggestive dialogue (D), sexual situations (S), offensive language (L), and violence (V) on Fox. On Cartoon Network, this was also rated TV-14, but only for suggestive dialogue (D), and on Comedy Central, this episode is rated TV-14 with no sub-ratings.

In its initial airing, the episode received a Nielsen rating of 3.9/9, placing it 79th among primetime shows for the week of May 8-14, 2000. [1]


  1. ^ "PEOPLE'S CHOICE.(broadcast TV network prime time ratings)(Statistical Data Included)". Broadcasting & Cable (Reed Business Information). 2000-05-22. Retrieved 2009-03-07.  

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