Nothing is sacred to Matt Groening's Futurama, so buckle your seatbelt and get ready to take off again with the crew of the Planet Express. Volume Two leaps directly into more sticky situations for Frye, Leela, Bender, Dr. Zoidberg, Amy, Hermes, and Professor Farnsworth. Back for more episodes are Zap Brannigan and Kiff, (Brannigan's uniform is still waaaaaaay too short!) and more of Mom from Mom's Robot Company.
The only problem with Volume Two is that, again, there is not 'Play All' option on the discs, which is really annoying. You have to start each episode separately and hit Play a second time. (This is fixed by Volume Three). There are more commentaries and deleted scenes though, available for each episode.
Here's a rundown of the episodes:
Episode One-I Second That Emotion.
Nibbler chips a tooth biting Bender's hinder. Everyone makes a fuss over Nibbler and Bender gets jealous. Bender flushes Nibbler down the toilet. Bender has to wear an emotion chip tuned to Leela's frequency so he will feel her pain of loss. Everyone winds out down in the sewer looking for nibbler and finds the mutants colony.
Episode Two-Brannigan, Begin Again.
Zapp and Kiff are stripped of their titles for destroying the DOOP station. This episode spoofs Midnight Cowboy in a hilarious, side-clutching parody. Professor Farnsworth hires Zapp and Kiff. Zapp fools Bender and Frye into mutiny against Leela, but then they have to reinstate her so she can save the day.
Episode Three-A Head In The Polls.
It's election day. Bender sells his body for cash, and Richard Nixon's head buys it to run for presidency against clones John Jackson and Jack Johnson. Leela and Frye have to help Bender get his body back and get Nixon out of the presidential race.
Episode Four-Xmas Story.
Nothing says xmas like a roaring fire and a super-squirter full of cognac. The crew visits the Catskills on a ski trip. The skiing is sidesplitting, especially the professors and Zoidberg's. In Xmas of the future, the robot Santa Clause's standards are too high, so *everybody* is naughty. If you are caught out after dark, Santa will cut your head off. Not one for the kiddies. "I'm going to shove coal so far up your stocking you'll be coughing out diamonds."
Episode Five-Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love?
One of my favorites! Dr. Zoidberg becomes heavy with male jelly, and must visit his old scuttling grounds on his home planet for the mating frenzy. But Edna, the female of Zoidberg's interest, becomes infatuated with Frye. Zoidberg challenges Frye to Claw-Plock, a fight to the death.
Episode Six-The Lesser Of Two Evils.
While driving an old fashioned automobile at the Past-O-Rama, fry hits another bending unit named Flexo. Bender and Flexo become friends. The professor takes everyone into his bed to show off the jumbonion atom they have to deliver to the Miss Parallel Universe Contest. The crew requests a more comfortable setting for the showing, so Farnsworth takes them to the bath. The atom is stolen on the trip to the Contest, and Flexo is suspected.
Episode Seven-Put Your Head On My Shoulder.
Amy buys a new car and takes Frye on a drive to Mercury, where they run out of gas. Amy and Frye become an item afterward. But when Frye tries to break up with Amy by taking Zoidberg with them on a trip to Europa, Zoidberg crashes the car and has to attach Frye's head onto Amy's body.
Episode Eight-Raging Bender.
Hermes comes back from vacation with a brain slug on his head. In an incident at an 'All My Circuits' movie, Bender accidentally takes down The Masked Unit and is recruited for Ultimate Robot Fighting as Bender The Offender. When he looses popularity, he has to wear a tutu and fight as The Gender Bender. But the fight is really between Leela and an old acquaintance that hurt her feelings a long time ago.
Episode Nine-A Bicyclops Built For Two.
Everyone enters the internet, and spends time in chat rooms. During a virtual reality game, Leela finds one of her own species but Frye destroys him. Now she has to find him in real life. When he contacts her, she abandons a delivery to visit him, but discovers he's not what he says he is. This episode spoofs 'Married With Children'.
Episode Ten-A Clone Of My Own.
It's Professor Farnsworth's 150th birthday. Faced with his own mortality, he presents a clone he created 12 years ago from one of the shapelier growths on his back. Hubert Farnsworth. Hubert is such a brat that the Professor calls the Sunset Robots to take him away. Now the crew must find him and bring him back.
Episode Eleven-How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back.
Hermes makes a mistake and is demoted by the Central Bureaucracy and forced onto paid vacation. Morgan, a level 19 bureaucrat, replaces him, and is turned on by Frye's filthiness. (Dirty Boy! Dirty Boy!) Morgan takes Bender's brain because Bender catches her with Frye. It's up to Hermes, who knows his way around Bureaucracy, to save the day.
Episode Twelve-The Deep South.
Instead of a pet license for Nibble, Hermes requisitions a mandatory fishing license. So the crew goes fishing. Bender catches a colossal big mouth bass that pulls the ship underwater. Frye meets a mermaid named Umbriel from the Lost City of Atlanta.
Episode Thirteen-Bender Gets Made.
Bender causes an accident on the Elzar show (digs on Emeril) and has to work off a debt. He falls into company with the robot mafia, and has to assist them on a heist of Zuban cigars from Leela and Frye.
Episode Fourteen-Mother's Day.
Mom is back! The bony, chainsmoking old woman in the mechanical fat suit. Mom has always hated mother's day, so she programs all the robots to rebel against humans unless she is elected Supreme Overlord of Earth. Mom is grumpy because Dr Farnsworth once played 'pelvic pinochle' with her, and she misses him. Now Farnsworth must step up and steal Mom's bra.
Episode Fifteen-The Problem With Popplers.
This is one of my very favorites. Two days away from earth with no food, the Planet Express stops at a remote planet for food. They find a hole filled with fried shrimp and discover they are delicious. Frye says, "They're kind of like $ex, except I'm having them." Bender starts selling popplers and their franchise is bought by Fishy Joe's. But Leela discovers Popplers are intelligent, and while trying to ban the consumption of them, the popplers violent space parents show up. Zap Brannigan is back as negotiator.
Episode Sixteen-Anthology of Interest 1.
Professor Farnsworth activates his "What If" machine. Bender wonders, 'What if I were 500 feet tall?', Leela asks 'What if I were more impulsive?', and Frye asks 'What if I never fell into the freezer?'. Guest stars Steven Hawking, Nichelle Nicols, and ex-VP Al Gore.
Episode Seventeen-War Is The H Word.
Love this episode too! Frye and Bender join the army to get their 5% discount on ham-flavored gum, but are sent to war. Leela must enroll as a man to save them, because Zap Brannigan doesn't allow women in the armed forces. Spoofs M.A.S.H. Bender becomes a hero and is planted with a bomb set to explode when he says the word "AxSS". Time is short for Leela and Frye to save him. Very funny shower scene in this episode, plus the hilarious scene where Henry Kissinger's head tells the Ball-People that, in war, we've all seen too many body bags and ball sacks.
Episode Eighteen-The Honking.
Bender's uncle dies and leaves him his castle, on the condition that he spends one night in it. The crew stays the night, but Bender becomes haunted by a strange car. After consulting a circus fortune telling booth, Bender discovers he's a Were-car. This episode makes fun of Christine and Dracula.
Episode Ten-The Cryonic Woman.
Bender and Frye steal the Planet Express ship and go for a joyride. Leela is held responsible and all three are fired. Through an employment chip mix-up, Frye gets a job as cryogenic counselor in charge of waking freezers. He is surprised to see his old girlfriend Michelle waking up in the future. Michelle doesn't fit in and convinces Frye to go to the future with her. Guest stars Paulie Shore.
As in Volume One, the humor of Futurama is adult and racy, but campy and hilariously enjoyable. It's a warped comedy with a naughty sense of humor, so if that is your cup of tea, run out and grab all four seasons! Enjoy!