Originally posted by asimov:
i was just watching the episode leela's homeworld then and i found something weird. in the scene where fry, leela and bender are being held above the toxic waste leela's parents cry out her name, then stop her being submerged. Leela was not going to be hurt by the waters, she is a mutant and the waters don't mutate mutants, her parents would've known that and so shouldn't have worried so much about it. it's not like they were going to be hurt in other way?
Leela thinks she's an alien, and her parents will go to great lengths to insure she continue to believe that. If Leela suddenly know she's a mutant, she might jeopardize her standing in society. They're even ready to die, rather than telling her the truth. If Leela had touched the water and not mutated she would be able to put two and two together, or the other mutants would tell her.
also, how come hermes didn't get mutated when he ate the undiulated toxic waste?
Maybe there is some other chemical in Lake Mutagenic that triggers the mutagenic effect in the toxic waste.