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There was a recent effort by "Ostab Bender" in the futurama newsgroup to revive the capsule writing biz.
As the repsonds in the group were scarce, I proposed to have a go here. Please try to add where you can and please stay on topic in this thread. Make clear which section you are adding to, thanks. Here we go:

I Dated A Robot                         Written by Eric Kaplan
                                        Directed by James Purdum
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Production code: 3ACV15                   Original Airdate on FOX: 5/13/2001
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TV Guide synopsis:

 In the season finale, Fry's friends try to break up his new romance with
 a robot modeled after Lucy Liu (as herself), whose image is being
 illegally copied onto blank robots.

==============================================================================
> Title sequence
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Opening theme promotion:
    NO HUMANS WERE PROBED IN THE MAKING OF THIS EPISODE

Opening theme cartoon:

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> Did You Notice...
==============================================================================

 All robots have square pupils. For instance: compare the real Lucy Liu
 head and Liubots.

Emetib67334

 The stuff in the Scary Door, the flaming Big mac, the soup that spells watch
 out, the snowball with Groucho glasses?

 The Star Trek feud between Kirk and Parcad is still going on?

 Charlies Angels III was released in 2007?

 Fry's new hands are darker than his old ones?

 The Cryogenic freezing capsule on the magazine cover at the newsstand?

 The Hitler patch has no swatstica?

Mike Zaite

 At the end Liubot said "Fry" in regular voice, not mechanical when referring
 to him

 The Professor's computer says AOL in FAL2 when they were going on the net to
 find Nappster.

 The Bowl of alphabet soup in "The Scary Door" intro reads "WATCH OUT"

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> Voice Credits
==============================================================================
- Starring
   - Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Prof. Farnsworth, Billy)
   - Katey Sagal (Leela)
   - John DiMaggio (Bender, Nappster CEO)
   - Tress MacNeille (Billy's mother, Mavis)

Guest Starring
   - David Herman
   - Phil Lamarr (Hermes Conrad)
   - Lauren Tom (Amy Wong)
   - Frank Welker

- Special Appearance by
   - Lucy Liu (Herself, Liubots)

- Also Starring
   - Maurice LaMarche

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> Movie (and other) references
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   + "Twilight Zone" (TV series)
      - "The Scary Door" TV show is a spoof
      - The show episode is a combination of several "Twilight Zone"
        plots.
      - The second actor in "The Scary Door" looks exactly like
        Sebastian Cabot (Mr. French on 'Family Affair') who played
        the criminal's "guardian angel" in the hell episode of
        "The Twilight Zone".

   + LENSCRAFTERS (the eyeglasses store chain)
      - HANDS CRAFTERS. Similar name. Similar logo. Similar slogan.

   + Napster (a program to exchange sound and music on the internet)
      - Nappster.com is reference to that. So are the lines "Internet
        is about a free exchange and sale of other people's ideas.
        We've done nothing wrong" and "And Nappster says illegal copies
        never hurt anyone".

   + Nagware (Shareware programs with nagging reminder screens)
      - Liubot's "Would you like to take a moment to register me?" is a
        reference to a popular (and annoying) practice of inserting
        nagging reminders in demo versions of shareware and commercial
        programs.

   + Dunkin Donuts (Donut shop)
      - DINKIN' DONUTS is a reference to that.

   + Mayor of New York
      - Dinkin' Donuts is also named after the former Mayor of New York.
        I remember his picture above the sign. {rjm}

   + Shanghai Noon (Movie)
      - Lucy Liu was rescued by Jackie Chan in "Shanghai Noon". {rjm}
        That was before he got all doughy, obviously.

   + Terminator 2 (Movie)
      - Liubot in the projection room getting hit by corn is a takeoff
        of the scene in Terminator 2 where the terminator walks down the
        corridor getting hit by bullets.

   + "All in the Family" (TV series)
       - Bender sitting on a couch smoking a cuban talking (in an
         uneducated manner) about how humans and robots shouldn't
         be getting together. {ink}

   + "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (Movie)
        - One of the Luibot-sexy assassins stops to pose in a low kung fu
          stance saying "Robot Crouching Tiger". {ink}

   + "Charlie's Angels" (Movie)
        -  "Charlie's Angels III" was playing at the cinema. {ink}

   + City Slickers II (Movie)
        - "CHARLIE'S ANGELS III THE LEGEND OF CHARLIE'S GOLD" title
          derived from "City Slickers II: the Legend of Curly's Gold" {rjm}

   + Star Wars (Movie)
        - The planet destruction scene resembled the explosion of Alderaan
          (and the planet looked similar). {rjm}

   + Jurrasic Park (Movie)
        - The dinosaur scene is an obvious reference to 'Jurassic Park'.
        - Plus the place is called "Jurrasic Kiddie Park" {rjm}

   + National Parks (Parks)
        - The "Edge of the Universe" sign looks exactly like those in
          national parks {rjm}

    + Wake ME Up, Before You Go-Go (Song by Wham)
        - George Michael's head says please pick me up before you go-go {e6}

    + Truman Era propaganda educational films
        - The whole "I Dated A Robot" video shown to Fry. {MZ}

    + Star Trek Newsgroups
        - The Kirk/Picard argument is still going strong. {MZ}

==============================================================================
> Previous episode references
==============================================================================
- "The Scary Door"
   - [2ACV03] first appearance of that TV show

- Popcorn explosion
   - [2ACV09] The popcorn destined for Cineplex 14 planet explodes on
              approach to the sun.

==============================================================================
> Freeze frame fun
==============================================================================
Heads at Nappster: Marin, Harrison Ford, Pamela Anderson, George Michael,
                   Madelen Albright. {MZ}

==============================================================================
> Animation, continuity, and other goofs
==============================================================================

Emetib67334

 In A Bicyclops Built For Two it took 7 years to get on the internet.

 The robot in the film wasn't in a hard drive like Fry's was.

 Was Liubots skin a hologram or what?

 If it was, how could she change clothes?

 When did Bender steal Poveroti's head?

 The third Angel in the movie looks nothing like Drew Barrymore

Larry F

 When you see Cylon and Garfunkel take the stage, there
 is only one microphone. Cylon has to bend over to share it. When they
 change to a back view, there is a second microphone by Cylon.


==============================================================================
> Reviews
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> Comments and other observations
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« Reply #1 on: 09-04-2001 17:12 »

> Did You Notice...
at 5:40 into the episode, the alien winning the milky way has a sign with 3 alien letters on it. didnt decode it yet.
> Movie (and other) references
  • at 2:52, Fry blowing up the planet looks like a reference to Star Wars (3?) to me.

> Previous episode references
  • maybe 11:48 into the episode, alien spaceships shoot down buildings like in 1acv01
  • 16:47 the cinema from raging bender (Loew's aleph-0 -plex)

Chump

Urban Legend
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« Reply #2 on: 09-04-2001 18:09 »

Did you Notice...
>The Space Pope genus is Crocodylus Pontifex
>Dinkin Donuts offers to replace food that is not reasonably clean
Nixorbo

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« Reply #3 on: 09-04-2001 20:49 »

No, Dinkin' Donuts' offer is:

If food is not reasonably clean, please return uneaten portion for a partial refund.
Chump

Urban Legend
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« Reply #4 on: 09-04-2001 21:08 »

whatever
same difference.
Sarge

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« Reply #5 on: 09-04-2001 23:59 »

Nerd Alert! Nerd Alert!
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« Reply #6 on: 09-06-2001 15:59 »

the good kind of nerds  tongue

transcript by Ostab Bender, too
Dr_Dave

Bending Unit
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« Reply #7 on: 09-07-2001 05:58 »

Opening Theme Cartoon:

Warner Brothers, "Censored", 1944.

This is a Private Snafu cartoon.  Originally made for the US military and not shown in theaters.
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