"XMAS STORY" is the fourth episode in the second production season of
* 1 Plot * 2 Production * 3 Cultural references * 4 References * 5 External links
While on a ski trip, Fry begins to feel nostalgic for 20th century Christmases . To cheer him up, the rest of the Planet Express staff decide to decorate for what is now called Xmas, which includes cutting down an Xmas tree (which are now palm trees , since pine trees are extinct).
Fry decides to venture into the city to buy Leela a present as she has not felt happy about Xmas since she was an orphan. The others warn him to be back before sundown, or else he will be killed by a murderous robotic Santa Claus . In the year 2801, The Friendly Robot Company developed a robotic version of St. Nick himself to determine who has been naughty and who has been nice. Unfortunately, due to a programming error, the jolly robotic saint soon turned into a mad murderer when his standards were set too high. Thus, he will kill anyone who has been naughty, which, by his standards is essentially everybody. Meanwhile, Bender befriends several homeless robots and goes on a robbery spree.
Fry buys Leela a parrot , which escapes. Leela heads out to rescue Fry before Robot Santa arrives. After pursuing the parrot to the top of a tall building, Fry is saved from plunging to his death by Leela and the two reconcile in the song "Love Will Find A Way ".
Unfortunately, Fry and Leela's safety is short-lived, as sundown finally comes and the robotic Santa Claus makes his appearance and attacks the two friends (whom they fall in love with each other).
Fry and Leela take refuge in the Planet Express building after being saved by Bender and his homeless robot friends, but Santa breaks in through the chimney and claims that they "all have been very naughty" (except for Doctor Zoidberg ). Thanks to some quick thinking by Doctor Zoidberg, Santa is forced back into the chimney, where an explosion sends him and his mechanical reindeer tumbling into the stratosphere .
Everybody celebrates by singing "Santa Claus Is Gunning You Down ". However, Santa promises: "I'll be back when you least expect it: NEXT XMAS!".
The plot for this episode was one of the first storylines that Matt
David X. Cohen
In this episode, Bender receives a card from the machine that built
him, referring to him as "Son #1729", a reference to the
Hardy–Ramanujan number . According to
Ken Keeler , co-executive
producer of the series, they could have chosen any number but chose to
include an interesting one instead. Many of the maths and science
jokes in the series found their way into
Life in Hell
The gift exchange of combs references the short story "The Gift of the Magi " by O. Henry.
Fry falling down the face of the clock is a reference to The
Hudsucker Proxy and to the comic actor
Tinny Tim from the "shelter for down-and-out robots" is a reference
to Tiny Tim from A
* ^ A B C D Cohen, David X.