Near the end of “Futurama” Season 7, the episode “Leela and the Genestalk” graced the small screen, featuring the titular cyclops in a fight for her life. A mutation — referred to as squidification — causes her to grow tentacles, so the Planet Express gang has to find a way to cure her. Much to the behest of everyone, Fry buys magic beans that end up sprouting a beanstalk with a genetic engineering facility disguised as a castle at the top. Leela ends up captured, prompting Fry and Bender to come to her rescue.
During their voyage, the duo happens upon the “castle,” which Fry recalls looks like a mural that was painted on his cousin’s van. Since he has no recollection of Fry’s life before meeting him in the 31st century, Bender blurts out, “I keep telling you we didn’t grow up together!” To Reddit user cclarke1258, this is up there with the very best of Fry and Bender’s exchanges on the show, and many folks happily agreed. At the same time, several other Redditors in the thread threw their personal picks in the ring, and one could easily make a case for all of them.
Fry and Bender comprise one of the most iconic best buddy pairings in television history, and it’ll be great to see them back to their old antics when “Futurama” returns on Hulu. We’ll just have to wait and see when it premieres if Fry finally got it through his head that he and Bender didn’t grow up together.