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The little stomp and hand wiggle he does when saying that gets me "The Sting" and "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" were written as. In a twist of fate, Fry trades hands with the Robot Devil and writes a I Thought That The Ending Was The Start Of A Relationship Between Leela And Fry (It Has . "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" is the Season 5 finale of Futurama and was the final Leela, who is thrilled she will hear the end of Fry's opera, agrees. The stage is set for an exploration of the relationship between Fry and Leela.
Leela was so grief-stricken that she created a fake Fry, while robot-Leela wants to cool their relationship while she tries to sort out her confusion over her own identity. Fry expresses his feelings more vehemently than ever before, saying, "I love Leela, always and forever.
Fry shows that he has in fact grown a little, when, after the robots run away together, he tells Leela, "I waited a thousand years for you. I can wait a little longer. He says it to Leela, although Leela wasn't the one who expressed emotional uneasiness about her relationship with Fry. It was robot-Leela who expressed those concerns. So Fry has guessed that Leela might feel the same way as robot-Leela. This is precisely the sort of thing Leela has always been hoping for: Robot Leela kissing Robot Fry in " Rebirth ".
He apparently adjusts to the idea of her absence, and doesn't mention jealousy at all, even as Zapp makes crude innuendo while he and Leela board Farnsworth's stealth ship. Fry gives Leela a care package to take with her.
It seems that his maturity level is still improving, something Leela surely appreciates, and she shows it with some tender words and even a kiss, but only on the cheek. Still, Fry is Fry: Sadly, when Zapp is considerate of Leela's feelings and behaves like an adult for more than ten seconds, she forgets all about Fry and is suddenly ready to bear Zapp's children, albeit after she thought everyone was dead.
When she finally puts on the brakes with Zapp, it's not because of Fry at all, but because she starts to suspect Zapp of scamming her. Fry makes not a single comment when he discovers Leela and Zapp naked.
He is happy to watch Leela beat Zapp, and shows a great amount of despair when he sees them having sex. The next episode she calls him a "good friend" so we can assume that he was greatly turned off by this.
They go only downhill in " Attack of the Killer App ". Fry's "selfish rudeness" in posting an embarrassing video of Leela isn't necessarily surprising. Given his immaturity, it is easy enough to believe that he can love her and yet betray her so horribly. Leela had already mostly forgotten her feelings for Fry in the previous episode, but when Fry makes her believe that he has deleted the video, she refers to him as "a good friend. She laughs a lot while watching the video of his disgusting and painful dive, and he takes advantage of the moment to ask for another hug.
Leela doesn't want to hug him again because he smells disgusting, but is persuaded easily enough by a light prompt from Susan. The relationship is only hinted at in " Proposition Infinity ", as Fry and Leela sit or stand next to each other in some scenes.
An abrupt and unexplained change occurs in " The Duh-Vinci Code ".
While exploring the catacombs in Rome, Fry finds a pretext for proposing sex with Leela. No surprise there, but shockingly, Leela glibly agrees. The deed never actually occurs, as the Professor interrupts them, but this is unprecedented: Does she love him now, or has she simply decided to lower her standards far enough for him to be acceptable?
Perhaps she feels obligated due to guilt for not visiting Fry during his two weeks in the hospital after his bus accident. We are left in the dark through " Lethal Inspection ", as the two hardly say a word to each other. But the relationship is the central theme of " The Late Philip J. At the beginning of the episode, Fry has a lunch date with Leela to celebrate her birthday, meaning that a serious relationship is once again a possibility.
Another hint at a serious relationship is Leela's reaction to Fry's tardiness. She chews him out, suggesting that she is becoming emotionally invested in him. Further, when Bender invites Fry to Hedonismbot's party, Leela angrily tells him to go to the party rather than taking her to dinner.
She is clearly inviting him to reaffirm his commitment not only to their dinner, but to her in general. He does the right thing by her, re-committing to the dinner date. After the accident with the time machine and the accident at Hedonismbot's party, Leela believes that Fry is dead. While Fry is lost in the future, we get two brief glimpses of the life Leela lived after he disappeared.
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The first glimpse, 20 years later, shows no sign of Leela being attached, but she flirts with Cubert when he momentarily reminds her of Fry. The second glimpse, a further 20 years later, reveals that she and Cubert married at some point after the flirtation but are now divorced.
When Fry's birthday card appears out of thin air, she realizes not only that it was not his fault that he missed their date, but also that he did not die in a horrible accident.
She realizes now that her time with Fry had been the happiest time of her life. She uses a laser gun to leave a message that will eventually be read by Fry. Although it may not be obvious, there is a tragedy here, despite the closure we might feel when Fry reads the message.
Just before Fry disappeared, he and Leela were on the verge of being in love. As far as Leela knew, Fry died in the accident at Hedonismbot's party. So she spent decades not only grieving a terrible loss, but also believing that Fry had done something really immature, inevitably lowering her respect for him.
When she learns the truth, her sadness is magnified by the knowledge that she has spent those decades with an unfairly negative opinion of Fry. She spends the rest of her life with that sadness, without Fry, and then she dies. Fry lives on, but he never sees "his" Leela again. Fry experiences this tragedy from the other end: But Fry is not a guy to suddenly make a big jump in maturity. When the universe restarts and Fry realizes that he can drop out of time back into "Leela's" life, he is still the same old Fry we always knew: This is, of course, the man who said, "I love Leela.
The fact that we don't see them kiss suggests that the date is still officially a "just friends" date. It seems that Leela tends not to have feelings for Fry when he is around. In the previous episode, the Leela who lost him looked back and said that her time with him was the best time in her life.
But the Leela who has to put up with him day in and day out is usually not very interested. In " That Darn Katz! Fry in Zoidberg's body and Leela in the Professor's body on their date. At first she obsesses about her appearance, especially her eye. When Fry reassures her that she is "the most beautiful woman in the world", she changes direction, scolding him for shallowly being interested only in her looks.
She gets really carried away with this idea, and eventually swaps her mind into Farnsworth's body to allow Fry to "prove" his love to her. For Fry, always wanting to prove his love to Leela in some grand and often ridiculous way, this is a golden opportunity. All he has to do to prove his love and defend his honor is pretend that he is turned on by Farnsworth's body while Leela occupies it.
But he is a bit grumpy about her challenge, and wants revenge: They both finally find that they are indeed attracted to each other, even in hideous bodies, which leads to them having sex.
Although this is the first time ever that Fry and Leela have had sex the sex in "Anthology of Interest I" was fictional, a story told by the What-If Machinetheir own bodies still have not been involved. So in a sense Fry and Leela have still not had sex. It is notable that Fry, complaining to Hermes about his predicament, admits that while he obviously is not attracted to Farnsworth's body even if Leela's mind is in it, he is "willing to lie about it.
Although Leela doesn't hear him say this, she knows that Fry can't possibly be attracted to Farnsworth's body; when she sees his attempt to be attracted to it, she is seeing an increase in Fry's maturity, which is what she has wanted from him all along. Fry follows his usual formula for Leela in " Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences ": Although in the previous episode they were hot and heavy, by the end of this episode the best Leela can muster is an extended kiss on Fry's cheek.
Nothing much changes in " The Mutants Are Revolting ". Although Fry and Leela attend Mrs. Aster's gala together, it's business as usual for them.
When Fry arrives in the sewer, the main thing on his mind is to impress Leela by sharing the suffering of the mutants. Although Leela is angered by his shallow notions of their suffering, she is ready to forgive fairly soon. Still attempting to impress her, Fry goes for the grand gesture again, by jumping into Lake Mutagenic.
Leela is impressed, even to the point of wanting to kiss Fry, but not enough to overcome her aversion to Fry's grotesque body--she refuses to touch him. Later, celebrating the success of their social movement, Leela warms up enough to kiss the still-"mutated" Fry on the lips. Many episodes go by with no mention at all of the relationship.
Naturally, she rebuffs him. When Fry leaves Planet Express to become a cop, neither one expresses any particular sadness.
Leela seems surprised to realize that a long delivery would be less enjoyable without Fry. In " Benderama ", the two are seen together a few times, but nothing happens between them. Another silent episode goes by, but " Ghost in the Machines " shines some light. Leela is in her usual mode concerning Fry. After Fry saves the life of another parade-goer, we see Leela among the crowd of people cheering him.
So Leela seems still to consider Fry a friend. But she clearly has no romantic interest him. When Fry publicly announces that he has had sex with the Mayor's wifeLeela has nothing to say. She visits Fry in the hospital, but she doesn't go with him to the Amish home world. While Leela hasn't changed, it seems that Fry has: It's business as usual in " Fry Am the Egg Man ".
Leela's not interested, as we see when she shows interest in Angus McZongo and calls Fry her "strictly platonic friend. When Fry announces in " All the Presidents' Heads " that he has a night job, Leela is completely taken by surprise. At a party at the Head Museum, she dances with Martin van Buren's head.
Although she remains his close friend, as we see her tenderly congratulating him on having saved the earth in " Cold Warriors ", her romantic inclinations toward Fry are nearing an apogee. Leela demonstrates that she does at least sometimes think about their relationship.
She talks to Fry openly about it in " Overclockwise ", describing it as "on-again, off-again". She muses about the future they might have together and has the same concern she always has: He reminds her of it with his starry-eyed suggestion that he would always be happy if she were to love him.
We see Leela reading a magazine article that illuminates the current state of their relationship: Fry tries to argue, "But I thought we Perhaps if he really knew what he wanted out of life, he would have said something like, "But I thought we would grow old together. Bender has anticipated Leela's request for a description of their future; as Fry and Leela read it together, their faces indicate that Bender has predicted a happily-ever-after story.
Liftoff Several more episodes go by without touching on the relationship. By the time we reach " A Farewell to Arms ", Leela has apparently come to terms with being in a relationship with Fry. Throughout the episode, Fry looks for ways to impress Leela and show her his love.
She appreciates his solicitousness, but finds it unnecessary, and later downright dangerous to her. Early on, her reaction to his behavior is, "I appreciate your gallantry, but isn't this a bit much?
Fry makes another gallant gesture by using his pass to Mars to create a fake pass for Leela, choosing himself to stay behind and die with the earth. Leela sheds a few tears for her loss after arriving on Mars, but of course cries out, "Fry, you noble idiot! When the Earth is not destroyed, Fry and Bender sit around drinking; it's no surprise that Fry seems not to realize that Leela is still alive, that they could be reunited.
When Mars passes close to Earth, Leela needs help to get back home. Fry runs to help, but Leela calls out, "Or somebody else could do it!
Fry apologizes to Leela, but her response is gratitude that he was willing to sacrifice himself for her, and although he failed miserably in his attempt to rescue her, that he is the only person who loves her enough to try. The episode closes with a view of their severed arms floating through space; symbolically, the arms are not separate, but holding hands, presumably for eternity.
The relationship again goes silent for a couple of episodes. In " Zapp Dingbat ", Leela has no hesitation in sending Fry away to keep watch over her father. But when he convinces her that Munda's happiness matters more than Leela's scruples, she is finally seeing signs of the maturity she has always hoped for.
When he suggests that he himself might be marriage material, Leela astounds both Fry and the audience with, "You're getting there," and a rare kiss on the cheek. In a rare moment of continuity, at the beginning of " The Butterjunk Effect " we see that the relationship has followed a real trajectory and taken a step forward: Fry and Leela dine with Kif and Amy.
Leela describes the group as "Two happy couples on a double-date. She finds him irresistible when he is covered with butterfly pheromone. But then, Amy also finds him irresistible too. Defending her territory, Leela refers to Fry as "my boyfriend. After the stimulants have worn off and Fry emerges from the giant butterfly's body, Leela seems no happier than the others to find him back to normal. Leela shows more signs of being invested in " Fun on a Bun ".
When Fry gets embarrassingly drunk at Oktoberfest, which by now has become a stately and refined affair, everyone but Leela abandons him. Leela stays a little longer to glare at him, perhaps contemplating her next move.
She finally arrives at a decision and says that she is "breaking up with" him. Of course, Fry reacts in surprise at the idea that they were dating, but that is not any reflection on the state of the relationship; it is simply a reflection of Fry's lifelong cluelessness or perhaps drunkeness.
At Fry's memorial service after his apparent death, Leela again refers to him as her "boyfriend", although in the context of having broken up with him. Both grief-stricken and guilt-ridden over Fry's death, Leela has all of her memories of Fry surgically disconnected from her conscious mind. But Leela's conscious mind is no match for her unconscious, which still cares about Fry: Fry, having lost all of his memory due to a blow to the head, has a similar experience while staring at a "prehistoric pig butt" with a purple tail.
During their hand-to-hand battle, both Fry and Leela lose their head coverings, revealing their hair to each other and causing a spark of recognition in both of them.
Even before they fully remember each other, they start making out. Even after finally recognizing him, she continues making out with him; there is no sign of their previous breakup. The bona fide relationship trajectory continues in the next two episodes. In " Near-Death Wish ", Fry even neglects Leela a bit, as he rebuffs her advances due to his tunnel vision over Farnsworth's parents.
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There are a few more episodes that don't touch on their relationship, although the non-canonical " Naturama " throws a bone to diehard fans who really want the two together. Fry and Leela the salmon agree even as juveniles to mate when the times comes. They spend their time together as they mature. Tragically, as they return to their spawning grounds, they find that they came from different originating streams, and must separate.
Fry eventually finds that he can't cope with the separation, and risks life and limb to be with her again. They die happily ever after. Later, Leela the elephant seal is interested only in the beachmaster, not even aware of Fry's existence.
The genuine arc of their relationship continues in " Fry and Leela's Big Fling ". For reasons unexplained, they keep it a secret from their co-workers, but they are otherwise clearly dating happily. Leela seems to have adjusted to Fry's goofiness, enjoying the ambience that Fry has created for their rendevouz using items he found around the office, such as post-it notes and white-board markers. They even have progressed to the point that they go on a romantic and secluded vacation together.
They have a lovers' quarrel when Leela's old boyfriend Sean shows up, but Leela remains committed to Fry. Still, there is some mystery left concerning their love. When introducing Fry to Sean, she says, "He and I are She even has sex with him once they are alone again.
In spite of this strange exception, progress continues. When Fry goes missing in " T.: The Terrestrial ", Leela notices, and when Bender tells her that Fry is out buying flowers for her, she responds warmly. Later Leela finds herself knocking on Fry's door, reminding him that they had a date.
She seems unsurprised to hear that Fry is drunk and is standing her up, and she even departs with a genuine and cheerful "I love you! And Fry is, after all, Fry: Many episodes go by with no comment.
In " Leela and the Genestalk " we find that all is still well with them, when Fry offers Leela a kiss to console her over her squidification disorder. Of course she is not consoled, but she does return his kiss, even if half-heartedly.
In the advanced stages of the disorder, Leela tries to break up with Fry, being unable to imagine what kind of future they can have together. She is surprisingly cruel about it, referring to their long relationship as "Whatever it was that you and I had together". But Fry remains loyal, and when Leela is cured of squidification, they appear to go back to the love that has been steadily growing for many episodes now.
Leela guards her territory in " Game of Tones ", forbidding Fry to have sex with his ex-girlfriend in a dream, and later asserting her exclusive right to dump Fry. Attending Bender's dance audition in " Stench and Stenchibility ", the couple sit with arms around each other.
Leela even henpecks Fry a bit, dragging him away from a conversation with Bender after Bender makes an offensive remark. It is gratifying but not surprising to see Fry and Leela holding hands while making a delivery in " Meanwhile ".
Fry pops the question and goes for a grand gesture, awaiting Leela's response in person at the top of the Vampire State Building. Although Fry doesn't realize it at first due to his promiscuous time-traveling, Leela intends to agree to marry him. After Fry breaks the time button, he re-proposes to Leela. Her response is perhaps the most romantic thing either one of them has ever said to the other: With his new, nimble hands, Fry becomes a skilled holophonor virtuoso.
He is commissioned by Hedonismbot to write an opera. Fry, in an attempt to win Leela's heart, bases the opera on her life. Upset at getting the raw end of the deal, the Robot Devil decides he has to get his own hands back. He begs Fry, but Fry refuses reminding him they made a deal. The Robot Devil tries to make a deal with Bender for his hands.
When Bender refuses the Robot Devil then makes another deal, in which he trades Bender a stadium air horn for his "crotch-plate" so that he can annoy people. When Bender uses the air horn on Leela, he causes her to go deaf. Leela refuses to tell Fry that she is deaf because she is afraid that Fry will stop writing the opera, so she attends the premiere pretending she can still hear the performance.
During the intermission, the Robot Devil offers Leela robotic ears in exchange for one of her hands at a time of his choosing.
Desperate to hear the opera, Leela accepts the offer. The Robot Devil interrupts the opera, demanding that Fry give him back his hands. When Fry refuses, the Robot Devil says that he will take Leela's hand in marriage.