As usual, this Thursday's Futurama featured plenty of nerdy jokes, including a Kinect inspired game console and Bender water-cooling himself to keep from overheating. One bit, however, might sound familiar to folks who followed Sony's lawsuit against a hacker named George Hotz, or geohot.
The plot of the episode revolves around the Professor's young clone Cubert overclocking Bender to make him better at World of World War II. This incurs the wrath of Mom, Bender's manufacturer, who has both the Professor and the boy arrested for violating a licence agreement. At one point in the video above (which I'm pretty sure only works in the US, sorry everyone else), the two exclaim:
Prof. Farnsworth: Oh God! I clicked without reading!
Cubert: And I slightly modified something I own!
Prof. Farnsworth: We're monsters!
Describing a joke in detail just makes it extra funny, right? Sony's case is a bit more complicated, but the parallels seem pretty easy to spot. Since this season started airing way back in June 2010 with long split down the middle, I'm not sure exactly when this episode would have been written and produced. There's a chance it's just a coincidence, or it's referencing some other corporate freakout: most companies aren't too thrilled when you tinker with their stuff's guts. The whole episode is worth watching if you've got it saved on your DVR or it pops up in a repeat.