Commentary:The Silence of the Clamps

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The Silence of the Clamps
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Production number6ACV14
On DVDSeason 6
Disc 3
Matt Groening
Executive Producer
David X. Cohen
Executive Producer
Josh Weinstein
Co-Executive Producer
Michael Rowe
Co-Executive Proudcer
Billy West
Actor (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, miscellaneous)
Maurice LaMarche
Actor (Clamps, Calculon, miscellaneous)
Eric Rogers
Frank Marino
Peter Avanzino
Supervising Director
Claudia Katz

Topics of Discussion

  • Peter Avanzino says he can never get enough of Clamps.
  • Maurice LaMarche is the "Billy West" of this episode, due to him playing a large number of the characters.
  • The lyrics of Calculon's long were written, but Maurice improvised the melody.
  • This episode is right in the middle of the run of 26 episodes, and coming up with new ideas was difficult until Eric Rogers pitched an idea of Bender going into witness protection.
  • One of the initial high points of the episode was a scene where Bender wears a wire in an Italian restaurant and tries to get the Donbot to rat himself out. However, the scene was cut out for time.
  • The wedding scene was inspired by the beginning of The Godfather, and is set at the house from The Godfather II.
  • Patric Verrone is the crew's expert on The Godfather, and was called by a contestant on the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" as a phone-a-friend for a question on The Godfather, and answered the question correctly.
  • Phil LaMarr provides the voice of Robot Stack.
  • There are a lot of courtrooms in this series; all different.
  • The courtroom was drawn for this episode, and then copied and recoloured for an upcoming episode.
  • The Hyper-Chicken is a prosecutor now, and he used to be a defense attorney.
  • The jury is packed with famous robots.
  • The doodle of Fry that Bender draws was actually done by Carolyn with her left hand.
    • Animators get really mad when asked to draw something poorly.
  • The scene with Bender saying goodbye to everyone was straight from Eric's original draft
    • There have been many occasions where Fry and Bender say goodbye forever, and they should know it doesn't mean anything.
  • A lot of the characters first names are revealed this season; we learn Clamps' in this episode, and later in the season we learn Mom's first name.
  • Zoidberg gets this upper hand this episode, and again in a later episode.
  • Maurice went all the way with the swearing.
  • The Billy West joke caused a big laugh at the episode's table read.
  • The pizza place is Family Bros. Pizza.
  • This is one of the few episodes with an actual death.

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