More than a Filling!

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More than a Filling!
US Publish Number21
UK Publish Number(s)31, 32
Written byEric Rogers
Art byJohn Delaney
Title captionPresented in BENDER-VISION
Published (US)12 October 2005

"More than a Filling!" is the twenty-first comic issue, which was released 12 October 2005 in the US.

The Story

Act I

Fry visits the dentist for the first time in over a thousand years, his teeth are perfect but his fillings are transmitting a signal. Leela suggests the Professor check the fillings and Bender wants to remove them to sell the mercury. The Professor uses his Universal Decodi-ma-torn to translate the signals, which seem to relate heavily to the inhabitants of Mimeus 7 (colonised by the French). DOOP is contacted and Glab, Zapp and Kif arrive at Planet Express. As there is no way to know who the signals are coming from, the DOOP plan to intercept the aliens before they arrive, Fry will need to be there. Leela, the Professor, Bender and Zoidberg are also deemed to be required. Zapp switches Kif for Scruffy as he has naked pictures of Leela. Overnight Bender tries to steal and sell Fry's teeth.

Act II

Late that night it is found that the machine isn't the Decodi-ma-torn, but actually a French to English translator and that Fry had been unwittingly transmitting insults and threats back to the aliens, the Swissarmians, by grinding his teeth. Fry is now sure he'll die in the next day's battle and Leela decides to keep him company that night. Leela doesn't want Fry's last memory to be of Zapp, however the attempted kiss is interrupted by the Swissarmians who abduct Fry and Leela. Before they can begin the interrogation, the DOOP Army, Bender and the Professor arrive. A battle ensues. One of the aliens clamp Fry's head and he grids his teeth, which knocks the aliens out. Bender amplifies the signal and the aliens are defeated.

Additional Info


  • Morbo has grown to doubt the various invaders' ability to destroy humanity.
  • This is the second time Kif has worked for Planet Express.
  • Fry had bleach strips on his teeth during his time in the cryo-tube.
  • Scruffy's weapon for the battle is a broom.
    • In the first frame it appears, the head is missing. This may be new technology or just a mistake.

The title is a reference to Boston band's song, More Than a Feeling.



  • French has twice been referred to as a dead language, in this comic however the French have relocated to another planet and had no comunication with Earth for many years, communication resumed hundreds of years ago.
    • The Professor apparently possesses an invention that translates French to English, unlike inventions seen previously; this seems to be the intended use.
  • During the radio interview, Kif's sleeves disappear for one frame.


(In alphabetic order)

Comic Credits