The Six Million Dollar Mon
|"The Six Million Dollar Mon"|
|Episode no.||Season 7|
|Directed by||Peter Avanzino|
|Written by||Ken Keeler|
|Original air date||July 25, 2012|
Dan Castellaneta as the Robot Devil
|Opening caption||This Episode Worth 250 Futurama Points|
The episode was written by Ken Keeler and directed by Peter Avanzino.
Hermes starts performance reviews so that he may rid Planet Express of its worst employee, heavily implying that this will be Zoidberg. However upon completing the review and finding the entire crew to be lackluster, Hermes determines that he is the worst-performing employee, spending too much time on performance reviews. He fires himself and has the Central Bureaucracy replace him with a simple but efficient robot to handle the basic tasks of accounting for Planet Express.
Hermes begins to feel useless as a human. This is compounded by the fact that he and LaBarbara are attacked by the psychotic robot Roberto and eventually saved by the robot police officer URL. After Roberto is executed by electromagnetic chair, Hermes goes to a black market "upgrade" shop run by Yuri where he obtains a robotic upgrade from used robot parts. He finds the upgrade helps to improve his life, and starts returning to the shop frequently, upgrading his human body more and more despite promises to LaBarbara and Dwight that he will stop. Eventually, he has replaced all his human parts except his brain, and proves that he is more valuable than the simple robot that was put in his place, and returns to the Planet Express crew. The crew then learns that Zoidberg has been getting Hermes' disused human parts and has stitched his body back up to use as a ventriloquist dummy called Little Hermes, turning it into a comedy act which impresses everyone but offends Hermes, who feels that he needs to perform the last upgrade: replacing his brain with a computer.
When Yuri does not want to do the brain replacement, Hermes, Professor Farnsworth, and Bender head to the robot graveyard to exhume a robot body for a processor card. Unbeknownst to them, the processor card belongs to Roberto. In order for the procedure to work, Hermes locks his family and the Planet Express crew in the lab until Farnsworth completes the transplant. LaBarbara and Hermes' friends convince Farnsworth to stop this, but Zoidberg volunteers to complete the operation using Hermes' human body to help him. After the removal of the brain, LaBarbara is devastated and yells at Zoidberg, who reveals that he did it to bring her husband back, placing the brain in Little Hermes. Hermes comes back to life in his original body and realizes that he has given up his humanity for the pointless pursuit of perfectionism. The crew then learns that the processor card is that of Roberto, who comes to life and reshapes his head. Still wanting to eat Hermes' skin, Roberto uses the new robot body to remove a piece of Hermes' skin off his forearm, but realizes too late he cannot eat it because of LaBarbara's curried goat she cooked over the many years. Roberto's new body then starts to melt quickly, thus saving the crew. Encouraged by LaBarbara, Hermes thanks Zoidberg for restoring him, despite admitting that he never really liked him and that they have never been friends. Zoidberg seems upset about this revelation, but quickly confronts him over his treatment, telling him he doesn't deserve a wife like LaBarbara or a friend like him. This leaves Hermes shocked as Zoidberg dances happily.
- Ship of Theseus, a philosophical problem on which Hermes' transformation is based