While good in concept "The Silence of the Clamps" was a bit of a let down for me.
While I enjoyed some of the jokes, especially in the beginning and the end with Bender and Zoidberg, the middle of the episode didn’t gel.
It just feels like the entire Godfather Italian mafia type parody shows have been done to death. When done well it can be funny, but Futurama didn’t bring much to the table with it.
Francis and his clamping jokes got old pretty quickly. They were funny the first few times, but quickly became underwhelming and overused.
Thankfully, once everyone got back to their day-to-day lives and stopped looking for Bender after he was put in witness protection things started to pick up. I especially enjoyed the amount of jealously Zoidberg had of Francis.
In fact, Zoidberg’s epic duel with Francis on the surface of the moon salvaged the episode for me. I loved every minute of it, especially when Zoidberg was very protective about things he gets to clip and cut with Francis.
All right, maybe listening to Zoidberg being bleeped out in small, profanity laced tirades tickles my funny bone too.
Below are some of my favorite Futurama quotes from the episode: