Bender Meets God
In "Godfellas" (March 17, 2002), Bender gets launched into deep space after taking a nap in a torpedo chamber. While drifting through the universe, he becomes an incubator for a civilization of tiny, human-like "Shrimpkins." After his attempts to play God go horribly wrong, he encounters a luminous God entity that offers sound advice for aspiring deities: "You have to use a light touch – like a safe-cracker or a pickpocket." Or, as Bender suggests, a guy who burns down a bar for the insurance money.
"Just as we had expert physicists and computer scientists and mathematicians on the Futurama writing staff, we actually did have an actual theologian – I don't know if that's the correct term – a person with a degree in comparative religion," Cohen says, naming former Futurama writer Eric Kaplan, who now works on The Big Bang Theory. "The episode itself was written by Ken Keeler, who has been one of our most prolific and thoughtful writers over the years. So somewhere between Ken and Eric Kaplan probably was some of that philosophy creeping in there."