Matters of Life and Death, part 18 - The Last Supper
By Dwayne Anderson
"Hey meatbags!" Bender yells out, "come and get it!"
Today is a special day for Bender to celebrate. And he is actually going to share it with his co-workers. It's the anniversary of when he got his cooking license and beat Elzar in a cooking show. And he's prepared a big meal for the occasion to share with everybody.
Tonight's menu: roast chicken, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, Garden Salad, ham, macaroni, and beef stew. Everyone loads up their plates, taking some of everything before going into the dining room to eat. The food smells absolutely delicious for a change.
"Oh great food Bender!" said Fry. "You finally learned how to cook great food!"
"Aren't you going to join us?" asked Amy.
"Hell no," said Bender. "You know robots don't eat!"
"Whatever. More for us then!" said Amy.
"So long meatbags!" said Bender waving as he walks out. "I'm going to the bar!"
The meal is everything they all hoped for. Delicious. Most of the time, Bender's dishes are terrible, which is why his co-workers often either eat out or eat at home. But today, Bender has actually pleased his co-workers' tastebuds. For once, everyone actually has seconds. Within the hour, everything Bender cooked is gone. All that's left is a pile of dirty dishes.
If you think it sounds too good to be true, it is!
Sometime later that night around midnight, Fry tosses and turns in bed, clutching his stomache in agony. At the same time, Amy is hunched over the toilet in her apartment and vomitting.
"And I thought only pregnant mothers get morning sickness!" she groans.
Leela swallows an super-strength antacid with a glass of water, but nothing happens.
By morning, Fry, Leela, Amy, Farnsworth, Scruffy, Cubert, and Zoidberg all check into the New New York hospital. All are suffering from severe nausea, stomache aches, and diarhea. Treatment with pain killers and stomach pumps fail to improve their condition, and within two days, Fry, Leela, Amy, Farnsworth, Scruffy, Cubert, and Zoidberg are all dead.
While preparing the meal for his co-workers, Bender made several mistakes. One, he didn't store the food properly, positioning the meat above the vegetables, allowing juice from the meat to drip onto the lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. Two, he used the same knife to cut the vegetables and cut the meat. This resulted in cross-contamination of the food. So when Bender's co-workers ate the meal, they all came down with a severe case of food poisoning. Bacteria multiplied in their bodies, producing toxins that shut down their organs.
Luckily, Hermes is spared the same fate as his co-workers as he ate at home with his family.
Not long after this tragedy, the local health inspector revoked Bender's cooking license. He'll need to take a course in safe food handling to get it back.
There's an old saying in life: too many cooks spoil the broth. But in this case, so can one amateur chef. Bender's poor cooking skills resulted in a meal to die for, turning his anniversary dinner in the last supper for his co-workers. And the only satisfied consumer was the grim reaper itself.
To Be Continued