So much for thinking the new Futurama ok/awful pattern was over, because after last week's great episode, this weeks was pretty awful.
Episode 8 - "That Darn Katz!"
Amy finally attempts to recieve her doctorate, but soon finds that here thesis idea is stolen by an intelligent race of cats. And Nibbler feels neglected, because the cats are taking everyone attention away from him. There's some "lol-catz" jokes along the way, but like "Attack of the Killer App" any of the jokes here are just way too late, and generally the episode just isn't funny regardless.
Also, when the hell was Nibbler allowed to talk in front of EVERYONE and not just Lela and Fry? And when the hell was that just ok with everyone without any sort of WTF mention? If anything bothered me most about this episode, it was the lame and lack of jokes, it was this sudden acceptance that Nibbler can just talk when he pleases to whoever he pleases, thus throwing away years of the show's unwritten rules. And while the Bender/Hermes combo actually worked in "Lethal Inspection" the pairing of Amy and Nibbler is just awful and has zero chemistry. Screw this episode!
Overall Score: 4/10