Recap / Cowboy Bebop Session 11 "Toys in the Attic"

Short Summary

With no bounties to go after, no fuel and no food, the crew are left to their devices while the Bebop drifts towards Mars. When Jet is attacked by an unknown entity and falls sick from the bite it gives him, the crew find themselves hunting it before it claims them too.

Long Summary

  • Affectionate Parody/Whole Plot Reference: Of Alien.
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: In-universe example. Each of the crew give one during the episode: Jet's is about having to relearn lessons through our lifetimes and catching divine retribution for living entirely at the expense of others. Faye's is essentially "survival of the fittest". Ed's is a quick and nonsensical bit about following strangers. And Spike's? See Spoof Aesop.
  • Blob Monster: The not-lobster is very fast and very blobby.
  • Bottle Episode: The entire episode is set on board the Bebop, with the show's five main characters (and the "blob") being the only characters to appear in it.
  • Drama Queen: Faye after she gets bitten. "I haven't committed any crimes! Or at least no really bad ones! I'm still so young and full of life! Everything is so unfair! Why me?"
  • Downer Ending: A very silly example: the creature is defeated and the fridge ejected, but it has knocked out everyone on the Bebop except Ed. Fortunately the toxin does not appear to be lethal or even dangerous (everyone bitten just falls unconscious); presumably the ship's autopilot landed on Mars, woke the crew, and they collectively resolved never to speak of it again. Or, perhaps, it was a dream.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Ein detects and barks at the blob. As usual, nobody pays attention to him.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: The fridge is found drifting in space centuries later in the kinda-sorta-sequel series Space Dandy, and births a second blob. Meow promptly eats it.
  • It Came from the Fridge: The blob is revealed to be born of a lobster that Spike had forgotten about and left in an unpowered fridge for a year. It's essentially sentient food poisoning.
  • Kill It with Fire: Spike tries to subdue the blob monster with a flamethrower. He fails.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Spike as he prepares to take on the blob monster. For some reason, he decides to include barbecue forks.
  • Mood Whiplash: The tone shifts between a genuinely creepy Alien pastiche and a genuinely funny Alien parody.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Never has a drifting fridge been so magnificent.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Most of the episode, until it's revealed exactly what the "creature" actually is. Even then, we only catch a glimpse of what the source of it really looks like.
  • Pet the Dog: As much as Spike grumbles about Ein, he's concerned when he finds Ein unconscious from the blob, makes sure to pick him up when escaping, bandages him like the other crew-members, and makes him comfortable on a cushion.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: While trying to find out what the bacteria is, Spike comes up with a theory that it may be a mutated rat secreting toxin. Faye chides him over it, though after she get bitten, she admits before she passes out that it could be possible. It's not a rat - it's a rock lobster, but it's certainly mutated and secreting toxin.
  • Shout-Out: Alien, Aliens, and in the end 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Spoof Aesop: "Don't leave stuff in the fridge." Ironically, it's probably one of the more apt aesops to come from a TV show, at the very least being applicable to everyone who's ever watched it.
  • Technicolor Toxin: The blob "bites" leave a bruise-coloured mark on the victim's skin.