Recap / Cowboy Bebop Session 8 "Waltz for Venus"

Short Summary

While doing a bounty bust, Spike comes across a man named Rocco who is awed by his fighting moves. After pestering him for a brief training session, he leaves Spike with a mysterious plant which he needs to help his blind sister. However the mob boss he stole it from is hot on his tail.

Long Summary

  • Bittersweet Ending: Rocco dies before he can see his sister cured of her blindness. Spike visits in his place to give her the news.
  • Bowdlerise: In one of the funnier examples of this trope, the scene where Faye busts in on a gangster in the middle of having sex with a man. His partner was edited out of the scene in the [adult swim] version... but his partner's voice wasn't, making it appear that the gangster was humping the Invisible Man.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The episode opens with a voice-over on a spacecraft talking about Venus sickness, which turns out to be the driving force behind the plot. Piccaro's gang stole a plant able to cure the sickness, and Rocco double-crossed them so he could cure his sister of the same, as well as hiding seeds for the plant in a music box he sent to her at the start of the episode.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Spike spends a few minutes lecturing Rocco on how to move "like water" during a fight. Rocco manages to put it to good use at the end of the episode... and still dies less than a second later.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Piccaro is modeled after Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G..
  • Helium Speech: Said to be a side effect of Venus's atmosphere unless one take a special pill for it. This is how Rocco manages coax Spike into training him.
  • Hope Spot: Rocco uses Spike's training to take down one of this former comrades. Seconds later, he gets fatally shot.
  • Knockout Gas: Faye manages to knock out the female hijacker with a little spray of this.
  • Too Soon: [adult swim] held off on airing this episode when it coincided with the 9/11 attacks, as it featured a plane-like spaceship getting hijacked by terrorists.
  • Twice Told Tale: The premise of a good kid running with a bad crowd to get medicine for a disabled loved one, and dying for it, is also an episode of Samurai Champloo.