Recap / Cowboy Bebop Session 9 "Jamming with Edward"

Short Summary

An obsolete satellite drifting in Earth's orbit suddenly begins making carvings on the Earth. Police come to the conclusion that a hacker named Radical Edward is responsible and put a bounty on "him", and the Bebop crew get in on the chase. However, when they meet Edward, they do not find what they expected, and Ed requests their help in saving the awakened A.I in the satellite, which she has befriended.

Long Summary

  • A Day in the Limelight: The introduction of Ed.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Nope! Emphu isn't malicious and was just making carvings in the Earth to keep itself company. Specifically, it redraws the Nazca Lines after they get erased by a meteor shower.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Ed turns out to be a fan of the Bebop. At the end she joins them.
  • Berserk Button: Spike put it like so...
    Spike: Jet, do you know that there are three things that I particularly hate? Kids, animals and women with attitudes. So tell me, Jet, WHY DO WE HAVE ALL THREE OF THEM NEATLY GATHERED ON OUR SHIP?!
  • Deface of the Moon: Emphu redoes the Nazca Lines because it misses them, which sends the authorities into a tizzy. At the end, Ed sketches a smiley face on South America that can be seen from orbit.
  • Kill Sat: The defense satellites guarding Emphu.
  • Loophole Abuse: How the government screw the Bebop crew out of their bounty. Supposedly, it has to be a human turned in to claim a reward.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: An alien-favoring conspiracy theorist by the name of Yuri Kellerman (Uri Geller) works for the news.
  • Playful Hacker: Ed makes her first appearance in this episode.
  • The Promise: As the crew try to locate Emphu, Faye and Ed get to talking and Ed offers to let the crew have the bounty in exchange for a favor. Faye accepts the offer, and being Faye has no intention of keeping her word. Once the bounty seems secured, Faye tries to have the Bebop ditch Ed, only for her to hack their controls and force the ship to land. The favor? Becoming a member of the Bebop's crew.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Confirmed by Faye at episode's end that Ed is indeed a girl.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Ed attempts to download Emphu into her computer, we never see it again. Either it got fried in download or Ed released it onto the net.