Recap: Lupin IIIS 2 E 14
"The Great Caribbean Adventure"note , with the English title "Curse of the Jumbo Juju ". Released in 2003 by Geneon on Volume 3: Family Jewels.In beautiful Jamaica, billionaire Howard Heath is reported to have proposed to a mysterious woman; sequestered in an exclusive hotel, it is rumored to be none other than Fujiko Mine. Inspector Zenigata, working with local police, is ecstatic. This kind of stunt is sure to drive Lupin out of hiding and after his one and only love. Sure enough, Lupin has arrived in the country, Jigen and Goemon in tow. They thwart airport security and their new sniffing machine with some quick bluffing and clever disguises.Heath arrives at the hotel to see Fujiko, but is confronted by Zenigata, who demands he submit to the sniff test to make sure he's not an imposter. Angrily threatening multimillion dollar suits against the impoverished detective, Heath enters unopposed. But when he arrives, he tells Fujiko he's breaking off the engagement due to her past with Lupin III. Fujiko calls his bluff and Lupin unmasks himself, asking Fujiko to spill the beans about why she's really hooking up with the billionaire. Heath has recently acquired a spectacular ruby from a mysterious man, who warns him of a deadly curse that strikes on the night of the full moon. However, Heath has lately been too ill to visit Fujiko, instead holing himself up in bed with his precious new trinket.While Zenigata keeps watch outside, Heath coos over his bauble while Lupin attempts to break in. However, out of the night sky, a crazed flock of birds descends, entering the bedroom through the chimney. They swarm Heath and the ruby as Lupin watches in horror before bursting out of the balcony window. Heath dies at Lupin's feet just as Zenigata enters the room; the thief runs, now accused of murder.Fujiko has inherits the ruby from Heath, and a month later, Lupin and Goemon find her in a similar state to the billionaire just before his death; bedridden and cooing over the gem. Goemon warns Fujiko the jewel is very much cursed and attempts to destroy it, but the ruby chips his precious blade instead. As they realize how powerful the ruby really is the mysterious flock, identified as Jamaican hummingbirds, descends on the unlucky thieves. Somehow, Lupin and Goemon manage to make off with Fujiko and escape to a remote cabin in the woods. Lupin and Goemon are arguing over curing Fujiko when Jigen enters. He's done some research, and coincidentally, a cult in Haiti lost their sacred gem just before Heath acquired the mystery ruby. Furthermore, the cult uses an exotic plant, purple andromeda, with hallucinogenic and addictive properties, and the ruby reeks of it. Lupin decides the only thing he can do is take on Fujiko's curse by having her "gift" him with the gem, and then return it to the cult, hoping that will put an end to things.The cult proves frighteningly impenetrable. Luckily, a local wise man shares a tale that a boy once stumbled on a secret passage on the beach, poking his cane around to help the gang find it. The three enter the passage and are confronted with a series of increasingly lethal traps, but in the end they enter the temple and find the cult's idol. Lupin replaces the ruby, but a booming voice warns them that they are too late and the curse is upon them for good. Lupin recognizes the voice as the wise man from earlier, who confesses he is the cult leader. He tells Lupin that years before, Lupin I broke into the cult temple and tried to steal the same ruby. While he did not succeed, the leader's father, who was head of security, was unfairly executed for failing to keep the famed thief out. Now, his son seeks revenge against the Lupin family for his father's death.The cult leader calls upon a group of zombies. Although they are slow, they are also invincible to damage from sword and bullet alike. Cornered, Lupin plants plastic explosives on the idol. The cult leader tries to remove them, but they go off in his hands, killing him and destroying the statue. The zombies crumble away into dust, and the gang is safe.Rejoined by the now-healthy Fujiko, she laments the loss of the ruby. However, Zenigata, who followed the gang to Haiti unbeknownst to them, found the jewel in the rubble and is now coddling it. He is swarmed by hummingbirds, and in the chaos drops the gem before he is killed. Fujiko, as always, is unable to resist going after something big and shiny, and once again the gang finds themselves fleeing from the trouble she's caused.
This episode features examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Averted by the cursed ruby, played straight with the boulder in the passage, and then averted again with the zombies.
- Artifact of Death: The cult's ruby. It takes out Heath and nearly does the same to Fujiko and her friends.
- Bowdlerise: Showings of this episode on [adult swim] cut Lupin's jokes about Jigen smoking a doobie and being high. They're intact on the DVD release and on Hulu.Lupin: (annoyed) "Don't mind Fujiko; she's just dying over here, but don't let that harsh your buzz! You don't even care, do you? You've been suckin' on the world's fattest doobie while we've been—"
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Heath suffers from death by hummingbird.
- Curse Escape Clause: Lupin has Fujiko "gift" the ruby to him, hoping the curse will pass to him and leave her alone.
- Dub Name Change: A minor, probably accidental example; the English dub pronounces Fujiko's last name as the one-syllable "Mine", as in what you dig diamonds out of, instead of the proper "Mee-nay". Later episodes in the series (and earlier ones) get it right, though.
- Femme Fatale: Fujiko uses seduction to try and con Heath out of his dazzling ruby.
- Foreign Queasine: The jiruto Goemon makes to try and cure Fujiko. It's a broth made from pregnant earthworms.
- Freud Was Right: English version only. Zenigata, while under the influence of the cursed ruby, makes some rather disturbing comments about his mother. This is neither the first nor last time it happens.
- Indy Escape: The gang is trapped by a boulder rolling down the passage until Goemon cuts it in half.
- Latex Perfection: Lupin for the Jamaican chief and Heath, Jigen for Zenigata.
- Medium Awareness: In the English version, Lupin calls for the episode title card as he gets off the plane.
- This happens in the original Japanese as well.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Howard Heath is meant to be a reference to Howard Hughes.
- Qipao: Fujiko wears one while Heath is courting her, hinting at her less than honorable intentions.
- Rummage Sale Reject: The cult leader's outfit is… interesting. It consists of a bright pink, Funny Afro-like headdress with big horns, a bright orange v-neck tunic, and stripy purple and red skirt.
- Shout-Out: Lupin calls the skeleton at the bottom of the spike pit "Indiana Bones."
- Spikes Of Doom: At the bottom of a pit Lupin nearly falls into.