Recap / Lupin IIIS 2 E 17

"Go For The Oildollar"note , titled in English as "Sheik-Down". Released in 2003 by Geneon on Volume 3: Family Jewels.

A tiny, but rich Arabian country has received an extortion note from an unknown party who demands one hundred million; otherwise he will blow up the oil fields that are the source of the country's great wealth. Lupin III has gotten wind of the threats, and decides to take the opportunity to short-change both the government and their would-be extorter one hundred million. As the gang ponders if the government will pay, a massive explosion promptly takes down a nearby drill, demonstrating the extortionist is more than capable of fulfilling his threat.

At a government meeting, officials are furious at the incident, in spite of the security chief's reassurances no one tampered with the security system. An intelligence agent at the table, Hassan, calls them sitting ducks, and notes that one of the field's operators went absent just before the explosion. He then presents the missing man's medication; one of the pills left in the bottle is actually a tiny remote control explosive. The operator took his pills as normal and became an unwitting suicide bomber. Hassan adds that only one person is likely behind the sabotage: Lawrence III, grandson of the infamous Lawrence of Arabia. As the officials debate on whether to pay the terrorist's ransom, the king enters. He is reluctant to risk the source of the country's wealth, and declares the ransom will be paid.

After departing, the king and his entourage drive to a surprisingly slummy area of town. There, they take off their disguises, revealing a gloating Lupin and his gang. However, their victory is short-lived when the always-faithful Inspector Zenigata appears on an abandoned scaffold, ready to take them to jail. Jigen shoots his cuffs and gun away, and Goemon chops down the tower, throwing Zenigata off-balance so the gang can make their getaway. He chases them to a nearby bazaar, and finds the owner of a shop tied up, telling Zenigata the gang came in and stole burqas. The detective continues to scout the area; and at a fountain where four burqa-clad ladies are doing laundry by hand, he finds the gang's clothes abandoned in a laundry basket. Putting two and two together, he pulls a gun on the ladies and demands they remove their veils. Frightened, they comply, and reveal themselves as... four ordinary women! Zenigata tries to apologize, but the shamed women let him know their displeasure with their wooden laundry sticks. The gang, meanwhile, watches from behind a nearby wall and takes great pleasure at Zenigata's misfortune.

That evening, Hassan and another agent meet with Lawrence III's men to make the drop. The second agent speculates Lawrence will try this again, but the group's commander, Ali, assures the men that Lawrence is a man of honor and will keep his word not to attack again once paid. The exchange is interrupted at that moment by Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon, who take Ali hostage. Lawrence's men reluctantly drop their guns. However, Hassan turns the tables on everyone by shooting away Lupin's gun and taking the money himself; Lupin quickly figures out the agent is none other than Lawrence III himself. The thief casually admits he was beaten by the better man while casually placing a tracker on one of the money cases, but Lawrence isn't taking any chances. He forces Lupin to swallow one of his pill bombs to ensure that the thief or his gang won't follow them to their hideout.

Back at the hideout, Lupin manages to, um, pass the bomb after some heavy duty laxatives, but is furious with Lawrence for embarrassing him. In spite of his gang advising retreat, the master thief is determined to get back at Lawrence. Using the tracker he planted on the case, he makes a new plan. Jigen spots that Pops has arrived, so they try the burqa disguises to leave right under his nose. Reluctant to get the crap beaten out of him again, Zenigata lets them pass.

Meanwhile, Lawrence announces his plans to continue their successful duping of the government, in spite of Ali's concerns he gave his honor not to blow up more oil fields. Lawrence laughs and reminds his men he didn't promise to target other things. A folk band with a beautiful belly dancer appears, who are naturally Lupin and company. Fujiko's beauty and dancing greatly pleases Lawrence, who invites her to his tent. He tries to seduce her with his power and money, but Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon interrupt their dalliance. The gang goes for the money, but Lawrence informs them that he found the tracker easily and his tent is now surrounded by his men. Lawrence's gang ties Lupin's gang to stakes to be executed at dawn, but Fujiko turns traitor and tells Lawrence she was captured herself and forced to help Lupin.

As Lawrence and Fujiko prepare to get down and dirty, Fujiko offers to fix Lawrence an aphrodisiac. While preparing his drink, she slips in the pill bomb Lawrence gave Lupin. He unwittingly swallows it before bragging to her that he isn't actually the real Lawrence III; he only took the name to trick the natives into doing his bidding. He is unaware that his men, hoping to hear some more amorous noises, are listening just outside. Shortly after confessing, he passes out, as Fujiko also put a sleep drug in the drink. She takes the explosive's remote and slips out, but Ali and his men surround her. However, Ali simply takes the remote and lets her go; now knowing his leader is an honorless man, he plans on taking his own revenge. As Fujiko goes to free her friends, Ali sets off the bomb. The massive explosion sends the money flying, but also causes oil to spring from the desert sands. As Ali and his men rejoice at their sudden good fortune, Lupin's gang goes after the scattered bills raining down on them from heaven.

This episode features examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Zantetsuken score: One metal scaffold.
  • Belly Dancer: Fujiko performs for Lawrence and his men.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Fujiko's mature response when Goemon tells her to have some dignity.
  • Bound and Gagged: The store owner Lupin's gang steals from. Alas, Zenigata forgets to untie him.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Fujiko, as usual. But wait: shockingly Subverted when she slips Lawrence the bomb!
  • Disguised in Drag: Fujiko gets drag duty as a member of the king's all-male entourage, reminding Lupin as they disrobe, "At least you didn't have to strap your boobs."
  • Eat the Bomb: Lawrence forces Lupin to do this to ensure he isn't followed. Unfortunately, he also gives Lupin a weapon to turn the tables on him with.
  • Facial Profiling: The government officials all have dark hair, swarthy skin, hooked noses, and facial hair. "Hassan" stands out from the beginning because he doesn't have any of those things and is clearly European.
  • Fanservice: Hello scantily-clad, belly dancing Fujiko...
  • Funbag Airbag: Lupin lands on Fujiko's chest during the explosion, and he's quite happy to be there.
  • Hiding in a Hijab: Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon use the old burqa trick to fool Zenigata. Naturally, the real women Zenigata unveils to try and find the gang are extremely displeased with the detective.
  • Holy Backlight: Zenigata gets one when he appears on the tower to arrest Lupin's gang.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Fujiko slips the explosive Lupin "retrieved" from Lawrence into Lawrence's drink. Let's hope they disinfected it first, too, because ew.
  • Insecurity System: The oil fields all have top notch security. This doesn't stop Lawrence from blowing one up, though.
  • Latex Perfection: Lupin for the king.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted; Lupin gets Lawrence's bomb out of his system this way.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Hassan/Lawrence occasionally lapses from British into Australian and back.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: When the show comes back from commercial, the gang couldn't help Lupin from being killed by... wait, he's just in the bathroom.
  • Qurac: The anonymous Arabesque country the episode takes place in.
  • Shot at Dawn: The fate of Lupin's gang when they're captured by Lawrence and his men at the camp.
  • Shout-Out: Lupin says after taking off his disguise, "It's good to be the king...but hot."
  • Take That!: Lupin chides Fujiko for not grabbing the money after her escape, but she reminds him she was surrounded:
    Lupin: Yeah, but couldn't you... you know...
    Fujiko: What, take on the whole group of them in alphabetical order?
    Jigen: Well, it's not like it'd be the first time or anything...
  • Tracking Device: Lupin plants one on one of the money cases while complimenting Lawrence.
  • Worth It: After he lands in her ample cleavage, Fujiko slaps Lupin in the face. That still doesn't remove his gleeful smile.