Recap: Lupin IIIS 2 E 6

"Is the Leaning Tower of Pisa Standing?"note  with the english title Shaky Pisa.

Lupin and his gang are now in Italy, looking over a deserted village which is supposed to be destroyed by an earthquake. Soon enough, the ground start shaking as the thieves take shelter in Lupin's special refuge, and the village is reduced to a pile of rubble. Later the group visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa: according to the informations they gathered, the Tower is the next target of this mysterious Earthquake Group, and their unknown weapon which can cause earthquakes at will.

Using their radio to spy on the Earthquake Countermeasures Department meeting they hear Zenigata accusing Lupin of being behind the blackmailing, but since he cannot produce any evidence he's quickly sent away. Soon a video message from the real mastermind behind the earthquakes is delivered to the Department: the deranged former scientist Dr. Paolo. The mad scientist illustrates the mechanics of his deadly earthquake-generating machine, and threatens to turn the beautiful Leaning Tower into dust along with all the other monuments of Italy unless a ransom of one million lire is delivered to a certain place 100 km south of Elba Island. Having no choice, the department accept to pay the ransom. Of course, back into their lair, lupin's gang plot to take the money for themselves.

As the helicopter carrying the trunk with the lire is prepared Fujiko and Jigen keep an eye on it from a distance. The helicopter drops the trunk in the spot in the middle of the sea signaled by a red spot, but it was just a sea-colored veil hiding Lupin's own plane. As the thief tries to recover the trunk with a fishing rod Zenigata arrives and in the following tug the trunk opens, dropping the bills into the ocean, and a mysterious dolphin places a mine under Zenigata's boat before snatching the trunk with a magnetic device on his back and swimming away, leaving Lupin empty-handed. Back at the Department a new video from Dr. Paolo is delivered: the furious scientist demands an addictional million to his ransom and threatens to turn the whole peninsula to ruins, while Zenigata, still obsessed with Lupin, is kicked out. Back at the lair the group enjoy some pasta while Lupin explains that he put a transmitter on the trunk, so that they can easily track down Dr. Paolo's lair and recover the money. The group then heads south to Naples, where the signal comes from a laboratory on a distant island. Meanwhile Zenigata sneaks to the site of the exchange and grab the trunk with the two millions, only to be snatched again by the same dolphin and carried away.

At night, Lupin, Jigen and Goemon infiltrate the Marine Science Laboratory, while Fujiko waits behind on a boat. However, the trio is soon captured by an artificial whirpool trap and tied up. After noticing the pool of trained dolphins used by the scientist to recover the money they're confronted by Paolo, who believes them to be spies working for the department and retorts by unleashing his machine on Pisa, straightening the tower in the process. However, before he can do more the trained dolphin carrying the trunk and Zenigata arrives, prompting him to shut the machine. Lupin reveals his identity and suddenly frees himself and his friends from the restrains. In the following chaos Goemon cuts the pool's glass panels, flooding the room and Lupin takes the trunk from Zenigata. Now completely insane, Paolo overloads his crumbling machine, causing the whole island to sink, while our heroes manages to escape in time and Zenigata is "rescued" by a playful dolphin. However their joy is short-lived, as the trunk opened during the mess, leaving the bills scattered in the sea, with Fujiko trying to recover them with a fishing net.

Back at Pisa Zenigata is rewarded for stopping Dr. Paolo and saving the famous Tower from destruction while Lupin's gang watch the show before deciding to move on. Just as they leave Zenigata sneezes so loud he accidentally makes the tower leaning again.

This episode features examples of:

  • Animal Assassin: The trained dolphins are mostly used to recover and deliver the ransom, but they can also plant mines.
  • Berserk Button: Dr. Paolo doesn't like when people underestimate him or believe that they're trying to fool him.
  • Collapsing Lair: The whole island at the end.
  • Earthquake Machine: The one built by Dr. Paolo is the hub of the whole episode: according to him, the machine focus electromagnetic waves into a specific area where the "energy of earth is stored", giving birth to earthquakes wherever he wishes. Said earthquakes stops as soon as he deactivates the machine.
  • Evil Laugh: Dr. Paolo is prone to this one, which can also count as Laughing Mad.
  • Friendly, Playful Dolphin: Especially the one near the end who decides to play with Zenigata.
  • The Igor: Dr. Paolo's unnamed hunchback who serves him, but never speaks.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Paolo was one who studied earthquakes.
  • Monumental Damage: The villain threatens to unleash his earthquake machine to destroy the Tower of Pisa and all the famous monuments of Italy.
  • They Called Me Mad!: Highly implied to be the reason why Dr. Paolo decided to use his earthquake knowledge to build his machine and turn evil and insane.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Not a paragon of mental health to begin with, but Dr. Paolo manages to become even more insane in the finale.
  • Woolseyism : In the Italian dub, both Lupin and Dr. Paolo engages in some Naepolitan dialect in two scenes, while the former still sports a very thin accent.