Recap: Lupin IIIS 2 E 98

Shin Lupin III: "The Day the Old Man Died"

One night in Paris, Lupin and Jigen are pulling what seems to be yet another ordinary jewelry heist. After Jigen fires a safecracking device at the vault, Lupin cracks the code, and they get a vacuum cleaner past an intricate array of security lasers to mop up their loot, and they manage to do so without tripping the alarm. However, Zenigata and the French police, led by Superintendent Truffaut, are waiting for them. Zenigata is tasked by Truffaut with personally catching Lupin. However, Truffaut is secretly intending to backstab Zenigata by sending one of his men in to snipe Zenigata at the right moment. As Jigen and then Lupin escape on a wire, the cop fires at Zenigata, seemingly killing him.

The next day, Lupin and Jigen celebrate their victory, and Lupin tries to call Fujiko over, but Fujiko unexpectedly hangs up on him, after which Goemon uses his Zantetsuken to hand Lupin a newspaper explaining why. Turns out, the French police have pinned Zenigata's murder on him. Even Goemon, who had sworn to kill Lupin, goes back on his word and abandons him, but Jigen, who had been with Lupin on that fateful heist, is the first besides the Wolf himself to realize that things are not as they appear. Meanwhile, Superintendent Truffaut takes the cop who had shot Zenigata out below a bridge and fatally shoots him.

Later, Lupin and Zenigata show up at the hospital morgue disguised as police officers to see whether or not the reports of Zenigata's death were exaggerated. However, when the real police show up, they're forced to play along as the body is transported to Japan. At an opportune moment, Lupin and Jigen go off course, but the police are alerted to it and set up a roadblock as a helicopter goes after the hearse. When Truffaut fails to talk Lupin down, he has his men fire at him, but they get past the roadblock before the men in the helicopter blow out one of the hearse's tires and force it to crash. At this point, Lupin and Jigen are forced to accept that Zenigata really is dead. The only question now is, whodunnit? However, before they can contemplate the matter any further, they're forced to retreat as the chopper shoots at them. At this point, Goemon appears out of nowhere and destroys the chopper with his Zantetsuken.

Back at their hideout, Lupin watches a news report where Truffaut swears he'll see him swing for the attempted theft of Zenigata's body, calling body snatching the lowest of all crimes, worse than even murder. Jigen realizes that Truffaut did all of that because he kept getting passed over for promotion, and rumor has it that Truffaut's a guy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Fujiko returns, having realized the truth, and gives Lupin a handbook outlining the procedure for police funerals for those who died in the line of duty... which involves burning the body. Lupin isn't deterred by the high security being in place at the site, however—after all, the word "impossible" is not in his dictionary.

At the funeral, Fujiko, disguised as a mourner, plants a tracking device on the casket under the Japanese flag. Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon are hiding out inside of one of the ovens on the site where the body is to be burned, and as they anticipated, the funeral procession shows up. Truffaut, however, smells a rat and orders the site to be double-checked; after verifying that all the ovens are empty, the burning begins. Once the blaze destroys the tracking device, Goemon cuts a casket-sized hole in the wall, and the trio extracts the casket, flag and all. Truffaut decides to get what's left of Zenigata out of there, but when he sees the hole in the wall, he realizes too late that Lupin was waiting for him just as he escapes with the casket. During the ensuing chase, a conveniently-placed truck forces Lupin to stop too suddenly, and Zenigata is thrown from the casket and ends up regaining consciousness underwater. Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon go into the river, preferring being arrested by the old man to being killed by Truffaut and his men. When they fire anyway, Lupin goes underwater and uses fake blood to convince Truffaut that they killed him.

Back at headquarters, two police officers show up, having recovered Zenigata. Truffaut tells them to dispose of him unless they had any further use. Turns out, they did... because the officers were Lupin and Jigen in disguise! And then, on top of that, on Jigen's cue, Zenigata reveals himself and tells Truffaut what really happened. Truffaut tries to kill both him and Lupin, brushing off his being rumbled as a minor setback, but Goemon slices up his gun before Zenigata arrests him. As Lupin departs, Zenigata tries to arrest him, too, but he escapes with Jigen and Goemon into the sunset atop a truck that happens to be driven by Fujiko. Zenigata grudgingly salutes his nemesis as he watches him get away.

This episode features examples of:

  • Ambition Is Evil: Superintendent Truffaut's Evil Plan comes from his being passed over for promotion so many times.
  • Beard of Evil: Superintendent Truffaut sports one.
  • Death Faked for You: Turns out, the cop that supposedly murdered Zenigata was actually his rival in the ICPO and faked his death by lacing a non-lethal round with a substance that allowed the old man to temporarily simulate death.
  • Dirty Cop: Truffaut makes no secret of it to the viewers.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Fujiko apparently hates cop killers. That, or she doesn't want anything more to do with the man who allegedly killed the guy who pardoned her in exchange for helping to capture him all those years ago.
  • Evil Plan: Truffaut's is to have a subordinate murder Zenigata, then kill him to keep him quiet and pin Zenigata's murder on Lupin, then capture him and see himself promoted to chief of the ICPO.
  • Foregone Conclusion: It's practically a given that the old man will live to see the end of this one.
  • Frame-Up: The episode is about Lupin being framed for Zenigata's murder by the French police.
  • The Fun in Funeral: Zenigata's funeral. First, Fujiko, disguised as a mourner, plants a tracking device on the casket. As the body is burned, the tracking device is destroyed, which is Goemon's cue to cut a hole in the wall of the oven, and Lupin and the gang remove the casket and make off with it just as Truffaut realizes what's going on. And then it turns out the old man is alive and well...
  • Laser Hallway: During the opening heist, Lupin and Jigen have to contend with security lasers inside of a jewelry vault.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Invoked by Jigen in regards to Truffaut's Evil Plan.
    Jigen: He's gone too far this time.
  • Moral Myopia: Truffaut will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants, but he considers Lupin's attempted theft of Zenigata's body to go beyond the pale.
    Truffaut: Lupin! Listen up, you unholy son of a bitch: body snatching is a crime worse than murder, especially when the stolen stiff is of the one you murdered! I'll see you swing for this, mark my words!
    Lupin: [watching the broadcast] Yeah, go ahead! Keep spouting your bullshit like you don't care! I'll fix you!
  • Mundane Utility: The first time Zantetsuken is seen in this episode, it's used to give Lupin the newspaper.
  • Not Worth Killing: Goemon decides this about Lupin when he believes the latter to be responsible for Zenigata's death. Keep in mind that the guy had sworn that he'd be the one to kill Lupin.
    Goemon: Lupin, at this point I'd like to fulfill my promise, but now I don't see why I should. Sayonara.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Both Fujiko and Goemon abandon Lupin when they believe him to be responsible for Zenigata's death.
  • Traitor Shot: Truffaut gets a few, including when Zenigata's body is being delivered to the airport to be returned home.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Truffaut does this to the man who had shot Zenigata, in part so Truffaut himself could become the chief of the ICPO and in part to keep the cop from causing any trouble for him.