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"Bang."
Spike meets with Julia and the two reunite and decide to run away together. However, Vicious, now in command of the Red Dragon Syndicate, sends his men to hunt the two down. Julia is killed in the escape and Spike, having nothing left to lose, goes to confront Vicious in one final showdown.
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  • Ambiguous Ending: Did Spike really die or did he just pass out? Word of God isn't telling and lets the audience decide for themselves.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Julia is killed in front of Spike's eyes and he ultimately goes to settle things with Vicious. He comes out victorious but, by all appearances mortally wounded, and leaves the Syndicate in shambles and potentially creating a power vacuum. Jet, Faye, Ein and Ed all live but have to suffer Spike's loss.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: After she's shot, Spike holds Julia in his arms as she dies.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Spike: Bang.
    • And then for the show itself:
    YOU'RE GONNA CARRY THAT WEIGHT.
  • Final Battle: Spike's raid on the Red Dragon's headquarters.
  • Go Out with a Smile: If he did succumb to his wounds, at least he does it smiling.
  • Grand Finale: Of the entire series.
  • The Last Dance: As with Jet and Udai, this is the final battle between Spike and Vicious when the object of their affection is gone and only the grudge remains, both knowing one will not survive.
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  • The Lost Lenore: Julia ultimately becomes this for Spike.
  • Mutual Kill: Possibly. Both Spike and Vicious land fatal blows on each other and Vicious drops like a stone after getting shot, with Spike managing to stay up longer before too succumbing to his wounds (apparently).
  • Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame: Ends on an image of Spike's face as he lays on the ground, his face content.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Faye tries to convince Spike to stay at the Bebop by telling him what her resurfacing memories have gained her i.e. nothing, even pointing a gun at him. She fails and breaks into sobs.
  • Rule of Symbolism: As the song of the episode ends, we see a star shining brightly and then fade — Spike's (or, alternatively, Vicious's) star.
  • Storming the Castle: Spike does so and practically wipes out the entire Red Dragon by himself, though he does get shot in the arm.
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  • Title-Only Opening: Doesn't begin with "Tank", rather just an image of the title before going into the episode proper. The episode likewise ends the same as Jupiter Jazz as the camera pans up into the sky, this time using the song "Blue" to close out.
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