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Recap / Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Ep. 4: An Operation Called "Dash"!

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The Bugster's mind filled with dread when he realized that Ex-Aid wasn't trying to move past him because the Rider had a... Blue Shell!
Written by Yuya Takahashi
Directed by Koichi Sakamoto
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Emu's mood is in the dumps after he lost his Gashat to Taiga. He doesn't have time to mope, however, as into his office comes Kiriya Kujo, a coroner who's been investigating the Bugsters on his own ever since they took his friend's life five years ago. He comes in with a deal - he will take back the Mighty Action X Gashat from Taiga under the condition that Emu will help him out. The intern is reluctant, but since Kiriya came with his coworker that is already afflicted with the Game Syndrome, Hojo feels obligated to save him, thus agreeing.

Soon the Game Virus emerges and all Riders converge unto the beast's location. There, Kiriya makes a bet with Taiga - if he manages to defeat the Bugster, he will take back Emu's Gashat. And if he loses? Why, he'll give him his own Gashat - for the coroner is the newest Gamer Driver user to arrive on the scene - Kamen Rider Lazer!

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This episode provides the examples of:

  • The Big Race: The Motors Bugster came from a racing game, so in order to defeat it, Ex-Aid and Lazer challenge it to a bike race.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Genm's appearances in this episode can all be summed up as this. He effortlessly defeats all four Riders, and then just leaves.
  • Damsel in Distress: Riko's entire point in the episode was to fulfill this role.
  • Destroy the Evidence: Genm destroys the Motors Bugster, so that Lazer won't be able to get some samples off it.
  • Foreshadowing: Two in regards to Kujo's true nature:
    • First, he falsifies an appointment with Emu in order to meet up with him.
    • Secondly, Emu states that the Bakusou Bike game allows the player to cheat and sabotage his opponents - things that Kiriya is quite prominent at.
  • Happy Ending Override: Well, sweet parts of a bittersweet one, anyway. Despite seemingly not appearing to mind losing his Rider Gashat in the previous episode, here Emu actually feels really down about it, showing that it actually weighted down on him.
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  • I Lied: After winning the race and saving the girl, Kiriya throws Ex-Aid off him, basically saying that he served his role. Emu asks him if his offer to be friends was a lie, and Kiriya replies with this trope.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ironically enough, Lazer suffers this. After he ditches Ex-Aid, he tells him that he only helped in order to get some Bugster samples, not to save anyone, and that he used Emu's naivety against him. After that, Genm destroys the Bugster, thus rendering all of his lies and tricks pointless, and lays a smackdown on Kiriya and Emu.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Kiriya really likes pulling this on poor, unsuspecting Emu.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: "EXCITE" starts to play once Emu goes after the Motors Bugster... even if he trips after being startled by Kujo.

    Gashat Count: Ex-Aid: 1 (Continued) Brave: 1 Snipe: 1 Lazer: 1 Genm: 2

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