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Recap / Samurai Jack - S2 E11: "Jack Is Naked"

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Jack's clothes and sword are stolen by a white rabbit while he take a bath and chases it into a bizarre underground world. While naked.


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  • Alice Allusion: Jack chases a white rabbit down a hole and winds up in a strange, strange place. At one point he wears a costume like the one Alice wore in the Disney version.
  • Animation Bump: The animation is broader and more fluid to accommodate its more cartoonish premise.
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  • Apologetic Attacker: Jack apologizes to a man right before he knocks him out to steal his clothes, because his own clothes were stolen.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Jack's failed attempt to hide out in a fairy tale play.
    Director: (Whispering from off-stage) You're supposed to scream! "Aaah!"
    Jack: (Barely audible) Aaaaaaa...
  • Breather Episode: This action has little to no action in it, and it's mostly comedic.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The episode opens with Jack battling a robot slug. He later retrieves its tusks for the orphan who steals his clothes, who tells him they're very valuable.
  • Denser and Wackier: Easily one of the silliest episodes of the show, both in its premise and its tone.
  • Disguised in Drag: Jack briefly hides out in a play dressed as the Princess of Hearts. Things get awkward when he actually has to act in it.
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  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Subverted. Jack does, in fact, lose his clothes and is briefly chased down in the subway for being shirtless, but most of the episode has him grabbing whatever clothes he can find while looking for his stolen gi.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: The plot is kicked off by Jack's clothes being stolen while he takes a bath in a river.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Inverted; it's a lame pun anticipation. One of the citizens who chase after Jack, assuming that he's the burglar who stole their cats hesitates to call him a "cat burglar" until the rest of the mob tells her to just go ahead and say it.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Jack does this twice in the episode; first stealing a burglar's clothes and then a train engineer's.
  • Naked People Are Funny: It's right there in the title.
  • Shout-Out
    • The episode's unusual visual style borrows heavily from Dr. Seuss and Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Jack also assumes a costume that gives him the appearance of Alice from the Disney movie, though missing her footwear.
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    • Parts of the show's score are a sound-alike of "Big Wire Hop" by Riders In The Sky, the music used in the Pixar short For The Birds.
  • The Stinger: That weird-looking fairy that shows up out of nowhere pops in one last time during the episode's end card.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even after Jack returned the cats he "stole," the angry mob still chases after him!

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