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Recap / Samurai Jack - S2 E13: "Jack's Sandals"

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While he is dipping his feet in a riverside one day, a gang of robot bikers destroy Jack's precious wooden sandals. Jack pursues the robots to a nearby city, where they are causing chaos for their amusement. However, Jack's lack of footwear means he can't fight without hurting his feet, so he tries to find a replacement. With the help of a grateful shoe salesman, he just might find the right fit.


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  • Agony of the Feet: When Jack kicks one of the bikers barefoot, he injures his feet.
  • Badass Biker: The episode's Villain of the Week are a trio of these. Taken Up to Eleven in that they're actually robots who can turn into bikes.
  • Berserk Button: Jack is frequently shown to be an actual pacifist and the last person to pick a fight. But mess with his sandals and he will kick your ass.
  • Breather Episode: Following the intense "Jack and The Spartans," this episode sees Jack dealing with what is, for all intents and purposes, an inconvenience.
  • Fangirl: The mechanic's two teenage daughters fawn over him the second he steps in the house.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Jack's Combat Stilettos attract the attention of a group of sassy female passers-by who are all but stated to be hookers.
  • Jive Turkey: The shoe store owner (humorously enough, played by a black actor).
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  • Mugging the Monster: In the episode "Jack's Sandals," the shoe store owner does this to the bikers. He verbally berates them for riding their bikes recklessly, and destroying property in the process. When he sees the bikers transform into robots a-la "Transformers" style, you can see the store owner obviously being scared.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Jack really likes those sandals.
  • Pet the Dog: This is arguably the first time someone else is willing to help Jack before he has a chance to help them: the shoe store owner lets Jack try on every shoe in his store and is willing to let him take one for free, while the mechanic invites Jack to stay with his family for dinner and is gracious enough to make him a new pair of sandals.
  • She's Got Legs: A male example. Jack tries on a pair of Combat Stilettos with absurdly sharp blades for heels, but while they serve their purpose, the villains only tease him with catcalls when he tries to attack.
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    • The episodes villains are robots who can transform into vehicles.
    • The running shoes Jack tries on allows him to run fast a'la the Roadrunner, complete with a Wheel o' Feet.
    • In keeping with the Looney Tunes gags, Jack's pump-up sneakers cause him to ricochet off of several buildings, with each window he hits lighting up like a pinball game.
    • The shoe store owner resembles the logo for Foot Locker.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The mechanic's son sings one chorus of the theme song while their family is fawning over Jack.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Jack getting to spend the evening truly feeling at home with another Japanese family in their traditional house. He happily remarks that it's the real time machine he's looking for.

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