SESSION #19 - WILD HORSES
A desert on Earth. Spike spots a ship take off in the distance and tries to hitch a ride. Swordfish II is parked beside him.
In Red Tail, Faye floats by Earth's moon, idle.
FAYE: Really, this just doesn't suit my style to just sit and wait like this.
The Bebop hides nearby.
JET: We pick our spot, then wait patiently. That is the secret behind fishing.
FAYE: Did you ever consider that may be this was the WRONG spot?
JET: The bait has no right to complain.
ED: What are you fishing for?
JET: "Starship Pirates." A group that calls themselves pirates.
JET: A group of people that like to attack a ship and rob anything and everything from them.
ED: Like to rob, rob, drunken slob!
FAYE: Besides, where the hell did Spike go?! He left to overhaul his ship, and still hasn't -
Ein hangs up on Faye.
JET: Thanks. But Spike... Man... What's he doing now, without giving us a heads-up?
『Thanks for the heads-up.』は
I’ll give you a heads-up.
The desert on Earth. Spike sits in the shade under Swordfish. A truck pulls up. Spike opens the side door.
SPIKE: You're late, Doohan!
Inside, a young man named Miles is listening to the radio on headphones.
MILES: Yeah! Go, go, go!
SPIKE: Hey...? HEY!
Spike unplugs the headphones.
RADIO: Strike three! Batter out! He just let that one slide by... and that's the game!
Miles kicks the radio, crushing it.
MILES: Man! Why didn't they just send in a pinch-hitter? Come on, Eightwood is getting OLD! Don't ya think?
SPIKE: Where's Doohan?
MILES: The old man's kinda busy right now. I'm Miles, his assistant. Nice to meet ya.
On the road. Swordfish rides in the back.
MILES: Man, they were really great when they won the pennant 14 years ago. They just kept hittin' the ball one after another, and turned losing games around! Especially when Randy, Blanket and Hills hit consecutive homers... I really wish you coulda seen it. And ya know - Hey, do people often say you're the silent type?
SPIKE: And people often say you talk too much, right?
MILES: Kinda. The... Swordfish, right? The machine back there...
MILES: That's the amazing mono-racer that the old man built, right?
SPIKE: It's just an old machine. I don't want it, but it's a part of me.
MILES: I hear ya... Us Blue Sox fans feel like we fell for some wicked broad. Really! I can't remember how many times I've thought about giving up on them!
They enter a junkyard filled with various forms of aircraft. The side of a building housing an old space shuttle explodes.
MILES: Jesus, not again...
They walk into the building.
MILES: Yo, old man!
The mechanic Doohan walks out to check out Swordfish, the back of his shirt smoking.
SPIKE: Yo. Long time no see.
DOOHAN: Yeah. Miles, where's the checklist!?
MILES: It's out there! I put it on the ship's body!
SPIKE: He's been fixing that ancient thing?
MILES: I think it's useless. The computer isn't compatible with the mono-system...
DOOHAN: Miles! Gimme the EV Transmitter, the absorber for the main gear and7591125 the three-eight pneumatic tube!
MILES: A three-eight?! I don't have something that special!
DOOHAN: Order one from Reggie. His place has them!
MILES: Yeah, yeah. You really are some slave driver!
Spike looks onto the old shuttle.
SPIKE: Some hobby!
Alarms sound on the Bebop.
JET: Did we catch it?
In Red Tail, Faye looks around.
FAYE: It wasn't me! Where is it?
JET: It's close! Shit, I used bad bait!
The pirates, George, Ruth, and Harman, fire a harpoon at truck.
GEORGE: This is a good machine. Attacking blessed people like them and
giving to the poor is human equality. Don't you think so?
RUTH: Heh, heh, I get it. This is what ya call social reform.
They real the truck into their haul.
GEORGE: Yeah. It's only right for us, the poor, to take from them!
Red Tail jets toward them.
HARMAN: Something's coming!
Red Tail stops in front of their truck.
FAYE: Hi. That's enough.
GEOREGE: Bounty hunter...? Herman.
HARMAN: Be a good girl and come here...
Harman readies the harpoon. In Hammerhead, Jet sees it.
JET: Faye, above you!
Faye is harpooned. Red Tail goes berserk.
FAYE: What the..?! Is this a joke?!
Red Tail fires randomly and begins to hit Hammerhead.
FAYE: It's not me!
Harman spots the Bebop.
HARMAN: Ruth! One more behind us! And it's HUGE!
RUTH: I know. What a tattered old ship!
JET: Leave me alone!
They harpoon the Bebop. The Bebop goes berserk.
Ed readies the emergency pilot program. Ein pushes the enter button before
BEBOP: Abnormality found in the mono-system. Booting the emergency pilot
The Red Tail continues to fire randomly.
FAYE: Hey, stop this thing!
JET: Like I know how!
The pirates jet away.
Doohan's office. Spike looks at old photographs on the bulletin board.
The hanger. Doohan tunes up Swordfish.
DOOHAN: Looks like he's taken you on quite a few spins. Cut it!
MILES: The accelerator pump is all worn down.
DOOHAN: I know.
MILES: And the fuel injector doesn't have a silencer on it...
DOOHAN: Don't need one.
MILES: But it's noisy, and it trembles...
DOOHAN: If you put one in, then I can't hear what it's telling me! Just
hurry up and connect the injector.
MILES: First of all, a three-eight isn't popular anymore... Why don't you
switch to the new five-zero?
Spike enters with coffee.
MILES: And if you change the navigation to full-auto then you can glide
along without manual steering...
DOOHAN: Do you want to use a machine, or do you want the machine to use
you? Which is it?
MILES: I wasn't exactly -
DOOHAN: Just go!
Spike picks up a pointy piece.
SPIKE: You haven't changed a bit. At this rate, another assistant is gonna
The piece punctures Spike's finger. Doohan smiles.
DOOHAN: And you! The Swordfish wants to run away from you!
SPIKE: I haven't heard that before.
DOOHAN: If you keep being reckless with her, she'll really throw you off
SPIKE: Unfortunately, I'm not one for delicate controls.
Reggie pulls up in his truck.
REGGIE: Sorry to keep you waiting! I got something you don't see often...
A three-eight pneumatic tube!
Spike calls Bebop.
FAYE: Yes, hello? Oh, it's you, Missing Man. Where are you right now?
SPIKE: I'm still with Doohan. How's Jet?
FAYE: He seems rather busy right now... Saying something about some
JET: A virus! We got a computer virus!
FAYE: Same difference.
JET: Starting with the mono-system, orbit calculator, flight path selector,
engine regulator, communications circuit... they're all shot.
SPIKE: I don't get it. Gimme a simple explanation.
ED: The computer broke and we're just drifting along!
SPIKE: Well, I understood that.
REGGIE: How about it? It's the newest one. You haven't seen one floating
around anywhere else, right?
DOOHAN: A mono-computer...?
REGGIE: How about it? 150K, no, 100K.
DOOHAN: A bargain, huh? When it's sold THAT cheap, you lose money even on
Spike continues to talk on his communicator.
SPIKE: So, who did it?
DOOHAN: Where did you get this?
SPIKE: A truck? Any features?
REGGIE: A penguin -
FAYE: - logo on -
SPIKE & DOOHAN: - the delivery truck?!
Spike and Doohan look at each other.
Spike returns to the Bebop.
JET: Are you sure about the info?
SPIKE: Yeah. They apparently were dealing at the Orbit Drive-in.
JET: I see... nobody would be suspicious of a delivery truck wandering
SPIKE: And how are we going to counter the hacks?
JET: Don't get harpooned!
FAYE: That's IT?!
Jet is furious.
JET: They laughed this ship off as "tattered!" And they made that mess out
of my Hammerhead! Unlike SOMEONE I know, I always pay back what I owe.
FAYE: What a wonderful principle.
SPIKE: I'm really not up for this...
JET: I have an invoice from Doohan here.
They take off from Earth.
JET: Because they're PHYSICALLY sending the virus they haven't developed a
vaccine for it. That is where this secret weapon of ours come in.
Jet puts down a communicator.
FAYE: What? That's just our normal communicator.
JET: If you get infected by the virus, cut off the entire mono-system.
Then, all navigation and communication will go down. As I said, I will
navigate you with this. Because this is set to the frequency for an
old communications satellite it has nothing to do with the mono-
Spike sets up the communicator on Swordfish.
RADIO: Oh, another run scored against the Blue Sox!
SPIKE: That's some secret weapon...
Spike takes off.
Doohan's hanger. Miles listens to the Blue Sox game. Doohan hears it and
glares at Miles.
The Drive-In. Swordfish and Red Tail stop before two trucks with penguins
painted on them.
SPIKE: It was a penguin, right?
FAYE: Yeah. A purple penguin.
JET: There are two of them? Wait a minute, it might be a real courier
service. It's a matter of how to figure out if they are legit...
FAYE: That's easy. We fire a shot, and the one that runs is the one we
SPIKE: This is the first time I agree with you on something...
JET: Y-You guys - !
They fire at the trucks.
JET: What are you gonna do if they're both real?!
SPIKE: They both ran?
FAYE: We didn't consider that option...
SPIKE: I'm trusting you with that one!
FAYE: I have to pay them back for yesterday, too.
Faye destroys the booster engines of one of the trucks. The truck stops.
Faye stops in front of them.
TRUCKER A: Forgive us!
TRUCKER B: W-We'll pay the parking fee!
Faye's right eye twitches.
Spike continues chasing the other truck.
SPIKE: This way?!
JET: Spike! Draw them out!
Doohan's hanger. Miles overhears Spike and Jet's communication on the
JET: It'll be a mess if they let the virus go in there!
SPIKE: I know!
Earth space. Spike continues chasing the pirates.
SPIKE: So let's see what ya got...
GEORGE: He's here.
HARMAN: Waste of time.
Spike hides under the haul and fires at the harpoon.
HARMAN: He's after the arm...
GEORGE: He's not taking us seriously! Ruth!
RUTH: Ready to go anytime.
GEORGE: Take that!
George releases the haul. Behind the truck are dozens of harpoon guns.
Spike dodges them.
Harman locks on to Spike.
Spike barely dodges Harman's harpoon shot.
RUTH: He's holding up pretty well.
Spike is finally hit by a harpoon.
JET: Cut off the mono-system!
SPIKE: I'm doing it!
RUTH: That idiot cut off his mono-system!
HARMAN: Hey... George...
RUTH: And he's in Earth's gravitational field...
The pirates truck are hit by a harpoon.
Doohan's office. Miles runs in with the radio.
MILES: Old man! Here, here!
They overhear Spike and Jet's communication.
MILES: This is pretty bad!
JET: Align the D7. Ya did it before, right?
SPIKE: Like I remember!
Earth space. The pirates are being pulled into Earth's atmosphere.
GEORGE: No good... There's nothing we can do...
HARMAN: You idiot! Hurry up and do something about this!
GEORGE: Dammit... Move! MOVE!
RUTH: Falling... We're falling!
Spike rewires Swordfish.
JET: Spike, I'll be right there. I'm calculating an interception course.
Until then, keep control manually somehow. Even if everything was
normal, it'd be tough to get outta here.
SPIKE: I can see that. And I just had it overhauled...
Meteors crash into Swordfish.
SPIKE: Oh well. Whatever happens, happens.
Spike dodges meteors.
JET: Spike, above you.
Spike sees the Bebop above him.
SPIKE: Your tattered ship looks like a goddess!
The pirates' truck crashes into a meteor and explodes, harpoons fly upward.
SPIKE: Shit, the virus...
Spike flies low and uses Swordfish to block the harpoons from hitting the
SPIKE: I'm still alive!
JET: We have to start over!
MILES: No way! Old man, ya gotta be kidding! Are you really gonna move this
ancient piece of -
DOOHAN: Do you think I'd do this as a joke? Don't just stand there! Hurry
up and get me some fuel!
MILES: All right!
Earth space. Swordfish slowly falls into Earth's atmosphere.
JET: Spike, can you hear me? I got a calculation. It'll take another 7
hours for us to rendezvous.
SPIKE: Come on, you're joking, right?
JET: We're too close to Earth. The orbital paths I can take are limited!
SPIKE: Isn't there a way for you to just swing on by?
JET: If I plunge in at this angle, both the Bebop and the Swordfish will
burn to nothing!
Swordfish's underside begins to burn.
SPIKE: Jet... I have some booze hidden behind the fridge. Feel free to
JET: Something wrong?!
SPIKE: I'm outta gas. Nothing I can do now.
Doohan communicates to Spike through the radio.
DOOHAN: How about I go there and tow you back, in exchange for that booze?
I heard the conversation. Give me the Swordfish's coordinates.
SPIKE: Doohan?! How the hell do you - ?!
Doohan's hanger. Doohan prepares to launch the old space shuttle.
DOOHAN: Spike, I don't care how ya do it, but slow down using an air-brake.
SPIKE: Slow down?
DOOHAN: If you slow down within Earth's atmosphere the gravitational pull
will accelerate you instead which will give you enough speed to
escape. However, you have to maintain the ship at a certain angle.
Too far either way, and you'll be thrown out to the other end of
SPIKE: Unfortunately, I'm not one for delicate controls.
DOOHAN: Spike... I know you can do it. I didn't give you the Swordfish for
SPIKE: Don't you start crashing, either!
In the shuttle.
MILES: Maximum propulsion.
DOOHAN: You didn't have to force yourself to come with me.
MILES: You know how Blue Sox fans love to party!
DOOHAN: Let's go!
MILES: All right!
The shuttle takes off.
MILES: We're flying... We're REALLY flying!
JET: Lower the nose by 0.6 degrees.
Spike lowers too far.
JET: You're in too deep! Spike, you'll burn to a crisp!
Spike spots Doohan's shuttle. The back of the shuttle opens up.
DOOHAN: This is the last chance!
Spike breaks off Swordfish's wings and falls into the shuttle.
MILES: It went in! It went in! That was perfect!
SPIKE: Doohan, you saved me.
DOOHAN: Not quite. Most of the heat-resistant tiles have peeled off. The
temperature is rising...
MILES: T-The landing gear isn't coming down either!
DOOHAN: Oh yeah, and the #2 nozzle won't work either.
MILES: WHAT!? Is that for real? What are we gonna do? We can't land without
SPIKE: Oh well... Whatever happens, happens.
MILES: I KNEW I shouldn't have come up here! I'm still too young to die!
Sometime later. Doohan's office. A photograph of Doohan, Miles and Spike is
posted on the bulletin board. Behind them is the remains of the space
SEE YOU SPACE COWBOY
NARRATOR: Next episode: "Pierrot Le Fou."
PIERROT LE FOU
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