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Cowboy Bebop: Sympathy for the Devil

Supplies are running out, and Faye is even reduced to eating Ein’s dog food. The boys are chasing a hoodlum who turns up mortally wounded, pressing a strange gemstone into Spike’s hand. The key to the mystery lies in the terrible gateway incident that wiped out so much of the world’s population fifty years earlier… though in the case of one individual, it had an entirely different effect…

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Sunday September 16th, 2001

Director: Ikurou Satou
Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

Guest Stars
Michael SorichMichael Sorich
voiced Giraffe
Mona MarshallMona Marshall
voiced Wen
Episode Notes
Due to the content of this episode, "Sympathy for the Devil" did not air during the first run of Cowboy Bebop on [Adult Swim]. It would air during the series' second run on the network.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The SeatbeltsDigging My Potato 
The SeatbeltsSpokey Dokey (Alternate Take) 
The SeatbeltsMeteor 
The SeatbeltsGuitar Melody A 
The Seatbelts featuring Mai YamaneDon't Bother None 

Episode Quotes
Wen: I'm not a kid.
Spike: Sure that's what all kids say.
Wen: I know what I look like, but I've been around long before this colony was an outpost. Get the picture?

Spike: I don't like this set up Jet. I don't like it at all.

Jet: Betrayal may come easily to women, but men live by iron codes of honor.
Faye: You believe that?
Jet: I'm trying to real hard.

Wen: I can finally die at last.. I feel so heavy...but I feel...I finally feel at ease... Do you understand? Do you understand? Do you?
Spike: Yeah, I if.
Spike:(throws the harmonica in the air) Bang.

Cultural References
The episode title "Sympathy for the Devil" comes from the Rolling Stones hit, "Sympathy for the Devil".

Episode References
Some people speculate that the Hyper-Gate accident that is mentioned is the same one that Chessmaster Hex is supposed to have blown up and also the cause of Faye's accident. Though producers haven't commented on this.

The beginning of this episode deals with Spike having a flashback of an operation. We never find out what his accident is, but during this episode we can see that he has had an artificial eye inserted. Though it seems of little relevance, its importance will later be learned.

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