"Black Dog Serenade"

"Burakku Doggu Serenāde"


16 Title
Session 16
Previous Session My Funny Valentine
Next Session Mushroom Samba
Original Airdate February 13, 1999

"Black Dog Serenade" is the sixteenth session, or episode, of Cowboy Bebop.


In order of appearance:


Open on a dark hallway full of bodies. Tucan strolls through a doorway with a bottle of Don Perignon and sees a fellow inmate, Udai Taxim. Tucan offers Udai a hit of the champagne, which Udai pours into the mouth of a dead guard and smiles. The camera pans and reveals that they are on a prison transport ship in hyperspace.

On the Bebop, Spike is trying to take a nap, but is interrupted by Faye’s nagging about the shower being broken again. Faye yells at Jet, who is busy pruning his bonsai trees. The COM link rings while Jet explains he is busy; Faye snatches the phone and rudely tells the caller that Jet is busy before hanging up.

When the caller tries again, Jet apologizes to Faye and says he will fix the shower. Faye finds out the caller is a man named Fad, which makes Jet stare into space long enough that the cigarette in his prosthetic hand burns down to his fingers; Faye asks if he can feel that. She says he needs to get “it” repaired, which Jet takes to mean the shower, but Faye is talking about his prosthetic arm.

The inmates have made their way to the transport ship's cockpit, where they are holding one pilot hostage. After the pilot tries to reason with them to give up, and inmate named Dig shoots him in the back. Dig then turns on Tucan, who remarks that the pilot was their last hostage, but Udai defuses the situation by slashing Dig's throat with a knife. Tucan then realizes who Udai is—an assassin from the Syndicate.

At a parking garage overlooking a harbor, Jet meets up with Fad and they exchange in some friendly mocking about their colorful history as partners in the ISSP. Jet offers Fad a cigarette but Fad says he quit, saying it isn’t a world for smokers anymore. Fad then tells Jet about the prisoner transport ship and points out that Udai is on the ship, alluding to when Jet lost his arm. Jet walks away saying the job doesn’t interest him.

In a flashback to an alley at night, a younger Fad and Jet in plain-clothes break into a warehouse and start chasing a suspect. They split up and Jet corners a young Udai, telling him that he is under arrest. Udai turns and smiles as a spotlight comes on from a rooftop and blinds Jet, who realizes he's been set up. A gunshot is heard as the flashback fades to white.

The remaining inmates talk about their plan to escape an approaching ISSP blockade. A former police captain says he’ll pilot the ship and they should find the weakest point of the blockade and ram through it.

Onboard the Bebop, Edward stops Jet as he is leaving. She asks for souvenirs and Jet instructs her to water the bonsai trees if he doesn't return.

As ISSP cruisers fly to the prisoner transport ship, Fad walks out of ISSP HQ and is surprised to find Jet waiting for him.

Udai gets on the radio and, pretending to be a prison guard, says that they are releasing one emergency shuttle with the hostages. When the shuttle reaches the ISSP cruisers it explodes, and gun turrets on the transport shoot down the remaining police ships.

Fad and Jet are flying towards the spot where the transport ship was last seen inside Fad’s MONO Transport, which is holding both Jet’s Hammer Head and a standard ISSP Cruiser. The police radio informs them that the prisoners have gone missing.  Jet thinks Udai would go to Europa because he’s an old-fashioned guy and would try to go back to the European Syndicate even if he hadn't worked for them in a long while. Fad decides to follow Jet’s advice, remarking about how he’s still the Black Dog "who bites once and never lets go."

Udai tries to contact the European Syndicate, but they refuse to work with him. The rest of the inmates spot a heat source coming from Jet and Fad’s ships. Jet takes off in his Hammer Head over Fad's objections and draws Tucan's turret fire. Another inmate gets in a spacesuit and fires a rocket launcher from an open airlock.

Fad’s ship is struck by a rocket and crashes into the transport ship. Jet’s Hammer Head is beat-up but he manages to eject his pod and get aboard the ship.

Jet and Udai exchange fire in a darkened hallway. Fad, having reached the ship's cockpit and killed the ex-police captain, loads his revolver with one bullet. Jet and Udai fight, with Udai's speed and skill giving him the upper hand. He shoots Jet, who stops the bullet with his prosthetic arm and disarms Udai. Udai throws a knife into Jet’s leg and they begin to talk about their past. Jet explains he came back to get revenge for his arm, but Udai tells him he wasn't the shooter.

As the flashback plays again, Udai explains that the sting was a setup to get rid of Jet, because he was a threat to the Syndicate and Fad was on the payroll. Fad was the one who shone the floodlight and fired the shot.

Fad suddenly appears and puts a bullet in Udai's head, killing him instantly. Jet, furious, demands to know if Udai was telling the truth. Fad explains that people who go against the Syndicate lose. He then points his gun at Jet and cocks it, but as he pulls the trigger Jet dives for his own gun and fires.

After a moment frozen in time, Fad falls to the ground. Jet checks Fad's gun, finding it to be empty except for one spent round, the one used to shoot Udai. As Fad dies he asks Jet for a cigarette, saying he couldn't quit after all. ISSP reinforcements surround the ship as Jet places Fad's gun in his hand and limps away.


[Spike is taking a nap on the couch while Faye yells off-camera.]

What the hell’s going on with the showers in this place? This is the fourth time. The FOURTH time! Even Buddha gets upset after three times.
— Faye Valentine

So you still think you’re a shooter with an old gun like that. ISSP can sure waste tax money.
— Jet Black
On the gun?
— Fad
No, on your salary.
— Jet Black

Real World ReferencesEdit

  • This episode, with a group of prisoners hijacking a prison transport ship, pays homage to Con Air is a 1997 action/thriller film starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich. The film is about a group of prisoners being transported to a prison via airplane that they are able to take over.
  • "Black Dog" is a song by the band Led Zeppelin off their 1971 album Led Zeppelin IV.

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