Jupiter Jazz (Part 1)

(Jupitā Jazu [Zenpen])

12 Title
Session 12
Previous Session Toys In The Attic
Next Session Jupiter Jazz (Part 2)
Original Airdate January 9, 1999

"Jupiter Jazz (Part 1)" is the twelfth session, or episode, of Cowboy Bebop.


In order of appearance:


Vicious meets with the Van of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate and asks to make a lunar Red Eye deal on the moon of Callisto. The Van request that Lin goes with Vicious and hint that if he tries to go above the authority of them, he will be stopped.

On the Bebop Faye Valentine has ran off with all the money and the antifreeze from the cooling system, causing the ship to become humid and muggy. Edward searches the net for Faye but instead finds a signal for Codename Julia coming from the Blue Crow on Callisto. She gets cut off before she finds out who sent the signal, but Spike knows that they are talking about his Julia, and he flies off to look for his woman.

Jet wants to find Faye, and argues with Spike over how they’ve arranged their partnership together and Jet tells Spike there won’t be a place for him if he leaves now.

On Callisto, Faye, who has caught a cold, gets drunk at the Blue Crow, a jazz bar with a saxophone playing man named Gren. Spike takes the advice of a junkyard worker and looks for a Julia outside Tony’s, but instead finds a transvestite named Julius. Julius suggests that Spike goes to find a man named Gren at the Blue Crow who is sometimes seen with women.

Gren strikes up a conversation with Faye, who thinks he is flirting with her, but he admits that he isn’t interested in women. He warns her that there are no women in this town and other men may be very interested in her.

Spike asks around for Gren and is trailed by a gang that mistakes him for Vicious, who they know is also looking for Gren and has plenty of money they want to steal. Spike gets enraged at the sound of Vicious’ name and attacks the gang. He beats up and scares off the entire gang and learns about the Red Eye deal between Gren and Vicious. Jet goes down to Callisto looking for Faye and stops in at a bar and orders a drink. He watches Big Shot where they reveal the bounty on Gren. The bartender reveals that the bar is a popular hideout for bounties, implying that Jet is also on the run. Jet nearly calls Spike to inform him about the info, but remembers their fight and stops.

Faye goes down an alley looking for trouble and finds the gang Spike had just beaten up. She takes them on but is stopped by Gren who pulls her away from the fight to protect her. Gren takes Faye back to his apartment where he wonders why she’s alone and afraid to be alone, but Faye says it’s better to be alone. Gren goes to take a shower and Faye spots a photo on his wall of Gren and Vicious. She then hears the answering machine pick up a message from Vicious about wanting to meet. She remembers the last time she was with Vicious when he kidnapped her and tried to kill Spike.

Spike finds Vicious on a snowy field and the two square off for battle. Lin steps in between Spike’s gun and Vicious’ katana. Words are exchanged which imply Lin used to be under the tutelage of Spike when he was with the Syndicate.

Faye draws her gun and breaks into Gren in the shower to discover that he has breasts and wide hips, but male genitalia. She questions him about this, and he informs her that he is both, and neither, while backing her against a wall.

In the final moments, Lin shoots Spike in the chest and he falls down. The episode ends with Spike lying down in the snow.


A star just fell from the sky.
— Laughing Bull's Son
That is not an ordinary star, my son. That star is the tear of a warrior.
— Laughing Bull
What warrior is it?
— Laughing Bull's Son
A lost soul who has finished his battles somewhere on this planet. A pitiful soul who could not find his way to the lofty realm where the Great Spirit awaits us all.
— Laughing Bull

Callisto’s a frigid planet, Vicious. You’ll need special clothing for the arctic conditions.
— Wen Lon
Cold climates do not concern me.
— Vicious
True. Your heart is colder than any planet. Colder than the eye of a snake about to strike.
— The Van
Vicious. Remember, a snake cannot eat a dragon.
— The Van

If someone sneezes and no one says 'take care' that person will turn into a fairy, that what they say around here.
— Gren
Then there’s no problem. I’m already a fairy, don’t you know that?
— Faye Valentine

They say humans are social animals, they can't live alone. But you can live pretty well by yourself. I tell ya, instead of feeling alone in a group, it's better to have real solitude all by yourself.
— Faye Valentine
You're just afraid they'd abandon you, so you abandon them...You distance yourself from the whole thing.
— Gren
You are a strange one, aren't you?
— Faye Valentine

Themes and MotifsEdit

  • When Jet comes in the bar for a drink, the Three Old Men can be seen in the back.

Trivia Edit

  • The city on Callisto seems to be mainly Russian, or at least influenced by Russian culture, as most of the street signs are written in Russian. The people on Callisto often wear parkas and ushankas, and the climate is cold and snowy, all images often associated with Russia.
  • Cowboy Bebop often depicts various different cultures in many settings, such as the Chinese city on Mars in "Stray Dog Strut" and the Middle-Eastern city on Venus in "Waltz for Venus".
  • Faye calling herself a fairy is a reference to her name. Faye comes from the Middle English word faie, meaning "fairy".

Gallery Edit


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