| "My Funny Valentine"
"Mai Fanī Varentain"
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|Original Airdate||January 30, 1999|
"My Funny Valentine" is the fifteenth session, or episode, of Cowboy Bebop
In order of appearance:
The episode starts with Faye Valentine being put to cryogenic sleep in a flashback. In the Bebop, Jet and Ed take out some fish to eat only to find that they are frozen and full of poisons. Jet decides to go after a small bounty - a man who seduces and defrauds women - to have at least some money to buy food.
Faye wakes up, seemingly from a nightmare, to the sound of Ein's barking. She smells Ein's waste and decides to clean his litter box. Faye tells Ein that he reminds her of Whitney Haggis Matsumoto and asks Ein if he wants to know about her past. Despite Ein's uninterested expression, Faye starts her story.
In a flashback, Faye is pulled out of water in a hospital. Dr. Bacchus introduces himself to Faye and asks his assistant Miss Manly to tell Faye how much she owes the hospital. The charges are brought up to a total of 300,028,000 Woolongs. Faye asks the doctor who and where she is. Miss Manly confirms that Faye is not acting and has truly lost all memory of who she is.
Faye tries to escape the hospital, but is found by Matsumoto who convinces her to come with him. He buys her elaborate meals and fancy clothing, and sweeps her off her feet, calling her his "Sleeping Beauty." But he is killed in a car chase, that leaves Faye alive. She finds he has named her his sole heir, leaving her all of his assets.
Faye is dismayed to find out that his only "assets" are his many debts.
Back in the present day, Faye realizes that Spike has been eavesdropping on her story.
Jet returns with his bounty... who turns out to be Matsumoto, three years and many additional pounds since Faye saw him last. Faye realizes she was just another one of Matsumoto's "marks," and before the police can arrive to pick him up and deliver the bounty, she abducts Matsumoto in the Red Tail so she can get answers from him about what was true and what was part of his scam. He tells her that Bacchus forced him to be their confederate, and all he knows for sure is that she was cryogenically frozen.
The police vessel arrives, and turns out to be piloted by Bacchus and Manly. But as they demand Matsumoto's return, the real police turn up in force, so Bacchus and Manly blow up the stolen police vehicle and escape in their own shuttle.
Once Matsumoto is in custody, he tells Faye that he knows one more true thing: He fell in love with her while she was in cryogenic sleep. But he immediately reverses course and says "it's just another lie!"
As they leave the police HQ, Jet gives Faye her third of the bounty: 1980 Woolongs. She's dismayed at how little it is. In an aside, Jet confesses that he actually "added a zero" to the total.
Themes and MotifsEdit
A portion of Faye's mysterious past is revealed.
Homages and ReferencesEdit
- My Funny Valentine is a song from the musical Babes in Arms that has been covered by several artists such as Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis.