Big O

Season 2 Episode 13

The Show Must Go On

Aired Unknown Nov 02, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The Show Must Go On
Roger is in Big O fighting Alex Rosewater’s Big Fau. Big-Fau has the upper hand, and to make matters worse for Roger, the Military Police are assaulting Big O. Meanwhile, Dastun decides to abandon the force and head off to try to help Roger on his own. Dastun’s attack on the Big Fau doesn’t do much damage, but he manages to buy some time for Roger to get Big O moving again. However. Big Fau throws Big O into the sea, causing it to sink into the abyss. Elsewhere, Dorothy miraculously regains functionality and heads off to rescue the sinking Roger. As all of this chaos occurs, Gordon Rosewater is helping Angel cope with her newfound knowledge about her existence.moreless

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  • The show can't end like this!?

    In the Final Episode of the BIG O, Big O faces the 3rd Big Fau. Roger won against Alex Rosewater and Dorothy saves his life. Angel plans on wiping out Paradigm City memories once again, but Roger stopped her and tells her to become a good human being.

    The show can't end like this. There are few mysteries that are left unresolved! Can the show really end like this?! That's why the last episode is called "The Show MUST go ON!" I believe the series is still "Unfinished".

  • Great buildup; goes out with a fizzle

    The ending was a little too jarring for my tastes. It seems as though there was this huge buildup (Big-O's Big-Gun and Alex Rosewater's destruction) but that the ending kind of fizzled. Everything goes back to the way things were? The ending ultimately trivialized every bit of character growth seen throughout the course of the show. The mark of truly layered stories is the growth of the characters: the "moral", if you will. When Big-Venus wiped everyone's memories for the second time, all I could say was "that's it?"moreless
  • roger fights big duo and wins. dourthy saves roger from the bottom of the ocean. angle becomes the true memories and become big venus. she tries to erease all the memoris agine but roger talks her out of it and everything goes back to normal. "We have commoreless

    i loved this episode it was a great season or show ending ever i have not seen all the episodes in order but this show was the best yet it was sad to see the end but you know everything turns out well. but i felt sad to see another good sceres go. i wonder if their might be new episodes comeing on or not i hope their is. i love so many anime shows but not many are on any more so big O fills in all the missing gaps i'v missed. so i do hope their will be more shows. I really think alot of people would like that i know i would this was a great ending but i would like more to the series but i keeps you wanting more. i would love to see another great episode like this one.moreless
Alan Oppenheimer

Alan Oppenheimer

Norman Burg

Crispin Freeman

Crispin Freeman

Alan Gabriel

Lia Sargent

Lia Sargent

R. Dorothy Wayneright

Michael Forest

Michael Forest

Alex Rosewater

Michael McConnohie

Michael McConnohie

Michael Seebach (Schwarzwald)

Peter Lurie

Peter Lurie

Major Dan Dastun

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The return of Roger's driving scene from the first episode was not originally the planned ending for Act 26. The original ending was changed for being too "conclusive" when Adult Swim asked that the ending of Act 26 would be left more open in the case that future episodes were to be produced.

    • Right after Roger pleads his case, and Angel starts to cry, Roger puts his hand on her shoulder. When we learn that it is him, you can see a poster for Big O in the background.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Roger: Huh, what is this? (Roger watches the controls change, he turns to Dorothy) Dorothy, how did you know?!
      Dorothy: I was informed by a buffoon with curly hair and gaudy clothing.
      Roger: That son of a gun, ha ha!

    • Roger: Hey, Alex! It's time you taste the people's rage!

    • Gordon Rosewater: Hear me, true author of this book! Fill the blank pages with memories!
      (Gorden holds the book up and watches the book flip through the blank pages. The colors of the book, the elevator and Gordon invert; he yells his final words)
      Gordon Rosewater: It's up to you now, negotiator!

    • Alex: This world has a new order now! It has a new god!

    • Roger (to Big Venus): Angel! Memories are very precious to people's lives. They give us the opportunity to prove to ourselves that we exist, and if we lose them, we have an unrelenting fear of uncertainty. You must listen to me, the humans that are living here and now in the present are made of more than just memories of the past. I myself don't even know who I am; I don't have a single solitary memory about myself, but I don't believe anyone took them from me. I most likely erased them of my own free will. I was the one who made that choice, I made it for myself; so I can live in the present and the future, because I must go on believing there is a me! Angel! I know that I will never lose the you that is now a part of my memories. The you that met me and the conviction you had in what you felt you needed to do. The you that loved yourself more than anyone else ever could. I'll never forget this woman named Angel who once loved herself, yet was filled with such a doubt. You must stop denying your own existence; you have to live as a human being.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Dastun say BIG O's name for the first time instead of calling him Mega Dues.

    • This is the final episode of Big O. For information on Season 3 (or the lack of it) see the show summary.

    • Big Fau's judge (the hourglass) tips everytime the pilot says something self-righteous.

    • At the end of this episode, when Angel set the world back to the first episode of the season, it appeared as if Dorothy was human.

    • Big O is built for combat on land, Big Duo for Air combat, and Big Fau is built for Sea battling. This is also because the Bigs represent Behemoth, Viz, and Leviathan, respectively.

      Big Venus and Angel represent Lucifer.

    • Angel learns of who she truly is - the "Director of the World" or, in it's true form, the angelic Big-Venus who erased all memories 40 years ago.

      That was the meaning of Vera's riddle, "A bird whose wings have been plucked will shed all it's feathers, will turn into the beast it was before it evolved into a bird." This was referring to how Big Venus took on a human-form after the war 40 years ago.