Cowboy Bebop

Season 1 Episode 23

Brain Scratch

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Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Nov 11, 2001 on Cartoon Network
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While Spike is watching television he comes across a religious organization called Scratch, whoes leader had quite a huge bounty because he leads his followers to commit suicide, so the crew of Bebop go off to try to find Dr. Londes in order to collect the bounty on him.moreless

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  • There is a new religion or cult deal sprouting up in TV, called SCRATCH. The leader, Londus, gathers people to be his followers and then makes them do his bidding. There is quite a shocking twist at the end though that might explain everything to you. Swemoreless

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    This is one of those episodes that really make you think. That even in uncertain times that TV is the only comfort most people have. People could actually start a cult purely out of television. The episode was actually pretty meaningful, as it showed hoe people can be manipulated by material possessions. I like this episode because it gets to the bottom of what people truly feel is their escape hole from reality.moreless
Beau Billingslea

Beau Billingslea

Jet Black

Wendee Lee

Wendee Lee

Faye Valentine

Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum

Spike Spiegel

Melissa Fahn

Melissa Fahn

Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV

Kouichi Yamadera

Kouichi Yamadera

Spike Spiegel [J]

Unshou Ishizuka

Unshou Ishizuka

Jet Black [J]

Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod

Dr. Londes

Guest Star

Paul St. Peter

Paul St. Peter

Mark Rather

Guest Star

Junichi Sugawara

Junichi Sugawara

TV Host A [J]

Guest Star

Tsutomu Taruki

Tsutomu Taruki

Punch [J]

Recurring Role

Miki Nagasawa

Miki Nagasawa

Judy [J]

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • TV Voiceover: We are SCRATCH, the migrate to electronics movement. We are disciples of God, sent here to free your soul from your body and lead you to the infinite sea of electrons.

    • Security Guard (about Ed): She's an unusual looking child. Is she a girl?

    • Londes: What is a physical body? The body is merely an object. It is a form of existence far too impure to store the gods within us called souls. Now you will remember... Bloodstained history! Material greed. Hunger. Sexual desire. Desire to dominate. Desire for fame. Humanity. From the physical body, all the desires are born. From the human ego will never disappear as long as desire remains present. Humans will continue to fight to fulfill their bodies' desires and it will never end. There is no future! You must awaken. Awaken your soul. Rid yourself of that filthy human body now!

    • Ed: My Papa!

    • Londes: Do you want to know the greatest and worst device that humans have invented? It's Television, Television controls people by bombarding people with information until they lose sense of reality. Now television itself has become a new religion. Television has created a people who believe instantly in dramatic fantasies and can be controlled by tiny dots of light.

    • Londes: The souls that god has given us, our spirits, our spirits, which found a way to swim through the immense network and live in the infinity of space. Is not the human body a mere shell, a form of exisitence all too small and weak for conciousness with such vast reach and potential?

    • Ed: And this time, I hope you have sweet dreams.

    • Spike(talking to the leader of Scratch): You're like a child with a toy...

  • NOTES (7)

    • Big Shots profile
      Dr. LONDES
      ID: S39347STY
      Domi: Mars
      Height: 5 feet 7 inches
      Weight: 121 pounds
      Age: 95

      Big Shots was on channel 277 but the background shows the words Channel 99
      The height chart puts him at about 162, which if it were centimeters, would be about 5'4".

    • Profile for Dr. Londes
      Name: Dr. Londes
      Age: 95
      Sex: M
      Id No.: S39347STY
      Place of Birth: MARS
      Nationality: MARS
      Criminal Records: Suspect of murder

    • English Voice Talents
      Lia Sargent, Carol Stanzione, Axel Roberts, Lynn Fischer, Margritte Aloysius, Joe Starke, George C. Cole, Ian Hawk, Jeremiah Freedman, Michael McConnohie, Bull Whizins, Josh Gerhardt, John Billingslea, Melissa Charles, David Lucas, Wedee Lee

    • The number etched on the handcuff Jet attaches to the comatose body's left wrist is 15702.

    • Original Japanese Airdate (WOWOW): April 02nd, 1999.

    • Jet's fake name for Scratch is Marshall Banana.

    • This is the last of Big-Shot, the show the bebop crew watches, as it get canceled due to low ratings.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Tomb Raider

      In the toy store one of the posters is of a woman pointing guns in the air dressed in an outfit similar to Lara Croft the protagonist of the famous Tomb Raider games.

    • Heaven's Gate
      Many of the details in the episode resemble the events of Heaven's Gate, a religious organization whose followers committed mass suicide on March 26, 1997 to coincide with the appearance of comet Hale-Bopp.

      Dr. Londes resembles leader Marshall Applewhite.
      Jet uses the pseudonym Marshall Banana.
      The statutes of SCRATCH, including denial of the flesh body, resemble the precepts of Heaven's Gate.

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