Cowboy Bebop

Season 1 Episode 17

Mushroom Samba

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Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Oct 28, 2001 on Cartoon Network
9.4
out of 10
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The crew and the Bebop are stranded on a strange planet and they are out of food and fuel. Spike and Jet try to fix the Bebop and everybody is hungry. Spike tells Edward to go out and get some food. Ed takes Ein along and she rides off on her motor scooter in search of food.moreless

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  • Cowboy Bebop on shrooms... Hilarious.

    9.5
    I have to say, although this isn't a typical episode of "Cowboy Bebop", it's one of my favorites. It's light-hearted and hilarious; definitely one of their best. The plot of "Mushroom Samba" adds nothing to the overall plot of the series, but that doesn't mean that it's not a high-quality episode. The crew of the Bebop hasn't eaten for two days. After crashing on a desert-like planet, they send Ed and Ein in search of food. Ed encounters a drug dealer(whose specialty is mushrooms) who is on the run from bounty hunters, cops, and disgruntled customers. After Ein eats one of his "special" mushrooms and starts acting very strangely, Ed gives a mushroom to each one of the other crew members of the Bebop. Of course, the mushrooms are hallucinogenic, and the results are hilarious. If you want to see Faye swimming in the bathroom, Jet having a philosophical discussion with his bonsai, and Spike talking to imaginary "obnoxious little" frogs, this is a definite must-see.moreless
  • Watch this episode to see what mushrooms can really do. (and I say that as a guy who doesn't like mushrooms)

    10
    Well, this episode is definitely like nothing you've seen before or what you would have expected from a Cowboy Bebop episode.

    So here's what happens: Ed is sent by the others to catch a well known drug dealer because she is the only one of them who hasn't captured any bounties yet. Ed manages to catch the drug dealer, but remembering the others are starved, she buys his "special" mushrooms and takes them to the ship.

    Everybody is too thrilled about having food on the table to think about what was a drug dealer doing with "ordinary" mushrooms. They start eating, and soon things get hilariously weird.

    The mushrooms were hallucinogenic, and everybody who ate them starts having weird hallucinations, bad for them, but good for us since this is one of the funniest (if not the funniest) episode of Cowboy Bebop I have ever seen.

    Seeing what happened to her friends, Ed rides out to catch the drug dealer again, leaving the others in their own little weird dreams. This episode is definitely worth watching, and one of the best of the series.moreless
  • Ed and Ein's search for food leads them to illegal hallucinogenic mushrooms. As the crew eats them and begins to hallucinate hilariously, Ed rides out in the hopes of pursuing the bounty on the man who was stealing the mushrooms.moreless

    9.7
    An absolute blast to watch. Light-hearted, fun-filled, and full of laughs, this is Bebop's strong points at their best. This is of course a filler episode with no back story implications, but hilarious nonetheless. The music, the over-the-top characters, and Ed's heroics all make this a memorable episode.



    And the hallucinations of the Bebop crew, hilarious. Not only do we get to see Faye swimming in the bathroom, but Jet have a philosophical discussion with plants and Spike walk in place on the stairs and talk to an imaginary frog. Great dialogue, and all-around one of the best Bebop episodes.moreless
  • Oh dear god....

    9.7
    Wow, whoever thought about making an episode of Bebop where everyone on the crew got high on shrooms is a frickin genius. When the crew hasn't had food in 2 days, and are desperate for food, they land on a planet looking for some help, Ed 'n Ein go out to town to look for food and find a shroom dealer that everyone seems to be after. Some of his products fall out of his bag, so the two take some thinking it's just you're average ordinary mushrooms. Well you can piece it from there. This was a hilarious episode, and was not typical Bebop, but you gotta love it anyway.moreless
  • my favorite episode.

    10
    wow. i love this episode!!!!it was awsome! i was flipping through the channel on tv and landed when it said mushroom samba i had no clue about the show. when i watched it, i was in love with the show. very addictive

    i love what ed says in the beginning. "high socks are cool, got to wear them outside" was that a penut ed was sneaking in her pocket? "ed is hungry"

    for some reason, whenever i see this episode, i get hungry. also, i've seen it many times, yet it still makes me laugh so hard tears come to my eyesmoreless
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]

Megumi Hayashibara

Megumi Hayashibara

Faye Valentine [J]

Steve Staley

Steve Staley

Sgt. Frank

Guest Star

William Bassett

William Bassett

Domino Walker

Guest Star

Houchuu Ootsuka

Houchuu Ootsuka

Shaft [J]

Guest Star

Jin Hirao

Jin Hirao

Antonio [J]

Recurring Role

Toshihiko Nakajima

Toshihiko Nakajima

Carlos [J]

Recurring Role

Hiroshi Naka

Hiroshi Naka

Jobin [J]

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (15)

    • *Preview*
      Jet Black: A videotape was delivered to the Bebop with no return address. When we took a look at it, things took a turn for the unexpected. Well, actually, the story doesn't go anywhere. At first glance, it's pointless. The actions are on a small scale, and the ending is forced, but then again, what conclusions will you draw from it?
      Next episode: "Speak Like A Child."
      At first glance, it's interesting.

    • Spike: I want some bell peppers and beef.

    • Ed: Foody foody food food, do you have any? Yes you don't? No you do? Boy is Ed hungry!

    • Spike: At this point, even Ein looks good enough to eat.
      Faye: Watch it Spike, I bet you're lookin' pretty good to him too.

    • Ed: She's a cowgirl, Ein. We'll get the reward and buy food. Ein, you're a cow woof-woof!
      Ein: Woof, woof.

    • Ed: Edward is hungry.
      Shaft Brother: Ya, then eat this fool.

    • Jet: (pets bonsai tree and then talks to it) So that's how it is. The secret of the universe is so simple. (laughs and then puts his hand to his head) Oh, man. By the way, just who am I anyway?

    • Ed(while trying to grab a mushroom out of Ein's mouth): Ein, we have to share and share alike.

    • Jet: Hey, well now, this thing can't really be here can it? So I can't really be faulted for eating something that's not here?

    • Jet: Dinner's ready.
      Spike: What'd you make?
      Jet: Shitake stir-fry, shitake stew, shitake salad and shitake on ice.
      Ed: Whee hee! (chows down)
      Faye: Again? How many days has it been now?
      Spike: No more, I can't deal with it.
      Jet: Quit complaining, and be thankful there is something to eat.
      Ed: Thankful!

    • Frog: Hey mister, this here is the stairway to heaven, you know that don't you?
      Spike: Obnoxious little frog.
      Frog: Fine, why should I care. I warned you though.

    • Shaft Brother: Now don't tell me you've forgot who I am so soon, Domino.
      Domino: Let's see.
      Shaft Brother: Think dammit. I'm the youngest Shaft brother, we bought all those mushrooms from you.
      Domino: I don't remember you.
      Shaft Brother: No, do you want to know why I drag an empty coffin like this wherever I go? I'll tell you cause I'm putting your corpse inside it.
      (The coffin gets hit by a truck)
      Ed: Pieces, pieces all gone.
      Domino: What's what with who?
      Shaft Brother: My older brother ate a mushroom that we bought from you and then he laughed until he twisted his intestines to death.
      Domino: Happy way to die, I say.

    • Ed: I've gotcha!
      Domino: Hold on. These mushrooms are worth one hundred thousand each. Let me go and they're all yours.
      Ed: I don't know.
      Domino: Me or the shrooms. What's worth more?
      Ed: I don't know!
      Domino: What? Are you, a total airhead? Take the mushrooms!
      Ed: Alright!

    • (all captions)
      Ein: Thanks.
      Cow: Oh, it's no problem.

    • Ed: High socks are cool! Gotta wear 'em outside!

  • NOTES (5)

    • English Voice Talents
      Charles Isaacs, Fred Bloggs, Steve Cannon, Lia Sargent, George C. Cole, Dave Footsman, Felix Goldberg, Nicole Edwards, Bull Whizins, Edward Deheart, Gil Starberry, Steve Kramer, Melissa Charles, John Billingslea, David Lucas, Wendee Lee

    • Original Japanese Airdate (WOWOW Airdate): February 19th, 1999.

    • The Bounty Information
      Domino Walker
      1,200,000 Woolongs
      ID: K78235HDY
      Height: 5' 10''
      Weight: 243 lbs
      Age: Unknown
      Domi: Mars
      Criminal Record: Selling illegal mushrooms

    • The name of the officer interrogating the bouny huntress is SGT. JEFFLY FRANK

    • The place where the Bebop crashes is called: Western World DEVELOPMENT TRACT 8271

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Django
      The title character in this 1966 film drags around a coffin which contains a machine gun. This was the inspiration for many movies including El Mariachi.

    • Frog: This here is the stairway to heaven.
      "Stairway to Heaven" is an iconic classic rock song by the band Led Zeppelin.

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