Cowboy Bebop

Season 1 Episode 20

Pierrot le Fou

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Nov 04, 2001 on Cartoon Network
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Pierrot le Fou
After playing pool one evening, Spike walks into the aftermath of a large battle between armed agents and a large man seemingly dressed for an evening at the opera. The large man attacks Spike with the largest possible arsenal that one person can carry. Defending himself as best he can, Spike barely makes it out of the battle alive. Awaking on the Bebop wrapped up in bandages, Spike rests as Jet goes to Bob, his ISSP source, for help.moreless

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  • The most violent, surrealistic and dark episode

    Pierrot le fou is one of my favorites but not just for being an episode that really changed the style of the show in one episode, but also for being one insane trip. That\'s one of the contributing factors to bebop that makes it my favorite anime show ever. It changes once, the creator\'s tried it out and it worked. There\'s not much comedy in pierrot le fou except for a few small moments.

    Mad pierrot as he\'s called is like a classic batman villain too violent or scary for the batman series. (The penguin villain from batman I hear was an inspiration for the director.) He effing wrecks Spike in the beginning and end which has also made the show a little unrealistic, but it remains cool. With that the violence in this episode is the most seen in the show, lots of bullet riddled bodies, guard shoot in the face, lots of bloody aftermaths, more than the usual.

    The eerie songs and scores was the perfect combination with the dark and light shadows everywhere in the animation. The actor who\'s name I need to find did a fantastic job acting as mad pierrot, his laughter is so haunting. Finally the ending is completely satisfying, plenty of action, even suspense, and drama even. I won\'t say but the ending really makes you feel sad, you\'ll know what I mean.

    Favorite moment: mad pierrot\'s escape from the asylum

    Favorite line: \"smoke smoke Faye faye, puff puff Faye faye!\"moreless
  • Great episode

    Pierrot-le-fou starts out as basically A wrong place wrong time episode.

    Spike was just hanging out playing pool and when he finishes playing pool he leaves walks around and he ends up at a crime scene.Spike sees Mad Pierrot a guy who looks normal but is really a crazed killer.Mad Pierrot unleashes A small arsenal on Spike who does everything he can to barely survive.Spike ends up back on the Bebop battered and bruised wrapped up like A mummy from head to toe because of all the injuries he suffered.To make matters worse Spike recieves A challenge from Mad Pierrot to meet him at an amusement park Spike shows up and he and Mad Pierrot have a epic battle to the finish.

    This was one of my personal favorite episodes from Cowboy Bebop the music,action and story in this episode is great 10+.moreless
  • Dark, bloody, downright frightening.

    This is one of the finest episodes of the series. It is also, save for the finale, the only episode in which all the violence doesn't come with some air of joking or humor within the show. We are introduced at the very beginning to Pierrot Le Fou, a superhuman, Penguin-esque villain who murders relentlessly. After Spike's initial encounter with him (which nearly kills him), we get to delve deeper into his dark past. The flashbacks of experimentation reveal partly the inner clockwork of why Pierre is as psychotic as he is. The entire theme of the episode is dark, if not downright scary. Pierre is a memorable character, and his violence and attitude are haunting. And, before he meets his end, crying like a child on the ground, we almost feel sorry for him. The entire episode sticks with you. Very scary indeed.moreless
  • This one psychologically thrilling episode! This was the freakiest things I've ever seen!

    this rocks as a suspense thriller. in the world of anime, this is a rarity. it's something that you barely ever see. something that has suspense without swearing, drugs, and an alcoholic who can't keep it in his pants. s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s ss s s s s s s s s s ss s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s ss s s s s s s s s s s s s s.moreless
  • A personal favorite, with probably the most psychologically terrifying antagonist in the series.

    This episode is a personal favorite of mine. The maddening simplicity of the plot is mirrored in the antagonist, as well as Spike's tunnel-vision regarding the situation.

    The animation, vantage points and filming effects during the action sequences rate among the best in the series. Chaotic, terrifying, psychotic.

    The coup-de-grace in the end, Spike loses the battle and is saved only by Pierrot's maddness.
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]

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