Cowboy Bebop

Season 1 Episode 18

Speak Like a Child

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Oct 28, 2001 on Cartoon Network
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Speak Like a Child
A package arrives for Faye, and she leaves in a hurry when she finds out it was sent C.O.D. with no return address. Spike opens the package and finds a Beta video cassette. Jet and Spike go on a quest to discover what is on the tape.moreless

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  • So, an unidentified VCR tape in Bebop.. at first.

    At first, this episode is pretty silly, starting off with Spike and Jet trying to get the tape sold after opening the box. But then, after seeing a small part, Jet wants to see more. So, they explore for something to play it on. Hard exploring. In the end, this episode was kinda sad. Faye, due to being 'preserved', can't remember anything from what she was like when she was young. She didn't even know it was her, and in the end, she still doubted it a little.

    It's a great episode, highly recommended. I hope there are more episodes like this, Cowboy Bebop is the best! :)moreless
  • It starts out a delivery ship arrives and it's for Faye she thinks it's bad news and leaves Spike and them try to find out what it is and get a VCR when they get it they watch it and Faye has no idea it's her until still tells herselfmoreless

    See I don't cry much unless someone I knew died. But this, I broke into tears because I thought of when I grow up and won't remember something like that. I cryed like the whole night it was so sad. It was the only besides the last episode of Cowboy Bebop that brought tears to my eyes. Okay bye bye.
  • In this episode Faye receives package that contains a video that she had made when she was ten, the only thing is that Faye doesn’t remember any of this. Also Jet and spike are on a mission to find a VCR on Earth.moreless

    This is a really great episode, it’s also a little sad. The whole scene in the VCR store was hilarious and Jet and Spikes trip to Earth to get A VCR only to find out it’s the wrong kind. The sad part was when everyone was watching the tape, and Faye looks at it ,but can’t remember any part of it.
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]

Sherry Lynn

Sherry Lynn

Young Faye

Guest Star

Isshin Chiba

Isshin Chiba

Older Brother [J]

Guest Star

Yui Horie

Yui Horie

Girl A [J]

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At the time of broadcast, the Beta videotape format was still actively used in Japan. However, in 2002, the last Beta videotape was produced. Faye would have been 8 years old using a soon-to-be obsolete recording method.

    • The shot of the "Old Asia" map is of Japan but upside down so South is on top, and North is on bottom. Some of the locations are hand written in to be readable on this map. On the right are South and North Korea. The pink ballooned caption in the middle reads:
      *Electric Museum
      Tokyo Corner
      *Tokyo Japan
      Sinoba Building *2*

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Faye is on the phone with Ed.)
      Faye: Did any visitors show up looking for me?
      Ed: Visitors?
      Faye: I mean like scary guys who scream stuff like "Give me back my money!" or "You're under arrest!"
      Ed: Mmm, there was one.
      Faye: Huh? What did he say?
      Ed: Something like "pay me back, get even, tape, munch-munch, grind-grind, bye-bye! (giggles)
      Faye: Huh? Oh, right. Oh well.

    • Faye: A collection from the Life Extension Agency? Or, could it be...awww, there's just too many people who want a piece of me! Time for Faye's famous disappearing act.

    • Faye (on the video tape): Good morning, me. Did you sleep well? Did you wake up feeling good? Did the light, and the wind, and the smell, and the sound, all seem like they're brand new and fresh this morning? Is each and every cell in your whole body awake and alive now? Today, you are who you are today. See? You're still me, but you're a newer version. (scene changes) Myself ten years from now. It's so far away; it's almost impossible to imagine. Am I alone or is there a wonderful person next to me? Knowing me I'm sure you're causing all kinds of trouble for lots of different people. I'm sorry, I don't mean to, but it's all right. That's part of life too isn't it? You're not perfect but you've got a lot to give, so remember: I'll always be cheering you on.

    • (Jet is telling Ed a story.)
      Jet: The days passed and before he knew it, the time came to go back. And as a keepsake, he was given the Tamatebako.
      Ed: Tamatebako, is that scrumptious too?
      Jet: No, it's not food. It's a big chest with treasure inside.
      Spike: I haven't seen any treasure in a long time either.
      Jet: You two are so clueless, it's pitiful. This is an ancient fantasy; it's a folk tale.
      Ed: Tamatebako's the turtle?
      Jet: Where did you get that idea?
      (Ed points upwards as a delivery service lowers a turtle.)

  • NOTES (6)

    • English Voice Talents
      Toller Cranston, Bud Oliver, Will Burnett, Dan Lorge, Katie Ashley, Mineyo Sakamoto, Crystal B., Peter Roberts, Lia Sargent, Felix Goldberg, Bull Whizins, Melissa Charles, John Billingslea, David Lucas, Wendee Lee

    • Original Japanese Airdate (テレビ東京 - TV Tōkyō): June 19th, 1998.
      WOWOW Airdate: February 26th, 1999.
      This was the last episode of Cowboy Bebop to air on TV Tōkyō.

    • This is the only episode of the series without a fight or chase scene.

    • The Merlion Statue in the background (the one with the water flowing out of its mouth) of the video is situated on Sentosa Island in modern day Singapore.

    • In the preview for the episode "Wild Horses", we hear Ein speak for one of the few times in the series. We also hear him talk in the episode "Mushroom Samba", when he thanks the cow.

    • The debris around the earth is from something called the "Lunar Gate Explosion".


    • Beverly Hills 90210
      The 20th century junkie was watching an episode where the details match that of an early 90210 episode:
      1. A girl and a guy talk about getting settled in a place that's different from where grew up in Minnesota.
      2. The two are brother and sister and are twins.
      3. The guy resembles Jason Priestley in looks and hairstyle.
      4. In the English dub, the girl says, "Goodnight, Brandon." Brandon is the twin brother in the series.
      5. The closing credit reads:
      Exective Producer
      Jason Prestory
      Shanan D'Har (rest is blocked by the guy's head)

      Jason Priestley did receive an Executive Producer credit for part of the 90210 show run.

    • The title "Speak Like a Child" comes from a Herbie Hancock song of the same name (and 1968 album). Episodes named after popular American songs is a common theme in Cowboy Bebop.