Cowboy Bebop

Season 1 Episode 8

Waltz For Venus

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Dec 23, 2001 on Cartoon Network
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Waltz For Venus
When a commercial aircraft that is landing on the Venus colony gets hijacked, Spike and Faye are on board because they were anticipating that such would occur, in hopes of capturing the hijackers because they have bounties on their heads. However, when a passenger named Roco Bonnaro develops an interest in his Jeet Kune Do skills, Spike decides to give him some pointers. Roco gives Spike a package to hold onto, though Spike later discovers that Roco has a bounty on his head and he decides to go find him.moreless

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  • A very beautiful session.

    I truly enjoyed every aspect of this session. Spike rarely seems sympathetic towards the cause of the common people, but the connection he had between the brother and sister was truly beautiful. The fact that the young woman can read Spike better than he can himself is almost a turning point in the series.

    The scenes in the beginning were very funny and the scenery was even more beautiful than I could have imagined if I attempted to make this session myself.

    I also like this episode because it digs deeper into Spikes emotions, and finds out what kind of person he really is.moreless
  • One of the best sessions in the series.

    Bebop Crew are after Picaro Calvino and the rest of his small fry gang. This episode revolves around one of the gang members, Roco Bonnaro, who becomes friends with Spike. Spike learns Roco is part of the gang but finds that he's got good intentions. This episode is one of my favorites, it had good plot, and was nicely concluded. The ending had a great action packed scene where Spike, Faye, Jet, and Roco take on Picaro and his gang. This episode also introduced Roco who was another memorable and interesting character that Spike meets in the series.moreless
  • This is personally one of my favourite sessions.

    In this session, the Bebop crew gets word on some small fry bounties, totalling to around a million woolongs altogether. Anyway the real meat of this episode is when Spike meets Roco, and teaches him a little martial arts, by telling him to just flow in motion like water. Spike and Roco become quick friends, and Roco gives Spike a Grey Ash plant to hold on to. The plant is worth ten times the bounty of the small fries anyways, but Spike stays loyal to Roco, and doesnt sell it. Anyway Spike meets Roco's sister who is blind, and the audience sees the relationship between Roco and his sister. Roco's sister knows that Roco gets into trouble with the law, but still sees him as a wonderful person. By the end of the episode there is a big fight scene, and you just have to see the episode to get the full effect. Overall I give this episode ten.moreless
Bambi Darro

Bambi Darro

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Emilie Brown

Emilie Brown


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Bob Papenbrook

Bob Papenbrook

Piccaro Calvino

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode takes place on the planet Venus, which has been terraformed to make human and vegetation life possible.

    • This marks the first time in the series that we see the Bebop team successfully cash in on a bounty.

    • The Bounty Information
      Roco Bonnaro, Carpi Paolo, Bakri Chinva, Achebe Laman
      100,000 Woolongs

      Piccaro Calvino
      500,000 Woolongs (or double for the whole crew)
      Criminal Record: Bank Robber, Murder

      500,000 Woolongs
      Height: 5'10"

      500,000 Woolongs
      Height: 5'11"

      500,000 Woolongs
      Height: 5'5"

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Stella: "Hold it right there. Both hands up!"
      Spike: "I'm not a criminal. Woah, that makes me sound more like a criminal, doesn't it."

    • Ed: Starting next week, Ed will be on the scene! Hahah.
      Spike: Who are you?
      Ed: Um, well, Ed will introduce Ed. Full name Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky the fourth.
      Spike: That's a long name.
      Faye: Who the hell is this?
      Ed: Ed made up that name for Ed, isn't it cool?
      Spike: If you made it up, how can you be the fourth?
      Ed: Next episode, Jamming with Edward.
      Spike: Does anyone know who this kid is?
      Ed: Watch it!

    • Stella: Both you and Roco have something beautiful inside you.
      Spike: Something beautiful hun, I'm afraid that I lost that a long time ago.

    • Spike: You're tense, I'm calm. You apply excessive force and I control that force through fluid motion. So that means relaxing the whole body so it can react instantly without resistance, you know, without thought.

    • Roco: I wonder... If I had met you earlier in my lifetime, do you think that we... would have been friends?

    • Roco: see it...I was fluid like water.

  • NOTES (3)

    • English Voice Talents:
      Robert Wicks, David Lucas, John Billingslea, Masamune Miller, Michael McConnohie, Bambi Darro, John Billingslea, Tom Charles, Sam Strong, Thomas Cooper, Renee Stevens, Lee Osborne, Reba West, Steve Kramer, Wendee Lee, Walter Woo, Roger McNulty, Emily Brown, Sonja S. Fox, Sparky Thornton, Buck Preston, Dylan Tulley.

    • Original Japanese Airdate (テレビ東京 - TV Tōkyō): April 24th, 1998.
      WOWOW Airdate: December 11th, 1998.

    • Due to the September 11th attacks, this episode, which included the hijacking of a plane, did not air during the series' initial run on [Adult Swim]. It would air during the series' second run.


    • Middle Eastern-based architecture and writing language appear throughout the scenery of Venus. While not showing up in the dialog or storyline, it is possible that Venus has substantial Arab communities.

    • Spike: It's not about strength or power. You gotta be fluid, like water. - This is a reference to Bruce Lee's philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, the martial art he invented. Bruce Lee is a stated idol and/or respected figure to Spike. Roco also does a brief Bruce Lee like high-pitched yell.

    • The three criminals captured in the begining are named Huey, Dewey, and Louie. A reference to the three nephews of Donald Duck who go by the same names.

    • The in-flight cartoon in the begining is a very obvious parody of Tom and Jerry.