Samurai Jack

Season 4 Episode 13

LII: Jack And The Baby

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Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Sep 25, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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While peacefully enjoying a snack of peaches, Jack hears a baby cry and races to find out what's the matter. He rescues Baby from a crew of hungry (baby-eating) monsters. The two then set off to find the baby's mother. Jack makes a great temporary parent, finding food, shelter, dealing with diapers. He tells Baby a bedtime story of Momotaro (Peach-boy, an archetypal Japanese folk-tale). When sick, Baby wants peaches; when they return to the peach orchard, the monsters find them again. After the final defeat of the monsters, Baby's mother is found. When she notices a surprising change in her child, Jack explains the baby has achieved "sakai", the spirit of the samurai.moreless

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  • Some people think this episode doesnt feel like a series finale. Well, I think it does. SPOILERS INSIDE, that will disappoint some fans.

    8.9
    Episode LII was the last Samurai Jack episode to be made. It does sadden me when this episode had nothing to do with a time machine. But, on the positive note, this episode shows evidence of what might happen if Jack is gone.



    The beginning was rather dull but the way Jack was treating the baby like a mother would was quite interesting. There were also a funny scene when Jack was trying to get milk from animal udders but he couldnt get them, ableit farfetched; not all female mammals have udders. ANd also, it seems that it was realistic that instead of crying, the baby achieved Sakai.



    So roughly, this episode seemed like a finale in the sense that if Jack dies, this baby will take over and stop evil. And, I would not recommend this episode to anyone who is so obsessive for Jack to travel back in time. Honestly, I feel for these fans, Episode XIV is what I consider to also be a final episode.moreless

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    • Jack's Story
      Jack's story of the baby is a famous Japanese fable. A poor childless couple found a peach floating in the river, and opened it to find a baby boy within. He was named Momotaro (Peach Boy) under the circumstances he was found. As he grew, he later embarked to the Onigashima (the island of the Ogres or 'Oni') to steal back the riches that have been pillaged. A dog, a monkey, and a pheasant accompanied him on his quest to the island. Using wit, courage, and strength, the tag team eventually defeated the Ogres, and gave the treasures they horded back to the village. Jack's interpretation of the story seems acurate. The fable, like most of the fables depicted in popular media, does vary somewhat depending on who is telling the story.

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