Samurai Jack

Season 2 Episode 11

XXIV: Jack Is Naked

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Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Sep 27, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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After his clothes and sword are stolen by a white rabbit, Jack must figure out a way to get them back, all while being chased by angry people who think he's naked, a cat burglar, and an actress.

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  • Jack goes down the rabbit hole

    10
    Wow, what a ride this was. This is another one of the weirdest episodes of the series, and another one of my favorites. Jack goes on a wild trip down the rabbit hole with a likeliness to Alice in Wonderland or an LSD trip. It starts out normal enough, with Jack fighting for his life against a horned slug robot in the mud. Having vanquished his foe, and having become very muddy, he decides to wash his clothes and bathe off the mud.



    After Jack gets a little man time in the pond, he hears a faint rustling in the bushes behind him and sees a white rabbit making off with his clothes and sword. A naked Jack (of course, being on children's programming, various bits of nature obscure all the naughty bits), quickly chases after the rabbit. However, he trips and falls down a small hole...and falls...and falls...and lands in a whimsical, colorful city of bustling happy people with innocent eyes and minds unprepared for the sight of a naked samurai.



    And so it begins.... Jack, after narrowly avoiding getting run over by some traffic, hides behind a mailbox and steals clothes from a robber. For reasons only known to Jack, he decided to also put on the mask, cigar, and carry the bag of helpless kittens with him. An angry mob mistakes him for the robber and chases after him. I have to mention at this point that I LOVE the choice of music.



    He escapes the mob by hopping onto a floating taxi, which has some trouble getting off the ground, and only now realizes that he should probably give the angry mob back the bag of cats. Once the cats were out of the bag (teehee), the taxi flew off and away. What happens next is probably the single most eerie, strange, and unexplained scenes in the whole series. While they are traveling through some dark caves, a high pitched hum sounds as a twinkling fairy-like creature some strange pink coat with ballerina slippers a hat, insect wings, an elephant's head, and...the stare... It floats by him (eerily keeping the same awkward gesture, unmoving) and just before it pops out of existence it gives Jack one last strange look... Jack quickly turns to the cab driver "What was that!?" to which the cab driver responds "What was what?" The fairy appears again strangely hovering over the show's logo (the one with Jack's eyes). What in the world it is, is only known to Genndy...



    Anyways, the chase continues as Jack changed into a princess costume (complete with hair, crownm and erm...apples) to evade the angry mob that found him again. He then manages to get dragged into a stage play in front of a large audience. The stage prompter, losing his mind at Jack messing up his play, tries to get Jack to say his lines and gets Jack to manage a feeble scream as two apples awkwardly fall out of his dress. Jack mistakes a stage monster (with several actors inside it) for Aku or one of his minions and goes mad-samurai on it, much to the crowds delight. He eventually escapes the play, only to have his dress ripped off by overenthusiastic little girls (who were shocked to realize the princess was a man...this is a weird episode, ok).



    Now the infamous "almost naked man," he attracts the attention of nearby police and chases after the rabbit through a train, knocking out the traindriver in the process and then being forced to drive the train. After some hair-raising driving and crashing into the ground, he resumes trying to capture the rabbit. He finally makes it to the rabbits den only to find that the rabbit was the backpack of a little girl who wanted to sell his things for food, since she had no parents. Jack makes it up to her by getting her the apparently rare and priceless robot slug horns from his fight earlier in the episode.



    Jack puts it neatly at the end of the episode: "A stranger world than this, I fear I have yet to visit." A strange strange world indeed. Between the whimsy and surreality of the episode (and that fairy thing), this is another one of my favorite episodes from season 2, and probably the trippiest episode in the whole series.moreless
  • Jack's clothes and sword are stolen by a "rabbit"...

    8.6
    Like all the more silly episodes of Samurai Jack, this one doesn't appear to be very popular with the fans. I'd be willing to agree that no other mainstream cartoon has explored such dark territory as this one, and I'd most definetly agree action in cartoons has never been so exciting, but I'm a big kid at heart and I really like this episode.



    I didn't much at first, but over time, I grew to love it. It starts simply enough, with a surprisingly dark and intense battle considering what comes later. But after that, it just gets more and more funny, as a now naked Jack falls into a world of utter strangeness - beating up a cat burglar for his clothes, hitching a ride on a floating taxi cab, and crashing a train.



    Pure and utter madness, and you can tell the creators know this judging by Jack's final words, "a stranger world than this I fear I have yet to visit..."moreless
  • Oh yeah. A stranger episode than this I have yet to see. Jacks gi and sword are nicked by a little white rabbit, and Jack discoveres how deep the rabbit hole really goes. If only the Matrix was like this.moreless

    10
    This is one of the more bizarre and funnier episodes in the series, and it is very nice that there is a change of mood every now and again where Jack is not solely laying waste to Aku and/or his creatures.

    It's great to see Genndy Tartakovsky return to the antics of his earlier Dexter's Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls, and the episode certainly feels more like a 'cartoon', and not an 'animated short film' as it does on most other occasions!

    The whacky chase music, reminiscent of Benny Hill, is marvellous, and I couldn't help but turn up the volume and shake my noggin.

    I will not review the episode in detail, as it would spoil it. It really must be seen!

    Beware the fairy elephant ballerina...

    By the way, I saw this episode in French; "..et moi je veux son bustier!!!"moreless
Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Man #1/Cop #3

Guest Star

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Woman/Girl #3/Girl #2/Lady #1

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Manager/Cop #6

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jack: Get back here, you thief!
      Taxi Driver: It seems as though that angry mob is trying to get your attention.
      Jack: Please, we must leave immediately.
      Taxi Driver: The urgency in your grip tells me you are in grave danger. I will take you the heck out of here.

    • Cop #1: Calling all units. Calling all units. Almost naked man running loose in terminal. I repeat, almost naked. Arrest him immediately.

    • Jack: A stranger world than this, I fear I have yet to visit.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The same exact music in this episode was used in a Dexter's Laboratory episode: "Stuffed Animal House"

    • Jack refers to his ordinary clothes as his "gi" - that is the correct term for a martial arts outfit (what he wears certainly isn't a kimono). A gi varies in appearance, depending on the martial arts style and the rank of the practitioner; the Samurai had no set style of gi - it usually depended on his clan (actually, most samurai wore armor).

    • Jack goes from Asian to Caucasian (colored) when he's in the Princess of Hearts dress and back to normal when the girls rip it off.

    • On Cartoon Network, this episode is titled "Jack In Wonderland".

    • First UK showing : 28th October 2002 6:30pm on CNX

    • The "Princess of Hearts" costume Jack uses to disguise himself is obviously based on the character design for Alice from Disney's animated "Alice in Wonderland" movie.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The Train
      The train that Jack tries to drive is shaped like a centipede, and it is streered by a "track ball." This is obviously a reference to the classic 80's shooter arcade game Centipede,, where the shooter was controlled not by a joystick, but by a free-floating "track-ball" device designed to supposedly give the player more ease in hand-to-eye coordination.

    • Cityscape
      The visual aesthetics of the Wonderland is much the same as the Professor Baltazar's town in the Zagreb film cartoon series from the 70's.

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