Season 1 Episode 14

Little Arcadia

Aired Weekdays 1:30 AM Apr 22, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Outside of the town of Promontory, an old couple try to protect a lush piece of island in an otherwise arid world. They ask Millie and Meryl to help guard them as the final deed transaction is taking place soon, but the couple's rivals want the land, and have even hired the couple's son to kill the family. With Vash asked to take a break, Milly and Meryl are up for a big challenge as they face more of the Nebraska family.moreless

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  • sequel to “Hard Puncher"

    “Little Arcadia” could be called a sequel to “Hard Puncher” as it contains the rest of The Nebraska Family. The story revolves around Mille and Meryl, who have been hired as body guards to protect a small family’s ranch. The ranch is one pf the only places left on the planet with trees. Some punks show up with the female section of the Nebraska Family and it’s up to Millie and Meryl to stop them. The story has a few twist and turns but overall it’s an ok episode. Vash doesn’t appear much in this episode for some reason, and we find out the Millie has a big family. 8 out of 10moreless
  • A Meryl and Millie based episode with important insights into both their characters.

    In this nearly Vashless episode you learn a lot about our two insurance girl heros. The episode starts off in the city of Promontory with Millie writing letters to her whole family. She and Meryl end up having a talk, revealing that Meryl doesn't stay in contact with her family, when they are interrupted by gunfire. Outside a man is shooting near an old couple who refuse to give up a deed. The insurance girls take out the man for the old folks and are taken to their little slice of paradise amid the arid desert. Later that night, while the girls are standing guard the man comes back and we learn that his name is Badwick and that he is the son of the old couple. He is working for a man named Morgan and is trying to reason with his parents when the Nebraskas show up. The Nebraskas start wreaking havoc and it comes down to a standoff between Morgan's group and the insurance girls. In the end Vash saves the day with a well timed bullet, allowing to let Badwick get away with the deed. The mother Nebraska is so devastated about her son getting hit she falls and crushes Morgan and his bounty hunters. A well written episode overall but I really didn't like how little Vash was in it. This is two episodes in a row that don't really have him as a major character and I think it's getting a little old.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Vash is called Broom Head several times in this episode.

    • Marilyn Nebraska and Friends
      Patricia - The really big mom
      Tonkichi, Chinpei, Kanta - the three guys that get lobbed like balls for attacks
      Marilyn - the regular sized blonde in the dark red dress, Patricia's daughter, and leader of the group.

    • Kuroneko Sighting
      On top of the mailbox near the end of the episode, when Meryl mails off a letter.

    • The old man's mustache disappears and reappears twice during the first half of the episode.

    • In "Escape From Pain", Milly claims to have ten brothers and sisters. However, when she's writing her letters home at the beginning of this episode, she only lists six. (The people listed by name don't count, as they're nieces and nephews - the manga makes that clear.)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Milly: (writing) Dear Mom, Dad, Big-Big Sister, Middle-Big Sister, Little-Big Sister, Big-Big Brother, Middle-Big Brother, Little-Big Brother, Dougey, Omri, Rodney, Mikey, and little Sandra. How are you? I'm doing just fine.

    • (Vash blows smoke from his pistol.)
      Vash: That makes us even for your help on the sand steamer.
      (Firing shot is heard as screen zooms out to a tiny screen.)
      Vash: Huh? Hey, that's all the time I get?

  • NOTES (4)

    • English Cast: Steve Kramer, Bill Timoney, Dan Martin, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kermit Beachwood, Joe Romersa, Dorothy Melendrez, Dylan Tully, Tom Charles, Bambi Darro, George C. Cole, Lia Sargent, Syd Fontana, Devon Michaels
      Japanese Cast:
      Old Man - Akio Suzuki
      Old Woman - Reiko Suzuki

    • Original Japanese airdate: July 8, 1998.

    • The bounty hunters that are with Badwick are the same ones from the beginning of Ep. 5, Hard Puncher.

    • Manga Corollary: Trigun Volume 1, Chapters 10-12.
      This episode follows the manga storyline.

      The episode title comes from manga chapter 10.