Season 1 Episode 9

Murder Machine

Aired Weekdays 1:30 AM Apr 14, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Vash and the insurance girls ride a bus through the desert to May City. Vash notices a glimmer in the distance, and it turns out to be a priest named Nicholas D. Wolfwood. After picking him up, the bus is attacked by some mechanical spiders. Vash and Nicholas go off to fight them, and Vash learns there is more to Wolfwood than a humble man of the cloth.moreless

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  • a nice episode; the only problem being is that its too short

    On a bus ride to the next town, Vash and the insurance girls come along a mysterious preacher. Vash and the Preacher team up to rescue a young girl from a mysterious race of lost technology robots. This then leads them to a big underground base and a good old bit of ultra violence. Yes, this is “Murder Machine”, and what gets me about this episode is that no one dies at all, so you can really call it “Murder Machine.” This is a nice episode; the only problem being is that the storyline is too short. The preacher in the episode raises a few questions on how Vash saves the day, but they go unanswered.moreless
  • Wolfwood comes in and its one of my favorites!

    Vash has just finished with the sand steamer and three days later he is on a bus with Meryl and Millie. They are traveling to Mei/May city and on the way Vash sees something twinkle. It ends up being Nicholas D. Wolfwood and they have their first adventure together. Wolfwood seems to know that Vash isn't your average gunman and Vash realizes that he's never met a priest like this. They're adventure brings them inside an alien space ship and Vash reveals his hidden gun on his arm. Then he shuts down the ship and they are back on the bus. My only regret about this episode is that we didn't get to see the gun arm yet.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Kuroneko Sighting
      After Erik is wounded, Wolfwood rummages through his bag for a book. He pulls out Kuroneko (and his expression is priceless).

    • When Vash and company are first attacked by the spider-robots, Vash fires a bullet at the first one's head, it does no damage, and the machine keeps coming. But later, when he and Wolfwood storm their factory, Vash's bullets are perfectly able to damage the robots.

    • When we first see Wolfwood in the desert, it's only him and his crucifix. But when the bus stops for a break, he has a portable confession booth. Then after Erik gets wounded, he suddenly has a bag.

    • In this episode, Vash gives Wolfwood his gun to cover him from above. However, Wolfwood fires off at least 15 shots in succession, without stopping to reload. Vash's gun only holds 6 bullets.

    • When running from the machines down the spaceship's corridor, Vash and Wolfwood are running side by side. At one point, they seem to switch sides altogether.

    • In the opening shot of the bus carrying Vash and the girls to May City, you can see Wolfwood's cross on top, but this is before they meet Wolfwood.

    • When Vash and the gang get on the bus, the front of the bus says MEI CITY. At the end of the episode they get where they are going and a sign says MAY CITY. Then it shows another sign that says MEI CITY.

      A lot of the cities in this show are named after months of the year so it is probably supposed to be May City.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Milly: Gee, it must have been awfully tiring to walk carrying that huge thing on your back.
      Wolfwood: I couldn't leave it behind. I do have my pride as a tradesman, you know.
      Meryl: A...tradesman?
      Wolfwood: I'm a man of the cloth.
      Meryl: You? Are you serious?
      Milly: Do you, like, make pretty dresses?

    • Man: Hey, preacher man.
      (The guys lift the cross and toss it to Wolfwood.)
      Wolfwood: Hey, thanks a lot.
      Man: Damn, that thing's heavy.
      Wolfwood: That, my friends, is because it's so full of mercy.

    • Wolfwood: Okay, that was fun. So, what do you want to do now?
      Vash: I lost 80 billion double dollars at poker, but there's a little left.
      Wolfwood: Well, a real man would lay it all on the table.
      Vash: Alright, then, let's find ourselves a casino.

    • Vash: What are you doing?
      Wolfwood: Don't ask ridiculous questions. I'm gonna save the child.
      Vash: With your bare hands?
      (Wolfwood frantically checks his clothes and then looks as the bus drives away.)
      Wolfwood: (holding head) Oh shiiiiiit!
      (Vash gives Wolfwood a knife.)
      Vash: You would have gone anyway, huh.
      Wolfwood: (picks up knife) Of course I would.

    • Meryl: Why doesn't anything nice ever follow you?!
      Vash: I know! It's such a drag!

    • Wolfwood: The Vash?! You mean to say he's THE Vash the Stampede?! (twists Vash's head around while Vash's body is still facing Meryl and Milly, you also hear bones cracking)Huh? Can this man really be him? He's absolutely nothing at all like I envisioned! (twists Vash's head around the way it's supposed to be, you hear bones cracking again) How is that possible?
      Meryl: Yeah, I know. I have trouble believing it too.
      Wolfwood: You mean...? (twists Vash's body around this time, you hear bones cracking once again) Oh, hey, gee, sorry about that! (Vash looks back with a blank stare.)

    • Milly: Thanks for lending us the bus fare!
      Vash: What are you talking about?
      Milly: (while she's crying) If we don't come with you, we can't do our job!! I'll hate you! I'll haunt you all the way to your grandchildren!!
      (end flashback)
      Vash: ...and I knew it was a mistake, but I couldn't take all that wailing!

    • (Vash and Wolfwood fell down a vortex into some Lost Ship hallway. Then the pursuing robots arrive. Vash screams.)
      Wolfwood: Now I know why the short-haired girl is always so pissed off at you all the time. When you're around, things always seem to get much worse. My brain's about to explode into pieces!
      (Vash and Wolfwood run.)
      Wolfwood: It's your fault! Do something!
      Vash: You fell in all by yourself!
      Wolfwood: You're the outlaw!
      Vash: What's that got to do with anything!?

    • Wolfwood: Mister, do me a favor. Please count it one more time.
      Bus Driver: Okay. Ready? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Recount it all you want, it's still not enough. Like I told ya, the fare is $$100.
      Wolfwood: If I give you anymore, I'll die of starvation. Come on driver, please, give me a break.
      Bus Driver: Eh, alright, I'll tell you what, I'll let you ride for $$80. Take it or leave it.
      Wolfwood: REALLY?! That'd be great! Thanks a lot! Oh, I almost forgot.
      (Wolfwood pulls out a box-sized model of a church and sticks it on the driver's head like a helmet.)
      Bus Driver: Wha'? W-what the hell is this?
      Wolfwood: It's a confessional. You know - those private rooms they used to have in the churches back home? This one is portable! You must have something to confess. Some blasphemous act, an indiscretion maybe? It's on the house. Go ahead, don't be shy!
      Bus Driver: No thanks, padre.
      Wolfwood: Well now, he's not much fun.

    • Wolfwood: You're hurting like crazy on the inside, yet you grin and bear it. At least that's this man's opinion, anyway...That's why I have this CONFESSIONAL!
      Vash: Gyah!
      Wolfwood: No matter what the worry, I'll listen to it! Just put a coin in here.
      Vash: You're really good at your trade!
      Wolfwood: I've gotta be to make a living! It's not easy, ya know!

    • Vash: I am known as Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gombigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andri Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George...(they tune him out for a short moment)...Doitzel Kaiser the third. Don't hesitate to call.
      Meryl: Uh.
      Milly: Hahaha, what are you talking about, Mr. Vash the Stampede?
      Vash: I hate when you call me by my full naaaame!
      Wolfwood: The Vash? You mean to say he's the Vash the Stampede!

  • NOTES (6)

    • Wolfwood is the the only character who speaks in a Kansai (Kyoto/Osaka) dialect. The insurance girls speak standard Tokyo dialect, while the other male characters switch from standard to gruff male speech depending on the situation.

    • English Cast
      William Goldstein, Bo Williams, Alexis A. Edwards, Cody Mackenzie, Liam Mackenzie, Meghan Mackenzie, Caroline Keyes, Brian E., Heather Ashton, Dean Moriarty, Scott Sankey, Shannon White, Lia Sargent, Steve Cannon, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jeff Nimoy, Dorothy Melendrez, Julie Maddalena

    • Original Japanese airdate: May 27, 1998.

    • This is the first episode where Vash uses the gun hidden in his robotic left arm.

    • Manga Corollary: Trigun Volume 2, Chapter 6
      In the manga, Vash's bus picks up Wolfwood but they are going from May City to Augusta City. The machines story is not in the manga.

    • Character debut: Nicholas D. Wolfwood, a priest who has wandered in the desert after his vehicle broke down. He carries a cross-shaped package, and a little church steeple model that he uses for portable confessionals.