List of Cowboy Bebop episodes

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The Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop consists of 26 episodes, referred to as "sessions". Most episodes are named after a musical concept of some sort, usually either a broad genre (e.g. "Gateway Shuffle") or a specific song (e.g. "Honky Tonk Women"). The show had an aborted first run from April 3, 1998 until June 26, 1998 on TV Tokyo, broadcasting only episodes 2, 3, 7 to 15, 18 and a special. TXN canceled the show in June 1998 because of low ratings. Later that year, the series was shown in its entirety from October 24 until April 24, 1999, on the satellite network WOWOW. In the U.S., the series has aired continuously in rotation since 2001 on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

The show takes place in 2071 and follows a group of bounty hunters who hunt criminals on their ship, the Bebop. The main characters include Spike Spiegel, a laid-back former member of the Red Dragon Syndicate (a criminal organization) and hotshot ace pilot; Jet Black, a retired cop and the owner of the Bebop; Faye Valentine, a gambling-addicted amnesiac who always finds herself in financial debts; Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV (nicknamed "Ed"), an eccentric computer hacking prodigy from Earth; and Ein, a "data dog" as the group's pet.

A movie was released in 2001, titled Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. The movie takes place between episodes 22 and 23.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original airdate (TV Tokyo) Original airdate (WOWOW) English airdate (Adult Swim)
1 "Asteroid Blues"
"Asuteroido Burūsu" (アステロイド・ブルース) 
-October 24, 1998September 2, 2001
Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter, and his partner Jet Black head to the Tijuana asteroid colony on their ship, the Bebop, to track down a bounty-head named Asimov Solensan. Asimov is wanted for killing members of his own crime syndicate and stealing a cache of a dangerous combat drug known as Bloody-Eye. On the colony, Asimov and his girlfriend, Katerina, are ambushed at a bar by his former syndicate while attempting to sell a vial of Bloody-Eye, but Asimov fights his way out by using the drug himself. Spike later encounters Katerina and reveals to her that he is a bounty hunter searching for Asimov; Spike is assaulted by Asimov and nearly killed before Katerina intervenes. In the confusion, Spike steals Asimov's Bloody-Eye vial before the two leave. Spike later confronts Asimov at a staged drug deal with the stolen vial. Asimov escapes with Katerina in a ship when the two are interrupted by an attack from Asimov's former syndicate. With Spike giving chase in his own ship, Asimov takes another dose of Bloody-Eye as they rush towards a police blockade. A horrified Katerina, realizing they will never escape, shoots Asimov as Spike nears their ship. As Spike approaches Asimov's ship, it is destroyed by attacking police cruisers, forcing Spike to pull away. The episode ends with Spike and Jet once again traveling through space on the Bebop
2 "Stray Dog Strut"
"Norainu no Sutoratto" (野良犬のストラット) 
April 3, 1998October 31, 1998September 2, 2001
Spike and Jet's next bounty takes them to Mars, where their target, Abdul Hakim, is wanted for stealing a valuable lab animal. To avoid capture, Hakim has had plastic surgery to change his appearance. At a bar, Hakim's briefcase containing the animal is stolen. Spike discovers the thief attempting to sell the animal at a pet store and, assuming him to be Hakim, holds him at gunpoint. Spike orders the store owner to open the case, revealing a Welsh corgi. As Spike leaves the store, Hakim attempts to take the dog back; the dog escapes, prompting Hakim, Spike, and the group of scientists who had illegally experimented on the dog to give chase. Spike loses Hakim but gains possession of the dog, whom he brings back to the Bebop. Jet gives the dog a collar tracking device so he can pinpoint Hakim's location once he inevitably steals the dog back. Spike takes the dog for a walk in order to flush out Hakim. Hakim consults a fortune teller. The scientists activate a dog whistle to find their "data dog", resulting in the corgi escaping from Spike. All the city dogs including the corgi run past Hakim and the fortune teller. Hakim steals a car and grabs the dog, while Spike and the scientists pursue him in their ship and truck, respectively. The dog manipulates the car door and jumps out. Spike reluctantly saves it by having it land on top of his ship. The scientists use the truck's harpoon to attach to Hakim's vehicle. This causes both vehicles to lose control and crash over the side rails of a bridge. They fall onto a police station and are apprehended. The bounty hunter show "Big Shots" announces that Hakim turned himself in and reveal that a "data dog" is a dog that has its intellect genetically enhanced. The dog, named Ein, now lives on the Bebop, much to Spike's chagrin. 
3 "Honky Tonk Women"
"Honkī Tonku Wimen" (ホンキィ・トンク・ウィメン) 
April 10, 1998November 7, 1998September 9, 2001
With Ein as a new companion, the crew of the Bebop cross paths with Faye Valentine, a wanted fugitive drowning in debt, who is forced to act as a middle-woman for an illegal transaction at a space station casino
4 "Gateway Shuffle"
"Geitowei Shaffuru" (ゲイトウェイ・シャッフル) 
-November 14, 1998September 9, 2001
After gambling away all the money she obtained, Faye finds a mysterious suitcase aboard a derelict spaceship. Meanwhile, Spike and Jet pursue a bounty on Twinkle Murdoch, the leader of the Space Warriors, a group of eco-terrorists armed with a biological weapon that can transform humans into apes. However, faced with the threat by Murdoch's sons of releasing the virus on Ganymede if she isn't released, the Ganymede government cancels the bounty and forces the Bebop crew to release her. When Murdoch and her sons renege on the deal and launch the virus anyway, Spike and Faye pursue her through the hyperspace gateway. They destroy two of the three missiles, but miss the third one, prompting the Ganymede government to shut down the spacegate, stopping the missiles by trapping them in hyperspace. Spike and Faye narrowly escape the gate before it closes, but Murdoch and sons are trapped. A container of the virus that Faye recovered from the suitcase and was subsequently slipped into Murdoch's pocket by Spike shatters, turning her and all her sons into monkeys. With the bounty lost, Faye decides to stay on the Bebop with Spike and Jet. 
5 "Ballad of Fallen Angels"
"Datenshi-tachi no Baraddo" (堕天使たちのバラッド) 
-November 21, 1998September 23, 2001
While pursuing the bounty on an executive of the Red Dragon Syndicate, Spike confronts Vicious, an old enemy of his. 
6 "Sympathy for the Devil"
"Akuma o Awaremu Uta" (悪魔を憐れむ歌) 
-November 28, 1998December 16, 2001
Spike and Jet chase a dangerous enemy who, despite having the appearance of a little boy, is actually more than eighty years old. 
7 "Heavy Metal Queen"
"Hevi Metaru Kuīn" (ヘヴィ・メタル・クイーン) 
April 17, 1998December 5, 1998September 23, 2001
The crew of the Bebop chase a bounty named Decker, who is running a load of high explosives. While nursing a hangover at a diner, Spike meets a cargo hauler pilot named V.T., who hates bounty hunters, but ends up lending him a hand. 
8 "Waltz for Venus"
"Warutsu fō Vīnasu" (ワルツ・フォー・ヴィーナス) 
April 24, 1998December 12, 1998December 23, 2001
While the crew hunts down a Venusian mob, Spike meets Rocco Bonnaro, who is on the run from the same mob the crew is tracking for stealing a very rare and valuable plant, which he plans to sell to pay for surgery to restore his sister's eyesight. 
9 "Jamming with Edward"
"Jamingu Wizu Edowādo" (ジャミング・ウィズ・エドワード) 
May 1, 1998December 19, 1998September 30, 2001
The crew enlists the help of an elite computer hacker nicknamed "Radical Edward" to help them track down a bounty-head who has been vandalizing Earth's surface with hacked laser satellites. 
10 "Ganymede Elegy"
"Ganimede Bojō" (ガニメデ慕情) 
May 8, 1998December 26, 1998September 30, 2001
Jet is even more taciturn than usual as the Bebop lands on Ganymede, his last post before leaving the ISSP and the home of his ex-girlfriend, Alisa, whom he has never quite left behind. An old friend tips Jet off that Rhint Celonias, Alisa's new boyfriend, has a bounty on him. 
11 "Toys in the Attic" ("Heavy Rock of the Dark Night")
"Yamiyo no Hevi Rokku" (闇夜のヘヴィ・ロック) 
May 15, 1998January 2, 1999October 7, 2001
A blob with a venomous bite infiltrates the Bebop and incapacitates Jet, Faye and Ein. It's up to Spike and Ed to destroy the creature and find out where it came from. The episode ends with the Bebop adrift in space, the entire crew unconscious. 
12 "Jupiter Jazz (Part 1)"
"Jupitā Jazu (Zenpen)" (ジュピター・ジャズ(前編)) 
May 22, 1998January 9, 1999October 7, 2001
Faye cleans out the crew's safe and leaves the Bebop for Callisto. While Jet chases after her, Spike follows up on some clues about the location of his ex-girlfriend Julia, which leads him to another confrontation with Vicious. 
13 "Jupiter Jazz (Part 2)"
"Jupitā Jazu (Kōhen)" (ジュピター・ジャズ(後編)) 
May 29, 1998January 16, 1999October 14, 2001
Faye is helped by Gren, a man who holds a grudge against Vicious. After explaining his story to Faye, he chases after Vicious, and when he and Spike reach him at the same time, a four-way battle takes place. 
14 "Bohemian Rhapsody"
"Bohemian Rapusodi" (ボヘミアン・ラプソディ) 
June 5, 1998January 23, 1999October 14, 2001
The Bebop crew hunts for Chessmaster Hex, the rumored mastermind behind a series of robberies at hyperspace gate tollbooths. While trying to dig up dirt on their target, they unearth some valuable data regarding the gate accident that devastated Earth fifty years earlier. 
15 "My Funny Valentine"
"Mai Fanī Varentain" (マイ・ファニー・ヴァレンタイン) 
June 12, 1998January 30, 1999October 21, 2001
Faye meets an important man from her past, and the source of her massive debt is revealed. 
16 "Black Dog Serenade"
"Burakku Doggu Serenāde" (ブラック・ドッグ・セレナーデ) 
-February 13, 1999October 21, 2001
An ISSP prison ship suffers a mechanical malfunction and is taken over by the inmates, led by Udai Taxim, the Syndicate assassin who took Jet's arm. Jet's former partner, Fad, enlists him for the retrieval operation. 
17 "Mushroom Samba"
"Masshurūmu Sanba" (マッシュルーム・サンバ) 
-February 20, 1999October 28, 2001
The Bebop, out of food and fuel, is sideswiped in a hit-and-run off of Europa and crash-lands on Io. Ed, with Ein by her side, is sent out to procure food, and runs across Domino Walker, a bounty-head who is smuggling hallucinogenic mushrooms. 
18 "Speak Like a Child"
"Supīku Raiku A Chairudo" (スピーク・ライク・ア・チャイルド) 
June 19, 1998February 27, 1999October 28, 2001
While Faye wastes money betting on horse racing, a package addressed to her arrives on the Bebop containing an old Betamax tape, prompting Spike and Jet to look for an appropriate device to view its contents. The tape proves to be a time capsule recording of a teenage Faye and her friends, but Faye finds her pre-amnesia self unrecognizable apart from her physical appearance. 
19 "Wild Horses"
"Wairudo Hōsesu" (ワイルド・ホーセス) 
-March 6, 1999November 4, 2001
While Spike takes his mono-racer in for maintenance, Jet and Faye take on a group of pirates who use computer viruses to terrorize cargo ships. 
20 "Pierrot le Fou" ("The Clown's Requiem")
"Dōkeshi no Chinkonka" (道化師の鎮魂歌) 
-March 13, 1999November 4, 2001
Spike is targeted by an insane, seemingly indestructible assassin named Mad Pierrot after accidentally witnessing the killer in action. 
21 "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui"
"Bugi Ugi Funshei" (ブギ・ウギ・フンシェイ) 
-March 20, 1999November 11, 2001
Jet, spurred on by a cryptic e-mail, tries to find an old acquaintance but discovers only his grave—he disappeared under mysterious circumstances. His daughter, Mei-Fa, an expert in feng shui, asks for his help finding a "sun stone" that can lead them to her father's location. 
22 "Cowboy Funk"
"Kaubōi Fanku" (カウボーイ・ファンク) 
-March 27, 1999February 15, 2002
A terrorist known as the "Teddy Bomber" has been using explosives hidden in teddy bears to bring down high-rise buildings in protest of humanity's excesses. Spike attempts to stop him, but constantly runs afoul of "Cowboy Andy", a fellow bounty hunter who is far more similar to Spike than either would care to admit. 
23 "Brain Scratch"
"Burein Sukuratchi" (ブレイン・スクラッチ) 
-April 3, 1999November 11, 2001
Unbeknownst to the rest of the crew, Faye goes undercover to infiltrate SCRATCH, a cult that believes in achieving eternal life by digitizing the soul and uploading it into the Internet, in order to collect the bounty on the cult's leader, Dr. Londes. While Spike goes looking for her, Jet and Ed try to track down Dr. Londes. 
24 "Hard Luck Woman"
"Hādo Rakku Ūman" (ハード・ラック・ウーマン) 
-April 10, 1999November 18, 2001
While heading to Mars, the Bebop is diverted to an unplanned trip on Earth. After arriving, Faye travels to the landmarks she sees in the video she recorded as a child, taking Ed along. She and Ed find an orphanage where Ed stayed at previously. The nun in charge gives Ed a picture of her father, who came looking for her there several months back. Faye and Ed find one of the locations in the video, whereupon Faye is surprised by an old schoolmate. Jet and Spike notice a bounty on their computer which looks to be a lucrative payoff. After returning to the Bebop and dwelling on what has happened, Faye leaves again. Jet and Spike find their bounty, but Ed interrupts, revealing that the bounty head is her father, and she placed the bounty herself in order to find him. Ed's father asks if she wants to stay with him, but before Ed can answer, he and his assistant see another meteorite strike the Earth's surface in the distance and they speed off, leaving Ed behind, dumbfounded. Faye finds only ruins where her home used to be. Ed leaves the Bebop, and Ein goes with her. 
25 "The Real Folk Blues (Part 1)"
"Za Riaru Fōku Burūsu (Zenpen)" (ザ・リアル・フォークブルース(前編)) 
-April 17, 1999November 18, 2001
Left alone by the rest of the crew, Spike and Jet are ambushed by members of the Red Dragon Syndicate. They are saved by Lin's brother, Shin, who explains that after Vicious unsuccessfully tried to seize control of the organization, all people connected to him are also being hunted down. Faye meets Julia in a chance encounter and passes on a message from her to Spike. Spike rushes to rendezvous with Julia. Vicious escapes his execution and kills the leaders of the Syndicate. 
26 "The Real Folk Blues (Part 2)"
"Za Riaru Fōku Burūsu (Kōhen)" (ザ・リアル・フォークブルース(後編)) 
-April 24, 1999November 25, 2001
Reunited, Spike and Julia pick up where they left off in their plans to escape the Red Dragon Syndicate, but Julia is shot and killed. Spike returns to the Bebop for a meal with Jet, then storms the Red Dragon's headquarters to confront Vicious. Shin helps him, but is killed. Spike fights his way to the top floor of the Syndicate skyscraper, but is badly wounded. Spike shoots Vicious in the chest, killing him. As Spike stumbles down a set of stairs and faces the Syndicate members that rushed to the scene, he makes a gun with his fingers and says "Bang" before collapsing. 
XX "Mish-Mash Blues"
"Yoseatsume Burūsu" (よせあつめブルース) 
June 26, 1998-December 2, 2001
Due to the violence portrayed in the series, and the violence occurring at the time in Japan, the series was briefly canceled and "Mish-Mash Blues" was created. The characters provide a philosophical commentary and it ends with the words: "This Is Not The End. You Will See The Real 'Cowboy Bebop' Someday!" 

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