But not really, because Cowboy Bebop only has the one commercial interruption. So instead we just cut back to Faye, who has followed Ed to a derelict community built on an enormous trash heap. This turns out (after some comical hijinx involving a gaggle of feral children), to be the orphanage that Ed grew up at. Rather than lead Faye back to the mysterious waterfall, Ed decided to make a pitstop at her OWN childhood haunts. Way to rub salt in the wound, jerk.
Ed really did recognize the fountain, though. So after getting that 3D photo of Ed’s dad from a friendly nun, and eating some dubious-looking stew, Faye and Ed head off to what I’m told is Singapore. It has seen better days.
And it turns out that knowing exactly which flooded ruin you originally came from doesn’t actually provide as many answers as you might expect. Mind you, we learned at the start of this episode that Faye is dedicated. And while narrowing it down to a city isn’t much, it’s a start! To find some record of her past life, Faye will have to spend weeks, months, years even, going over the whole metropolis one pile of rubble at a time. It’ll be difficult, boring, and frustrating work (and it certainly won’t make for compelling television). But when you’re dealing with an insurmountable problem, dedication and patience are the most valuable allies you could possibly have.
No wait, what am I saying? The most valuable allies are jaw-clenching coincidence and suspiciously well-informed old women in motorized chairs. On the one day, that Faye happens to go to the one place Edward was able to identify, in the one record Faye has of her old life, her highschool classmate Sally Yung happens to be there on an outing with her granddaughter. Sally thinks Faye is a ghost at first, but then conveniently remembers that she was put in cold sleep “after that accident.” Faye, for her part, only vaguely recognizes her classmate, and after exchanging just a couple of words with her she decides to leave, telling Sally that she is a ghost after all. The implication seems to be that learning where you came from is not the same as remembering where you came from. Faye was after the latter, and the former doesn’t satisfy. So she grabs Ed and heads back to the BeBop. And then we really do get that act break.
In the second half, things proceed apace. Spike and Jet learn that Appledelhi is a wanted man, with an astonishing $50.000 000 price on his head. Faye, who was making a good-faith effort to move on with her life, has a flashback in the shower and remembers everything. The flashback is another one of those glorious Cowboy Bebop set-pieces… I’m particularly taken with the brilliant visual moment where the water in the shower drain suddenly wells up and overflows its boundaries, becoming the ocean, and the fountain, and the rain on the pavement of Faye’s childhood streets all at once. Anyway, she runs off to find her family, but not before colliding with Spike in the hall and apologizing to him (which is shocking, to him and us) and telling him “I have to go,” which if you’ve been paying attention to Faye’s arrivals and departures over the course of the series is almost equally shocking. Back in the other main plot thread, Spike and Jet track Appledelhi down and try to arrest him only to be disarmed by his Egg-Fu
…and more generally, like, beaten up by his fists of fury. Ed swoops down in the BeBop and almost crashes into the fight, in a sequence that’s clearly meant to mimic the way that she e-hijacked and crashed the ship at the end of the first episode she showed up in. We learn that Appledelhi’s business with the meteors isn’t sinister at all, rather, he and his assistant are on a quixotic mission to map the changes to the earth’s surface created by the constant meteor bombardment. (Oh, and I do mean quixotic in the most specific possible sense. It’s not just a noble mission that’s obviously futile: it’s an attempt to reestablish a lost social order by means of acting like a complete and utter loon. “Thus changing chaos to order!” says the assistant.)
Ed and her father are joyously reunited – for like a second, before he dashes off in pursuit of another meteor, leaving her in the dust again, so she doesn’t get what she wants. Spike and Jet don’t get what they want. That wasn’t a typo up above: it’s $50.00, not $50,000,000, and it turns out Ed was the one who put the price on his head anyway. As for Faye… well, maybe you’d better see some pictures for this one, too.