Cowboy Bebop season 1, episode 4 recap – “Callisto Soul”

November 19, 2021
M.N. Miller 0
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Cowboy Bebop’s fourth episode, “Callisto Soul,” welcomes back Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda), who brings much-needed comic relief to the series.

This recap of Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop season 1, episode 4, “Callisto Soul,” contains spoilers.

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The Callisto Liberation Front are Eco soldiers, space warriors, if you will. They are determined to return the colonies to Mother Nature. They are super pissed about the extinction of the Ganymede Sea Rat. Faye makes a grunt, “Ugh, environmentalists are the worst.” And she is right. Because they are about to use the same stuff used to terraform Calisto on the corporate pigs at the party. Green grass is released and inhaled by a COO, who then sprouts large tree branches all over her body. The final straw branch makes her head look straight up at the sky and comes out of her mouth — causing her head to explode in the process.

Cowboy Bebop season 1, episode 4 recap


Meanwhile, we forgot to mention Faye was at this party. She tracks down a man working for a group that unthawed her years prior from cryosleep. They stole her stuff, including her “identikit,” and have no memories. She tracked down this guy, Mark, who prematurely woke up cyro-frozen amnesiacs and stole their settlement money. He is not as forthcoming as one would hope, so she introduces him to her lawyer — a gun that she shoves against his genitals. It turns out the woman playing Faye’s mother was not her mother and never gave her the kit she needed to have an identity.

Boy, Erik Erikson’s will have a field day with this.

So, Mark needs to call a woman named Whitney Haggis Matsumoto. She was the one who supposedly conned Faye into thinking she was her mother. As he does, that’s when those crazy Callisto people walk in. After some of those greedy CEOs turned into newly planted trees, Faye tries to follow the eco-soldiers out of the opera house, but she is shot in the shoulder (man, these characters can take in the hot lead like no one else in human history). They grab Mark as a hostage and steal Faye’s ship. She escapes the party and tries to stop them, but it’s too late. They have the only man who can help her because he is still carrying Faye’s phone. Now Faye is left stranded. We are left with the knowledge that Faye is not her real name.


Murdoch (Escape from New York‘s Adrienne Murdoch) is their next bounty at a cool $25-million. Faye brings them in on this, asking for their help. As they found a first aid kit for her, Spike tried to convince Jet Black to cut her out and get the score for themselves. Well, she must have overheard them because before they know it, she is stealing Spike’s ship, Jet’s dog, and going after Mark to retrieve her phone.

As she lands, she finds they turned Mark into a tree. Jet’s dog pees on him, even adding insult to injury. She frisks the tree for money and her phone but comes up with a big glob of goop. Then, Faye finds herself on the other end of the gun barrel that Spike is holding (they had a tracker in his ship). Even though he wants to shoot her and keeps asking Jet if he can drill her, they feed her and track down Murdoch’s operation. They converge on Ms. Murdoch and her three children loading up missiles with that green stuff. 

The guys take out the sons while Faye tussles with Murdoch’s daughter, and she loses pretty handily. This lets the Murdochs with the extra X-chromosomes get to their ship and escape., but not before Faye spots her phone that landed on the ground. As Fay jumps in her boat, she follows them and gets a call from Matsumoto, her former mother. Faye pretends to be Mark but stops the charade when she sees the Murdoch ship fire a missile back at the planet of Callisto.

The Ending

Whitney tells Faye how nice it is to hear from her again but has to go because it is “chew and screw” time. Faye turns her ship around and flies back, clipping the missile after entering Callisto’s atmosphere. It falls to the ocean, but Faye’s ship has lost a wing and is spinning to the ground below. The boys watch as she keeps falling, with Spike noting she is saving their “assess.” As she fails, she acknowledges one thing as she leaves a message recorded in the black box when someone finds her dead body.

“My name is Faye Valentine,” she says.

Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without Murdoch’s daughter finally having enough of her toxic bullshit and turning both of them into a tree.

Faye wakes up on Jet’s ship with his adorable Corgi licking her face. They found her, and it’s a miracle she survived the fall. Spike welcomes her to the team.

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