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Episode 20: Crybaby Cecilia, Part 1

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 9, 2002

 

Summary

 

The Argama docks at Granada for repairs and shore leave. Bright speaks to Wong Lee, one of the AEUG's sponsors, about the situation. Bright grants Milly and Torres permission to leave, and Wong criticizes him for indulging his subordinates. Bright becomes angry and tells Wong that he only sees pilots and officers as pawns in a game, and Wong wonders if he is referring to Kamille. Judau and Elle walk by, and Wong stops Judau. He tells Judau that he's not doing his job and has to repair the ZZ Gundam. When Judau tries to leave, Wong grabs him. Judau breaks away as Wong tries to punch him and gives him a hard kick. Wong starts yelling, and Judau leaves. Torres and Milly go to a pizza shop they both used to visit as kids when they were growing up. Shortly after, they are joined by Judau and Elle. One of the waitresses at the pizza restaurant is Cecilia, who grew up with Milly and Torres. Torres remembers that she always used to cry all the time, and she remembers that he was a coward. As they begin to eat pizza, Judau explains what happened at the port. Torres panics and tells Judau that he has to apologize, but Judau says that Wong started the fight. Outside, Gottn gives money to Cecilia's little brother. He tells his men to prepare the explosives for the attack. Cecilia goes out into the back alley to talk to Gottn. Judau chokes on pizza and runs to the bathroom for water, and Elle follows him. They both overhear Gottn telling Cecilia he will give her a ticket to get off Granada if she gets pictures of the Argama. Beecha and Mondo come in and are spotted by Gottn's men Creyue Oye and Nel Marsen. A fight breaks out, and Beecha and Mondo get into a car with Judau and Elle to warn the Argama. They spot Cecilia and follow her to the port, where she tries to infiltrate under the guise of delivering a pizza. Soldiers ask her for a pass, but she has none.

 

Wong tells Bright that Mondo and Beecha are traitors and shouldn't be pilots. Bright says they aren't traitors, and Wong says non of them are useful like Kamille was. Elle watches Cecilia, and she sets off the alarm as a distraction to escape and find the Argama. Judau comes to the bridge and overhears the conversation. Wong thinks Judau is useless because he only wants to look for his sister. Judau comes into the bridge and grabs Wong, asking him if the war is more important than him finding his sister. Judau says he will use all his power to find Leina and runs off. Beecha gets into the Zeta Gundam, followed by Mondo in the Mk II. They tell Iino to open the gate for them because they want to find where the Neo Zeon pilots have gone. Judau gets into ZZ Gundam, and Wong tells them to stop. Bright overrides Wong and lets them launch. Gottn isn't happy and tells Creyue and Nel not to fight because he has to capture Granada undamaged for Haman. They launch anyway in a Ga-Zowmn and a Gaza-C. Mondo grapples Creyue's Gaza and causes him to crash onto the Moon's surface. Beecha lands nearby and starts kicking Creyue as revenge for his mistreatment. The kicking causes an industrial portion of Granada to rumble, and panicking workers runaway. Gottn finds Cecilia and blames her, but she says she didn't reveal his position. He leaves, and Torres finds Cecilia and takes her with him. Judau fights with Nel and slices apart his missile launcher, but Nel fights back and breaks away. Judau fires ZZ Gundam's high mega cannon and damages the Gaza, but he also damages Granada. Afterwards, Wong blames Judau, but everyone supports Judau, including Bright. Torres gives Cecilia a drink, and she asks him to escape Granada with him. Judau and the others come in for a drink and spot Cecilia. Elle blocks the exit, and Judau tells Torres that Cecilia is a spy.

 

Commentary

 

The comedy seems to be slowly giving way to a more serious approach, and I'm happy to see it. The Argama docks at Granada, and we see an old face: Wong. Wong still acts like as much of a moron as he did in Zeta Gundam. He doesn't care about anyone on the Argama and doesn't understand war at all. This was true during the Gryps War, but it's still the case here. At least Judau put him in his place and gave him a good kick. When Kamille met Wong, he was the one who received the beating. I'm sure he would be glad with what Judau did. Beecha and Mondo seem to have been pretty easily forgiven. The episode ends with a cliffhanger, and I wonder if Judau's revelation will cause friction between him and Torres.

 

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