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Episode 21: Crybaby Cecilia, Part 2

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 12, 2002

 

Summary

 

Elle tells Torres that she and Judau saw Cecilia talking to Gottn at the pizza shop. Cecilia begins to cry and says she didn't take any pictures of anything. Torres tells Judau to find Bright and ask him about how to punish Cecilia. Cecilia breaks down into tears and asks Torres if she will be arrested. He hugs her and says that if she tells the truth he will plead with Bright to be lenient on her. Gottn is unhappy with the failure of Creyue and Nel, and he is informed that the ships damaged at Granada want compensation. Gottn pay them and has an idea, so he buys them. Bright and Roux go to the brig and tell Chara that she will be transferred off the ship. Chara says she doesn't want to go and tries to charm Bright into letting her stay. Judau and Elle come to the brig and explain that Cecilia is a spy for Gottn. Chara accidentally says that if Gottn destroys Granada it can't be used as a base by Haman. Bright receives a call from the bridge about enemy mobile suits and Torres brings Cecilia over. Chara runs out of the brig and takes Cecilia as her hostage. She goes to the mobile suit hangar and steals the Mk II. Beecha, Mondo and Iino try to stop her, but she threatens them with an uzi. After leaving the ship, she is followed by Judau and the ZZ Gundam. Torres, Beecha and Mondo follow as well. In space, Gottn has the ships he bought crash into every space gate to block the
Argama's exit. Judau goes back to the ship to get the double beam rifle. The Mk II gets stuck in a narrow passage, and Chara goes on foot. Torres catches up with her and knocks her out. Cecilia runs away, and he chases her. Chara wakes up and steals a car. She drives down a tunnel and ends up at Anaheim Electronics. Gottn gives Cecilia tickets on a passenger ship and a briefcase of gold as payment. He tells her not to open it where it can be seen. Cecilia gets off the passenger ship when she sees Torres drive up.

 

Cecilia tells Torres that she has a ticket and wants him to come with her. He slaps her and asks if she wants to see everyone on the Argama die. She tells him that she lied to Gottn and told him that the ship was docked at port 33. Torres says that even then innocent people at that port are in danger. He tells her that she is selfish and should be happy with her family, but she says they are a burden. Torres gets into his car and drives away. Cecilia boards the ship, and it begins to leave port. Judau arrives on the Moon's surface and spots Creyue and Nel in a Ga-Zowmn and a Gaza-D. Creyue and Nel realize that the Argama was not where Cecilia said it was, and they tell Gottn they have no ships left to crash. He tells them to use the ship that Cecilia is on. Judau attacks Creyue and Nel, but they use the passenger ship as a shield. The Argama tries to leave Granada, but Creyue and Nel have steered the passenger ship over the gate to block the Argama. Bright tells Judau to move the passenger ship with the ZZ Gundam. Inside the passenger ship, the briefcase is dropped and reveals a bomb. Cecilia grabs the briefcase and heads to a locker room filled with normal suits. Judau uses his hyper beam saber to slice apart the Gaza and kill Creyue. Cecilia puts on a normal suit and says to herself that she won't be a coward anymore. She leaves the ship and grabs onto Nel's Ga-Zowmn. Gottn tells him to return to his ship, and Judau follows Nel. He spots Cecilia on the Ga-Zowmn's leg and tells her to get off. Gottn has the bomb activated, and the timer counts down as Nel approaches his ship. Cecilia tells Judau that if she stops, Torres will hate her. Gottn's ship begins firing at Judau, which prevents him from getting closer. Nel lands on the ship, and the bomb counts down to zero and explodes. The Ga-Zowmn is destroyed, along with the ship and Gottn. Torres thinks to himself that Cecilia is safe now. Judau cries and wonders why Cecilia did what she did.

 

Commentary

 

Wow, what a stark contrast this episode is to what we've seen before. There's a tad bit of comedy at the beginning, but based on what happens at the end, this is probably the last comedy we'll see for a long time. Though Cecilia is a weak person, one can sympathize with her problems, but it doesn't excuse the way she endangered people. Her decision to sacrifice herself at the end is quite a powerful act for such a weak-willed person. Gottn also meets his end here, and I'm glad to see it. Though he was presented early on as a comedic lackey, he's proved many times that he's a dangerous and ruthless person. However, he was also incompetent, so that took away a bit from his ruthlessness. With Gottn and his goons out of the way, it looks like a confrontation with Haman is coming up next.

 

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