premiere air date: November 18, 2001
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". . .embers of times we had
and now, here I stand
lost in a memory
I see your face, and smile"
summary: This episode begins with a failed coup attempt on the part of
Vicious to take over the Red Dragons. Vicious is captured by the Van, but warns
them to kill him now (they foolishly ignore his advice). Meanwhile, Jet and Spike
are at a bar, crying in their vodka about the events of "Hard Luck Woman" (nothing in this world would induce
me to be more explicit) when suddenly some syndicate scum start shooting at them.
Lin's brother Shin helps them escape, and tells them about Vicious's failure to
seize power. Now Spike is a target, due to his past allegiance to Vicious. And
so, we find, is Julia, also once part of Vicious' clique. The past and present
finally collide in a graveyard, the cliffhanger ending to this episode. Ah, how
painful it is to say goodbye. "The Real Folk Blues" is the second part of CB's
exquisite farewell ("Hard Luck Woman" being the first
part). You know all that back-story you've been waiting for, about Spike? This
is it, hon. Watch carefully, these last two episodes are the most you're going
to get on that score. Obviously, I love this episode, but I'm going to leave the
rest of the analysis for "The Real Folk Blues, pt 2.", since it's bloody
difficult talk about one part of the episode without talking about the other.