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are on hand to provide security for the Babylon
Project Conference, an obvious target for terrorists.
Gotoh sees two men running down a hall way after
hearing a scream from the cleaning lady who has just
found the men sleeping in the toilet. Gotoh tries to
stop them but they enter a lift and head to the to top
of the building. Unfortunately the two bumbling
terrorists set off the bomb they are carrying, and
partly blow up the restaurant on a platform on the top
of the building, making it very unstable. Both
Division 2 Labors are sent up to arrest the
terrorists. But they have taken the barman as hostage.
Worse yet, one of them threatens Division 2 with a
stick of dynamite, only to have explode. The
restaurant is now extremely unstable and could fall at
any minute. They have an extra problem. If the
restaurant falls off the building, it will hit a jet
fuel pipe directly below which leads to the airport
and could cause a massive explosion. Noa and Ota not
only have to stop the restaurant from toppling, they
have to save the barman and terrorists inside.
Another Sunrise Airlines jet appears at the beginning
of this episode. Screenplay by Satoshi Namiki.
Originally broadcast 15 August 1990.
42 The Men Who
Captain Gotoh and
Police Chief Fukushima are investigating robberies of
Automatic Teller Machines. It's obvious that Labors
have been used in these crimes. Strange graffiti is
left in chalk at the scene of each crime. Gotoh
believes it is somehow connected to the crimes. He
also discovers that the same Home of the Sea
terrorists they have dealt with before could be behind
these robberies. The SV2 must stop the criminals
before they strike again.
Nekowatari, the bumbling terrorist from the episode
"Goodbye Kanuka", makes a return appearance in this
episode. Note that the three criminals are all named
after animals; Nekowatari - Neko means cat, Inubashiri
means "dog running" and the Saru part of Sankichi
Sarusuberi's name means monkey. Screenplay by Michiko
Yokote. Originally broadcast 22 August 1990.
43 The Working Girl
Under Chief Fukushima's
orders, Division 2 is forced to appear on a TV
program. Momoko Sakurayama's TV show "The Working
Girl" focuses on women in the workplace, and Noa will
be the next subject. Fukushima believes it will be
great PR for Division 2. Everything seems to be going
well until Division 2 are called out to stop a man
from committing suicide. He threatens to crash his
Labor into fuel depot. Unfortunately Momoko decides to
stand between Division 2 and the criminal to do her
report, and he takes her hostage with his Labor. It's
up to Noa to save her, otherwise it will be more bad
press for Division 2.
An episode which highlights Momoko Sakurayama's
character. She'll become a more important cast member
in the New OVA Series. Screenplay by Hibari Arisu and
Tetsuko Takahashi. Originally broadcast 29 August
Long Live CLAT
Shige has been sent to
train with the New York Police Labor Division. Once he
gets in New York, he accidentally insults a cab
driver, who tries to shoot him a machine gun. Kanuka
saves him by shooting the cab with a bazooka. Things
get weirder when he gets to the labor hanger. The New
York Labor team headquarters is actually an
underground base under Hudson Bay. The team are called
Crime Labor Attack Team, or CLAT (like something out
of Ultraman) for short. And the team members certainly
do look very familiar to a certain police Labor team
While on the plane at the start of the episode, Shige
is holding a magazine with the Dirty Pair on it. This
episode has several sci-fi references including
Ultraman, Thunderbirds, The Flying Phantom Ship, and
even the schematics of the Death Star from Star Wars:
A New Hope make an appearance. But mostly it is based
on Captain Scarlet, especially with the vehicles and
uniforms of the CLAT team. Other references to watch
out for are the licence plate on the cab Shige gets
out of (ECTO-1, the same as the Ghostbusters vehicle)
a silhouette of Godzilla when Kanuka talks to the
computer to gain access to the base and people running
around in the background dressed up in the costumes
from the Spanish Inquisition Sketch from Monty
Python's Flying Circus. Screenplay by Kazunori Ito.
Originally broadcast 5 September 1990.
45 Vocational Options
The SV2 are invited to
see a public military demonstration by Captain Fuwa's
air-drop Labor team. They are even given a guided tour
of the Labors hangers by one of her subordinates. Noa
takes an interest in the Helldiver, a top of the line
military Labor. Fuwa notices, and offers Noa the
chance to take it out for a run. The military is
looking for pilots, and Fuwa sees potential in Noa.
She gives her the manuals for the Helldiver, and asks
to meet again with her. Noa is quite interested, but
does she really want to leave her friends and
colleagues at the SV2? A mistake on a mission has her
seriously considering the job offer.
A quite interesting look at Noa and how she feels
about her job. It's also nice to see Captain Fuwa in
another episode, the last appearance she makes in
Patlabor. Screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Originally
broadcast 12 September 1990.
His Name is Zero
Division 1 are finally
getting a new Labor; the Shinohara AV-Zero. After a
mock fight with Ota in his Ingram, and Gomika in the
new Zero, everyone is impressed with the new Labor.
With it's neural network, it can automatically dodge
debris on the ground. There is much discussion about
how much the new machine has outclassed the Ingrams.
Later Division 2 are sent out to stop a rampaging
Labor. It walks through an open plan shopping mall,
but Noa manages to stop it in a car park without
causing major damage. However a VIP's car was
apparently scratched in the incident, and he has
complained to the Police Chief. The members of
Division 2 discuss what happened and are little
concerned as this could mean reorganisation for the
SV2. Noa is very upset at what has been said and locks
herself in Alphonse's cockpit.
The episode has the back story to the name of
Alphonse, namely Noa's dog. The ritual the Shinto
priest is performing on the Zero Labors is a
purification ceremony and is quite a common ceremony
for newly bought cars and homes. Also we see Sakaki
take his sunglasses off the possibly the only time
ever in Patlabor. Screenplay by Kazunori Ito.
Originally broadcast 19 September 1990.
shower praise on Division 1. The Zero Labor is a
complete success and a hit with the public. Division
2's confidence is severely shaken. Noa goes home to
her parents in Hokkaido to escape her problems. Asuma
who is very worried about her, goes to cheer her up
and persuade her to come back to Tokyo. Asuma and Noa
arrive back, only to be immediately mobilised. A
terrorist is hiding in a fuel depot. With both
Division 1 and 2 at the scene, will the Zero find the
terrorist Labor first, or will an Ingram? Noa is
absolutely determined to prove her worth as a
After the final credits of this episode, there is an
extra 15 seconds of animation based upon the later
"eyecatches". Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Originally
broadcast 26 September 1990.
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