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[IWIW] Walkin' on Sailor Moon (thread 3 of a continuing series)

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Sailor Moon R Episode #57: Be Careful After School! Usagi is a Target.

IN MEDIA RES
Luna: "Now, Sailor Moon!"
<< Usagi : Cast > Halation : HornHair >>
< HornHair is eliminated! >
HornHair: "CLEANSING!"
Ali: "Curses, foiled again!"
En: "We'll get you, my pretties, and your little cats, too!"
{Ali and En have left the scene.}
Usagi /leans on her scepter and contemplates the sunrise.
Usagi: "…"
Usagi: "…Sunrise?"



JUST A FEW MINUTES LATER
Usagi /running. "OMG I'M LAAAAAA—"
Mako /running: "—AAAAAAAAAAAA—"
Ami /running: "—AAAAAAAAAAATE!!!"
Ami: "Your homeroom teacher was right! Your problems are rubbing off on me!"
Usagi: "SHUT UP AND RUN, AMI!"



MORNING ATTENDANCE
Ms. Haruna: "Bitchy Girl?"
Student #3: "Out sick."
Ms. Haruna: "Check. Chubby Girl?"
Student #3: "Also out sick."
Ms. Haruna: "Check. Tsukino? Tsukin—?"
Usagi /bursts in, dramatically. "LAAAAAAAAAAATE!"
Usagi /trip CRASH
Usagi: "Bolter! Bolter! Mayday! Pilot in the drink! Mayday!"
Usagi /bucket SPLASH wham CLATTER WHOOPS! foosh BLAM bam crash
Usagi /roll roll roll roll roll roll…
Usagi /dink
Ms. Haruna: "…"
Usagi: "I tried! Do you want me to commit seppuku now, or wait until after class?" :(
Ms. Haruna /obscenely cheerful. "Miss Tsukino, it's good to be so energetic, but please observe good courtesy and be more quiet when entering the classroom." :)
Usagi: "…yes… ma'am?" :confused:
Everyone else /is staring.
Usagi /takes seat, very very quietly.
Ms. Haruna: "Check. Osaka?"
Usagi: "What put her in such a good mood?"



FIRST BREAK: FACULTY ROOM
Teacher #1: "Ms. Sakurada! Telephone call for Ms. Sakurada! Are you Ms. Sakurada? Telephone for you."
Ms. Haruna /on telephone. "Hello? …Kouichi darling!" ♥ ♥ ♥
Ms. Haruna /on telephone. "You're what?"
Ms. Haruna /on telephone. "Tonight?!"
Ms. Haruna /on telephone. "No. No. Everything's fine. No, of course I don't mind you cancelling our date at the last minute. No, of course I'm not angry. These things happen. We'll just make up for lost time next time."
Ms. Haruna /on telephone. "I love you, too! Buh-bye."
Ms. Haruna: "…"



CLASS RESUMES
Ms. Haruna: "ALL RIGHT, MAGGOTS, TO YOUR SEATS!"
Everyone else /!
Ms. Haruna: "We're going to study some fucking English now, so sit down and shut up and open your books to the lesson."
Usagi: "My God, my teacher is evil twins. That explains so much."
Ms. Haruna: "Tsukino!"
Usagi: "1812! The Battle of Midway! Lake Chad! Nobunaga!"
Ms. Haruna: "I see you eating in class. DETENTION!"
Usagi: "NOOOOOOOOO mercy have mercy please!"
Ms. Haruna: "NEXT! Ginga! Translate this page!"
En, as 'Natsumi' /seems very tired. "Yes, ma'am."
En: (reads) "' Az én -m légpárnás hajó van teli -ból angolnák. Csepp -a bugyi , Úr Vilmos ; ÉN nem tud vár amíg lunchtime!'"
Ms. Haruna: "what"
En: "You asked me to translate it."
Ms. Haruna: "Into Japanese, not Canadian or whatever crazy Moon language that was! DETENTION!"
En: "…"
Ms. Haruna: "NEXT! Pyle!"
Pyle: "MA'AM YES MA'AM! 'Once upon a time, there was a princess on the moon.'"
Ms. Haruna: "Good! NEXT!"



AFTER SCHOOL
Ali, still as 'Seijuro': "I don't believe how careless you were. Did she figure out who you are?"
En, still as 'Natsumi' /quiet, ragged edge. "I don't think so. I'm sorry, I'm just at such low ebb—"
Ali: "It's okay, hon, it's the fault of those damn Senshi. Our supply is just running too low. I'd better take on the next op right away, by myself. Pick a strong Cardian for me."
En: "Okay. Um, let's see. I'll pick…"
Usagi /dashes up. "Natsumi! Natsumi! Haruna says every minute we're late to detention means another sheet of assigned work. We'd better hop to. Come on! Come on!"
Usagi /drags En away.
En: "…You sound so cheerful."
Usagi: "Half the time I'm in detention by myself! It's better with someone else around. And it fits right in to my secret plot to make friends with you."
En: "Secret plot to—?"
Usagi: "You don't know about it, it's a secret."
En: "…oh…?"
Ali: "She's so adorable! I must have her."



MEANWHILE: A PARK WITH A FOUNTAIN
Loud construction going on behind the team.
Foreman: "Less griping, more working! This park ain't gonna rebuild itself, you know!"
Foreman: "You should be grateful for these here super battles! Keeps guys like us in trade."
Foreman: "Yo, watch that cable, there, wassamatter with you?! You, get down here, dummy, what are you thinkin', hah?"
Luna: "Was this really the best available meeting site?"
Artemis: "Well, no one can overhear us, wot?"
Luna: "What?"
Artemis: "What?"
Luna: "WHAT?"

Mina: "As I was trying to say, Usagi got detention—"
Rei: "—again. Christ on a rubber crutch."
Mako: "Hey, not really her fault this time—we had a busy morning! I barely escaped the noose myself."
Mina: "—and Ami's at cram school."
Luna: "I feel sorry for her. Usagi, I mean. She did a good job last night, and now she gets punished for it."
Artemis: "Fortunes of war, old girl. Fortunes of war. Anyway, since we're hardly a proper quorum, I believe today's debriefing should be… well, cancelled."
Luna: "I suppose so."

Mina /suddenly. "Let's…"
Mako and Rei /?
Mina: "…go to a movie?" /unless you don't want to in which case it's okay but
Mako: "Okay!"
Mina /ZOMG "Really?!"
Rei: "Hey, the Nick just started showing The Breakfast Club. ¿You want—?"
Mina: "YES."
Rei: "¡All right!"
Mako: "I haven't seen it. Is it good?"
Mina: "YES."
Artemis: "I say, steady on a moment, here!"
Luna: "Yeah, no way are you guys sneaking off on a school night to go to a movie, without even calling home. You've got responsibilities—"
Mina /stuffs both cats in her gym bag.
Mina: "Let's go!" :D



DETENTION
Only En (Natsumi) and Usagi were bagged today.

Ms. Haruna: "You will both remain here until you finish these questions. We have plenty of time, ladies, and I'm not going anywhere."
Teacher #2: "Ms. Sakurada? Telephone call for you."
Ms. Haruna /whoooooooooosh!
Ms. Haruna /on telephone. "Hello? Kouichi? Of course not! Now? Right now? Of course I can! I'll be there in two minutes!" ♥
Ms. Haruna /freshens makeup and is out the door, gone, bang.

Usagi: "…She's still not back. It's been… what? An hour?"
En, as 'Natsumi': "Maybe something happened to her."
Usagi: "I should be so lucky."
En /shrug.
Usagi: "I don't have time for this. I'm going to skip out and try to catch Mamoru on the way home; if Rei managed to ask him out before, maybe I—"
En: "So, you still haven't given up on him?"
Usagi: "NEVER. We are bound by the red string of fate!"
En /fingers like scissors, snip snip
Usagi: "NEVER, I say! I say thee 'nay!'"
En: "Wanna bet?"
Usagi /?
En: "First to finish this assignment wins all."
Usagi: "And the loser gives up on Mamoru?"
En: "Exactly."
Usagi: "My scholastic ineptitude versus your cultural and language barrier. It's a fair challenge; you're on. Pure heart shall triumph, of course!"
En: "MUAHAHAHAHA! Says you."

Two of the most dangerous minds on Earth, members of two of the most dangerous species in the galaxy—one Homo sapiens serenitis, and one Homo dryadidae galactus—are now locked in fierce mental combat, with the future of entire worlds at stake! WHICH ONE WILL TRIUMPH?



MEANWHILE ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE CITY
Ali: "Second-highest, actually. The Tokyo Tower won't let me get near it."
Ali /throws the Card to the winds, and plays the melody.



PICK A CARD, ANY CARD
It's Lum Invader!



OOPS
Ali: "Eh-heh, whoops, forgot that trading card was in there. But close enough."
Ali: "You! Steal energy from everyone in town—"
Ali /suddenly spots Mamoru walkin' down the street, concentratin' on truckin' right.
Ali /Mamoru, his rival, that no good dirty rotten stinkin' Earthling that stands between Ali and Usagi.
Ali /that Mamoru.
Ali: "—and start with that guy first, because I hates him to pieces! Make sure to drain him dead, dead, DEAD! Begin!"
Lum /knocks Ali off his perch when she runs in the other direction.
Ali /falls over two hundred meters.
Ali /pulls himself out of the hole in the concrete. "WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?! Where do you think you're going?!"



CUT TO: AUDREY ON THE 13th FLOOR
Doom Tree: "DOOM!"



CUT TO: ABSOLUTELY PASS CRAM SCHOOL
Ami and a score of other students, busily studying away.

Suddenly!
Lum /kicks in the wall.
Everyone /!
Lum /grabs the first two people she sees.
Lum: "Darling!"
Ataru and Shinobu: "ACK!"
Lum /ZAP!
< Ataru and Shinobu are drained of energy. >
Lum /leaps out the window, yoiks! and awaaaaaaaaaaaay…
Ataru and Shinobu /collapse unconscious.
Everyone else /?!??!?!
Ami /pulls out the Gizmophone and calls in a Code.



CUT BACK TO: THE CLASSROOM TEST
En /can't focus.
En: "Space-Elf needs food badly."
En: "Hey, wait a minute. I'm an idiot. There's energy right here. Plus delicious cold revenge. BWAHAHAHAHA."
Usagi: "What?"
En: "Nothing."
En /transforms to space-elf form and closes in upon Usagi.
En /lunges!
Usagi /ducks to pick up her pencil.
En /trips over the desk. CRASH!
Usagi /?
En /was in human form all along, really. "Oops! Just exercising. Leg cramps. See? Exercising."
Usagi: "…Okay."



MOVIE THEATER
Mina: "Looks like some poor mendicant called in a Code."
Mako: "Guess we'd better go. Hey, Rei, shake it!"
Rei: "¡But it's gotten to one of the good parts!"
Mina, Mako, Luna: "HURRY UP USAGI OR WE'LL LEAVE YOU BEHIND!"
Rei: "Grrrrrrrrr. Coming."
Mako: "Er… Mina? You coming?"
Mina /twitterpated. "…is that Allan?"
Artemis: "…Maybe?"
Rei: "Minako, even if it is …he literally doesn't know you exist."
Mina: "But, but maybe, like Usagi and Mamoru…"
Rei: "Sigh. Yes, dear, maybe."
Mako /heaves Mina over her shoulder. "Come on, girl."



CUT BACK TO: THE CLASSROOM TEST
En /sneaks up behind Usagi and extends her claws…
Usagi /pauses a moment to streeeeeeeeetch.
En /gets poked in the nose with Usagi's pencil. "OW!"
Usagi: "Oops! Sorry. Didn't see you there. What are you doing back there?"
En: "Bweedig to deadh. OW."



MEANWHILE, ELSEWHERE IN THE CITY
Lum is playing on the swings, watching the sunset. There's a neat stack of unconscious people nearby.

Ali /appears. "You! Hold it right there, missie! I order you to—"
Lum /flies off.
Ali: "I AM YOUR MASTER! I OWN YOU! YOU WILL OBEY ME! …Damn it to hell."



CUT BACK TO: THE CLASSROOM TEST
En /says fuck it and just grabs her!
Usagi /sneezes hard, jerking her chair back, catching En right in the stomach.
En: "OOF!"
Usagi: "Eh?" /stands up to turn around, inadvertantly headbutting En right on the jaw.
En /staggers, falls on her face.
Usagi: "Owie! What the—?" /scoots her chair out to turn around, inadvertantly cracking En on the top of the head with the chair leg.
En /clutches head. "GAAAH!"
Usagi /?
Usagi /helps En up.
En /furious, takes a swing at Usagi.
Usagi /ducks to help pick up En's papers, which by now have scattered all over the floor.
En /overbalances, spins about and lands on the chair, cracking her head again.
Usagi /?!
En: "Look, Ali! Stars!"
Usagi: "Maybe this is not the best time or place for exercise, dear."



MEANWHILE, ELSEWHERE IN THE CITY
Ms. Haruna and the aforementioned Kouichi, who's just some big anonymous mafiaso-type guy, are feeding the ducks.

Haruna: "I feel like I'm forgetting something. Something dreadfully important."
Kouichi: "No, no, we remembered that at the motel."
Haruna: "No, other than that, silly."
Kouichi: "If you can't remember, it's probably nothing important."
Haruna: "You're—"

Suddenly, Cardian!
Lum /leaps in and drains 'em.
Haruna /K.O.
Kouichi /K.O.
Ali /just catching up, pant, gasp. "YOU!"
Ali: "…You know what? I don't care anymore. I order you toun around at random and steal energy from humans!"
Lum /immediately jumps into the pond and starts stealing energy from ducks.
Ali /#@%*!*(!%#
Lum /splish splash
Ali /starting searching for a big rock.

Suddenly, Senshi!
Mina: "Not satisfied with skulking about at night?"
Ali: "Who's skulking?"
Rei: "¡Twice in one day! You've got a lot of nerve."
Ali: "I'm not doing it, she's doing it—"
Mako and Ami /back to back badasses.
Ami: "First attempted murder, then animal molestation!"
Ali: "The ducks are not my fault!"
Mako: "It's not even duck season! We're bringing you in."
Ali: "Why won't anyone listen to my problems?"
Mina, Rei, Mako, Ami: "In the name of Sailor Moon, we will punish you!"
Ali: "…What, couldn't she make it herself?"
Ami: "Well, she's busy, and there's only one of you."
Ali: "That's it! I'm teaching you a lesson! Hey, Cardian—"
Ali /stops and thinks a moment.
Ali /aha!
Ali /reverse psychology! "Cardian Lum, don't attack and kill the Sailor Senshi."
Lum /immediately skips off in the other direction.
Ali: "…"
Ali /chases after.

Beat.

Mina: "…Does this mean we won?"



CUT BACK TO: THE CLASSROOM TEST


Usagi: "Wow, I'm just blitzing these problems! Speedy like a roadrunner, that's me! How you holding up, Natsumi?"
En /eebleebleebleebleebl…
Usagi: "One question to go! Meep meep!"
En /pulls herself together. "Truly, you are worthy of being my mortal enemy. In another time and place, we could have been friends, you and I. Despite all distractions, you have not lowered your guard once, and I salute you."
Usagi /looks up. "Huh? What?"
En: "Nothing."
Usagi: "Say… are you okay? You're looking a little peaked, kid." /gets up.
Usagi /checks Natsumi's forehead. "You're all clammy, and pale… and, hey, you haven't done any problems at all! Seriously, are you okay? You're not diabetic, or cramping, or something? I got some Advil…"
En: "I'm just a little tired, I guess."
Usagi: "Well, is there anything I can do for you? Anything except, like, 'kill yourself', or 'give up', or 'do the problems for me', obviously. I seem to be waaaaaay ahead, I can spot you a favor, right?"
En: "…"
En: "…"
En: "…Would you…?"
Usagi: "Yes?"
En: "…Sit right there, close your eyes for ten seconds and hold still?"
Usagi: "…"
Usagi: "…"
Usagi /blushes.
En: "What? What'd I say?"
Usagi: "Not you, too? I wouldn't do this for your brother."
En: "What's he got to do with this?"
Usagi: "Oh? Sorry, I thought you meant something else. Never mind."
En: "What?"
Usagi: "Ten seconds?"
En: "Ten seconds."
Usagi: "…all right…" /closes eyes and holds still.
Usagi: (thinks) "Naaaaaah. Couldn't be. She's just pulling some joke, or— But what if she is? What if she does? I don't know what I should do. Should I—?"
En /reaches out… and touches… Usagi's neck… very lightly…
Usagi /giggles nervously. "What are you doing?"
< Energy drain commencing. >
Usagi /?



SUDDENLY!
Lum /bursts in, dramatically!
Lum /knocks over En and Usagi!
Lum /bursts out, at great speed!
Usagi: "Another Cardian?!" /runs to window to watch.
Ali /'ports in behind her.
En: "Ali?" /gasps, covers mouth.
Ali /has no time to be irritated. (via telepathy) "It's not following my orders!"
En: (via telepathy) "Impossible! They have to follow orders."
Ali: (via telepathy) "Well, then I'm not doing it right, or something. Come with me and try!"
Ali and En /'port out.
Usagi /didn't notice. "Hey! It's the Sailors! GO GET 'EM, GIRLFRIENDS! WOOO! Natsumi, you gotta check this out!"



CUT TO: AUDREY ON THE 13th FLOOR
Doom Tree: "DOOM!"



BATTLE IS JOINED!
<< Rei : Cast > Fire2 : Luminvader >>
< Luminvader dodges! >
<< Makoto : Cast > Luminaire : Luminvader >>
< Luminvader dodges! >
<< Minako : Cast > Crescent2 : Luminvader >>
< Luminvader dodges! >
<< Ami : Cast > Ice2 : Luminvader >>
< Luminvader is immune to water! >
Ami: "OH COME ON! No fair!"
<< Luminvader counterattacks! >>
< Rei is hurt! >
< Makoto is hurt! >
< Minako is hurt! >
< Ami is hurt! >

The whole battle degenerates into a confused brawl, and the Cardian is winning.

Luna: "…It's just too powerful! If we don't act quick, they'll be slaughtered."
Usagi /upper floor classroom. "GO GET 'EM, GIRLFRIENDS! WOOO!"
Artemis: "I say, has this fight carried us as far as Usagi's school? I hadn't realized that."
Luna: "It appears so. Hold here while I go get her."



UP ON THE ROOFTOP, ALIENS PAUSE
Ali: "Finally it seems to obeying my orders—or is it just fighting them to be contrary?"
En: "They're bound and sealed creatures. To be played like a card is their nature. They literally can't break orders. Even those silly trading cards of yours—"
Ali: "Who bought that stack of fairy tale books? Not me."
En: "Whatever, they just can't do it."
Ali: "This one did."



MEANWHILE, IN THE CLASSROOM
Luna /ninja leaps up to the balcony. "Stop cheerleading and help us out!"
Usagi /muzzles Luna. "Jeez, quiet! Gosh, sorry, Natsumi, I was just talking in funny voices, you know, like I do, and—"
Usagi /lets Luna go. "Hey, where'd she go?"
Luna: "Who?"
Usagi: "Natsumi Ginga. I guess she got scared and bailed. Thought she was braver than that. I wonder what—"
Luna: "Ahem."
Usagi: "Yeah, yeah, sure, sure."



STARKLY CORUSCANT TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE COUNTER
Usagi into Second-Stage Sailor Moon: 7
Usagi into Sailor Moon: 43
Usagi into Princess Serenity: 1
Usagi into Disguise Form: 9
Ami into Sailor Mercury: 14
Rei into Sailor Mars: 12
Makoto into Sailor Jupiter: 7
Minako into Sailor Venus: 6
Mamoru into Tuxedo Mask: 2



SAILOR MOON JOINS THE FRAY
Usagi /jumps out the window and joins the team.
Usagi: "Sorry I'm late!"
Rei: "You're late."
Usagi: "YES, I KNOW, REI, thank you for inviting me! I'll finish it off right now, so forgive me, okay?"
Usagi /raises Moon Scepter. "Now Moon does what Moon does best!"
Usagi /falls over.
Usagi: "…that's funny, I don't seem to have any energy in me…"
Luna: "WHAT?!"
Usagi: "…I just feel so woozy…"
Rei: "Oh, hell's bells, of all the times to—"
Lum /grabs Usagi by the neck and grins, devilishly.
Usagi: "…A little help?"
Mako /from a safe distance. "Her kung fu is too powerful; we haven't been able to get close!"
Usagi: "…OH MOONLIGHT KNIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!"



SUDDENLY!
Enter Moonlight Knight, dramatically, armed with +3 blessed throwing roses.

Lum is forced to release Usagi, to face this new threat.

Usagi: "Thank you!"
Moonlight Knight: "An evil creature belongs in an evil world." /throws Usagi a Ponpoko™ Energy Drink.
Usagi /chugs.
Moonlight Knight: "Leave this beautiful moonlight at once!"
Usagi /ahhhhhh! is refreshed.
Moonlight: "Come! Now is the time, Sailor Moon!"
Usagi /winds up…
<< Usagi : Cast > Halation : Luminvader >>
< Luminvader is eliminated! >
Usagi /bats Lum out of the park.
Lum: "CLEANSiiiiiiiinnnnnggg…" /is gone
General applause.
Moonlight Knight: "Even a—
Usagi: "Bonk!" :D
Moonlight Knight: "…Even a crescent moon bears no comparison to such beautiful warriors. Adieu!"

Exit Moonlight Knight, dramatically, with swirl of cape.



AFTERMATH
Usagi: "Okay! Love to stay and help heckle Moonlight Knight, guys, but I gotta get back to the classroom, or Natsumi will start to suspect something." /waltzes off
Mako: "…and just like that, she's fine!"
Mina: "Constitution of iron. Like iron pants."
Ami: "She never ceases to amaze me."

En: "Okay! Love to stay and help curse the Sailor Senshi, dear, but I gotta get back to the classroom, or Tsukino will start to suspect something."
Ali: "Wait, wait, hold on a moment, here, something's gone wrong somewhere."

Rei: "Wait, wait, hold on a moment, here, something's gone wrong somewhere."
Usagi: "What do you mean, Mars?"

En: "What do you mean, Ali?"
Ali: "Look, like you said, Cardians just don't malfunction like that! They never have before, why should one do so now?"

Rei: "¿Didn't you notice? Just a minute ago, Sailor Moon called me 'Rei.'"
Makoto: "…So?"
Rei: "¿What's my name?"
Makoto: "Mars."
Rei: "¿What's her name?"
Makoto: "Mercury."
Rei: "¿Comprende?"
Ami: "That's right, I remember when we tested how the spell rewrites reality. You know you know my mortal name, Jupiter. What is it?"
Makoto: "…it's on the tip of my tongue."
Ami: "Right. The magic saves us from blowing our covers or being photographed."
Rei: "But it broke down just now."

Ali: "Something is going on. The question is has it already happened, or is it going to happen, or is it happening right now? And what?"
En: "…I think you're blowing this out of proportion. So a card went blooie. Entropy happens."

Artemis: "Isn't this rather extreme, my dear child? Surely you've slipped the wrong name before, now and then, here and there. No spell is infallible."
Mina: "'Sides, it's not like it really endangers her cover. I mean, how many, Reis must there be in this district alone, not counting Reikos and Reikas and what not."
Rei: "Laugh if you like, I have the gitchy feeling that something's screwing around with fate again, and it's not gonna be pretty when it hits."

Ali: "Laugh if you like, but I'm damn worried."
En: "You worry enough for both of us, dear." /peck



DENOUEMENT: THE CLASSROOM
Usagi: "…and finished! Not bad. Maybe I'm finally getting the hang of this studying thing."
En, as 'Natsumi': "Good for you."
Usagi: "Natsumi! When did you get back?"
En: "Oh, I've been here for a while. Once I took the work seriously, it was a snap."
Usagi /suspicious glare. "Issat you, Rei?"

Mako /just showing up. "Come on, Usagi, let's get you home!"
Ami /just showing up. "Yeah, you've worked hard enough for one day."
Usagi: "Yay! …Hope we don't get in trouble for not waiting until the teacher got back."
Ami /Yakko. "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaactually…"
Usagi: "What, again?"
Ami /nods.
Usagi /shakes her head in disbelief.

Usagi: "…Well, Natsumi, looks like we're even. Truce?"
En: "Maybe. Let's just say the final showdown will be up to Mamoru."
Usagi: "Well, duh. And I know how he'll vote in the end. Seeya!"
{Usagi, Ami, and Makoto have left the scene.}
En: "Yes, I know that votes can be rigged. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"



CUT TO: AUDREY ON THE 13th FLOOR
Doom Tree: "DOOM!"
 

Jhiday

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Re: Sailor Moon R Episode #57: Be Careful After School! Usagi is a Target.

Ah, finally, my favorite episode of the arc (and indeed, the whole season).

IN MEDIA RES
A rare occasion where they defeat two monsters in the same episode.

Actually, that's part of what I love this episode for : describing the routine our heroines (and the villains) have got into. It's a nice look at how their Sailor duty impacts their everyday lives.

Teacher #1: "Ms. Sakurada! Telephone call for Ms. Sakurada! Are you Ms. Sakurada? Telephone for you."
Hey, look, another teacher ! With an actual line of dialogue ! So they DO exist...

Mina /stuffs both cats in her gym bag.
I love the new Minako.

Two of the most dangerous minds on Earth, members of two of the most dangerous species in the galaxy—one Homo sapiens serenitis, and one Homo dryadidae galactus—are now locked in fierce mental combat, with the future of entire worlds at stake! WHICH ONE WILL TRIUMPH?
You nailed the Coyote/Roadrunner dynamic here perfectly. I love this episode.

Ali /pulls himself out of the hole in the concrete. "WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?! Where do you think you're going?!"

CUT TO: AUDREY ON THE 13th FLOOR
Doom Tree: "DOOM!"
Obviously something is going on. A cardian refusing to obey ? The Doom Tree being ominous ? My subplot sense is tingling...

CUT TO: ABSOLUTELY PASS CRAM SCHOOL
Yup, that's the name. It sounds a bit... desperate, like something Ackbar would think up. (Actually, considering this is most probably the same cram school as in Episode #08, it is an Ackbar subsidiary, isn't it ?)


Anyway, I just love this episode. It builds on the usual formula to create something unique, while building up a major subplot. And it's just hilarious, from the Usagi/Natsumi duel to the Cardian's bizarre behavior (poor ducks...).

Also, it's one of the few episodes that uses the "Ali & En undercover at our heroines' school" setup to full effect.

Next episode : stuff happens.
 

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Re: Sailor Moon R Episode #57: Be Careful After School! Usagi is a Target.

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This could be a unique occurrance. I don't remember any other episodes that started like this.

En, as 'Natsumi' /seems very tired. "Yes, ma'am."
En: (reads) "' Az én -m légpárnás hajó van teli -ból angolnák. Csepp -a bugyi , Úr Vilmos ; ÉN nem tud vár amíg lunchtime!'"
Great attempt at maintaining secrecy, there.

En: "Okay. Um, let's see. I'll pick…"
Usagi /dashes up. "Natsumi! Natsumi! Haruna says every minute we're late to detention means another sheet of assigned work. We'd better hop to. Come on! Come on!"
Usagi /drags En away.
And so starts En's streak of misfortune.

Two of the most dangerous minds on Earth, members of two of the most dangerous species in the galaxy—one Homo sapiens serenitis, and one Homo dryadidae galactus—are now locked in fierce mental combat, with the future of entire worlds at stake! WHICH ONE WILL TRIUMPH?
:D

Lum /knocks Ali off his perch when she runs in the other direction.
Ali /falls over two hundred meters.
Ali /pulls himself out of the hole in the concrete. "WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?! Where do you think you're going?!"
A roadrunner references already? I think Ali ordering the cardian to kill someone (who isn't fighting) is also a new low.

Ali: "…You know what? I don't care anymore. I order you toun around at random and steal energy from humans!"
Lum /immediately jumps into the pond and starts stealing energy from ducks.
Ali /#@%*!*(!%#
Lum /splish splash
Ali /starting searching for a big rock.
Maybe he should just go home.

*snip picture*
Oh yes, this. A thousand times this. You captured the spirit of this episode exactly.

Doom Tree: "DOOM!"
Most ominous.

This is one of my favourite episodes of this arc, due to all the comedy. Usagi and En in detention, and Usagi's sheer obliviousness to what's really going on. :D

There seems to be one episode in each season that's much sillier than the rest, and this happens to be one of them. For the first season, it was the fatcat episode. Third and Fourth season have one too each, and the fourth season one has some brilliant scenes that would be completely ruined by spoilers. Given how silly the rest of season 4 is, that's really saying something.

I unfortunately can't remember the fifth season one.
 

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it's also sort of telling how they're adapting to their environment/situation and how its effecting them

i am really looking forward to sj's analysis of them when we get to the between arc recap hting
 
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