In 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident with a hyperspace gateway made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. Amid a rising crime rate, the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP) set up a legalized contract system, in which registered bounty hunters (also referred to as "Cowboys") chase criminals and bring them in alive in return for a reward.
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S01 E01Oct 24, 1998
Asteroid Blues Oct 24, 1998 It's a normal day on the Bebop for bounty hunters Spike and Jet, until they find out about a new bounty hunter. Asimov Solensan is going around selling a new drug that he stole from the syndicate. It is an eyespray called "Bloody Eye" which makes all of its users very fast and almost invincible, but they also go crazy. Spike and Jet do whatever it takes to catch the culprit. At the same time the syndicate is trying to kill Asimov and get the drug back from him.
S01 E02Apr 3, 1998
Stray Dog Strut Apr 3, 1998 Spike and Jet are after a man named Abdul Hakim who is on the run after stealing a very valuable briefcase from a laboratory, though what makes it difficult is because Hakim usually gets plastic surgery to avoid being spotted. While Spike goes out to look for Hakim, a two-bit thief manages to steal Hakim’s briefcase and manages to slip away before Hakim grabs him. The thief eventually opens the briefcase and discovers that it’s just a common Welsh Corgi that isn’t worth more than a fistful of Woolongs, so why is Hakim after the dog so badly?
S01 E03Apr 10, 1998
Honky Tonk Women Apr 10, 1998 Faye Valentine, a woman on the run from the authorities, is held captive by a casino owner who wants her to perform a simple task. If she does this, then all of her debt the authorities are so eager to obtain from her will be erased. At the same time, Jet has a premonition to take a chance with his hard earned money. The former cop and Spike head over to the same casino that Faye is now working at.
S01 E04Nov 14, 1998
Gateway Shuffle Nov 14, 1998 Faye has lost her money and is stranded in Jupiter's orbit with no fuel. She finds a destroyed ship floating nearby and inside finds a dying pilot who asks her to take a briefcase to the I.S.S.P. At the same time, Spike and Jet are getting ready to capture a bounty named Morgan, but when an eco-terrorist group called the Space Warriors kill Morgan first, they decide to go after a different bounty; the leader of the eco-terrorists!
S01 E05Nov 21, 1998
Ballad of Fallen Angels Nov 21, 1998 Spike's past emerges to haunt him when a 28 Million Woolong bounty is placed on Mao Yenrai, the crimeboss of the Red Dragons. Faye goes after the bounty and is captured by a cold-hearted man named Vicious. Against Jet's will, Spike leaves to go after the murderer of Mao Yenrai and faces off against Vicious.
S01 E06Nov 28, 1998
Sympathy for the Devil Nov 28, 1998 Jet and Spike are out chasing their next bounty, a gangster named Giraffe. When Spike is following Zebra, Giraffe's old comrade, he meets a kid named Wen, a musical child prodigy. There is something strange about Wen. After Giraffe is attacked, he passes on a mysterious stone to Spike and tells him that it's connected to Wen somehow.
S01 E07Apr 17, 1998
Heavy Metal Queen Apr 17, 1998 Jet, Spike, and Faye are after their next bounty, Decker. Spike gets a tip and is waiting for Decker in a bar along with every other bounty hunter in town. Faye is at an ice cream parlor waiting for Decker. Spike meets V.T., a female space trucker, by helping her beat up some of the crude bounty hunters in the bar during a fight. Faye sees Decker and gives chase, but his cargo of high explosives damages her ship. The story of this episode revolves around the character of V.T.