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Episode XCIV is the third episode of Season 5 and the fifty-fifth episode in Samurai Jack.

Premise

Samurai Jack is gravely injured, but still decides to face one of the deadliest foes he's ever faced, Assassins from the Cult of Aku.

Plot

Jack, barely alive, continues to float downriver. After Jack manages to grab hold of a floating log, a frog hops on, warning him the Daughters are not far behind. Eventually, Jack reaches the shore and makes his way to a cave, all the while being stalked by the mysterious samurai. Inside the cave, Jack pulls the knife from his side and passes out. Upon waking up, his hallucination of himself taunts him over his first human kill, coming to the conclusion that Jack wanted the Daughters to kill him, though Jack himself denies this. The next morning, a blood-soaked Jack prepares to defend himself. Instead, an equally blood-soaked wolf enters the cave (the same wolf from the previous episode) and Jack passes out again. While unconscious, Jack remembers the time his father defended their family from a band of outlaws who had ambushed their carriage. Waking up again, Jack bonds with the wolf and nurses himself back to health. Remembering his father's lesson, Jack and the wolf part ways and Jack prepares himself for another confrontation with the Daughters of Aku.

Soon enough, the remaining six Daughters break out of the ruined temple and continue their mission, leaving their fallen sister's body behind. Following the river and traces of Jack's blood, the Daughters track him back to his location. In the forest, the daughters spend a moment observing a deer, having never seen one before. A male deer arrives and the daughters mistake it for another of Aku's minions due to its antlers. Unnerved by their courting ritual, the Daughters frighten the deer off and continue their search. Finally, as the snow begins to fall, Jack reveals himself.

Echoing his father's words, a hidden Jack offers the Daughters an ultimatum: Leave, or face their destiny. The Daughters refuse, claiming their destiny is to destroy him. Jack obliges and emerges from the snow, impaling one of the daughters with a thrown wooden spear. Using the terrain and weather to his advantage, Jack kills a second Daughter with another spear and steals a kanabo from a third before impaling her against a tree with a thrown machete. The three remaining Daughters combine into one in an attempt to kill him, but Jack manages to split them up again, luring the three to a fallen tree hanging over a cliff. Discarding the stolen kanabo, Jack sends two of the Daughters falling to their deaths before confronting the last one (revealed to be Ashi). Ignoring her threats of Aku, Jack simply unwraps her chain from his arm to her apparent death. Unfortunately, the tree finally collapses from the struggle, sending Jack falling into the valley below.

Credits

Trivia

  • It was revealed that the wolf from the previous episode is an actual creature within the Samurai Jack Universe and not simply a storytelling device.
    • It was also revealed that the wolf from the previous episode had survived its fight with the tigers.
  • As of this episode, Jack has killed a total of six people.
  • It was revealed in this episode that Jack's father has killed people before and how Jack witnessed him killing bandits.
  • The Bandit who tried to kill The Emperor is voiced by Keone Young, ironically, Keone voiced a younger version of The Emperor in The Birth of Evil, Part 1 and The Birth of Evil, Part 2
  • In the previous episode, the sister that Jack had killed was shown bleeding from her neck after she died. However, there are no marks or blood on her neck at the beginning of this episode.
    • It is possible that it took days for the daughters to have escaped from the rumble, causing the blood to go away.
  • The bandits who ambushed Jack's family strongly resemble those who confronted the samurai in Jack Remembers the Past. This suggests both bands belong to the same affiliation.
    • Both groups ambush two respective samurais, suggesting a motive of the former's efforts is the elimination of the latter.

Gallery

Main article: Episode XCIV/Gallery

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