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Faye, Gren, and Jupiter Jazz

First, why the title "Knight in Shining Armor?" Because of a whimsical little touch: the decorative patch on Faye's jacket is a knight's helmet, and it's featured prominently behind Gren in this scene. Anyway, you gotta love a guy who rescues damsels while wielding a saxophone case as a weapon.

Faye Valentine is one of the Bebop's bounty hunter crew, reluctantly partnered with ex-cop Jet Black and ex-mob enforcer Spike Spiegel. She's a strong-willed woman who hides a painful past behind a brash, careless attitude.

Gren Mars Elijah Guo Eckener is a saxophone player who's also a Titan War veteran and an escaped "traitor." He's hiding out in a cold, seedy town while waiting for his chance to confront the man who framed him.

Jupiter Jazz is the two-part episode where Faye and Gren meet. It begins when Faye, in the throes of an identity crisis, sabotages the Bebop and runs off to the nearest bar, where she's befriended by Gren and later "rescued" by him. After Gren takes her to his home, they engage in a little bonding session before Faye finds out about Gren's past with Vicious and Julia -- and Gren's other secret, which is a hormonal side effect of drugs given to him while he was in prison. Faye, who knows first hand how dangerous Vicious can be, tries to stop Gren from going after him, but fails. Back home on the Bebop, a despondent Faye tells Ed, who's painting Faye's toenails, to use any color but blue...the color of Gren's eyes.

In their brief time together, Gren made Faye feel comfortable enough that she opened up to him, and their mild flirtation was cute and even a little sexy. Gren was looking for a moment of companionship before the inevitable, and when Faye asked why he'd brought her back with him, he answered honestly: "Maybe I wanted to be with someone...I don't know.."

Something Faye could certainly understand.

If you're a Gren/Faye fan (as a romance, as comrades, for the sense of what might have been, or any other reason), I hope you'll add your name to the list.

About Cowboy Bebop

Shinichiro Watanabe, Keiko Nobumoto, Yoko Kanno, and Toshihiro Kawamoto are part of the collaborative team behind Cowboy Bebop. The 26-episode series first aired in 1998, and was followed up in 2001 by a movie, Knocking On Heaven's Door (renamed Cowboy Bebop: The Movie in the US.)

Site Credits

The Gren screencap came from Mr Saxophone and I scanned the image of Faye and the saxophone from the recent artbook Cowboy Bebop - The Wind. AbsoluteTrouble is hosted by DreamHost.

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