Spider-Man Episode 30- “Fight on, Police Woman!”
Aired: December 6, 1978
This episode, Spider-Man has to contend with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department in both of his identities. It also features a plucky policewoman, because it isn’t a tv show without one!
It’s a rather cloudy day, but Hitomi is all sunshine because in six months, she’ll have 20,000 yen! She and her boyfriend are outside of a police station, where they just found a wallet stuffed with money and did the right thing of handing it to the police, unlike some people. Takuya tells her not to be so giddy, but she pays him no mind, thinking about what she can buy for $200. She leaves him to go about her day, and he gripes about how half the money should be his.
Later, Takuya spots some suspicious telephone repairmen, and finds out they are Ninders. The jig is up, and a black sedan races out of its hiding spot, and Takuya goes after it. Unfortunately, he speeds up too fast and captures the attention of the titular policewoman. She tells other officers in the area to be on a lookout for a Suzuki motorcycle with the license plate number “1 Minami-U 1111.” In a matter of moments, an entire fleet of cars go after our hero. He tries his darndest to escape from the dragnet, crying about how he’s an innocent victim. He speeds up, finding an exit, but after swerving past some kid, crashes into the river.
Sopping and wet, he returns home only to find the police woman there. He tries to resist arrest, and ends up getting judo flipped and taken to jail for his foolish attempts. Takuya meets his cellmate, a middle-aged pickpocket, and settles down for the moment. Outside, his siblings and his girlfriend have formed a three person protest for his release. The officer comes by and tells them that they are violating the law by holding a protest without a permit.
Back at the jail cell, the Machine Bem Monkfish shoots a laser straight at their window. The old guy climbs out, and Takuya yells for police assistance. He follows his fellow prisoner as Spider-Man. Pursuing the Iron Cross Army vehicle in his GP7, he notices the police woman’s car blocking the way. She crashed when she also tried to pursue the escapee(s). Meanwhile, a cordon has been issued for the area.
In the Iron Cross car, the old man is rather surprised at this recent turn of events, finding himself sitting next to a Monkfish monster. The monster proceeds to transform the sedan into a police vehicle, so they can escape the blockage.
At headquarters, Patrolwoman Akane Inoue gets chewed out by her superior for interfering in Spider-Man’s pursuit of the Iron Cross Army. He’s pretty harsh to her, especially when she did the right thing of bringing that slacker scofflaw Takuya Yamashiro in, even though he was after the Iron Cross Army. A disciplinary dismissal is possible for the young lady, all for this simple misunderstanding. Inoue’s little brother comes barging in telling the captain to stop picking on his sister. We learn the origin of Akane in the police force. Their brother was a detective who died in the line of duty, and she joined up right after high school to respect his wishes. Her captain wants to her no more of this and suspends her instead.
At home, Akane wonders what she should do now after this slip up. She talks to the shrine of her big brother for some motivation but gets it from her younger brother. There’s no stopping her now!
Meanwhile, Spider-Man learns that the escaped prisoner was a pickpocket and is puzzled on why they would need such a person. Even Professor Monster asks this question. Amazoness tells her boss that he is a key to the plan regarding the theft of a powerful weapon called “Cobalt X.” They are going to use the pickpocket to plant a bug on the chief of security, by replacing his tie pin with a listening device. The Iron Cross Army will easily steal the Colbalt X with little interference.
Spider-Man visits the traffic department of the police to find more clues regarding the Iron Cross Army vehicle. Tokyo has already installed high speed cameras to catch people breaking the speed limit and with the photos obtained from these cameras, Spidey hopes to find them. He looks over several photos, and the lack of quantity is due to the low crime rate, even in regards to speeding. He finds an odd police car with civilian license plates, and it seems the Iron Cross Army is too cheap to spring for replacement plates.
At the same time, the pickpocket begins his job of replacing the tie=pins, switching it in one fell swoop. Elsewhere, Inoue learns from a colleague that the police force is on high alert for the Iron Cross Army after one of their cars impersonated a squad car. She joins in on the traffic cordon, even without proper authorization.
The police have cornered the rogue car, especially since the driver is clearly rocking his metallic claw. The Iron Cross is really trying hard to look coy, but sooner or later somebody’s going to notice. Spider-Man is watching the scene from above and also sees Akane chasing after the pickpocket Munamoto. The Ninder notices the jig is up and starts a gun battle, wounding their suspect. Grumpy captain comes on the scene and starts yelling at Akane for her foolishness. Munamoto with his dying breath tells everybody that he’s switched the tie pins.
Later, Spider-Man learns its too late regarding the listening device, as the Cobalt X is sent for transport. Somewhere along a highway, the Iron Cross Army has placed a barricade and kills every cop in charge of transporting the chemical. They hijack the truck and Monkfish is driving the vehicle. Spider-Man arrives too late to save the men, and hurries after the Iron Cross.
Spidey takes out the rear escort car with the GP-7’s machine gun, but still has to contend with the other machine-gun wielding thugs. The police have been ordered to aid Spider-Man, though it is clear they may be hindering him. Officer Inoue gets the news and goes after the transport, doing the reckless thing of charging right at it. Spider-Man throws the Monkfish out of the truck and stops it just in time before she gets hurt.
The Monkfish gets on his feet and challenges the man moved by a brother and sister seeking vengeance for their hermano to a battle. He summons Marveller to fight the monster and it gets destroyed by its cannons. Man, the Iron Cross Army really has to do something about their fragile monsters or don’t even bother sending them out to the world.
At the end of the battle, Spider-Man takes Akane home or to a hospital.