Spider-Man Episode 32: The Sweet Whisper of an Enchantress
Original Air Date: 12 December, 1978
I’m back from a undeserved long break. I could’ve finished this series by New Year’s, but I got lazy and caught up in watching too many episodes of the Chew. So what’s new? Oh, the Pope resigned? That’s surprising, since I thought the position was like a Supreme Court Justice. Anyway back to “normal.”
In this episode, Amazoness has set her eyes on sabotaging a new power plant by disguising herself as the Chief Engineer’s wife. Can our web-shooting hero find a way to stop her dastardly plans while protecting the lives of the engineer’s children? Will Takuya ever show up to anything on time?!
With so many side careers, Saeko Yoshida has found time to marry some electrical engineer and become familiar with his family. How does she find the time to juggle being the Iron Cross Army’s #2, being an instructor at an exercise club for middle-aged women, AND be a loving housewife? Mary Tyler Moore, eat your heart out.
Today, she decides to make her husband take her on a tour of his latest project, a revolutionary transformer capable of generating a ton of electricity for the General Tokyo Area at probably less the cost than usual. Amazoness loses all sense of subtlety and starts asking too many questions, badgering the poor sap about the equipment’s weaknesses. Her husband refuses, and she flips out, revealing her red-wigged form, chasing him through the plant. He plummets to his death, taking the secrets with him.
Elsewhere, Hitomi and Shinko are exit their car to wait for Takuya for lunch. They talk about him as usual, how he’s a no-good slacker, always late for something, until a female gang shows up and bothers the girls. Before anything serious happens, a junior to Shinko in her high school days shows up and starts walloping the trio. Kyoko peels them off the car like skin off a chicken, and gives each one a good whack with her purse. Just as she came to help the girls, she leaves. Shinko is disturbed by her classmate’s new personality. Takuya arrives later to find nobody there, apparently they followed Kyoko somewhere.
The scene shifts to a discotheque, where the girls are gyrating like no tomorrow to trashy Hendrix-like music. 1970s, how some of us miss you. Everybody dances in the same fashion, as if the smoke machine is distilling actual “smoke.” Outside, a kid gets kicked out by an usher, as children aren’t allowed in the Soul Train Disco. Takuya conveniently arrives, and helps the kid up.
The boy tells Takuya that he’s looking for his big sister, and our hero goes inside to investigate. We learn that Kyoko is a club maven, known as “the Lightning Flash.” Before the usher can get her, two armed thugs pull the girl out, and Takuya’s Spider-Sense activates.
Outside, Spidey distracts the thugs and pulls Kyoko away. The Iron Cross grunts leave in haste. Spider-Man takes out a slightly bigger version of his Spider-Tracer and hands it to Kyoko, telling her to press the button if she’s in trouble. The girl somehow takes it as a sign of affection, which is bizarre since nobody wants Spidey’s crap.
Takuya goes back to the disco to pick up the three girls, and Kenichi waits outside. Kyoko dumps her brother once again, leaving Shinko to take him home. Hitomi takes her boyfriend grocery shopping to make up for missing lunch, and uses up Takuya’s part-time job bonus, all $50 and all.
Kenichi returns home and step-mom Amazoness starts asking the boy about where his father kept his work. The boy blabs everything, revealing where his father put the plans in the study and who holds the key to the safe. After months of living with the Sugimoto family, she never thought of searching the study… Or most likely, her other engagements keep her from doing this task.
At the Iron Cross Army base, Professor Monster remarks how well this plan is going along, Spider-Man be damned. He tells a just-arrived Amazoness, and the monster of the week, to act as usual.
Takuya decides to do some field work to investigate why the Iron Cross Army is after Kyoko. He goes to the power plant and learns that Dr. Sugimoto wanted to bring the transformer’s blueprints home with him for fear of sabotage. It has come at an inopportune time, especially since the crew needs them to fix the transformer. Takuya asks about Sugimoto’s disappearance, but gets the response that his wife told everybody to wait a little longer. He decides to go to household to investigate.
Kenichi and Saeko are at home, doing some rather mundane things. She spies our hero from a window and forces the boy to follow her outside for an errand. Spider-Man can’t believe what he’s seeing, though by now you’d think it’s somewhat logical since this isn’t the first time she played somebody’s wife. Amazoness pulls a knife on the boy, only to be thwarted by a Spider-String and the hunt is afoot.
Through the backyard and into some park, Spider-Man pursues his arch-nemesis. Out of the ground, the Machine Bem Electric Worm pops out in Kabuki fashion. He looks nothing like an Electric Eel and instead is something like a mass of worms attached to the head of a tokusatsu hero reject (or Elvis, or Jiraiya for that matter.) Amazoness slips away, while Spidey wrestles this week’s foe.
Kyoko goes to a locker and picks up her father’s blueprints to check on them. The Iron Cross thugs approach her, and she runs for her life. Spider-Man decides to hurry up with the fight, and nets up the Elvis looking creature.
Clinging to the plans like her own child, Kyoko struggles to stop the two from them. Unfortunately, they fell out her hands and the Iron Cross manages to get the technical plans. Spider-Man rushes to the power plant and finds everybody working there dead as a doornail. The man who will prevent a major blackout in Tokyo leaps to where the Iron Cross Army is making a ruckus and begins the episode’s battle. Yeah yeah yeah wow! You know what happens, Marveller arrives and blows the damn worm to smithereens.
Kyoko returns the tracer to Spider-Man, and he tells the two to not give up, despite the fact that their father’s dead. They leave, and our hero stands stoically.