Spider-Man Episode 34- “Candid Camera Murder Incident”
Original Airdate: January 10, 1979
After a young boy witnesses a murder and takes a picture of it happening, Spider-Man must protect him from the Iron Cross Army. It also doesn’t help that the boy is known in the neighborhood as a liar and hoaxer. Can our hero restore the people’s trust in this aspiring shutterbug?
A bunch of kids are looking at a picture of a UFO, and they believe it’s a fake. Takuya and Hitomi walk by and they are asked to verify the pic. Hitomi decides it’s a fake, as the UFO is a plate instead of an actual flying saucer. The kids decide to beat the photog up for his lies and nearly breaks his camera. The couple decide to follow the kid home anyway.
Nobuo’s house is rather modest, and it even comes equipped with a dark room. Hitomi tries to cheer the kid up, but he sulks about how his deceased father’s camera was ruined, along with his own reputation. She decides to lend him one of her cameras and with renewed vigor, Nobuo goes out into the down taking pictures of anything interesting.
He wanders into a manufacturing facility full of junk and witnesses some really shocking: a middle-aged man shoots a factory worker in cold blood. Nobuo hides, while Amazoness approaches the body. The president of the company and his companion discuss how that industrial spy was going to reveal their plan.
Nobuo runs, calling for help, but when everybody arrives, the body mysteriously disappears. The boy’s mother rushes to the scene and slaps him for causing such a ruckus, not believing that a businessman could do such a time. The president strikes a rather avuncular attitude on the situation, telling the mother to just let it be. Nobuo reveals he took a picture of the murder, and suddenly the president ‘s manner turns to dread.
Later that day, as Nobuo prepares his photos, an Iron Cross thug throws a molotov cocktail into pot. Takuya and the rest rush into the kitchen to put out the fire, but the Ninder gets away with the film. Spider-Man attempts to look for the grunt, not knowing Amazoness already has it. The Ninder is chased to a point under the expressway, but before Spidey can do anything, a Machine Bem comes out of nowhere and blows up the cyborg with a machine gun.
At the Iron Cross Base, Amazoness explains the situation with the President of Tomita Manufacturing. He has established himself as a rather prominent figure in the community, being a chairman of both the neighborhood committee and the PTA. Due to his greedy nature, he was hired by the Iron Cross Army to help develop a weapon called “Scrap Gas.” Once again, the ICA can’t afford anybody to know their activities. A demonstration of the scrap gas shows that it can liquefy a car in seconds flat.
They worry that Takuya Yamashiro would be a wrench to their plans again, but Professor Monster reveals that the slacker has caught a cold after trying to put out a house fire. Using that typical sneezing when somebody talks about you behind your back trope, we cut to Takuya and everybody else at a meeting regarding Nobuo’s antics. The mother insists she saw a metal hand set the fire, and nobody really believes her, despite the numerous incidents in the past year. The President decides to destroy her credibility by showing other photos that Nobuo supposedly took, showing the Principal and Vice-Principal doing embarrassing things. Fed up with the lies, Nobuo runs out the room in anger. Spider-Man arrives, telling the boy he’ll disprove the lies and find the truth or something.
Tokyo’s web-slinger investigates Tomita Manufacturing, looking for any clues. He scours the place, looking for Iron Cross thugs, but nothing is popping up on the bracelet. The President calls Amazoness about how he’ll need more money due to recent complications., but she tells him to act as normal due to Spider-Man’s appearance on the property. Underground, Amazoness tells her men to cease all activity so that they don’t reveal their location to their most hated foe. Hidden cameras are place everywhere, but Spidey catches on and starts his search for the underground bunker. With each pace, he whacks the ground with a wrench, hearing a hollow sound every time.
Nobuo waits outside the facility for Hitomi, followed closely by Shinko. Hitomi refuses to help the boy, especially since she’s still freaked out by the Iron Cross Army, especially Amazoness. Nobuo goes in anyway.
Scrapman follows Spider-Man as he whacks the ground searching for any clues. Amazoness, growing impatient (four minutes left!), tells the Machine Bem to start the attack. She tells the Ninders to prepare the Scrap Gas. Nobuo snaps a shot of a Ninder trying to emerge from the underground, and the flash causes it to fall to the ground, dropping the canisters. The underground facility is ruined by the gas leaking out, forcing an evacuation.
Outside, Amazoness calls her men to attack the man who believes in what the eyes see. And so the episode’s battle begins. Scrapman carries a scrap gas canister, and attempts to spray our hero, killing many Ninders and the President in the process. The Giant Monster battle begins and ends with little fanfare.
It looks like after what happened, trust is restored to Nobuo and his mother. At least Interpol will take care of the cleanup.