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SPY x FAMILY Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

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SPY x FAMILY Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary

In SPY x FAMILY Episode 2, “SECURE A WIFE,” Loid Forger had a huge problem: he needed to find a wife for the interview with the prestigious school Anya had been admitted to – the school headed by Loid’s next target. So Loid put forth all of his skill with disguise trying to make Franky Franklin, his informant, look like a woman. But even with his legendary skills, his failure could only be described as epic. With time running out and his mission in jeopardy, what will Loid do?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from SPY x FAMILY Episode 2

SPY x FAMILY Episode 2: Anya cannot accept Franky as her mama

Anya makes a valid point. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I’ll elaborate on this sentiment in a moment, but there’s no possible way I can choose a single favorite quote from this episode. So, I’ll go with the first of my favorites from this episode. I mean, I can’t very well print the script and point in a delighted way at each quote, can I?

Or can I?

Nah. That’d be plagiarism. And plagiarism sucks.

Loid tried his best. He tried to make Franky look like a woman. But despite his maximum efforts, Franky just did not look like a woman. The situation was so bad that Anya pointed at Franky and said (01:39), “Anya cannot accept this mama.”

Yes. My first favorite quote came at 01:39, which was just seconds after the fanciful OP. That should tell you something about my reaction to this episode!

Best in Show Moment for SPY x FAMILY Episode 2

SPY x FAMILY Episode 2: A grenade pin makes the perfect engagement ring -- for Loid Forger and Yor Briar!

A moment of perfection, given the circumstances. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Okay, What Was That?

What the hell was that? In my previous review, I said, “My expectations are even higher now. Let’s see what this series will do!” And what did this episode do?

Blew right past my expectations. I think I saw it wave as it flew past. I cannot remember feeling this giddily delighted in a single episode of anything. At some point, I’m going to be taking this episode apart frame by frame to figure out just how the writers did it, because I now consider it a master class in character introduction.

If you didn’t like this episode, it’s probably best if you don’t read further. Because I freaking adored this episode and I want to celebrate it with you!

SPY x FAMILY Episode 2: Yor is a consummate assassin -- who's so competent she doesn't realize her power

A powerful female character – who went in a completely different direction that I expected! How cool is that? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

There is no way on God’s green Earth that I can choose a single favorite moment. Yor’s introduction at work, the aching poignancy of her struggle against societal expectations, her profound skill as an assassin, her pain at being judged by her co-workers – never before have I seen so much relatable pain dramatized with less melodrama and more authenticity.

So the only way I can choose a favorite moment is just to choose the one that’s most fresh in my mind. That’s the closing moments of the episode.

Look, I’ll be honest with you. I can’t give you the proper setup for my favorite moment, because the entire episode, almost every single moment of its runtime, was a setup for that moment. Yor’s amazing physical dexterity; Loid’s lethal efficiency; Anya’s dramatic acting to bring them together; even the art theft ring’s actions setup the moment. I am in professional awe at the plot mechanics for this episode.

Delivery: A Proposal of Perfection

If I had a hat, I’d take it off. Well, I have a hat, I’m just not wearing it right now.

My favorite moment was just after they had both dodged and incapacitated dozens of bad guys. Loid wanted to give her a nice diamond ring (booty from the art heist), but gunfire had put a hole in his jacket pocket. So he grabbed a grenade from a fallen enemy. They ducked behind cover. He pulled the pin and threw the grenade. As it traveled in its arc, he knelt and proposed to her.

“No matter what hardships await us,” he said (23:40), “let us be there for one another.”

He pushed the ring of the grenade’s pin onto her finger. She said yet just after the grenade’s concussion washed over their barricade.

SPY x FAMILY Episode 2: Yor seemed embarrassed that she just protected Loid

Her kick sent the bad guy flying about 20 meters. And she seemed embarrassed about it! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

In light of the story craftsmanship that brought us that moment, I am not in the least bit ashamed to admit it made me tear up. 

Of course, they both knew in their hearts that the relationship could not last. Loid intended to end it after this mission. She knew the time limit was “until my killing do us part.” But holy cow! What a start to their marriage!

And I don’t think either of them has reckoned with Anya’s influence yet!

What did you think of the Thorn Princess’ mission? What were your favorite moments from this episode? Feel free to share in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “SPY x FAMILY Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

  1. Such a delightful pair of episodes! Really looking forward to seeing how this comical saga progresses. Great character writing on the main trio

    As a side note: love how much the music reminds me of Baccano / The Incredibles / Team Fortress 2. Action comedy vibes to perfection

    1. It does have that 60s spy thriller vibe. Good comparison to The Incredibles, too. I’d been trying to think where I had heard something similar!

  2. I must have read the first……… 3 or 4 chapters? I know I stopped before this moment, but I saw everything with Anya before hand. In all honesty; I’m getting some “Kaguya Sama” vibes from the series- which is a REALLY good thing! That, plus all the good things about the series, make me really excited to see what comes next!!

  3. “He tried to make Franky look like a woman.”

    I saw that in the trailer… and I shuddered. Thankfully they didn’t push that gag.

    Overall, yeah, outstanding episode. Yor was just perfect… And Anya damm near stole the episode even though she only had one scene!

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