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SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 12 – Quick Summary

In SPY x FAMILY Season 2 episode 12, “Part of the Family,” it was time to take Bond for a walk, so Loid asked Anya if she wanted to tag along. Burdened as she was with an origami project, she declined, so Loid and Bond set out alone. Well, not quite alone. They met Franky to get in some combat training. That was before Bond’s seer abilities kicked in. How will Loid tell Bond saving a child’s ice cream from Bond attacking a child? Saving an old man from being run over versus trying to eat the old man’s jacket? And if Bond can’t get that across, what will Loid decide to do with the dog?

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

Favorite Quote from SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 12

SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 12: Franky is surprisingly sensitive.

Bond was pretty bummed out, and Franky had a good idea of why. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It was nice seeing Franky get some screen time. I feel for the guy – his job doesn’t let him get out very much. When he does, he seems to have the worst luck – like saving the woman’s cat only to find her with a boyfriend back in this season’s episode 4

But the guy has some depth. He’s not just a punching bag for “woe is me without a girlfriend” jokes. He provides Loid with vital information. He takes Bond for walks when Loid is away. He’s also a skilled technician. His suit almost stood up to Yor’s strength! Well, that’s an exaggeration, but still. The dude can build things.

He’s also insightful. Take my favorite quote, for example. Loid was struggling to understand why Bond seemed to lack the killer instinct, or at least more enjoy combat training. Franky explained it succinctly, saying (05:15), “He probably had to go through a lot of training and doesn’t want to do it anymore.”

I think Bond appreciated the consideration.

Favorite Moment from SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 12

SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 12: Loid reaffirmed Bond is part of the family

It was a nice touch for Loid to go eye level with Bond. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Loid Is More Observant and Deliberate Than Most

Maybe I’m wrong, but I suspect most dog owners would fall into two camps if they owned Bond. One camp would just take him back to the pound as being untrainable. “What good’s a dog if they won’t obey?” The other might keep Bond but give up trying to train him. “Awww, he’s just not smart enough to train.”

Loid, though, is a more understanding sort. That, and Bond’s dilemma (“How do I save people without being able to tell Loid that’s what I’m doing”), made my favorite moment feel so satisfying.

I can see what Bond was trying to do when he tried to save the boy’s ice cream cone. I can also see how Loid would interpret the action. There was a lot of ambiguity there, so it didn’t help Bond’s case. Bond seemed to know that, so he hesitated to help the old man. But, being a good boy, Bond stopped the old man from walking in front of the bicyclist.

SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 12: I can understand why the man was afraid of Bond

Bond’s pretty big, so I can understand the man’s reaction. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

“Biting a civilian is unacceptable,” Loid said sternly (08:44). Loid’s is a completely understandable reaction, isn’t it? I mean, to all the world it looked like Bond wanted to eat the old man’s jacket!

But Loid went beyond the obvious. He’s been trained in observation, after all! But he’s also a decent human being. He realized Bond’s actions were out of character, so he started looking for explanations. At that moment, he concluded that (09:12), “Just like with Anya, I guess I still have a lot to learn about him.”

I’m not sure I would be so understanding! 

Then Bond has a premonition of a woman yelling for someone or something named Daisy. Bond couldn’t let that go. He tried to drag Liod after him. Loid could see Bond was agitated, so he told the dog that was enough. That’s when Bond rounded on him and barked in an aggrieved tone.

Delivery: Bond and the Forger Family

That shocked Loid – but not enough to make him lose his senses. This was not how dogs acted. They’d turn and nip at an owner; they might growl. But giving their owner an annoyed and impatient “borf?” That’s not normal.

So Loid followed Bond. When he saw smoke, he realized Bond was on to something. Just what, Loid didn’t know. But he ended up following Bond into a burning building, kicking a burning bean away from Bond, saving Daisy from death by smoke inhalation, thanking Bond for saving his life, and leaping from a window with Bond and Daisy in tow. And that was just the set up!

Because next, Bond saw the arsonist. Yep – fires like this one had been set deliberately. Bond found the guy out. When the guy tried to stab Bond, Loid punched the guy’s lights out (dude was out cold!). In a calm, cool voice, Loid said (15:09), “You knew he was the arsonist?”

SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 12: Loid was very matter-of-fact with the arsonist

I love how matter-of-fact Loid acted during this scene. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I think in that instant, Loid put all the pieces together. He didn’t know Bond could see the future any more than he knew Anya could read minds or Yor is a killing machine (aside from her cooking). But he knew that somehow, Bond had acted in everyone’s best interests (except the arsonist – but even then, maybe incarceration will help him seek the help he so obviously needs).

“Don’t push yourself too hard,” Loid told him (16:29). “There’s someone waiting back home who would be sad if you died.”

Cue cut scenes of Anya and Bond playing – very heard-warming scenes, too. And just in case there was any doubt about Loid intent, he added (16:55), “First and foremost, you need to fully realize that you’re one of the Forgers.”

Even more than stories about found families, I love stories about forged families. Not in the sense of Forgers (though, in this case, they kinda overlap – I should have chosen a different word!). I mean in the sense of people coming together out of choice and working hard to make the arrangement work. It’s a tough world, and we do so much to make it even tougher. We all need somewhere to call home, where we know we have each other’s backs, and we can rest without worry of betrayal. That’s a basic human need, and I really love the solution that Loid, Yor, Anya, and Bond are building.

And they had better be able to keep it at the end, or I’ll be quite cross!

What did you think of the montage of slice-of-life shots of the main and supporting cast at the end? What were your favorite moments? Please feel free to share in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 12: Favorites

  1. This was such a sweet ending to this part of the season! We needed a little more Bond focus, so I’m glad we got a whole episode just for him. It was nice to get little sneak peaks of what the other characters were up to at the end too. I’m also happy that the episode featured both Loid and Bond. Usually when Bond has an adventure or is in an episode he’s with Anya, so it was nice to see the L&B duo. I’m looking forward to future episodes, but I hope the SpyXFamily movie comes to North America first. I really, really, Reeeeeeaallly want to see that movie!

    1. It was a perfect way to end, wasn’t it?

      I just love how Loid tries to see things from his family members’ perspectives. The same skills that make him a good spy make him a good dad, too.

      Fingers crossed we get to see the movie sooner than later!

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