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SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 3 – Quick Summary

In SPY x FAMILY Season 2 episode 3, “MISSION AND FAMILY / THE ELEGANT BONDMAN / THE HEART OF A CHILD / WAKING UP,” Yuri and his colleagues tracked down a propagandist. The individual sold false stories to their enemies in an attempt to cast the ruling regime in a bad light. Can Yuri gather enough evidence to stop the man from making the country of his sister, Yor, look bad? Or are matters more complicated than that?

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

Favorite Quote from SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 3

SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 3: Anya learned a terrible truth about public pools

Anya lost a little of her childhood innocence in this episode! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Anya learned an important lesson this week. One that I doubt she’ll ever forget. And it can be filed under the heading of, “Things Better Off Not Knowing.”

Anya wanted to go to the ocean. Loid, a doting but realistic father, suggested the pool instead. It involved water, so Anya agreed. Once there, she leapt into the water and had a blast splashing around. That is, until her mind-reading ability kicked in.

“Ah, man,” Anya “heard” one of the kids think (22:20). “I just peed. Not like anyone was going to find out.”

That freaked her out. But it got worse: multiple kids were thinking variations of the same thing. When she got home, Anya sat in a corner, traumatized.

“I never want to go to the pool again,” she said, facing the wall (22:30).

I can’t say that I blame her.

Favorite Moment from SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 3

SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 3: Yuri could have gone hard on the guy's father

Yuri could have taken his anger out on the guy’s father. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: An Episode Mostly about Yuri?

Reading my list of favorite characters from SPY x FAMILY, I notice one name that’s conspicuous by its absence: Yuri Briar. The dude is not one of my favorite characters. In fact, I’d go so far as to say he’s in contention for my least favorite character in this series. I bring this up to place some context around my favorite moment. 

Yuri really, really hates enemies of the state. He has the passion of someone whose dreams have yet to be crushed. More precisely, the passion of someone whose eyes have not been opened. Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe – it’s hard to distinguish between those two states. What this means tis that he hurls himself into every case he’s given. He wants to protect the country that Yor lives in.

SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 3: Yuri did not approve of the guy being cruel to children

Yuri seemed genuinely angry that the man harassed three children. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

In this episode, he surveilled a propagandist who sold propaganda to the enemy. At first, all seemed well, in that the case seemed clear-cut. The suspect was selling out his country for a pittance. But as the investigation wore on, Yuri made a startling discovery. The suspect was doing it because he wanted to protect his father, who was his only family.

Yuri kept extensive notes. He wrote down what the guy ate, who he hung out with, even that he had a crush on the lead actress in a show he watched. Then, he heard the man talking to his father. Yuri actually typed (10:31), “Is Perkin motivated by concern for his family?”

After a pause, he pulled the paper from his typewriter, wadded it up, and tossed it in the trash. But the idea had taken root. We know how much Yuri cherishes Yor, his only family. He’s talked a big game about how much he loves family. Was that just something he said? Or did he mean it?

Delivery: Changing How I See Yuri – A Little

After gathering the last piece of evidence he needed, Yuri and two other security officers showed up outside of the guy’s house. Looking out the window, the suspect knew exactly what their presence meant. He struggled with his fear before accepting the inevitability. Telling his father he might not be back for a while, he went to meet Yuri and the others.

The man commented that he found it strange that Yuri would wait outside for him.

SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 3: The guy tried to get under Yuri's skin

The guy tried to get under Yuri’s skin. An interesting tactic while he’s standing there in cuffs! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

“It’s so your family doesn’t have to see how pathetic you are,” Yuri responded (13:34). That got my attention. Was he serious? Why would he care at all? A few moments later, though, Yuri removed all doubt. Another officer led the man away. Yuri said (14:07), “I’ll request that your father gets some financial aid to get by.”

I don’t like Yuri’s character. Every moment he’s on the screen, Yor or Anya or Loid or even Fiona Frost aren’t on screen. But Yuri taking that extra step to help a father who had no hand in the propaganda meant something to me. It showed me that Yuri’s serious when he speaks of family. It shows he’s more than a mindless tool of the state. Not by much – dude’s still enthusiastic about helping a state that’s clearly not supporting its citizens’ freedom. It made him a little more human.

But I’d still like to see more of my favorite characters!

What did you think of the harem that turned on Bondman? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to share in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “SPY x FAMILY Season 2 Episode 3: Favorites

  1. This sounds like an awesome episode! I imagine Anya would have a hard time at any location that has lots of kids there, simply because kids aren’t the most hygienic creatures on the planet. She’s probably also a little traumatized using her school’s restroom. I wonder how many kids happily bounce off to class without washing their hands? Lol! I’m glad that Yuri is getting more background story instead of being just a very weird comic relief character. Hopefully he will continue to grow and become a fun uncle for Anya.

    1. I hadn’t thought about Anya and other aspects of being close to other kids. Now I’m worried about her!

      I really hope that the story ends in a way that means Yuri will have to be a good uncle. Because right now, it’s not looking hopeful!

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