Written by Julianne Klemm
Summary: Gambit returns home to Louisiana after his brother Bobby is kidnapped by the Assassins Guild. He agrees to marry the leader of the Assassins, Bella Donna, in exchange for Bobby’s freedom. However, Bella Donna has given Bobby a fake tithe to give the External during her ceremonial tithe gathering, hoping that the External will destroy the entire Thieves Guild as punishment. The X-Men follow Gambit to Louisiana and reveal Bella Donna’s plot to the External. She spares Bella Donna’s life, but strips her of her powers. Freed from his oath, Gambit returns home with the X-Men. Meanwhile in the Savage Land, Barbarus attacks Xavier and Magneto.
- Gambit is referred to as “Remy” for the first time, a step the show is taking towards using real names for the characters.
- This marks the debut of the Assassins Guild and Thieves Guild in the animated series. We also see the first of the Externals. The External (or “X-Ternal”) is supposed to be Candra, although she isn’t called by name in the episode. She’s also been given a darker skin tone and different hair style from her comics counterpart, so I guess there’s some leeway there if someone wants to label this a wholly different character -- but really, it’s Candra.
- The plot of this episode seems to be inspired by the first Gambit miniseries, even though that miniseries was still being released when this episode aired. I’m assuming that Bob Harras had much of the story worked out in advance while meeting with the show’s producers, and that he had some amount of influence on Howard Mackie’s plot for the comic.
- Gambit has a brother in trouble in the miniseries as well, although this one was named Henri and didn’t resemble Bobby in any way.
“Um, Actually…”: Gambit and Bella Donna wed as teenagers in the comic, in an arranged marriage designed to bring the Guilds together. The truce was broken when Gambit inadvertently killed Bella Donna’s brother during a duel, which lead to him abandoning home and eventually joining the X-Men.
Approved By Broadcast Standards: Gambit remarks that “They’re going to waste my brother.” “Waste” was a popular replacement word for “kill” during this era of action cartoons, although Gambit does go on to say “kill” twice during a tirade on the futility of the Guilds’ rivalry.
Review: I’ve enumerated my disdain for the Thieves Guild and Assassins Guild before. The Externals aren’t that great a concept, either, but at least there’s some potential there. But the Guilds are just a horrid idea that's lingered for twenty years now in the face of overwhelming apathy. They live in the swamp, dress like Dokken roadies, and play the role of pawns for an immortal mutant in order to obtain powers…powers they apparently never use to do anything. And there’s some Montague/Capulet (or perhaps Hatfields and McCoys) feud that’s also supposed to drive this nonsense, but I’ve never encountered anyone who’s cared.
As far as Guild stories go, I guess this isn’t any dumber than any of the comic stories, but the producers have somehow made Bella Donna even more unlikable than the comics ever did. She’s a jilted lover in the source material as well, but here there’s no reason whatsoever for Gambit to have ever cared about her. Bella Donna can almost work as a character when she has a legitimate reason for hating Gambit, but if she’s just shrill and possessive all the time and an eager participant in the Guild wars, then she’s the worst kind of cartoon supervillain. And for a story that’s just begging to be about Gambit and Rogue’s relationship, there’s surprisingly little focus given to Rogue throughout the episode. And, yes, I realize I just suggested making a story better by focusing on Gambit and Rogue’s relationship…that’s how dreary this one is.
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