I come into this week’s Green Jacket episode knowing the best joke on the subject has pretty much already been made (and we shall come to it in due time). Still, we must persevere. This is the first episode of a trend that winds its way here and there through the late episodes of Green Jacket, where we switch from ‘Lupin wants the thing and engineers a crazy plan to get it’ to ‘fuck this other criminal guy, let’s show him up because he makes my profession look bad.’ Welcome to “Keep Your Eye on the Beauty Pageant,” which you can watch here.
Also, Jigen’s been taking his Watson pills again, so being an adorably dressed parrot is pretty much the extent of his involvement in this episode.
Jigen, master of disguise: wearing a different colored beard on top of his beard
The episode starts with a bit of exposition, facilitated by the temporarily lobotomized Jigen (hey, remember when he was the guy who did all of the research and whom Lupin went to when he needed information for a job? Shut up, no you don’t): So there’s this dude (who has a name, but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking you’ll need to remember it) who was once a very famous art thief, and it turns out he has the Mona Lisa and a bunch of other famous paintings and this never made the news somehow; said art thief is getting old, and he’s using the upcoming ‘Miss Global’ pageant to sell off the paintings he’s acquired over the years.
The justification for all this is that he can’t take the paintings with him when he dies, leaving me to conclude that he’s pioneered some kind of science-y soul coat that is powered by money, thereby making it more useful to a dead person. So, theoretically this is about the paintings, but that’s more of an afterthought than anything. Really, Lupin just doesn’t like this Art Thief and his vampire-fang mustache.