"Goemon's Close Call" is the 112th episode of Red Jacket, or the ninth episode of its fourth season. It originally aired on December 3, 1979.


Through his own carelessness, Goemon is taken prisoner at a hot spring, and subjected to torture by the assassin team of Rose and Wolf. They want to kill Lupin, because it will prove that they are the best of the best. To that end, they are attempting to make Goemon tell them Lupin's weakness. The torture gets intense, but will Goemon crack?


  • This episode is notable for having a tonal clash. During the Lupin scenes, they are the usual lighthearted nature however during the Goemon scenes, they particularly disturbing as it features an unusual amount of scenes showcasing explicitly graphic torture and blood, something relatively uncommon for this series
  • After the title card, Goemon sings "YMCA" by the Village People.
  • Jigen breaks the fourth wall in the episode where he tells Lupin that his "appearance is not suitable for kids", shortly after Lupin partly covers himself with a smile and replying "You're right".
  • Lupin hums "Auld Lang Syne" on a tape after tricking Zenigata that him and Jigen are escaping by hot air balloon.
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