Illya is in the hospital, where he’s grouchily recuperating from a concussion sustained in the course of a mission involving a bikini model named Margo. Napoleon stops by to provide his partner with sympathy and moral support, and also to casually imply that he’s shagging Margo. Then he triumphantly sails out of the hospital room, leaving Illya sputtering with rage. The last time a bikini model showed romantic interest in Illya, she had to forcibly drag him into a bedroom to get him to notice her, so it’s probably fair to assume Illya’s fury here is due more to Napoleon’s blatant display of one-upmanship than to losing own his shot at Margo. If there’s a single element that defines the Illya-Napoleon dynamic, apart from their deep and heartfelt friendship, it’s the joy they take in delivering a perfectly-executed cockblock.
While Illya recovers, two thugs dressed as doctors break into his room and attack him. Illya tries to fight them off, but they drug him into submission. “Get him ready, but carefully. He still has ten hours to live,” one thug says to the other. Hmm. That’s interesting! I bet this episode takes place in real time, because I’m pretty sure it’s ten hours long.
Sorry. No. My mistake. I just double-checked. It’s a standard fifty-minute episode; it only seems ten hours long, thanks to some difficulties with pacing. This is a fourth-season episode, which means you can hardly expect the story to move briskly along at a steady clip.