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The penultimate episode of RWBY: Volume 1, and the penultimate RWBY RECP of volume 1! Wowsers! Can't believe we've come this far already!
Team RWBY is strolling the streets of downtown Vale, seeing banners and things being put up in preparation of the Vytal Festival Tournament happening soon. Yang wonders why they're down by the docks, and Weiss says she heard students from Vacuo will be arriving and, as a representative of Beacon, she feels it's her solemn duty to welcome them to the kingdom.
Blake, seeing through her in a Peloponnesian Minute, immediately says she just wants to spy on them so she'll have an upper hand in the tournament, but Weiss immediately denies that, telling Blake she can't prove it.
Ruby notices a broken down store surrounded by a couple of police and it turns out to be another dust robbery, much like the one she foiled at Torchwick's hand back in the first episode. The cops inform them of such, even though they probably shouldn't to random strangers, but hey! Plot points must be planted somehow, right? :P
They offhandedly mention that it might be the work of The White Fang, a group of faunus that are tired of being treated malevolently and being oppressed by humans so they formed a protest group that has in recent years become more violent and militaristic, almost vigilante-like.
Weiss scoffs, calling the White Fang a bunch of degenerates, and Blake asks what's her problem. Weiss says she doesn't care for faunus, and Blake says the White Fang are simply misguided. Weiss thinks them all liars and dirty cheats. Yang says that isn't necessarily true, but before anyone can say anything else, someone shouts to stop the faunus.
Off the boat, a blond monkey faunus boy (his faunus trait is his monkey tail) escapes from the ship he stowed away on, thanking them for the ride. The crew calls him a no-good stowaway, but he replies a no-good stowaway would've been caught, and he's a great stowaway.
The faunus boy runs away, but not before running past Team RWBY and winking at Blake. Yang says Weiss saw what she wanted (the competition) and Weiss insists they have to go after him and observe him. However, as they round the corner, Weiss runs into another girl. The monkey faunus gets away and Weiss is upset, but then Yang reminds her of the girl she ran into.
Weiss gets up as the girl smiles at her creepily benevolent as she exclaims, "Salutations!" She's still laying on the floor and Yang asks if she wants to get up, and the girl thinks for a second before deciding, "Yes!" She literally jumps to her feet and introduces herself as Penny, telling them it's a pleasure to meet them.
Team RWBY introduces themselves. Penny replies "It's a pleasure to meet you!" to which Weiss tells her she already said that. Penny seems confused for a second, before agreeing, "So I did!" Weiss then apologizes and they turn to leave, before Ruby says, "Goodbye, friend!"
As they walk away, Yang says that Penny was weird and Penny appears before them. She asks what she was called, and Yang apologizes, saying she definitely didn't think Penny heard her. (That's something I like about Yang; she didn't deny she said something like that, she owned up to it and explained why she said it instead of lying about it. She's great and truthful like that.) Penny dismisses her, saying not her but Ruby. She's fixated on the fact Ruby called her a friend and asks if that's true.
Ruby, despite the rest of her team pantomiming "no", agrees and says sure. Yang asks what Penny's doing in Vale, and she reveals she's ready to fight in the tournament and is "combat ready."
Weiss asks if Penny knows the faunus boy, insulting him some more, and Blake snaps again, telling her to stop it and to stop dehumanizing him and making him out to be a criminal and villain solely based on his species. Their arguing continues all day and the scene cuts to the night in their dorm where Blake and Weiss are still fighting and Blake says that Weiss is discriminatory and Weiss reveals she's a victim.
Here's where some plot points become relevant.
She tells them about how for as long as she can remember, the White Fang has terrorized her family, the Schnees. Board members killed, family friends going missing, entire shipments of dust stolen, resulting in her father (the head of the company) coming home angry and that making for a very difficult childhood. It's implied that Weiss was abused, either physically or verbally or emotionally (or all three).
Now, if you've been paying attention, you'll recall I said merely a paragraph above that entire shipments/train cars of dust were stolen. Now, what exactly did we see Blake and Adam do in the Black trailer?
Though Weiss doesn't know it, Blake was responsible for stealing the dust with Adam, before she betrayed Adam to prevent him from killing humans and hurting others with the dust.
Weiss elaborates by saying, "You want to know why I despise the White Fang? It's because they're a bunch of liars, thieves, and murderers!"
"Well maybe we were just tired of being pushed around!"
A split second later, Blake realized what she said. Weiss steps back, stunned. Everyone is quiet. Blake is nervous and fearful now, her secret slipped out in a moment of rare rage, and she can only go, "I..." before fleeing the room, leaving Ruby to unsuccessfully chase her.
Blake runs out to the front of the school to the statue of a huntsman and a huntress slaying grimm. She stares up at it, truly upset and heartbroken and lost and not knowing what to do, so she reaches up very slowly and removes her bow, revealing a pair of cat ears beneath.
"I knew you would look better without the bow," says a voice, and it turns out to be the monkey boy faunus. Blake turns around to look at him.
The scene cuts to the next morning where Ruby's in bed and wakes up, before she notices Blake's bed is empty and sighs sorrowfully. As she and Weiss and Yang walk downtown Vale, she says that Blake's been gone all weekend and that she hopes she's okay. Weiss says Blake's a big girl and can handle herself, but Yang tells Weiss to "come on" and reminds her that Blake's a part of their team.
Weiss asks if that's true, because they all heard what she said. Yang, willing to give Blake the benefit of the doubt, replies, "Maybe she is, maybe she isn't" and that either way she's missing and they have to find her.
Blake is drinking a cup of what I assume is tea, and she is at a cafe with the monkey boy faunus. He's drinking from a cup held up by his tail, and Blake puts down hers, saying, "So. You want to know more about me."
Oh dear, looks like we'll get some backstory in the final episode of Volume 1! Looks like you'll have to tune in, eh?
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Anyways, now that I’m done gushing over RT (at least for this article), what did you think of “The Stray"? And more importantly, this deliciously idiosyncratic RECP?
Tune in next time for another episode of RWBY RECP!