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Static Shock episode
Out of Africa
"Out of Africa"
Airdate: January 31, 2004
Production Number: 42
Airdate Order: 42
Animation Services by: Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by: Vic Dal Chele
Episode images (6)

"Out of Africa" is the third episode of season 4 of Static Shock. It first aired on January 31, 2004.

Plot

Sharon and Virgil help Dr. Anokye set up a West African Exhibit at the museum. Anokye receives a call, then hides a golden spider in Sharon's coat pocket and tells her and Virgil to leave. On the way home, Virgil realizes he left his backpack at the museum, so he returns to get it. He sees Anokye is being attacked by a giant bug and changes into Static to stop it. Later, Anansi appears to tell Static that his old enemy, Osebo, is after the golden spider, the source of Anansi's powers.

Meanwhile, Sharon discovers the Spider in her pocket and begins testing it. Not realizing at first that its powers involve powerful illusions, she uses it to 'clean up' the dirty dishes in the kitchen before going to Richie for help in figuring it out, but Onini attacks Richie's house and kidnaps Sharon. Static, Gear, and Anansi track them to their hideout to regain the golden spider and free Sharon.

Then, after Osebo, Mmboro and Onini are taken away by the police, Anansi kisses Sharon's hand and charmingly tells her that he's forever in her debt. Sharon then expresses that she had a good time and the whole thing was an adventure for her, but she couldn't help but think that she's "forgetting something". Then her father calls her, and says that he's in the kitchen looking at the dirty dishes — the dirty dishes that Sharon is going to be washing every night for the next month.

Static turns away and snickers to himself.

Continuity

Background information

Production inconsistencies

Trivia

  • The title of the episode is taken from the book and film Out of Africa.
  • Onini the Serpent and Mmoboro the Hornet were part of the story of Anansi and Osebo in West African folklore. In order to receive all the world's stories from his father, Nyame the sky god, Anansi the Spider had to bring him Onini, Osebo, Mmoboro, and Mmoatia, the Dwarf. Why the last one is missing from this version of the tale is unknown.

Cast

Actor Role
Phil LaMarr Static/Virgil Hawkins
Mmoboro (uncredited)
Jason Marsden Gear/Richie Foley
Kevin Michael Richardson Robert Hawkins
Onini (uncredited)
Michele Morgan Sharon Hawkins
Carl Lumbly Anansi
Michael Jai White Osebo
Roscoe Lee Browne Dr. Anokye

Uncredited appearances

Quotes

Gear:Your sister's been snatched by a tiger guy.
Static: Osebo! He's not a tiger, he's a leopard.
Gear: Then why does he have stripes? Leopards don't have stripes.
Static: Focus, Gear.
Gear: Right. I tagged it with a tracer. You should be able to follow.
Anansi: I too have often wondered about the stripes.


Osebo: Have you ever been stung?
Sharon: Just by old boyfriends!


Anansi: (to Static and Gear) Take care of the others. Osebo is mine!


Anansi: (takes Sharon's hand and kisses it) I am forever in your debt, dear lady.
Sharon: (giggles) It's OK. This was really exciting. I actually had a good time, except...
Anansi: Yes?
Sharon: I can't help thinking I'm forgetting something.


Sharon: (answers cell phone) Hello?
Robert: Sharon? This is your father. (chuckles) Guess where I am? (cut to Robert, angry, in the kitchen) I'm in the kitchen looking at the dirty dishes... the dishes you're going to be washing every night for the next month! (hangs up)
Sharon: Oh, yeah. Now I remember.



Previously produced episode:
"She-Back!"
Episodes of
Static Shock
Next produced episode:
"Fallen Hero"
Previously aired episode:
"She-Back!"
Next aired episode:
"Fallen Hero"

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