We'll just have to agree to disagree. To me, it seems obvious that the only reason Bail is in the episode is to deliver that line. It could have been ANY other Senator on the planet, and it wouldn't have affected the plot at all. And I think you're being a bit pedantic about Seven Samurai. Okay, "note for note" might be a little harsh, but they can't fit every detail of a THREE HOUR film into a 22 minute tv episode. But villagers hiring samurai to protect their village from bandits who are going to steal their crop? In my opinion, it's going from homage to ripoff. And part of the problem is, as I mentioned before, we got homage after homage after homage. Senate Murders - whodunit Cat & Mouse - Hunt for Red October Bounty Hunters - Seven Samurai Zillo Beast - Godzilla If they had mixed up the release schedule a bit, or had a couple fewer "homage" episodes, Bounty Hunters might have felt different to me.