Episode Number: 22
Season Episode Number: 22
Production Number: 122
Airdate: March 6, 2009
Writer: Greg Johnson
Director: Nick Filippi
Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine), Liam O'Brian (Nightcrawler), Jim Ward (Professor X), Phil LaMarr (Gambit, Bolivar Trask), Tom Kane (Magneto), Kate Higgins (Scarlet Witch), Liza del Mundo (Polaris), Richard Doyle (Senator Kelly).
Plot: The Professor warns Wolverine that Gambit has been hired to steal the helmet of Magneto from Genosha. Xavier knows this to be an important event leading up to the fate of the future, but even the Professor has no idea why!
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Gambit makes his return to the series and steals the show once again! Gambit's last appearance in Theives Gambit introduced us to the Cajun who would do anything if the price is right. The task that Gambit undergoes in this episode is no exception. However, it is unclear as to whether or not Senator Kelly hired Gambit to simply steal Magneto's helmet, or if he wanted Gambit to take out all of Genosha.
A few other questions about Kelly are brought to mind. Why would Kelly hire Gambit, a known mutant, to do his dirty work? Was he so impatient about the slow production of the Sentinels that he actually would be willing to hire a mutant to get the battle moving forward? Not the Kelly I know.
And do you think for a minute that Kelly would back down after seeing a vision of a dire future? No way. He would chalk that up to being one grand illusion and would believe that mutants were trying to trick him! He asks Magneto if the vision was for real. Magneto says yes and Kelly accepts that as truth? Why would he do that?
Other than an out of character Senator, this episode has plenty of good moments. Lorna Dane gets more screentime in which she falls for the mysterious Gambit who is only pretending to be interested in her to gain information about Genosha. By the end of the episode, we get a glimpse of why Lorna eventually goes off the deep end, and it is because of a long history of being ignored, used and abandoned.
Aces & Eights has little action, but the dialogue is funny and the story moves along in a few key places. As we get closer to the end of the season, we can start to see all the pieces falling into place. It is nice to have a bit more development on Scarlet Witch, who is proving to be a really interesting character, and it is always nice to have Gambit grace the screen, even if he sounds a little too French and not enough Cajun.