Stone Ocean - Episode 2
Stone Free (ストーン・フリー Sutōn Furī) is the second episode of Stone Ocean and the one-hundred-fifty-fourth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. The episode covers from chapter 4 to chapter 9 of the original manga.
Jolyne lines up with the other new inmates to be greeted by Loccobarocco, the prison manager. His alligator puppet, Charlotte, explains that Green Dolphin Street Prison believes prisoners should still be allowed basic human rights and are allowed various freedoms. She explains that the prisoners are not allowed metallic objects, such as pens or earrings.
After the orientation, the prisoners are directed to their cells. Jolyne meets her cellmate Gwess. The two introduce themselves, but when Jolyne puts her stuff on the bottom bunk, Gwess attacks her, claiming the bunk for herself. Jolyne sees some of Gwess's belongings; among them is the pendant Jolyne received from her father.
Jolyne asks where she got it and if she could look inside, but Gwess refuses, explaining that she bought it from another prisoner for two dollars. Jolyne offers to buy it from her, but Gwess says it will cost her two hundred dollars. Jolyne reacts angrily, but is distracted by a bird coming out of Gwess's pocket. From the bird's neck, two tiny human arms grab some crackers from the table in the cell, and retreat into the bird's body.
Jolyne lies in her bed, unable to sleep and beginning to cry about everything that happened to her. Suddenly, she opens her eyes to see Gwess menacingly staring at her. She is startled, but Gwess apologizes for her behavior the previous night. Gwess hands the pendant over to Jolyne, allowing her to open it, but not to keep it, and tells her there was never anything inside it. Jolyne accepts Gwess's apology, and the two become friends.
Jolyne goes to eat breakfast, but finds out her pants are soaking wet. In the cafeteria, Jolyne finds out that all the food is sold out. The prison allows prisoners to sleep in as late as they want, and as such prisoners who sleep in will miss breakfast. She sees Gwess throw away her trash, and notices that she had two breakfasts. Looking in the trash, Jolyne notices a picture of her parents, which was the one that was in the amulet.
Elsewhere in the prison, Gwess plays with her pet bird. She commands the bird to say "I love you" and gives it treats when it succeeds. Next, she commands the bird to fly to her finger. The bird successfully jumps to her finger, but angers Gwess when it says "whoa." Gwess scolds the bird, but gets distracted when she feels something. Jolyne uses her ability to switch the bird out for a banana. Jolyne realizes that her cellmate must have received an ability from the amulet, and examines the bird. When she looks inside the bird, tiny severed limbs of a human fall out.
Jolyne stares in shock at the tiny limbs that fell out of the bird, but notices that Gwess is approaching. She hides behind a corner, deducing that Gwess had gotten an ability from the stone within Jolyne's pendant. As she ponders, Jolyne notices blood pouring from the walls. She also sees the bird's corpse, which is now the same size as her. Jolyne has been greatly reduced in size.
From the corner, the seemingly giant Gwess appears and grabs Jolyne. Gwess returns to her cell and throws Jolyne onto her desk. Gwess tells her that she has grown fond of Jolyne and wants to become good friends. Gwess asks Jolyne to help her escape from the prison. Jolyne asks about the man within the bird, but Gwess scolds her for speaking up, throwing a hollowed out rat corpse at her.
Gwess forces her into the corpse, and begins training her to help Gwess's escape. Gwess places books on Jolyne for her to lift and tells her that she's naming Jolyne "Chorokichi". She also names her power Goo Goo Dolls. Gwess lifts the books and notices Jolyne was cheating. Gwess is outraged, but quickly switches to praise and she compliments Jolyne's spirit. Jolyne wonders how she will survive this relationship. Gwess orders Jolyne to infiltrate the control center in order to scout for a way to escape from the prison. However, when Jolyne reaches the place indicated, her body begins to grow, suggesting that Gwess's ability weakens the farther the victim is from the user.
Jolyne gets out of the rat corpse and flees towards the main hallway, acknowledging that if she isn't fast enough, she will become too large to escape into the hallway, and will be caught by the guards. However, Goo Goo Dolls manifests with a physical body and chases Jolyne for leaving the rat corpse.
Goo Goo Dolls tries attacking Jolyne but gets smashed into the wall. Jolyne's strings had come together to create a humanoid body. Her ability grabs Goo Goo Dolls and squeezes it, demanding that it brings Gwess to her. Gwess appears, wounded from Jolyne crushing her Stand, and uses her power to free Jolyne from the pole she was stuck behind. Jolyne demands her pendant back, as well as information as to who Gwess purchased it from.
She informs Jolyne that she bought it from Ermes. When handing it over, Gwess drops the pendant on the ground. She uses this chance to punch Jolyne, knocking her past the prison bars beyond the gun point, and calls a guard to apprehend her. Jolyne's body is restored to normal size, making her unable to get back through the bars. A prison guard approaches, and sounds the alarm after seeing Jolyne past the gate. Gwess mocks her saying that the guard will shoot her down after he gets a shotgun.
Unfazed, Jolyne's Stand punches Gwess in the face, turning into string to get through the gate. Jolyne decides to name her Stand "Stone Free". Stone Free rapidly punches Gwess in the face, commanding Gwess to shrink her again so she can get through the gate. When the guards return, Jolyne is gone. The guards conclude it was a mistake on the part of the guard who activated the alarm.
In bed, Jolyne looks at the photo of her parents and thinks of her father.
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- The way Gwess repeats Jolyne's name is similar to the intro of the song "Jolene" by Dolly Parton.
- In an earlier version of the English dub for this episode, when Gwess snapped at Jolyne for trying to take a look at her pendant, Gwess called Jolyne a "filthy monkey." In a later version, this line was changed and redubbed, where the insult was toned down to "filthy bitch" as "monkey" can be used as a derogatory term.