Recently, I needed a washer mechanic to come to my home to clean out the lines. He told us that we need to do an...


...from time-to-time to avoid problems, and that made me wonder about a famous LeeLoo scene in which Korben Dallas tries to hide her in the shower.

LeeLoo auto-wash scene

She came out shivering and learned a new word in English (part of her cultural acclimatization).

What does auto-wash actually do? If it is anything like what I had to do with my washer, it was a huge waste of water. And why was it so cold?

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    Mostly washes stuff, automatically. Oct 27 '20 at 21:15
  • Very funny...what? Dishes? Laundry? Scantily-clad aliens?
    – Cascabel
    Oct 27 '20 at 21:32
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    @Cascabel - I think you've hit the scantily-clad nail right on the head there.
    – Valorum
    Oct 27 '20 at 22:09
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    @PaulD.Waite When I was in the during the Vietnam era, the "Navy" shower was 30 second rinse, shut water off, lather, and then rinse again. Took less than 2 minutes. It's even in Wikipedia Most guys worked their tooth-brushing into that also.
    – Cascabel
    Oct 28 '20 at 17:51
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    @PaulD.Waite Actually...it is being adopted by many water conservationists...kind of like not flushing the toilet every time you pee or throw a tissue in the toilet.
    – Cascabel
    Oct 28 '20 at 20:30

The 'auto-wash' function seems to simply be a wash cycle that activates automatically when someone gets into the shower.

In the official novelisation, the shower starts automatically but the warm water doesn't work well and Leeloo leaves the shower cold.

“Leeloo,” he said, “hide in there, and don’t move!”
Without hesitation, she jumped into the shower. The door closed behind her.


Korben opened the shower. Leeloo was standing under the spray, shivering violently.
“I’m sorry,” said Korben. “I forgot the hot water doesn’t work too well in this old racktower.” He dragged a blanket out of a corner and wrapped her in it.

  • So I am guessing that Korben does not make regular use of the faciities....
    – Cascabel
    Oct 27 '20 at 22:27
  • @Cascabel - Like most soldiers, he keeps clean the things that matter most, his feet and his guns.
    – Valorum
    Oct 28 '20 at 0:41
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    He keeps his frickin' guns in a basket....don't look well-maintained to me:-)
    – Cascabel
    Oct 28 '20 at 20:31

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