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Take This House and Shuppet (カゲボウズの館!)
AG081
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Advanced Challenge Char. of the Day: Emily (Hoenn)
Episode №: #355 Main: Ash, May, Brock, Max
Aired: JapanFlag June 17, 2004 Recurring: Jessie, James
UnitedStatesFlag June 4, 2005
Opening Theme: This Dream Minor: Emily (Hoenn)
Badge(s): Stonebadge Knucklebadge Dynamobadge Heatbadge Balancebadge Setting: Mansion
Pokémon: Pikachu (Ash's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Wobbuffet (Jessie's), Swellow (Ash's), Torchic (May's), Mudkip (Brock's), Seviper (Jessie's), Cacnea (James's), Shuppet
Major event(s)
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge

Plot

Team Rocket blast off. However, they have unusual hair styles and land near a mansion. Everyone is beginning to argue with others and fight themselves. A Pokemon uses a move, stopping Team Rocket and calming them down. The gang is having a similar hair style, blaming Team Rocket for messing them up, well, except for Brock... They reach a fork, so Ash and May go left, since they are pretty much lost, anyway. Team Rocket are happy, even if they recall hating one another. Team Rocket break into the mansion for food.

They go inside, amazed by the view, but the door closes itself - creepily. Meowth sratches the door, but nothing happenes. They begin to argue, but the same Pokemon calms them down with a move. They are happy again, moving on inside the mansion. A storm approaches, resolving the curly hair, but not making them go on the right path. The gang spots a mansion, so they go inside. They knock, but with no answer, suspecting it might be abandoned or even haunted. The door opens (creepily), but when the thunder strikes, they go inside. The door closes, even Ash and Brock cannot get it opened. They spot some scratches on the door, creeping May out. Max and May begin to argue whose fault it was to get them here.

May thinks if Max was so know-it-all guy, he should take care of himself, so Max goes into another room. The door locks, so Ash and Brock ask May for assistance, but she refuses to help. Max hears that, so goes away. He becomes more and more furious, but the Pokemon "steals" his anger and disappears. Max spots the Pokemon - it is a Shuppet. Max introduces himself, but Shuppet goes away and reappears in a second, teasing him. Shuppet goes, so Max goes to it, but almost falls down the stairs, but it used Psychic, saving Max. Shuppet shows Max its amusement park - a room for playing, so Max plays with it for a while. Ash, Brock and May still search for Max.

A woman arrives, trying to unlock the door, but sees it opened already, even scratched from inside. Max and Shuppet go on a ride, but it does not work, so Shuppet uses Psychic to turn it around. Max hears Brock, Ash and May looking for him, so Max hides, seeing them searching. May thinks Max will just come back crying for food, so Max decides to tease her for a while. The gang enters a room which gets its door closed by itself. They see the curtain flattering, even if the window is closed, curiously enough... May thinks it is just a crack that passes the wind through. Next, Shuppet makes the objects levitate and shake, scaring them and making them leave the room. Everything is back to place.

May bumps into the woman, so the woman accuses them of breaking in and scratching the door. Brock begins to explain her that they got in and saw the door scratched, but then begins to go with his flirting scheme, so May pulls his ear. The woman understands now, and has a similar problem - objects levitate. The woman tries to redecorate the place to turn it into a hotel. The woman recalls that she lived here as a little girl, but scary things happened. The gang needs to split up to get Max. May sends Torchic, Ash his Swellow and Brock Mudkip. Max tells Shuppet of the fun they had, but hear someone approaching, so they hide. Team Rocket enter the room and begin to argue. Torchic enters the room, so Max suspects May does care about him, but thinks it is too late now.

Team Rocket appear to get Torchic, but Max has some second thoughts about rescuing it. Max thinks May with Torchic, but thinks what has she done to him, so makes a flashback where Max got ill and May tended to him. Max has no choice - Shuppet and him protect Torchic. James gets a card out where he scans the Pokemon - Shuppet. May overhears the fact Max protects her Torchic, "touching" her. May appears as well, protecting May from harm. Jessie sends Seviper and James his Cacnea. Seviper goes to bite, but is negated by Torchic's Quick Attack. Cacnea attacks with Pin Missile, but is foiled by Ember. Max leaves, per May's advice.

Seviper uses Poison Tail, but Torchic dodges, making a powerful blow. A drawer is falling, so May rushes to protect Max, but the drawer is pulled by Shuppet's Psychic. The rest come to them as well. Shuppet uses Psychic on objects which attack Team Rocket. The woman recalls Shuppet using same attacks, entertaining her. The woman (by the name of Emily) tries to make Shuppet remember her. Shuppet has realised that she's only older. Everyone is touched by the moment, but Team Rocket grab the Shuppet and go away into the baloon. Swellow goes after Shuppet. Cacnea uses Pin Missile to stop it, but it misses and Swellow uses Wing Attack, freeing Shuppet. Pikachu blasts them off with Thunder, showing their curly hair.

Max and May apologise to each other for the trouble they had. At the end of the day, Emily promises to make the hotel with Shuppet and invites the gang when it is done. They leave, waving goodbye.

Debuts

Trivia

  • Featured Pokemon: Tyrogue, Exploud, Dustox, Sealeo
  • In the beginning of the episode, a classic Pokemon identification can be seen. In this case, it is a Gastly.
  • The dub title of this episode is most likely based on the phrase "Take this job and shove it."
  • Despite showing interest and eagerly wanting to check out a "haunted" house in Taming of the Shroomish, May at first appeared to be troubled by the haunted house in this episode.
  • Shuppet's playroom is a lot like the one Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar had in The Tower of Terror.
  • This episode marks the first time May drags Brock away from a pretty woman by the ear.
  • This episode is featured on the Volume 9: Ghost copy of Pokémon Elements.

Errors

  • In a close-up of May during the scene when Max remembers how she took care of him when he was sick, her eyes are green instead of blue.
  • During the Trainer's Choice, Sealeo is pictured where Nuzleaf's name appears.
  • The Trainer's Choice claims Exploud would be a good match against Tyrogue despite Exploud being weak against Fighting-type Pokémon. The correct answer would be Dustox since it has a double resistance to Fighting-type moves.

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