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AG081: Take This House and Shuppet

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Take This House and Shuppet
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: Emily's 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)
To protect themselves from the rain, the gang takes shelter in an old mansion. After an argument with May, Max runs off and befriends a Shuppet, using its psychic abilities to play pranks on the others.
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge


After an another blast-off, Team Rocket crash lands in front of a mansion and start to argue. But a beam fired by a Shuppet hidden in the bushes calms them down. They enter the mansion in search for food, but the door locks behind them. They start to argue again, but are again calmed by Shuppet.

Ash and friends are lost outside when it starts to rain. They eventually make their way to the mansion and get locked inside as well. May and Max start to argue and Max runs off.

Max runs into Shuppet and the two of them explore the mansion and play. They overhear May still saying some nasty things about Max, so Shuppet plays a joke on the kids by using Psychic to move things around in mid-air.

May meets Emily, the owner of the mansion. Emily wants to turn the mansion into a hotel, but can't because it appears to be haunted. Everyone splits up to look for Max.

Max and Shuppet are hiding when Team Rocket comes in, followed by May's Torchic. When they threaten the little Fire-type, Max jumps out to protect it. May comes in and battles with Team Rocket. An armoire almost falls on May and Max, but Shuppet stops it.

Emily recognizes the Shuppet from her childhood, but Team Rocket grabs it, flying off in a balloon. Ash's Swellow breaks Shuppet free and Pikachu sends the crooks blasting off.

Max and May apologize to each other and Emily bids them all farewell.



  • 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.


  • 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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