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| Jump for Joy!
Beauty and the Beast!? Dirteng and Joi-san!
|| August 7, 2003
| United States
|| August 27, 2004
|| Team Ota
|| 十川誠志 Masashi Sogo
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
Jump for Joy! (Japanese: 美女と野獣！？ダーテングとジョーイさん！ Beauty And The Beast!? Dirteng and Joi-san)! is the 37th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 311th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on August 7, 2003 and in the United States on August 27, 2004.
While cutting through the mountains on their way to Mauville City, Ash and his friends decide to stop at a nearby Pokémon Center to rest for a while. Upon their arrival, however, they're met with an empty building; Nurse Joy is absent, and there's no sign of anyone else.
All of a sudden, Pikachu's ears perk up and it leaps from Ash's shoulder and bolts up the stairs to the second floor. The group follows Pikachu, turning into the first room they find, gasping at the sight; Papers lay strewn across the floor, slightly blown by the breeze coming from the open window, and on the left side of the room lay Ash's unconscious Pokémon. While Max makes the assumption that someone may have broken in, Ash rushes to his partner's side, soon mysteriously falling unconscious as well.
Meanwhile, somewhere out in the forest nearby, Team Rocket is laying within the leafy confines of a tree, enjoying the slight breeze as they soak in the sun. Their peace is soon disturbed, however, as a passing Shiftry flies by, bringing with it a gale that knocks the unsuspecting villains from their branch. They manage to spot the Pokémon before it disappears, planning on capturing it as a present for their boss.
Back at the Pokémon Center, Brock manages to wake both Ash and Pikachu. He then notices a bit of powder on the Electric-type's nose and, after careful examination, recognizes it to be Stun Spore. Concurrently, Max notices a security camera mounted over the door and suggests they check out the tapes. Through watching said tapes, the group learns that a Shiftry invaded Nurse Joy's room through the window, knocked her out using Stun Spore, and took her away. Ash checks his Pokédex and gains the useful knowledge that Shiftry are "said to live in the tops of trees that are over 1,000 years old." Something seems to dawn on Pikachu and it heads for the window, calling the others over. As they gaze out over the forest, they spot a large tree that stood above all of the others; It was decided they would start there.
As the four neared the tree, a group of Oddish jumped out from the bushes and attacked with Stun Spore, but it was easily blown away with a Gust attack from May's Beautifly. The Oddish retreated. As they proceeded even closer, the group was once again attacked, this time by a bunch of Seedot using Bullet Seed. May sends out her Torchic, scaring the grass Pokémon away with a super effective Ember attack. The four of them continue on, Team Rocket following closely behind. Next, they're jumped by a few Nuzleaf, which attempt to scare them away with Bullet Seed, but instead are driven into the trees by Ash's Taillow's Wing Attack. He recalls the bird Pokémon and they continue on their way, rushing faster than ever.
By this time, Shiftry has already arrived at the tree with Nurse Joy in hand, and he gently sets her down on a slab of wood. It isn't long before she wakes up, and at first, she is frightened of the Pokémon. All at once, a gigantic hoard of Oddish, Seedot and Nuzleaf rush into the room, surprising her. She then inquires as to why she was brought here, and the Pokémon part, a lone Seedot emerging from the group. It calls out to her, beckoning her to follow. She does, and it leads her to a Nuzleaf, who appears to be unconscious and under a severe fever. So that was why!
Suddenly, a rather flustered Nuzleaf enters the room and yells something to Shiftry, who jumps from the tree in rage.
Meanwhile, Ash and the group have nearly reached the tree. However, Pikachu suddenly stops and assumes a battle stance as Shiftry appears before them, looking extremely angry. Ash sends out Treecko, who rushes into a speedy Quick Attack, but Shiftry easily dodges it. The attack is returned with Shiftry's powerful Bullet Seed, which Treecko barely manages to dodge using a series of back handsprings. Ash tells Brock, Max, May and Pikachu to head to the tree while he subdues Shiftry. They agree and head off, Pikachu doing away with a few Nuzleaf using Thunderbolt along the way.
Treecko and Shiftry exchange a few equal blows before they're stopped by Team Rocket's sudden appearance. They proclaim that they'll be taking Shiftry right then and there!
Back inside the tree, Nurse Joy is busy taking care of Nuzleaf when May, Max, Brock and Pikachu arrive. They notice the sick Nuzleaf and realize that Shiftry only brought Nurse Joy there to help it. They explain that Shiftry is fighting with Ash, and she asks the group to help her treat Nuzleaf and afterwards take her to Shiftry. They agree.
Outside, Shiftry is still battling Ash and Team Rocket. With a Gust and Bullet Seed attack, Ash's Treecko is thrown to the ground and nearly knocked out. It then blows Team Rocket away with another Gust. Nurse Joy appears soon after and tells Shiftry that there's no need to fight. She assures it that she'll take good care of Nuzleaf, but she needs to go back to the Pokémon Center to get some supplies. Ash comments on how far away it is, but Brock has an idea. He asks Shiftry if it can take him back to the Pokémon Center, and the Pokémon agrees, grabbing the unsuspecting Pokémon Breeder and zooming off into the forest with incredible speed.
After the treatment with Nuzleaf is completed, it wakes up, and Nurse Joy proclaims that it will be just fine. The group then takes Nurse Joy back to the Pokémon Center after being thanked by Shiftry and the other Pokémon.
After they say their farewells, Ash and his friends continue on towards Mauville City...
Who’s That Pokémon?: Seedot
- For reasons unknown, this episode, as well as A Different Kind Of Misty, A Pokéblock Party, and Watt's With Wattson? aired only twice on American TV. These may be classified as the lost TV episodes since Pokémon Advanced underwent a three month hiatus on Kids' WB!.
- However, they can still be obtained on Volume 8 of the Advanced DVD and the Advanced DVD Box Set, and they were played once more on Cartoon Network's Pokémon Episodes that are new to the network in the summer of 2008.
- Though Who's That Pokémon? is supposed to be completely random, Shifty's pre-evolutions, Seedot and Nuzleaf, were this episode and the previous episode's Who's That Pokémon?, respectively.
- Throughout the episode, an attack that involved a shiny blue powder that made things fall asleep was referred to as Stun Spore in the dub. This attack was obviously Sleep Powder.
- When Ash's Taillow uses Wing Attack on wild Nuzleaf, its wings are not glowing.
- When the group watches the security camera footage and first see Nurse Joy, the window and curtains disappear. They reappear in the later scenes. Also, when Nurse Joy checks the window in the security camera footage, it was wide open. However, at the beginning of the episode, the window was only slightly open.
- There were a few scenes where May called out her Pokémon and she was not wearing her gloves.
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