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| The Right Place and the Right Mime
Ōkido Laboratory! All Members Assemble!
|| June 30, 2005
| United States
|| April 15, 2006
|| Team Ota
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
| Assistant director
|| 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
The Right Place and the Right Mime (Japanese: オーキド研究所！全員集合！！ Ōkido Laboratory! All Members Assemble!) is the 133rd episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 407th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on June 30, 2005 and in the United States on April 15, 2006.
The episode begins peacefully back in Pallet Town, where Ash has returned once again after his tough battles in Hoenn. In Ash's house we find Mimey, Delia's Mr. Mime sweeping while Delia herself ponders her son's return while cleaning the dishes and what she will cook for dinner that evening. A ring at the doorbell snaps her from her thinking, and Mimey answers the door to find Bulbasaur, Combusken and Munchlax smiling happily. Mimey is shocked to find three Pokémon on their doorstep, and Delia comes out of the kitchen wondering who it could possibly be. Just as she does so, May pops her head around the door and greets her.
Over at Oak's Laboratory, Misty, Max and Tracey are examining the three starter Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) which will be soon handed out to a young Pokémon Trainer so he or she can begin their journey. Max comments that they are cute, and attempts to stroke the young Squirtle, causing the Pokémon to start crying its eyes out in fear. Max apologizes, and the Squirtle pouts and goes back to eating its food. While all this has been going on, Tracey has been busy drawing a picture of the three Pokémon, which Max is very impressed by. Tracey tells him how Oak also sketched Pokémon in his youth. Max then goes on to say how Tracey must be a great Pokémon Watcher to be Professor Oak's assistant, and wonders what it would be like to watch Pokémon and sketch them like Tracey does. All this talking has apparently bored and tired out the three young Pokémon, and Misty suggests that they should take a rest in their Poké Balls, and Tracey agrees. Just as he is about to take the Poké Balls to do so, Max asks if he can call them back to their balls instead. Tracey doesn't see why not, and Max proceeds to call Bulbasaur and Charmander back to their balls. However, the young Squirtle does not understand where his friends have gone and so when Max tries to call it back too, it runs off crying. After being chased by Max around the lab, the crying Squirtle jumps into the arms of May who has just come up the stairs to meet them along with Ash's Mother. Max is shocked to see his sister, who scolds him and says that he needs to be gentler with Pokémon.
Just then Ash, Professor Oak and Professor Birch appear and Birch greets May. May is confused as to why Professor Birch is here, and Max explains that the Professor brought him here. May apologizes if her brother has caused him any trouble, but Birch relies that it was his pleasure... before Ash's Muk appears behind him and gives Birch a slimy hug. Ash tells Muk to get off Professor Birch, but Muk shakes its head; it's having too much fun. Professor Oak smiles and sweat-drops, knowing exactly what Birch is going through.
Downstairs, the group are enjoying some afternoon tea as May asks Ash about the Battle Frontier. Ash explains that it is a challenge that is set across Kanto, with several different Frontier Brains to battle against, each one giving over a Frontier Symbol if you beat them... much like badges. May says that is sounds amazing, and Ash becomes excited at the challenges ahead. Delia mentions that there are Contest Halls in Kanto too, and May becomes excited at the prospect of any set of Contests to try. Ash asks if May wants to come along with him, and May agrees. However, Ash mentions that they will be leaving tomorrow, which shocks Delia at first before she remembers that her son has always been like this, coming back from one adventure and then leaving on another.
Outside Oak's Lab, Team Rocket are skulking about, in the bushes planning on breaking into Oak's lab to steal the Pokémon along with Pikachu inside.
Back inside the lab, Oak asks Delia if she's worried about Ash leaving again on another journey so soon after coming back. She isn't, however, as she knows that that is what he must do as a trainer and that she'll do whatever she can to support him when he comes back home.
In Oak's fields, Ash, May and Max decide to go meet and greet the rest of Ash's Pokémon from his previous adventures. May and Max are amazed when they see Ash's Snorlax, who then wakes up and waves at its trainer happily. Suddenly May remembers her Pokémon, and calls them out to say hello to Snorlax. Ash asks where Beautifly and Skitty are, and May tells him that she left them in Petalburg City. Beautifly is with her mother (who is likely reminded of the romance with Norman as newlyweds, and so quite taken with Beautifly), while Skitty settled into Norman's greenhouse and was more than happy just to stay there. The conversation is cut short however, as the group hear a loud rumbling sound behind them, which turns out to be Ash's Pokémon running up to greet their trainer after a long time of not seeing him. Stampeding towards them are the various Tauros, along with Bulbasaur, Totodile, Cyndaquil, Bayleef, Heracross, Noctowl, Kingler and Phanpy. The Tauros don't stop however, and are so pleased to see Ash that he is swept away by the stampede on one of the Tauros' back. Bayleef looks distraught at this, while Pikachu greets Phanpy and the two Bulbasaur shake vines. Bayleef runs after Ash, who is still on the back of one of his Tauros, but cannot catch up to them until Tracey and Misty appear and Tracey uses his Marill's Water Gun to push them back, allowing Bayleef to save Ash with her Vine Whip.
Ash thanks Bayleef while the Template:Type2 Pokémon snuggles up to him. Misty and Tracey then run up with the three starter Pokémon, and Misty asks Ash if he is alright. Ash says that he is, and that he's a little surprised at how strong his Tauros are. Misty tells him that Pokémon take after their Trainers, and teases him about knowing a 'certain Trainer' that has been running wild.
Max and May come running with the rest of Ash's Pokémon, and Squirtle once again jumps into May's arms. Tracey suggests that Ash should introduce his new Pokémon to his old ones, and calls them out, and Max is amazed at how many Pokémon Ash has. Corphish and Kingler shake claws, while Totodile dances with Glalie, Cyndaquil greets Torkoal, Noctowl greets Swellow and Pikachu plays with Phanpy. Grovyle and Heracross also shake hands.
As the group talks amongst themselves, Jessie, James, Meowth and Wobbuffet emerge from the bushes in which they were hiding posing as presenters from 'Pokémon Sunday' with Wobbuffet acting as cameraman. Jessie says that they are here to interview Ash after his amazing performance in the Hoenn League, and Ash blushes. Just as Wobbuffet is about to scream its name, James leaps over and covers its mouth and Meowth nervously suggests that they get a shot of everybody and their Pokémon. Max becomes excited at the thought of being on television, while May checks her hair and Misty blushes at the thought of being a star.
As the group and their Pokémon all line up, James asks them if they wouldn't mind stepping back to get into shot. The group does so, but end up falling into one of Team Rocket's pitfalls! Noctowl and Swellow try to fly up, but Team Rocket cover the whole with a net preventing them from escaping. Ash orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, but the attack does nothing against Team Rocket's electric proof net. Misty wonders what is going on, and that prompts Team Rocket to recite their motto. When they finish, Misty asks why they are still following them around even after all this time. Jessie gets angry at this comment, but before she can do anything Ash orders Grovyle to slice through the net covering the hole with its Leaf Blade. Grovyle does so, and Noctowl and Swellow fly out.
Jessie, frustrated that they were able to escape, angrily asks Meowth why they were able to get out of the net... but Meowth only made the net Pikachu proof, and not other-Pokémon proof. Just as Ash and the rest of the group manage to crawl out of the pitfall, James tells Meowth that its time to go the Plan B, and Meowth presses a button on a remote causing the ground to start shaking. When the dust clears, a huge purple robot with sucking arms stands over the group, while Team Rocket laugh inside. They turn on the robot's sucking arms, which generates a huge sucking power which nearly gets Totodile and Charmander before Ash's Bulbasaur pull them back with Vine Whip. As Team Rocket continue to pull them in, Squirtle cries in May's arms while May attempts to comfort the distraught Pokémon. Back in the robot, James tells Meowth to go to full power but is stopped when Ash tells Snorlax to attack the robot, knocking it over and sending Team Rocket crashing into the ground. Now out of the robot, they decide to get back to basics as they send out Seviper and Cacnea to fight against the group. Having different ideas however, Cacnea leaps back at James and hugs him. Professor Birch, Professor Oak and Delia come out of the lab to see what all the commotion is. Birch recognizes them as Team Rocket, and Professor Oak remarks that those three are still at their old tricks. Not standing for them trying to steal Pokémon, Birch decides to deal with them himself and pulls out a Poké Ball, but is stopped by Delia who tells him that he should leave it to her son and his friends to deal with: it's their fight.
Back to the battle, Jessie orders Seviper to use Poison Tail, and Ash counters by telling Bulbasaur to use Vine Whip. Bulbasaur does so, knocking back Seviper's tail and smashing straight into the snake Pokémon. James gets into the action, and tells Cacnea to use Pin Missile, and May tells her Bulbasaur to use Petal Dance, knocking back the Pin Missile and attacking Cacnea. Jessie shouts at the Pokémon to get their act together, and tells Seviper to use Bite attack and James tells Cacnea to use Needle Arm. Deciding to finish them off, Ash tells Bulbasaur to use SolarBeam which smashes straight into Cacnea and Seviper, sending them blasting off. Realizing that they're beat, Team Rocket attempt to sneak away but are stopped by Tracey and Misty, who team up their Marill and Azurill and use a double Water Gun sending Jessie, James Meowth and Wobbuffet smashing into their robot. May then tells Combusken to use Flamethrower, and Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt causing the robot to explode and send them blasting off after their Pokémon. As the group celebrate, Delia says that she knew that they would be alright.
Back in the lab, Tracey tries again to recall Squirtle back into its Poké Ball, but the baby Pokémon is having none of it and jumps straight back into May's arms. Birch comments that maybe Squirtle would be better off with May, and asks Professor Oak what he thinks. Oak then asks May if she would like to take care of Squirtle, and May says that she would and thanks the Professor. Oak then asks her if she would like to leave her Bulbasaur at the lab, and May says that she will, because Ash's Bulbasaur will be able to teach it a lot. Oak is glad that he has another Pokémon to take care of in the lab, along with Glalie and Torkoal who Ash has decided to leave with him also. He then pulls out two brand new Pokédexes, and gives them to May and Ash who thank him. Max is a little jealous that everybody got something and he didn't, but Tracey surprises him with an updated PokéNav containing all the Battle Frontier data. Max is excited and starts looking for the new data on the updated device, and tells the group that the nearest Frontier facility is near Cerulean City, and Ash says that that's near where Misty is heading so Misty decides to join the group on their way there.
Later that day, the group decide to leave and Ash says his goodbyes to his mother. Delia tells him to be okay, and Max jumps in and says that Ash will, as long as he is there. Just as they are about to depart, Ash's Phanpy runs up and Ash asks it if it would like to come along with them.
Saying goodbye, Ash along with a group of his friends, leave Pallet Town once more. Just as they leave, Brock, having seen his family in Pewter City appears to re-join the group again.
- Misty's backpack is shaped like a Spheal.
- This the last episode where Tracey, Professor Oak, and Delia are voiced by Ted Lewis, Stan Hart, and Veronica Taylor, respectively.
- The dub title is a pun on the term "in the right place at the right time".
- Many are confused why the dub title was chosen for this episode being that it has almost nothing to do with Mr. Mime or miming in general. One theory suggests that it is named because May receives another Kanto starter Pokémon that is also owned by Ash, so that in a way she is copying him.
Team Rocket... presenting Pokémon Sunday?
- This episode has the distinction of being one of three featuring the most leads in a single episode. It features May, Max, Tracey, Misty, Brock, Jessie, James, Meowth, and, of course, Ash and Pikachu. The only leads to not appear in this episode are Togepi, which was released in A Togepi Mirage!, and Dawn and her Piplup, who wouldn't appear for another 59 episodes.
- Ash's Phanpy is the first Pokémon to rejoin a main character's team for a full-time basis.
- Tracey mentions to Max that Professor Oak used to draw Pokémon, a reference to Celebi: Voice of the Forest where the young Samuel Oak was indeed regularly seen sketching Pokémon.
- In a reference that was completely lost on Western audiences, Team Rocket's disguise during this episode has Jessie, James, Meowth and Wobbuffet dress up as characters from the Japanese television show Pokémon Sunday, which is a companion to the main series (with Jessie dressed up as Becky, James dressed up as Red-Hakase, Meowth dressed up as Golgo-Sachou and Wobbuffet dressed up as the cameraman from the show). It was also mentioned that they were from a show called Pokémon Sunday Showcase.
This episode has the secondmost amount of Bulbasaur (3), behind only Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden.
- In a shot of Ash and Bayleef, part of Ash's hair is missing.
Pokémon Trainer's Choice
- Question: Which of these Pokémon does not change during battle?
- Choices: Kecleon, Swalot, Castform
- Answer: Ok, trainers! If you chose Swalot, you were right!
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