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Best Wishes series
BW011   EP668
Ishizumai! Take Back Your House!!
First broadcast
Japan December 2, 2010
United States
English themes
Japanese themes
Opening ベストウイッシュ!
Ending 心のファンファーレ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Assistant director 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Animation director 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
Additional credits

(Japanese: イシズマイ!自分の家をとりもどせ!! Ishizumai! Take Back Your House!!) is the 11th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 668th episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan on December 2, 2010.

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The episode begins with Ash and co. stopping for lunch along a stream on their way to Nacrene City. Cilan is adding the final touches to his potato salad sandwiches as Pikachu and Axew dine on bowls of Pokémon food. Suddenly, Axew senses sometime and walks towards some boulders. Pikachu tries getting Axew to go back to the table, when Axew refuses Pikachu looks to see what Axew found. A small, crustacean-like Pokémon appears behind a small rock and begins tapping on the stone. Their trainers come over to see what's going on and Cilan recognizes the Pokémon as Ishizumai without its rock as Ash scans it in his PokéDex. Iris realizes that they're witnessing an Ishizumai building its own shell, an event rarely seen by humans. The Ishizumai then knocks the rock onto its side and begins carving it with its claws.

Making a few finishing touches, the Ishizumai fires something against the rock, which Ash's PokéDex identifies as the corrosive spit that the Ishizumai uses to construct its home. It sticks its tail into the shell, adjusts it, and the Ishizumai seems satisfied with its creation. The Ishizumai starts to head on its way when suddenly three Ishizumai appear from under the ground. Two of the Ishizumai then attack the first Ishizumai and the leader Ishizumai then takes the new shell of the Ishizumai and uses its corrosive liquid to attach it to its own shell. Ash calls out to the thieving Ishizumai, but they just burrow under ground and the now shell-less Ishizumai burrows after them. Cilan calls out his Pansage to follow the Ishizumai underground.

Pansage returns later along with the Ishizumai, unsuccessful in retrieving its shell. Cilan goes over to greet the Ishizumai, but it flees. Ash and Cilan chase after it, and Iris bounds ahead and corners it, telling it not to be afraid. When Pikachu tries to reason with the Ishizumai, it retaliates using Slash in an attempt to defend itself, breaking up the ground into small rocks, one of which happens to directly hit Pansage on the head. Cilan cries out to Pansage and Ishizumai takes concern in harming Pansage when he was originally fending off Pikachu, and apologizes to Pansage. Cilan applies some Super Potion on Pansage's wound as Ishizumai apologizes for the mishap again. They all forgive the Ishizumai, as it has had a bad experience itself. Iris asks if it could build a new house again which the Ishizumai refuses. Ash offers to help it get its house back but the Ishizumai refuses and burrows underground. Cilan mentions the first order of business is to find the three Ishizumai that stole its home.

The next scene has Flint standing on a sidewalk when Team Rocket appears. The four of them then walk into an abandoned subway tunnel until they reach a station. Flint then tells them that their objective is to research a meteorite, a critical key to the major project. They are then informed to infiltrate the Antimony Research Facility to obtain information of the Meteorite, and with that they take their leave.

That evening, the kids are still searching for the Ishizumai who ambushed their new friend. Pidove searching from the skies and Pansage searching from underground. The shell-less Ishizumai also returns empty handed. Cilan suggests that they resume their search tomorrow, and they all take a break to have dinner. However, while they're eating, Pansage begins feeling under the weather and suddenly passes out. Cilan holds his hand to Pansage's head revealing that the Pokémon is experiencing a high fever from the rock that hit it earlier that day. This causes Ishizumai to feel incredibly guilty. Cilan is concerned since he has no medication for his partner, however Iris says that she can help with her knowledge of herbalism. She returns with an herb she and Axew found earlier and grind it in a mortar for Pansage. Once it's finished, she spoon feeds the medicine to Pansage and says that after a good night's rest Pansage's fever will disappear. Ash is thoroughly impressed with Iris's skill and thanks her and Axew for their help.

That night, while everyone slept, Ishizumai stayed close to Pansage and tended to it when its washcloth would fall off its head or tuck it in. Cilan awakes after seeing how concerned Ishizumai is, says that it shouldn't worry too much or else it won't have the strength to get its home back if they find that Ishizumai trio. It then fixes Pansage's blanket and falls asleep next to it. Elsewhere, Team Rocket has begun execution of their mission to infiltrate the research facility and obtain information of the meteorite. Once inside, James sends down a small robot that creates a link between the master computer and their laptop. After breaching the security protocols, they obtain the data they were sent to retrieve.

The next morning, Pansage is back to its cheerful self and completely fine. Cilan informs Pansage that Ishizumai had been at its bedside all night, and the group prepare to get Ishizumai's house back. Pansage successfully finds them underground and forces them out. The trio then high tail it out of there but Axew follows them. Though they suddenly disappear inside their shells, disguising themselves among the boulders. However Axew tricks them into coming out as the others catch up. The shell-less Ishizumai then goes in to attack when the two lesser Ishizumai attempt to hit it with their shells. Ishizumai is hit by one of the others and Pikachu goes into the fray to help but the shell-less Ishizumai wants to fight on its own. It then goes in for a Slash attack but it's too slow against the other Ishizumai's Slash. Again and again it is defeated until it is knocked out and three thieving Ishizumai then burrow underground.

They then decide to come up with a plan rather than rushing into battle without one. Cilan decides to use Pokémon food to separate the Ishizumai so that the shell-less Ishizumai can take them on one at a time. They tie rope to bowls full of Pokémon food and tie them to Pansage, Pikachu, and Axew. When the Ishizumai appear to eat, the three Pokémon run, causing the bowls to be separated in three directions, and their respective Ishizumai chase after them. The first is taken out by accidentally knocking down a boulder on itself, which sent it flying. The second gets stuck between two stones because of its shell and is knocked out with an X-Scissor. The leader Ishizumai is now alone and the shell-less Ishizumai is able to have a one on one battle with it. It goes in for a Slash attack but the leader turns and uses the shell it stole as a shield. Not wanting to attack its own home, the shell-less Ishizumai is forced to stop its attack. It is then hit by a powerful Knock Down from the leader, and then has it follow him under a covered area. However the stacked shells make it impossible for the leader Ishizumai to fit and it is hit by an X-Scissor from the shell-less Ishizumai. A surprise Slash attack catches the shell-less Ishizumai off guard but it comes back with a Shell Smash so powerful that it shatters the leader's shell without harming its own shell. Defeated, and now homeless, the leader Ishizumai flees. The shell-less Ishizumai checks its home to make sure it is unaltered and happily slips its tail back into it and jumps with glee that it has retrieved its stolen home.

Team Rocket report back to Flint with the data they were able to retrieve the night before, and Flint leaves to report back to Giovanni. Ash and co. decide it's time to continue on their way to Nacrene City and say their goodbyes to the Ishizumai they helped. But as they walk away, the Ishizumai chases after Cilan who asks if it needs anything. Iris suggests that the Ishizumai wants to be a part of Cilan's party. After evaluating the Ishizumai's personality, he agrees that it would be a great Pokémon to have and tosses a Poké ball into the air, and Ishizumai jumps up and activates the Poké ball, allowing itself to be be captured. Happy to have a new friend on the team, the trio continue on their way to Nacrene City into the sunset, and the episode ends.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts






One of Pansage's ear errors
  • In the opening shot of the group at the start of the episode, Cilan is not wearing an apron. In a few scenes later, he has an apron on.
  • During the scene were Pansage feels better, for a split second, the inside of its ear is the same color of its skin rather than being green.

Dub edits

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