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| The Case of the K-9 Caper!
Police Dog Gardie
|| July 16, 1998
| United States
|| April 10, 1999
|| Team Ota
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Assistant director
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Animation director
|| 井坂純子 Junko Isaka
| Additional credits
The Case of the K-9 Caper! (Japanese: けいさつけんガーディ Police Dog Gardie) is the 54th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 16, 1998 and in the United States on April 10, 1999.
Ash, Misty, and Brock are traveling through the forest heading to Cinnabar Island when they hear Officer Jenny's voice calling after a thief. Looking round they see a man with a sack over his shoulder and a gun in hand. Ash orders Pikachu to attack the thief but seeing the gun in the man's hand Pikachu hides and refuses to attack. Once again the trio hear Jenny's voice, this time ordering a Growlithe to attack the thief which it does knocking him down and sending the gun flying from his grasp. The thief now safely disarmed Pikachu has no cause to fear and Ash quickly orders Pikachu to attack, shocking the thief with a ThunderShock.
However the Growlithe then turn on Ash and his friends surrounding them in a circle as Jenny and two other policemen rush to the thief's side. Confronting the trio Jenny reveals that the "thief" was in fact a police officer helping to train the canine police unit. Realizing their honest mistake Jenny calls off the Growlithe squad lining them up and introducing the trio to them as "new friends".
Meanwhile Team Rocket are watching from a nearby tree, commenting that the boss would love it if they captured police trained Pokémon as James announces he has come up with the perfect plan to steal the Growlithe.
Later that evening the Ash, Misty and Brock are sitting down to a hearty meal at the training facility. As the conversation turns to discussing the day's events Ash remarks that the Growlithe tasked with bringing down the thief-impersonator was braver than Pikachu, however Brock and Misty quickly point out that Pikachu could have been very badly hurt by a gun-wielding opponent. Jenny backs them saying that to attack an armed opponent is very dangerous unless the Pokémon has special training. Ash expresses interest in training Pikachu along with the police Growlithe in order to improve its battling abilities, Jenny agrees to let Pikachu participate in the training class they will be running tomorrow. During this conversation Togepi wandered off after a piece of food that rolled to the edge of the table seeing it about to fall off Pikachu rushes to save it but instead it is Pikachu that overbalances and falls off the edge of the table.
The morning is heralded by a crowing Dodrio as Ash and his friends sleep in their bunks, however their sleep is cut short by Jenny's whistle as she wakes Ash up for their training at four o'clock in the morning.
The training begins with an obstacle course that, as Ash is surprised to learn, is to be completed by both the Trainer and their Pokémon. The first obstacle is a wire net under which the runners must crawl, leading to problems as, despite its small size, Pikachu's tail gets caught in the wire, shocking Ash as it attempts to use its electricity to free itself. Next is a high wall which Jenny and Growlithe scale easily but which Ash fails to get over, falling backward on top of Pikachu resulting in another shock for Ash.
After the test Brock questions the wisdom of the training program, believing that Pikachu is already very powerful. When Ash asks if Pikachu wants to be as tough as Growlithe it bows its head exhausted from their training. This discussion is interrupted as a van painted to resemble a Growlithe breaks through the wall of the compound.
Team Rocket emerge from the van and as the dust from their entry clears begin their motto. Naturally the van is quickly surrounded by Growlithe as Team Rocket outline their plan to use the Growlithe to commit crimes. Quickly they don gas masks and begin to spray gas from a bottle marked with a picture of Gloom causing the heroes and Officer Jenny to cough as well as disabling the Growlithe's sense of smell. Selecting a second canister, this time marked with Psyduck they once again spray the gas around the compound. Everyone who inhaled the gas finds that their voice has become high and squeaky. As Jenny tries to order the Growlithe to arrest Team Rocket she finds that they no longer respond to her voice, no longer recognizing it in its altered state.
Quickly changing costumes, Team Rocket put on police uniforms, and use a loud speaker to impersonate Officer Jenny's voice. The Growlithe, unable to smell, immediately trust Team Rocket and follow their orders to arrest Jenny, tying her up with rope. with Jenny subdued, the team begin ordering the Growlithe into the van, as the trio attempt to stop them. Jessie, still using Jenny's voice, orders the Growlithe to surround Ash and his friends. Their attempts to fight back are foiled by the fact that they left their Poké Balls in bed. However Pikachu scares the Growlithe back with an electric attack.
Jessie quickly changes her costume to resemble Ash and switches her megaphone to mimic Ash's voice and orders it into the van with the Growlithe. Pikachu's ears prick up at the sound of Ash's voice but after a moment of confusion it returns to Ash's side, recognizing what is in each others hearts. Realizing that they can't capture Pikachu using fake voices, Team Rocket, using Jenny's voice once more, order the Growlithe to attack, but Pikachu leaps into the air and uses ThunderShock to defeat the Growlithe sent to attack. However the effort of the attack left Pikachu dizzy and unable to defeat the remaining Growlithe.
However, at this point Jigglypuff entered but left after only singing a few notes, insufficient to put anyone to sleep. During this distraction Jenny was able to work herself free from the ropes, and to attempt to regain control of the canine squad. Jessie orders them to attack Jenny, and a Growlithe bites her hand but then remembers Jenny training it and holding it as a puppy. Recognizing at last the deception, the Growlithe turn on Team Rocket who in desperation begin changing their voices. However they only get each others voices and
Meowth's. Meowth, seeing that the game is up, drives the van out of the yard, with Jessie and James following behind.
As they say farewell to Officer Jenny, Ash realizes that Pikachu doesn't have to train with the canine squad to be the perfect Pokémon. Brock uses Team Rocket's abandoned megaphone to hear Jenny's voice saying she loves him, to the embarrassment of Ash and Misty and the amusement of Jenny herself.
As they leave, Brock, feeling Team Rocket's megaphone is useless, abandons it only for Jigglypuff to find it.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Growlithe
- The Gloom smoke used by Team Rocket may reference the potion they got from Pokémon Scent-sation!.
- Pokémon Ondo replaced Fantasy in My Pocket as the ending.
- This is one of the few episodes where Rachael Lillis had to provide Pikachu's voice.
- Although it was never aired in syndicated form in Cartoon Network in 2003, it finally made its debut on September 14, 2007 at 6:30 AM ET.
- Ash had six Poké Balls on his bed even though he doesn't use Pikachu's.
- This episode is preceded by different episodes between the original Japanese version and dubbed versions. The episode is preceded by The Purr-fect Hero in the original Japanese version and by Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden in the dub.
- This is the last episode to air in Japan before the debut of the first movie Mewtwo Strikes Back.
- This is the only episode until its final appearance to have Jigglypuff sing its song in its entirety without one of the characters falling asleep.
- Oddly, though another episode was banned in the U.S., allegedly for scenes containing firearms, the opening scene in this episode shows a burglar with a pistol. In this case, however, it was never pointed at another person or fired and was implied to be a fake, considering the situation (the "burglar" was acting in a training exercise for the Growlithe).
- This is one of the few episodes where Team Rocket does not get blasted off.
- When Meowth's voice was high-pitched, he said "I sound like one of the Chipmunks!", a reference to Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- When Jessie from Team Rocket changes into the Ash costume to try to fool Pikachu, she comes back and says "Pikachu" under Ash's voice, yet in the next scene, she turns the dial to Ash on her voice changer.
- When Team Rocket sprays the Gloom gas, it's an orange color like the pollen of Gloom, but when it shows Ash, Misty, and Brock coughing from the smell, it's purple colored like the Psyduck gas instead.
- When Team Rocket sprays the gas from the Psyduck canister, the voices of every human and Pokémon become high and squeaky, except for the voices of the Growlithe.
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