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| Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit!
Emonga Joins Rocket-dan!
|| September 5, 2013
| United States
|| November 16, 2013
|| Team Kato
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation director
|| 案浦達哉 Tatsuya Annoura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit! (Japanese: エモンガ、ロケット団に入る！ Emonga Joins Rocket-dan!) is the 139th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 796th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 5, 2013 and in the United States on November 16, 2013.
While Alexa is getting her video equipment repaired, Ash, Iris, and Cilan take some time off to have a relaxing lunch on shore. At least, that’s the plan, but the Pokémon keep getting into little squabbles over the food. Eventually Emolga unleashes its Discharge attack to zap everyone who’s annoying it, prompting a scolding from Iris.
After lunch, Iris sees Emolga and Axew playing together, and asks Emolga to keep an eye on Axew for her. But when her back is turned, Axew disturbs a Galvantula and gets zapped! Emolga tries to help, but it runs into Axew by mistake, and Axew ends up with a nasty bump on its head. When Iris sees the bump—and the lingering electricity from Galvantula’s attack—she blames Emolga, who flies off in a huff...
...only to land right in the middle of a Team Rocket strategy meeting! After a sudden battle in which Emolga takes down Woobat and Yamask, then Frillish and Amoonguss, all without breaking a sweat, Jessie adopts a new strategy and invites Emolga to become part of Team Rocket!
Iris is now worried about what happened to Emolga, and our heroes set off on a search. They find Emolga with Jessie, James, and Meowth, and the villains have gotten their hands on Axew as well. The sudden appearance of an angry Exploud gives Team Rocket cover to escape, and off they go.
Our heroes need to find Team Rocket and get to the bottom of what’s going on, so Charizard and Dragonite go off to look for the villains. Soon, a nasty battle ensues, and although Meowth overhears Emolga’s plan—it’s only pretending to join them so it can get back at Iris for the earlier misunderstanding—Team Rocket still has that angry Exploud to exploit! More battling ensues, but Team Rocket, along with Exploud, are sent blasting off again.
All this time, Axew has been trying to let Iris know what really happened with the Galvantula, and when she finally pays attention, she finds that she can understand what Axew is thinking! Iris realizes she’s made a huge mistake by accusing Emolga of something it didn’t do. After she apologizes, everything is forgiven and life gets back to normal. Cilan even speculates that Iris’s skill at understanding Axew’s thoughts could very well be another step on her path to becoming a Dragon Master!
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Waiting for the Decolore cruise ship to sail after the evening, Alexa is telling Ash and his friends that her camcorder isn't working, and she can't make photos no more. So without further ado, Alexa and her Helioptile leaves our heroes temporarily to repair her camcorder. Meanwhile, back to our heroes, Ash, Iris and Cilan are spending a while in a meadow, having a relaxing picnic, while realeasing all of their Pokémon to gorge down on some food. At this time, Oshawott ate his meal, and then he jumped to eat Pignite's meal. Suddenly, Pignite noticed that his bowl is empty because Oshawott ate his meal. Pignite became very angry and punched Oshawott very hard, and then Oshawott knocked Emolga along with her food. She was very angry at Oshawott and used Discharge on him for spilling her food. Then Iris arrives and warned her not to use Discharge on the other Pokémon, but Emolga ignored her warning. Later, Scraggy was walking happily on the grass, when suddenly, he notes Emolga sitting on the boulder and eating her Pokémon food so nobody would disturb her again. Emolga wasn't happy at all, she was still angry. Then Scraggy goes to her to check what she is doing, but when Emolga looked at him, she turned left and does not want to talk to him. But then, Scraggy got mad at Emolga, who had ignored him, and Scraggy used his Headbutt on her, while she dodged his attack. Instead of attacking Emolga, Scraggy knocked her food and then spilled it. When Emolga notices her food has been spilled again, she's really furious this time. Emolga uses Discharge on Scraggy, who spilled her food. Then Iris arrived and warned Emolga to stop using her Discharge on the other Pokémon again, while Emolga once again ignored her warning. Later, Axew and Emolga are playing together around the rock where Snivy is sitting.
Iris tells Emolga to make sure Axew does not get hurt and Emolga agrees. When they both stop by a tree, a Galvantula appears and hits Axew with Electro Ball, much to Emolga's anger. But before something could happen, the wind causes Emolga to bump into Axew as he rolls down the hill and crashes into the same rock. This causes Axew to cry and have a bump on his head. Iris, Ash, and Cilan appears to see what happened. Iris picks up her injured Axew, but Cilan checks the bump on Axew's head, sparks appear and Iris accused Emolga for attacking Axew. Emolga tries to explain, but Snivy smacked her with one of her vines. Iris demands Emolga to apologize to Axew, making Emolga really upset and storm off. As Ash and his friends walk away to take care of Axew, Axew sadly looks back to where Emolga flies off.
As Emolga glides through the air, she loses her balance and falls to where Team Rocket are. Jessie and James's Pokémon try to engage in a battle with her, but Emolga easily defeats them with a Discharge-Hidden Power combo. After what seems to be an overwhelming victory, Jessie convinces James and Meowth so they invite her to join their side. Emolga, not thinking that anything is up, joins forces with the trio.
Elsewhere, Axew is fully recovered by Cilan's Super Potion. Iris was wondering what's up with Axew, causing Axew to wander off. She then realizes that Emolga didn't come back yet and Ash agrees. Ash returns all of his Pokemon, expect Snivy who wanted to stay out because she's worried about Axew. As Snivy follows Axew, Iris recalled two of her Pokemon and Cilan recalled Pansage.
While Iris is wondering about where Emolga is, Team Rocket shows up, and recites their motto with Emolga joining in. Everyone is shocked that Emolga joined up with Team Rocket. But before Ash and his friends can act, James takes out Yamask and distracts everyone using Haze. Emolga pulls Axew out of the smoke, as Snivy stops her with Vine Whip. Iris asks why Emolga is doing this as Emolga turns away. Then Snivy and Emolga started arguing and Meowth was a little shocked by this and decides not to tell his crew anything. Snivy attacks Emolga with Vine Whip and Emolga returned the favor with Hidden Power but Snivy dodges. Emolga uses another Hidden Power but this time Snivy deflected it with Leaf Blade. The orb went straight through the trees and through a cave where a wild Exploud is sleeping. This causes to wake up Exploud and smoke coming out of its holes. Back in the forest, Snivy got hit by Emolga's Discharge and they started arguing again. Snivy hits Emolga with Leaf Blade as Ash and Pikachu steps in to stop Snivy from fighting. Then a wild Exploud from the cave appears out of the bushes and launches a Flamethrower. Ash looks it up in the Pokedex but as he finishes, Exploud unleashes another Flamethrower at Ash who manages to avoid in time. Then Exploud uses ThunderPunch to chase the heroes away. Using this as a perfect opportunity, Team Rocket is getting away with Emolga holding Axew. Before Iris can get her Pokemon back, Exploud attacks again with Hyper Beam and Ash and Co. runs away.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Exploud
- When Alexa is telling Ash and his friends that the next ship will arrive this afternoon, part of her jeans has more shadow coloring in the right side.
- When Woobat and Yamask are hit by Attract, the pink and black colors of Woobat's nose are swapped.
- During Emolga and Snivy's argument, the white and yellow colors of Emolga's ears are swapped.
Woobat's nose colors are swapped after getting hit by Attract
Emolga's ears colors are swapped
In other languages
|| Emolga sluit zich aan bij Team Rocket!
|| Το Απροσδόκητο Μέλος της Ομάδας Πύραυλος!
|| Emolga si unisce al Team Rocket!
|| 에몽가! 로켓단에 들어가다!!
|| Zaskakująca rekrutacja w Zespole R!
| European Spanish
|| ¡Sorprendente Unión al Team Rocket!