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| A Tent Situation
Back in Masara Town!
|| September 30, 1999
| United States
|| October 7, 2000
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 横田和 Kazu Yokota
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
| Additional credits
A Tent Situation (Japanese: かえってきたマサラタウン！ Back in Masara Town!) is the 115th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 30, 1999 and in the United States on October 7, 2000.
Ash returns home, where he is pleasantly surprised by an old friend. Unfortunately he faces a new trial, as Team Rocket has besieged the famous Oak Laboratory and captured all the Poké Balls there.
When the episode starts Ash, Misty, and Tracey are traveling to Pallet Town, they are all excited to be back, especially Tracey who is looking forward to meeting Professor Oak and can't wait to show him the many sketches he drew as a Pokémon watcher.
When Ash arrives home, Misty and Ash are surprised to see Brock waiting for them in the house. They are confused as to why Brock had left Professor Ivy back on Valencia Island. He gives no reason as to why he left and when Ash and Misty mention Professor Ivy, Brock falls to the ground shivering saying "Don't mention that name..." ominously. Misty theorizes that she dumped him. Mrs. Ketchum arrives home and explains how Brock came here: She and Mimey found him on the ground in a grassland and took him home once she realizes who he was. Since then Brock has been helping around the house, with Brock fighting over the chores with Mimey.
Whilst discussing dinner, Tracey insists on seeing Professor Oak. Ash is reminded of the GS Ball and shows Mrs. Ketchum his trophy, which she suggests she could use as a dumbbell.
Ash, Pikachu, Misty, Tracey and Brock travel to Professor Oak's laboratory with Team Rocket watching from a distance. Ash is welcomed to the house by his Muk who is crushing Professor Oak under his weight. Tracey ignores the situation and asks to show Professor Oak his sketches.
Ash hands Professor Oak the GS Ball and he puts it away to examine it later. Professor Oak then shows them around the Laboratory. Tracey sketches every Pokémon he sees and shows Professor Oak his sketches. Tracey nervously awaits Oaks approval, though he whispers to Brock that he "hasn't seen all the sketches so far but...". He is interrupted by Meowth activating a circus net that engulfs the Laboratory. Meanwhile Jigglypuff appears and tries to go through the net though it can't.
Inside the net, Team Rocket are in and perform the motto while doing a circus act. They try to steal Pikachu, but Ash sends out his Muk to attack Lickitung. Muk ignores the Lickitung and goes on to hug Jessie. James sends out his Victreebel, which again Muk hugs. James tries his luck with Razor Leaf but it "just didn't cut it." as said in the episode. Victreebel tries to swallow Ash's Muk but it uses Poison Gas before it can use PoisonPowder. Lickitung slobbers all over Muk with its tongue but it does nothing.
James commands Victreebel to use Sleep Powder on Muk which works, much to Ash's surprise. Ash switches to Squirtle and Bulbasaur. Team Rocket then throws rings around Ash, Misty, Pikachu, Professor Oak, Brock and Tracey which stops them from moving. A Super Sucker then proceeds to suck in every Poké Ball that are in the Laboratory, including Tracey's Sketchbooks. Meowth asks again why Brock came back, though he doesn't give an answer. The last ball sucked in is the GS Ball, but then a rip in the tent appears, caused by a mysterious man and his Nidoqueen. The Meowth Balloon falls to the ground, releasing every Poké Ball in it.
The mysterious man turns out to be Gary and the Nidoqueen attacks Lickitung by grabbing its tongue and swinging it into Team Rocket. Meowth tries using Scratch but it doesn't work, only breaking his claws. Gary tells his Nidoqueen to strike back, hurling Team Rocket into the air.
Ash and Gary start a battle to prove who has become the better Trainer over the past months.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Omastar (U.S. and international); Mr. Mime (Mimey) (Japan)
- This episode's dub title is a reference to the phrase, "A Tense Situation."
- The book Go West, Young Ash is based on this episode.
- This episode claims that this is the first time that Tracey has ever met Professor Oak or Delia. However this contradicts The Power of One movie where Professor Oak, Delia, and Professor Ivy travel to Shamouti Island and met up with Ash, Misty, and Tracey himself at the end of the movie. This also contradicts The Lost Lapras since Tracey saw Oak on the phone monitor, and even went as far as to introduce himself as "Tracey Sketchit", and had a full conversation with him about Scyther in Tracey Gets Bugged, although in those cases it could be dismissed since he didn't meet him in person.
- When Ash sends out his Tauros, it is sent out from a regular Poké Ball, instead of the Safari Ball it was captured in.
- Delia in one scene calls Tracey "Miss Tracey", even though Tracey is male.
- In the scene where Delia is accidentally trampling Brock she does not recognize him until he looks up. In the original she recognizes Brock before he looks up.
- Ash commanded Muk to use Poison Gas in the English dub. In the original Japanese version, Ash said "Betbeton!" (Muk's Japanese name).
- When James ordered his Victreebel to attack Ash's Muk, in the dub he told it to "get stuck on Muk". In the original he commanded it to use Double-Edge.
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