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| To Find a Fairy Flower!
Flabebe and the Fairy Flower!
|| May 15, 2014
| United States
|| July 19, 2014
|| Team Kato
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 末田宜史 Yoshifumi Sueda
| Assistant director
|| 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
To Find a Fairy Flower! (Japanese: フラべべと妖精の花！ Flabebe and the Fairy Flower!) is the 27th episode of the XY series, and the 826th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 15, 2014, in the United Kingdom on June 29, 2014, and in the United States on July 19, 2014.
When a tiny and sad-looking Pokémon lands in Bonnie's hair, our heroes are determined to find out what's wrong! Its Trainer, Grey, explains that the little Flabébé has a special bond with his wife, Florence. She recently became ill, and when Flabébé tried to visit her in the hospital, a passing car blew its flower away. Without its flower, Flabébé is growing weak, but it won’t accept just any flower as a replacement—it needs a Fairy Flower, and those are hard to find!
Our heroes set out in search of the flower, "assisted" by Team Rocket disguised as tour guides. Bonnie spots a Fairy Flower growing high on the side of a cliff, and since Flabébé is too weak to fly, she climbs up after it as Ash, Serena, and Clemont watch anxiously from below.
While they’re distracted, Team Rocket nabs Pikachu! As a battle to reclaim it begins, Flabébé bonds with its new flower, and once its energy is restored, it floats over the villains and sprinkles them with its relaxing pollen. The Team Rocket members happily release Pikachu and wander off in a joyful daze!
Our heroes take Flabébé to meet Grey at the hospital. Florence perks up immediately upon seeing her dear friend. And though Bonnie has to say goodbye, her kindness and courage have saved the day!
As Ash and his friends prepare to set off again to the Shalour Gym, Bonnie encounters difficulties while fixing her hair. When Serena puts a flower clip in Bonnie's hair, a lone Flabébé attaches itself to it, looking downhearted. Bonnie feeds the Flabébé nectar, and then asks Clemont if she can keep the Pokémon. When Clemont tries to capture it, however, the Flabébé refuses, and Ash points out it must already have a trainer, angering Bonnie. The friends walk into the nearest town, Calanthe Town, to find its owner, with Bonnie still wanting to keep Flabébé for herself, talking to it in her hair by way of a mirror. Suddenly, an old man, spotting the Flabébé, runs up to the group, overjoyed. He introduces himself as Grey and thanks the group for taking care of his Pokémon. When he asks Flabébé to go home with him, however, she will not let go of Bonnie's hair. When asked about Flabébé's lack of a flower, the man explains his story.
Flabébé lives together with Grey and his wife Florence. One day while gardening, Florence fell ill and collapsed. Flabébé, then with a flower, flew to find Grey. Florence was admitted to a hospital, where the old woman would stay. When Grey woke up the next morning, Flabébé was gone. On a hunch, he found Flabébé at the hospital, watching Florence. A strong wind separated Flabébé and its flower, and carried Flabébé away, its flower left ruined. Now Grey must take Flabébé back quickly, as Florence is not doing well, due to an emotional matter. As flowerless Flabébé will lose their energy, they must find Flabébé a same flower as its original before they can take it to the hospital. However, this fairy flower, which resembles Bonnie's hairpiece, is not easy to find. The traveling companions tell Grey to go visit Florence while they go search for the flower.
The group first goes to a Pokémon Center to heal Flabébé, where Nurse Joy tells them the flowers may be found in the high plains near the town, but they are not in season. Team Rocket watches from behind newspapers and hatches a plan. As Bonnie and the group are about to head out, a disguised Team Rocket stops them, offering a special tour to find the fairy flowers. The "tour guides" guide the group quickly to the high plains, where the travelers begin to look for a flower. Flabébé spots one high on the side of a cliff, which Bonnie must climb because Flabébé must attach itself naturally to the flower. Meowth encapsules Pikachu with a claw as Bonnie and Flabébé reach the flower. Ash, Clemont, and Serena take out Froakie, Chespin, and Fennekin, while Jessie and James retaliate with Pumpkaboo and Inkay. Ash commands Froakie to use Water Pulse, but the move is reflected by Jessie's Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat. Chespin uses Pin Missile, but it is reflected again, hurting Ash, Clemont, and Serena's Pokémon. James and Jessie order Inkay and Pumpkaboo to use Psybeam and Shadow Ball on the opposing Pokémon, who are unable to retaliate. Just then, Flabébé, now on the new flower, flies over the battlefield, using Aromatherapy to subdue Team Rocket and their Pokémon. Under the calming effects of Flabébé's attack, Team Rocket releases Pikachu on their own accord. With Team Rocket out of the way, Flabébé and the travelers return to town to find Grey.
The friends arrive at the hospital, and Florence and Flabébé are reunited, giving the old woman hope. Grey and Florence thank Bonnie, and Bonnie and Flabébé share a heartfelt goodbye. Coming out of the hospital, Bonnie is upset about having to leave Flabébé, but Dedenne cheers her up to continue on their journey.
- Clemont tries to catch a Flabébé for Bonnie to take care of, but fails since it belongs to another Trainer.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Flabébé (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Flabébé (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Bonnie for this episode
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: Scatterbug
- This episode was originally scheduled to air on May 22, 2014, but was pushed up one week after the postponement of An Undersea Place to Call Home!.
- Ash and Professor Sycamore narrate the preview for the next episode.
- The newspapers Team Rocket are holding read 2014-05-15, which is the date this episode first premiered in Japan.
- They also feature several references to previous XY series episodes:
- Music from Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade plays when Flabébé uses its pollen on Team Rocket.
- The dub of this episode first aired in the UK on June 29, 2014, 21 days before the United States airing.
- When Meowth is finally affected by the pollen, he says "Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream." This is the first line in the song "Tomorrow Never Knows" by The Beatles.
- The title card segment focuses on Ash in the dub instead of Bonnie.
- For an unknown reason, the title card lacks the characters' shadows in the Polish dub.
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