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| Taming of the Shroomish
Bizarre! Mystery of the Kinococo Mansion!?
|| January 23, 2003
| United States
|| December 6, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 十川誠志 Masashi Sogo
|| 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
| Assistant director
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Animation director
|| 宍戸久美子 Kumiko Shishido
| Additional credits
Taming of the Shroomish (Japanese: 怪奇！キノココ屋敷の謎!? Bizarre! Mystery of the Kinococo Mansion!?) is the ninth episode of the Advanced Generation series and the 283rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 23, 2003 and in the United States on December 6, 2003.
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After making out of Petalburg Woods, we find our heroes finally in the city (Rinshin Town) where they're quite excited. May wants to go window-shopping, Ash wants to get something to eat, Brock needs to stock up on supplies and Max is all for Pokémon hunting, so they split up with May and Brock off to the shops and Ash and Max going for a bite.
Meanwhile, Jessie, James and Meowth are working as manual laborers on a building site in the city, tearing down an old, disused mansion. They are not particularly amused at this. The other workers are worried by what seems to be ghosts in the mansion.
May drags Brock off to look at fashion and accessories. He's extremely bored; he'd rather be buying medicines and ingredients for Pokémon food, but she says they can wait. Eventually, he gets his stuff and they're walking through the streets when they hear a girl mention a curse. May is instantly interested and eager to hear the tale of a haunted mansion, where workers have been quitting because of strange happenings. Brock gets scared but she insists on going over to check out the "haunted house".
After eating a burger, Ash and Max head off to the alleyways in the city, where they peer in looking for Pokémon and spot a Shroomish, which doesn't look too happy. Max wants to feed it and make friends with it, so Ash hands over some Pokémon food. Shroomish is suspicious and uses Stun Spore; Ash and Max quickly back away. Afterwards, Ash takes out some of Brock's Pokémon food, stacks it on a piece of paper and sets it in front of the Shroomish. Shroomish still doesn't want to eat it, until Pikachu jumps down from Ash's shoulder and takes a piece to show that it's safe to eat. Shroomish tries the food and loves it!
Ash and Max are surprised because Shroomish is in the city instead of the forest, where it normally would be. They think it might have been separated from its trainer and maybe they should take it to a Pokémon Center. Max takes out a handkerchief and ties it around the top of Shroomish's head, as a gift. Shroomish is very happy with this. Max picks up Shroomish and they head off.
Brock and May are inspecting the haunted mansion, and Brock comments that they really should let it go. May's still very excited about the prospect of ghosts.
Ash, Max, Pikachu and Shroomish stop in front of an old mansion. They're spotted by Team Rocket, and Jessie and James immediately drop the log they're holding to hatch another Pika-catching plan. Meowth is left holding the log, which drops on top of him. Shroomish, still in Max's arms, gets very distressed and runs off. Ash and Max follow it. Shroomish goes into the mansion through a broken window. Ash and Max see May and Brock just outside where Shroomish went in, and they're surprised to meet each other there. They're explaining what happened when a man comes up to them and tells them that they shouldn't be there. He says it's impossible that there could have been a Shroomish, explaining that when he was a boy and his grandfather owned the mansion there were Shroomish everywhere and he loved playing with them but they all went away as the forest disappeared. Ash and Max insist, so he decides he'll have to go inside and see for himself. The others go with him.
Inside, they find Shroomish saying "mish, mish" very sadly. Two other Shroomish emerge and they all start talking, looking frightened. Pikachu goes to talk to them, while the humans conjecture that they must be upset because they'll have no home when the mansion is torn down. Team Rocket turn up to try and capture Pikachu, with the help of Cacnea (who starts hugging James again) and Seviper, but a whole herd of Shroomish stampede over them and use Stun Spore. Afterwards, Ash sees a picture on the table and they realize it's the man and his grandfather playing with the Shroomish.
Team Rocket decides they want revenge on the Shroomish and get hold of another vehicle. This one is airtight to stop the Stun Spores. They bash the mansion to force all the Shroomish out of the house, then pick them up with the machine one by one. The first Shroomish is angry and leads its comrades in a Stun Spore, but since Team Rocket's vehicle is airtight, nothing gets through. That includes fresh air. The Stun Spores go off towards the city, but Brock's Forretress heads it off with a Rapid Spin attack.
Jessie and James start feeling weird from lack of oxygen so Meowth opens the windows. This lets in fresh air, but also the Stun Spore. They get stunned and then all the Shroomish use Leech Seed to tie them up. May's Torchic helps too, with its Ember attack. Together the Pokémon defeat Team Rocket again.
The man who owns the mansion explains it's too late to stop the destruction of the building. He says he'll replant the whole area full of trees so there will be a forest like there was before, and the Shroomish agree enthusiastically. Ash, May, Brock and Max wave goodbye to the man and a (now very happy) herd of Shroomish.
Who’s That Pokémon?: Snubbull
- James's Cacnea had the three dark green diamonds under its mouth and the four point shape at the top of its head colored black like its mouth when it was attacking Ash and his friends. It can also be seen for the top of its head during the first time the camera looks at Team Rocket after the start of the Stun Spore attack inside the mansion.
- In the first shot of May window shopping, the mannequins had heads. In the second shot, they didn't.
In other languages
- French: Le manoir hanté
- German: Die heimatlosen Knilz
- Hebrew: לביית את השרומישים levayet et haShroomishim
- Italian: La casa stregata
- Portuguese (Brazilian): Domando um Shroomish
- Iberian Spanish: La mansión de los Shroomish
- Latin American Spanish: ¡El rescate de Shroomish!