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| A Real Cleffa-Hanger
Mt. Moongazing! With Py, Pippi, and Pixy!
|| July 7, 2005
| United States
|| April 15, 2006
|| Team Ota
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 大山和弘 Kazuhiro Ōyama
| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| ながはまのりひこ Norihiko Nagahama
| Animation director
|| 広岡歳仁 Toshihito Hirooka
| No additional credits are available at this time.
A Real Cleffa-Hanger (Japanese: おつきみやま！ピィとピッピとピクシーと！ Mt. Moongazing! With Py, Pippi, and Pixy!) is the 134th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 408th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 7, 2005 and in the United States on April 15, 2006.
On the way to the Battle Factory, Ash and his friends stop to have a picnic at the foot of Mt. Moon. Ash notices Brock's Ludicolo is missing and asks Brock where it is; Brock answers that he left it at home since his brothers and sisters got along with it well: even his mother treated it as one of the children. Suddenly, Misty gets a call on her Pokégear from her sister Daisy, who tells Misty that there is a problem back at the Cerulean Gym. The Gym's lobby is packed with Trainers looking to challenge Misty while Violet and Lily are hosting their impromptu guests. Daisy wonders if they can just hand out Badges and have the Trainers come back later. Misty of course nixes that idea and tells Daisy to be patient as she is on her way home. The group packs up and prepares to head toward Cerulean City. Before departing, they encounter a wild Cleffa. Team Rocket appears and tries to suck up the group's Pokémon with a vacuuming mecha. They succeed, but didn't get Pikachu.
Jessie sends out Seviper and Seviper manages to land a Poison Tail on Pikachu before it can use Thunderbolt. Meowth put the vacuum to full power but due to Jessie's impatient tampering, the machine eventually malfunctions, sending all the captured Pokémon back to their Trainers. After Jessie keeps messing with the remote, the mecha explodes, causing the blast to send Misty, Max, Pikachu, Azurill and Cleffa falling into a river. May tries to grab Max's hand, but fails.
After climbing out of the river, Misty and Max find that Pikachu is weak from the poison it received from Seviper's Poison Tail and hitting the river hard. Max is worried about not being able to get Pikachu to a Pokémon Center, but Misty says not to worry. She tells Azurill to use Refresh, and Azurill heals Pikachu. Meanwhile, Ash, May, and Brock are searching for the others with the help of Mudkip's radar, but the search fails.
Misty's group sets out to find Ash's group, and suddenly Cleffa runs off to a Pecha Berry patch. Misty gives one to Pikachu before they all sit down on a large cloth to feast on the Berries. However, a group of Beedrill suddenly appear out of the bushes, scaring Misty. She runs off with Max, the cloth full of Berries, and the party's Pokémon in tow. They accidentally run off a cliff and fall into in a forested area. Luckily, they are saved from serious injury when they land on a large patch of thick, soft moss. Then a storm starts, and Cleffa becomes frightened. The group finds shelter in a cave close by.
Meanwhile, Ash's group is taking shelter under a tree, with Cleffa's friends Clefairy and Clefable standing nearby. May remembers how she was unable to save Max from falling into the river, and she becomes depressed.
In the cave, after finishing off the Pecha Berries, the Pokémon sleep as Misty and Max have a conversation about older sisters. Max tells Misty how May would be far worse off without him. She isn't helpless, but while he knows a lot more about Pokémon, she often acts like she knows "everything" and doesn't need his help. Misty says that he shouldn't be so hard on May: that's what big sisters do. Didn't she give her all when she tried to grab his hand? Misty explains how she has three older sisters and they often don't listen to her, just because they're older. But to Max's surprise, she also states that she knows that they care about her. She often needs to keep that in mind, especially when they're driving her crazy. Misty proposes that they both keep helping their sisters, even when they don't think they need it, and Max heartily agrees. They then see that the storm has cleared. Meanwhile, Ash's group finds the footprints from Misty's group and follows them.
Misty's group once again sets out to find Ash's group. Suddenly, Team Rocket attacks again with their vacuuming mecha. Max is about to be sucked up, but suddenly May appears and grabs his hand. Team Rocket says motto and starts the suction again, but Azurill uses Bubble, which is sucked into the machine instead and breaks the mecha. Team Rocket then attacks with Seviper and James's Cacnea, but Cleffa, Clefairy, and Clefable call their friends, who appear and begin using Metronome. May's Munchlax escapes from its Poké Ball and begins to wave its arms with the Clefairy. The Cleffa use Splash that sends Team Rocket's Pokémon bouncing up and down, then the Clefable use Teeter Dance which makes Team Rocket dance in turn. Team Rocket isn't concerned by this until Meowth realizes that it was only a distraction so Munchlax and the Clefairy could power up SolarBeam. Jessie and James try to send Seviper and Cacnea to attack with Poison Tail and Needle Arm, but Pikachu stops them with Thunderbolt. Then the Clefairy and Munchlax fire SolarBeam and send them flying off again. Cleffa, Clefairy, and Clefable then march off to Mt. Moon. Misty mentions that as it's going to be a night with a full moon, they are probably going to perform a moon dance. Brock explains to May and Max how the Cleffa evolution family dance around a giant Moon Stone on Mt. Moon. When Max asks if they can go watch, he says they likely can, as the Cleffa, Clefairy, and Clefable now trust them. Ash and friends follow them and watch the Pokémon do the ritual dance around the Moon Stone, a large meteorite.
In the morning, the group is past Mt. Moon and once again on the road to the Battle Factory, when Misty gets another call from Daisy's Pokégear. She asks where Misty is and states she will give out the Badges anyway. Misty protests, adamantly telling her not to and that she will be home shortly. She has to take the other fork in the road, so she and Azurill will leave Ash's group to return to Cerulean City. Before she departs, Misty wishes Ash good luck in the Battle Frontier and May good luck with her Pokémon Contests. She reconfirms with Max that both will continue to help their older sisters.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Luvdisc
- Question: Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not evolve?
- Choices: Feebas, Luvdisc, Barboach
- Answer: Ok, Trainers! If you chose Luvdisc, you were right!
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