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| Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!
The Worst Togepy Ever!
|| September 10, 2009
| United States
|| January 30, 2010
|| Team Iguchi
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! (Japanese: 史上最悪のトゲピー！ The Worst Togepy Ever!) is the 142nd episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 608th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 10, 2009 and in the United States on January 30, 2010.
Ash and his friends come across a very tall tower. A disguised Team Rocket surprises them and mentions that it is a Trainer Tower, pushing them inside, leading them right into a pit trap that sends them into a cell. When they recover, Team Rocket appears without disguise on a video screen. Team Rocket head up towards the tower... not realising that a Togepi has snuck onboard. While Togepi are normally known for being cute and kind, this one has an evil grin on it's face suggesting that it doesn't plan on helping out at all...
Up in the tower, Team Rocket celebrates since their work at the Twinleaf Festival was able to pay for such an expense. The Togepi waddles into one of their food storage closets, making a lot of noise. When Team Rocket heads out to check it, they find the food bank left in empty chaos. They hear another rattle at another food bank, where they catch Togepi. It tosses a banana peel at Meowth, angering it to attack, but it quickly moves away. Togepi lands on the other side of the room, and as they prepare to attack, Togepi cries and tells Meowth that it is a different Togepi, that an evil one is still loose having used Teleport to get away. It convinces Team Rocket as they search for the other Togepi, but the manipulative Spike Ball Pokémon slips away.
Meanwhile, Ash and his friends try to break out with Pikachu, Piplup and Croagunk's attacks, but the bars are too resilient. Togepi appears from the elevator directly across from the cell and Dawn, having never seen a Togepi before, checks it with her Pokédex. They try to tell Togepi to get away, but it helps by triggering a lever, raising the cell bars. They enter the elevator and head up to the fifth floor, but as they exit, they fall into another pit trap, Togepi watching and laughing. They wind up back in the cell. Also, Team Rocket continues to find ransacked food banks, as they wonder if their rooms have been hit too. James finds his bottlecaps intact, but Togepi uses Psychic to make him chase it. It proceeds to affect Jessie and Meowth as well, using its Psychic powers to send Jessie's dresses into a mud bath while affecting the Giovanni petting robot Meowth has, making it rub so hard that the friction sets Meowth's fur on fire.
Back at the cell, Togepi once again releases Ash and his friends and takes them into the elevator. They head up to the rooftop, where once again they fall into a pit trap and wind up back in the cell. Dawn suspects that Togepi is deliberately doing it since it never fell into the pit trap as well. Togepi appears crying, trying to apologize, which successfully tricks Ash and his friends. It lets them out once again, but instead of running to the elevator, they stay on the current floor. However, they once again hit a pit trap and wind up back in the cell, which solidifies the suspicion that Togepi is behind it.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket meets back up as they realize that Togepi is evil too. The elevator nearby appears as Togepi taunts them. They try to attack, but Togepi roasts them with Flamethrower. They try to run forward, but they hit a pit trap and wind up in the cell with Ash and his friends. They all realize that Togepi has been playing them all and is in control. It appears by the elevator, prompting Jessie to have Yanmega fire SonicBoom, but it seems to disappear, a decoy taking the hit. Togepi reappears, seeming gentle as it opens the cell and lets them out, but Brock mentions that Togepi could not have used Teleport, but Substitute would have created the desired effect. Having been unmasked, Togepi turns with an evil grin. Meowth tries to attack with Fury Swipes, but Togepi uses Attract to not only stop Meowth, but capture Pikachu, Piplup and Croagunk as well. It has no effect on Yanmega though, and after Togepi gets the affected Pokémon onto the elevator and up, the humans wonder why. Jessie ponders this, but Brock explains that Attract will only work against the opposite gender, like male vs. female and female vs. male. James adds that it worked against Meowth, who they know is male, and since that makes Togepi female.... Jessie ponders this for a second before coming to the stunning conclusion that Yanmega is a girl! Since the elevator is inaccessible, James leads them to the stairwell.
As they ascend, the building starts to shake as at the top, Togepi leads them to the control room as Meowth reveals the true nature of the structure: it is a spacecraft. The tower's outer structure comes apart and unveils a rocket ship. Togepi takes command of the bridge and has Meowth activate the boosters and sends the ship rocketing into space. The rocket takes them out into orbit as they plan to head away from the planet. The humans break onto the bridge and Brock has Happiny use Pound to snap everyone out of infatuation, only to have Togepi recast Attract. Happiny and Togepi squabble and fight as Pikachu points that something is approaching... a Rayquaza! It fires Hyper Beam, and though it misses, the force sends the ship hurtling back towards the atmosphere. The ship jolts and snaps the Pokémon out of infatuation as the power goes out and the exterior of the ship starts to heat up from reentry. While Happiny and Togepi continue to skirmish, James, having received a real rocket for his 10th birthday, takes control of the ship. Ash, Brock, and Dawn also offer their assistance. As Meowth removes a panel to the emergency generators, James has Pikachu power them up with Thunderbolt and Buneary to cool down the exterior nose cone by firing Ice Beam around the bridge. However one of the ship's maneuvering rockets explodes, making it unstable, leaving James clueless. Brock suggests to have Grotle and Piplup use Energy Ball and BubbleBeam to create explosions outside to stabilize the ship, which works. James deploys the parachute and the ship slowly floats downward. He sets the controls to auto-pilot when Togepi fires Flamethrower at Happiny and Happiny deflects it upward with Pound, incinerating the parachute and sending the ship into free fall. Just as they are about to crash boosters-first, Togepi uses Psychic to set the ship down gently for the last few meters. Togepi glares back at Happiny and states that they'll continue their battle another time. Meowth repeats in disbelief that Togepi is tired and is gonna go home as she walks off the bridge. She gets clear of the rocket just as the ship disintegrates.
In the wreckage, Dawn considers the fact that even Togepi can have a darker side, but Brock reassures her that this Togepi was most likely an exception. Ash on the other hand can't help but think about the fact that the gang got to travel to outer space. Picking themselves up and dusting themselves off the gang continue onto Lilypad Town. Meanwhile Team Rocket are thankfully trapped by the debris, where they'll be staying for the time being.
As for Togepi, she walks away laughing ready to cause misery another day...
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
- Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Luvdisc
- This was the last episode to air before the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver in Japan.
- This episode has a similar theme to UnBEARable; both episodes star a cute Pokémon who manipulates everyone.
- Jessie's Yanmega's gender is confirmed to be female in this episode, being the only one who was not affected by Togepi's Attract while Pikachu, Piplup, Meowth, and Croagunk were. In addition to this, Pikachu's gender is also officially confirmed in the Japanese version.
- This episode's title is referencing the famous Star Trek line "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
- No dub added music was present within the episode. Also, the episode's title card music was the same as the Japanese episode.
- Giovanni, James, Meowth, and Jessie's faces are carved into the side of a cliff in this episode, referencing Mount Rushmore.
- Music from Pikachu & Pichu, Pikachu's Peek-a-Boo, Pokémon Heroes, Gotta Dance, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, and Giratina and the Sky Warrior is used.
- The evil Togepi is a contradiction of an earlier episode in which Ekans states that "Pokémon are not bad, only masters are." However, this is most likely Ekan's own opinion and not meant to be taken as fact.
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