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| Mountain Time
Redian! Pass Through the Valley of the Wind!!
|| November 9, 2000
| United States
|| October 20, 2001
|| Team Ota
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 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
Mountain Time (Japanese: レディアン！かぜのたにをこえて！！ Redian! Pass Through the Valley of the Wind!!) is the 172nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on November 9, 2000 and in the United States on October 20, 2001.
Enjoying a beautiful day hiking through the mountains on the road to Ecruteak City, Ash and Pikachu chase after a Ledian that speeds by them. As they pursue it along the trail, they round a bend and get hit full-blast by a Gust from a Pidgeotto. They meet Benji and his father, who are the Ledian and Pidgeotto's owners, in the midst of a training session. The gang finds out that the father and son are part of the Mountain Patrol. The Mountain Patrol protects and preserves the mountain. Benji's father realizes he has to go to one of the villages at the foot of the mountain. He leaves Benji in charge and gives the group permission to stay.
After his father leaves, Benji resumes training Ledian while the group watches. A gust hits Ledian from some bushes. Investigating further, they see that the gust is coming from a machine attached to Team Rocket's hot air balloon. Team Rocket recites a variation of their motto. They demonstrate the Gust Attack Blowing Vac's abilities to blow out air or to suck things in. Pikachu and Togepi are sucked into the machine. Team Rocket floats away but is soon blown off course by a strong wind. Benji realizes the danger Team Rocket is in. Upon hearing this Ash, Misty, and Brock start to go after them. They stop when Benji warns them that they'll get lost. Benji declares that this is his responsibility and that he will radio his dad before escorting them to help Team Rocket.
Team Rocket's balloon is hanging off a rock spike jutting from a cliff. One of the ropes that are keeping them from falling snaps from the movement created by their squabbling. James tries to get Victreebel to use Vine Whip, but Victreebel just latches onto his head. James struggles to get Victreebel off which causes the remaining rope to snap. They all land safely on one of the rock spikes and Pikachu and Togepi are freed from their container. The rock spike breaks off and after bouncing off the surrounding spikes starts sliding down an incline. The spike ends up balanced precariously on the tip of an upright rock spike.
Meanwhile the others race to find the crash site when falling boulders create a wall blocking their path. They are unable to climb over it because of its instability so they decide to go another way. This route requires them to climb an old long rope ladder to the service road. Benji goes first to make sure it is safe. He gives the okay to Ash, Misty and Brock who proceed to climb up after him. As they are climbing a gust of wind blows the rope ladder sideways and eventually it breaks off the cliff. But Benji catches it in time. With Ledian's and Ash's Noctowl's help he pulls it back up.
Back on the balancing rock Team Rocket complains of hunger. James tries to eat some food secretly but his teammates catch him. The ensuing rumble over the food the rock wobble. Unable to reestablish the balance everyone slides of the rock. As they fall Togepi uses metronome to teleport everyone back on the rock perfectly balanced. Togepi munches on James's candy bar while the others are puzzled by what just happened. Jessie claims the falling was just a dream.
Ledian spots the teetering rock and returns to Benji. Ledian leads him and the gang towards the rock. Ash orders Bulbasaur to grab Togepi and Pikachu with its Vine Whip, but they are too far away. Ledian decides to go get them. Benji is afraid it is too dangerous and tries to stop Ledian, but Ledian reminds him that they are Mountain Patrols and this is what they trained for. Ledian grabs the end of a rope and a net while Benji and the gang grab the other end of the rope. Ledian flies up to the rock and wraps the rope around the upright rock. The net it strung on the rope so that it slides along it. Meowth translate Ledian's instructions to jump in the net. Everyone jumps in and Ledian slowly brings down the net, fighting against strong winds. The winds knock down the rock, dragging Ledian and the net full of Pokémon and humans down. Fortunately Ledian is able to hold onto the net. Before Ledian can bring them down Team Rocket nets Togepi and Pikachu and escape though a hole made by Victreebel. On the ground James sends out Weezing and Victreebel. Benji orders Ledian to use comet punch but Victreebel strikes before the punch is delivered. Ash sends Bulbasaur into the battle. Eventually, Benji's father, his Pidgeotto, and another Ledian arrive. Pidgeotto uses Gust to blow away Weezing's smokescreen. Pidgeotto then defeats Weezing and Victreebel. The two Ledian team up and use swift against Team Rocket. Pikachu and Togepi escape the net. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt to blast Team Rocket away.
As the stars come out the Ledian glow. Benji's father says this shows that Ledian is well trained. He grants Benji the right to be an officer of the Mountain Patrol.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Raichu (U.S. and international), Ledian (Japan)
- When James says that it looks like they were free, most of the net was gone.
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