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Hospitality of the Scary House!
|| May 14, 2015
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 飯島正勝 Masakatsu Iijima
| Assistant director
|| 前園文夫 Fumio Maezono
| Animation director
|| 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: こわいイエのおもてなし！ Hospitality of the Scary House!) is the 72nd episode of the XY series, and the 871st episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 14, 2015.
Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie are walking along a path when they realize that they are lost because they have passed the same location multiple times. As Clemont scolds Bonnie for wanting to visit the "Scary House", a mansion near their present location, the group decides to take a different path than the one before in the hopes of finding their way to Laverre City. However, they soon come across a large house. An elderly gentleman immediately invites them in so that they are safe from the thunderstorm and offers them towels with which to dry themselves off. As the man introduces himself as Cole, Clemont notes with some apprehension the peculiarity of there being exactly four towels.
After the group has dried off, Cole leads them into the dining room for a meal. Again, Clemont is suspicious at there being only four plates and, although the food is delicious, he alone out of the four of them seems to have noticed anything odd. As they are on their way to the living room to share tea with Cole, Clemont expresses his suspicions to Ash, Serena, and Bonnie. Before they can discuss it any further, however, Cole reappears and leads them to the living room. He then tells them a story behind the reason for his home being called the Scary House. The story frightens Ash and Serena and causes Clemont to fall over in fright, but Bonnie is excited by it and eagerly asks Cole to continue. Cole is surprised at her enthusiasm, and, as he explains how he likes to tell scary stories to his guests, several frightening events start taking place, such as wall decorations shaking for no reason.
Clemont, frightened by the idea of supernatural causes, doggedly insists that anything can be proved with science and introduces his newest invention: a machine with a design similar to a metal detector that is designed to identify the cause of any seemingly inexplicable event. As Bonnie, Ash, and Serena look outside at the moon, with the rain having stopped, Ash's shadow begins to undulate and takes the form of a ghost before escaping. As an unseen force causes Ash to suddenly feel very cold, Clemont's machine registers something but he is unable to identify it. He tries again when Serena experiences a similar sensation, but he is again unable to get a definite reading. After this, Clemont himself is hoisted into the air and his device is stolen from him and flies into another room. Bonnie runs after it and manages to pin it back to the floor, when several things start happening: the drapes on the window are fluttering without the aid of a breeze, a chair is spinning by itself on one of its legs, and a piano is evidently playing itself. Using Clemont's machine and Ash's Pokédex, the group determines that these apparently impossible events are being caused by a Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar, respectively.
Once Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar realize that Ash and his friends are aware of their presence, they join together with Cole to explain that they enjoy setting up scares and tricks for Cole's guests. Cole is pleased to know that they enjoyed the scares, and Clemont is most relieved and points out that he was correct about a perfectly rational, scientific explanation for the strange occurrences in the house. As Ash asks Bonnie a question, he, Clemont, and Serena suddenly realize that she is nowhere to be found. Ash runs out into the hallway to look, when Serena and Clemont hear him cry out in surprise. The two of them run after him, but Ash and Pikachu have vanished as well. While Clemont and Serena are searching the area for Ash, Clemont hears Serena scream as well and looks around just in time to see her falling through a trap door. When he mentions this to Cole, Cole suddenly remembers that there is a passage to the basement in the living room and leads Clemont to it. Clemont then proceeds downstairs with Chespin, where he discovers that his friends and sister are trapped behind a rusted door. Using Frogadier's Frubbles to force the door open, Clemont happily embraces Bonnie. Meanwhile, Pikachu discovers a notebook lying forgotten on a table, and they bring it back with them.
In the living room, Clemont reads aloud from the notebook per Cole's request. It explains how a young boy had his father build secret passages to a basement room so that he could escape from the ghosts that were causing all kinds of frightening events in the house, but despite a medium's efforts to ward the evil spirits away, strange things kept happening. A picture falls out of the notebook, and Cole explains that he is the young boy in the photo. In addition, Cole realizes that Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar were responsible for everything all along and that he had misunderstood their simple desire to play. As Ash discovers that Cole's photo is over two hundred years old, Cole reveals that he is in fact dead.
Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie wake up in the forest, where Ash, Serena, and Clemont comment on the events that just took place. Bonnie suggests that they all shared the same dream, but as she runs ahead of them on their way to Laverre City, she pulls a photograph out of her bag showing her standing with Cole and the three Ghost Pokémon.
Later that night as a heavy rain falls, a drenched Team Rocket find themselves seeking immediate shelter from the storm and come across none other than the Scary House. As Cole welcomes them to his home Gastly, Haunter and Gengar wait happily as the prepare to have more fun with the newcomers.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Pokémon Quiz: Gastly (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Clemont for this episode
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: Salamence
- Ash and Scottie narrate the preview for the next episode.
- In the scene where Bonnie looks at the piano, one can see Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night painting, which has been flipped vertically.
- Team Rocket did not recite their motto or blast off in this episode.
- The design of the ghost that appears as Ash's shadow is similar to the Ghost sprite of original games.
- During the entire episode Cole never casts a shadow (aside from his flashbacks), alluding to the revelation that he is actually a ghost.
- Cole's photo as a child dates from July 14th, 1758. In the real world, camera captures were not accomplished at all until the mid-1820s.
- Ash's comment on how said picture is from over 200 years ago marks the only instance in the anime where an approximated numbered date of the Pokémon world's present time is implied.
- The story Cole tells to the group is the same story the man in the Scary House in the games tells.
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