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| The Little Big Horn
Odoshishi! Forest of Illusions!?
|| December 9, 1999
| United States
|| November 18, 2000
|| Team Ota
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 椎名ひさし Hisashi Shiina
| Assistant director
|| 福本潔 Kiyoshi Fukumoto
| Animation director
|| はしもとかつみ Katsumi Hashimoto
| Additional credits
The Little Big Horn (Japanese: オドシシ！まぼろしのもり！？ Odoshishi! Forest of Illusions!?) is the 125th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 9, 1999 and in the United States on November 18, 2000.
Brock saves a lost and frightened Stantler fawn and carefully nurses it back to health before releasing it. Little does he know that Team Rocket lies hidden nearby, waiting to capture the defenseless fawn.
Ash, Misty, and Brock are walking through a city on their way to Ash's next Gym match. Up ahead they see something weird poking out of a bush, and find out that it is a baby Stantler. Ash looks it up on his Pokédex while Brock attempts to lure it out by mimicking classic Stantler behaviors. Brock tries to offer it food, but Stantler remains hesitant and soon produces a nice scent from its antlers. Ash and Misty look on in horror as Brock is oblivious to the herd of Stantler behind him. The Stantler charge and Ash, Misty, and Brock flee as they are chased. The Stantler soon leave them alone and the little Stantler goes back into the bushes. They begin to search for the Stantler, after Brock noticed its leg was injured, and Officer Jenny approaches and takes them back to her office to file a report. Officer Jenny tells them that the herd of Stantler has been terrorizing the town. However, Brock is skeptical and suggests that there must be more to the suddenly disappearing herd.
Screams are heard, so Ash, his friends and Jenny go outside to investigate, and to their surprise it is Team Rocket. The trio perform their motto while running on the spot. After Ash asks, Team Rocket explain that they were attempting to catch all the city park's Stantler, but were forced to abandon their plan after being chased by a herd of Stantler. Misty and Brock are instantly reminded of their earlier run-in. Suddenly a sweet smell wafts over everyone and a herd of Stantler run into town. Team Rocket flee, while Jenny ushers Ash and Misty into the police office for safety. Brock remains outside and witnesses the Stantler seemingly running through light poles and walls. Ash urges Brock to retreat, but Brock stretches out his arms and waits for the herd to hit him. However, the herd of Stantler go right through him, and Ash and Misty are amazed as the illusion begins to fade.
Brock walks up to the baby Stantler and says he could heal its wound. He goes inside Officer Jenny's office and begins to bandage Stantler's front leg. While he is doing this, Ash, Misty, and Jenny ask how he found this out. Brock says that he noticed that the Stantler were going right through buildings. He finishes healing the young Stantler. It looks at Brock admiringly and then falls asleep on his lap. Officer Jenny is amazed that Brock can feel what is in a Pokémon's heart just by looking at its eyes. Ash asks Brock if it's tempting to just catch and keep Stantler, but Brock thinks it's best if the baby Stantler goes home. Misty claims that Brock has a pretty good heart himself since he cares about Pokémon so much. Team Rocket listens in through a peroscope, and Meowth is frustrated that there is only really one Stantler. James admits that he has a plan, and used the trio's remaining funds to get it. While Jessie and Meowth are initially angry, James convinces them that money won't be important if they don't have anything to give to the boss.
Refreshed from an overnight sleepover, Brock releases Stantler into the forest. However Stantler is hesitant, and nudges Brock to show its affection. Brock steps back and yells at Stantler to go away. The Pokémon does so, though is clearly saddened. Despite his stern exterior, Brock is shaken, but knows that Stantler returning to the wild is for the best. From the heights of their Meowth Balloon, Team Rocket soon spot the young Stantler and begin to land. While Ash and his friends return to the city, Brock turns back and is shocked to see Team Rocket's balloon in the distance. With the help of James's Anti-Stantler number 7, Team Rocket catch the baby Stantler to give to the boss. The trio float down to grab their netted catch. Meowth becomes teary eyed from Stantler's cries, but Jessie tells him to shake it off. Meowth spots Brock approaching. James sniggers as he presses a red button, and the Anti-Stantler 7 shoots out spears which stops Brock from passing through, and this allows Team Rocket to make their escape. The trio are shocked to see Onix destroy the mecha. Brock recalls Onix and begins to chase Team Rocket's balloon. Hearing Stantler's cries, Ash orders Pikachu to unleash a Thunderbolt on Team Rocket. However, the attack misses because the balloon is too high up. Just when it seems like Team Rocket are succeeding, a real adult Stantler leaps from a mountain ledge and slices through the hot air balloon and cuts the rope holding the net with Baby Stantler. Ash calls out Bulbasaur to use Vine Whip to catch the net, but Stantler manages to fall out. Brock rushes in and leaps to catch it in time, claiming he is lucky he went to Little League.
Team Rocket have crash landed into the forest. While their shredded balloon remains entangled in the trees, their troubles aren't over yet. They see a herd of Stantler. Thinking it is another illusion, James throws the remote at a Stantler, which bounces off its head. The Stantler then crushes the remote with its hoof and the whole herd stampede Team Rocket causing them to blast off. Meanwhile, Brock and his friends watch on as Stantler returns to its family, and the reunited Stantler group trek back to their mountain home.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Totodile (US and international); Stantler (Japan)
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