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| Control Freak!
Golbat VS the Masked Queen Musashi! The Battle in the Ruins!!
|| May 3, 2001
| United States
|| March 30, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 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
Control Freak! (Japanese: ゴルバットＶＳかめんのじょおうムサシ！いせきのたたかい！！ Golbat VS the Masked Queen Musashi! The Battle in the Ruins!!) is the 196th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 3, 2001 and in the United States on March 30, 2002.
As our heroes and their Pokémon enjoy another fine meal prepared by Brock, Golbat begins to act strangely and flies away. Brock, Ash and Misty chase after the Flying-type and end up at an archaeological dig. When they meet the intelligent and beautiful archeologist, Tierra she explains her ultra-sonic equipment had just been destroyed and perhaps its errant waves attracted Golbat. She also tells our heroes of an ancient golden mask and scepter, once belonging to a queen who had the power to control all Pokémon. She is now looking for a buried temple said to contain these two priceless artifacts and asks Brock if his Golbat will use it's Sonic attack to help her locate the exact placement of the temple. Overhearing our heroes, Team Rocket employs their latest mechanical menace, the Dig-a-Tron to beat the gang to the temple. When Jessie dons the mask and scepter she has the power to control all Pokémon, even Pikachu! What will become of the Pokémon under Jesse's rule?
Continuing on their journey, Ash and his friends stop and their Pokémon (Golbat, Pikachu and Togepi) enjoy another fine meal prepared by Brock. Golbat's ears twitch and flies it away. Brock, Ash and Misty chase after the Flying-type and end up at an archaeological dig. Upon reaching the site Brock finds a fainted woman, she quickly wakes up. The site appears to be destroyed, with machinery lying crumpled. Brock asks if the woman has a laptop computer to help fix the detector equipment. The group go to a building, where both Brock and Tierra appear to already know each others names. Tierra explains that a search for a buried temple is what brought her to the site, and that she is working alone. Misty suggests the ultra-sonic equipment attracted Golbat. Tierra tells Ash and friends a story based on an ancient tablet. Thousands of years ago a queen along with a her golden mask and staff had the power to control Pokémon; silhouettes of Butterfree, Charizard and Articuno are seen in this sequence. She is now looking for a buried temple said to contain these two priceless artifacts.
Eavesdropping on this, Team Rocket considers taking the mask and staff for themselves, to give half of the Pokémon to Giovanni and the other for sale. Meanwhile, Brock manages to fix Tierra's laptop, though the scanner was irreparable. Instead, Brock offers his Golbat's assistance, its Sonic attack can help Tierra locate the exact placement of the temple. Brock is said to be great with computers; Ash references Brock's actions at Dr. Anna's lab. Brock calls on his Geodude to dig to the temple.
Meowth unveils their latest mechanical menace, the Dig-a-Tron to beat the gang to the temple. Meanwhile Tierra, Ash and crew follow Geodude through the underground spotting a rock collapse blocking their exit access, though they decide to continue heading towards the temple. Team Rocket reach the site first, with the Dugtrio Dig-a-Tron drilling its way through a stone ceiling, the freefall causes the machine to suddenly stop. Team Rocket emerge from the machine uninjured and notice a statue with both the mask and staff.
Jessie dons the mask and staff, declaring herself the 'Queen of all Pokémon'. She first tries her powers out on James' Victreebel, making it emerge from it Pokeball then attack James. Meowth first doubts Jessie's newfound power and then he finds himself doing a dance. When Ash and friends arrive at the temple, Tierra is shocked by Jessie's belligerence, she declares the mask and staff are priceless artefacts. Jessie takes control over Pikachu, commanding it to shock Ash with an electric attack. Pikachu then walks over to Jessie without hesitation. Brock calls upon Geodude, Onix and Golbat to get Pikachu back. Jessie takes control of all three of them, however Golbat manages to break loose of the spell and starts to attack Jessie with a Supersonic attack, which repels the staff's power. Jessie commands Geodude to attack Golbat and Onix to carry the Dig-a-Tron back to the surface. Onix smashes through a temple wall, causing the ceiling to collapse. The group and Geodude emerge safely from the rubble, and Brock begins to listen out for Golbat. Brock successfully locates and reaches Golbat just as more of the temple is collapsing.
Up on the surface Team Rocket are waiting to, again, attack Ash and friends. Jessie and Pikachu, in preparation, walk over to the exit tunnel and cross a strange marking on the ground, the spell breaks and Pikachu uses its Thunderbolt attack on Jessie. Jessie and Pikachu once again cross this same border, and the staff's control over Pikachu returns to full effect. This same scene unfolds again, this time Ash and friends have made it to the surface. Tierra explains that the power of the mask and staff only works within the home village of the queen. Jessie is conflicted with this sudden predicament. Upon hearing this Team Rocket jump back into the Dig-a-tron (which turns into a rocket) and begin to make an escape. Ash sends out Noctowl to chase the trio alongside Golbat, however the Dig-a-tron is too fast for both Flying-type Pokémon. Whilst in the machine Jessie removes the queen's mask, noting its may be worth its weight in gold. Brock offers some encouraging words to Golbat and upon hearing this, Golbat begins to evolve into Crobat. Now with a much faster speed, Crobat catches up with Team Rocket and uses its wings to slice the Dig-a-tron into pieces.
Team Rocket fall onto the ground below and Jessie attempts to grab the gold mask and staff, but she is blocked by the newly evolved Crobat. It is not long until Ash and friends catch up and Team Rocket get their usual zap of Thunderbolt before flying far away into the sky. Brock declares his love and desire to stay with Tierra, in response Misty pulls Brock away by the ear. The gang leave behind Tierra, who is excited about the new discovery, and carry on their journey.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Miltank (US and international), Golbat (Japan)
- When Brock uses Golbat's supersonic sound waves to locate the queen's temple, Ash and Misty say that Brock did the same thing when they were lost in Dr. Anna's medical clinic. However, that isn't true, as Brock was the only one of the trio lost in the maze under it while Ash and Misty worked to get him out, and Dr. Anna was the one who used the Supersonic attack to navigate the maze.
- When Ash checks Crobat on Dexter, Crobat's feet disappear.
- In the last part of this episode's blurb, Jessie's name is misspelled Jesse.
- Brock and Tierra call each other by name before knowing them.
- In the Polish dub, the staff is mistakenly referred to as a flag.
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