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| The Kecleon Caper
Where's Kakureon!? Huge Chaos Created By the Invisible Pokémon!
|| July 5, 2001
| United States
|| August 17, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
The Kecleon Caper (Japanese: カクレオンはどこにいる！？みえないポケモンにだいこんらん！ Where's Kakureon!? Huge Chaos Created By the Invisible Pokémon!) is the 205th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 5, 2001 and in the United States on August 17, 2002.
Ash and his friends stop at an air station to get a closer look at the Leviathan 2, a luxury dirigible taking passengers on a flight around the world. The ship has landed to refuel and the crew needs medical assistance for some passengers' Pokémon, so Brock volunteers to help. The passengers are two wealthy young ladies, Madison and Alexa, whose two Kecleon are suffering from a little airsickness. Brock's remedies make sure the Kecleon, called Greenie and Reddie, are back to normal in no time flat.
Greenie and Reddie are taken back to their stateroom, which Team Rocket then tries to rob of valuables. Greenie snatches a jewelry box back from Team Rocket and the Kecleon flee the room. As reports come in that the Kecleon are running around the ship, our heroes pitch in to help find them—Team Rocket is on the trail too, hoping to get their hands on that jewelry box. The chase leads everyone out of the dirigible, into the air station terminal, and then right back out again.
As Greenie and Reddie exit the terminal, they're surrounded by our heroes and the dirigible's crew. Team Rocket catches up to everyone and tries to grab them. Now it's clear that Greenie and Reddie weren't being mischievous, they were trying to keep the jewelry away from Team Rocket! Their owners join Ash in battling Team Rocket and soon Team Rocket goes blasting off, the jewelry box is recovered, and the dirigible can finish refueling and leave.
As Ash and his friends are walking along a road towards the next town, a blimp flies over them. They follow it to the airstrip where a lot of other people have already gathered around. A man explains that the blimp, the Blue May, is a luxury cruise and is two hundred meters in length. The captain then suddenly walks out and asks for anyone who knows how to apply medical treatment, prompting Ash and his friends to volunteer.
They board the blimp and are introduced to two women, Madison and Alexa, whose Kecleon, Greeny and Reddy, are being rather odd. They reveal themselves, seemingly tired, and lazily hop off the vase to the ground. Brock gives a quick examination and then gets out some medicine. After giving one each to the Kecleon, he provides a piece of homemade Pokémon food; this combination restores their health. Meanwhile, Team Rocket plans to hijack the blimp for their own recreational use, but when they breach the cockpit, they are unable to drive it. As a result, they change their plan and decide to loot the blimp.
As Ash and Misty show their Pokémon to Madison and Alexa, Team Rocket finds Madison and Alexa's room and starts rummaging through it, with Meowth eventually finding the women's jewelry box. Greeny suddenly snatches it with his tongue and keeps it in his mouth, prompting Team Rocket to attack him. However, both Greeny and Reddy escape after an attendant accidentally stumbles upon the scene. Soon, Ash's group learns that the Kecleon are missing, whilst Team Rocket disguises themselves as attendants to sneak by the blimp.
Ash and the others are walking down a metallic hallway when Pikachu notices a red zigzag shape on the wall. They search a dining hall, where Pikachu notices another red zigzag that is moving slightly. It turns out to be Greeny, who flees.
Team Rocket finds a storage room and looks inside, finding Reddy. Greeny then runs by, followed by the gang. Reddy and Greeny both run off and Team Rocket is forced to hide into a crate. Eventually, Wobbuffet unintentionally gets released, breaking the box.
Then, Ash's group heads outside the blimp and sees Greeny up on the balloon. Brock goes after him and gets to the top of the blimp, but Greeny crawls away from his reach. Frustrated, Brock jumps onto the balloon itself. Greeny simply continues climbing up, but Team Rocket catches sight of him and it runs off. Greeny eventually stops at a steep part of the blimp, which makes Team Rocket slip off the balloon.
The two Kecleon soon meet, climb down, and run into the airport terminal, with the group, Madison, and Alexa giving chase. They soon decide to split up to cover more ground. Meanwhile, Greeny and Reddy run into Team Rocket in another storage room. In response, they start tossing their contents in their mouths back and forth very fast, with Reddy ending up with the box. Brock also finds both Kecleon, and he chases after them for a while before meeting up with Ash and Misty. They chase them back outside and both Kecleon get cornered. However, Team Rocket attacks before Greeny and Reddy could be captured.
Ash sends out Bayleef against Jessie's Arbok. Bayleef misses with Vine Whip and Arbok counters with Headbutt. Poliwhirl then comes out and uses its own Headbutt on Arbok. James sends out Victreebel, which uses Razor Leaf. Greeny and Reddy join the battle and deflects the leaves with their tails. Arbok goes for a Wrap, but Reddy uses a Lick attack to stop Arbok, which also releases the jewelry box. Meowth goes after it, but Poliwhirl attacks him with Double Slap. Victreebel moves in, but Greeny uses a Lick attack on Victreebel. Then, both Kecleon use Psybeam to push the two Pokémon back to their owners. Bayleef next uses another Vine Whip and tosses Team Rocket out into the sky.
The blimp takes off soon afterward and the group heads off to Olivine City for their next destination.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Vaporeon (US and international), Pineco (Japan)
- This episode marks the first anime appearance of a Generation III Pokémon.
- This is also the first episode to feature Abilities.
- The purple Kecleon showed in this episode is not a normally colored Pokémon. However, its color is also not that of a Shiny Pokémon.
- The Kecleon featured in this episode are the same colors as those that run the Kecleon shops in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series. However, the purple Kecleon in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series has green-colored outlines on its face, while the purple Kecleon in the anime retains the same colored outlines as normal Kecleon.
- Meowth's Boss fantasies first appeared mainstream in this episode.
- In Japan, this was the last episode to air before the debut of Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.
- Incidentally, a Kecleon would appear in that movie's Pikachu short, Pikachu's PikaBoo, narrowly failing to make Kecleon one of the few Pokémon introduced in the movies or the side series before the mainstream anime.
- After Noctowl blows Weezing's Smokescreen away, Pikachu disappears.
- When Team Rocket discusses their plans before deciding to go steal things, they think of the idea of stealing the whole blimp, however when in the cockpit, Meowth says "I don't know how to drive a blimp, do you?" and they discard that idea. But in the episodes A Scare in the Air and Poké Ball Peril they do just that.
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