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EP220 : The Mystery is History
Original series
EP222 : A Promise is a Promise
A Parent Trapped!
Captive Lugia!
First broadcast
Japan October 25, 2001
United States November 30, 2002
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター (Whiteberry)
Ending 前向きロケット団!
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Animation director 酒井啓史 Hiroshi Sakai
Additional credits

A Parent Trapped! (Japanese: とらわれのルギア! Captive Lugia!) is the 221st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on October 25, 2001 and in the United States on November 30, 2002.

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With the young Lugia in the possession of Butch and Cassidy, Ash and friends set about rescuing it while protecting its parent from itself. The parent Lugia fights desperately to free its child—playing right into Team Rocket's hands. If Ash fails to win the Lugia's trust and convince it not to oppose Team Rocket alone, it seems this Pokemon is fated to end up in captivity along with its child.


With the child Lugia now captured by Team Rocket, Dr. Namba proudly stands in front of the new catch when Butch and Cassidy show up. They have a plan that they could use the child Lugia as a lure to capture its parent. The plan would seem almost too easy.

Ash, Misty, Brock, Ritchie, and Oliver sit depressed on the shore when Luka comes by. She wonders what's going on and they tell her that Team Rocket has captured the child Lugia. Luka is shocked, but they have little time to discuss a plan. The parent Lugia suddenly emerges from the sea. Soon everyone has been told about what happened to the child Lugia, which the parent Lugia doesn't respond to at first. The parent soon starts combing the area but doesn't find anything, so it goes back to the group. Again they tell it that the child was captured but they'll do whatever it takes to get the child back. The parent becomes enraged and releases a gigantic storm and wreaks havoc across the island and the neighboring one. With this the group seeks shelter in a cave.

Meanwhile, Jessie still wants to find some way to bring some attention. She still frets about having the chance of taking the child Lugia away, but maybe there's something else to it. They hop out of their sub but soon get blasted by the parent Lugia.

After a while in the cave, Ash decides that he is going to face Lugia and try to get it to believe them. Ritchie agrees, and goes with Ash. Luka offers to drive her boat. The three of them leave the cave and head to Lugia. However Lugia fires a beam at them, which Luka dodges easily. This continues for a while until finally it's an either now-or-never situation. Eventually, Lugia calms down and believes Ash and Ritchie when they say they'll find its child. Lugia stops the storm and flies away.

With that, now they have a new objective, finding Team Rocket's base. Their Pokémon do a scout of the area but couldn't find anything, but since it's not on land, maybe it's underwater. Ash, Misty, Brock, Ritchie, and Oliver get in scuba gear and head for the ocean. They don't find much, until they notice the Magikarp Submarine belonging to Jessie, James and Meowth. They follow that to the base but as soon as they get there, the Rocket's plan soon goes into effect. The base emerges towards the surface!

After the base had emerged, they release the child Lugia still in the cage and with some contraption out there for the parent to get. The group obviously knows this is a trap and soon the parent Lugia comes by. Everyone soon sees this, the group yelling not to get any near while running. Then they are stopped by Butch and Cassidy. Since they can't go any further, it would just be easier to attack the parent Lugia from here on to see if it would get the idea. Both Pikachu and Sparky go up for an attack, but the parent easily dodges it. Butch messes with a little gizmo and some headgear on their Pokémon glows orange for a while, making them aggressive. They explain that this new device not only keeps them angry, but boosts their abilities. Houndour does a Flamethrower which was significantly more powerful than before. This doesn't stop them however, the group persists on attacking the parent but every time Butch and Cassidy have their Pokémon retaliate.

Butch increases the intensity of the headgear and soon their Pokémon become worse. Ash sends out Cyndaquil and Ritchie sends out his Charmeleon, Zippo. But all it takes is one hit and no more. The group tries to give the parent again but this time the parent Lugia decided to give them a shot with its Aeroblast. Although the attack misses, it knocks all of them out. The Lugia continues on and the trap activates. Meanwhile, the Team Rocket trio is ready to put their balloon plan into action. However, Meowth accidentally pops it with his claws and it sends the trio blasting off. The Rockets soon retrieve their second catch, going back underwater.

Ash wakes up later, only to find himself, Misty, Brock and Ritchie in a cage.

Major events

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Who's That Pokémon?: Dragonite (US and international), Lanturn (Japan)



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EP220 : The Mystery is History!
Original series
EP222 : A Promise is a Promise
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