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| Wish Upon a Star Shape
Py and Pippi and the Shooting Star!
|| May 2, 2002
| United States
|| May 3, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
| Assistant director
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Wish Upon a Star Shape (Japanese: ピィとピッピとながれぼし！ Py and Pippi and the Shooting Star!) is the 246th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 2, 2002 and in the United States on May 3, 2003.
Ash, Misty, and Brock are traveling along when they notice a strange shape falling from the sky. They run in to investigate, but soon realized that they were not the only witnesses of this event. Two representatives of an organization devoted to uncovering secrets of the Pokémon world arrive just as our heroes discover that the mysterious falling object was a Cleffa. Though these two Pokémon buffs seem a bit eccentric, Ash and friends share their interest in discovering from whence this Pokémon had come, and so they join forces in investigating a mystery that may shed light even on the very origins of Pokémon life on their planet.
The episode begins with everybody playing and taking a break at night. As Ash, Misty, and Brock watch the moon, they spot a shooting star. The star comes out of orbit heading towards them. Ash begins to wonder if it was a UFO. Something shoots out of the UFO and lands on Phanpy. Soon the UFO crashes on the other side of the mountain Ash and the gang are near. Soon it is revealed two mysterious people are watching. A Cleffa is revealed to be the thing that landed on Phanpy.
Ash looks Cleffa up in the Pokédex. Cleffa and Phanpy soon come to like each other. Soon Cleffa points toward the place where the UFO landed longingly. Since Cleffa came from the UFO, the gang thinks it must be a Clefairy spaceship. Ash and his friends decide to get Cleffa back to its pals. Team Rocket is soon watching and decides to get Cleffa. Just then, two people run up to Cleffa and start studying it. They reveal themselves to be Ken and Mary of the Pokémon Mystery Club. They ask to take Cleffa, except Ash thinks they could be members of Team Rocket. Upon hearing this they say Team Rocket is horrible.
When they hear this, Team Rocket reveals themselves and are angry. Then they recite the motto. The PMC is angry and reveals their machine. The machine shoots out a net, and Phanpy runs off with Cleffa on its back. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt creating smoke and Ash, Misty and Brock run off. While Ash and the gang head toward the mountain, Team Rocket cannot find Phanpy and Cleffa, so they use a divining stick to show which way they went. As they begin to head that way, PMC appears and shows another machine. It looks like a satellite. It shows them where Cleffa is. Then they bring out another machine, which bears a certain resemblance to a snowplow. It quickly catches up to Phanpy and Cleffa at a cliff. Phanpy looks around and knocks over a tree as a bridge and walks across it.
PMC tries to use harpoons to get to the other side of the cliff but Team Rocket catches up and blasts away the harpoons. PMC inserts a plunger into the blaster and fires it at Team Rocket. Soon Ash and his friends show up and sneak away while the two teams are fighting. Meanwhile, Phanpy and Cleffa come to a hill. Soon, so does Ash and the gang. They see a spaceship at the bottom. It proves to be the same Clefairy spaceship they saw before. Soon Ash and his friends see Phanpy and Cleffa. Just as Cleffa and the Clefairy are reuniting, PMC shows up!
Soon Team Rocket shows up in the Meowth balloon. It then transforms into a robot and tries to grab Cleffa. Phanpy gets in the way and is just thrown aside. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt but is useless, as the machine is electricity-proof. The Clefairy soon head into the action. PMC unleashes yet another machine. It seems to be a truck with grappling arms. The Meowth robot wrestles violently with the truck. Soon Team Rocket decide to activate a cannon. But the Clefairy are taking apart the machine to build their spaceship. Upon seeing this, PMC is confident but then realize the Clefairy are doing the same to them.
Soon the spaceship is finished and Phanpy rushes Cleffa to the ship as it starts to take off. The ship begins to fall apart! Soon PMC and Team Rocket work together and head toward the spaceship. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt and Phanpy uses Rollout, energizing the ship and blasting off Team Rocket and PMC. The Clefairy ship soon begins to take off, and with Cleffa and Phanpy saying goodbye, Cleffa evolves and goes inside the spaceship. Phanpy begins to cry and Ash cheers it up. Later, PMC finds crop circles created by a Snorlax.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Voltorb (US and international), Cleffa (Japan)
- The Clefairy are the same group from Clefairy Tales.
- The English title of this episode is a reference to the phrase "Wish upon a star".
- This episode aired in the US exactly one year and one day after its Japanese airing.
- In the previous episode, a child asked if Clefairy come from space; the subject of this episode is Clefairy and Cleffa that come from space.
- Ken and Mary were blasted off together with Team Rocket.
- Ash's Phanpy befriending the Clefairy in this episode could be a reference to the fairy tale of "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter".
- When the Clefairy spaceship first shows up, the color of it is a light gray. However, when the spaceship is seen at the crash site, it is yellow.
In other languages