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On its way from [[Eterna City]] to [[Celestic Town]], a police plane carrying the {{DL|Legendary[[Timespace artifactsorbs|Adamant Orb}}]] is attacked by a horde of {{p|Golbat}} as well as a {{TP|Saturn|Toxicroak}}. The attack is led by [[Saturn]] of [[Team Galactic]] who notes that everything is going perfectly to plan.
At the Celestic Town [[Pokémon Center]], {{an|Brock}} and {{an|Dawn}} are packing to head out while {{Ash}} is perfecting a technique to counter [[Fantina]]'s {{m|Hypnosis}} based on Dawn's [[Contest Battle]] [[DP095|the previous day]]. However, the {{pkmn|training}} is put on hold when news soon breaks that the Adamant Orb was successfully stolen by [[Team Galactic]], and the gang learns that the Adamant Orb was on its way to the [[Celestic Town Historical Research Center]], which is currently studying the Adamant Orb's counterpart, the {{DL|Legendary[[Timespace artifactsorbs|Lustrous Orb}}]]. They also learn that [[Cynthia]] is coming to Celestic Town, and decide to head to the Research Center to see her. Just then [[Nurse Joy]] arrives and Brock begins to hit on her; however, after a few seconds Brock gets the feeling that something is wrong and realizes that {{TP|Brock|Croagunk}} didn't stop his misguided romantic attempts, instead choosing to stare out the window, a fact which gives Brock slight alarm.
Outside the Pokémon Center, [[Jessie]], [[James]] and {{MTR}} plot to steal the {{DL|Legendary[[Timespace artifactsorbs|Lustrous Orb}}]] before Team Galactic can.
At the Research Center, {{ashfr|the gang}} meets up with Cynthia, who introduces them to her grandmother, [[Professor Carolina]], head of the Celestic Town Historical Research Center. On a nearby rooftop, [[Saturn]] recognizes Ash and co. as the group that [[DP069|interfered]] with their plan to steal the meteorites from [[Veilstone City]], and warns [[Mars]] about them. [[Cyrus]], a world-famous businessman who is responsible for many of the buildings and libraries throughout [[Sinnoh]], approaches the Research Center while Mars and Saturn prepare their attack. As Croagunk once again stares off into space instead of stopping Brock from hitting on Cynthia, Ash and Dawn also take note of Croagunk's strange behavior. {{TRT}} disguise themselves as police officers in order to gain entry into the Research Center.
Inside the Research Center, Professor Carolina explains the town's connection to the {{pkmn2|[[Legendary}} Pokémon]] {{p|Dialga}} and {{p|Palkia}}, as well as her own extensive research. Dawn and Ash recognize {{p|Mesprit}} and {{p|Azelf}} from a carving of the {{an|lake guardians}} (though they do not know their names), and relay [[DP001|their]] [[DP078|experiences]] with the two Pokémon. Cynthia tells the gang that Mesprit represents Emotion and Azelf represents Willpower. Cynthia also tells everyone that there is a third lake guardian at [[Lake Acuity]] near [[Snowpoint City]], {{p|Uxie}} who represents Knowledge. Brock realizes that Uxie is the Pokémon they heard about from {{an|May}} and [[Zoey]] during the [[Wallace Cup]]. Cyrus suggests that Professor Carolina show Ash and Dawn the Lustrous Orb. In the Celestic Ruins, behind the Research Center, Mars's gang finishes setting up explosive charges.
Team Rocket, still in disguise as police officers, relieve the officers guarding the Lustrous Orb, but before they can sneak into the room, [[Officer Jenny]] leads Ash and co. down the hallway. Professor Carolina uses a key card and a palm scanner to open the room with the Lustrous Orb, where both Ash and Dawn examine the item, but feel nothing. This enrages Cyrus, who reveals that the Lustrous Orb may be directly connected to {{p|Arceus|the dawn of time}}. As Cyrus tries to coax more information out of Ash and Dawn, Mars sets off the explosives, causing a panic within the Research Center. Professor Carolina finds that the door to the room with the Lustrous Orb won't reseal. The security system of the Research Center is revealed to have been compromised, which leads Cynthia to suggest moving the Lustrous Orb. Ash volunteers to help protect the orb, and Officer Jenny recruits the in-disguise Team Rocket to help, as well.
==Major events==
* [[Brock's Croagunk]] is revealed to have {{a|Anticipation}} as his [[Ability]].
* [[Team Galactic]] steals the {{DL|Legendary[[Timespace artifactsorbs|Adamant Orb}}]].
* {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} meet [[Cynthia]] again.
* Ash and his friends meet [[Professor Carolina]] and [[Cyrus]] for the first time.
* ''[[High Touch!]]'' replaced ''[[Together|Together2008]]'' as the [[List of Japanese opening themes|Japanese opening theme]].
* ''[[Surely Tomorrow]]'' replaced ''[[Message of the Wind]]'' as the [[List of Japanese ending themes|Japanese ending theme]].
* This episode marks exactly 60 episodes since [[Team Galactic]]'s first anime appearance. In it, however, they hired [[Jessie]], [[James]], and {{MTR}} to nab the {{DL|Legendary[[Timespace artifactsorbs|Adamant Orb}}]] from [[Eterna City]], while this time around the group itself nabbed both it ''and'' the {{DL|Legendary[[Timespace artifactsorbs|Lustrous Orb}}]] from [[Celestic Town]], which lies on the opposite side of [[Mt. Coronet]] and {{rt|211|Sinnoh}} from Eterna.
* It is revealed in this episode that [[Brock's Croagunk]] is able to sense when [[Saturn's Toxicroak]] is nearby, possibly an allusion to its {{a|Anticipation}} Ability.
** Due to this, it is the first time [[Brock's Croagunk]] does not stop him from flirting a girl.

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