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Old March 29th, 2014 (3:04 PM). Edited April 5th, 2014 by Wobbu.
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    The Bamboozling Forest!



    Synopsis
    Pikachu, Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie find themselves separated from Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie after Team Rocket attempts to steal them. Soon Meowth finds himself separated from Team Rocket and teams up with the twerps' Pokémon. As Ash and friends' search leads them to a bamboo forest where an angry Pangoro resides, Team Rocket traps the Pangoro and binds Pikachu, Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie in the process. Will the Pokémon be set free?


    Story
    The episode begins with Team Rocket floating in their balloon and spying on the twerps' Pokémon having lunch. They begin to plan a way to capture the Pokémon. Down on the ground, Ash and friends are also enjoying lunch. Suddenly two Pancham are shown behind bushes spying on the food. Pikachu and the other Pokémon hear something and start looking around. Ash asks what is wrong and a louder noise is produced from the bushes. Bonnie hopes the noise is coming from a Pokémon. Froakie attacks the bushes with its Frubbles and a Pokémon yells from reception. For Ash and friends, the noise is proof that something is lurking in the bushes. Soon two Pancham roll out of the bushes.
    Team Rocket is still spying from overhead and state that they haven't seen those Pokémon before. James opens his holographic encyclopedia and sees that they are Pancham. Down on the ground again, Ash apologizes to the Pancham that was hit and he cleanses it from the Frubbles. Serena scans the Pancham with her Pokédex. Serena notices that the fierce Pancham in the Pokédex contrasts to the cute Pancham in front of them. Clemont says the Pancham do their best to look tough and what they are seeing in front of them is Pancham's normal look. Serena questions why the Pokédex doesn't show their cute look and Clemont responds by saying that he's never heard of anyone complaining about Pancham's Pokédex entry before.
    The Pancham run up to Chespin's food dish and stare at it with appeal. Serena wishes that she knew what the Pancham were trying to say. Clemont gives an intrigued glance and presents his invention, the Pokémon Translator, succeeding his catchphrase, "the future is now, thanks to science!" Bonnie snarks that Clemont needs to become better with names. The Pokémon Translator allows humans to understand a Pokémon's vocal tone, movement, and expression. The Pancham speak into the translator and it outputs, "what you have belongs to everyone." The two Pancham turn around and produce a plotting expression, which is perceived by Pikachu and the other Pokémon. Serena thinks the Pancham want Chespin to share its food with them. Pikachu tries to warn everyone about the Panchams' plot but no one is paying attention. Serena gives a dish of food to both of the Pancham but they also ate everyones' food in a rush. Everyone is upset except Clemont, who is happy that his translator worked.
    Team Rocket floats directly over the twerps and throws a net onto Pikachu, Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie. The two Pancham retreat into the bushes. Team Rocket escapes with their balloon and Fletchling catches up with them. James sends out his Inkay and it inks Fletchling. Ash catches Fletchling but Team Rocket manages to get away. Before Team Rockets reports their success to headquarters, the three argue over who gets credit. James invented the capture machine, Meowth came up with the plan, and Jessie pointed out the key point. The three continue to argue until Jessie decides to have a battle for the credit. Inkay uses Psybeam but Wobbuffet deflects the attack into the top of the balloon. The balloon explodes and Pikachu, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, and Meowth all become separated from each other and Jessie, James, Wobbuffet, and Inkay, who remained together.
    Ash and friends see the explosion and Clemont suggests to use Dedenne's electrical energy to communicate with Pikachu. Meowth is shown landing on a Pangoro in a nearby bamboo forest. The angry Pangoro flings Meowth far into the sky and Meowth disappears into the distance. Froakie is shown laying in a river that runs through the bamboo forest. Froakie hops out onto the grass and hears something rumbling in the bushes. It prepares to attack but lets its guard down after seeing Pikachu emerge from the bushes. The two run off to look for the others. They encounter Chespin who is buried head-first into the ground. Chespin accidentally kicks Froakie in the face while struggling to get out of the ground. Pikachu and Froakie manage to free Chespin and they search for Fennekin. Before they run off, they see Meowth dangling from a bamboo stalk. Chespin frees Meowth with a Pin Missile attack but Froakie doesn't trust Meowth.
    Meanwhile, in a different area in the forest, Jessie, James, Wobbuffet, and Inkay travel along a path and see the two Pancham from earlier popping out of the bushes. James attacks the Pancham and tries to catch them, but soon the Pangoro looms over them. Inkay inks Pangoro's face and Pangoro blasts all of them off with a punch.
    Pikachu, Chespin, Meowth, and Froakie find Fennekin grooming itself near the river. Froakie uses its Frubbles to straighten Fennekin's hair. Jessie, James, Wobbuffet, and Inkay are again traveling down a path. Jessie trips over something on the ground which turns out to be a Pumpkaboo. Jessie throws a Poké Ball at it and captures it to James's and Wobbuffet's surprise. The scene changes to Ash and friends walking along a different path. Dedenne's cheeks start producing electricity and the scene changes again back to Pikachu, Chespin, Meowth, Fennekin, and Froakie. Pikachu is shown with his cheeks producing electricity. Fennekin is eating a twig. Chespin tries eating a twig but it tastes gross. The angry Chespin chucks the stuck and it ricochets of a few bamboo stalks and eventually right into Pangoro's forehead. The angered Pangoro charges into the Pokémon. Everyone but a scared Chespin runs away. Chespin accidentally attacks with Pin Missile and fries the bamboo sprig that Pangoro holds in its mouth. Pangoro calms down and enters a dormant state.
    Ash and friends soon appear and everyone is reunited, except for Meowth and the rest of Team Rocket. They wonder what is wrong with Pangoro so Ash scans it with his Pokédex. The Pokédex said that Pangoro uses the bamboo sprig to detect its surroundings. Clemont feels awful for Chespin's actions. This Pangoro requires a special sprig that only grows on a nearby rock. Everyone but Meowth, Pangoro, and one of the Pancham search for the sprig. While everyone heads for the rock, Team Rocket finds Meowth with Pancham and Pangoro. Meowth tells Team Rocket what's going on while Ash and friends are shown reaching the rock.
    Because the bamboo stalk that contains the perfect sprig is too high up to reach, Chespin retrieves the sprig by using Vine Whip. They run back to Pangoro but they see that Team Rocket has Pangoro and Pancham all tied up with rope. After sending threats back and forth, Jessie sends out her newly acquired Pumpkaboo. Meowth sees her new acquisition for the first time. Ash scans Pumpkaboo with his Pokédex. Pumpkaboo uses Leech Seed on Pikachu, Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, rendering them immobile. Ash decides to take the sprig and deliver it to Pangoro himself. While Ash sprints to Pangoro, Inkay attacks with Psybeam. Pikachu manages to produce a Thunderbolt and breaks Inkay's Psybeam. Pumpkaboo uses Shadow Ball on Ash but Bunnelby and Froakie break it by attacking at the same time. Wobbuffet prepares to block Ash but fails after getting attacked by Chespin's Pin Missile and Fennekin's Ember. With all obstacles out of the way, Ash places the sprig in Pangoro's mouth and Pangoro regains its strength. Pangoro blasts off all of Team Rocket and Pancham is set free. Clemonts apologizes for the trouble they caused and they depart. Ash remembers that they never finished lunch and everyone's stomach rumbles. The episode ends with "To Be Continued" displayed.


    Discussion
    What are your overall thoughts about the episode?
    What did you think about the setting?
    Did you expect more from Jessie's acquisition of Pumpkaboo?
    What are your thoughts about Jessie and Pumpkaboo?


    The Bamboozling Forest!
    USA Broadcast: March 29, 2014

    Pursuit in the Bamboo Forest! Yancham and Goronda!!
    Japanese Broadcast: December 19, 2013





















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    Old March 29th, 2014 (3:19 PM).
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      Super cute filler ep ngl. I would have liked to seen more of an actual effort involved with Pumpkaboo's capture, especially since James' caturers are usually pretty easy I'd have liked Jess to contrast that. I also think that it's a little weird for Jess to have it- doesn't Pumpkaboo seem like much more of a James type? He's got the history with grass and ghost types idk. Maybe they'll trade? Or he'll end up with a Phantump to complete that set? who knows
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        I really liked the setting of this episode. A bamboo forest is new to the anime if I remember correctly. But just look at the picture with Froakie by the river. I'm really curious why Jessie threw a Poké Ball at Pumpkaboo like it was nothing. Why doesn't she do that more often? I could definitely see James catching a Phantump and then trading it for Jessie's Pumpkaboo. They'll both evolve :D TR with a Gourgeist and Trevenant would be amazing.
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          Super cute filler ep ngl.
          I wouldn't call this episode a filler, because a capture was involved for a major character, who is Jessie. If an episode doesn't have anything related to the games, have no progression to the main plot, or have a major character catching a pokemon, then it's considered filler.

          That being said, what still confuses me about this episode is how Chespin was able to get caught by Pumpkaboo's Leech Seed. Sure it wasn't absorbing Chespin's energy like the other Pokémon, but since Grass types are now immune to Grass type status moves, I was imagining Chespin to not get caught by Leech Seed at all.

          Still bummed that Ash hasn't caught a Pancham; it really suits him well.
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            I dunno, I would argue that such a lame easy capture with like no get-to-know-the-Pokémon time which is surrounded by filler content would qualify the ep as mostly filter. Especially since who knows is TR are actually main characters anymore? We haven't seen much from them in terms of conversation and interaction; it's all been plot exposition so far. /shrug/ they aren't being put to use. And when a capture ep for a major character feels like filler, something's wrong.
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              I wouldn't qualify it as a filler but it's the closest to it. My only reasoning is that if this episode didn't exist, neither would Jessie's Pumpkaboo. I'm not sure how often Jessie will use it in the future (hopefully more often than her BW team) but this episode has consequences that will most likely influence future episodes. A capture is a capture, no matter how lackluster.

              But what's up with TR this season? Even the capture of James's Inkay was very concise and without story. James has a history of bonding with the wild Pokémon before catching it.
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                New bear-mon clones. The small ones are definitely teddyursa-clones, the big one is more moderate, so tends toward the ice-bear variant. Well, with the addition it being called "goro", looks also like the underused Machomp in fur. And just for flavour it got Treecko's twig-chewing. Like we wouldn't notice.
                Btw, bears are boring, and pandas double so.

                The storyboard seems to be a cheap copy of an episode of Full Metal Panic?, where the boys try to peak the girls at a hot spring. As this is anyway a totally meaningless filler, I don't like it at all. Even the joke at the end doesn't work out.
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