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Episode AG 139
Episode Stats:

Japanese Episode AG 139: "Purin's Song, Papa's Song!"
American Episode 409: "Rough, Tough Jigglypuff
Japanese Air Date:  August 11th, 2005
American Air Date:  May 13th, 2006
Important Characters:  Mitsuo (Mitch Mitchelson), Lisa (Lisa)

While on the way to Yamabuki City, home of Haruka's first Contest challenge, our heroes get caught in a trap.  The gang automatically assumes that it's the Rocket-Dan's doing, but a man named Mitsuo appears and reveals that he's the one to blame for the trap!  He explains that he's been trying to capture a Purin for his daughter Lisa, whose birthday is coming up soon, but the little pokemon is too difficult to capture.  After witnessing a battle between the wild Purin and Mitsuo's Dogohmb, Takeshi notices that Purin has the Cute Charm characteristic.  Purin gets away, but before long it reappears to taunt Mitsuo again.  This time, Satoshi jumps into the battle, being careful not to come into contact with the balloon pokemon, but they are still unable to capture it.  After a few more attempts, Masato comes up with a plan to put Purin to sleep with its own song.  To accomplish this, our heroes lure Purin into battle inside a soundproof room, where the notes of its song are able to bounce off the walls and put everyone in the room to sleep.  After Purin is knocked out, Mitsuo steps up to catch it, but he eventually decides not to go through with the capture.  He decides to return home without the pokemon, resigned to the fact that he wasn't able to keep the promise he made to his daughter.  However, when he reunites with his family, Purin appears as well!  The singing pokemon had been enjoying playing with Mitsuo all this time, so it decided to follow him all the way into the city.  Now that Mitsuo has fulfilled his birthday wish to his daughter, our heroes can continue on the road to Yamabuki City.

The stretch of filler episodes continues as we get a completely pointless episode about Purin.  It was entertaining enough, I guess, but I do wish they had featured the Purin so we could find out where the hell it's been since that one Houen episode. 

I also wonder where that house with all those reflective walls came from.  I mean, the gang would have had to go into the city, pick up some supplies, go back to the woods, and build this house for the sole purpose of capturing this pokemon; not all that feasible, wouldn't you say?  Then again, I am talking about a show where the hero walks around with a yellow mouse capable of shooting electricity at foes, among them a talking cat with a coin on its head.  So I guess I shouldn't expect too much.

One thing I do remember about this episode is that when the Japanese title was first revealed to fans, there was all this speculation that this would be the episode where we learn the identity of Satoshi's dad.  Y'know, because of the word "papa" being used in the episode's title.  Of course, we all know better now, but it's still amusing how hopeful a lot of us were back then.

The dub doesn't do anything all that outstanding.  4Kids left the Rocket-Dan's onigiri alone, which makes me think they've pretty much given up on editing this food.  I mean, they've only got a handful of episodes left.  Why bother editing it now?

Cut--4 seconds altogether
Two seconds are trimmed from the very first shot of the episode.

Later, another two seconds are removed from the episode's title screen.

Side Note
In that house with the reflective walls, we hear Purin's and Pikachu's voice echo in the Japanese version.  In the dub, however, this little effect is done away with.  Hearing the voices echo actually makes the idea that the room was made to reflect the pokemon's song more clear, so you'd think 4Kids would have left it in.

Cut--3 seconds
Three seconds are removed from the shot right after Kids' WB!'s final commercial break.

AND...there's no TO BE CONTINUED... time cut.  

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