An EGG-sighting Adventure!
This was easily the funniest Master Quest episode, and
one of the funniest in all of the anime. It was funny to see TR thinking
that Ash's egg might hatch into a Zapdos, Articuno, or Moltres. If I remember
correctly, they had the same hopes for the egg that eventually became Togepi.
I liked James' comment: "Or maybe it's just something to eat with ham, bacon,
or sausage on the side." And then Jessie said that whether it was a Pokemon
or breakfast, they'd steal it anyway. Funny stuff. When TR snuck into the
Pokemon Center, we got to see Meowth's lock-picking claws again, that was
cool. They were "quiet...like...a mouse" another interesting reference to
animals in the anime. When they reached the trio's room, I realize that their
having Meowth on that fishing pole to grab the egg set the stage for parts
of the rest of the episode, but why did they do that in the first place?
Why didn't they just walk up and take the egg? Anyway, it was funny when
they thought Brock had heard their arguing and woken up but he was actually
talking to a girl in his sleep. I loved James' comment: "The boy appears
to be dealing with some issues." I liked seeing Togepi do something useful
again, it used Metronome to Teleport the egg away, which raises a question
about Metronome in the anime. Togepi's has come up with Teleport several
times, so maybe in a crisis the Pokemon can summon energy to actually control
what attack Metronome uses? Anyway that's another topic. That baby Kangaskhan
(out of its pouch? nice) and its mother finding the egg was cool, it reintroduced
us to Kangaskhan who we haven't seen in ages. I liked the mother's little
call into the forest, it was as if she was saying, "Hey, anyone lose an egg?"
Ash's dream about the egg was funny, with it cracking into smaller and smaller
eggs before it disappeared completely. Then he woke up to find it gone while
Brock still talked in his sleep. Seeing Brock fall in love with that airhead
of an Officer Jenny (or should I say Detective Jenny?) was hilarious. Not
sure why Misty wondered how she could be both an officer and a detective
though, since a lot of police work does involve detective work. Jenny showed
she did have at least a few clues though, she called out her Growlithe to
track the egg using Ash's scent, but it was hilarious to see just WHERE (or
close to where) Growlithe sniffed for Ash's scent. Our world's dogs do that,
so it was realistic but funny. It was cool to see Exeggcute again when they
found that nest, haven't seen them in a long time either.
Jenny was a total airhead throughout the whole episode, and when she made
some more ridiculously funny comments in the woods, Brock asked her to marry
him, and Misty said, "Maybe they really are meant for each other." Funny
Jenny's account of how she thought Brock stole the egg was hilarious! "Why
should I be the only one without an egg? Why oh why?" "I can't do this! I
shouldn't do this, but I can't help myself!" At least when they found scratches
on the outside doorknob as well, she investigated further and did something
cool and sensible by having her Jumpluff scatter spores to make the footprints
show up in the room and hallway. And then she even accused ASH of stealing
the egg, just because the footprints didn't go all the way to the desk and
he had a Bayleef that could Vine Whip the rest of the way. But then they
followed the trail and saw Pokemon prints, and it was funny to see Jenny
think they were from a Suicune or Wooper (way too small and big respectively),
she obviously doesn't know her Pokemon too well. A little farther down they
found TR's faceprints in the spores, finally cluing them in. Brock
then realized that TR's Victreebel could've used Vine Whip to take the egg.
Right perpetrators, wrong method, but at least they were finally on the right
track. When they found that Kangaskhan with the egg, seeing Ash use gestures
to try to make it understand was funny. He probably didn't need to, since
we all know most Pokemon can pretty much understand English, but that's what
made it funny. Jenny's theory of Kangaskhan fighting TR for the egg was false
of course, but funny and at least it made sense. It was quite ironic that
Kangaskhan did get the credit it deserved for keeping the egg safe, but for
the wrong reason. It even battled for real to help them out, using its signature
move, Dizzy Punch. A stupid dub mistake though, Jessie told Arbok to use
a Fang attack.
I liked at the end when Jenny mentioned how tough a case this was, what with
all its twists and turns, and Misty said, "You sure it was the case that
was twisting and turning?"
Officer Jenny, the hilarious dialogue, and the appearances of a couple Pokemon
we haven't seen in ages really saved this episode from being another filler.
As mentioned, there were a few problems, but they didn't drag the score down