| A Poké-BLOCK Party!
A Poké-BLOCK Party! (Japanese: 歌う！ポケモンからくり屋敷！！ Sing! Pokémon Trick House!!) is the 39th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 313th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 21, 2003 and in the United States on September 4, 2004.
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After making it to Mauville City, Ash and the gang see a sign stating that whoever can make it through the trick house will win a lifetime supply of PokéBlocks. Ash and the gang decide to try their luck.
When they arrive, they have three doors to choose from. Ash, May, and their new friend Alanna choose one door while Max and Brock choose another. Team Rocket is, of course, also trying to win and each one of them chooses a different door. Everyone ends up trying to navigate through a maze. James and Meowth meet and then see Ash, May, Alanna, and Alanna's Whismur and decide that they want to steal the Whismur. They are successful until everyone exits the maze at the same time and Alanna rushes up to Team Rocket and takes her Whismur back, thanking them for finding it.
Team Rocket creates havoc for our heroes throughout the next few challenges and finally traps Pikachu and Whismur during the last challenge. A battle ensues and Team Rocket is sent blasting off. Ash and company may not have won the lifetime supply of PokéBlocks, but they did make some new friends and are ready to set off for the Mauville Gym.
Ash, May, Max, and Brock finally reach Mauville City, the site of Ash's third Gym match! As they begin to explore, they stop to view a rather colorful poster, declaring a 'Trick House' contest in which the winner would walk away with a year's supply of free Pokéblock. Team Rocket and a wild Jigglypuff also see these posters.
Deciding that it couldn't hurt to enter, Ash and his friends head over to the Trick House, where dozens of other interested people are already assembled. All of a sudden, a Whismur pushes Max down from behind, closely followed by its Trainer, a young girl named Alanna. She introduces herself and tells the gang that the famous 'King of Tricks' is about to appear.
As if on cue, the Trick Master appears, explaining that the Trick House he built will require both skill and wit to pass through, and that only the best would receive the prize. After telling everyone to choose any beginning door they want from the possibilities, he disappears with a maniacal laugh. Max and Brock go one way, while Ash, Alanna and May go another. Jigglypuff spots Alanna and follows closely behind unnoticed. Team Rocket change clothes and split up, with James and Meowth going one way while Jessie heads another.
The first room everyone comes to turns out to be a tricky maze; everyone seems to be getting stuck at dead ends around every turn. James and Meowth happen to spot Alanna's Whismur and plot to capture it, taking the opportunity to abduct it while Alanna's back is turned. Before the confused young Trainer can begin the search for her Whismur, Jigglypuff appears, putting the group to sleep with its Sing. As soon as it's finished drawing in black marker all over their faces in anger, it leaves the scene to continue on through the Trick House. Jessie, James and Meowth meet back up and, with Whismur still in hand, proceed to try to navigate the maze while avoiding Ash and his group, who also met back up with Brock and Max. However, both groups make it out at near the same point and Alanna spots her Whismur, thanking Team Rocket for finding it before snatching it up and cuddling it in her arms. At this point, Jigglypuff appears again, putting everyone to sleep except Whismur who stays awake due to its Soundproof Ability. Jigglypuff is ecstatic and dances around the Pokémon happily.
The next room the gang comes across is one with a waterfall and a small river. Laying across the gap are several wide logs to provide crossing. Some of them, however, may not be stable! Ash leads the rest of the group across a sturdy-looking log, but just before they reach the other side, Jessie rolls their log, knocking them off and into the water before sprinting across another log and into the next room with her two companions.
In the next room, several ropes attached to the ceiling hang over a gap filled with water. Team Rocket swings easily over, but when Ash and everyone else try to cross, they're knocked off by the villains. The next room has numerous boxes nailed to the ceiling with ropes attached. Upon opening a box, one may find either the passageway to the next room, or a toy hammer that delivers a nice smack to the noggin. As our heroes find one of the few possible correct boxes, James pops out and cuts it.
The next room gives everyone lots of trouble; a large room full of hidden pitfalls! After much trial and error, both Team Rocket and Ash's group make it through to the final room. Within the last room, Team Rocket awaits in disguise with different costumes, swinging a gigantic jump rope. They state that all Ash and friends have to do is jump ten times successfully, and they win. The group does so, only to be tied up and have Pikachu and Whismur stolen and stuffed in a bag! Team Rocket then reveals their identity.
While they're busy boasting about their victory, Ash manages to get a hand out from under the ropes to call out Corphish, who cuts them free. Jessie and James send out Seviper and Cacnea, and Cacnea sends a Pin Missile at Corphish, which is brushed aside as the Ruffian Pokémon counters with Harden. Cacnea is then sent flying backwards and into Meowth as Corphish strikes back with a powerful Crabhammer. Whismur and Pikachu burst from the bag, running back to their respective Trainers.
Enraged, Alanna sends her Whismur after Seviper, knocking it out with a combination of Screech, Supersonic and Hyper Voice. Corphish finishes up with Crabhammer, sending Team Rocket spiraling through the roof of the Trick House and blasting off.
Even though the winner of the Trick House contest was a young boy named Ivan, Alanna seems happy all the same that she got to spend time and battle together with her Whismur.
With that, our heroes say their goodbyes to Alanna but Jigglypuff, once again wanting to perform in front of the big crowd, appears and sings its heart out, sending everyone to dreamland. This time even Whismur falls asleep, though not because of Jigglypuff, but because it was exhausted from all that has happened that day. Oh well. At least Ash and the group can dream about their next destination: the Mauville City Gym, and Ash's next Gym match.
- Ash and Brock encounter Jigglypuff again.
- May and Max meet Jigglypuff for the first time.
- Jessie's Seviper uses Wrap for the first time.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
- When Jessie falls and pushes the log off the ledge during the second puzzle, she makes a reference to Life Alert, saying their trademark slogan: "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
- Alanna's Whismur is the second character to remain awake through Jigglypuff's song, courtesy of its special Ability, although it falls asleep during the second performance due to general exhaustion.
- For reasons unknown, this episode, as well as Jump for Joy!, A Different Kind of Misty!, and Watt's with Wattson?, has aired only six times on American TV. These may be classified as the lost TV episodes since Pokémon: Advanced underwent a 3 month hiatus on Kids' WB!. They can still be obtained on Volume 8 of the Advanced DVD and the Advanced DVD Box Set. It has been played once more in Cartoon Network's Pokémon episodes that were new to the network in the summer of 2008.
- The dub title is a reference to a block party.
- To date, this is the last appearance of the recurring Jigglypuff.
- Max refers to Whismur's Soundproof Ability as an attack in the dub.
- The second time everyone wakes up from Jigglypuff's song, Alanna's face scribbles change. She has a circle around her left eye in one shot, and a sun around her right in another.
- Throughout the entire episode, Jigglypuff's eyes are colored bright green, instead of their usual blue color.
- The Trick Master is referred to as the 'King of Tricks' in the dub.
In other languages
|European French||La maison des pièges|
|Hebrew||תעתועי בית התעתועים ta'atu'ei bet hata'atu'im|
|Hindi||पोके-ब्लॉक पार्टी! Poke-Block Party! *|
|Italian||Una gara pazzesca|
|Korean||수수께끼 저택과 노래하는 푸린|
|Portuguese||Brazil||A Gincana Maluca|
|Portugal||Uma Festa de Poké-Bloco|
|Russian|| Праздник Поке‐Блоков *|
В погоне за Поке‐Блоком *
|Spanish||Latin America||¡La casa de los trucos!|
|Spain||Fiesta en Casa Treta|
|Swedish||Kung av tricks|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|