|This article is about an episode of the Pokémon anime that has not yet aired anywhere in the world. As such, it is a reflection of what is currently known about the episode, rather than coverage of the episode as a whole.|
This episode was originally scheduled to air in Japan on March 17, 2011, but was postponed, along with the original BW024, indefinitely because of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. As of Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, its events have been removed from continuity. As of March 2016, TVTokyo's official statement is still that it will someday air, but only once an airdate that does not interrupt the schedule of the XY series has been selected.
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Giovanni arrives in Unova to oversee the collection of the Meteonite from the Relic Castle. Meanwhile, Ash, Iris and Cilan travel to the Desert Resort with Professor Juniper and Officer Jenny to investigate why a swarm of Venipede attacked Castelia City in the previous episode. However, their helicopter is shot down, and they encounter three members of a mysterious organization.
After collecting the Meteonite, Giovanni and the rest of Team Rocket return to Castelia City for a masquerade party to celebrate their success. Looker appears, picks up Ash's group and helps them infiltrate the party, at which Giovanni is set to give a speech to the members of Team Rocket.
- Dr. Zager
- Team Rocket Grunts
- Team Plasma Grunts
- Officer Jenny
- Professor Juniper
- This and the next episode are the only Best Wishes series episodes that were skipped.
- Unlike the only other skipped episode in Japan, this two-parter was supposed to be important to the overall storyline instead of being a stand-alone episode.
- Despite the episode being pulled from the air, the preview for it remains attached to the previous episode during reruns in Japan.
- Aditionally, while the first edition of the Japanese rental DVD with this episode on it replaced the preview for one of the episode that actually followed, the original preview for the skipped episode was reinstated in subsequent printings.
- Had this episode aired in time, it would have marked the anime debuts of Team Plasma and Liepard and the return of Looker.
- In BW030, Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster showed a brief scene from this episode which revealed the Sunglasses Krokorok was to have appeared.
- Scenes highly resembling the scenes seen in this two-parted episode's previews were later used in Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! during Team Rocket's "Operation Tempest".