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| Snubbull Snobbery
Bull's Magnificent Life!?
|| December 2, 1999
| United States
|| November 18, 2000
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| いわもとやすお Yasuo Iwamoto
| Assistant director
|| いわもとやすお Yasuo Iwamoto
| Animation director
|| 竹島照子 Teruko Takeshima
| Additional credits
Snubbull Snobbery (Japanese: ブルーのかれいなせいかつ！？ Bull's Magnificent Life!?) is the 124th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on December 2, 1999 and in the United States on November 18, 2000.
With pet food prepared by a French chef, rooms of WalkMaster exercise equipment and closets stocked with the latest in Pokémon fashion, life couldn't be much better for a Palm Hills Snubbull. When Team Rocket sets their sights on the upper crust, though, this pampered Pokémon will have to find an inner strength or risk losing its home.
Ash and his friends continue to travel to Violet City, so he can earn his first Johto League Badge at the Gym, but on their way, they find themselves wandering through a majestic town called Palm Hills, a rich neighborhood famous for its sprawling estates and sweeping lawns. While gazing at one of the mansions, the trio notice three men frantically searching for something through the streets. Later, Misty suggests that they go looking at the houses of movie stars, which Brock only agrees to because of the thought of actresses. On the way to the houses, a Growlithe charges around a corner, obviously unsettled by something. Ash attempts to calm the Growlithe, but it continues to squirm, and eventually, something comes dislodged from the frantic Pokémon.
The Growlithe flees the scene as the three look at its attacker: an unfriendly looking Snubbull with pink ribbons on, which Brock suggests means that it's a girl. Soon after discovering the Pokémon, one of the three men they saw earlier appears, calling out to a woman that he's found her Snubbull.
The woman thanks the three for saving Snubbull and explains that she's been in a state of panic since her Snubbull ran off the night before. While the woman is exuberant about her Pokémon's return, Snubbull seemed upset to be back with her master. To thank them, the woman invites the three over for dinner at her house, the same one they were gazing at earlier when they initially saw the three men. While they go inside, Brock points out that Snubbull didn't seem too happy about going home, as she was struggling to flee from the old woman's arms, but on the inside, the trio see that Snubbull has little reason to be displeased; she has her own room, closet, and toy room, but as Ash points out, anyone would rather be running around in the woman's giant yard instead of cooped up in the house. While Misty and Ash are convinced the woman takes perfect care of Snubbull, Brock remains suspicious.
At dinner, Snubbull won't eat, and the woman demands the chef makes something that she will, but the chef points out that Snubbull never eats anything. Upon hearing this, Brock pulls out some rice balls which Snubbull happily eats. The woman says that she will always have rice balls in the house from then on. Brock and Misty then realize that Snubbull just wanted a taste of reality, away from the rich life. Outside, Team Rocket is lurking in the bushes, gazing at the mansion. James recalls his life when he was rich as a child; he tells them how boring it was not being allowed out of the rich life. Meowth and Jessie then tell him it's better than being broke.
When Team Rocket tries to sneak in, Snubbull catches them lurking and licks Meowth in the face. In only a moment, the three servants catch Team Rocket in the bushes and come running after them. Team Rocket takes off, but Snubbull latches on to Meowth's tail as he runs. Before they can flee the scene, Ash, Misty, and Brock bring them to a halt. Jessie, annoyed that Meowth is more concerned about his tail than the kids, tries to sling the Snubbull off him with success, sending Snubbull flying into the old woman's arms.
James sends out his Weezing to use SmokeScreen, which gives them an escape, but Snubbull still wants to latch onto Meowth's tail again, and her squirming still concerned Brock. Once they are back inside, Brock points out that Snubbull looks agitated, but the woman says that she's just nervous like most brides on their wedding day. The woman explains that her Snubbull needs a companion, and shows a picture of the groom to trio: an old, rich Snubbull, which is when Ash and Misty realize that Snubbull was running away, just to escape the wedding and the pampering. The woman says she has to leave to see the groom and invites the three to the wedding. They all agree they have to do something to save Snubbull from a forced wedding.
After attending to Meowth's tail, Team Rocket devises a plan to capture Snubbull, and their bait is his tail.
As Ash, Misty, and Brock spy on the lunch between the woman and her Snubbull's fiance's master, they notice that the two women are oblivious to the she-Snubbull's unhappiness concerning the matter. Unable to contain himself, Brock jumps out from the plants and confronts the woman of her selfish actions. While they tell her what her Snubbull actually wants, Team Rocket appear on the chandelier and say the motto. When Meowth appears, Snubbull is even more upset, and begins to thrash in her owner's arms.
Team Rocket lower Meowth down on a fishing line to try to catch Snubbull, who is able to free herself from her owner's arms and latch onto the tail. After Team Rocket reeled in the Snubbull, Ash attempts to battle with them, but Team Rocket releases hooks which clamp onto Ash's feet, immobilizing him long enough for Team Rocket to escape.
After fleeing the scene, Team Rocket hide out in the estate shed. Jessie, annoyed by being in a shed, begins to yell at Meowth, but Snubbull protects him from her by standing in between them, and soon after, latches onto his tail again.
Outside, Ash and his friends are search for Team Rocket, but they hear Meowth's cries of pain, followed by him bursting from the shed outside with Snubbull on his tail. Jessie and James demand that Meowth get back in the shed, and then notice the police looking at them, and they begin another escape. Jessie sends out Arbok who whips them with its tail, followed by James, who sends out his Weezing. Ash in response sends out Heracross who attacks both Pokémon, and faints Arbok temporarily, but then gets back up when Snubbull attacks its tail.
Upon seeing her Snubbull's violence, the woman is offended, but Brock tells her Snubbull is actually doing a good thing, and suggests she tell Snubbull to use Tackle. The woman does so, and Snubbull does so with success. Arbok tackles back, and Snubbull uses Scary Face on Arbok and clamps down on its tail. James sends out his Victreebel, which Snubbull also easily defeats. At the end of the battle, the police come after Team Rocket, but they run for the balloon, but Ash is able to stop them from escape with Heracross's Horn Attack, sending them blasting off again.
Before Ash and his friends leave, the woman says that she won't marry her Snubbull but she worries that she'll be lonely, but Ash reassures her that Snubbull will be all right by herself. After seeing Snubbull battle, the woman agrees to not be as over protective as she was before. The woman lets Snubbull roam in a play area outside alone, and after releasing Snubbull, Ash and his friends set off, still aimed for Violet City.
A vine in Snubbull's play area reminds her of Meowth's tail, and as her owner suggests expanding the play area, Snubbull runs away into the sunset, going to look for Meowth.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
* No official credit was given for this character.
Who's That Pokémon?: Stantler (U.S. and international); Snubbull (Madame Muchmoney's) (Japan)
- In the scene where the group sees Snubbull biting a Growlithe's tail, Brock's arm is colored just like Tracey Sketchit's arm.
- The title card for this episode misspells Snubbull as "Snubble." This is corrected in the version streaming on Pokémon TV and for the 2015 DVD release.
- In the Finnish dub Snubbull is referred as "Snubble" for the whole episode.
- When Ash and co. first enter the mansion, Brock's shoes are completely white.
- Ash says he thinks Brock's rice balls taste terrible. However, in previous episodes, Ash is seen eating them and has said that they taste good.
The coloring error where Brock's left arm looks like Tracey's left arm.
- Brock refers to his onigiri as "popcorn balls".
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