| Sandshrew's Locker!
Sandshrew's Locker! (Japanese: ミルとケーシィと水の底！ Miru, Casey and the Bottom of the Water!) is the 47th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 513th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 27, 2007 as part of a one-hour special alongside the clip episode DP048, and in the United States on January 26, 2008.
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The episode starts off with Buizel and Piplup swimming in a small lake. Brock is looking through the map, trying to find Hearthome City. Little did they know, a girl was watching them, having her eyes on Buizel and Piplup.
The team packs up their things, and their Pokémon, and head off to Hearthome City. They are stopped by the girl who introduces herself as Mira. Mira says she knows where Hearthome is and offers to take Ash and his friends there with the help of her Abra. Abra teleports them to the top of a dam.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket had seen the Abra teleport and they wanted the Abra for themselves. That way, they'd be able to use Teleport to get out of blasting off.
Mira plays off the mistaken teleport as an accident, but then tells them that she lost her grandmother's locket in the lake below, which was very wide and deep. She asks for help, which the team gladly agrees to.
They head off under the water, but Mira, despite saying she didn't know where the locket was in the lake, knew exactly where she was going. Brock had caught onto this, but didn't say anything as they approached an underwater, broken down school. Before they were able to get close to it, a Gyarados came out of nowhere and attacked them. The gang fought back as best as they could, but were wound up being tossed away by Whirlpool.
After making it back to dry land and calming down, Brock demands answers from Mira, who finally comes clean. She says that she lied about the grandmother story, and she knew exactly what she wanted. She went on to explain that she and two friends from school had found a Poké Ball with a Pokémon already inside. All three of them decided to take turns feeding, cleaning, and playing with it after school. However, the three friends were separated due to the dam being built and none of them remembered to take the Pokémon with them.
She says she and her friends had a special hiding place for the Poké Ball, which was inside of the school, but she was unable to reach it because of the Gyarados chasing her away. Ash confronts her, asking why she didn't tell them about the Gyarados. She admits to being too afraid of them refusing her offer.
In the distance, Team Rocket watches the gang carefully as they dove into the water.
Meanwhile, Ash and friends come across the Gyarados once more. Dawn sends her Piplup and Buizel straight into battle, going through with Brock's plans. Gyarados uses its Hyper Beam attack, to which Buizel, after evading, counters with Aqua Jet, slamming into Gyarados' stomach. Piplup immediately uses BubbleBeam right afterward. However, Gyarados was able to block the bubbles with its tail by spinning it like a propeller. Buizel fakes out Gyarados with a SonicBoom, knocking it at the sea floor. This angers Gyarados who then begins chasing the crew. Buizel and Piplup lead it straight out of the water and into the air, where it is Thunderbolted by Pikachu. Gyarados appears to be knocked out, so the gang take this as their opportunity to go back into the school.
They make it further in, only to be stopped by Team Rocket, who uses a Sharpedo mecha to shoot a large Carvanha-shaped missile at the gang, which knocks them away and gives Team Rocket an opening for Abra. They then use a Magikarp-shaped net, entangled both Abra and Mira, who wanted to save her Abra. Team Rocket is able to escape Buizel and Piplup by shooting Remoraid projectiles at them.
Team Rocket escapes unscathed, rejoicing about their catch. Mira then proclaims her love for Team Rocket and gets excited about finally meeting real-live members. She goes on about how she wants badly to join the force, tricking gullible Team Rocket as she makes her getaway with Abra's Teleport.
She reappears with Abra in the midst of the gang's freak out. They waste no time getting back into the water and searching again for the Sandshrew. Finally, they come across Mira's secret hiding place and, there, inside of the toy-box, they find a Poké Ball. Happily, they swim back up to the surface, where Mira and Sandshrew are happily reunited.
The happiness, however, is short lived as Abra becomes wrapped by a net that came from out of the blue. Team Rocket laughs, reciting their motto before trying to make their getaway. Mira, thinking she had the upper-hand, told Abra to use Teleport. It was to no avail as Team Rocket had made the net Psychic-proof. However, they weren't able to make it Razor Leaf-proof, as seen when Ash used his Turtwig, breaking Abra free from the net.
Angry and distressed, Team Rocket sent out their Pokémon, Dustox and Cacnea, who then used Poison Sting and Pin Missile, respectively, on Turtwig. Luckily, Turtwig was able to dodge it and use Razor Leaf, hitting both of the opposing Pokémon and sending them at the ground.
Sandshrew proved its eagerness by asking for a battle. Team Rocket happily obliged by diving right in with Dustox's Tackle and Cacnea's Needle Arm. Sandshrew used Slash on Dustox whilst Turtwig used Tackle on Cacnea. To wrap it up, Sandshrew used Sandstorm and knocked both the Pokémon away. Finally, Pikachu used Thunderbolt to send Team Rocket flying.
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Piplup (Dawn's)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Mime Jr. (James's)
- Turtwig (Ash's)
- Buizel (Dawn's)
- Dustox (Jessie's)
- Cacnea (James's)
- Abra (Mira's) (Seiyū: 石塚運昇 Unshō Ishizuka*, Maddie Blaustein (stock footage) in the dub)
- Sandshrew (Mira's) (Seiyū: 小西克幸 Katsuyuki Konishi*, Eric Stuart (stock footage) in the dub)
* No official credit was given for this character.
- The dub episode title is possibly a reference to Davy Jones' Locker, as well as the fact that Sandshrew's Poké Ball was found in a locker in the flooded school.
- Mira is the second of the stat Trainers the main characters have met, the first being Cheryl. However, in the games, Mira is seen in Wayward Cave and not on the way to Hearthome City.
- Music from Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, Jirachi: Wish Maker and Aim to Be a Pokémon Master 1998 are used as background music.
- Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Vespiquen
- Pokémon senryū: ビークイン じょおうさまと およびなさい Bīkuin, joōsama to, oyobinasai.
- In one scene where Mira was talking to Ash, her stockings disappear.
- When Buizel and Piplup are chasing Team Rocket's Sharpedo boat, the spots on Buizel's back disappear.
- In this episode, Gyarados has the same cry as Dialga.
- In the scene where Mira is telling the gang that she lied about looking for her grandmother's locket, Dawn's belly button disappears.
In other languages
- Brazilian Portuguese: Sandshrew na Mira!
- Chinese (Taiwan): 小麥與凱西與水底！
- Czech: Cesta za Sandshrewem
- Dutch: Sandshrew, een schoolvoorbeeld!
- Finnish: Sandshrew'n piilopaikka
- French: Sabelette prisonnier !
- German: Gut Ding hat keine Weile!
- Italian: Una simpatica bugiarda & Sandshrew all'attacco
- Iberian Spanish: ¡El Sandshrew encerrado!
- Latin American Spanish: ¡Liberando a Sandshrew!
- Polish: Kryjówka Sandshrew
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