|Try for the Family Stone!
Try for the Family Stone! (Japanese: ムウマとヤミカラスとやみのいし！ Muma, Yamikarasu and the Dark Stone!) is the 148th episode of Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, and the 614th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 22, 2009 and in the United States on March 13, 2010.
While heading toward Sunyshore City and Ash's next Gym Battle, our heroes get lost in a dark forest. They come across a mischievous Murkrow that creates what turn out to be fearful illusions. That Murkrow happens to be in the care of a Trainer named Mitchell, who has a sister named Rhyanna. Mitchell and Rhyanna haven't been speaking to each other since Mitchell took off into the mountains to train with his Murkrow—with the goal of finally beating his sis in battle. Now Rhyanna wants to find a Dusk Stone so she can evolve her Misdreavus into a Mismagius. She hopes the evolved Pokémon will help her brother become happy again. However, the angry Mitchell thinks Rhyanna's purpose is to keep winning battles against him!
That brings us to Team Rocket. Of course, their eyes are on getting themselves a Mismagius and a Dusk Stone, too—and what better way than to steal Rhyanna's Pokémon? With Brock's help, Rhyanna has found a Dusk Stone, which goes to the top of Team Rocket's must-steal list, along with Rhyanna's Misdreavus. But, even with Team Rocket's latest invention, the "Porta-Pidgey Mark Two" robot, the would-be thieves aren't able to hold onto Rhyanna's Misdreavus or the Dusk Stone.
Finally, Rhyanna and Mitchell discuss their issues and make up, happily deciding that the winner of the best of 10 battles between them gets to keep the prized Dusk Stone. And, happy in the knowledge that they helped to reunite the quarreling siblings, our heroes resume their journey toward Sunyshore City.
While on the way to Sunyshore City, Ash and his friends find themselves lost in a deep forest. After they spot a Murkrow, Brock fears that it is a sign that something bad is about to happen. Ash writes it off as silly superstition. Suddenly, they feel the ground shaking and are then attacked by Giratina. They escape but are caught up in a flood of rushing water. Rhyanna comes their rescue, admitting they were caught up in an illusion caused by a Murkrow's Confuse Ray. Brock flirts with her, only to be stopped by Croagunk. Brock makes a quick recovery and queries Rhyanna on how she knows about Murkrow was responsible for the illusions, and she admits that Murkrow is her brother, Mitchell's Pokémon. Rhyanna explains that they used to continuously battle together, though Mitchell left to train on a mountain, that's when he began play pranks on the travelers. She reveals that he has refused to speak with her ever since, so she's been looking for a Dusk Stone to evolve her Misdreavus into a Mismagius, believing from her grandpa that it can chant spells that can bring people happiness. She hopes to use it on Mitchell so that she and her brother can make up. Brock decides to help Rhyanna and promises to do everything he can to make her happy.
At a distance, Team Rocket was eavesdropping on their conversation. James reveals his very own Dusk Stone detection device - a pair of dowsing rods. His teammates have their doubts, but James's enthusiasm convinces them otherwise.
Rhyanna shows the group to a shrine, which according to her grandpa was where people used to mine for Dusk Stones nearby. To aid the search, the four split up into two teams with Ash and Dawn, Rhyanna and Brock. Brock then suggests that maybe her Misdreavus can find the Stone, as it one of the few that evolve via Dusk Stone, so Rhyanna calls out her Misdreavus. As Ash and Dawn continue their search, the same Murkrow suddenly appears and starts pecking Piplup's head. Ash has Pikachu to use Thunderbolt to knock out the troublemaker. Mitchell comes running out to tend to his fainted Murkrow, scolding Ash and Dawn. Mitchell tells them that his sister doesn't care for him, but Dawn instantly disagrees and explains that his sister was even trying to find a Dusk Stone just to make him happy, which makes him reconsider.
Team Rocket's detection device leads them to falling off a cliff, and at the bottom they spot a mine shaft. Realizing they might be close to finding a Dusk Stone, Meowth suggests they give a Mismagius to Giovanni. Jessie admits that they will have to catch a Misdreavus first. Suddenly, they catch sight of Rhyanna's Misdreavus just as Rhyanna and Brock themselves falls off the same cliff.
Meanwhile, Mitchell tries to run off, though Ash grabs his wrist to get his attention. Mitchell says he wants to get the Dusk Stone before his sister does, so he can finally beat her in a battle. He explains that he trained up on the mountain with Murkrow. Though he pushed Murkrow too hard when training, which caused Murkrow to run away and stop listening to him. Ash and Dawn realize Mitchell has nothing to do with any of Murkrow's pranks. As Mitchell continues blaming his sister for everything, Dawn tells him to consider how his Pokémon feels. Ash, feeling the same way, tells Mitchell that the only way to become stronger is to work with Murkrow as a team and start listening Murkrow's feelings instead of just his own. Mitchell, now realizes that he'd hurt Murkrow out of his own frustrations of not being able to beat Rhyanna, tearfully apologizes to it, which wakes it up.
Rhyanna is confused by her unfamiliar surrounds, though Misdreavus takes interest in a large rock nearby. Brock uses a stick to lever the stone from the ground, and underneath they find a Dusk Stone. Rhyanna cheerfully embraces and thanks Brock for his hard work, while Brock is thrilled and blushing. Team Rocket suddenly appears and nets Misdreavus for themselves, reciting their motto afterwards. Brock quickly sends out his Sudowoodo to save Rhyanna's Misdreavus. With a click of a remote, Meowth summons their latest mecha, the Porta-Pidgey Mark II. They throw Misdreavus into the front containment capsule before boarding their robot to make their getaway. Brock commands Sudowoodo to use Double-Edge, though Meowth sends blows it away with a giant fan. Sudowoodo tries another Double-Edge at the robot, but it is blinded by the robot's Sand-Attack before being struck away by the robot's rocket wing. So Brock recalls Sudowoodo.
Having spotted the giant Pidgey robot, Ash, Dawn and Mitchell rush onto the scene as Rhyanna wrestles with the mecha for the Dusk Stone. Pikachu is ready to attack, though Ash orders Staraptor out to help Rhyanna. Mitchell sends out his Murkrow to help her too, and Murkrow complies with his request. Staraptor supports Rhyanna by her shoulders while Murkrow breaks the mechanical hand. With the robotic hand broken off, Rhyanna gets her Dusk Stone back, Staraptor safely lands with Rhyanna. Still needing to save Misdreavus, Mitchell has his Murkrow crack open the capsule with its beak and successfully returns Misdreavus with no trouble. Ash then commands Pikachu to use Thunderbolt which blasts Team Rocket off.
Afterwards Mitchell and Rhyanna are once again reunited and happy to see each other. Rhyanna apologizes for the misunderstanding and admits she doesn't need to evolve her Misdreavus anymore. Mitchell then challenges Rhyanna and says that whoever wins the most battles out of ten gets the Dusk Stone, Rhyanna happily accepts the challenge.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline.
TV episode debuts
- Giratina (illusion)
- Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Examination: Froslass
- The plot of this episode may be based on the Belgian opera L'oiseau bleu (The Blue Bird), where two siblings search for the "blue bird of happiness". This reflects the search for the Dusk Stone that would evolve Misdreavus into Mismagius, which can perform incantations that would make one happy. Both Mitchell and Rhyanna's Japanese names reflect the names of the siblings.
- Team Rocket's motto also references L'oiseau bleu in the original Japanese version.
- Rhyanna's Pokédex as seen in this episode appears to represent the Ice Blue edition of the Nintendo DS Lite that was released in 2008, similar to how the Pokédex typically represents the latest released Nintendo handheld system.
- The small shrine seen in this episode has a striking resemblance to Celebi's shrine, which appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.
- The episode's English dub title is a reference to the band Sly and the Family Stone.
- Ash and Dawn narrate the preview of the next episode.
- This was the last episode to air before the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver in the United States.
- Near the beginning of the episode, Murkrow's pupil is strikingly similar to a Poké Ball — specifically, the design used on the DS touchscreen's background during a battle in the Generation IV games.
- The Finnish title of this episode is a reference to the Finnish dark comedy series Sisko ja sen veli from 1986, written and directed by Neil Hardwick.
- In this episode, Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto.
- Right before Team Rocket is about to be blasted off, James's eyes are black instead of green.
- The English dub removes the L'oiseau bleu reference from Team Rocket's motto.
In other languages
|Czech||Rodinná pouta těžká jako kámen|
|Danish||For familiens skyld!|
|Dutch||Ga voor de familiesteen!|
|Finnish||Sisko ja sen veli!|
|European French||Une histoire de famille !|
|Hindi||Khandani Pathar Ki Koshish Karo|
|Indonesian||Misdreavus, Murkrow, dan Batu Kegelapan!|
|Italian||Problemi in famiglia!|
|Korean||어둠의 돌과 남매의 화해|
|Norwegian||Jakten på familiesteinen!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||A Pedra da Alegria!|
|Portugal||Uma Pedra Familiar!|
|Romanian||O Competiție în Familie|
|Spanish||Latin America||Hazlo por la Piedra de la familia|
|Spain||Una piedra para unir a la familia|
|Swedish||Försök med familjestenen!|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|