| Of Meowth and Pokémon (Part 1)
The Millennium Town Meetup
|| March 4, 2003
| United States
|| October 7, 2006
|| Team Koitabashi
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 辻初樹 Hatsuki Tsuji
| Assistant director
|| 橋本三郎 Saburō Hashimoto
| Animation director
|| 渡辺章 Akira Watanabe
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Of Meowth and Pokémon (Japanese: 出会いのミレニアムタウン The Millennium Town Meetup) is the sixth Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station side story episode. It first aired in Japan on March 4, 2003. In the dub this episode was combined with HS07 to form Of Meowth and Pokémon, the 19th episode of Pokémon Chronicles, which first aired in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2005 and in the United States on October 7, 2006.
In the middle of a busy city, the Pichu Bros. are summoning their friends—Smoochum, Wooper, Magby, and Teddiursa—to play. Meowth is in town, too: it's taking a vacation from Team Rocket and dreaming of building a monument to itself. It sets out with a picnic basket to look for place to build its statue, but trips over Smoochum along the way. Smoochum has its own basket of accessories, and it accidentally walks away with Meowth's basket instead. When Meowth chases Smoochum to get its picnic basket back, Smoochum runs to the alley where all its friends are, and everyone plays keep away with the basket. Meowth finally grabs the basket, but then it steps on a sleeping Houndour and ends up running for its life. Its basket rolls into Teddiursa's path, and Teddiursa eats everything before Meowth can get the basket back.
The next day, Meowth decides to get a job so it can afford to build its monument. It gets a job delivering pizza, them promises to treat the other Pokémon if they deliver the pizza for it! However, Smoochum runs afoul of the local Squirtle gang, and crashes into Wooper. Teddiursa is squashed by a Snorlax. The Pichu Bros. run into the grumpy Houndour, and all of them collide with Magby. In short, all the pizza is ruined, and Meowth is fired!
Meowth then gets a job as janitor for a rooftop garden. The Pokémon try to make things up to Meowth by helping it clean, but the Pichu Bros. almost knock a statue off its pedestal in the process. That starts a chain reaction that causes the entire statue to collapse, knocking over all the pillars and statues in the garden. Poor Meowth is fired again! But as Meowth sits in the park, the Pokémon cheer it up by bringing the only thing they have left: a bowl of acorns. The acorns may taste terrible, but being admired by the other Pokémon feels great. It's a moment Meowth would like to last!
With a bowl of acorns perfect for sharing, Azumarill calls out to all its friends across Big Town. The Pichu Brothers, Smoochum, Wooper, Magby, and Teddiursa join in the rush. The Pokémon line up to get some, but Teddiursa trips, causing a domino effect, falling onto Azumarill. She falls also and the acorns go tumbling down the hill. They all freak out and prepare to retrieve the nuts when a car drives by, smashing them all. Pichu Little gets mad and yells at Teddiursa. It then folds its arms and gives it a mean look. All the Pokémon begin to laugh at how tough it's trying to act.
Meanwhile, Meowth enjoys a nice cat nap inside his rooftop apartment. A weird system of contraptions pours him a hot cup of coffee and he wakes up. He puts a bathrobe on and looks out the window, exclaiming that he has the whole city to enjoy. He plan to use his time away from Jessie and James to construct a statue in his honor. As he wonders what he'll eat, he then remembers the picnic basket he packed. He takes off his robe and begins to talk with an imaginary maid who he switches between. After the "maid" gets his picnic basket, he decides to take a stroll to the park.
He walks along an alley without a care in the world. Teddiursa also walks down this alley, a little bummed at the loss of the acorns. It then smells Meowth's picnic basket and forgets all about it. Meowth makes it to the edge of the alley that overlooks the city. He daydreams about the people placing a giant Meowth statue in the middle, and soon realizes Teddiursa is sniffing his food. He yells at it, telling it to go away and it can't have any. Teddiursa sadly shoves off.
As Meowth hugs his precious picnic basket, Smoochum comes running at him with an identical one. She accidentally bumps into him and the two baskets are thrown together. Smoochum yells at Meowth, telling him to watch where he's going. She then grabs a basket and leaves. Meowth is a little aggravated, and he is soon in tears when he discovers his basket is filled with cosmetics instead. Meowth realizes the baskets must have been mixed up, and herushes off to find Smoochum.
Smoochum happily skips through an alley when Meowth comes racing behind her. Thinking Meowth is insane, Smoochum rushes off as fast as she can. Meowth chases her, but she ducks under a hole in a fence. Meowth crashes into it and falls down. Smoochum enters the Pichu Brothers’ tire playground, and alerts the Posse to the situation. Soon Meowth enters, exclaiming that he wants his basket back. Smoochum throws it to one of the Pichu and it rushes up the slide. Meowth chases it up there, where Pichu is having trouble climbing higher. It then throws the basket to Magby, who rushes off. Meowth jumps down and psychotically follows. After some running, Magby tosses the basket to the other Pichu. It runs from Meowth, but soon trips. Meowth laughs, exclaiming that he finally has his basket. Wooper then propels the basket over the fence with a Water Gun. Meowth rushes to get it, dropping Smoochum's basket in the process. The Pokémon see this and Smoochum recalls the mix up. Pichu Big then says they should go and help out Meowth.
In the alley just outside the fence, Meowth is reunited with his picnic basket. He hugs it passionately, and then starts to walk off. He then accidentally steps on a sleeping Houndour's head and freezes with fear. The Pokémon lunges and Meowth runs for his life; dropping the basket in the process. Meanwhile, Teddiursa stares at a cake in a shop window; obviously very hungry. Suddenly, the picnic basket lands on its head and it spies the food inside. The Pichu Posse watch as Houndour deals with Meowth, who collapses from the beating. Teddiursa then shows up and Meowth angrily grabs the picnic basket, but finds everything has been eaten. He sighs and falls to the ground as Teddiursa explains how good the food was.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- This episode aired between AG014 and AG015 in Japan. However, despite this episode taking place in Johto, Meowth appears when he should still be in Hoenn.
- Meowth reads the title card of this episode.
- He is also the narrator for the entire episode in the original Japanese version.
- The episode's English dub title is a reference to the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
- In the original Japanese version, the narrator narrates the episode and dubs what the Pokémon are saying throughout the episode. In the English dub, Meowth narrates the entire episode, and no voiceovers are done for the Pokémon.
- In the original Japanese version, Pichu yells at Teddiursa for ruining the food, and the Pokémon then forgive it. This is cut in the English dub.
- In the English dub, the police sirens are removed when Meowth looks out at the city.
- In the rewind scenes, the English dub removes the REW text from the scenes.
- In the original Japanese version, Smoochum and the others realize that the basket is the correct one, and a flashback reveals what happened with the baskets. This scene is removed in the English dub.
- In the original Japanese version, Teddiursa looks at a cake through the window, and a basket lands on its head. This scene is removed from the English dub.
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