A Pokémon Dragnet! Search for Dr. Okido!!
|| April 8, 2003
| United States
|| July 29, 2006
|| Team Iguchi
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 辻初樹 Hatsuki Tsuji
| Assistant director
|| 樫山聡之 Toshiyuki Kashiyama
| Animation director
|| 才木康寛 Yasuhiro Saiki
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Oaknapped! (Japanese: ポケモン捜査網！オーキド博士をさがせ！！ A Pokémon Dragnet! Search for Dr. Okido!!) is the eighth Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station side story episode and the tenth episode of Pokémon Chronicles. It first aired in Japan on April 8, 2003, in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2005 and in the United States on July 29, 2006.
Ash's friend Richie has come to Professor Oak's lab to ask for advice, but Tracey is the only one home; the Professor is on Seafoam Island for a live TV appearance. At least, that was the idea—when Tracey calls for an update, DJ Mary tells him that Professor Oak has vanished! Tracey and Richie head to the TV station to find out what happened. According to DJ Mary, Professor Oak made it to the morning rehearsal, but after two strangers pulled him away to ask a question, he was never seen again! Security didn't see the Professor or the strangers leave the station, but Richie realizes that the kidnappers posed as deliverymen to get in and out of the building.
Indeed, it's just as Richie thought, and Butch and Cassidy are the ones behind the plan. Dr. Namba wants to force the Professor to tell him where to find Pokérus. Namba needs samples of the Pokérus virus to help him with the Pokémon Power Acceleration Project, but Oak refuses to give up the information. To get him to talk, Butch and Cassidy torment him with the sound of a nail on glass. But Richie sent his Taillow, Rose, to look for a suspicious delivery truck, and that leads the good guys straight to Team Rocket's hideout.
When the rescuers burst into the hideout, Cassidy and Butch use Sableye and Mightyena to battle Tracey's Scyther and Richie's Pikachu, Sparky, while they grab the Professor and run for it. Tracey's Scyther is defeated, but Richie sends in his Charmeleon for additional firepower. Between that and Sparky, it isn't long before Butch, Cassidy, and both of their Pokémon are blasted into the sky. With Officer Jenny's help, Professor Oak and DJ Mary are back in time for their live TV show, and Richie even has an invitation to visit the Professor's lab and help him out: a happy ending for everyone!
At Professor Oak's Laboratory, Tracey rushes to the front door when he hears the doorbell ring. He opens the door to see Ritchie and Sparky, who he recognizes from Ash’s travel stories, so he invites them inside. Ritchie explains that he has come to get advice from Professor Oak on the best way to evolve his Eevee. Tracey confirms that the Professor would be the best person to ask, but that he is currently on Seafoam Island, and won't be back until that night. Tracey decides to call Professor Oak on the phone, but learns from DJ Mary that Oak has vanished without a trace.
One hitchhiking lorry ride later, Tracey and Ritchie arrive at the Seafoam Island TV Station. The security guards tell them that is temporarily closed, but Mary explains that Tracey is Professor Oak's assistant. Tracey then introduces Ritchie as Oak's nephew, gaining them both entry inside. Mary explains that Professor Oak disappeared halfway through a rehearsal. He is nowhere in the building, and yet the security guards haven't seen him leave. At Ritchie's request, Mary explains that they had arrived early so that they could rehearse before the show aired live that evening. Everything had gone well until they had taken a break for lunch. Professor Oak invited Mary to lunch but while they were waiting for the elevator, two funny-looking scientists approached them. Professor Oak is intrigued after the scientists offer to show him something rare, so he stays behind and will catch up with Mary later. That was the last she saw of him. Ritchie guesses that the scientists had something to do with it, but Officer Jenny tells him that no one else has seen the scientists in the building, including the security guards.
Outside, Ritchie establishes that the only way out is through the front doors. There are doors at the back and on the roof, but they haven't been opened all day. Ritchie thinks for a moment, and then asks the guards if any large packages have been brought in. Ritchie explains his theory: One person came in with a large package. Inside, a second person came out and they put Professor Oak inside. Then, they walked out the front door. The security guards says there was one delivery earlier that morning. A disguised Butch from Team Rocket had brought in a Nidoqueen costume, which Cassidy hid inside of, supposedly as a prop for Funniest Pokémon Home Videos. Ritchie thinks it sounds like this is who took Professor Oak. As the guard recounts that one went in and two went out, leaving with the same stuffed Nidoqueen, it is obvious to Ritchie that they are the ones who took Professor Oak. The security guard tells them that the lorry they left in had a marking of a Pidgeot. As the only way off the island by road is the bridge back to Fuchsia City, Ritchie gets Officer Jenny to set up a road block there. They then head over there in a police car.
As Butch and Cassidy speed towards the rendezvous point, with Oak tied up in the back, they recall their mission set by Professor Namba. As a part of Namba’s secret Pokémon Power Acceleration Project, he needs information from Professor Oak to advance his project. They make a right turn, and over at the police checkpoint Officer Jenny gets word that no truck fitting the description has left Seafoam island. Ritchie sends out Rose, his Taillow, and Tracey comments that Ash has a Taillow too. Ritchie says that he and Ash tend to catch a lot of the same Pokémon. Ritchie tells Rose to search for the truck, but Rose does not know what a Pidgeot looks like. So Tracey quickly makes a sketch for Rose. Rose flies off.
In an abandoned warehouse, Professor Oak is awake, though tied to a chair. Butch contacts Namba through a big screen. Professor Namba explains to Professor Oak that the mysterious viral lifeform Pokérus is an important component of the PPAP, which make ill Pokémon evolve at a faster rate. However, all of his specimens have died out. So he tells Professor Oak to tell him everything he knows about Pokérus and where it grows. Professor Oak refuses to talk, so Butch and Cassidy start the torture by scraping a nail across a piece of glass. Once Professor Oak has finished screaming, Cassidy asks if he is ready to talk. Professor Oak states that he will never talk and continues to stall, so they do it repeatedly.
Rose hears Professor Oak's screams and heads back to Ritchie. On seeing Rose, Officer Jenny starts driving towards the warehouse. Rose flies in and crashes into the glass, shattering it. Turning, Butch and Cassidy see the rescue team at the door. Cassidy turns off the connection, and then tells Butch to get ready to run. Meanwhile, Tracey and Ritchie recognize them and, after Butch gets annoyed for being called "Botch", Ritchie tells them to hand the Professor over. Cassidy refuses and the two pick up Professor Oak and run out the back door. Ritchie sends Sparky forward, but Cassidy sends out her Sableye to attack with Scratch.
Ritchie and Tracey run after them, but Professor Oak is already being loaded into the lorry and Butch sends out his Mightyena. Rose uses Gust, but Sableye hits it with a Focus Punch. Tracey sends out his Scyther, which Mightyena attacks with Bite. Scyther then counters with Slash, and Mightyena then uses Tackle on Scyther. As Mary calls to Tracey to be careful, Mightyena strikes Scyther down with a Iron Tail, and so Tracey recalls it. Ritchie sends Sparky into the battle, and Sableye uses Fury Swipes on both it and Rose. Ritchie returns Rose and tells Sparky to step back. He then sends out Zippo the Charmeleon to use Flamethrower. Mightyena jumps aside, but some stray embers land on Professor Oak's head. In pain, he runs past everyone and right into the wall. Butch and Cassidy run over to get him back, busying Ritchie's Pokémon by sending their own Pokémon in to attack. Sparky uses Thunderbolt on Sableye, who falls on Mightyena. Zippo then uses Fire Spin on the two of them, sending them into Butch and Cassidy. Sparky finishes with Thunder, blasting Butch and Cassidy off.
Professor Oak is alright, but Mary worries that they won't get to the live broadcast in time. Officer Jenny promises to get them there, and they make it in time to record an episode of Pokémon Masterchef in front of an audience. Later, Professor Oak asks what brought him around, and Ritchie asks if he can stay for a few days to get help with his Eevee. Professor Oak says he can stay around for a few weeks if he likes, and asks if Ritchie could help him to set up a security system at the lab. Mary calls them over to be contestants on I Wouldn't Eat That if I Were You. That night, both boys went to bed with a stomach-ache, but Professor Oak stayed up to research Pokérus in order to try to discover Team Rocket's plans for it.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- This episode aired between AG019 and AG020 in Japan.
- Tracey reads the title card.
- This is the first and currently only time Pokérus is mentioned in the anime.
- The show Pokémon Funniest Home Videos is a reference to a comedy show America's Funniest Home Videos.
- The show Pokémon Masterchef is a reference to the reality cooking show MasterChef.
- When Professor Oak asks Cassidy what she is going to do with the glass and the screw, Cassidy shouldn't have heard Professor Oak with earplugs on.
- In the English dub, Ritchie mentions that he owns an Eevee. In the original Japanese version, he does not mention this Pokémon at all.
- The Japanese version of the final scene is completely different from the English dub, as seen in the above summary. Whereas the dub has Professor Oak wanting to set up a security system and Tracey and Ritchie wanting to appear on I Wouldn't Eat That If I Were You, the original has Oak explaining to Tracey and Ritchie that Team Rocket captured him because he knows about Pokérus. Then, as DJ Mary shows up, Oak, Tracey, and Ritchie decide to head off home to Pallet Town.
- In the English dub, Professor Oak's kidnapping is only shown once.
- In the English dub, the word "Express" is erased from the first truck in the episode.
- In the English dub, Ritchie is called Professor Oak's nephew, while in the original Japanese version, he is called Professor Oak's friend.
- In the English dub, "ID Card" is erased from Butch's fake ID card.
- In the English dub, "Pigeot Transport" is erased from the second truck.
- In the English dub, Butch and Cassidy tell Professor Oak that they got the Egg from the Hoenn region. In the original Japanese version, it is not mentioned where they got it from.
- Just like in the Lugia arc, in the original Japanese version, the Namba name gag happens throughout the episode, but there is no name gag in the English dub.
- The nail and glass torture method is much louder in the English dub.
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