|To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!
To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler! (Japanese: ポケモンバイヤーを捕まえろ！コフーライ偽装作戦！！ Capture the Pokémon Buyer! The Kofuurai Impersonation Plan!!) is the 12th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY, and the 811th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on January 9, 2014 and in the United States on April 5, 2014.
On the road to Cyllage City, our heroes are forced to leap out of the way when a roaring truck barrels down on them, with Officer Jenny in close pursuit. When the dust clears, Ash and friends notice a cage that fell off the truck, and a weary Scatterbug that crawls out and collapses. They quickly scoop it up and take it to the nearest Pokémon Center, where Officer Jenny finds them—and tries to arrest Ash for being an accomplice in stealing the Scatterbug!
The misunderstanding is quickly sorted out. Officer Jenny explains that she’s on the trail of Dolan, a Pokémon smuggler who specializes in Scatterbug, Spewpa, and Vivillon. Because Vivillon can have wings of many different colors and patterns based on their native habitat, they’re highly prized by collectors, and Dolan takes full advantage of that.
When the Scatterbug they rescued evolves into Spewpa, Clemont notices something in its fur—it appears to be a transmitter, attached by the smuggler so he can keep track of his “merchandise.” They quickly develop a plan: one of them will wear the transmitter, plus a Spewpa disguise (provided by costume designer Serena) and act as bait, then Clemont will use one of his inventions to track the transmitter to Dolan’s secret hideout. Clemont’s Chespin is the closest to Spewpa's size, so it gets the job!
Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie put the disguised Chespin in the cage and leave it for Dolan to find, while they and Officer Jenny hide nearby. And it works! Dolan arrives to claim his lost treasure, and then unwittingly leads our heroes to the cave where he’s keeping all the Pokémon he’s nabbed. When he catches our heroes poking around, he attacks with his Diggersby. Ash’s Froakie battles back—and then Spewpa leaps into the fray, evolves into a beautiful purple Vivillon, and uses its calming powers to take the fight right out of Dolan! Officer Jenny arrests him, and our heroes free all the captured Spewpa...who then evolve all at once, into Vivillon of many different patterns! They take to the sky in an amazing rainbow of colors, and our heroes’ journey continues.
On route to Ash's next Gym battle at the Cyllage Gym, the group get side-tracked by an ongoing police chase. Officer Jenny speeds after the wanted criminal in her motorcade, but Pokémon poacher Dolan has no intetion of stopping. Dolan orders his Diggersby attack with Mud Shot, which knocks down a tree and temporarily stops Officer Jenny. Laughing as they escape, the criminals notice a cage has dropped from the back of their vehicle, but as Officer Jenny is on their tail, they can not go back to retrieve it. Ash and his friends run along, but double back because Clemont is too weak to go on. They notice the cage, which has been popped open from the impact. From it emerges a Pokémon Ash has never seen, and he uses his Pokédex to identify it as a Scatterbug. On first meeting, Scatterbug seems alarmed, but after Ash explains their good intentions, it collapses on the ground, weak. Guided by Serena's map, the group rush to a Pokémon Center.
At the Pokémon Center, the weakened Scatterbug is treated in the emergency room by Wigglytuff. While Ash and his friends wait, Nurse Joy reamrks that the Scatterbug appears to come from a faraway place. Ash asks how she can tell, and Nurse Joy brings up a computer display with six different types of Vivillon, and explains that their patterns differ between places. She asks how Ash found the certain Scatterbug, and Ash is about to respond when Officer Jenny, accompanied by Manectric, lassos him from behind with her rope, saying she will put him under arrest if he resists. She accuses the group of being accomplices of Dolan, a Pokémon smuggler. Officer Jenny releases Ash after he explains their story, and Nurse Joy reasons that Dolan must have lost the Scatterbug. Officer Jenny apologizes, embarrassed, and Wigglytuff returns with the since recovered Scatterbug.
Later, seated at a booth, Ash asks Officer Jenny about the Pokémon smugglers. Officer Jenny informs him and the group that the smugglers capture Pokémon from various regions all over the world and sell them on a large scale on the Internet. She explains that Dolan is a smuggler that specializes in Vivillon, so he captures Scatterbug and Spewpa in large amounts and keeps them locked in his hideout. Then, when they evolve into Vivillon, he sells them for a high price. As the group pledge not to let him get away with it, Scatterbug scampers around on the table, apparently distressed. It glows with a bright light and evolves into Spewpa. Ash scans it with his Pokédex, and Bonnie asks the group to tell her more about evolution. Ash's explanation is somewhat misguided, saying they evolve with a "bang!", and Clemont clarifies in a more respectable manner for Bonnie, explaining how some Pokémon, like Scatterbug, evolve simply by gaining enough experience, while others, like Pikachu, require an Evolution stone to evolve. Clemont notices something on the Spewpa, and upon further examination it appears to be a tracking chip emitting radio waves, so that Dolan can follow his Pokémon if they escape. Ash resolves that if Dolan is somewhere in the vicinity, he will capture him and reassures Spewpa, whose friends are still in captivity.
Suddenly, Serena thinks of a plan; she suggests using Spewpa as bait, and following the tracking signal directly to Dolan's hideout. Officer Jenny questions their abilities to execute the plan, but Serena explains they have an inventor on their team: Clemont. He takes out a machine he calls the "Omnidirectional Super Sensitive Tracking Dish". He places the transmitter chip into the machine so that it can memorize its waves for easy tracking. The machine is turned on and ready to go, but Serena is concerned for Spewpa's safety, as they are using it as bait and exposing it to potential danger. Ash decides he will be the bait, but Serena has other ideas. She takes out her costume bag and disguises Ash as Spewpa, but Officer Jenny is unimpressed, saying that Ash is a little too big to pass as a real Spewpa. They switch to Dedenne, who is too small, before settling on Clemont's Chespin.
The group, including Officer Jenny on motorbike, returns to the road and replaces the cage where they found it, with the disguised Chespin inside. As expected, Dolan soon returns to retrieve his lost commodity. Dolan picks up the cage and is pleased to see that Scatterbug has evolved, and takes it back to his vehicle. The group uses the Clemont's invention and follow. Once they have entered a forest, the machine breaks. Officer Jenny goes on ahead and tells the kids not to do anything reckless.
Ash sends out his Fletchling to lead the way, and it spots Dolan's cargoing up a rocky mountain and directly to the smuggler's hideout. The group reach their target and Ash wants to go in right away, but Serena points out that Dolan might use the Pokemon as hostages if they do. They decide rescuing Chespin is their top priority, and opt that Froakie first check the interior to search for human presence. Inside, Froakie sees glass tanks with many Spewpa inside, but no people. The group is beginning to advance when the Spewpa, on Ash's shoulder, notices something. Ash turns around to see Pikachu, Dedenne, Bonnie, Serena, and Clemont whisked up by a net, where they hang on a tree branch. Just then, Dolan appears behind Ash. Dolan brandishes the cage holding the revealed Chespin, and threatens to sell it as well. He tells Ash to hand over Spewpa, and releases Diggersby. Froakie comes to defend Ash, as Water-type attacks are effective against a Ground Pokémon like Diggersby. Dolan orders Mud Shot, which Froakie dodges and counters with Bubble. Diggersby disappears under the ground with Dig, and hits Froakie despite Ash's warnings. While Froakie can't dodge in mid-air, Diggersby uses Double Slap. As Froakie lands it prepares to retaliate with a Water Pulse, but Diggersby uses Hammer Arm and knocks Froakie down. Ash rushes to Froakie's aid, while Diggersby again uses Hammer Arm. Ash promises to protect Spewpa and it slams into the approaching Diggersby, and sends it flying back. Dolan refuses to give up and uses Double Slap, but Spewpa uses Protect and winds Diggersby with a String Shot. Diggersby breaks free, and Dolan orders it to finish things off. Meanwhile, Spewpa is acting strange, and is running around in circles. It glows with evolutionary light and evolves into an Elegant type Vivillon. Dolan's eyes glisten as he predicts that this particular Vivillon will fetch a high price. Dolan resolves to get rid of Ash with Mud Shot, but Vivillon intervenes Safeguard. Ash commands Vivillon to counter-attack with Stun Spore which sends Diggersby crashing to the floor, unable to battle.
Dolan whips out a net to capture Vivillon by hand, but his hand is lassoed by Officer Jenny. Dolan refuses to give in, even when threatened with an Electro Ball courtesy of Manectric. Dolan prepares to throw a punch, but Vivillon rains down its scales, which have the effect of quelling one's combative spirit and Dolan gives in easily. After praising their Pokémon, the group release the caged Spewpa, who all simultaneously evolve into different forms of Vivillon. Ash and his friends promise to meet them again as the Vivillon fly off into the sunset, free at last.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline.
Who's That Pokémon?: Scatterbug (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Spewpa (Japan)
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Dedenne (Clemont's)
- Froakie (Ash's)
- Fletchling (Ash's)
- Chespin (Clemont's)
- Wigglytuff (Nurse Joy's)
- Manectric (Officer Jenny's)
- Vivillon (Viola's; Meadow Pattern; flashback)
- Diggersby (Dolan's; debut)
- Scatterbug (evolves)
- Spewpa (multiple; one newly evolved; all evolve)
- Vivillon (multiple; Elegant, Continental, Garden, Icy Snow, Savannah, and Sun Patterns; newly evolved)
- Pikachu (evolves; fantasy)
- Raichu (newly evolved; fantasy)
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: Fennekin
- This is the first Pokémon the Series: XY episode to feature an evolution.
- Serena narrates the preview of the next episode alone, but Ash reads the title card and says the "Everyone, get Pokémon!" phrase.
- Similar to To Catch a Rotom!, the episode's English dub title is a reference to 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film To Catch a Thief.
- The number of the episode in this series, 12, is the same level which Spewpa evolves into Vivillon, and those are two of the Pokémon which this episode focuses on.
- Clemont's radar looks like the Dragon Ball radar from Dragon Ball.
- In the Swedish dub, the characters call Dolan's pickup truck a lastbil, which is a larger cargo truck.
- As Scatterbug closes its eyes and faints, the pattern around its eyes disappears.
- Spewpa is facing Clemont as he explains evolution to the group, but in the next shot, Spewpa faces Ash instead.
- While Ash shows off his Spewpa disguise, Officer Jenny's eyes are blue instead of amber.
- Upon evolving, one of the Vivillon has a Sun Pattern missing the magenta circle in the center.
- For an unknown reason, the title card lacks the characters' shadows in the Greek dub.
In other languages
|Danish||Sådan fanger man en Pokémon-smugler!|
|Dutch||Hoe vang je een Pokémon smokkelaar!|
|European French||Comment capturer un escroc Pokémon !|
|German||Vorsicht! Pokémon Schmuggler!|
|Greek||Πως να Πιάσετε ένα Λαθρέμπορο Pokemon!|
|Hebrew||!לתפוס מבריח פוקימונים|
|Italian||Come catturare un Contrabbandiere di Pokémon!|
|Korean||포켓몬 바이어를 잡아라! 분떠도리 위장작전!|
|Norwegian||Å fange en Pokémon-smugler!|
|Polish||Złapać przemytnika Pokémonów!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Como Pegar Um Contrabandista Pokémon!|
|Portugal||Como pegar um contrabandista Pokémon|
|Russian||В погоне за контрабандистом покемонов!|
|European Spanish||¡Atrapar a un Contrabandista Pokémon!|
|Swedish||Att fånga en Pokémon-smugglare!|
|Turkish||Pokémon Kaçakcısını Yakalamak!|
|Vietnamese||Bắt kẻ buôn lậu Pokémon ! Chiến thuật hóa trang Kofurai|
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