| An Undersea Place to Call Home!
An Undersea Place to Call Home! (Japanese: 海底の城！クズモーとドラミドロ！！ The Undersea Castle! Kuzumo and Dramidoro!!) is the 24th episode of the XY series, and the 823rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on November 20, 2014 and in the United States on February 7, 2015.
This episode was originally scheduled to air in Japan on April 24, 2014, but was postponed due to the sinking of the MV Sewol ferry in South Korea on April 16, 2014; due to this, it was also subsequently skipped in the English-language broadcasts. It first made its world debut in South Korea on August 8, 2014, and then eventually aired in Japan on November 20, 2014, between XY050 and XY051. The English dub version, however, aired after When Light and Dark Collide!, during a four-hour marathon on February 7, 2015.
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Our heroes take an excursion to the Muraille Coast before Ash's Cyllage City Gym battle. They spend some time fishing until Ash pulls up a Skrelp, which attacks Pikachu with its poison! Fortunately, they meet a couple along the beach road who heal Pikachu with a handy Antidote. Eddy and Lindsey are underwater archeologists in search of the Cussler, a luxury liner that sank many years ago. Our heroes decide to help them with their quest!
While Clemont and Bonnie stay above with Eddy, Ash and Serena join Lindsey in her submarine, and they dive toward the ocean floor. Sure enough, the wreck of the Cussler is there, and thanks to some crafty Dragalge who have fused it together with Acid, it's become a home for many different kinds of Water-type Pokémon!
A mysterious light lures them deeper into the wreckage, where they spot Team Rocket's submarine. The villains have come to claim the Cussler's sunken treasure, and their meddling has endangered the structure of the ship. With a little help from our heroes, the wild Pokémon manage to fix up their underwater refuge. But at the same time, Team Rocket escapes with the Cussler's safe—only to get caught in a whirlpool! Skrelp is caught too, but Froakie comes to the rescue, showing off its spectacular jumping skills…and giving Ash some ideas he would put to use in his upcoming Gym battle against Grant!
The episode begins with Ash and his friends taking an excursion to the Muraille Coast before heading out to the Cyllage City for Ash's Gym battle with Grant. After lunch, Ash decides that they should work on their strategy for countering Grant's Rock Tomb, and Pikachu, Froakie, and Fletchling are all ready to train. However, Serena decides that they should do some fishing with the rods they received at Ambrette Aquarium since they're at the beach and doing too much training will stress Ash out. Clemont then suggests that if Ash catches another Water-type Pokémon, he will have a much easier time when it comes to battling Grant, to which Ash agrees, so everyone begins fishing. Serena wonders what kind of Pokémon she'll catch, while Ash already has a bite, but it proves to be quite strong as Ash struggles to pull it out of the water. Bonnie begins to wonder if it could be a Corsola, Clamperl, or even a Wailord, and Ash mentions that he will catch it no matter what Pokémon it is. The unknown Pokémon begins to go wild in the water, but is brought to the surface after one final pull from Ash. As Ash looks confused, Serena tells him it looks like he only caught some kelp, but Clemont corrects her, saying that Ash did in fact catch something. However, when Ash examines what he caught, it suddenly jumps to his face, flailing around.
As Ash pulls the Pokémon from his face, he is confused and admits he didn't know it was a Pokémon after all, but Bonnie notices that it is hurt and places a bandage on its head. As everyone stares at the Pokémon, it begins to flail about once more as it jumps from Ash's grip and back into the water. Ash checks the Pokémon with his Pokédex and learns that it is a Skrelp. Skrelp then fires Sludge Bomb at them, thinking that the group is its enemy. Pikachu bravely attempts to talk to Skrelp to calm it down, but is hit with Toxic and becomes badly poisoned in the process. As Skrelp dives away underwater, Clemont tells them they need to get Pikachu to a Pokémon Center quickly, but as they rush off, a van pulls up at the side of the road and a couple offers them help in tending to Pikachu by using an Antidote.
Having used the Antidote, Pikachu is successfully cured from the poison's effects and is alright, much to Ash's relief. Ash thanks the couple for their help and everyone introduces themselves to the couple. The couple then introduce themselves as Eddy and Lindsey, and reveal that they're underwater archaeologists interested in searching for the Cussler, a luxury liner that sank due to hitting an iceberg many years ago. They reveal that the Cussler may be in the area of the Muraille Coast due to the current carrying it there. Becoming interested, Ash and his friends offer to help them in any way they can, to which they accept, admitting that they're short handed at the moment. Lindsey mentions how the quest could get dangerous, so the group will need to listen to them and they agree as everyone sets off. However, once they drive off, Team Rocket is shown to have heard everything about the Cussler and how there are priceless treasures on the ship and decide to set their sights on retrieving the treasure for themselves.
On the boat, Eddy informs Lindsey that it is almost time, and she tells Ash and his friends to watch the whirlpools very carefully. Upon watching them, the group notices that the whirlpools have now disappeared. This is because the intersecting currents that create the whirlpools regularly change, so the whirlpools won't be around for a while. Eddy then lets everyone know they have reached their destination and that they are going to get ready to dive.
Lindsey opens up the lid to the submarine and Ash asks her if this is what they're going to be using to dive in, and after receiving confirmation, he asks if they can dive down with her. Lindsey is shocked and explains that the submarine isn't very large, so it can only fit two other people in there with her. Clemont has a solution to the issue as he reveals his newest invention, a machine that will decide fair and square who wins a chance to go inside the submarine with Lindsey. The machine reveals the winner to be Ash and Serena, leaving Bonnie annoyed with Clemont for them losing, but Clemont tells her that their fate was chosen by science, so there aren't any hard feelings.
With the winning group now decided, it is time for them to leave for the underwater adventure to search for the Cussler. Clemont and Bonnie watch as the submarine disappears under the water and Lindsey asks Eddy if the communication between the submarine and the boat is clear, which Eddy confirms. Down in the submarine, Serena watches a group of Qwilfish swim by, while Ash mentions the amount of Octillery on his side. Serena is impressed by the amount of Water-type Pokémon there are as the submarine continues to go deeper into the ocean. Serena notices three Skrelp, and recognizes the one they encountered earlier by the bandage Bonnie put on its head. As Serena and Ash are happy that Skrelp managed to find its friends, the submarine is suddenly caught in and swept away by the current, which causes an interference with the communication system. However, Lindsey isn't fazed by it but is instead excited that their theory about how the Cussler got swept away is proving to be correct. Serena becomes worried as the ship is quite close to them, but Lindsey handles things and gets them to safety. Ash notices the group of Skrelp following the sunken ship and Lindsey decides to follow them.
After following the Skrelp and the sunken ship, they find another ship with a Milotic emblem, which Eddy then confirms is the Cussler, causing Clemont and Bonnie cheer in excitement. Two Pokémon emerge from the Cussler and approach the sunken ship from earlier as Ash scans the unfamiliar Pokémon with his Pokédex, learning that the two Pokémon are Dragalge. Lindsey then states that the Dragalge fused the two ships together as a group of Luvdisc, Chinchou, and Remoraid come out of the Cussler and begin playing with the group of Skrelp. Eddy explains that the Dragalge used Acid to fuse the two ships together to create one whole structure as Clemont adds that the Water Pokémon can then use the structure as their home. After watching how well the Water-type Pokémon get along, Lindsey then notices a bright light coming from the side of the ship, as do the Water Pokémon as Serena wonders where the light could be coming from.
The Dragalge begin to swim up to the light to investigate what is causing it as Eddy asks Lindsey what's going on. Lindsey investigates the strange light. It is revealed that the light was caused by Team Rocket's Magikarp submarine cutting through the side of the ship as Lindsey, Ash, and Serena arrive in their submarine, and upon arriving, Ash immediately recognizes the submarine as Team Rocket's. The sudden mention of the name confuses Eddy as Clemont explains who they are and what they do. Clearly not aware of their presence, Team Rocket enter the ship through the hole they just made and are followed closely by the Dragalge, and shortly after, by Lindsey's submarine. Once inside, Team Rocket begin searching for the treasure on the ship as the Skrelp and Dragalge emerge from the water, followed by Lindsey's submarine. Ash opens the lid of the submarine, but there is no sign of Team Rocket. Serena also looks outside, but the Skrelp and Dragalge notice them and begin to fire Acid at them, until Pikachu steps in and is recognized by the Skrelp with the bandage, who tells its friends to stop attacking. Skrelp then goes after Team Rocket as they are busy setting up to steal the safe. An Acid attack is sent towards James's feet as the Skrelp with the bandage shows itself to them, telling them to leave or they're going to pay. Jessie corrects it, announcing that they're going to get paid after they obtain the treasure. Ash, Serena, Lindsey, and the Skrelp and Dragalge arrive, and Lindsey asks what Team Rocket is doing here. Team Rocket reveal that they're here to steal the sunken treasure. When Serena asks how they're planning the get away with stealing the treasure, Jessie presses a button on a remote, revealing that the safe will blast off in mere moments. As smoke cloud fills the entire area, Team Rocket use this as cover to make their escape. As Team Rocket run, Skrelp takes off after them, and Ash sends out Froakie to follow Skrelp. Lindsey warns everyone that they need to get out immediately because once the safe opens up a hole, the entire area will become filled with water.
The safe breaks through the wall of the ship, creating a hole and heading straight for Team Rocket's submarine. However, as they prepare to grab the safe, Skrelp comes in view on the periscope, startling Jessie as the Skrelp attacks their submarine with Sludge Bomb. Froakie then looks into the periscope as Jessie tries to shake it off, but it holds on tight. Lindsey's submarine emerges from the hole in the ship and Lindsey notices that the entire Cussler is beginning to become unbalanced due to it filling up with so much water, and that it will eventually collapse. Ash decides to help prevent it from collapsing and asks the Dragalge to help them out, who in turn ask the other Water Pokémon to help out, as well. Meanwhile, Froakie is captured and swung around rapidly before being thrown at Skrelp. Team Rocket obtain the safe of treasure and make their way to the surface, but are followed by Froakie and Skrelp. Back at the Cussler, the Dragalge and the other Water Pokémon try their best to prevent the Cussler from collapsing by holding it up. Ash then suggests that they use a metal plate to seal up the hole, and while holding it up over the hole, the Dragalge use Acid to attach it to the Cussler, which does the trick as the structure stops collapsing.
Eddy mentions how everyone's safety is what matters the most to him, and also reveals that the whirlpools will start to appear again soon. Team Rocket emerge from under the water with the safe still in their possession, but soon notice that the whirlpools have already began to appear around them, trapping them. Soon, their submarine is caught in one of the whirlpools, spinning them faster and faster until it blasts them off, causing them to drop the safe in the process. As Lindsey, Ash, and Serena come to the surface in their own submarine, Ash wonders where Skrelp and Froakie are as he looks off into the distance in the direction of the whirlpools, eventually noticing that they're both trapped in one of them. Lindsey reveals that not even Water-types are able to withstand the whirlpools, and Ash tells Froakie to jump. Froakie then tells Skrelp to get on its back as Froakie uses its amazing jumping abilities to jump from object to object caught in the whirlpool. After successfully jumping, Froakie finishes off with one last big jump and is safely caught by Ash, and everyone is relieved that they are both alright.
Ash and his friends then wave goodbye to the Skrelp and Dragalge as they all go back home by diving under the water. Ash and Serena then wave goodbye to the Skrelp with the bandage on its head and hope that they see it again before it dives underwater, too. Eddy reveals that they were able to pinpoint the exact current that carried the Cussler to the location it is now, but Lindsey reveals that she was impressed by how many Pokémon were living down there, and that they were the real discovery. Bonnie says that Skrelp was alright thanks to Froakie and Clemont mentions how proud it should be of the big jump it made. Ash thinks about how it was a big jump, and decides to use it in the Gym battle against Grant; their next stop on their journey.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Dedenne (Clemont's)
- Froakie (Ash's)
- Fletchling (Ash's)
- Fennekin (Serena's)
- Bunnelby (Clemont's)
- Chespin (Clemont's)
- Skrelp (×3; debut)
- Dragalge (×2; debut)
- Chinchou (multiple)
- Luvdisc (multiple)
- Remoraid (multiple)
- Octillery (multiple)
- Kingdra (multiple)
- Qwilfish (multiple)
- Alomomola (multiple)
- Magikarp (×2)
- Starmie (×2)
- Huntail (multiple)
- Mairin's Mega Evolution Journal: Mega Gallade
- This episode is unique among skipped and banned episodes as it had a known English dub title during the period in which it was banned. The title was posted on the Turner Broadcasting press site, but was then pulled off the next day and replaced with Climbing the Walls!.
- Coincidentally, the original 24th episode of the Best Wishes series was also skipped, but unlike this episode, it ultimately was not aired anywhere in the world.
- Unlike the delayed episode A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition! (but like other delayed episodes such as Holiday Hi-Jynx and Princess vs. Princess), this episode was not re-edited to fit into continuity: Ash's Fletchinder appears as a Fletchling and the episode contains references to Ash's upcoming battle with Grant. The narrator's dialogue acknowledges that the story takes place in the past.
- Despite this, Mega V (Volt) and DreamDream replace V (Volt) and X Strait Y Scenery as the episode's opening and ending themes, respectively.
- In the dub, Be a Hero is used instead of Pokémon Theme (Version XY) as the episode's opening theme. This is due to the episode now being considered an episode of the eighteenth season. This is chronologically the first episode of that season.
- Due to its delayed release, this was the last episode to air before the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- The story of the S.S. Cussler sinking after hitting an iceberg greatly resembles the story of RMS Titanic, a luxury liner that suffered the same fate in 1912. The outlook of the S.S. Cussler also greatly resembles Titanic's design.
- In addition, Eddy and Lindsey's submarine greatly resembles Alvin, a famous real-life submarine that has explored the wreck of Titanic and also has room for a pilot and two passengers.
- There is evidence indicating that this episode aired in South Korea on August 8, 2014. This would make it the first non-special episode to make its world debut airing outside of Japan.
- During the fishing scene, Bonnie's hair on her hairpin is missing.
- When Serena is watching Qwilfish on the submarine, the Qwilfish's bellies are completely dark blue. This error was fixed in the Japanese DVD version and Pokémon Get TV.
- In one scene, Lindsey's lower body is missing.
- When the group of Luvdisc first appears and start playing with the group of Skrelp, Skrelp has Dragalge's voice.
- When Ash grabs Froakie and Skrelp after rescuing it from the whirlpool, Boonie's hairpin is colored the same way as her bangs as she haves five of them instead of four for a few frames.
- In the Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish dub, when Ash catches Froakie and Skrelp from the whirlpool, Ash's English voice can be heard.
- Unlike other episodes, the narrator speaks entirely in past tense in the dub, likely as a way to indicate this episode aired out of continuity.
- This trait was not kept in the Polish dub.
- As this episode was aired out of order in the US, it was aired out of order too in other international dubs that follow the US dub airing order.
In other languages
|Czech||Podmorské miesto zvané domov!|
|Danish||Et hjem under havet!|
|Dutch||Thuis onder water!|
|European French||Une maison sous-marine !|
|German||Ein Zuhause auf dem Meeresgrund!|
|Greek||Ένα Υποθαλάσσιο Μέρος Ιδανικό για Κατοικία!|
|Hebrew||!בית מתחת לפני הים|
|Italian||Una casa in fondo al mare!|
|Korean||해저의 성을 지켜라! 수레기와 드래캄!!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Um lugar Subaquático para se chamar de lar!|
|Portugal||Um Lugar Subaquático para Chamar de Lar!|
|Russian||Под водой — как дома!|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Un hogar en el mar!|
|Spain||¡Un Lugar Submarino Llamado Hogar!|
|Swedish||En plats under vattnet att kalla hemma!|
|Turkish||Deniz Altında Bir Yuva!|
|Vietnamese||Lâu đài dưới đáy biển ! Kuzumo và Doramidoro|