As is made obvious by this episode, Allen is a ufologist, a person who scientifically attempts to study and search for evidence of reports of UFOs and alien visitation. I figured, what better way to introduce a ufologist character than an episode based around a good old-fashioned alien/UFO/men in black story? The story wasn’t based off of any single story, though the ending was heavily inspired by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Butch and Cassidy played the part of the men in black, shady figures dressed entirely in black who reportedly appear to people who claim to have seen UFOs/aliens in order to intimidate them into not telling anyone else of their experience. Fun fact, Team Interplanetary is also based off of the men in black.
Of important note in the episode is the two new Pokémon introduced in this episode, Eatyai and Yuifoe. For those who didn’t know, the names of Elgyem and Beheeyem are meant to be pronounced as one would pronounce the letters LGM and BEM. LGM stands for little green men, as in the classic term for the stereotypical alien, while BEM stands for bug-eyed monster, an old sci-fi term for aliens with big bug eyes. Both Eatyai and Yuifoe are meant to invoke this same naming pattern. Eatyai is meant to be pronounced something like ETI, which stands for extraterrestrial intelligence, as seen in SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Yuifoe is probably obvious, but it’s a spelling of UFO for unidentified flying object.
Speaking of SETI, that’s obviously what I based SETP off of in the episode. It’s a program that uses radio telescopes to search the skies for signals from alien worlds. The name Allen is a double pun. On one hand, it sounds like alien, but the other part is that one of SETI’s major telescope arrays is known as the Allen Telescope Array.
Alright, I’m not going to lie, that entire episode was made to cater to the episode title. I knew that I wanted to do another Butch and Cassidy episode, as well as another Jigglypuff episode, but I had no idea what the plot for either would be. Then one night I was watching some TV and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was mentioned. With my mind oriented the way it is, this instantly made me think of Butch and Cassidy. I realized that there has yet to be an episode with them that uses a play on the title of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and I realized that it was a perfect opportunity for me that was to good to pass up. So I started thinking of puns on Sundance Kid, and decided on Fun-Dance Kid. So I knew I would have an episode with Butch, Cassidy, and a dancer, but who is this dancer and what do they dance to? That’s when I has the random inspiration of dancing to Jigglypuff’s song. After that, the episode practically wrote itself. And by complete coincidence, this episode’s planned release window just happened to fall within the vicinity of the 20th Anniversary arc. Having both Jigglypuff and Butch and Cassidy made it a perfect throwback to Kanto for the anniversary.
First I brought back Jigglypuff, now I brought back Biff and Cassidy (Oops, I meant Butch). Butch and Cassidy brought a lot to show back when they appeared. By being rivals to Jessie, James, and Meowth, they brought out sides of them we normally wouldn’t see. In addition, they gave us a look at Team Rocket beyond the normal three. Unlike Jigglypuff, they actually managed to make it up into Sinnoh. Sadly, Unova came and completely ignored everything from Pokémon’s history, including these two. I felt like they deserved to return. Two interesting things to note about this episode was their Pokémon. Cassidy has always been shown to have Houndour as her primary Pokémon. In one scene, I showed her having a Houndoom. I figured that after all this time, it probably should have happened. The other thing is their Charizard and Aggron. These are the same Pokémon seen in the Battle Frontier episode Grating Spaces, where Jessie and James got them delivered to them by the Team Rocket Delibird by accident. At the end of the episode, it told them, that those Pokémon were actually meant for Butch and Cassidy. I figured that they should have those Pokémon, so why not use them?