Meow We’re Talking

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Announcer: Welcome to Meow We’re Talking, the only talk show hosted by a Pokémon! And here’s your host, Meowth!

*Pre-Recorded Applause*

Meowth: Good evening to all you readers out there. Tonight’s show promises to be a zinger. Our first guest needs no introduction. It’s the blue blob you all love to hate, Wobbuffet!

*Applause*

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: Hey Wobbuffet, glad you could make it out tonight.

Wobbuffet: Wobba wobba.

Meowth: Ha, ha, ha! That’s right, me too. So, Wobbuffet, you and I have been a part of Team Rocket for a very long time. In fact, we’re the two Pokémon that have been on for the longest. We’ve outlasted all the rest.

Wobbuffet: Wobba wobba wobbuffet.

Meowth: Yeah, I miss that guy too. He was one of the good ones. Anyways, being on Team Rocket for such a long time tends to give you a certain celebrity status, if you know what I mean. So, I’m sure that our audience wants to know, how has your life changed since being a part of Team Rocket.

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet! Wobba, wobba, wobba. Wobbuffet, wobba. Wobbuffet!

Meowth: I see. Some very interesting insight, very valuable too. I like to think that everything in my life before Team Rocket was just a prologue for my real life. I mean, sure, I may have became the world’s first talking Meowth, but that didn’t mean squat until I joined up with Team Rocket.

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: I couldn’t have said it better, pal of mine. Now, anyways, I’m sure most of you know that Wobbuffet recently stared in his very own episode of Cosmic Quest. How about we take a look at a clip from it?

On Screen: Wobbuffet is cooking against the chef L’orange on the TV show Sliced. The host declares, “Today you’ll be cooking with…” both chefs open their grab bag and pull out each ingredient as the host names them, “…fresh Moomoo Milk, Durin Berries, Old Gateau, and Leftovers.” Upon pulling the old apple core that is the Leftovers from the bag, Chef L’orange grimaces.

In a cut-away interview, L’orange says with annoyance, “Leftovers? I would not give this item to my own Pokémon. How am I supposed to cook with it?”

Back to the normal show, the host announces, “Alright Chefs, you have twenty minutes to make a dessert to wow our judges and prove that you should be the Sliced Champion. Ready, begin!” Both chefs spring into action.

L’orange runs into the pantry and begins to pull out various items. A voice-over from him explains, “I will be making my world-famous Soufflé L’orange, but instead of the normal berries I use in it, I’ll substitute them for Durin Berries. This fresh Moomoo Milk should help give it the perfect consistency. And I can crumble the Old Gateau over it to make a crust.” He cuts into a Durin Berry and immediately winces and holds his nose as he smells it.

The host says to the panel of three judges, “So, Durin Berries may not be the most pleasant ingredient to work with.”

One judge nods. “Yeah, those things are infamous for how much they reek. The flavor is also a bit of an acquired taste. The chefs will have to be very careful of how they handle it.”

Another judge points out, “And that’s not even the hardest ingredient we gave them. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them pull the Leftovers out of the bag. It is quite literally a discarded apple core with little to no food value. Pokémon are able to use it to heal in battle, but I’m not sure it could actually be eaten.”

Wobbuffet appears completely unfazed by the smell of the berries. It dutifully works away on its dessert.

In another cut-away interview, L’orange has been asked what he thinks of Wobbuffet. “That Pokémon is of no concern to me. I have trained all my life, and it became a chef yesterday. There is no way I could possibly lose to it.”

In a cut-away for Wobbuffet, Wobbuffet simply declares, “Wobbuffet!”

The host warns, “Two minutes left, chefs! You’d better start putting those finishing touches on your plates!”

The cooking continues at a feverish pace. Chef L’orange shaves bits of apple of the Leftovers and sprinkles it over his perfectly risen soufflé. Wobbuffet finishes plating what looks to be a plate of cookies and ice cream. It carefully drizzles an apple-Durin compote over it.

“And that’s time! Bring your dishes up to the judges, and we’ll see who is today’s champion.”

Meowth: Wah ha ha! Who knew you could cook! That one certainly took me by surprise.

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: Well, maybe you should cook for us sometime. I’d eat those cookies and ice cream any day. And so, not only were you able to cook, but you actually beat that lug, L’orange and became the Sliced Champion. Hey, isn’t there a cash prize for that? What happened to the money?

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: That’s a crime shame right there. Oh well, what are you going to do? Now, I think the best part about that episode is that you winning Sliced wasn’t even the craziest part. You ended up going into outer space, and then the Moon. If a Meowth has nine lives, this episode made it seems like you lived ten.

Wobbuffet: Wobba wobba, wobbuffet.

Meowth: Meow we’re talking. So, is there anything else we should all know about you?

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet! Wobba wobba. Wobba, wobbuffet, wobba. Wobbuffet!

Meowth: I’m shocked. Who would have thunk. Even though I’ve known you for so long, I feel like I’m looking at a completely different Wobbuffet. You heard it here first, folks! Will you look at the time! We’re all out of it! I’d like to thank you once again for coming out tonight, Wobbuffet, it was a pleasure. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we’re done?

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Meowth: Absolutely. And also, all you readers, don’t forget that you can ask any questions you’d like to our guest, or even me, in our Team Rocket Q and A session being held later tonight. Just leave a comment asking the questions, and we’ll answer. Thank you, and good night!

*Applause*

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Episode 87 Review

WOBBUFFET!

What I mean to say is, I absolutely adore this episode. I think it’s easily one of my favorites. Wobbuffet is easily one of my favorite Pokémon characters in the entire series. How can one not love that intrusive blue blob? An interesting fact is that Wobbuffet is the Pokémon in the show with the third most appearances, falling only behind Pikachu and Meowth. Even among all characters, human or Pokémon, it has the sixth most appearances, behind Ash, Pikachu, Jessie, James, and Meowth. Despite this seriously impressive record, Wobbuffet has only ever had four episodes truly dedicated to it. Those episodes are its debut appearance in the Johto episode Tricks of the Trade, another Johto episode, 30 episodes later, in Wobbu-Palooza, and then The Wayward Wobbuffet 20 episodes after that. After The Wayward Wobbuffet it wouldn’t be for nearly another 700 episodes and 14 years that Wobbuffet was given its next dedicated episode in the Kalos episode A Fork in the Road! A Parting of Ways! To date, it has now been about 140 episodes since then, and not another one has appeared. The fact that Wobbuffet went 700 episodes and 14 years without an episode, having no dedicated episode whatsoever in Hoenn or Sinnoh (Unova too, but that doesn’t count for obvious, yet unfortunate, reasons), is absolutely insane for a Pokémon that has appeared as much as Wobbuffet has. It makes no sense that a Pokémon that has literally appeared in over 700 episodes over the course of the past 18 years, would only have these four episodes dedicated to it, and how few and far between the ones it does get are. Pokémon that only appeared for one region and a mere fraction of Wobbuffet’s episodes have more dedicated episodes to their name. With that all being said, I knew that it was absolutely mandatory for me to not only make a Wobbuffet-centric episode, but to go all-out with it.

This episode was inspired by the aforementioned episode, The Wayward Wobbuffet. It was a fun episode in which Wobbuffet gets separated from Team Rocket and we get to witness its wacky adventure. This was always one of my favorite episodes, and is certainly my favorite Wobbuffet-centric episode, so I decided to take it’s concept and scale it up for my own Wobbuffet episode. I wanted to put Wobbuffet in the most random, bizarre, and incredible circumstances I could come up with. I wanted an episode as wacky and outrageous as Wobbuffet itself. And that’s exactly what I ended up with.

Among the many strange things I had Wobbuffet do, one probably stood out more than the others, the cooking competition show called Sliced. If you didn’t know already, this was a parody of the real-life Food Network show called Chopped, which is pretty much the exact same thing as what I portrayed in Sliced. I really enjoy that show, so when I decided that one step of Wobbuffet’s misadventure would be on a cooking show, I knew it had to be a parody of Chopped.