ANP #61: The Torchics Dig It!
(Cue OP-On Our Way-as the song plays, we see various shots of the Pokemon cast in the backstage area, getting ready for a show: Misty walks past one member of the lighting crew, making her trip and drop her paints, which color some of the notes on Brock's sheet music. He tries to clean the music, only to get walloped by a basketball in the face (thrown by May) Pikachu runs past all of this, down a hallway, and through a door with a star on it marked "Ash". He cries "Pika!" and points at a clock, which is ticking dangerously close to "Show Time!" Ash notices the time on the clock and ducks behind a screen to get ready, when he finishes, he's now decked out in a red top hat (with the same design as his cap) and tails. Ash then runs head on at the camera and makes a flying entrance onto a stage as the song concludes)
Female announcer: And now, it's time for the Ash and Pikachu Show!
(Pikachu climbs onto Ash's shoulder and smiles as the title card flies in from the right, a short clip of "On Our Way" in the background)
(Suddenly, Brock appears in the scene wearing his normal clothes and sunglasses)
Brock: Do YOU dig it? (smiles over one last hit of music as the scene fades out)
(Applause as Ash runs onstage and waves to the crowd)
Ash: Thank you! Tonight we focus on May's first Pokemon... (gestures to Torchic, who performs a backflip for the crowd. May watches, impressed)
May: Wow! Do that again, Torchic!
(Torchic does the backflip again, prompting more applause)
May: You deserve a Pokeblock for that... (May offers Torchic a Pokeblock, but Torchic screams and runs offstage)
Ash: We all know what happened the LAST time you gave her a Pokeblock... (laughter)
Brock: It wasn't a pretty picture, folks. Trust me. (more laughter. Ash rolls his eyes and starts the projector)
(CARTOON-"Having a Wailord of a Time!", part 1)
(We see a pair of claymation Ash hands trying to make an origami Torchic. The female announcer says "You're watching 'The Ash and Pikachu Show'!" as Ash goes through several sheets of paper, ultimately settling for an origami Pikachu face.)
(Torchic watches as May brings out the mini stage)
May: We're going to do the skit about you, Torchic...
Brock: Won't that be fun?
(Torchic nods and watches as the others take their places)
(On Our Way interlude as the title card appears: "'Curtain Up' with May". May's face appears in the rounded part of the a in her name)
(We see Brock, in breeder's attire, reading a newspaper, all while Torchics frolic about in the background.)
Brock: I can't believe it! (reads the headline to the audience) "Torchic demand at record high"...I bet I'll have trainers coming to me in droves to adopt one of my Torchic pairs...(May and Misty, in the roles of young trainers, walk in the room as Brock is talking.) Well, hello, girls..what can I do for you today?
Misty: We heard that you're the guy to see when it comes to Torchics...
May: Yeah! We'd like to adopt a pair of our own!
Brock: All right, just take a look around until you find the pair you'd like. (May and Misty nod, then wander around the stage for a moment)
(a "1 week later..." card appears)
(Brock continues to read newspaper as Misty and May enter again)
Brock: Hello, girls...what can I do for you?
Misty: We came because one of our friends wanted to try raising Torchics herself....
May: But even though we told her it'd be a lot of work, she still wanted to try it!
Brock: All right, just take a look around until you've found the pair she'd like. (May and Misty nod, then wander around the stage again)
(another "1 week later..." card appears)
(Brock spots the girls as they enter again)
Brock: So how is your friends Torchic doing, girls?
Misty: We're not sure...
May: She said to ask if she's either planting them too close or not watering them enough...she says they're not growing very fast! (laughter as Brock rolls his eyes)
(We see the cast doing various jobs at a construction site. Misty, the foreman, notices Ash fiddling with a flashlight)
Misty: What are you doing? Get back to work!
Ash: But I am working! I'm giving the other workers some light!
Misty: Just get back to work, okay? (leaves the site)
(Several hours later, Misty returns to discover Ash with the flashlight)
Misty: WHAT DID I JUST TELL YOU??
Ash: Okay! (sets the flashlight down and picks up a shovel. Just as he does, the other workers scatter)
Misty: What's the matter now?
May: We can't work in the dark! (laughter and applause as the scene fades out)
(Torchic giggles as May takes down the stage)
Ash: I think she liked that... (Pikachu tugs on Ash's shoulder) What?
Pikachu: Pika? (offers a reel to Ash)
Ash: Well... (threads the reel in the projector) I don't see why we can't watch that movie you made.... (Torchic hurries before the screen as Ash starts the projector)
(CARTOON-"The Treasure of Alph")
(We join Ash, Brock, and Pikachu onstage. Ash is tuning an acoustic guitar as Pikachu waits nearby, clutching a microphone.)
Ash: I thought I'd let Pikachu sing for once...Brock will translate for those of you that can't speak Pikanese. (laughter) Ready, Pikachu?
Ash: Okay; one, two, three...
Pikachu: Pika pi, pi pika chu, pi pi pikachu...
Brock: If you wish, upon a star, your dreams will come true...
Pikachu: Pi pika pika chu, pi pikachu pi pikachu?
Brock: Why should you wait for them, when they'll always come back to you?
Pikachu: Pika chu, pi pika chu pika pikachu...
Brock: Dream big, trust in yourself, and you will go far...
Pikachu: Pi pika pika chu, pi pika pikachu!
Brock: And when the big day comes, the joy will consume you!
Pikachu: Pi pika pika chu,
Brock: A journey has begun,
Pikachu: pi pika chu pika pika pikachu,
Brock: To search and find the meaning of true love...
Pikachu: Pika chu,
Brock: All the stars,
Pikachu: Pika chu,
Brock: In the sky,
Pikachu: Pika pika chu!
Brock: Guide me on my way!
Pikachu: Pi pika pika chu...
Brock: This is my wish for you...
Pikachu: Pi pika pika chu!
Brock: I cannot live for now!
Pikachu: Pi pika pika chu...
Brock: I'm living for my dream!
Pikachu: Pika pika chu pi pika pika chu, pikachupi!
Brock: Show me now, that your love won't fade away! So don't rush it!
Pikachu: Pi, pika pi pikachu, pi pika pi!
Brock: And so, until my dream day comes, I'll think of you...
Pikachu: Pi pikachupi pika pi chu?
Brock: What lies ahead and after a dream? (applause as Ash, Brock, and Pikachu bow)
May: Bravo, Pikachu!
Torchic: Torchic! (hops to the projector and starts it)
(CARTOON-"Having a Wailord of a Time!", part 2)
(We join Ash and Pikachu onstage)
Ash: Nice song earlier, Pikachu! (applause as Pikachu bows again)
May: He did great!
Ash: I would let him sing some more, but we're out of time...
Ash: But we'll see you next time!
Pikachu: Pika! (waves goodbye as the curtain closes. Pikachu scats "On Our Way" as the credits roll)