Home for the Holidays (My Creative Writing final project, Rocketshippy-ish)
...A bit of backstory here, in my Creative Writing class, our final was to write a TV script. Of course, the crazed Pokemon otaku that is me decided to write a Pokemon script. The ep takes place during the season airing in Japan, and is a follow up of sorts to Holy Matrimony... any thoughts, constructive criticism, etc, would be great!
(I know it's a bit late for a Christmas special now, but... hey, just enjoy it!)
Home for the Holidays
It's the Christmas in Kanto, and everybody is happy. Well, almost everybody.
(Scene of JAMES, MEOWTH, and JESSIE shivering in the snow.)
Whose genius idea was it to be out here in this snowstorm anyway?
Um... mine, I think.
(JESSIE smacks JAMES with paper fan)
You idiot! Didn't you ever bother to check the forecast or anything?
I would if we actually had any money for a newspaper! Besides, the twerps are already miles away from us, and every mile further we get from them is a mile further from Pikachu!
Much as I hate to admit it, Jimmy has gotta point this time...
(At the same time)
JESSIE: YOU have a fur coat!
You try freezing your tail off out here!
JAMES: What do you mean, “hate to admit”?
(JAMES and JESSIE start beating the stuffing out of MEOWTH. An owl-looking thing, HOOTHOOT, runs into MEOWTH'S head. MEOWTH takes a letter out of its beak.)
Looks like birdbrain's got a letter here...
And it's addressed to...me.
What is it?
...they want me to come to their place for Christmas.
(Cut to open)
(In front of a huge estate. JAMES has been dragged there by MEOWTH and JESSIE. He is wearing a nice suit.)
Please, you guys! We can't go through with this! You know my parents, they're psychopaths and they're just doing this to get me back with that nutjob fiancé of mine!
We'll worry about that old bat when the time comes. But they have money and food, which is something we lack, in case you haven't noticed lately.
She's right, ya know. Besides, it's da holidays. Ya oughta visit yer folks anyway. In da spirit of Christmas, right?
(Scene of them going into the mansion. Cut to MAX, ASH and PIKACHU, BROCK, and MAY. The four are trudging through the snow not far away from the estate, shivering)
Where did you say this Contest was, M-May?
Somewhere around here, I thought. Brock's got the map...
(MAX, MAY, and ASH look at BROCK expectantly)
(MAX, MAY, and ASH and PIKACHU fall over in exasperation)
JAMES (offscreen): Aargh, no, don't throw them out! Those two are my friends, you hear, my friends! Eeeeee!
(MEOWTH and JESSIE scream offscreen)
Umm... did you guys hear what I think I heard?
You mean, the screaming?
If it sounded like Meowth and Jessie, then yes.
But what would those three be doing out here, and in this weather, no less?
Well, that looks like James' mansion up ahead...
(ASH and BROCK exchange glances)
That could only mean... James must be in big trouble.
Yeah. We'd better go check it out.
Ash, what are you talking about?
I'll explain everything later, May. We've gotta go now.
(In front of the mansion. ASH and PIKACHU, MAY, MAX, and BROCK are standing outside the gate.)
I still don't understand why we're here.
(On the other side of the gates, JESSIE and MEOWTH are pulling themselves out of the snow.)
James' old man had some nerve, tossing us out like this. Has he got any idea who we are?
A pair of losers who hang around with his son. Forget about that.
JESSIE (slowly and quietly):
And what makes you think I'll forget that we've been tossed out into this harsh weather?
'Cause on da other side o' dat gate we got twerps in a winter wonderland.
Oh great. So now we can get sent flying without him.
MEOWTH (scratches her):
Do ya wanna get Jim outta there or not?! Look, I can promise ya dat six against four is a whole lot better odds than two against four! Doncha think it would be to our advantage to recruit the twerps?
(Cut back to ASH and PIKACHU, MAY, MAX, and BROCK. JESSIE and MEOWTH have found their way to the gate and are trying to convince the kids to help them save JAMES.)
So, in the spirit of Christmas, whaddaya say?
(ASH and PIKACHU, MAY, MAX, and BROCK look at him skeptically.)
Ash, do you really want to help those three out after all they've done to us?
Trust me, May, James is in really big trouble now. Besides, like Meowth said, it's Christmas. It's the least we can do.
You're right. We'll help you guys, but you have to promise not to do anything sneaky.
MEOWTH and JESSIE:
(The mansion. It is decorated with beautiful Christmas decorations. There is a large Christmas tree in the corner. JAMES is sitting at a table with his MOTHER, FATHER, and JESSIBELLE. He is clearly enraged)
What's the big idea, getting me to come here so you can try and force me to get married, all under the pretense of a Christmas celebration? Have you no holiday spirit?
MOTHER (sadistically grinning):
Indeed we do, James, which is exactly why the best gift you can give your dear mama and papa is to assure our family's future and marry a proper lady like Jessibelle.
FATHER (also sadistically grinning, and counting money):
Your mother's right, son.
You're all nuttier than a fruitcake! Nutty, you hear me?
Why, my dear love, what makes you think that, pray tell?
(Cut to a shot of JAMES with a skeptical look on his face. Pan to show MOTHER and FATHER's sadistic smiles, and JESSIBELLE holding a coiled whip lovingly)
(A large sweatdrop appears on JAMES' head)
Nothing in particular.
Then please do refrain from thinking as such.
You two just sit tight there... after your mother and I get back, we're going to open presents!
(JAMES stares at JESSIBELLE uneasily)
FATHER (internal monologue):
What James doesn't know is that Jessibelle's present is an engagement ring... as soon as he opens that box, he has no choice but to tie the knot!
So, dearest, how's the criminal life?
It's a living.
(ASH and PIKACHU, MAY, MAX, and BROCK, along with JESSIE and MEOWTH come in. BROCK is wearing a Santa costume. JESSIE, ASH, MAY, and MAX are dressed as elves. MEOWTH and PIKACHU are wearing antlers.)
(JAMES stares at them.)
That must be the entertainment! Aw, James, they turned a Meowth into one of Santa's reindeer! Isn't that just adorable?
Errr... I need to have a word with one of Santa's elves.
(JAMES grabs JESSIE and runs off. The rest of "Santa" and his "elves" stall for time by singing "Jingle Bells" offscreen)
Are you all insane?
What do you mean, insane? We're trying to save your ungrateful backside here!
Well, yes, but I expected that you'd carry it out a bit more discreetly.
Look, here's the plan.
(Cut to illustratory superdeformed montage)
Santa Twerp is gonna invite you out to his sleigh, which we've conveniently parked on the balcony, You'll get into the sleigh with Meowth in convenient reindeer disguise, and tell the twerp what you want for Christmas, all while Weird Parental Units take pictures for the memory book. As soon as one of the elven twerps gives the signal, Meowth will activate the balloon hidden in the back, thus allowing you to float away to safety.
(JAMES stares at her)
Or, you could just get married to that freak.
(The two return to the dining room. Everyone else is singing "Jingle Bells" again, and are clearly getting bored. JAMES glances around the room, then slips quietly back into his chair)
Sing "Jingle Bells" again!
(ASH and PIKACHU, MAY, MAX, BROCK, MEOWTH and JESSIE all exchange annoyed looks.)
Aaargh! Don't youse know any songs other than "Jingle Bells"?!
(All stare at Meowth)
Er, I means, meeow?
If I'm not mistaken, that Meowth just spoke.
Ah... well, ventriloquism is one of our skills.
(Tries to imitate MEOWTH)
Heh, Merry Christmas an' a happy New Year, twerps.
Hey, I don't talk anyting like dat!
Shut up, you furry idiot!
(Looks up at JAMES' parents)
Great act, right?
We know that talking Meowth from a mile away.
(Points at JESSIE and MEOWTH)
You're the two who thought they could swipe our inheritance, aren't you?
JESSIE (Whispering to MEOWTH):
Way to go, Meowth. You just blew our cover. Now what?
MEOWTH (whispering to JESSIE):
Umm... Plan B?
Unless you mean the Pikachu-Snagging-Water-Cannon-Mech-of-Doom, we have no Plan B!
...Actually, dat was what I was thinkin'.
How is a giant water gun supposed to help us now?
Good question... I suppose we could make a run for it.
That’s the best thinking I've heard all night.
You're not going anywhere. Stun Spore, Vileplume!
(Spore fills the room, and ASH and co. cover their mouths.)
BROCK (to ASH):
Max and I are going to help James out. You three hold off Jessibelle.
(BROCK and MAX leave with JAMES)
Let me take care of this spoiled brat! Seviper!
(A large, dark blue snake with huge fangs and a bladed tail comes out of JESSIE's Pokeball.)
Oh, I get it, Jessie! Grass types like Vileplume are weak to Seviper's Poison attacks.
Weakness? No, I just wanna give the woman what's coming to her.
(MAY falls over)
(SEVIPER swings its tail at VILEPLUME. VILEPLUME dodges the move. SEVIPER's tail hits a candle, knocking it over onto the Christmas tree, which promptly sets on fire.)
We all have to get out. Now.
(He points at the burning tree. The fire is spreading)
(OUTSIDE THE MANSION)
(ASH and PIKACHU, MAY, MAX, JESSIE,and MEOWTH have met back up with BROCK and JAMES. MOTHER and FATHER are standing off to the side. The mansion is engulfed with flames)
The fires’s spreading! What are we going to do?
Normally I’d try using Marshtomp and Ludicolo’s
Water attacks to put out the fire. But this looks to big for any of them to work.
We can’t just let James’ parents lose their home like this!
There’s got to be some way to put it out.
How about Plan B?
MAY, MAX, BROCK, and ASH:
(MEOWTH, JAMES, and JESSIE leave the scene)
What did they mean by
I don’t know, but if it puts out this fire, it’s worth it.
(A large mecha, with cannons for arms, appears outside the mansion)
MEOWTH (O.S.) (from the mecha):
No fire’s too big for the Pikachu-Snagging-Water-Cannon-Mech-‘o-Doom to fight!
(Cut to inside the mecha. JESSIE smacks MEOWTH with her hair.)
You idiot! Why did you mention the first part?
(Cut to outside the mansion)
I thought you promised not to pull anything sneaky like thar!
We build our weapons in advance! It just so happens that our evil plots have taken a backseat to far more pressing matters!
Either way, you guys, there’s a fire, and it needs to be put out!
(Cut to inside the mecha)
Ya think that a 10 water pressure level oughta do it?
Then set da pressure to ten!
(JESSIE turns some dials in the mecha and pushes some buttons.)
(Cut to the outside of the mansion)
Heh, what do you know? One of their robots is helping us for once.
Well, it is Christmas.
(Cut to show exterior of mansion. Many of the flames are gone.)
Aaah! My Vileplume…
(Cut to close shot of MAY)
MAY: What’s wrong, Jessibelle?
My Vileplume… she must never have had a chance to escape! She’s still in there!
Someone has to go in there to save it… Fire isn’t good for Grass types like Vileplume.
But Ash, the flames in there are way too hot for anyone to go in safely!
Guess you’re right… Still, we have to save Jessibelle’s Vileplume!
Logically, sending a Fire type to get Vileplume out would be the best idea, but I don’t know of any… and I don’t know if May’s Combusken could handle it.
(Cut to interior of the mecha)
Don’t just sit there, extinguish the fire!
I would be, but somehow the button got stuck. I thought we could trust you to build this thing!
You try putting together a giant robot with no opposable thumbs!
Will you all stop arguing? My house is burning down!
The older twerp?
You’ve got a Growlithe, haven’t you?
You mean Growlie?
I need you to call him! Jessibelle’s Vileplume is in trouble!
What makes you think I’d care about that old hag?
Don’t worry about that now, just hurry up! There’s not much time!
(Cut to outside the mecha. JAMES jumps out of the robot)
Growlie! Come out, boy!
(A large, extremely furry orange and red dog emerges from another house near the mansion)
Growlie… You’re an…
(Cut to inside the mecha. JESSIE is pounding on a button)
Come ON! There must be some way to unstick this thing!
Ain’t that Jimmy’s dog?
He’s grown, hasn’t he?
Growlie is an Arkie?
(Cut to inside the mansion. GROWLIE is holding a ball in his mouth and is surrounded by flames. He approaches VILEPLUME, who is cowering in a corner)
(GROWLIE touches the ball to one of VILEPLUME’s paws. VILEPLUME vanishes into the ball in a ray of red light.)
(Cut to outside the mansion)
Growlie’s been taking awfully long, Ash.
He’ll make it, May. I promise.
(Cut to inside the mecha. JESSIE and MEOWTH continue to pound the button.)
(Cut to outside of the mecha. A large stream of water gushes out from the cannon)
(Cut to inside of mecha)
JESSIE and MEOWTH:
We did it!
(Cut to outside of mansion)
JAMES: They fixed it!
(GROWLIE appears outside the mansion. He drops the ball in his mouth.)
GROWLIE (to JAMES):
JESSIBELLE (picks up the ball and opens it. VILEPLUME appears):
Hey, look! The fire’s out!
MOTHER and FATHER:
FATHER (Internal monologue):
Good thing this place has flame insurance… it’s going to really pay off now. Heh.
(JESSIE and MEOWTH come out of the mecha)
For a moment there, I thought we’d never fix dat thing.
Looks like James’ dog pulled through too.
I don’t understand… how did Growlie evolve?
That was our Christmas surprise to you… we used a Fire stone on him.
I never thought I’d say this, but if Growlie’s okay with it… Thank you so much, Mother.
James dearest, you haven’t opened my Christmas present yet.
(JESSIBELLE takes a small present out of her pocket. JESSIE notices the shape and snatches it from JESSIBELLE before JAMES can take it, then opens it.)
You must excuse me, but unfortunately, James has a tragic gift wrap allergy.
(She sees the ring)
A ring? Just what were you thinking?
…Well, you see…
What were you thinking, trying to force James into marriage with a Christmas present?
So that’s why you invited me! Of all the sneaky, low things to do…
MEOWTH: And Jim should know about sneaky, low things!
Will you be quiet?!
What makes you think you can force someone to love somebody else? Haven’t you already seen what it’s done?
(May points to the charred mansion)
The little girl’s right… We were wrong, James. Will you ever forgive us?
(FATHER’S eyes are filling with tears.)
Since it is Christmas…
(He hugs FATHER and MOTHER)
(ASH, MAY, MAX, and BROCK look on)
Guess Christmas really is a time of miracles, isn’t it?
Yeah. We’d better be going on our way now.
(ASH and PIKACHU, MAY, MAX, and BROCK walk off into the sunrise)
James, why don’t you and your friends stay here for the holidays?
(JAMES glances over at JESSIE and MEOWTH, who are in the sleigh intended for the escape plan. They wave at him.)
Sorry, Mother. I’d love to stay, but we’ve got some plans of our own.
(He jumps in to the sleigh. MEOWTH activates the balloon in the back and the sleigh begins floating off.)
(Cut to scene of sleigh floating in the sky)
Umm… Meowth… do you know exactly where we’re headed?
What do you mean, you don’t know?