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Recap / Pokémon S1E45 "The Song of Jigglypuff"

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Japanese Title: Sing! Purin!

Original Airdate: May 21st, 1998

US Airdate: Febuary 20th, 1999

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Don't you dare fall asleep on Jigglypuff's song. She has ways of dealing with you.
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Our heroes trudge along, resigning themselves to the idea of camping out in the desert as the sun slowly sets. Suddenly they see bright lights in front of them: a glamorous city appears before them, covered in neon lights. They have found Neon Town, a city that is loud and boisterous 24 hours a day, famous for having no nights. The residents of Neon City sleep as little as possible and use all of their time to play. Behind the other side of the town's glorious facade, however, people are always angry and irritated. Fights being an everyday occurrence, Jenny, the policewoman, is terribly busy. Having had enough of a town so noisy one can't even sleep at night, our heroes head out into the peaceful forest. There they chance across Jigglypuff, the singing Pokémon.

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This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Berserk Button: Jigglypuff does not like having people sleep through her song.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While Jigglypuff does have a good reason to get angry for everyone falling asleep while it's singing, the fact that they can't help it makes its Face Doodling retaliation this.
  • Epic Fail: Team Rocket tries to record Jigglypuff's singing for them to use. They end up recording their snoring.
  • Expy: Neon Town for Las Vegas.
  • Eye Catch: This episode, the Who's that Pokémon is Jigglypuff.
  • Face Doodling: When Jigglypuff gets angry at those for sleeping over its singing, she draws on the sleepers' faces.
  • Hope Spot: Just when it seems Psyduck stayed awake through Jigglypuff's song, Misty tips him over to reveal he Fell Asleep Standing Up and with his eyes open.
    Misty: YOU STUPID POKEMON! YOU'RE JUST SLEEPING WITH YOUR EYES OPEN!
    Psyduck: PSY?!
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  • Jerkass: Everyone in Neon Town is cranky from a lack of sleep.
  • Magic Music: This episode showcases the move Sing, which causes everyone who hear it to fall asleep.
  • Neon City: The Vegas-like Neon Town, where the lights are always on and nobody seems to sleep. The Officer Jenny there has a notably short temper from being overworked.
  • Shout-Out:
    James: Crank the speakers Up to Eleven.
  • Sleep Cute: Ash and Misty fall asleep like this while listening to Jigglypuff sing for the first time.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Everybody in Neon Town, as a side effect of Jigglypuff's song.
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