Anime Time: Episode 38.5?

Holiday Hi-Jynx

Wait.

The next episode is something that makes thematic sense for me to do as a Christmas thing?  That never happens!

Strictly speaking, Holiday Hi-Jynx isn’t the next episode (you can tell because Charmander hasn’t evolved and Togepi hasn’t joined the team yet); it was probably meant to happen around the same time as Pikachu’s Goodbye but got derailed by the same mess surrounding the Porygon episode that caused Snow Way Out to be rescheduled.  But it’s usually been aired a couple of slots after It’s Mr. Mime Time, while Ash is theoretically supposed to be back in Pallet Town, and IT’S CHRISTMAS, DAMNIT so let’s talk about the Jynx episode, and then ramble about Christmas traditions and Santa for a while.

We begin with Team Rocket kidnapping Santa Claus as he comes down their chimney.  Because they are Team Rocket.

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