Episode 63: Playing with a Parasite - Part I (Trap of Revenge: Reckless! Parasite)
Mai and Yugi are waiting for Joey in the town square in the morning for the second day of the tournament. He arrives, high-fiving with Mai, and shows off his two locator cards. But Mai's already got four locator cards, and Yugi has three! How's Joey going to make it to the finals? Yugi reassures him that there's plenty of time yet, and the three split up to go find more duels. Yugi knows one of Marik's Rare Hunters is after him. He's determined to be ready for him. Unknown to Yugi, Marik's already watching him through the eyes of a mime standing motionless on a nearby park bench.
Téa and Tristan have just shown up at Yugi's place to meet him, but they're too late—Grandpa tells him Yugi already left. Téa yells at Tristan for taking so long flirting with Serenity on the phone. She's afraid she'll never get to see Yugi dueling! But Grandpa says he'll come along with them and help them find him.
Joey's walking down the street, searching for a duel. He's surprised—and pleased—when a boy recognizes him and asks for his autograph. And even more pleased when the boy says his sister has a big crush on Joey. (In the Japanese, the kid tells Jounouchi he's been collecting autographs from all the duelists he sees. Then if one of them wins, his signature will be valuable.) The boy goes on to admire Joey's Duel Disk, and Joey agrees to let the kid try it on. But then the boy takes off with it, and Joey goes running after him.
Tristan, Grandpa and Téa are standing on a footbridge when they see Joey chasing the kid on the street below. Tristan jumps down and snags the kid, who apologizes and explains that someone stole his deck, and he wanted a way to play in the tournament. When they ask who stole it, he describes a guy with "bug eyes and head like a blue beetle," and the gang realize he's talking about Weevil Underwood. They rush off to find him.
But as soon as they leave, the boy smiles an evil smile. He rushes off to meet Weevil in an alley, explaining that he did just what Weevil asked. Now he wants the rare card Weevil promised him. But he's disappointed when Weevil gives him an ordinary card. Weevil squirts him with some sort of insect-y web gun that shoots arachno-slime and runs off laughing. Joey has fallen right into his trap! (In the Japanese, he thinks he'll defeat Jounouchi first, then finish off Yugi, in revenge for what they did to him at Duelist Kingdom.)
At the hospital, Serenity hears the door of her room open. Then the nurse stops in the doorway and asks if Serenity heard anyone come in. She's searching for a little boy who's afraid to have his x-rays taken, but Serenity tells her there's no one there. After the nurse leaves, Serenity tells the little boy he can come out now. He thanks her for covering for him, and she says she was afraid of some of the tests, too. (In the Japanese, she says she thinks that nurse is mean, too.) Then she asks him to check out the Battle City website for her and tell her how her brother is doing.
Joey and the gang have arrrived at the spot where the kid told them he saw Weevil, and soon enough he shows up. Tristan's about to beat him up for stealing the kid's cards, but Joey says they'll settle it with a duel. Weevil demands that they wager two locator cards—whoever loses will be out of the tournament. Téa and Tristan urge Joey to be careful, but when was Joey ever careful! (In the Japanese, Anzu reminds Jounouchi about Insector Haga throwing Yugi's Exodia cards overboard, and Haga says it's an honor to be remembered by a cute lady. Anzu is pretty creeped out.) Joey accepts, and they face off.
Joey opens with Swordsman of Landstar in attack mode, and plays one card face down. Weevil counters with Flying Kamakiri #1 (Dragonfly), an insect monster with an attack of 1400, 900 more than Joey's Swordsman, and attacks. But Joey activates Sword and Shield, which reverses the attack and defense points of their monsters, making Swordsman's attack higher than Flying Kamakiri #1's. Weevil's monster is destroyed, but when it goes to the graveyard, it automatically summons the even stronger Flying Kamakiri #2 (Flying Mantis)!
Serenity's visitor finds Joey's duel on the computer, and worriedly tells her that Joey's dueling the Regional Champion (National Champion in the Japanese.). But Serenity says not to worry. Her brother came in second at Duelist Kingdom! (Japanese little boy thinks it's weird that Jounouchi's only showing as Level 2.) She knows he'll win.
Joey draws Jinzo, the card he won from Roba, and sacrifices the Swordsman of Landstar to summon it to the field. Jinzo destroys Flying Kamakiri #2, taking Weevil down to 2800 life points. Weevil sets a monster in face-down defense mode, and Joey attacks with Jinzo. But Weevil's monster turns out to be Kisetai, which attaches itself to Jinzo, and will increase Weevil's life points by 1200 each turn.
Weevil plays another face-down monster and ends his turn. His life points increase to 4000 by Kisetai's effect. Joey attacks and destroys Weevil's monster, but Weevil's life points only increase again! His monster was the Skull-Marked Ladybug, which gives Weevil another 500 life points. Then Weevil plays another face-down monster, and ends his turn, and his life points increase again, to 5700!
At the hospital, the little boy tells Serenity that Joey's in trouble, but Serenity says Joey's been in tough situations before, and he always comes through. (Japanese Shizuka says she thinks her brother's just playing with Haga. Jounouchi always likes a new challenge, she says.)
Joey summons Panther Warrior, which can't attack unless Joey sacrifices another monster. So he sacrifices Jinzo, destroying Kisetai, and attacks Weevil's face-down monster with Panther Warrior.
Weevil says it's time to get serious, and summons the Larvae Moth, which Joey recognizes as the card Weevil used against Yugi. Weevil then plays the Cocoon of Evolution, which cocoons the Larvae Moth, giving it a defense of 2000 points. In five turns, the Cocoon of Evolution will transform the Larvae Moth into the powerful Great Moth! Serenity's new friend tells her if Joey's as good as she says he is, it's time for him to prove it.
Next, Weevil tells Joey he has a parasite in his deck. Joey protests that he doesn't have any insect cards in his deck, but Weevil plays the magic card Reckless Parasite, which causes Parasite Paracide to pop out of Joey's deck and leech onto Panther Warrior. How did that card get into his deck? Then he remembers the boy who stole his Duel Disk and realizes the boy was working for Weevil all along. He must have slipped the card into Joey's deck! Weevil says a great duelist always prepares for a duel long before the duel begins. And when Téa protests that that's cheating, he says it isn't his fault Joey didn't check his deck before the duel! (Cut from the US version is a short scene of the parasite bubbling in Panther Warrior's head and exploding out its mouth. Eww!)
Weevil plays one card face down and ends his turn. Joey says his Panther Warrior might be infected by the parasite, but it can still attack. But Weevil tells him the parasite will infect all the monsters Joey plays, and an infected monster can't be sacrificed, so Panther Warrior can't attack. Joey plays Tiny Guardian (Little Wing Guard), and sends it to attack Weevil's Cocoon of Evolution, which has an attack of zero—Weevil forgot to switch it to defense mode! But Weevil activates his face-down card, Insect Barrier, which stops all insects from attacking him—and Parasite Paracide turns all the monsters it infects into insects. Now none of Joey's monsters can attack. Tristan and Grandpa call out encouragement, telling Joey to stay calm. There may be a way to turn Weevil's tricks against him. (In the Japanese, Grandpa says that was a good defense, and Haga's a great player.) But Weevil says his Great Moth will crush Joey when it emerges in four turns!
Serenity asks the boy how Joey's doing. He tells her Joey's cards are infested with the parasite, and the Great Moth will hatch in four turns. It will take a miracle for Joey to win! Serenity urges Joey on.
Weevil summons Leghul, which is able to attack Joey's life points directly for 300 points. (The scene of Leghul stabbing Jounouchi's leg with its pincers is obscured in the US version.)
Joey switches his monsters to defense mode, then Weevil attacks with Leghul again. Two more turns pass, in which Joey can do nothing, while Weevil nibbles away at his life points with Leghul.
One more turn and the Great Moth will emerge. Tristan yells at Weevil, but Joey tells him to cool it. Joey remembers Yugi's duel with the Rare Hunter. Yugi showed him that, even when the odds are against him, a True Duelist always keeps his cool and trusts his deck. (Japanese Jounouchi says Yugi told him that even when an opponent uses dirty tricks, a True Duelist must play honestly, and win honestly.) Joey plays Alligator Sword in defense mode, and plays another card face-down, telling Weevil he's ready to face the Great Moth.
Weevil summons his ultimate Great Moth, an enormous insect with an attack of 3500, laughing that it's all over for Joey!
To Be Continued