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"Not as Seen on TV"
(Girumon ni Modotte! Guraumon Soudou)
"Go back to Guilmon! The Growmon Incident"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) May 27, 2001
(En:) October 6, 2001
Written by (En:) Seth Walther
Toei Animation

Now that he has digivolved, Growlmon is unable to revert back to Guilmon. Takato comes up with numerous ways for Growlmon to use up his excess energy.

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After the battle with Devidramon, Takato once again curses himself for not drawing Growlmon smaller. Takato tries to stuff Growlmon back into the hiding place in the park, hoping he'll degenerate somehow through the night, but Growlmon doesn't fit. They then try running around and sitting in a freezing pool to try and lower their energy; first Growlmon on his own, then Takato with him. (Other failed attempts include jumping rope and wishing.)

Eventually—after "help" from Jeri and Calumon, and real help from Henry and Terriermon--Takato and Growlmon give up and hide him in the tunnel for the night. That night, a bored Impmon attacks Growlmon and drives him from the tunnel and chases him until Growlmon tries to blast him. The next day, however, Terriermon is sent out to find Growlmon after Takato inspected the empty tunnel to no avail. Growlmon is found sleeping with children playing on him, and then hiding in the bushes. Following Growlmon's idea of hiding in the woods, the others paint him to camouflage him amongst the trees and flora. Rika comes along in her usual pessimistic mood and shatters Takato's hopes of the disguise working.

As it begins to rain, and the paint on Growlmon runs, Takato is in tears at the thought of Growlmon never being able to degenerate. Feeling that he'll never have his friend back, Takato gives up. As the rain ends a rainbow appears and, surprisingly, the rainbow begins to draw Digital Matter out of Growlmon, causing him to finally degenerate back into Guilmon.

Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonists, and italicized characters appear only as a voice or silhouette.)

Humans In-Training Rookie Champion

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Growlmon 1 Guilmon
Growlmon t Arrow R Red.png Guilmon t



— A crying Growlmon tries to calm a frightened Takato

Takato: "Mom, dad, why are girls crazy?"
Yoshie: "They're not, their husbands make them that way"

"See here I'm not gonna fight you if you're gonna fight back Pineapple Head!"

-Impmon annoyed because Growlmon refused to let Impmon beat him up anymore.

"That must be one ugly store!"

-Terriermon after the group paints Growlmon with paint from Takato's bakery.

"Where do you come from all the time? Do you just wait around to scare us?"

-Takato uncovers Renamon's secret.

Other notes

Dubbing changes

  • With this episode noticeably lacking in any action or "exciting" events, the English language version adds in a disproportionate amount of extra dialogue and increasingly random jokes, to an extent that is much more noticeable and distracting than can normally be expected from the dubbed show (doubly so for Tamers, which had a much more reigned-in dub than in the past).

Real-world references

  • The title is a reference to the common phrase, "as seen on TV".

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