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#35 - The Chips Are Down (Season 2)
Screenplay: Laurent Turner - Synopsis: Sophie Decroisette
First aired in France on 26 October 2005 (France 3)
First aired in the USA on 29 September 2005 (Cartoon Network)

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Official summary
Yumi and her family are going to move away. Her father, Mr. Ishiyama, has been laid-off work and they cannot afford to stay in their current home while he tries to find another job. Devastated by the idea of Yumi leaving, Ulrich gets an idea -- he plans to secretly use the “return to the past” program to buy a winning lottery ticket which he will give to Yumi’s parents. He carries out his plan and, to no one’s surprise, wins the lottery draw. But his friends realize what he has done. They know that returning to the past increases X.A.N.A.'s power. Jeremy and Yumi think that Ulrich has gone too far. How could he be so careless! Their minds are made up -- Ulrich is out of the gang. Meanwhile, X.A.N.A. uses Nicolas to launch an attack. Our heroes are in real danger. Ulrich acts just in time to save them, and earns his place back in the team.

Detailed summary
The companions fighting against XANA are worried: Yumi’s father has lost his job and is seriously considering moving back to Japan if he doesn’t find work in France… Ulrich is the most affected by the sudden announcement and tries to find a way to stop her from having to move.
The teen begins to write to the president, then abandons the crazy idea… Then, on the radio, he hears the lottery numbers… That night, the boy goes quietly to the factory without telling anyone and launches a Return to the Past. Then next day, he buys a lottery ticket, which he already knows is going to win…

But the return trip wasn’t unnoticed by the other heroes and they are determined to find out why it happened, knowing that it will help XANA become more powerful… Not participating in the investigation, Ulrich goes to give the lottery ticket to the Ishiyama family, without telling Yumi. The married couple are stupefied when they find out the ticket is the winning one. They then explain to Yumi how they got it, who quickly realises what happened…

The next day, Ulrich is strongly reprimanded by his comrades for what he did. In a joint decision, they decide to exclude him from the group… Yumi gives him the ticket back, saying her parents refused to take the money… Frustrated and disappointed, Ulrich leaves with Sissi as company.
Meanwhile, XANA takes control of Nicolas… Alerted immediately by the Superscan, Jeremy informs Odd and Aelita but not Ulrich…

After class the trio and Yumi go to the factory and Jeremy virtualises his friends, without seeing that Nicolas had followed them… The possessed boy takes the controls, knocking Jeremy unconscious. The boy then starts to type madly at the keys. On Lyoko, the situation isn’t much better: an army of more than twenty Krabes has appeared…
Following Nicolas’ modifications, the heroes are now on Lyoko as they would be on Earth: they can feel pain and lose their agility among other things… Hoping Jeremy will return, Aelita creates a wall of sand between the virtual school kids and the army of Krabes…

Ulrich finally arrives, alerted to Nicolas’ XANAfication by Herve. He confronts the possessed boy and locks him in the lift… Jeremy takes the controls again and resets the parameters, giving his comrades quite a boost… Ulrich joins them on Lyoko… The army of Krabes breaks through Aelita’s wall and place themselves between the activated Tower and their enemies…

The Lyoko Warriors get on their vehicles and launch an assault on the barricade. Their efficiency and the Krabes’ stupidity in destroying one another allows Aelita to get through to the activated Tower.
At the same instant Nicolas comes back and attacks Jeremy, deciding to finish him off for good… He shocks him with all his power. Aelita enters the Tower and the Code lyoko. Jeremy, saved, sees no reason to activate a Return to the Past.

Not long after, Ulrich is reintegrated into the group of heroes and learns that Mr Ishiyama found a job in France. He rejoices, blushing in front of Yumi who ruffles his hair. He then gives the prize money to a humanitarian association. Finally he shows a little maturity…and maybe his feelings are a little overdeveloped…

- Attack: XANAfy Nicolas to take Jeremy’s place at the console and sabotage the materialisation program.
- Virtualisations: Yumi/Aelita/Odd; Ulrich
- Visited Sector: Desert
- Enemies met: Krabes (aplenty)

- Largest number of monsters ever used at the one time.


About the characters

- First time Ulrich launches the return to the past.
- Herve and Nicolas play marbles.
- According to Yumi, her parents hate gambling.
- Yumi’s parents lived in Kyoto before coming to live in France and they think Ulrich is a sweetheart.

About errors

- When Ulrich stands up from his chair in Italian class, he pushes his chair back, and another chair can be seen in the same place as when he was sitting down, in the background art.
- The ceiling access of the lift is brown before XANA-Nicolas climbs through it.
- The door of the lift is open when XANA-Nicolas arrives at the lab, which shouldn’t be the case.
- The Krabe that tries to climb the sand wall and falls lands facing the opposite way to how it fell; its front should be facing away from the wall, not towards it.
- The colours of Odd’s pants are inversed when he asks if Yumi if she’s kidding, and at the moment when Ulrich joins them before Aelita and Jeremy guess that he was the one who launched the return trip.
- Odd and Aelita’s outfits are both reversed when they get on the Overboard after Odd says “I’ll do what I do best…chef’s surprise!”

About the series

- French title: Les jeux sont faits

- Yumi: "Could XANA have taken control of the back in time function? He’s done it before."
Yumi makes an allusion to episode 30, “A Great Day” when XANA launched several RTTPs to increase its power.
- Jeremy created a program to stop XANA from accessing the RTTP program, in response to the attack in episode 30, “A Great Day”.
- First time someone other than Jeremy launches the return to the past.
- Only use of the Krabe’s underside laser.
- Only episode in which an RTTP is used for something other than a XANA attack.
- We see James Finson’s extras from episode 8 “End of Take” when Ulrich gives the lottery ticket to the newspaper seller.
- When the Krabes form a barrier with their underside laser, we can see two rows of them. When Odd flies under them on the Overboard, there’s more than two rows… The number of rows then keeps changing, from two to three normally, then there’s an additional group of Krabes further on that keeps disappearing and reappearing.
- “Break Away” by the Subdigitals (currently Subsonics) – with lyrics instead of just instrumental music we’ve heard before – is playing just before the lottery numbers are announced on the radio in Ulrich’s room.

About references

- Odd: “Well uh, you see, if you marry Yumi, then she can get a green card!”
A green card is a permit in place in the USA allowing a foreigner to live and work permanently in the country.

- Yumi : “My father’s found work with Takahashi.”
Takahashi is a brand name that’s very popular in Japan.


Ulrich: Hey uh, what’s going on here?
Aelita: I wish I could do something, Yumi!
Yumi: That’s really nice of you, Aelita.
Ulrich: Would somebody tell me what’s going on?
Jeremy: Look, we’ll talk about it after class, ok?
Ulrich: Don’t mind me! Keep acting like I don’t exist, ok?

Ulrich: What?! Yumi’s leaving? We may never see her again, and I shouldn’t panic?!
Odd: You know what? There is an easy solution!
Ulrich: Oh yeah? What?
Odd: Well uh, you see, if you marry Yumi, then she can get a green card!
Ulrich: Very funny!
Odd: I’m just trying to lighten things up!

Yumi: My parents would never go for that. And what’s more, they need me!
Ulrich: Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?

Ulrich: I know! Why don’t we write to our congressman and ask for help?
Yumi: Sure, why not the president while you’re at it?

Ulrich (talking to the radio): Will you be quiet?! Can’t you see I’m trying to concentrate?!

Odd: He’s not in our room, I don’t know where he is!
Aelita: I get the feeling that Ulrich is taking the situation even harder than we are!
Odd: You can say that again! For Ulrich, losing Yumi is…well, imagine how you’d feel if Jeremy had to leave!
Aelita (blushing): Why do you say that?
Odd: ‘Cause I love making you blush!

Mr Ishiyama: Yes, only that he doesn’t realise we have one chance in 14 million of ever winning!

Jeremy: Hi Ulrich, you know I’m really impressed with your computer skills.
Ulrich: Who, me? You are?
Jeremy: Well you did enter the code for returning the past into the computer without making a single mistake! Well done.
Ulrich: What are…you talking about?
Yumi: Don’t waste your breath. We know it was you who set off the return to the past.
Odd: You broke rule number one, Ulrich! I can’t believe it!
Ulrich: I only did it for Yumi, so you can stay…

Jeremy: As of now, and until you hear otherwise, you’re out of the group, Ulrich.

Sissi: Hey, what’s up, Ulrich? You don’t look too good.
Ulrich: You’re right. (seeing Yumi with William) And when I see you, it gets even worse.
Sissi: Well that’ll teach me to be nice to people!

Herve: I really don’t understand what she sees in him!
Nicolas: You said it! He sure is no match for my looks or my brains!
Herve: Hmph, you think you’re handsome, huh?
Nicolas: No more than you think you’re smart!

Mr Fumet: Africa is the continent that suffers most from problems related to a shortage of water and rural areas of Africa are affected to an even greater extent, less than half of all rural zones have any access to water…
Odd: Wow! When I think how much we complain all the time!

Odd: Without Ulrich?
Jeremy: Without Ulrich!

Odd: Madame, would you do me the honour of climbing aboard my humble…board?

Yumi: Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or are there at least…twenty of them?!
Aelita: Yumi, there are no mirages on Lyoko.
Yumi: That’s what I was afraid of!
Odd: By the way, thanks for warning us, Jeremy! …Jeremy?
XANA-Nicolas: Now your wounds will become fatal! (maniacal, sadistic laugh!)
Yumi: Jeremy, was that you?! Answer me, will you?
Odd: That isn’t Jeremy, I’d recognise that laugh anywhere! It’s Nicolas!
Yumi: Nicolas? Are you sure?
Odd: Nobody else has a laugh that dumb, nobody in the whole universe!

Sissi: You’re even more handsome when you train!
Ulrich: Sissi…I think I’d rather be alone…
Sissi: Are you crazy? That’s the last thing you need when you’re feeling down! It’s just the opposite; you need your friends to be there!
Ulrich: Uh-uh, I don’t have friends anymore.
Sissi: Well what about me? What does that make me then?
(Herve arrives)
Herve: Oh, Sissi, there you are! I’ve been looking all over for you!
Sissi: Yeah? Well pretend I’m not here and keep on looking! Why don’t you go out and play with your friend Nicolas?
Herve: I-I would, but I can’t find Nicolas either! He ran off like a madman after class to follow Jeremy, Odd and the new girl! He was really spaced out…his voice sounded weird, and there was something strange about his eyes…
Ulrich: XANA!
Sissi: Why are you telling me all this? I don’t care! Can’t you see I’m with Ulrich?
Herve (seeing Ulrich has left): Well not anymore you’re not!

Ulrich: Jeremy!
XANA-Nicolas: Maybe I’m the one you’re looking for!
Ulrich: Wow, since when have you become an athlete?!

Ulrich: Jeremy! Wake up, will you? You gotta get up!
Jeremy: Hey…hi, Ulrich…how are you?
Ulrich: Jeremy, pull yourself together! I need your help!
Jeremy: Because I’m not feeling so great… (falls unconscious again)

Ulrich: Odd? Yumi? Aelita? Can you hear me? Answer me, will you?
Yumi: Ulrich, is that you?
Ulrich: Oh, great, you’re alive…
Odd: Yeah, but not in great shape…
Aelita: What about Jeremy?
Ulrich: He’s also in pretty bad shape.

Ulrich: I’m really sorry about this Jeremy, but it’s for a good cause!
(Ulrich slaps Jeremy who wakes up , jumping)
Jeremy: Ouch! What…what’s going on?

Odd: Yeah!!! We’re invincible again!

Ulrich: Hi guys, didn’t miss me too much, did you?
Yumi: Oh, just a little, yeah!
Odd: Yeah, but those guys aren’t going to keep missing us if we stick around!

Odd: Ok great, now all we have to do is cross that line of monsters. You and Yumi may as well go over the top.
Yumi: And what about you?
Odd: I’ll do what I do best…chef’s surprise!

Ulrich: He’s really lost it this time!
Yumi: No more than you have!

Jeremy: They’re never gonna make it…

Ulrich: Stop movin’ around so much! How do you expect me to help you?
Odd: Cut me some slack, ok? I’m just trying to avoid getting hit!

Jeremy: Ulrich, you’re the greatest!
Odd: Hey, what about me? Don’t I get any credit?

Yumi: I know you did it for me, Ulrich…
Ulrich: I should’ve asked you first.

Aelita: So, are you back in the group?

Yumi: Yes? Yeah, Mum, I’m listening…uh-huh…uh-huhh…alright. See you tonight. My father’s found work with Takahashi.
Ulrich: Takahashi? You mean…in Japan?
Yumi: No, silly! Right here!!


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Comment from TAFFOREAU - Posted on 01-04-2013 à 10:35


Comment from bastrouille6915 - Posted on 05-01-2013 à 21:24

Bon épisode et bon résumé de la création de la série 8-)

Comment from William_fan - Posted on 22-07-2011 à 10:48

Moi j'ai bien aimé cet épisode ! Quelle cruche cette Sissi... De l'avanture, j'adore ça ! J'adore Yumi elle est trop forte (love) VIVE CODE LYOKO ET YUMI !!!!!!!!!!!

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