A Mystic Flower That Steals Hearts! The Third Witch, Tellu

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Kaori transforms into Kaolinite
Original Episode
Name (Kanji/kana): 心を奪う妖花! 第三の魔女テルル
Name (Romaji): Kokoro wo Ubau Youka! Daisan no Majo Teruru
Name (Translated): A Mystic Flower That Steals Hearts! The Third Witch, Tellu
Name (Viz Dub): A Bewitching Flower That Steals Hearts: Tellu, the Third Witch
Episode Number: 121
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Writer: Shigeru Yanagawa
Animation Director: Taichi Nakamura
Air Date: January 14, 1995
Previous Episode: Invasion From an Alternate Dimension! The Mystery of Mugen Academy
Next Episode: Believe in Love! Ami, a Kind Hearted Senshi
English Dub Episode
Name: Fiendish Ferns
Number: 114
Company: Cloverway
Air Date: July 24, 2000
Previous Episode: Next in Line
Next Episode: The Science of Love

Tellu opens a store selling Telluns, plants designed to remove Pure Heart Crystals. Meanwhile, Hotaru wakes up, confused, in the Messiah of Silence's chamber.

Summary[edit]

After seeing Tellu literally pull the plug on Mimete, Super Sailor Moon slumps to the ground and reverts back to Sailor Moon. The Outer Senshi comment on how heartless their enemies are, but observe that they cannot afford to be idealistic, either, and must destroy the Messiah of Silence. As they leave, the other Sailor Senshi follow and beg them to find another way, but they refuse to listen. Sailor Chibi Moon tearfully calls after them that she will protect her friend, Hotaru.

The Messiah of Silence asks Professor Tomoe if he has gathered any pure hearts for her. The Professor apologizes for the delay, and the Messiah reminds him that she cannot fully awaken without them, and warns that she will not forgive anyone who gets in the way of her revival. For a moment the shadows leave her face, and Hotaru calls Chibiusa's name, but the Messiah quickly reasserts control and orders the Professor to obtain more pure hearts.

In the Witches 5 lab (now with a sign that says "Witches 3"), Tellu receives a phone call from Professor Tomoe. He tells her that he read her report and would like her to go ahead with the plan to capture pure hearts using plants, as their efforts with Daimons have not been working. When the Professor hangs up Kaori arrives, bringing him coffee. He comments that it is a shame she is wasting her talents acting as his secretary, and suggests that she return to work, as she is the only one he can trust. As he leaves, she appears overcome by emotion for a moment, then transforms into Kaolinite and disappears.

A crowd has formed around Tellu's store, where she is selling Telluns, plants which require no water or fertilizer and are on sale for only ten yen each. Setsuna happens upon the scene and, wonders aloud about this plant she has never heard of before.

Late at night, a Tellun is sitting amongst plants in a greenhouse when it begins to glow red. It absorbs the energy of all the plants around it, leaving them wilted and dead.

The next day Chibiusa runs down the sidewalk, pursued by Usagi, Luna, and Artemis. Usagi can't keep up and is forced to stop, whining about how fast the girl is going. Chibiusa had claimed she was just going on a walk, but as Usagi and the cats talk, they comment that she has been deeply concerned for Hotaru. Luna observes that Usagi's daughter is very much like her, and the two of them start arguing, but Artemis interrupts with the observation that Chibiusa appears to be heading for Mugen Academy.

Chibiusa arrives at the empty school, planning to sneak in and investigate, but Usagi catches her before she can go inside. She and the cats chide Chibiusa for going into danger, but Chibiusa says that she thinks Hotaru has been captured by the Death Busters and is probably inside of the school. She says that she wants to save her friend. Usagi kindly tells her that the others feel the same way, and she can leave it to her "big sisters" to help.

Hotaru awakens to find herself on the throne of the Messiah of Silence and, confused, wanders away while calling for Chibiusa.

Setsuna analyzes the Tellun that she'd purchased, and discovers that the plants have the ability to absorb water in the atmosphere. As she works, though, the flower bud on the plant suddenly blooms, emitting red energy that threatens to engulf her. The Garnet Rod appears and protects her, much to Setsuna's surprise.

As Hotaru walks down the street she passes Tellu's store, and Tellu gives her the last Tellun, saying that it is a flower that brings happiness. Hotaru gladly accepts, planning to give the flower to Chibiusa as a gift.

Hotaru arrives at the Tsukino residence and Chibiusa is delighted to see her friend again, and gladly accepts the Tellun. Hotaru says that a flower that brings happiness isn't meant for her because she hurts people without realizing it, because there's another self inside of her, and that's why she is afraid to make friends. She goes on to add that Chibiusa makes her feel better, but as she speaks she grows weak and slumps to the ground. When Chibiusa approaches to help, Hotaru's eyes flash red and she demands Chibiusa's Pure Heart. Realizing that her friend is in danger, Hotaru manages to regain control of her body, but just as she does Kaolinite appears to take her away. Chibiusa tries to defend her friend, but Kaolinite contemptuously knocks her away with a blast of energy and disappears with Hotaru.

The cats and Usagi are surprised by the reappearance of Kaolinite, but Chibiusa is only upset that she was unable to protect her friend. Setsuna arrives at the house and, seeing the Tellun that Chibiusa is holding, slaps it out of her hands. Chibiusa becomes upset because Hotaru brought her the plant, but Setsuna explains that once the flower on the Tellun blooms, it steals Pure Hearts. If all the flowers in town bloom at once, it could be a disaster. Setsuna tells them that they need to find the source of the flowers and destroy them, and Chibiusa declares that she will help because then she can prove Hotaru didn't have anything to do with it.

Setsuna, Usagi, and Chibiusa arrive at Tellu's shop and sneak around the back. Inside, Tellu seals up the store, trapping her current customers as the Tellun begin to bloom and extract the pure hearts from those inside the store. As Tellu gathers the crystals, the three peek through the back door and see what is going on, and transform.

The three Sailor Senshi confront Tellu, who tells them they are foolish for attacking her while surrounded by Telluns. Sailor Chibi Moon attempts to destroy the plants, but her attack does nothing. Tellu mocks her and, declaring her the weakest, attacks. Sailor Pluto jumps in the way of Tellu's attack and is trapped by her vines, but Tuxedo Mask arrives and frees her with a thrown rose. Sailor Moon transforms into Super Sailor Moon and uses Rainbow Moon Heartache to destroy the plants in the shop. The attack uses up her energy, though, and she immediately reverts to Sailor Moon form again.

Tellu is angry that her precious flowers have been destroyed, and unleashes a Hyper Tellun. This, she explains, reacts only to pure hearts, and it destroys the owner of the pure hearts that it devours. She turns away, saying that she needs to deliver the pure hearts she has already collected to the Professor, but Tuxedo Mask throws a rose that knocks them from her hands and frees them. The Hyper Tellun reacts to the sudden appearance of the pure hearts and attacks Tellu. Though she tries to fight back, she and the Hyper Tellun are both destroyed.

Sailor Moon finds a student handbook from Mugen Academy on the ground where Tellu had been, which only makes her more certain that the school is suspicious. Sailor Chibi Moon rushes over to Sailor Pluto and apologizes because it was her fault the other Senshi was injured. She adds that she still believes in Hotaru, however, and knows she couldn't have anything to do with this.

Episode trivia[edit]

  • Tellu made her final appearance in this episode.
  • Although Mimete died in the previous episode, she appeared again in a flashback in this episode.
  • This episode was based loosely on Act 31 of the manga.
  • When Usagi transformed into Sailor Moon, the heart in the background of her ending pose was missing the usual ornamentation.

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