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|XANA attack method||Impersonating Franz Hopper and tricking Aelita into entering a Simulation Bubble on Lyoko with the ultimate goal of having her fall into the Digital Sea.|
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The episode begins with a dream of Aelita's of her family at their old Mountain Cabin with Aelita building a snowman while her parents are watching her from a distance. Aelita is then attacked by a wolf, while the Men In Black take Mrs. Hopper away. Aelita is then seen chasing the van, but falling in the snow, crying for her mother.
Aelita tells the gang about the dream. They have to leave for vacation. Aelita stays at Kadic, as she has no home and she's the only one that has to keep watch of a possible XANA attack. As the gang talk about their families on winter break, they eventually leave each others sides to be with their families (with Ulrich and Odd wishing that they could stay at Kadic due to strains with their families). On the way home, Ulrich's father berates him on his poor grades, and says "I see you're still hanging around with that gang of good-for-nothings." which Ulrich responds to with "I see you forgot to take your happy pill today." Jeremie's father tells him that his friends seem nice and said that Aelita was very pretty and that she likes him, on which Jeremie blushes upon.
Back at Kadic, Aelita flashes back to when she was given Mister Pück. The scene then changes to Jeremie and his father, having a short conversation after Jeremie's father noticing that Jeremie was rather quiet on their way home. Ulrich's father continues to blather on to him about his grades, while Ulrich, not paying attention, is instead focusing on a girl doing silly face impressions in the car besides them. Ulrich laughs at her facial impressions, and Ulrich's father, thinking that he was laughing because of his abysmal grades, berates him on it.
Aelita is reading a book, probably her book on Norse Myths and Legends, but is distracted by "12 Variations" suddenly playing on her computer. Aelita gets up to investigate, but a message box pops up from her father. Aelita then learns that her father is on Lyoko, in the Ice Sector, but the computer gets somewhat fuzzed before Aelita gets the chance to ask why. Aelita then leaves to the factory, to continue talking with him on the supercomputer after realizing that she could continue talking to him there. Back at the Ishiyama household, Yumi tries to call her friends to check up on them, but is promptly stopped by her mother, who insists that they get some cleaning done, commenting that her father doesn't clean up the house anyway. Yumi regretfully gives in, and gets up to start cleaning.
Back at the factory, Aelita has just arrived and some to the supercomputer to find a message her father had left for her on the supercomputer interface. Aelita is sent the coordinates to a simulation bubble located in the Ice Sector. Aelita then programs a self-virtualization program, and virtualizes onto Lyoko, finding the said simulation bubble a short distance away. She enters the simulation bubble, and finds herself in a replica of the Mountain Cabin. She enters the cabin, and finds Franz playing "12 Variations" on the piano. Franz, realizing her presence, turns around, and then two have a tearful reunion, acknowledging that they have a lot to talk about.
Jeremie calls Yumi's cell telling her to go check on Aelita because she isn't answering her phone. When Yumi goes to check on Aelita at Kadic in her dorm, she realizes that she isn't there. When Yumi takes a peek at Aelita's computer, it is revealed to her that Franz Hopper apparently had asked her, in the chat room they were in, to go see him on Lyoko. Ulrich and his family are caught in traffic, which is a problem, because the gang needs to check on Aelita, and because she isn't answering her phone. Ulrich leaves the car saying that he will get there faster by walking. Meanwhile Franz tells Aelita how to materialize William but when Aelita tells him about the Skidbladnir and figures out that its all a trick by XANA because he says "What a funny name", because the name Skidbladnir is in the book of viking legends that the actual Franz would read to her to get her to sleep and hasn't simulated Mrs. Hopper in the bubble. After Aelita discovers XANA's plot, Aelita tries to leave, only to find William waiting outside.
Jeremie gets the gang to Lyoko to try to save Aelita, but Tarantulas try to stop them. In the simulation bubble, Aelita manages to free herself from William's grasp, and leaves the house, but William sends the false Franz Hopper after her. Franz Hopper pursues her, with William following behind. Franz Hopper later turns himself into a wolf during the chase. William later corners Aelita with a wolf, but Aelita uses her Creativity to destroy the bubble. A Blok then devirtualize Yumi as they were about to go on their vehicles.
William corners Aelita again (but this time with the Blok and some Mantas). Aelita tries to get out of the situation by activating her wings and flying out of there while William is distracted by the approaching Odd and Ulrich, but the Blok shoots her down. William uses his smoke restraints, and throws her into the Void. Infuriated, Ulrich attacks William,throwing one of his sabers at William. William, however, uses his own sword to deflect Ulrich's sword back at him, turns, and walks to the edge where Aelita fell in.
The gang puzzle over what William was doing, Ulrich stating that "he looks like he's waiting for something". After a few moments, sphere-like creature comes out of the Void, and rises to the surface of Lyoko. William and the Bloks try to destroy it, the Bloks firing laser after laser at it. Jeremie reveals that the sphere was actually Franz Hopper, and that they must protect him. Odd goes after the Bloks to help Franz, while Ulrich takes on William.
During the battle, as he is being hit by a barrage of lasers, Franz drops Aelita off while Ulrich is devirtualized by William, who quickly devirtualizes Odd with a slash of energy from his sword. Aelita tries destroying the remaining Blok with an energy field, but she misses, and the Blok freezes one of her feet. William materializes there, and is about to deliver the finishing blow to Franz, but Aelita stops him from doing that by hitting him with an energy field. Franz Hopper escapes by going back into the void, as Aelita had told him to, in a moment of desperation. Infuriated, William uses his sword to devirtualize Aelita with an energy wave.
Jeremie then explains what just happened was that XANA requires to throw Aelita into the digital sea in order to draw out Hopper. The gang trades presents with each other, and enjoy the presents given to each other except for Ulrich and Yumi, the former stating "In Japan, you do not open your present in front of the person who gave it to you". With that said, both blush as they remember the gift Ulrich gave to Yumi on the bridge in Lab Rat. After that, Jeremie then offers to take Aelita with him home, and the episode ends with Aelita reminiscing on when she was being saved by her father on Lyoko.
- The boy wearing a red coat from Saint Valentine's Day can be seen during the traffic scene with Ulrich and his parents. Here, he is driving a truck.
- Just as William appears as human form in the Simulation Bubble, a Blok also takes the guise of the human Franz Hopper and later turns into a wolf that pursues Aelita.
- While bidding farewell to Ulrich, Odd states, "May the Force be with you", a reference to the Star Wars film series.
- This marks the only time William is able to successfully throw Aelita into the digital sea. We also see Franz Hopper's Lyoko form for the first time in this episode.
- When describing the Simulation Bubble to Yumi, Jeremie calls it, "a sort of Ghost Channel," referencing the title and premise of Episode 24.
- This is the episode where we find out that Odd has five sisters- Adele, Elizabeth, Louise, Marie, and Pauline.
- Aelita revealed that Franz Hopper is a perfectionist.
- In this episode, there was an error in Aelita's wardrobe. When she entered the scanner for the first time in her flashback, she was wearing her Season 4 outfit when she should have been wearing her Season 1 outfit.
A Lack of Goodwill
|Code: LYOKO episode|
Air date 9/29/07