Season 1 Episode 6

First Duel

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 03, 2001 on The WB
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When Joey accepts a duel with Mai, the girl from the boat, his cocky attitude vanishes after just the first move; because Mai makes it without even looking at what card it was she played! Forgetting everything he's learned about the game, Joey plays without thinking, because his mind is stuck on figuring out how Mai plays without looking. Yugi tries to help as much as he can but Joey still can't think of a way to beat Mai's Harpie Lady's.moreless

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  • Another great episode!

    In this episode First Duel,it was Joey's first real duel...against none other than Mai Valentine!! Mai pretend to have psychic abilities. She summons cards without looking at them..which sort of freaks Joey out and instead of concentrating on the duel...he started wondering how Mai did that...but Yugi tells joey to concentrate..Joey closes his eyes to concentrate and find out how Mai is doing this..then he smells perfume scent..he realizez that Mai sprayed each of her cards with different perfumes...(how cud any1 have dat much perfume???)...Joey figures that out and wen he tells Mai...at first she cudn't belive that he of all ppl figured that out...she then says it doesn't really matter cuz she's still gonna win...Joey's gets time wizard soon and turns all of Mai's Harpies into old ppl...he makes thousand dragon and uses it to win!!!!But Mai is still in the tournament becauses she only lost one starchip...:(..oh well...Another great episode!!!moreless
  • Horible

    As the duel between Yugi and Weevil continues, Mai has arrived to watch the rest of the match, hoping to see Weevil pull off a comeback in spectacular style. However as she argues with Téa over who is going to win, Yugi seems unimpressed by Weevil\\\'s bragging.

    As Weevil plays a monster face down in defence mode, Yugi remembers that he still has a trap card in play and sees that Weevil is trying to lure Yugi into activating it. However Yugi is not so foolish and, playing Monster Recovery, returns all the monsters on his side of the field before playing Kuriboh in attack mode. Attacking Weevil\\\'s monster, Yugi activates the trap, destroying his Kuriboh and reducing his life points to 1050, but saving his other monsters from being destroyed in the process. However as Weevil reveals his monster to be the Larvae Moth, he seals it inside a Cocoon of Evolution. Trapped inside the cocoon, the Moth will begin to evolve over the next five turns until it becomes the Ultimate Great Moth. Weevil challenges Yugi to try and destroy the cocoon, but with the added strength of the field power bonus the cocoon seems indestructible. Playing Gaia, the Fierce Knight, onto the field Yugi attacks the cocoon, but the attack is deflected, reducing his life points to 750. His friends begin to cheer him on from the sidelines, but Mai tells them not to waste their breath, as Weevil is famous for using the Cocoon of Evolution and nobody has ever managed to destroy it. With four turns to go until the Moth is fully evolved, Yugi plays the Beaver Warrior in defence mode.

    As Joey cheers on from the sidelines, he tells Yugi to get fired up and, although only a figure of speech, the suggestion gives Yugi an idea. Playing the Curse of Dragon, he equips it with the Burning Land magic card before attacking the forest arena around the cocoon. With the forest burnt down, the cocoon loses its field power bonus, making it weak enough to destroy. Attacking the cocoon with Gaia, Yugi cracks it open, preventing the Moth from evolving fully. However the Moth has still reached the fourth stage of the evolution, making it stronger than it had been before entering the cocoon. And as it takes flight, Yugi realises that the only monster that he can use to attack it is his Curse of Dragon. As the moth destroys Yugi\\\'s Beaver Warrior, Yugi uses the Polymerisation card to fuse together Gaia and the Curse of Dragon to produce Gaia, the Dragon Champion.

    However as his Dragon Champion prepares to attack, Yugi realises that its DEF is getting lower because of the poison spores released by Weevil\\\'s moth when it attacked. Playing Makiou, the Magical Mist, Yugi washes the spores away, but the damage has already been done. As Weevil\\\'s attack destroys the Dragon Champion, Yugi\\\'s life points fall to 50.

    Back on the sidelines, Mai and Téa are still arguing, but as Mai insists that there is no way for Yugi to win, Téa asks her why Yugi is grinning. Yugi answers their question by warning Weevil that cheaters never win and, playing the Summoned Skull, he proves his point. Although Yugi\\\'s Skull is weaker than Weevil\\\'s Moth, the field is still wet from the magical mist. The Summoned Skull has an electrical attack, meaning that it will be more powerful as the water will conduct it. As Weevil and Mai watch on amazed, Yugi destroys Weevil\\\'s moth, reducing his life points to 0. As an impressed Mai looks on, Yugi tells Weevil that he is nothing more than a cheat and that he doesn\\\'t deserve his title of Regional Champion. As Yugi takes Weevil\\\'s star chips, Joey claims the duelling glove for his own. But with both duellists still in need of many more star chips, the road to Pegasus\\\'s castle looks set to be a long one.moreless
  • In this episode Joey accepts a duel with Mai. When Mai tricks him in to believing she is psychic Joey loses it! He can't concentrate but he comes through when his time wizzard comes. He uses it and gets his baby dragon into thousand eyes dragon and wins!moreless

    Joey wins the duel! Yeah! Mai's harpie lady's get their attack reduced to 0 with their oldness. He finally gets a star chip and I think he is getting to become a better duelist. Even though Yugi helps him through the way I am so happy Joey won. Now he might have more confidence in himself as a person and a duelists. What I did not like about this episode is the harpie lady and elegant egotist effect was overpowerful. It only summons the harpie lady sisters in 1 monster and doesn't keep multiplying. Overall it was a pretty good episode!!!!!moreless
  • Mai was what saved this episode

    Mai was what saved this episode because she was a bombshell hottie but that is about it. still the show teachs bad ideas for the youth and such. really did young kids need to see mai's cleavsaage. I dont think so. I mean its a nice thing for some of the older viewers like me but really little kids dont need exposure to that yet. Next look at how mai was cheating. Agsin thst sets s bad example for kids. Sadly also look at how Mai was insulting joey. Poor sportsmanship example right there. i only watched this one cause Mai was in itmoreless
  • Mai challeneges Joey to a duel, counting on an easy win because Joey's such a newbie. But he's a newbie with someone to fight for!

    One of my ten favorite Yugioh episodes of all time. Also my first episode of Yugioh. This duel eventually leads to the most obvious of all non-canon relationships in Yugioh. Of course, it doesn't get obvious for about 74 more episodes, but that's a good thing. Instead of just rushing in, we get to see a relationship develop for 92 episodes before it is fully realized.

    Anyway, back to this episode. Mai challenges Joey to a duel because he's such a beginner. She dominates the first half of the duel by pretending to be psychic. Joey thinks he's going to lose, but Yugi helps him. (In the Japanese, Yugi says "What can be seen (or "shown", depending on your translation) but not seen?" This goes back to the very first chapter of the manga, when Jonouchi and Yugi first become friends. At that time, Jonouchi's answer to the question was friendship.) Joey figures out that Mai sprayed her cards with differnt perfumes, so she can tell what they are when they're facedown. (Which answers the question. You can see the card, but you can't see the perfume.) Joey goes on to win with a Time Wizard/Baby Dragon combo.

    (In the Japanese, he then presents the question to Mai: "What can be seen but not seen?" Her answer comes later in the season when she duels Yugi.)

    This is truly a series clasic, even in the sub-par dub.moreless

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