This is a synopsis of
23: Shining Friendship.
Yugi lost the battle between Kaiba and his Blue Eyes
Ultimate Dragon. Yugi’s other half, the spirit of the
Millenium Puzzle, ordered an attack that might have caused
Kaiba’s death. It took al Yugi’s strength to assume full
control. Yugi is now so afraid of what this spirit might
do to the others, he vows to never duel again!
The other try to cheer Yugi up, and Joey even offers Yugi
his own star chips so that Yugi might enter the castle to
save his grandpa. Yugi does not say anything. Mai then
shows up, offering to repay the debt she owes Yugi (see
episode #13, Panik Attack) by giving him new star chips.
Yugi still does not speak, afraid to duel. Mai becomes
angry and challenges Yugi to duel her for the star chips.
Suddenly, Tea steps in. She agrees to duel Mai, for Yugi’s
sake. The two girls enter an arena. Yugi stands on the
sidelines, looking miserable. Tea plays Petit Angel, in
Attack Mode. Mai plays Harpie Lady (no surprise there) and
destroys the Angel. Tea then summons Fairy’s Gift, since
it’s attack power is stronger than the Harpie. But Mai
the Rose Whip magic card,
destroying the Fairy’s Gift. Tea then draws the monster
Shining Friendship, which she hopes can be as strong as
their real friendship. Mai laughs at the card and attacks.
But Tea uses the trap card Waboku, reducing the Harpies
attack to 0 for one turn. Tea then draws her favorite
monster-Magician of Faith, and place it in defense mode,
face-down. She also equips Shining Friendship with the
Silver Bow and Arrow, raising it’s power by 300 points.
Mai equips her Harpie with Cyber Shield, and then
activates her De-Spell magic card, removing the Bow and
Arrow. Harpie Lady then destroys the defending Magician of
Faith. Since the Magician was destroyed, Tea can recover
the Silver Bow and Arrow from the Graveyard. Tea then
works out a combo: She equips the Silver Bow and Arrow
once again, and then plays the Elf’s Light magic card.
Shining Friendship’s Attack is now at 2000. Lastly, Tea
uses her own De-Spell card to remove the Harpie’s Cyber
Shield. Harpie Lady is destroyed! Mai consideres using the
facedown card she has on the field, but surrenders, saying
there is no point in continuing now that her Harpie Lady
is gone. Yugi runs over to Mai, and asks her about that
facedown card. Mai simply remarks that some cards are not
worth playing. Tea holds out the star chips she won, and
Yugi happily accepts them, thanking Tea for giving him the
courage to deal with his fears. Yugi states that he WILL
duel again! The reunited group then rushes up the castle
stairs, eager to finally face Pegasus. - Pete Watson