Pokémon/Season 15

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This is a list of episodes in Pokémon: Black and White Rival Destinies, the fifteenth season of the Pokémon animated series.

Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!

Cilan: [reading note near the Gym entrance] I regret I'll be away for the fashion show.
Bianca: I was just reading something about that. [flips through her magazine] Here it is, it's close by! Awww...let's go! It's a chance to see Elesa in her very own fashion show! Wow! [dashes off to the fashion show]
Iris: Well, what about you?
Ash: Well, without a Gym Leader, I guess I'm stuck.
Cilan: I know! Why don't we go too? Learning about a Gym Leader before you battle might be good thing.
Ash: Yeah, you're right!

[As Elesa is showing off her new outfits on the runway...]
Bianca: Awesome...
Ash: Yeah...
Pikachu: Pikachu! [Indeed]
[At this point, Elesa turns her attention to Ash and pals.]
Elesa: Huh? I'm tingling all over! [She leaps off the runway and meets the heroes face to face.]
Ash: Whoa!
Elesa: A Pikachu! Never seen one up close! Wow, you shine like the sun! Is this your Pikachu?

Iris: Since Ash lost, does that mean he has to go back to Pallet Town?

Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!

[Ash's Palpitoad loses against Elesa's Emolga]
Ash: [horrified] You can't be serious! I was going to win every battle with you! [sadly recalls Palpitoad]
Iris: [baffled] Ash's strategy was just Palpitoad?
Cilan: Well, if I have to guess, yes.

Elesa: Attract, won't you? [Her Emolga complies]
Ash: Snivy, counter with Attract! [His Snivy also does so...wait a second...]
Cilan: An Attract Battle?!
Iris: Isn't Snivy a girl?!

[Both Snivy and Emolga's Attract cancel each other out as they are both females!]
Ash: Attract didn't work!
Elesa: [surprised] You're right! By any chance, does your Snivy happen to be a female?
Ash: [looking completely embarrassed] Argh, of course! I totally forgot!!
[Cut to Iris, Cilan, Pikachu and Axew with disbelieving expressions and face-fault.]
Iris [eyebrow twitching]: How many times will it take for Ash to learn that Attract doesn't work between girls!?
Cilan: Good question, although this is Ash after all!
[Pikachu and Axew sitting with their backs against each other, sweatdropping]
Pikachu: Pika-Pikachu... [My trainer is an idiot!]
Axew: Axew...[Agreed...]
[It gets worse...]
Ash: So who cares? Electric-type moves aren't very effective on Grass type Pokemon anyway.
Elesa [smiling indulgently]: I think you've forgotten something, Ash.
Ash: Huh?
Elesa: Emolga may be an Electric-type, but remember it's a Flying-type as well.
Ash: That's right! Flying-type moves are super effective against Grass-types...[freaks out immediately] OH MAN, SNIVY'S A GRASS-TYPE POKÉMON!! [Really Ash? How can you screw up this BAD?!]

Ash: You got any ideas?
Pikachu: PIKA! PIKACHU! [YES! USE ME FOR THE FIGHT!] Pi...[Well?!]

Elesa: [recalls Emolga] Emolga, you were brilliant...like the sun. [To Ash and Pikachu] You two are shining bright! So bright that I can hardly look straight at you both, like a million shooting stars. So if that's the case, I'll just have to make sure we shine a million times brighter than you!

Elesa: [sees Pikachu climbing out of the hole trap her Tynamo put him in] There's that sparkle again!

Lost at the Stamp Rally!


Ash Versus The Champion!

Trip: Alder! It's me!
Alder: You? Well, I'll be!
Trip: We only met once when I was a kid! I can't believe you still remember me.

Ash: Hi! I'm Ash Ketchum. Will you have a battle with me?
Trip: WHAT?!
[Ash and Trip struggle on who will battle Alder first]
Alder: The price of things. Now, just relax. I'll battle both of you!

A Maractus Musical


The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck!

[One day, some Pidove are flying in the sky as the camera pans down on a Pokémon Centre]
Narrator: En route to Ash's next gym battle challenge in Driftveil City, our heroes have stopped at a Pokémon Centre for a bit of rest.
[Inside the Pokémon Centre, Ash is petting Pikachu]
Pikachu: Pika! (Squeals contentedly) Pikachuuu.
Iris: Pikachu loves that.
Axew: Axew!
Cilan: True. It's a pleasure to witness a perfect match between Trainer and Pokémon.
Ash: Okay. (Touches the zip on his backpack)
Pikachu: Pika! Pika-ee, pika-oo.
Ash: Huh? You want more? Okay, buddy. You asked for it. (He laughs as he tickles Pikachu on the head)
Pikachu: Pika!
Ash: How's that? Gotcha! Gotcha! Gotcha!
Robert: (pointing to Pikachu) Check that out.
Ash: Uh. (Sees Robert) Huh?
[A photographer named Robert has arrived]
Robert: Tell me, is that your Pokémon?
Ash: Yeah.
Robert: Can I take a picture?
Ash: Yeah, sure.
Robert: Great, thanks. (Takes some photographs of Pikachu with his camera) Perfect. Amazing. It's a real Pikachu.
Ash, Iris & Cilan: Huh?
Robert: Priceless. (The camera cuts to Ash and then pans down to Pikachu) Uh... Awesome.
Pikachu: Pika?
Robert: There. The perfect shot. (Takes another photo of Pikachu)

Scraggy and the Demanding Gothita!

Ash: My name is Ash.
Iris: And I'm Iris.
Cilan: And my name's Cilan.
Katharine: My name's Katharine. Gothita and I are travelling together on a Gym Battle journey.
Gothita: Goth? Goth! [Really? Oh, right!] [runs around behind Katharine and pulls out her Unova Gym Badge case from her bag.] Gothita! [Behold our progress!] [The two badges shown are the Basic Badge and the Insect Badge. Katharine must have defeated Lenora and Burgh off-camera.]
Ash: You've got two Gym Badges! Cool!
Iris: That's great!
Katharine: Thanks alot. Are you on a journey for Gym Badges too?
Ash: I sure am!
Katharine: So, how many do you have?
Ash: [whips out his badge case and shows off his four Gym Badges] See, I've got four of them.
Katharine: Awesome! That's two more than I have.

Ash: Hey Katharine, are you on your way to Nimbasa City?
Katharine: Yeah, Gothita is a huge fan of Elesa.
Cilan: She's incredible.
Katharine: You've met her? [Are you serious?! Did you not see Ash's Bolt Badge?!]
Ash: I challenged Elesa at the Nimbasa Gym and won the Bolt Badge from her.
Katharine: I'm jealous.

[Gothita uses her Psychic to summon Katharine]
Katharine: What is it, Gothita?
Gothita: Goth-Gothita! [I want Scraggy on our team!] [Katharine is still confused, so Gothita impersonates Scraggy]
Katharine: Do you like Scraggy?
Gothita: Gothita! [That's right!]
Katharine: What do you want?
Gothita: Goth-goth! [We should trade one of our members for Scraggy.]
Katharine: Do you mean you want to trade one of my other Pokémon?
Gothita: Gothita! [You got it!]
[Both Katharine and Gothita go to Ash]
Katharine: Excuse me, Ash? It looks like Gothita has taken a real liking to your Scraggy. [Ash gets confused] It's true. So, would you be willing to trade Scraggy for one of my Pokémon? [Here, we go again...]
Gothita: Gothita! [Please say yes!]
Ash: A trade? [Everyone else is shocked minus Scraggy who is busy eating.]
Katharine: Come out, gang! [summons her Mandibuzz, Darumaka, and Deerling.] You can have your pick from any one of these wonderful Pokémon.
Gothita: Gothita! [Choose wisely!]
Katharine: So, who will it be?
Ash: I'm not making any trade. I wanna raise the Pokémon I already have and help them get stronger.
Iris: Course he does!
Katharine: Now what do we do? We've been turned down.
Gothita: Goth! Goth! Gothita! [We fight for Scraggy and it will be ours should we win!]
Katharine: Oh, you mean you want to have a Pokémon battle with them and if we win, they'll trade. [to Ash] Come on, Ash, please? Gothita can be so stubborn once it makes its mind up, so if we battle and I win, will you trade with me, please?
Ash: I told you, no! Besides, Scraggy doesn't have that much battle experience. [And you wonder why he failed to become a Scrafty.]
Katharine: You don't have to use Scraggy. As far as I'm concerned, you can choose any Pokémon you want.
Ash: Uhhh...no thanks, I'll pass on that. [Gothita gets annoyed. One glare is enough to have Katharine act rude towards Ash]
Katharine: I see. I guess that means you don't think you can beat me.
Ash: WHAT?! That's not it!
Katharine: Say what you want, you're just afraid of losing.
Ash: Yeah, you're wrong!
Katharine: And you call yourself a Pokémon trainer, do you? Turning down an innocent Pokémon battle challenge. Pathetic, isn't it, Gothita? [Gothita agrees. Don't try to imitate Paul, Katharine.] You know what? I bet your badges are all fakes and you made them yourself, didn't you, Ash? It's okay, you can admit it.
Ash: I did not! I earned each and every one of them with my Pokémon battling hard!
Katharine: In that case, why don't you relax and accept my battle challenge? After all, you've got four whole badges! [And yet, you have two!]
Ash: Alright then! I'll battle with you!

Gothita: Goth! Gothita! [Mandibuzz, you're up for the battle!]
Katharine: So, you want me to battle with Mandibuzz?

[With Mandibuzz defeated...]
Cilan: Mandibuzz is unable to battle! Tepig wins and the match goes to Ash!
Ash: Tepig, you did it!
Tepig: Tep. [No big deal.]
Katharine: Oh no, we lost!
Gothita: Goth Goth Gothita Goth! [This is your fault for making Mandibuzz lose!]

[Gothita loses the match to Snivy]
Katharine: Gothita, are you alright?
Gothita: [throws a temper tantrum and stomping the ground repeatedly with one foot] GOTH! GOTH! GOTH! GOTH! GOTH! GOTH! GOTH! GOTH! [THAT'S NOT FAIR! I SHOULD HAVE WON THIS MATCH!]
Snivy: Snivy. [In your face, you brat.]
[Gothita gets shocked and runs off crying]
Katharine: [runs after Gothita] Gothita, come back! [turns around to Ash and pals] Bye! Thanks for everything and take care of yourselves!

The Lonely Deino!

[One day, Ash and Cilan are starting a practice battle with Swadloon and Stunfisk respectively. Iris, Axew and Pikachu are watching the battle from a nearby tree stump]
Narrator: As our heroes make their way to the Driftveil City Gym and Ash's next Gym Battle, Ash has enlisted Cilan for a practice battle.
Ash: Okay, Cilan, we'll make the first move.
Cilan: Ready when you are.
Ash: Now, Swadloon, String Shot!
[But just as Swadloon uses its String Shot attack, Iris, Axew and Pikachu get blasted out of their tree stump seat. Ash catches Pikachu]
Ash: Ah, Pikachu!
[Cilan catches Axew]
Cilan: You OK?
[Iris lands in front of Ash and looks behind]
Iris: Huh?
Cilan: What's going on?
[A Deino pops its head out of the rubble]
Deino 1: Deino!
Iris: A Deino! Wow, so cute.

[The title card comes up]
Ash: (voiceover) The Lonely Deino!
[Ash scans the Deino that has just appeared]
Ash's Pokédex: Deino, the Irate Pokémon. Because Deino never stops biting anything it can, it is dangerous to approach without taking precautions.
Deino 1: Deino! (Runs off and crashes through some rocks)
Iris: Deino's a Dragon-Type, so leave it to me. (Approaches Deino) Deino, hi!
Deino 1: Deino! (Uses Headbutt on Iris who then lands on Axew)
Ash: Iris.
Pikachu: Pika!
Cilan: (off camera) Oh!
Ash: Huh? (Sees two more Deinos eating the group's lunch) Not another Deino.
Cilan: Oh, they're gobbling up all our food!
Ash: (crossly) Nothing ticks me off more than stealing my food!
[Pikachu lunges at the two Deinos but the Deinos run away. Then, one of them bounces on him]
Deino 2: Deino.
Ash: Use String Shot, Swadloon, and catch those Deino quick!
Swadloon: Swadloon! (Uses String Shot, but it misses the two Deinos, one of which uses Headbutt on Ash)
Deino 2: Deino!
Ash: Ah!
Cilan: You just calm down! (Tries to catch the other Deino but fails)
[Meanwhile, the other Deino that Cilan tried to stop jumps on Stunfisk, making it blubber. Then, the two Deino hide in a bush and giggle]
Iris: Interesting! You want me to catch you, right? Okay.
Axew: Axew!
[Ash and Pikachu get in Iris' way]
Ash: I want to catch one, too. Don't be selfish.
Pikachu: Pika!
Iris: Come on! This was my idea. What a kid.

The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue


A Call for Brotherly Love!


Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1

[It is nighttime on Milos Island, and in Lewis' cabin, Lewis' Lilligant is poorly whimpering in her sleep. Lewis, Cilan, Iris and Ash are sitting at the table looking at her]
Cilan: Is that a Lilligant?
Lewis: Yes, it is.
[Ash scans Lilligant with his Pokédex]
Ash's Pokédex: Lilligant, the Flowering Pokémon. The beautiful flower on Lilligant's head gives off a relaxing fragrance, although getting it to bloom can be difficult even for a veteran Trainer.
Lewis: Well, you see, in the past, Lilligant has always helped me out while I search the forest for Revival Herbs, but then Lilligant started getting sick. And Lilligant's not the only one. (The camera cuts to the outside of Lewis' lodge) There's a group of Cottonee that always fly above the fields here. They've gotten sick as well.
Cilan: But do you have any idea why?
Lewis: No, I wish I did.
Cilan: Lilligant and Cottonee are both grass-type Pokémon.
Lewis: Yeah, it's possible that the land itself is somehow sick. That could be affecting them.
Ash: Why not use Revival Herbs?
Lewis: Because I can't find any. Without Lilligant, it's next to impossible and the Revival Herbs I do find are dried out. I'm sorry you came all this way for nothing.
Ash: Don't worry.
Iris: Do you have any idea why Revival Herbs only grow on this island?
Lewis: Mm-hm. Well, it's kind of a long story, but I'll give it a shot. (Goes over to the shelf behind him) It's an ancient legend of Milos Island.
Iris: And why it's called the Island of Legends.
Lewis: That's right. (He shows Ash and his friends an ancient picture) It all started long ago. There's the legend of Landorus, the Abundance Pokémon. In ancient times, Landorus got caught in the middle of a battle between Savage Thundurus, the Bolt Strike Pokémon, and fierce Tornadus, the Cyclone Pokémon. So, Landorus came between them to try to stop their fighting, but Landorus was horribly wounded as a result. Then the inhabitants of the island used some Revival Herbs to heal Landorus' wounds. After regaining its strength, Landorus drove the battling Thundurus and Tornadus away. To thank the people who healed it, Landorus transformed the land into a fertile paradise. At least, that's how the legend goes.
Ash & Iris: Oh!
Lewis: There's always been an abundance of Revival Herbs since then.
Cilan: So that's why.
Lewis: But with this, if things don't change, Lilligant and Cottonee will get weaker while the whole forest dries up.
Ash: No way!
Lewis: We need it to rain, so, tomorrow, we're having a rain-making ceremony.
Iris: Huh?
Ash: Rain-making ceremony?
Cilan: And that will make it rain?
Lewis: Of course.
Iris: Amazing. This really is the Island of Legends!

Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2


Battling the King of the Mines!

[Clay summons Krokorok into the battle]
Ash: Krokorok, huh?
Pikachu: Pika-Pikachu! [Ready when you are!]
Ash: Hold on Pikachu. We got a problem. Krokorok is a Ground-type. Your Electric type moves won't be effective against it!
Pikachu: Pikaa....[Awwww....]

[Ash's Snivy effortlessly stomps out Clay's Palpitoad, much to Clay's fury]
Clay: WHY YOU LITTLE WHIPPERSNAPPER PIPSQUEAK! Palpitoad return! [furiously recalls Palpitoad] You're really starting to make me mad and I don't like that! If there's one thing that I will not tolerate, it's an unfair battle!
Ash: Unfair?! What are you talking about?! That was just my strategy.
Clay: STRATEGY?! A young whippersnapper like you should forget about strategy and attack head on like a real man!

Ash: My goal is to become a Pokemon Master. I'm not about to give up now.
Clay: You still don't get it, kid. [shows off his pickaxe to Ash] Take a look at this pickaxe. I started digging this mine with it along with Excadrill back when I was a young whippersnapper about your age. And now look how big it is. But you think that you're all ready to become a Pokemon master lickety-split. I used this pickaxe to dig every square inch of this mine which earned me the title, King of the Mines! So my job is to show you how tough the road to the top really is, see? [Note: In other words, there are no shortcuts in life, hard work is how you can get to the top]

Crisis at Chargestone Cave!


Evolution Exchange Excitement!


Explorers of the Hero's Ruin!


Battling the Bully

Ash: You'll be a trainer before you know it. Take it from me.
Mick: Cool! I'm gonna travel all over the world and catch lots of Pokémon, and then I'm gonna make them all my friends.
Ash: Don't forget, this is what's important! [places his hand over Mick's heart]
Mick: Hmm?
Ash: It's your heart, for sure!
Mick: Yeah?
Ash: You bet. It doesn't matter if you're catching Pokémon or battling: Making sure you do it all with your heart is the most important thing of all.

[After losing to a Pokémon battle to Mick, fair and square]
Glenn: Look, Punk! I don't remember telling you you could beat me.
Mick: But all I was doing was battling the best that I know how.
Glenn: THAT'S WHAT I MEAN!! [raises his fist to punch Mick]
Mick: Ohh! [covers his face]
[Ash's hand grabs Glenn's wrist before he lands a punch.]
Ash: HEY!
Glenn: Huh?
[Iris and Cilan look on with a look of shock, seeing the serious angry side of Ash.]

Baffling the Bouffalant

Iris: [To Tepig and Oshawott] We wouldn't be in this mess if you two hadn't started fighting!
Tepig: Tepig-Tepig-Tepig! [Oshawott was the one who started it first!]
Oshawott: Oshawott-Osha! [No, it was Tepig!]
Iris: Stop it! You both had better hope Axew's OK!
Snivy: Vy-Snivy-Snivy! [Pull yourselves together!]

Cilan Takes Flight!

Cilan: Of all the ridiculous... STOP THIS!!!
[Cilan angrily stomps off towards Skyla]
Iris: Cilan!
[Ash heads off with Cilan as well]

Skyla: Thanks! I think I can squeeze in a quick flight.
Ash & Cilan: SKYLA!!!
Skyla: What's wrong?
[Ash & Cilan furiously march towards Skyla]

Skyla: I'm not getting any complaints! If I know the results, then why bother going to all that trouble? And besides, sweaty battles are so yesterday. Later, Grandpa!

An Amazing Aerial Battle!


Climbing the Tower of Success!


The Clubsplosion Begins!


Search for the Clubultimate!

[The title card comes up]
Ash: (voiceover) Search for the Clubultimate!
[The camera zooms out of the battlefield at the Clubsplosion stadium in Ambiga Town, where Burgundy is battling against Iris]]
Burgundy: Maintenant, it's Evaluation time, s'il vous plait. (Points to her opponent) It is my duty as a Pokémon connoisseusse to offer a cool and elegant move pour vous. Attention, Dewott, Ice Beam!
Burgundy's Dewott: Dewott! [Here comes Ice Beam!] (Uses Ice Beam)
[Georgia, Cilan and Ash are watching the battle from outside the battlefield]
Ash: They're using Ice Beam! When did they learn that?
Iris: Dodge it, Excadrill.
[Excadrill dodges every Ice Beam attack by jumping as ice sculptures are formed]
Burgundy: Third time's the charm.
Burgundy's Dewott: Wott! [Dodge this!] (Uses Ice Beam which uses Excadrill back. When the dust clears, it is revealed that some ice is stuck to Excadrill's body)
Excadrill: Ex! [How stupid are you?!] (Breaks the ice)
[The camera cuts to Freddy O'Martian and Don George in the commentary booth]
Freddy: And Excadrill deflects the Ice Beam. So, Don George, your thoughts about that?
Don George: Dewott's attacks are looking pretty sharp out there. But Excadrill's looking very confident as well. I would expect a tough battle.
[The camera cuts to the trainers watching the battle from outside the battlefield]
Cilan: Dewott may be stronger than I had originally thought. Excadrill and Iris may be facing a tough match.
Georgia: Well those two had better win that tough match. I'm the only one allowed to beat that Dragon Master wannabe.
Ash: Don't worry, she's going to win.

[Later, at Ambiga Town's Pokémon Centre, everyone is having lunch, including Ash and his friends. Then, Burgundy speaks]
Burgundy: I'm OK, at least I didn't lost to you-know-who. Cilan, next time we battle, watch out - I'll win before you know what hit you. And stop with those boring remarks.
Cilan: Relax, Burgundy. I look forward to watching you get stronger.
Burgundy: And as for you, Iris - next time you're going down.
Georgia: Not so fast! The only trainer who's going to beat Iris is me.
Iris: Excuse me, but you have to get through the first round first.
[Meanwhile, Ash smiles, but then he sees Trip who has just finished eating his own meal]
Ash: Hey, Trip. Done eating? Aren't you battling Bianca?
Trip: I suggest you worry about your own battles and not mine.
Ash: Huh?
Trip: Take your Scraggy. (A flashback with Scraggy using Focus Blast plays) Scraggy seems to have learned Focus Blast, but it's obvious you can't depend on it. (The flashback ends) It needs to be more accurate. To be blunt, it's low-class.
Ash: What?! Hey, Trip, hold on. Ugh! (Turns to Scraggy) Scraggy, I want to see your Focus Blast again.
Scraggy: Scraggy. [Ok, then.]

A Clubsplosion of Excitement!


Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!


Battling the Leaf Thieves!

Ash: Wow. Thanks Emolga. Swadloon evolved because of you. That was a great battle.
Emolga: Emol? Emol-Emol-Emol! [I did? I mean, thanks! I'm glad I could help your Swadloon evolve in battle!]
Iris: You're the best, Emolga!

A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1


A Restoration Confrontation! Part 2


Evolution by Fire!

[Note: This Pokémon episode has the lowest ratings in the entire series. This episode is the reason why the writers cannot reuse the story about Ash's Fire-type starters being abandoned by an abusive trainer anymore.]
[At night, Ash, Iris, Cilan and their Pokémon have gone to a diner in Astilbe Town]
Cilan: All right, it's dinner time, everybody. (The Pokémon start eating their food) Wow! look at them go. They must really like it a lot.
[But then, Tepig notices something]
Tepig: Tepig? (He sees his former trainer, Shamus) Te... (Starts remembering how he got abandoned by Shamus) Tepig! (Runs up to Shamus delightfully) Tepig! Tepig! Tepig!
Shamus: (Looks down to Tepig) Hmm? What's your problem?
Ash: Huh? (Gets out of his seat) That's my Tepig. Sorry.
Shamus: (to Ash) Huh? Oh, it's you.
Ash: Hey! Come here, Tepig.
Tepig: Tepig? (Puts his paw on Shamus' right leg) Tepig!
Ash: Tepig, what's up?
Cilan: Tepig seems to have taken a liking to that trainer, I would say.
Iris: Huh? Ash, remember that Tepig was abandoned by its original Trainer?
Cilan: Uh, it was?
Ash: (horrified) Oh! (Flashback to when he tried to get the rope around Tepig's snout) Who could have done such a thing? (The flashback ends) I think it was at the battle club in Accumula Town.
Cilan: I see. This all must have happened before I started travelling with you.
Ash: (turning to Shamus) Could that be the guy?
[Iris bangs her hand on the table]
Iris: It's as clear as the hair on my head! (Goes to confront Shamus)
Cilan: Huh?
Ash: Iris, wait! (He and Cilan go to confront Shamus as well)
Shamus: All right, what do you clowns want now?
Ash: I think my Tepig might be the same Pokémon you abandoned back at the Accumula Battle Club.
Shamus: Oh? (Turns to Tepig) Huh. Lucky for you, this guy gave you a break.
Iris: (enraged) HOW dare you just throw away a Pokémon like that?!
Shamus: I do what I want, thank you. It just felt right at the time.
Ash: Iris is right.
[Shamus picks up Tepig]
Shamus: Not on your life. What a waste! (Throws Tepig and Ash catches him)
Ash: Hey, look!
Cilan: Now let's just relax. It's judgement time!
Shamus: Huh? Who's this yoyo?
Cilan: I am not a yoyo. (Puts on a judge's costume) In fact, I happen to be a judge connoisseur.

Shamus: Come on, Fire Warriors! Emboar, Heatmor, showtime!

[After recalling his defeated Emboar and Heatmor, Shamus walks over to Ash, Snivy and Pignite]
Ash: You still got a problem, Shamus?!
Shamus: Oh no, you won the battle fair and square. [to Pignite] Sorry Pignite. I was totally wrong when I said you had no talent and I hope you'll forgive me.
Pignite: Pignite? [Forgive you?]
Shamus: Hey, I know! Since you haven't been able to forget me after all this time, why don't you come back to the team? We'll be great, give up on this loser trainer and come with me. We'll reach the top with the new Fire Warriors! What do you say?
[Pignite thinks a second, but remembering that Shamus replaced him with a 'better' Emboar, Pignite violently retaliates with Flamethrower burning Shamus' face. Pignite stands next to Ash]
Ash: You see, Pignite's one of the gang. Looks like we're staying as a team. [Both Pignite and Snivy agree]
Shamus: [runs away embarrassed, almost tearing up] I'll remember this!
[Note: Audience members are not stupid as they can compare Pignite with Charizard and Infernape. Not only did the writers made the mistake of reusing the abandoned Fire starter plotline and trying to make him the Unova ace, but the writers also failed to evolve Ash's Pignite into an Emboar when they had the chance to do so. This is why Pignite is not well received compared to Ash's previous two fully-evolved Fire-type Starters.]

Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!


Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!


Clash of the Connoisseurs!

Nurse Joy: Ash, wait! Did you just say you were going to the Opelucid Gym?
Ash: You bet! We're heading on over, right now!
Nurse Joy: Then I guess I have a little bad news for you. I just received word that the Opelucid Gym is closed.

[As the heroes are riding in a limousine to Mr. Hatterly's mansion, they meet a familiar face at the gate]
Cilan: Burgundy? What are you doing here?
Burgundy: I came all this way because I heard they were looking for a skilled Pokemon Connoisseuse but they won't let me in!
Butler: You will have to forgive us. Mr. Hatterly requires the services of an A-Class Pokemon Connoisseur!
Cilan: Now let me see. You're a...
Burgundy: What's wrong with C-Class, monsieur?!
Cilan: Why nothing!
Butler: I fear a C-Class like yourself won't suffice. [Keep in mind, C-Class connoisseurs are beginners and are way less experienced when compared to A-Class Connoisseurs]

Cilan: I pride myself in my knowledge in all Pokemon Connoisseurs, but I've never heard of you.
'Fauxgundy': Uhh...I became an S-Class Connoisseur long before you two were born, that's it!
Ricard Nouveau: [unconvinced] Now that's strange. I didn't think there was a connoisseur association back then.
Cilan: Would you mind showing us your Connoisseur badge once more?
'Fauxgundy': Of all the INSULTING...[At the same time, a Lillipup starts playing with the badge] You give that back!
[Lillipup licks the badge causing the 'S' sticker to fall off revealing that it is just a 'C' Badge]
Cilan: Why, that's a C-Class badge!
Ricard Nouveau: You forged it to look just like an S-Class Badge!
'Fauxgundy': Give that back! [As 'Fauxgundy' tackles Lillipup, the outfit becomes ruined revealing it is none other than Burgundy]

[Ricard Nouveau summons his Purrloin into the battlefield]
Cilan: [horrified] Augh! NOT A PURRLOIN!
Ricard Nouveau: Oh, something wrong? You're not afraid of a Purrloin?
Cilan: No...I'm just fine. [Not really] We'll just attack head on and now presenting my Crustle!

[Crustle's Rock Wrecker knocks out Ricard Nouveau's Purrloin and also sends an unseen Burgundy blasting off Team Rocket style!]
Ash: Huh? Could have sworn I've heard that before.

[Cilan is declared winner of the Connoisseur battle]
Ricard Nouveau: Purrloin, you'll be alright. Now take a good rest. [recalls Purrloin]
Cilan: [walking up to Ricard Nouveau with Crustle] Ricard. So, what do you think of Crustle?
Ricard Nouveau: [a bit embarrassed but admits...] I guess you and Crustle are sparkling and unpredictable after all.

Crisis at Ferroseed Research!


An Epic Defence Force!


Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1

Nurse Joy: They all got hit with Toxic?
Trainer: Yeah.
Nurse Joy: No mercy. Just like always.

Ash: You just had a Gym battle?
Trainer: [nods in agreement] The Virbank Gym is really tough. You here for a Gym Battle too?
Ash: Yeah! I'm challenging tomorrow.
Trainer: Then you better get ready to deal with a whole lot of poison.
Ash: You mean the Virbank Gym is a Poison-type Gym?
Trainer: Big time. I've never seen a Gym Leader so good with Poison-type moves. Her Pokémon are really tough and really high level as well and we couldn't do anything. First we get poisoned, then our moves will get totally messed up. We were done before we could do a thing. [Two other trainers show up]
Girl trainer: Same thing happened to me.
Teenage trainer: We got poisoned right away, too. [A couple more show up and it's the same story]
Girl with blue pigtails: So did we! That Gym is too difficult.
Boy with red shirt: I can't believe with just one of her Pokémon, she took out every one of mine.

Cilan: [finds the entrance to the Virbank Gym using a GPS] It says the Gym is right here.
Ash: Huh? That's it? [the door does have the Gym logo and is located in a dark alley. Quite an anomaly of a Gym location]
Cilan: No question. This is the entrance to the Virbank Gym.

[Loud concert music is playing throughout the Gym. Getting poisoned is not the only thing challengers have to deal with...]
Cilan: This is louder than a Hyper Voice!
Iris: What did you say?!
Ash: My ears! [Get ready Ash, because not only do you have to deal with Poison-type attacks but loud music that can hamper your concentration]

Roxie: Hey, next challenger. That you? [points to Ash]
Ash: Uhh....yeah.
[the crowd glares at Ash. Come on, he's there for a battle just like the others.]
Iris: Whoa. Talk about one tough crowd.
Cilan: I prefer to think of them as dedicated.
Roxie: How's it going? You're looking at the Virbank Gym Leader, Roxie.
Ash: Hi, I'm Ash and I'm from Pallet Town. Nice to meet you.
Roxie: Pallet Town? That's in Kanto!
Pikachu: Pika! [You got it!]
Roxie: And check out that Pikachu! [shows off her Koffing] This Koffing showed up while we were doing a concert in Kanto and we've been tight ever since! Koffing rules!
Koffing: Koffing. [Nice to meet you guys.]
[Ash whips out his Pokédex. Oh come on! You saw the Koffing James used to own! Granted, the anime did not do a data entry on Koffing until now and Ash most likely needed a refresher, but still...]
Unova Pokédex: Koffing, the Poison Gas Pokémon. Koffing hovers in the air, thanks to the poisonous gases it contains, which have a foul odor and can explode.
Roxie: It's great when Koffing explodes at our gigs! The audience can never get enough!

Iris: Whoa. Guess everything's poisonous around here.
Cilan: But what do you mean by concert?
Roxie: Get with it. We're one of Unova's most popular punk bands, so give it up for Koffing and the Toxics! [So what was Roxie's band original name was before obtaining a Koffing?] Virbank's Gym is not just a Gym. We jam here all the time and all our fans come out and support us cuz they're totally into battles and great tunes!

Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2

[With Roxie's Scolipede out of the match...]
Ash: Only one Pokémon left, Roxie. Three against one.
Billy Jo: I wouldn't be so cocky, if I were you. Look. [Pignite is still poisoned and is taking damage.] You're Pignite is not exactly having a party.
Roxie: Here, a present. [tosses a Pecha Berry for Pignite to eat.] Everything's cool. It's a Pecha Berry.
Iris: Why would Roxie give Pignite a Pecha Berry when she knows it cures poisoned Pokémon?
Axew: Ew-ew. [No clue.]
[Luckily, Pignite is now cured from its poisoned state.]
Pignite: Pignite. [Much better.]
Roxie: It wouldn't be any fun battling against a poisoned opponent when my third Pokémon energy level is at 120%. This is rock and roll and you gotta pay hard to play hard! [Remember, Roxie is also a punk rock star and has to put on a good show especially during Gym Battles, hence why she gave Pignite a Pecha Berry. Wonder if she does this stunt with other challengers?]

Iris: It won't drown us out! Axew, cheer us loud as you can.
Axew: Ew-Axew! [Right, Iris!]
Iris: Cilan, you're gonna help too! [drags Cilan off to one side]
Cilan: Ahhh! Iris! [Iris paints his face quickly] I love trying new things, but this is ridiculous!
Iris: Ash has his back against the wall! Quit your yapping and cheer him on!
Cilan: Oh... [Come on, Cilan, you got to root for Ash like in the other gyms!]

[Iris, Cilan and Axew are revealed to be wearing face-paint and colorful panchos]
Iris: Don't give up! You can't give up! Let's go! You're just getting started!
Axew: Axew-ew! [Get moving, Ash!]
Cilan: She's right! It's time for you to stir the stockpot! Win this with some of Ash spirit! [Both Iris and Cilan hit the drums as loud as they could]
Ash: Cilan, Iris, Axew. Okay, we're gonna battle til the very end!
Pikachu: Pika! [Let's go!]
Roxie: That's your choice. Use Venoshock!
[Garbodor complies only to get paralyzed by the electrocution! You know what that means...]
Billy Jo: It's paralyzed?!
Nicky: Yo, what's going on?!
Cilan: What's going on is Static!
Iris: Static? Wow!
Cilan: Pikachu's Special Ability is Static. Garbodor became paralyzed when it hit Pikachu with Double Slap.
Roxie: Arrggh! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! Get a grip, Garbodor! [Like that's going to help Garbodor out of his paralysis, Roxie.]

All for the Love of Meloetta!

[An invisible Meloetta is flying through the seaplane that Ash, Pikachu, Iris, Axew and Cilan are on. When she sees them, she hides behind a seat and then smiles]
Meloetta: Etta. (She vanishes completely)
[The camera cuts to Ash and Pikachu]
Ash: Man, I want to win that Junior Cup so we can battle against Alder.
Pikachu: Pika, pika!
Iris: Well, not if I beat you first!
Cilan: I guess we're rivals now.
Ash: You're right.
Cynthia: Excuse me. Ash?
Ash: Yeah?
Cynthia: Somebody you know is waiting for you in Undella Town.
Ash: Huh?
[The camera cuts to the sea as the seaplane rushes past]
Narrator: Our heroes and Cynthia are off, via seaplane, to Eastern Unova, where the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup will be held. (The seaplane goes high into the sky) What awaits them there? (The camera cuts to Undella Town, a coastal town which lies on the eastern side of the Unova region) Excitement and adventure await, and the unexpected...
[Dawn runs to the balcony of Cynthia's villa and sees the seaplane]
Dawn: Look, Piplup. I wonder if that's the plane they're on.
Piplup: Piplup! [It should be!]
Narrator: ...as the journey continues.

Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of Times!

[As Ash enters the living room, Dawn and Piplup sneak up behind him. Dawn taps on Ash's shoulder]
Ash: Huh?
Pikachu: Pika? [Who was that?]
[As Ash turns to one side, Dawn steps aside, then Ash turns to the other side, Dawn steps on the opposite side]
Ash: Who's that? [turns around and realizes it's his pals from Sinnoh] Ahaha! It's Dawn!
Pikachu: Pi-Pi-chu! [Good to see you again!]
Dawn: Hi! It's been a long time, Ash! [gives Ash a wink]
Piplup: Pip-Piplup! [Hiya Pikachu!]
Ash: [does the same thing] Sure has!
Pikachu: Pika-pika! [Hi again, Piplup!]
Both Ash and Dawn do their Hi-Touch high five]

Dawn: You're Iris and Cilan. Hi! Professor Oak told me all about you.

[Oshawott angrily attacks Piplup with Aqua Jet given that Piplup was interacting with Meloetta, much to their trainer's shock]
Oshawott: Osha! [That'll teach ya!]
Piplup: Piplup! [What do you think you're doing?!]
Dawn: Piplup, all you alright?
Ash: OSHAWOTT! Why did you do that to Piplup? Now say you're sorry!
Oshawott: Osha? ... Oshawott. [Sorry? Ugh... I'm sorry.]
Piplup: ...Lup! [...No, you're not!]
Oshawott: Grr!
Piplup: Grr!
Ash: Man.
Cilan: It looks like Oshawott like Meloetta.
Dawn: I'd say Piplup does too. Looks like there's a bit of competition going on.

[Oshawott gets mad and jealous that Piplup is dancing with Meloetta. As the two continue dancing and singing, Piplup gives Oshawott a rude smirk]
Piplup: Lu-lup! [You mad, bro?]
Oshawott: OSHA-SHA! [SHUT UP!]
Iris: Looks like things are starting to heat up.
Ash: [unimpressed] Yeah.

Dawn: Guess connoisseurs love talking as much as they love food.
Piplup: Piplup? [You serious?]

Expedition to Onix Island!

Dawn: You're an awesome chef, Cilan! He'd give Brock a run for his money, right?
Ash: Right!
Iris: Who's Brock, Ash?
Ash: He's a good friend who was on my journey with for a long time. He was always making meals for us.

The Mystery of the Missing Cubchoo!


Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!

Dawn: I can't do a thing with my hair! It almost acts like it has a mind of its own!
Iris: Ever notice a pattern here? You go through the same routine day after day.

Jostling for the Junior Cup!

Alder: My stars, Cynthia! You're as beautiful as I've ever seen.
[Ash hears the conversation and notices the two Champions talking with each other.]
Iris: Ash, what's wrong?
Ash: Over there! It's Cynthia and Alder!
Iris: Wow, you're right!
Alder: Come on. What say we forget the tournament and grab some lunch?
Cynthia: I think you'll be dining alone, as usual.
Alder: [laughs it off] You're such a charmer!

Battling Authority Once Again!


Ash, Iris, and Trip: Then There Were Three!

Georgia: I was able to get a good look at you, Iris. I saw how bad you are at controlling Dragon-types. The most brilliant failure I've ever seen.
Burgundy: Like a piece of burnt toast.
Iris: I'm too exhausted to deal with you two.
Cilan: It's not that bad.
Cynthia: Iris.
Iris: Cynthia.
Cynthia: You did well.
Iris: I did?
Cynthia: Of course, you're wondering why you lost even though Dragonite was listening to you at first, right?
Iris: Right.
Cynthia: You see, it's because Dragonite still doesn't have complete confidence in you yet.

Goodbye Junior Cup-Hello Adventure!

Referee: Serperior is unable to continue! Bouffalant wins! And that means the winner is Alder the Champion!
Freddy O'Martian: Alder wins the battle with just one attack! A brave challenge by Trip sure, but he falls short of victory! Once again, Alder proves why he is a Champion! [Until Journeys when Iris became the new Unova Champion, causing Trip's failure of accomplishing his goal of defeating Alder more permanent]

Trip: Alder.
Alder: What is it?
Trip: I didn't stand a chance against you. Won't you please tell me what I did wrong in our battle? I must have been lacking something.
Alder: You really didn't do anything wrong. You weren't lacking anything. [Except experience]
Trip: But you beat me. You kept me from showing how strong I've become.
Alder: So what if I did? Thinking back, you asked me the same thing a while ago. I'm pretty sure I know the answer but do you have any admiration for a man like me? Winning, losing, strength, weakness, in the end, your Pokémon will determine all that. There is no easy answer to what you ask. But if I have to choose one thing, I'd say look at all you've learned from the day you started on your journey right up to today. That may be the answer you seek.
Trip: Everything I learned...
[Note: This loss was to remind fans that while Trip is a skilled trainer, he is very inexperienced. Trip represents a trainer who thinks that defeating a Champion is easy in real life like in the video games but not realizing there is a difference between video games and reality.]

Dawn: Huh? It's Trip!
Ash: Alder's amazing, don't you think?
Trip: Yeah, he's something, all right. I'm really glad I was able to battle him.
Ash: So, we'll see you at the Unova League, won't we?
Trip: Right.

Ash: Dawn, lots of luck when you compete in the Wallace Cup and make sure you win it, no matter what!
Dawn: No need to worry! And good luck to you at the Unova League!

The Road to Humilau!


Unrest at the Nursery!


Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!

Ash: What's up, Pikachu?
Pikachu: Pika.
[A Persian jumps out from behind a bush]
Persian: Me-owww. (Ash, Pikachu and Meloetta jump out of the way) Purrrr.
Ash: Hey, that Pokémon...
Persian: Raowww. [Ash scans it with his PokéDex]
Ash's PokéDex: Persian, the classy cat Pokémon and the evolved form of Meowth. Persian can walk silently, thanks to its nimble muscles. It pounces on its prey at lightning speed.
Ash: (to Meloetta) Make yourself invisible. Quick! (Meloetta goes invisible) All right.
Persian: Purrrr. Rawh!
Ash: Huh? (Sees Giovanni standing on a floating disc and wearing goggles)
Giovanni: Mmm. Meloetta, I know you're here. Make it easy on yourself and come out.
Ash: Get away! Hurry!
Giovanni: Persian, use Shadow Claw.
[Persian uses Shadow Claw]
Ash: Pikachu, Iron Tail.
Pikachu: Pika-chu! (Uses Iron Tail on Persian)
Giovanni: Power Gem.
[Persian unleashes a powerful Power Gem attack on Pikachu, blasting him into Ash]
Ash: Oh!
[Meloetta reappears]
Meloetta: Oh, no! (Ash and Pikachu get trapped in a force field cage, fired from a helicopter above them which turns into a cube, trapping them) No-me. No!
Giovanni: Meloetta. (Meloetta turns to him) Do as I say immediately, or the boy and his Pikachu will be very sorry.
[The cube starts to shrink a bit]
Ash: What's going on?
Pikachu: Pika!
Giovanni: In just a moment, they'll be much smaller than they are now.
Ash: Meloetta, get out of here.
Pikachu: Pika pika!
Meloetta: No-me, no!
[The cube grows a bit]
Giovanni: That's a good Pokémon. (Returns Persian to its Poké ball)

Unova's Survival Crisis!