Pokémon/Season 5

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This is a list of episodes in Pokémon: Master Quest, the fifth season of the Pokémon animated series (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā?, Pocket Monsters), covering the further adventures of series protagonist Ash Ketchum and his friends in Johto.

Around the Whirlpool


Fly Me to the Moon


Brock: By the looks of it, I'd say were going to Pudgy Pidgey Isle.

Misty: Oh, Corsola, Corsola. Wherefore art thou swimming off to, my lovely little Corsola?

Takin' It on the Chinchou


A Corsola Caper!


Mantine Overboard!


Octillery the Outcast


Dueling Heroes


The Perfect Match

[The Referee for the Whirl Cup tournament is announcing the rules]
Referee: Here are the rules of the match. Each trainer is allowed two Pokémon, and the first trainer to knock out both opposing Pokémon the winner.
Misty: Well, I know who I'm starting with. Let the games begin! (Throws her Poké ball and out comes Poliwhirl)
Misty's Poliwhirl: Poli.
Ash: Poliwhirl, not bad. Then I'll use... (Throws his Poké ball and out pops Totodile)
Totodile: Toto toto totodile!
Announcer: Ash will be battling with Totodile while Misty puts Poliwhirl to the test!
Referee: Ready, begin!
Ash: Totodile, Water Gun!
[Totodile uses Water Gun]
Misty: Okay, Poliwhirl, Bubble attack now!
[Poliwhirl jumps up to avoid Totodile's Water Gun attack]
Misty's Poliwhirl: Poli!
Ash: What?
Totodile: Toto.
[Poliwhirl jumps into the water]
Announcer: Poliwhirl has jumped into the water and is headed straight toward Totodile.
Ash: Alright, Totodile, here it comes. You have to get in the water, now!
Totodile: Dile!
[But Poliwhirl jumps out of the water]
Misty's Poliwhirl: Whirl! (Uses Bubble on Totodile)
Totodile: (getting hit by Poliwhirl's bubbles) Dile, Dile, Dile!
Ash: Totodile!
[Totodile unleashes a big white circle]
Misty's Poliwhirl: Poliwhirl!
[The Bubble attack stops and Totodile has come out with dizzy eyes]
Totodile: To, to, dile!
[Brock, Pikachu and Togepi are watching the battle as spectators]
Pikachu: Pika, Pika!
Togepi: Togepi!
[The crowd cheers]
Announcer: Totodile is in trouble after that close range Bubble attack!
Misty: Alright, Poliwhirl, use Double Slap!
[Poliwhirl starts to come down]
Ash: Totodile, watch out!
Totodile: Dile. (Recovers from his dilemma)
Misty's Poliwhirl: Poliwhirl! (Uses Double Slap, but Totodile dodges it)
Misty: Poliwhirl!
Ash: Skull Bash!
[Totodile uses Skull Bash on Poliwhirl]
Announcer: Totodile's Skull Bash hits its mark!
Misty's Poliwhirl: Whirl! (Goes into one of the pillars and jumps back down, hence the saying "What goes up, must come down")
Totodile: (Landing on the platform) Toto!
Announcer: But Poliwhirl comes back strong!
Misty: Use Double Slap again!
Ash: Totodile, Water Gun!
Totodile: Toto toto... (Uses Water Gun, but Poliwhirl dodges it and then lands on the platform) Dile!
Misty's Poliwhirl: Poliwhirl! (Double Slaps Totodile and sends him flying)
Announcer: Poliwhirl's Double Slap sends Totodile flying!
[As the announcer talks, Totodile hits a pillar and falls back down onto the battlefield]
Ash: Totodile, stand up!
[Totodile gets up, but he is all out of sorts]
Totodile: Dile, dile, dile, dile. (Collapses)
Ash: Totodile?
Referee: Totodile is unable to battle! Poliwhirl wins!
[The camera pulls out of the arena as Ash recalls Totodile]
Announcer: Look like Double Slap did the trick! Misty and Poliwhirl win the first battle!
Misty: We did it! We did it! I love you, Poliwhirl!

Plant it Now... Diglett Later

Mayor of Diglett Village: We're a band of Diglett thieves known as the Band of Diglett Thieves!
Jessie: Now there's an original name.
Mayor of Diglett Village: We used to be known by a much more creative name, but those old folkies in there just kept getting confused.

Hi-Ho Silver... Away!


The Mystery is History

Ritchie: It's Team Rocket!
Ash: Yeah, Cassidy!
Misty: [referencing Buzz Lightyear character in Toy Story series] And Buzz!
Butch: The name's not Buzz! It's Butch! Didn't you hear me the first time?
Cassidy: Hand over the baby Lugia or we'll take it by force.

A Parent Trapped!

All: Who's that Pokémon? It's Dragonite!

A Promise is a Promise

All: Who's that Pokémon? It's Exeggutor!

Throwing in the Noctowl


Nerves of Steelix

[Steelix surfaces in front of Cyndaquil]
Ash: It's right in front of you!

Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!


Espeon, Not Included

[The title card comes up]
Ash: (voiceover) Espeon, Not Included.
[Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu and Togepi are sampling some kebabs]
Ash: You know, these are the best kebabs I've ever eaten.
Misty: I forgot to tell you, Ash. I got an email from Sakura, and she's going to meet up with us here.
Ash: (with his mouth full) That's the girl who's got an Eevee, right?
Pikachu: Pika pika!
Brock: Yeah, along with four beautiful older sisters. But, that's not important.
Misty: I wonder where she is. (Stands up) Huh? (Sees an Espeon running towards them) Look at that!
[Everyone else looks]
Brock: Huh?
Pikachu: Ka?
Brock: It's an Espeon!
[The Espeon stops in front of Ash and his friends as a familiar voice is heard]
Sakura: (off camera) Misty!
Ash & Friends: Huh?
[Espeon's Trainer, Sakura, approaches them]
Misty: Sakura!
Sakura: Hi!
Misty: Hi!
Sakura: It's been, way too long.
Misty: I was getting worried.
Sakura: Oh, sorry. I was just taking care of Espeon and it got late.
Misty: That's okay, I didn't realise you had an Espeon.
Sakura: Yeah. My Eevee evolved into an Espeon.
Ash: (gets out his Pokédex) Wow, let me see.
Ash's Pokédex: Espeon, the Sun Pokemon. Espeon are able to read air currents, allowing it to predict the future as well as its opponent's next moves.
Ash: Cool.
Misty: So, it's a psychic type, huh?
Sakura: Uh huh.
Brock: Your family almost has all the evolutions of Eevee. Ahhhh! Satsuki has a Jolteon, Sumomo has a Vaporeon, Tamao has an Umbreon, and Koume has a Flareon. And, presenting, your Espeon!
Ash: Awesome, you really do have all of them.
Misty: Sakura, that's so cool.
Sakura: Yeah, you're right. Now that Eevee evolved, we do. (to Espeon) Right, Espeon?
Espeon: [Nuzzles in agreement]

For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll


Extreme Pokémon!


An EGG-sighting Adventure!

Meowth: They're making a run for it!
Jessie: What are you saying?!
James: Oh, that they're making a run for it.

Hatching a Plan

Jessie: Hello there, prepare for trouble!
James: Sorry Jess, but I'm afraid we've already been down that road.
Jessie: Ah, that's right, then let's cut to the chase!
Ash Ketchum: Team Rocket, huh? I'm not really in the mood to play around with you guys right now. So why don't you just go away?

Dues and Don'ts

Giovanni: What is it?
Wendy: Giovanni, this is Wendy from Human Resources. Our Johto Regional recruder is found couple of potential candidates.
Giovanni: Very interesting. Although they cutting back on useless staff. I suppose it is necessary for an evil organization to look for promising evildoers to act to our evil team.
Wendy: I've uploaded their data, sir.
Giovanni: Hmm. Hmm?
Wendy: Jessie.

[flashback begins]

Jessie: Ahh! There's nothing like a fruit smoothie after a grooving workout. Be a dear and take care of the bill, please? I'll pay you back later! See ya!
Wendy: Uh, Jessie.

[flashback ends]

Wendy: [growls] She still owes me that money!
Giovanni: What's going on out there?
Wendy: Uh, it was nothing. It's just that they borrowed a large amount of money from us and not paid a cent of it back.
Giovanni: [sighs] It's always something with those 3!
Wendy: I must adjust that we cut our losters and block their reinstatement with Team Rocket.
Giovanni: No, just keep an eye on them until they paid their lone. But if it seems they caught pay-it back, we'll have to strike them out his members.
[Persian meowing]

All: Who's that Pokémon? It's Smeargle!
Smeargle: Smeargle!

Wendy: Master Giovanni, I have a scout from the Johto Region on the line. Jessie and James have passed.
Giovanni: Hmm. Work them hard until they've paid back that lone. Um, second thought. Just work them hard.
Wendy: Yes, I will, sir. [growls] Jessie, you locked out again! I'll never forget that fruit smoothie!

Wendy: Revenge is sweet, my dear Jessie!

Just Waiting On a Friend


A Tyrogue Full of Trouble


Xatu the Future


Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution

All: Who's that Pokémon? It's Marowak!
Marowak: Marowak!

Rage of Innocence

Jessie: Arbok, use accid attack! Let's go!
Dr. Lance: Dragonite! Twister!

As Cold as Pryce

All: Who's that Pokémon? It's Magneton!
Magneton: Magneton!

Nice Pryce, Baby


Whichever Way the Wind Blows


Some Like it Hot

Meowth: This place is famous for those big old geezers.
Jessie: Yes, and they say the geysers are fairly renowned as well.

Misty: Oh, give me a break! My Water Pokémon would turn your Fire Pokémon into nothing more than a pathetic puff of smoke!
Misty: I WILL NOT!


Hocus Pokémon

Misty: It looks like that cliff is going to collapse!

Lily: Goodbye!
Team Rocket: Team Rocket's falling down again!
Wobbuffet: Wobbu!
All: Who's that Pokémon? It's Dewgong!
Dewgong: Dewgong!

Ash: This is awesome! I'm a Pikachu!

As Clear as Crystal


Same Old Song and Dance


Enlighten Up!


Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?

James: It inflates its psychic self. But we'll put it on the shelf. Wobbuffet.

Wish Upon a Star Shape


Outrageous Fortunes

Narrator: It's a perfect day as our heroes head toward Blackthorn City, where Ash hopes to win his eighth and final badge to qualify for the Johto League.
Brock: Let me see. It looks like we're close.
Ash: Hey!
Misty: Look! There it is!
Brock: The Pokémon Center.
Ash: What do you say we go check it out? Huh?
Delaney: Keep it up, Poliwrath!
Mason: Hitmontop, hang in there!
[crowd shouting]
Brock: Hey, look at that!
Misty: Sounds like lots of fun!
Ash: You're right. Come on!
Mason: Hitmontop, Triple Kick, now!
Delaney: Dodge it, Poliwrath! [...] Now, Poliwrath, Double Slap!
Ash: Poliwrath and Hitmontop, huh?
Misty: Well, I'm certain that Poliwrath will win, hands down!
Ash: Well, that's no surprise.
Brock: We know you'll always take the side of Water Pokémon, Misty.
Delaney: Poliwrath, Submission, go!
Mason: Hang in there, Hitmontop! [...] Oh, no!
Delaney: Sorry, Mason.
Brock: Wow! That was an amazing move!
Ash: But I thought only Fighting Pokémon use Submission.
Misty: True, but Poliwrath acquired Submission Attack when it evolved from a Poliwhirl.

One Trick Phony!


I Politoed Ya So!


Beauty Is Skin Deep


Fangs for Nothin'


Great Bowls of Fire!


All: Who's that Pokémon? It's Chinchou!

Better Eight Than Never

Jessie: Dig for treasure!
James: Dig with pleasure!
Jessie and James: Prepare for trouble with our bag of tricks!
Meowth: Yeah!
Jessie and James: And make it double with a couple of picks!
Meowth: Yeah!
Jessie and James: To protect the world from devastation!
Meowth: Yeah!
Jessie and James: To unite all peoples within our nation!
All: Team Rocket!

James: I, for one, couldn't be happier! We're finally stealing something other than that pesky little Pikachu for a change. Besides, I get to try out my new pickax!
Jessie: So, Meowth, how much further before we get to that Dragon Fang?
Meowth: Ah! Allow me to peruse the map. We started digging here, then we turned this way so the fang should be right there!
James: Great!
Jessie: I can almost smell it!
Meowth: That was me.

Jessie: Huh?
James: Something doesn't feel right.
James: Meowth, are you certain that you got the location correct?
Meowth: Of course. My calculations are flawless. Uh-oh!
Jessie: So what do you mean by uh-oh?
Meowth: It seems as though we're digging directly under the lake.
Jessie and James: What?!

All: Team Rocket's all washed up again!

Why? Wynaut!


Just Add Water


Lapras of Luxury

[Ash and friends are inside the Marine Pokémon Laboratory to receive an Egg that they must deliver to Professor Elm. A woman is heard panting, obviously in a rush for something.]
Woman': Outta my way, please!
[They all yell.]
Misty: Sorry!
Ash: What's the big rush?!
Brock: I'll tell you: it's a rush to excellence, to beauty, and to romance! [The romantic runs off towards the woman as always...]
Ash: Uh, Brock, where are you going?!
Pikachu: Pikachu!
Misty: We better follow him!
[They hurry after Brock and the woman, who is seen in front of a bay with a radar and a Lanturn.
Lanturn: Baa?
Woman: Alright, Lanturn, they're coming! Let's get ready!
Lanturn: Baa! Baaaa..... [It jumps into the water and uses Supersonic, acting as a doppler.]
Woman: Supersonic level optimized and fully operational!
Brock: [as Ash and Misty and their Pokémon catch up with him] Excuse me, I know you must be real busy... with your equipment and all, but, I can't wait to express my feelings for one as beautiful as you!
Woman: Please, be quiet! Or I won't be able to hear them when they speak!
Ash: When who speaks?
[As the radar keeps pinging, a group of some kind of Pokémon can be heard singing.]
Misty: It sounds... more like they're crying.
Togepi: Toge.
Woman: It's the song of travel.
Ash: That's a song?
Pikachu: Pika?
[The song and the radar grow louder.]
Woman: Huh?
[The radar shows ten figures, marked by stars, traveling toward the dock.]
Woman: Yes, they'll be here soon! Lanturn, look! Here they come!
Lanturn: Baaa!
[The Pokémon's heads surface one by one, and they are revealed to be a herd of Lapras. One of them makes a rather large splash.]
Ash and Brock: Lapras!
Ash: Just look at 'em all!
Togepi: Togepi!
[The Lapras all sing in greeting.]
Woman: It's great to see them looking so well!
Ash: So it was the Lapras who were doing all that singing!
'[One of them cries and swims toward Ash and company, showing affection to Ash and Pikachu.]
Ash: Hey there, Lapras, you sure are a friendly one!
Misty: It's trying to tell you something.
Ash: Huh?
[The rest of the Lapras cry at Ash, trying to communicate the same thing this Lapras is.]
Ash: Yeah, seems like all of them are! Hey, wait a minute, I know you!
Pikachu: Pika!
[A flashback of this Lapras, who Ash remembers to be his very own, who helped him through the Orange League and especially through beating the Supreme Gym Leader, Drake, having to leave Ash to join this very herd plays out.]
Ash: [in the flashback] They're waiting for ya... it's time to go.
[His Lapras cries emotionally.]
Ash: Get outta here!
'[His Lapras joins the others and shows affection to the herd leader as the flashback ends.]
[In the present, his Lapras cries to him as he realizes it grew up from the time he owned it.]
Ash: Aha! Lapras, you're my old buddy, aren't you?
[Ash hugs Lapras and Pikachu jumps onto its head as it cries out.]
I didn't even recognize you! You really grew up, Lapras!
Pikachu: Pika-pika!

Hatch Me if You Can


Entei at Your Own Risk

Misty: Hey! Last one in there's a Slowpoke!

A Crowning Achievement

James: So the twerps have a little lunch by the lake, huh?
Meowth: Yeah, and while they’re munchin’ lunch, we’ll pinch Pikachu, right, Jess?
[Jessie, however, is eating a sandwich]
James: Hey, who said it was lunch time?
Meowth: Yeah, where’s ours?
Jessie: [with a mouth full] It’s all gone.

Jessie: Well, did you guys hear that?
James: I heard king, and king means jewels!
Meowth: And jewels mean dough! LOTS OF DOUGH!

Jessie: We may have missed our chance to grab the King’s Rock, but catching that Slowking would sure put a jewel in our crown.
James: Yes, a Pokémon fit for a king.
Meowth: Or fit for a boss is how I see it.

Here's Lookin' At You, Elekid

Meowth: Sweet!
Jessie: Lovely! But I'm sure this Weepinbell could eek out a little more. Excuse me, James! We could use some of your help here!

Jessie: Well, they could be have gotten too far away.
Meowth: We gotta get those spire plugs back and present them to the boss!
James: I wonder. Will the boss like them?
Meowth: Of course! That Elekid's gonna be a regular harden to boss' morning routine. Like runnin' his electric raise up for instance. And he's gonna say, "It's the best shave I ever had!" Then he'll use his hand dryer into the perfect load dry.
James: It could just plug the in.
Meowth: But this way is cheaper.
Jessie: And Larvitar?
Meowth: The boss is always saying that he can't find any good help these days. But with Larvitar being the help those days he'll be done. And when he sees the look of sincere save it to in Larvitar on his eyes, he'll say, "Larvitar, your are in a way this in a see of loses."
James: You think so?
Jessie: Now, stop dreaming about it and actually do it!

You're a Star, Larvitar!


Address Unown!


Mother of All Battles!


Pop Goes the Sneasel

Team Rocket: You've win those callous claws of yours! What else you'll be trailed this never would've happen! Thanks, your advice is newted, but it's attached too late. Wobbuffet! Aah! Looks like Team Rocket's blasting off again!

A Claim to Flame

Narrator: Since their arrival in Silver Town, our heroes have been spending time at the Pokémon Center, finishing up final details before Ash can begin competing in the Silver Conference.
Ash: [exiting the Pokémon Center] Glad that's out of the way. Are you ready for some battling, Pikachu?
Pikachu: Pika, Pika!
Misty: Not so fast, Ash...
Ash: Huh?
Brock: Have you even looked at the Guide Book yet?
Pikachu: Pi?
Ash: Uh, not really...
Ash, Brock and Misty: Huh? [They notice a rather familiar person in front of Ash, and who else would it be than his rival Gary Oak?]
Gary: Old habits die hard, eh, Ashy Boy?
Ash: Gary!
Gary: Yeah, long time no see, huh?
Ash: I know! So are you gonna battle in the Silver Conference too?
Gary: Yep! I dotted every I and crossed every T and figured out which Pokémon I'm using, so now I'm just chilling out!
Brock: Wow! You not only finished all your paperwork, but you picked out all your Pokémon as well?
Misty: That's great, Gary!
Gary: Thanks, guys. This conference means a lot to me. It's Numero Uno or bust!
Ash: Then you better prepare for a bust, because I'm gonna battle you and I'm gonna beat you!
Pikachu: Pika!
Gary: Heheheheh! Still got that naïve enthusiasm, I see! [obviously, this riles up Ash and Pikachu]
Ash: Oh, really?!
Gary: Just because you got lucky at the Indigo Plateau doesn't mean a hill of beans! [He starts to walk toward the Pokémon Center.]
I'm setting you straight this go-round, no doubt about it!
Misty: Wow. He's sure feeling pretty confident...
Togepi: Toge...
Ash: I don't care! I'm putting him in his place once and for all!
Pikachu: [agitated] Pika, Pika!

[As Ash and friends look for the Athlete's Village, they reunite with President Charles Goodshow, who also oversaw the Indigo League and is giving out balloons to children.]
Ash: Mr. Goodshow!
Mr. Goodshow: Hm? It's Ash, Brock, and Misty!
Brock: Hey, how've you been?
Misty: Why are you here giving out balloons, Mr. Goodshow?
Mr. Goodshow: You see, as president of the Pokémon League Torch Committee, one of my jobs is to greet the fans! And what better way than with balloons, huh?!
[He scratches his beard.]
[laughing] Yes, very clever!
Brock: Everyone loves balloons!
Mr. Goodshow: Say, Ash, it's been a long time since I've seen you! So, I'll bet you came here to compete in the Silver Conference, that right?
Ash: Right!
Mr. Goodshow: Great, great! Promise me you'll get out there and show 'em what a real battle is all about, 'kay, Ash?
Ash: You got it, Mr. Goodshow!
Pikachu: [cheerfully] Pika, Pika!

[After Ash handily defeated all three opponents in the preliminary Trainer Screening, he, Brock, and Misty are watching the monitor to see the 48 Trainers who advanced.]
Trainer: [amidst the overlapping chatter] I look pretty good! Hahaha!
Misty: Wow!
Ash: So these are the Trainers who can move on to the semifinals, huh?
Brock: [noticing their good friend Harrison's picture] Oh! There's Harrison! He got through the screening!
Ash: [chuckles]
Misty: I'm so happy for him!
Togepi: Togeprrri! Toge?
Ash and Misty: [noticing Gary's picture] Ohh!
Misty: There's Gary, too!
Ash: Yeah, and what about me? [he sees himself on the screen.] Ah!
Pikachu: Pika!
Ash: Alright!
Pikachu: Pika!
Misty You're right in there with Gary! That's great!
Ash: Yeah, for now, 'til I blow past him to the victory!
Pikachu: Pika, Pika!
Mr. Goodshow: Maybe...
Ash, Brock and Misty: Huh?
Togepi: Toge?
Mr. Goodshow: I wonder, will it all go that easily?
Ash: Mr. Goodshow?
Misty: What exactly do you mean by that?
Mr. Goodshow: I mean, just getting through the semifinals is a tall order in itself! The Silver Conference semifinals are fought between three members of each block, and the trainer who comes out with the most Victory Points from those battles can participate in the Victory Tournament in the finals! Only sixteen participants who make their way through the semifinals will be able to compete in that Victory Tournament!
Misty: Wow, I guess it is a pretty long road before you get to that final tournament, isn't it?
Brock: Yeah, and a pretty rough road, too.
Mr. Goodshow: That's what I'm telling ya! So! Good luck!!
Pikachu: Pika!
Ash: But all that stuff you're sayin' just makes me wanna win it that much more! Wanna hear my plan? We win, and then we win... and then we win some more!
Pikachu: Pika, Pika!

Ash, Brock and Misty: [before commercial break] Who's that Pokémon?

[after commercial break] It's... Scizor!
Scizor: Scizor.

[Ash and Pikachu are seen in his hotel room bed in the Athlete's Village, with the former appearing pretty anxious.]
Ash: Urgh... it's no use! I just can't get to sleep!
Pikachu: Pika?
Ash: Uh, sorry Pikachu. Did I wake you?
Pikachu: [shaking his head] Pika, Pikachu. Pikachu!
[Ash and Pikachu then take a walk to clear his mind from the tension about the semifinals.]
Ash: You know, the semifinals start up tomorrow after the opening ceremonies, Pikachu, and there's gonna be a lot of really strong Trainers wanting to win, just like us! I'm sure glad that we're a team.
Pikachu: Pika!
[As they walk, the silhouette of Gary can be seen staring across the lake, also seeming to clear his head and eliminate his worries.]
Ash: It'll just be us against a lot of really strong Trainers! Who's that?
Gary: Huh? Hey, Ash. Can't you sleep?
Ash: [nervously] Pikachu and I were just out for some... fresh air, that's all.
Pikachu: Pika.
[The three sit together on a tree stump looking outward in a moment of reflection.]
Ash: So, Gary, guess you couldn't sleep either, right?
Gary: Okay. Mmm... you got me this time, buddy.
Ash: Well then, that makes two of us.
[Ash and Gary look up at the full moon illuminating their surroundings.]
Gary: Boy, talk about a full moon!
Ash: Awesome!
Gary: That same kind of moon was out the first night after I left Pallet Town. 'Member?
Ash: No, not really...
Gary: That was the same day you came to Professor Oak's laboratory, and you were acting weird 'cause you were late, 'member?
Ash: Do you have to bring that up?
Gary: And the only Pokémon left was a feisty little Pikachu that wouldn't do anything it was told to do!
Pikachu: Piiika?
Gary: And now, look what's happened! That Pikachu has become your best buddy and your best Pokémon!
Pikachu: Pi?
Ash: Uhh... well, you're right about that one, Gary.
Pikachu: Pikachu!
Gary: I wonder... if you hadn't come late that day, or if... say, I hadn't watching a big moon like this that night, we might've ended up in two different parts of the world tonight, doing completely different things, having completely different hopes and dream[s], and who knows what dreams? And there's so many more dreams we haven't even thought of!
Ash: [taken about by this rather unexpected reflective side of his rival] Hey, Gary, you okay? I mean, why are you thinking about all this stuff?
Gary: [standing up] No reason. I was just thinking that there are all kinds of possibilities waiting for the two of us out there in the future. But that doesn't change the present, Ashy! I'm gonna beat anyone who gets in my way of first place, and that includes you!
Ash: Ah.. [smiling] Okay, now you sound more like Gary, which can mean only one thing. [He grunts as he also stands up] Means you better get used to that number two spot, 'cause I'm gonna be Numero Uno, even if we are friends!
Pikachu: Pikachu!
[The two just stand there looking at each other as the night turns into day.]

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, I've just been informed that there seems to be a bit of confusion as to the exact whereabouts of our torch runner. [He gasps.] This just in: it appears that an unfortunate accident has left our torch runner unable to continue! [This, of course, was caused by Team Rocket, who, in another failed attempt to capture Pikachu, caused him to sprain his ankle.]
[The crowd can quietly be heard chattering in confusion.]
Brock: Now what?!
Togepi: Toge!
Misty: They've got to use the Sacred Flame!
Togepi: Toge! Toge, Toge!
Misty: Togepi?
Pikachu: Pika!
Brock and Misty: Huh?!
Pikachu: Pika!
[A silhouette of a boy and his Pikachu bearing the torch is revealed to be none than Ash Ketchum, who was privileged with the role after he and Gary negotiated, seemingly with Mr. Goodshow or another official.]
Misty: Look!
Brock: Hey, it's Ash!
Togepi: Toge!
Delia [who is watching from home with Mimey] Oh!
Mimey: Mime!
Announcer: Carrying the torch is Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town!
Tracey: Ohh!
Professor Oak: My stars! Now, how did Ash get that torch?!
Announcer: The Sacred Ho-Oh Flame, from the same Legendary Pokémon that was said to have quelled the battle...
Professor Elm: Ah...!
Announcer: ...restoring life to the plains and forests, is now being carried onto the Silver Stadium platform!
[Mr. Goodshow chuckles to himself and stands up as Ash is positioned to light the Sacred Flame.]
[With Mr. Goodshow, Gary and the injured runner, and the rest of the semifinals competitors watching, Ash turns to the cauldron and lights it with the torch, causing the Sacred Flame to burn brightly in the night sky as the crowd erupts.]
Togepi: Toge, Toge, Togeprrri!
Misty: Yayyy! Hahaha!
[Mr. Goodshow walks up to the podium and clears his throat as he prepares to address the Trainers.]
Mr. Goodshow': Skillful and excited participants, now that the Ho-Oh Sacred Flame is watching over all of you, battle with honesty, integrity, and honor, so that you will never regret a single moment of your time here!
[The crowd cheers as the camera shows Gary and Harrison standing beside each other, and Ash and Pikachu looking at each other.]
Narrator: With Ash and Gary's help, the Sacred Ho-Oh Flame burns proudly into the sky, marking the opening of the Johto League Silver Conference! Could this turn of events be a hint of great things to come? Stay tuned!
[The "TO BE CONTINUED" text appears in the bottom right corner.]

Love, Pokémon Style

Brock: [Explaining the semifinals format, a format that can be compared to the group stage of the FIFA World Cup]
The semifinals will be a round robin tournament between all three trainers.
[The screen changes to show a visual of a scoreboard with Mr. Goodshow, Brock, and Misty, and with Mr. Goodshow having won against Misty, he has 3 Victory Points while Misty has none.]
A win is three points, a loss is zero points, and a draw is one point for each.
[The completed scoreboard shows Mr. Goodshow having drawn against Brock to finish and advance with four points, Misty with three points with a win against Brock, and Brock with one in a draw against Mr. Goodshow and a loss against Misty.]
Whoever ends up with the most points moves on to the Victory Tournament!
Ash: Okay, so a win is three points... ah, who cares?! I'll just win 'em all and go to the Victory Tournament!
Pikachu: Pikachu!

[Ash's Kingler, who he had great faith in to perform well against his Fire-type-using opponent, Macey, has just been knocked out by the Thunder Shock of three Voltorb that a man dropped down a hill, which might have caused injuries or deaths if Kingler wasn't there. It now sits a healing table in the Pokémon Center with Ash & friends and Nurse Joy.]
Ash: [panicked] Nurse Joy, my Kingler is--
Nurse Joy: Your Kingler will be just fine, but I'm afraid there'll be no battling today.
Ash: Ohh... that's just great. [He sits down on a bench outside and sulks.] Now what am I gonna do...?
Misty: I guess you're gonna have to make do with Totodile, Ash. It's your only Water Pokémon.
[The sound of a motorcycle revving is heard, which catches the attention of the gang, especially when it's revealed that the motorcycle is Officer Jenny's!]
Officer Jenny: Hello, Ash! Hello Misty and Brock!
Ash, Brock and Misty: Officer Jenny?!
[Jenny's motorcycle screeches to a stop, a Pokémon jumps out, and how convenient is it that it's Ash's Squirtle, wearing his trademark glasses from the Squirtle Squad?]
Squirtle: Squirtle! Squirtle, Squirtle!
Ash: Is that Squirtle...? It is! I can't believe it!
Pikachu: Pika, Pika!
Ash: Hey there, buddy! How've you been?
Squirtle: Squirtle, Squirtle!
Pikachu: Pikachu!
Misty: But how on Earth did Ash's Squirtle get HERE?
Jenny: When Squirtle saw Ash running at the opening ceremonies, there was no stopping it!
[Brock, as usual, falls for Jenny, being the hopeless romantic he is...]
Brock: Every time I see your face, there's just no stopping me!
Jenny: What?
Misty: [Dragging Brock off by his ear] Enough! Love is blind, but you're annoying.
Ash: This is great, but what about all it's firefighting work with the Squirtle Squad?
Jenny: The Squirtle Squad has grown so much, they said that your Squirtle could take a little time off, Ash!
Ash: The perfect time, too!
Brock: Hey Ash, you could hurry and change your entry!
Ash: Yeah! Squirtle, that okay?
Squirtle: [Giving a thumbs-up] Squirt! Squirtle-squirt!

Brock: Both of Ash's Pokémon are Water types, and they're totally weak against Fire type! [Pretty sure you meant to say Electric type to refer to Macey's Electabuzz, Brock...]

Announcer: [After Ash's Squirtle was knocked to its shell by Macey's Quilava's Quick Attack]
What's this? It appears Squirtle has fallen on its back and can't get up! [Of course, this is a reference to the infamous line "I've fallen and I can't get up!" from LifeAlert commercials.]

Tie One On!

[Ash, Brock and Misty are in the Silver Town Pokémon Center awaiting Ash's pairing for his first match in the Finals Tournament the Johto League Silver Conference after tying with Jackson to advance.]
Brock: Hey, guys! The pairings for the Finals Tournament just went up!
Ash: Harrison made it!
Misty: Well, that doesn't surprise me!
[The giant monitor shows Harrison being paired up against an unknown boy for his first match.]
Brock: Yeah, he's really good.
[The camera pans over to the right, where Ash is shown versus... his biggest rival, Gary?!]
Ash: Let's see, where am I?
[The camera zooms in on their top halves.]
Ash: Oh...! It's Gary!
[Brock and Misty both gasp.]
Pikachu: Pika...
Gary: Lucky you!
Ash, Brock and Misty: [turning toward Gary] Huh?
Togepi: Toge?
Gary: Your Silver Conference experience is going to be a short one! I hope you had fun.
Ash: Hey! Grr...!
Pikachu: Pika!
Narrator: [with more enthusiasm than usual] So, the day has finally come when these two rivals must clash head-to-head, with the championship on the line! [although Ash would have a long way to go to get there if he wins]
Will Ash emerge victorious, or will Gary's prediction come true?!
[A blazing fire appears in the background of the rivals in a standoff before the "TO BE CONTINUED" text appears in the bottom left corner.]

The Ties That Bind


[Ash, Brock, Misty, Pikachu, and Togepi are eating breakfast after a sleepless Ash became agitated over which Pokémon to use against Gary.]

Misty: So, what type of Pokémon does Gary have the most of?
Togepi: [munching on a sandwich] Toge!
Brock Gary's got all kinds. He doesn't really favor one type!
Misty: All different types?! He really is a chip off the old Oak block!
Brock: Not only that, they're all first class and in tiptop shape, so he must've rotated them a lot!
Ash: He did. He's been that way for as long as I've known the guy.
Brock: And since he doesn't prefer one particular Pokémon over another, it'll be a different story than battling someone like Misty with all one type, so putting your team together is crucial.
[An anxious Ash looks up towards the sky, where large wings can be seen as a cloud reveals them.]
Ash: Huh? [The wings are revealed to belong to Ash's ace, Charizard!] Hey, look guys!
Brock and Misty: Huh?
Pikachu: Pika?
[Charizard roars.]
Ash: [dancing for joy] It's Charizard!! [He laughs in triumph, but then groans as he is greeted as usual by Charizard's Flamethrower, being turned into soot and falling over, but because Ash is Ash, he survives anyway.]
Misty: Charizard?
Brock: Uh-huh. I made a phone call to Liza late last night.
Ash: Am I glad to see you! Thanks! You sure came at a great time!
[Charizard roars happily]
Ash: Huh? [Gary appears to greet him right before the match, leading them to begin a stare-off.]
Misty: It's... Gary.
Pikachu: Pika?
Togepi: Toge?
[The two just look at each other for a few moments before greeting each other.]
Gary: Morning, Ash.
Ash: [begrudgingly] Good morning.
[The staring contest intensifies, until a cheerful Professor Oak shows up who previously watched Ash's matches on TV.]
Professor Oak: This calls for a poem!
Gary: Huh?
Ash: Waah! Professor Oak!
Gary: Grandpa!
Oak: Rivals, now they meet, / Gary, Ash to compete.
Delia: Brilliant!
Ash: Mom?
Pikachu: Pika!
Misty: Hi there!
Brock: It's been a long time!
Delia: We just had to come!
Oak: To cheer you both on!
Ash: Professor, thank you! Thank you!
Delia: It is the Victory Tournament! I just had to see it live!
Oak: My, my, my! You two will be facing off, eh?
Gary: Uh, yeah.
Ash: Uh-huh.
Oak: Well, lighten up and relax, you two. If you both keep acting this tense, by tomorrow, you won't even be able to compete!
Gary: [smiling] Guess you're right.
Oak: Now that's more like it.

[Just before Ash, Brock, and Misty leave to choose Ash's Pokémon for the fight against Gary, Delia and Ash share a final exchange.]

Ash: Huh?
Delia: I just wanted you to know that I think you're a wonderful Pokémon Trainer, and I'm proud of all your hard work and training! I'm sure you'll make me the proudest mom there could be.
Ash: [Nodding] Mm. I'll do my best!
Oak: Ah... Rivals for so long, and now they battle each other at the Victory Tournament!
Delia: This will be a match to remember.

[The sun shines on the Silver Stadium as the crowd cheers, signifying that the Victory Tournament will finally begin after much anticipation from Ash, Gary, Harrison, & 13 other Trainers, and of course, the entire world.]
Announcer: The day of the Johto League Silver Conference Victory Tournament has finally arrived!
[Shots of Mr. Goodshow, by himself and Macey and Jackson in the audience are shown.]
It's been an arduous journey for the sixteen gifted Trainers who earned the privilege of battling today, and I guarantee you'll witness a competition you'll never forget! The air here in the Silver Stadium is charged with excitement! Ladies and gentlemen, keep in mind from the beginning of this tournament, the battlefields will be randomly chosen and constantly changing, from grass to rock to water and to ice!
[As the announcer speaks, Team Rocket are shown selling Silver Conference badges at a booth outside the stadium.]
James: Get your Silver Conference commemorative badges right here~!
Announcer: In addition, all matches will be Full 6-on-6 Battles, making every Trainer's strategy all the more important!

[Pikachu, Togepi, Psyduck and Politoed are cheering on Ash as Misty and Brock sit in anticipation for the battle to begin.]
Announcer: The second match in this first round will be a battle between two trainers of the same age and from the same hometown: Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town, and Gary Oak, also from Pallet Town!
Gary's Cheerleaders: Gary, Gary, he's our man! If he can't do it, no one can! Gary!
Misty: Oh, good. Gary's cheerleading team is back.
Brock: [completely smitten, because why not] And not a moment too soon! What a smorgasbord of beauty!
[Misty reacts unamused to this, of course.]
Announcer: Gary is the grandson of well-known Pokémon expert Professor Oak!
[Oak notices the camera and clearly does not want to be seen. Delia, however, throws up a peace sign with a wide smile on her face.]
And Ash has earned himself quite a reputation as well by achieving the best 16 at the Indigo Plateau! [Who knows how far he would've gone if Charizard didn't have obedience issues...]
Folks, it would not be understatement to say this will be one of the finest matches you'll see anywhere! Fasten your seatbelts; this battle is about to begin! Let's see what battlefield they'll be fighting on!
[The wheel flashes through the four battlefields a few times before stopping on the rock battlefield.]
And it's a rock field!
[The crowd chatters in awe as the plain battlefield covering opens to bring up a very rocky battlefield, which will make for lots of strategic plays.]
Ash: Whoa...
Misty: Oh, wow!
Pikachu: Pika...
Announcer: It's time to decide who takes the first move!
Spectator: Go, Gary! I went to school with Gary, you know.
[The wheel alternates between green, Ash's side, and red, signifying Gary, who are portrayed to the viewer as the good and evil side, respectively, before stopping on a red wedge, giving Gary the opening move.]
Announcer: And the first move goes to Gary Oak! What Pokémon will he use first?
Gary: Nidoqueen, I choose you!
Nidoqueen: Nido!
Brock: Powerful choice!
Misty: I figured Gary would start out in a big way!
Ash: That's just fine with me! Go, Tauros!
Announcer: Gary has chosen to start out with his Nidoqueen, and Ash with Tauros!
Referee: Let the match begin!

[Ash's Heracross has just knocked out Gary's Magmar, leaving both trainers with one Pokémon down.]
Gary: I guess it's time to show 'em my best! Deal with this, Ashy Boy! Mwah! [he kisses the Poké Ball, which must mean this Pokémon means quite a lot to him...] Blastoise! I choose you!
Blastoise: Blastoise!
Ash: Ah, Blastoise?!
Announcer: Gary's choice for third Pokémon is Blastoise!
Misty: Brock, could that be...
Brock: The same Squirtle that Gary originally received from Professor Oak? Yeah, that's the one.
Oak: It looks like Gary is anxious to finish this up here and now! Blastoise IS the most powerful Pokémon Gary has.
[Ash and Misty's Pokémon amp up their cheering, knowing of Blastoise's threat to Ash's path to victory over his rival.]
Pikachu: Pikachu! Pika!
Ash: Okay, Heracross! Use Fury Swipes!
Heracross: [charging] Heracross!
Gary: Blastoise! Hydro Pump!
Blastoise: Blas...toise! [A powerful Hydro Pump is fired from its cannons, and a shot of the two Pokémon and their Trainers clashing is shown as the episode draws to a conclusion.]
Narrator: There have been plenty of turnovers in this match already, so the ultimate victor is anyone's guess! But to find out the winner, stay tuned!

Can't Beat the Heat!

[Gary's Blastoise has knocked out Ash's Bayleef, leaving him with three Pokémon left while his rival still has five.]
Ash: Gary is pretty impressive... but so are we!
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, we'll take a five-minute intermission here, giving Ash time to regroup after losing three of his Pokémon.
Pikachu: Pika, Pi! Pikachu, Pikachu!
Ash: Hey, Pikachu, what is it?
Brock: Ash, I think it's asking if it can battle!
Misty: Well, it makes sense. Gary IS using a Water Pokémon.
Togepi: Togeprri!
Ash: I wish I could, buddy, but I'm only allowed to use the Pokémon I registered BEFORE the match!
Pikachu: [in protest] Pika!! [He crosses his arms.]
Oak: Those two battling so fiercely has got my stomach in knots!
Delia: They've never changed.
Oak: Oh? How do you mean?
Delia: Gary was always the confident one taking the lead with Ash right behind, struggling to keep up with him!
Oak: He may not admit it, but I think that Gary considers Ash his most important friend of all.
Delia: I think Ash feels the same way!

Gary: You've made it this far, Ashy Boy. And that'll be far enough! Blastoise, go!
Blastoise: Blastoise!
Announcer: And, now for the final battle, Gary brings back his Blastoise! And Ash will be staying with Charizard. Blastoise appears to have an overwhelming advantage based on Pokémon type, but this match isn't over just yet, folks! Believe me!
Ash: [in his thoughts] Advantage? Who cares. We made it this far, right, and we're going all the way!

[Ash's Charizard and Gary's Blastoise, each of their last Pokémon, are repeatedly firing Flamethrower and Hydro Pump in attempts of hitting one another.]
Blastoise: Blast! Toise! Blast!
Ash: That's no good. I've gotta do something about that Hydro Pump first! Huh?!
[One of Charizard's Flamethrowers covers a rock in molten lava, causing the gears to start spinning in Ash's head...]
That's it! If we can't hit Blastoise, we can hit everything else! Charizard, use Flamethrower to burn the battlefield!
[Charizard roars each time it scatters several Flamethrowers across the rocky battlefield as all a puzzled Blastoise can do is watch.]
Announcer: Charizard is striking the field with Flamethrower! What sort of strategy could Ash have up his sleeve?
Gary: Okay, what's Ash's idea this time...?
Misty: I can't figure out what Ash is doing...!
Brock: Hmm...
Ash: Way to go, Charizard! Keep up that Flamethrower!
[Charizard roars in agreement as it fires a shot that melts a hefty chunk off of one of the rocks.]
Delia: It's starting to get awfully warm in here...
Professor Oak: What? Look there!
Delia: Oh my?!
Professor Oak: The field is melting!
Gary: No way!
Ash: Awesome!
Announcer: What kind of crazy-- I mean, what a novel and unique strategy! Charizard's Flamethrower attacks are melting the field, leaving Blastoise with nowhere to run!
Pikachu: Pika...
Togepi: Toge?
Misty: Looks like Ash has done it again...!
Brock: Blastoise may be strong against Fire directly, but NOT against something like THIS!
Announcer: What will Gary do? Blastoise has been completely immobilized!
[Of course, Gary comes up with a solution rather quickly...]
Gary: Blastoise, use Hydro Pump to cool the field down!
Blastoise: Blastoise! Blast! [It fires three shots of Hydro Pump that extinguish the lava on the field and cover it completely in steam, leaving the two Pokémon invisible to the audience and especially Ash and Gary.]
Announcer: Would you look at that! Trying to cool that red-hot battlefield with a Hydro Pump attack was all it took to cover it with a thick layer of steam!
[Ash and Gary endure the impact of Blastoise's attacks, anticipating what will occur when the steam clears.]
And now, it's impossible for anyone to see what's happened to either Blastoise or Charizard!
[The steam clears, showing Blastoise and Charizard up close struggling claw-in-claw against each other.]
There they are! Having been thrown together, Charizard and Blastoise are locked together in close-range, hand-to-hand combat!
Gary: Charizard's too close! Blastoise can't aim with its hydro cannons!
Ash: Use Dragon Rage!
[Charizard roars as it charges its Dragon Rage.]
Gary: Dodge it, quick!
Blastoise: Blastoise! [It ducks its head into its shell, letting Dragon Rage fly over it.]
Ash: Charizard! Lift Blastoise up into the air!
[Charizard does just that, trying to repeat the strategy that failed against Gary's Golem due to it being too heavy.]
Gary: Bite attack, Blastoise! Go!
Blastoise: Blast! [It bites Charizard's shoulder area in an attempt to make it drop Blastoise.]
[Charizard groans in pain.]
Brock: Ahh!
Misty: Charizard!
Ash: Charizard, don't give in! Seismic Toss with everything you've got!!
[Charizard roars as it carries Blastoise in circles.]
Announcer: And Charizard is going to try Seismic Toss once again!
[The attack speeds up, portraying Charizard circling the Earth, which is centered on the Pacific Ocean.]
Gary: Blastoise!
[Charizard begins its rapid descent down to the battlefield.]
Announcer: Folks, it looks like this time, it's going to work!
[A large impact sound can be heard as the two hit the ground.]
[Ash and Gary watch in tension while their cheering sections, as well as Delia & Professor Oak, Harrison, Mr. Goodshow, and Jackson & Macey and the people surrounding them, watch in suspense as the smoke starts to clear.]
[It does clear, and Charizard is standing while Blastoise is on all fours staring at the ground.]
Blastoise: [as it slowly gets up] Blast. Toise.
[The two stare each other down for a few extremely tense seconds. Then, Blastoise falls to the ground once again, but this time it cannot get up, making Charizard and Ash the winner of the highly anticipated battle between rivals!]
Blastoise: [falling] Blast... Toise... Blastoise...
Referee: Blastoise is unable to battle! Charizard is the winner!
Announcer: Blastoise has been defeated! The winner is Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town!!
[An overhead shot of the Silver Stadium is seen as the entire audience cheers.]
[Ash stares into space in disbelief that he had beaten his long-time rival.]
It was a long and fierce battle, but in the end, Ash emerged victorious! It was something to see!
Ash: I won... and I beat... Gary...!
Gary: Hm! [He walks off the battlefield, clearly impressed with Ash.]
Pikachu: Pika, Pi! [squeaks in excitement]
Ash: Huh? Pikachu!
[Brock, Misty, and their Pokémon walk up to congratulate Ash.]
Misty: That was awesome!
Brock: You hung in there, Ash!
Ash: Hey, thanks a lot, guys. Alright! I finally beat Gary! [He grunts in excitement and jumps for joy.] I won the first match of the Championship Tournament!
Pikachu: Pi, Pikachu!
[At night, after Ash's victory over Gary, his rival is seen standing at the same pond they reflected at before the Johto League began.]
Ash: Gary?
Gary: Hey, Ash. Thanks for coming to see me.
Ash: No problem. So what's up, Gary?
[Gary reaches into his pocket and pulls out the red half of a Poké Ball they broke in a fishing argument with Ash, who considered it a draw, while Gary considered it a loss for Ash.]
Gary: This.
Ash: Huh?
Gary: Here, take it. It belongs to you; you earned it. Really, I mean it!
Ash: Thanks...
Gary: That battle today of ours was awesome! I don't even feel bad that I lost! You see, Ash, when we tied long ago, I felt like a failure.
[Ash is dumbstruck at this new admission over their argument, meaning he does regret being so in Ash's face over it.]
But today, you totally beat me fair and square, get it?
Ash: I guess... You know, I feel like I got a whole lot stronger by battling with you today!
Gary: Me too. I'll cheer for you in your second match.
[They shake hands.]
Ash: Thanks.
Gary: Good luck!

Playing with Fire!


Johto Photo Finish


Gotta Catch Ya Later!

[Ash and Pikachu are sitting on a tree, looking depressed that his longtime travel partners, Brock and Misty, have now left him for new ambitions.]
Ash: Everyone's gone, Pikachu...
Pikachu: Pikachu... Pi?
[Pikachu looks up, appearing to notice something.]
Ash: Not sure I like being alone...
Pikachu: Pika, Pi!
Ash: Huh...?
[A trail of sparkles moves across the clouds.]
Ash: Ohh! Look at that!
[The sparkles are revealed to belong to the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh, who Ash and Pikachu saw on that fateful day they first began their journey.]
Ash: Oh, it's Ho-Oh!
[Ash and Pikachu watch as Ho-Oh flies away.]
Ash: I know where it's headed. It's headed to the Hoenn Region. That's where all those Pokémon I've never seen before are. And all those battles that I'm destined to fight in.

Hoenn Alone!


Ash: Pikachu, hey, can you hear me, buddy? Pikachu...!

[Text appears on the screen saying "NEXT TIME, A NEW BEGINNING!", ending the original series on a cliffhanger.]