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| Rhapsody in Drew!
Decisive Battle! Grand Festival! (Part 3)
|| April 7, 2005
| United States
|| February 25, 2006
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 大山和弘 Kazuhiro Ōyama
| Assistant director
|| ながはまのりひこ Norihiko Nagahama
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Rhapsody in Drew (Japanese: 決戦！グランドフェスティバル③!! Decisive Battle! Grand Festival! (Part 3)) is the 123rd episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 397th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 7, 2005 and in the United States on February 25, 2006.
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May and Harley are about to face each other in the first battle round, Beautifly and Bulbasaur against Cacturne and Banette. Harley goes first with Banette’s Screech and Cacturne’s Bullet Seed, which throws both May’s Pokémon off guard and losing about 20 points. Bulbasaur then uses Vine Whip, Cacturne and Banette both try to dodge it, but Bulbasaur is quick and catches them both by the leg. While they’re both immobile, Beautifly does damage with Silver Wind as well. After that, Bulbasaur throws them both, sending them spinning in circles while Beautifly uses yet another Silver Wind. When they slow down, they wind up confused, and Harley lost a little more than half of the entire point bar. Bulbasaur then goes for another Vine Whip, but Banette quickly counters with Torment, not allowing it to repeat its move. Bulbasaur backs off, withdrawing its vines. Cacturne then goes for a Pin Missile, but May has Beautifly quickly sweep down and lift Bulbasaur out of the way. However, Banette’s Will-O’-Wisp easily gets them losing May almost half her point bar as well. However, while Beautifly does a Petal Dance on Bulbasaur, it somehow pops all of Banette’s blue flames from its last attack! Vivian and the crowd are pretty impressed with her strategy. As Harley is gradually losing bits of his bar, he tries a last-effort Pin Missile from Cacturne, but fails. Finally, with Bulbasaur still on Beautifly, they use a combo of Silver Wind and Razor Leaf, knocking both opponents out at 1:57 seconds. This round goes to May.
Harley angrily leaves the hall, sulks into the dressing room and pretends not to notice Drew. But Drew can’t help but comment on Harley getting what he deserved, and that he’s actually going to beat May without having a dirty reputation.
Team Rocket are planning their next scheme again, so they use James’ laptop to look up the top coordinator. Sure enough, the closest they could find is Robert, who according to the database has Milotic and Claydol. Then suddenly they see Robert walk out of the hall. Meowth quickly fires his net, but Robert is quick and stops it with his bare hands. Just then, Ash comes out of the door with Pikachu and Snorunt, ready for training. Noticing Team Rocket and the net, he orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt to break the net. As Team Rocket say their motto, they also complement Robert on his Milotic, but he just laughs knowing what they’re up to. As Team Rocket sends out Cacnea and Dustox, Ash decides to finally put Snorunt’s Ice Beam to use. However, it barely comes out. Robert then points out to Ash that Snorunt’s just having a bit of energy shortage from training from the looks of it, so it’s possible that’s why it’s having trouble. Then, Robert goes up and gives Snorunt a bit of consoling about controlling it’s Ice Beam with Ash and Pikachu’s support as well and Meowth’s mockery. Cacnea and Dustox then use Pin Missile and Psybeam which are just about to hit Pikachu, but Snorunt pushes him out of the way and takes the hits instead! Amidst all the smoke and dust from the attack, Snorunt begins to glow and evolves into Glalie! Robert congratulates Ash, and Team Rocket look threatened by Glalie’s angry look. Finally, Robert gives Ash the advice that Glalie are known to be well coordinated, and should have no problem controlling attacks. With that, Ash has Glalie use Ice Beam sending Team Rocket off in a block of ice. Ash hugs Glalie, and thanks Robert for all his help.
Now May is up against Anthony, and there are 30 seconds left in the battle. May has half her points left, while Anthony has about 30%, and it’s Bulbasaur and Combusken against Swalot and Pinsir. Combusken tries to Peck Swalot, but Pinsir (who was hiding UNDER Swalot) gets out and uses its claws to shut Combusken’s beak. But before anyone could make another move, time runs out and since May has more points left, the round is hers.
Back in the room, Anthony congratulates May and thanks Ash and co for helping him with his previous problem. There are about 8 trainers left now and to May’s luck, she’s placed against Drew for the quarterfinals! Everyone’s shocked, but she’d have had to face him eventually.
This time May uses Combusken and Skitty, while Drew uses Roselia and Flygon! Everyone’s surprised because they never knew him to have a Flygon, but Drew says he was saving it specifically for contests, and especially for this battle. As Vivian signals the start, Roselia uses Petal Dance having Flygon zoom through it. May decides to try her luck with Skitty’s Assist and uses Fire Spin! This stops the petals, and distracts Flygon for a bit as well. While Flygon is still airborne, Combusken goes for a Sky Uppercut but Flygon is pretty fast and dodges. With that, Combusken falls over, right on Skitty, with Flygon hovering over them both! Flygon then uses Flamethrower and Roselia uses Solar Beam. As the attacks close in on May’s Pokémon, Ash yells to May to have them dodge it, but instead she has Combusken counter with Fire Spin which cancels both attacks! Both May and Drew lose points, but Drew loses a bit more. May then tries another one of Combusken’s Fire Spins, but Flygon counters with Sandstorm. During the confusion, Skitty aims at Roselia with Blizzard. However, the Sandstorm hits, and Drew uses the same trick May used. Flygon sweeps down and grabs Roselia, taking it out of the way. May’s side takes a lot of damage, now left with about 40%. Only one minute is left...
Skitty’s Assist this time sends a Vine Whip, which Roselia and Flygon easily dodge. However, she can still make use of it. Having Combusken jump really high, Skitty holds out the vines, and Combusken jumps from the tip right at Flygon! However, back on the ground Roselia tries to distract them with Magical Leaf, but Skitty stops them with Blizzard. Flygon then tries to stop the Blizzard with Flamethrower, but Combusken, still in the air, takes the fire and heads towards Flygon. Engulfed in flames, Combusken goes for a fiery Tackle, hitting Flygon square-on! This stunt gets a lot of attention from the crowd, and even Norman at home. Drew takes a bit more damage. But, it’s not over yet. Combusken and Skitty then use Quick Attack and Tackle, since Drew’s Pokémon have just taken a bit of damage but Roselia stops them both with Stun Spore. While paralyzed, Flygon hits them both with Steel Wing and just as the clock runs out, May has also ran out of points. This round is Drew’s.
May sighs, now that it’s over but she is relieved to have made it this far, and everyone else is proud of her. It was a pretty intense battle and Top 8 is pretty impressive for a coordinator's first festival. However, Harley is really embarrassed and jealous and sulking in a corner, that after all his scheming carefully to beat May and failing, Drew beat her just like that. Hopefully he learned from that. May then roots for Drew for the time being.
Drew is now in the final round, facing Robert’s Milotic and Claydol, using Flygon and Masquerain. Robert has about 60% left and Drew barely has 10%, and there are just 30 seconds left in the battle. Milotic sends a Twister at them, and before they can to anything Claydol pops out from the Twister and uses Hyper Beam. Finally, Milotic attacks them both with Iron Tail. Flygon and Masquerain both fall, and the battle as well as the Festival goes to Robert.
Confetti fills the stage, the crowd cheers as Vivian awards Robert the cup. May is a little disappointed that Drew lost, but at least he got pretty far as well. Plus, who knows she would have been against Robert. Anyway, to end the festival, Vivian announces a conclusion party in the evening.
May’s enjoying herself later that evening, but then notices in the distance something that looks a bit like fireworks. Then she turns around, and notices Drew outside the area, training with Roselia and Masquerain. She’s a little surprised that he’s not participating, but apparently he’d rather be training. Robert is really an experienced Coordinator and Drew wants to compete in next year’s festival as well. He knows Robert will be there, since he’s there every year and his current challenge is to beat Robert. In fact, he did meet him back at the Slateport Contest Hall. Robert has been the undefeated top Coordinator for years now, and now Drew wants that position. May stands there for a moment as Drew walks off, thinking to herself but then Ash and friends interrupt this moment.
They then notice Drew in the distance, and ask if she knows what he’s up to. As her mom comments that this was a cozy moment, May gets a little embarrassed and blushes. She then says that she definitely wants to try for the Grand Festival again next year. She’s found her ambition, and that is to be the top Coordinator. Her mother and friends all wish her luck then Caroline remembers Ash and also wishes him luck. That’s right, it’s time to head over to Ever Grande City for the Hoenn League!
Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Golem
- This is the last episode to feature Ikue Ohtani as Drew's Roselia
- The English language title Rhapsody In Drew is most likely a reference to Gershwin's  famous composition Rhapsody In Blue.
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In other languages
- French: Le défi de Flora
- Italian: Verso la finale
- Portuguese: Rapsódia de Drew.