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| Odd Pokémon Out!
Juptile vs. Tropius! Grassland Duel!!
|| January 26, 2006
| United States
|| October 28, 2006
|| Team Ota
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Assistant director
|| ながはまのりひこ Norihiko Nagahama
| Animation directors
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
| Additional credits
Odd Pokémon Out! (Japanese: ジュプトルVSトロピウス！草原の決闘！！ Juptile vs. Tropius! Grassland Duel!!) is the 161st episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 435th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 26, 2006 and in the United States on October 28, 2006.
Ash and his friends are headed to Chrysanthemum Island so May can enter the Pokémon Contest for her elusive third Ribbon. However, there is no direct ferry service, so they’re heading to Camomile Island to get on the connecting ship. They find the place full of Pokémon roaming the grassy plains. Ash, May and Brock bring out their Pokémon.
A green grass ball bounces to Donphan as a bunch of baby Rhyhorn approach, but are scared of Donphan. Donphan picks up the ball and tries to play, but the Rhyhorn flee. Bigger Rhyhorn step up to defend the young. Donphan drops the ball and runs back to Ash and the group. They notice the stampede and also run away. Nurse Joy pulls up in a Jeep and sends out her Meganium, which uses Growl to calm the Rhyhorn. While May checks her Pokédex, Brock is as usual attracted to Nurse Joy as Max pulls him back. As everyone checks the Pokémon, Ash notices Grovyle is missing. Pikachu points to where Grovyle is, near a large tree and facing off against a Tropius. Ash checks his Pokédex as Joy points out that Tropius is protecting the tree as its territory.
Grovyle charges, but Tropius swats Grovyle away with Steel Wing before using Gust to pin Grovyle down, following up with Razor Leaf. Joy calls Meganium to stop Tropius with Razor Leaf. The attack works as Tropius ceases hostility when Meganium confronts it. Nurse Joy points out that it has happened before and that Tropius will not attack Meganium. Meanwhile, Grovyle was critically hurt from the attack as the group heads back to the Pokémon Center. Team Rocket watches nearby, wanting to steal Tropius. Jessie and James decide to let Meowth talk to Tropius and coerce it to come along. As Tropius eats fruit off the tree, Meowth approaches with a megaphone. Meowth asks Tropius about what it wants. Meowth tells Jessie and James that Tropius wants Meganium as Meowth points out the attraction. Team Rocket remembers how Meganium has healing powers and also decide to take Meganium.
At the center, Meganium uses its powers to heal Grovyle. Grovyle wakes up and notices Meganium, instantly attracted, the twig in its mouth sprouting a flower. Brock points out how Grovyle is embarrassed because it lost to Tropius, but Ash is indifferent to the attraction. The group leaves the room to let Grovyle rest, but Grovyle is already up. Meanwhile, Team Rocket approaches the center in a mecha, using a mechanical arm to crash through and take Meganium. Nurse Joy alerts the group as Team Rocket recites their motto. Mime Jr. constantly interrupts Meowth throughout the motto, making him angry. Team Rocket leaves with Meganium as Ash and his friends follow. Meanwhile, Grovyle goes back to the tree to face off with Tropius once again.
The wind blows as Grovyle and Tropius face off. Tropius uses Gust once again, stalling Grovyle. It charges with Steel Wing and uses Razor Leaf to knock Grovyle down before attacking again with Razor Leaf. Grovyle blocks the attack, noticing the flower in its mouth and relating it to Meganium. Grovyle uses this as inspiration to speed up the tree and hit Tropius from above with Bullet Seed before following with Leaf Blade, putting Tropius down. Grovyle notices Team Rocket’s mecha approaching with Meganium in tow. They put Meganium down as it runs forward, Grovyle seemingly happy. However, Meganium runs past Grovyle to tend to Tropius. Meganium heals Tropius and the two appear truly together, upsetting Grovyle. The flower in its mouth wilts as Grovyle sinks to its knees.
The Jeep arrives and Ash notices Grovyle on its knees as Ash confronts Team Rocket, thinking they did something, but they reveal information about the second battle between Grovyle and Tropius. Ash thinks Grovyle lost again, but they point out that Grovyle won the battle but lost Meganium’s love. Ash is as usual oblivious. Meowth activates the mecha and takes both Meganium and Tropius away. Grovyle notices Meganium struggling and stands back up, clearly angry as it begins to glow, evolving into Sceptile.
Ash checks his Pokédex as Sceptile rushes towards the mecha. Jessie and James send out Seviper and Cacnea. Meowth launches them directly at Sceptile, sending all three back to the group. Ash orders Sceptile to fire Bullet Seed, but the attack fails, Sceptile unable to fire any seeds. Ash orders Leaf Blade, but the attack also fails to function. Seviper and Cacnea attack with Poison Tail and Needle Arm, Sceptile taking the attacks and knocking it down. The mecha is about to stomp Sceptile, but Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on one of the legs, blowing out the knee and dropping the mecha, releasing the Grass Pokémon. Nurse Joy hugs the Grass Pokémon as Team Rocket calls their balloon in. They attempt to run, but Meganium and Tropius step forward to attack together. Meganium uses Razor Leaf while Tropius uses Gust to amplify the attack, destroying the balloon and sending Team Rocket flying.
Everyone notes how close the grass Pokémon are as they decide to live together at the Pokémon Center. Ash is concerned about his Sceptile being unable to attack, but Joy knows that Sceptile will get over it and grow. Ash and co. board the ship to head off to May's next Contest.
- Ash's Grovyle evolves into a Sceptile.
- The shock of Meganium's rejection causes Sceptile to become unable to use attacks.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- The voice of James's Mime Jr. was provided by Tomoe Hanba (半場友恵) due to its regular actress, Ikue Ohtani, being on maternity leave. Ohtani also provides the voice of Ash's Pikachu, but it is assumed Pikachu's voice was supplied by clips from the much more abundant amount of previous episodes.
- OK! was played during the battle between Ash's Sceptile and Team Rocket.
- Meganium, Grovyle, Sceptile, and Tropius are all in the Monster Egg Group, meaning that the attractions expressed in this episode are consistent with Egg Groups. Meganium and Tropius are also in the Plant Egg Group.
- The episode title is a pun on the idiom "odd man out."
- This is the second time that Ash and one of his rivals have a Pokémon of the same type of species, the first being both Ash and Gary owning a Krabby.
- Referring to Sceptile, Ash says "...he won" and "he lost..." which wasn't present in the Japanese version. In fact, Sceptile's gender has yet to be confirmed in the Japanese anime.
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