| Battle for the Underground!
Battle for the Underground! (Japanese: 激走！バトルサブウェイ！！（後編） Flat-out Run! Battle Subway!! (Part 2)) is the 48th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 705th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 15, 2011 as part of a one-hour special, in the UK on December 28, 2011 and in the United States on January 7, 2012.
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Template:Incomplete synopsis The episode starts of with a recap of Crisis from the Underground Up! Then, the episode continues, with Ingo and Emmet finding out about all of the decoy trains that Team Rocket has created. Iris accidentally helps Cilan figure out where the train will exit the subway. Meanwhile, Pikachu gets smart, and is able to get Snivy out of her Poké Ball, who then releases Excadrill from his Poké Ball and frees Pikachu and Axew from their traps. The Pokémon then come up with a plan to try and escape.
- Ash's Tepig learns Flamethrower.
- The gang, with the help of Ingo and Emmet, retrieve all the Pokémon from Team Rocket and force them to withdraw from Nimbasa City.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Axew (Iris's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Oshawott (Ash's; fantasy)
- Tepig (Ash's)
- Snivy (Ash's)
- Scraggy (Ash's; fantasy)
- Roggenrola (Ash's)
- Excadrill (Iris's)
- Pansage (Cilan's)
- Dwebble (Cilan's)
- Chandelure (Ingo's; debut)
- Eelektross (Emmet's; debut)
- Ash and Cilan narrate the preview for the next episode.
- Music from Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Zoroark: Master of Illusions is used in this episode.
- This episode aired December 24, 2011 in Italy (on K2), exactly 2 weeks before the American airdate.
- There is no Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster following this episode. Instead, a special preview for the next few episodes is shown.
- Ash using his Palpitoad, Snivy and Pikachu against Elesa's Emolga, Tynamo and Zebstrika. (BW050)
- Ash and Cilan using their Tepig and Pansage, respectively, to battle Ingo's Chandelure and Emmet's Eelektross. (BW051)
- Alder appearing in person and battling Ash and Pikachu using his Bouffalant. Alder subsequently tries to stop an attacking Gigalith. (BW052)
- Iris befriending a Deino. (BW056)
- A hero and villain-themed episode featuring an Accelgor-themed, motorcycle-riding hero and his Accelgor against an ice-themed set of villains. The two henchmen, who dress like their Pokémon, each use Vanillite, while the Cryogonal-masked leader uses Vanillish. (BW057)
- Tornadus and Thundurus going on a rampage. To call forth Landorus to stop them, Iris and a Gothorita pray in front of a shrine. (BW059)
- Ash's Pikachu and Oshawott performing in a Pokémon Musical show. (BW051)
- This episode aired on December 28, 2011 in the UK, more than one week before the US airdate.
- From the scene when Pikachu and Meowth confront each other through the hole in the subway car's door to the scene when Ingo sends out his Chandelure, the music is changed to a single longer dub-original track. Two tracks from the Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime Music Collection were removed.
- During the ending scenes, an instrumental version of Black and White replaced Best Wishes' instrumental version.
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