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| Stopped in the Name of Love!
Evolution! This Time for Pochama!?
|| April 2, 2009
| United States
|| August 29, 2009
|| Team Iguchi
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 小山賢 Masaru Koyama
| Assistant director
|| 小山賢 Masaru Koyama
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Stopped in the Name of Love! (Japanese: 進化！その時ポッチャマは！？ Evolution! This Time for Pochama!?) is the 122nd episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 588th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 2, 2009, as part of a one-hour special along with DP121 and aired in the United States on August 29, 2009.
As Dawn's upcoming Contest in Sandalstraw Town approaches, the group stops at a local Pokémon Center. Dawn decides to train and summons all her Pokémon, knowing she only needs one more ribbon to enter the Grand Festival. Piplup runs forward and collapses, everyone asking if it is okay. Piplup tries to get up and falls again, concerning Dawn. Barry suddenly appears and crashes into Ash as usual. Kenny also appears and calls Dawn Dee-Dee, asking if she's entering the Contest. Barry reveals that he also knows Kenny since he is also from Twinleaf Town. Kenny plans to enter the Contest while Barry decides to enter the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament, showing Ash a flyer about it. Brock mentions that a Trainer and one of his or her Pokémon will partner up as a team to enter. Barry summons Empoleon in order to train, planning to enter with it. As everyone watches, Piplup starts to glow, causing Piplup to jump around. Kenny mentions that it is starting to evolve into Prinplup. Everyone's excited, but Piplup braces itself, stopping the evolution and exhausting Piplup to the point of collapse. Brock urges everyone to go to the Center.
At the Center, Nurse Joy checks Piplup as she reassures Dawn that Piplup only needs to rest. During dinner, Dawn mentions that it still surprised her that Piplup will evolve. Kenny and Barry complement her as they mention the positives of Piplup evolving while Ash mentions that she will need to adapt just as he adapted to Grotle. Although Ash is skeptical of Dawn mentioning her adaptation to Mamoswine, Dawn is still excited, but Brock displays concern. Outside, Team Rocket listens in and decides to steal the Piplup evolutionary line.
During the night, Piplup wakes up and looks at itself in the window's reflecton, imagining itself as Prinplup. Dawn comes up from behind and presents Piplup with food, but it refuses. Dawn reveals her excitement for Piplup's evolution, but Piplup doesn't seem enthuisiastic as Dawn tries to reassure Piplup. Piplup jumps around as it begins to glow again, the evolution process starting. Dawn tries to get Piplup to evolve, but Piplup uses Bide to stop evolving, exhausting it. Dawn questions Piplup's motives and brings up the positives of evolution, but Piplup rebels, jumps out the window and flees the Center, prompting Dawn to follow. Barry and Empoleon pressure Brock, Kenny and Ash to train for the Ping-Pong tournament, but Dawn shows up and mentions her situation. Outside, Brock mentions his concerns that Piplup does not want to evolve, using Bide to stop evolution and expend energy. Everyone splits up to search as Kenny summons Prinplup to help search. As Dawn searches on her own, she spots a light in the forest.
Piplup sits under a waterfall, stopping its evolution but collapses into the water. Dawn arrives and picks up Piplup, questioning its reason to not evolve. Piplup gets angry and jumps out of Dawn's hands before firing BubbleBeam and running off. Dawn searches as she spots Piplup stuck in a web. She runs forward as an Ariados atacks her with Sludge Bomb. While she dodges, Piplup uses BubbleBeam to stall Ariados. Dawn runs forward as another Sludge Bomb grazes the top of her head, causing her to trip. The attack frees Piplup and sends it airborne, but Dawn quickly catches Piplup. However, multiple Ariados confront the two and all prepare to fire Hyper Beam. Just before the attacks hit, Piplup jumps forward and uses Bide to take the attacks before retailiating, sending all the Araiados flying. Piplup collapses exhausted as Dawn picks up Piplup.
As Barry and Kenny continue searching, a Bullet Seed attack knocks down Prinplup and Empoleon before two mecha arms grab them. Empoleon and Prinplup try to use Hydro Cannon and BubbleBeam, but the hands spin and disorient them as Kenny and Barry notice a large mecha. Meanwhile, Dawn carries Piplup to a lake as Piplup wakes up, Dawn thanknig her Pokémon. Dawn mentions how a similar situation occured when they first met and how Dawn chose Piplup. Ash and Brock find Dawn and are relieved that they're okay. Suddenly, another mecha arm grabs Piplup as a giant Prinplup mecha shows up, revealing the captured Piplup evolutionary line. Team Rocket recites their motto but Barry cuts them off. Ash has Pikachu fire Thunderbolt, but the mecha redirects the attack to harm Prinplup and Empoleon.
The mecha deploys tank treads and proceeds to escape, but Dawn spots Piplup and decides to run after it, getting on the side. Dawn notices a hatch up top and gets in that way. While Dawn demands her Pokémon back, Piplup destroys the ventilation gates with Peck and BubbleBeam, getting into the control room with Dawn. Meowth translates Piplup's talk as it plans to take them down and that it wants to protect Dawn just like the first time, revealing that past events have motivated it to stay the way it is. Dawn accepts Piplup's decision and has it attack with Whirlpool, destroying the mecha and freeing everyone. Outside, Team Rocket gets up and summons Seviper and Carnivine. They attack with Poison Tail and Vine Whip, but Piplup's BubbleBeam stops both in their tracks. Piplup starts to glow again as it tries to stop evolution, leaving it vulnerable. James wants Piplup to not evolve to maintain the family, but Jessie opts to let it and instead present the boss with Empoleon triplets. Seviper and Carnivine rush to attack the defenseless Piplup, but Pikachu's Thunderbolt stops both Pokémon, Ash and the others arriving on site. Piplup is stil immobile as Seviper and Carnivine attack again with Bullet Seed and Poison Tail, but Pikachu defends with Thunderbolt. Piplup manages to stop evolving and attacks with Whrilpool, sending Team Rocket flying away. Afterwards, Dawn thanks Piplup and gives Piplup her full support to remain in base form.
At the Center, Nurse Joy finishes tending to the Piplup family. Nurse Joy and Chansey present Dawn with an Everstone, which will prevent Piplup from evolving without having to expend energy. The group goes back to training as Dawn and Kenny have a practice match with Piplup and Prinplup.
- When Nurse Joy is presenting the everstone, Chansey mistakenly said "Blissey."
- The openning is North America is changed and looks more like the Japenese one