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EP002

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Pokémon Emergency!
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  EP002  
たいけつ!ポケモンセンター!
Emergency! Pokémon Center!
First broadcast
Japan April 8, 1997
United States September 9, 1998
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Ending
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending ひゃくごじゅういち
Credits
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 首藤剛志 Takeshi Shudō
Storyboard 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Assistant director 井上修 Osamu Inoue
Animation director 藤田宗克 Munekatsu Fujita
No additional credits are available at this time.

Pokémon Emergency! (Japanese: たいけつ!ポケモンセンター Emergency! Pokémon Center!), was the second episode of the Pokémon anime ever shown. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 8, 1997 and in the United States on September 9, 1998.

In this episode, Ash takes his sick Pikachu to the Viridian City Pokémon Center to be healed; but while Pikachu is being treated, mysterious members of the organization known as Team Rocket attack the Pokémon Center with the intent of stealing the Pokémon inside.

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Synopsis

After his battle with the Spearow, Pikachu is badly injured, Ash is told by Misty about a place he can take Pikachu to be healed, a Pokémon Center. They head to the Viridian City Center to be healed. When entering the town, Ash is stopped by Officer Jenny, who finds him suspcious, but Ash confirms his identity with his Pokédex, Jenny then rushes Ash to the Pokémon Center, but while Pikachu is being treated, mysterious members of the organization known as Team Rocket attack the Pokémon Center with the intent of stealing the Pokémon inside. Suddenly, a newly healed Pikachu brings along a host of his friends, and together they defeat Team Rocket and sends them blasting off into the sky.

Major events

  • Team Rocket is introduced.
  • Misty joins Ash.
  • Team Rocket also decide to follow Ash and begin their obsession over his Pikachu.

Debuts

Pokémon debuts

Characters

Humans

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?: Koffing

Trivia

  • This is the only episode in which Ash's father and Ash's grandfather (Japanese version only) is mentioned. Delia states that it took him four days to get from Pallet Town to Viridian City.
  • The image of a bird that reminds Ash of Ho-Oh is actaully a depiction of Articuno.

Errors

  • Just before Team Rocket threw the bomb at the Center in the balloon, Jessie has no lipstick for a split second. Jessie also has no lipstick when their wanted poster is first shown.
  • Arcanine is not a legendary Pokémon; however, it was shown on the wall with three others. This is because of the original Pokémon card for Arcanine. The card states that it is indeed a legendary Pokémon under the description, although it was catchable in the games, most games did not consider it to be legendary. Additionally, Arcanine's species classes it as a "Legendary Pokémon" (like Pikachu is a "Mouse Pokémon").
  • Unlike in most episodes to follow, when Team Rocket blasts off, a star doesn't appear in the sky when they disappear.
  • When Ash points to the legendary Pokémon picture on the wall, he states that he saw Articuno; however, he actually saw Ho-Oh from Generation II.

Dub edits

  • While the recap uses the same dialog in the Japanese version, for some reason the dub changes Ash's introductory line:
    • Episode One: "And I hereby declare to the Pokémon of the world...I will be a Pokémon master...Pokémon Master! That is what I'll..."
    • Episode Two: "That's right. I declare to the Pokémon of the world...I will be the greatest Pokémon trainer...the greatest Pokémon master...of all time."
  • In the Japanese version, Delia says that Ash's grandfather would be proud of him as well as his father.
  • Professor Oak abruptly ending his telephone conversation with Ash is different in both versions: in the English version, Oak says that his pizza just arrived, while in the Japanese version, Oak realises that he is in the middle of cooking ramen.
  • Misty introduces herself to Ash, Team Rocket, and the audience during the Pokémon Center battle in the Japanese version, while the narrator reveals Misty's name to the audience at the end of the English version.

In other languages

  • French: Pokémon aux urgences
  • Italian: L'Emergenza
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Emergência Pokémon.
  • Spanish: Emergencia Pokémon
  • Swedish: Pokémon Nödläge!

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