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| The Fourth Round Rumble
Grass Field! Unexpected Rival!
|| January 1, 1999
| United States
|| November 13, 1999
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
The Fourth Round Rumble (Japanese: くさのフィールド！いがいなきょうてき！ Grass Field! Unexpected Rival!) is the 77th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 1, 1999 and in the United States on November 13, 1999.
Ash, Pikachu, Misty, and Brock are watching Gary Oak's Round 4 match in the Rock Field. Gary's Nidoking is pitted against Melissa's Golem. Nidoking charges with a Horn Attack, but Golem counters by grabbing on Nidoking's horn, then uses Seismic Toss. Nidoking is defeated and Gary is out of the competition. Frustrated by the defeat, Gary heads home. Ash thinks that he's going to lose his Round 4 match on the Grass Field as well, and becomes nervous, but Brock and Misty cheer him on. He then later learns, thanks to Professor Oak, that all of Pallet Town is cheering him on, which only makes him more nervous.
Meanwhile, Jessie, James and Meowth have opened up a snack stand so they can make money, selling snacks and even fake Gym Badges which Meowth made from bottlecaps, but like always, their true intention is to steal the Trainers' Pokémon.
At the Grass Field, Ash is getting ready for his next match with Jeanette Fisher. As always, Brock becomes lovestruck and starts to root for Jeanette. Misty admonishes Brock for that. Ash starts off with Bulbasaur, and Jeanette uses Beedrill. The Bug-type Pokémon is about to hit Bulbasaur with Poison Sting, but Bulbasaur dodges it. Bulbasaur uses Razor Leaf, but Beedrill counters with Twineedle. Bulbasaur dodges the attack again. Misty is hoping Jeanette may not have more Pokémon like her Beedrill, and Brock is hoping Jeanette doesn't have a boyfriend. Misty tells him, "There's no way that boyfriend is going to be you, mister, if that girl beats Ash!". Ash has Bulbasaur use Leech Seed, draining away Beedrill's energy. Brock becomes depressed that Beedrill is losing, but Misty reminds him of who he should be rooting for. Ash then tells Bulbasaur to finish it off using Tackle. Jeanette's Beedrill faints and Bulbasaur wins.
Jeanette sends her next Pokémon, Scyther. Bulbasaur launches a Razor Leaf at it, but Scyther uses Double Team to evade. Scyther gets in a few hits before Ash gets the idea to use Vine Whip on all the targets, so Bulbasaur will eventually hit the real one. The plan works, and Scyther is knocked out.
Unwavering, Jeanette sends out her last Pokémon - Bellsprout. Ash laughs at first, saying she must be desperate to use something so obviously weak. Bulbasaur uses a Tackle attack, but Bellsprout bends away in a wobble-like manner with ease, picks up Bulbasaur, repeatedly slams him into the ground, and knocks Bulbasaur out.
Ash is shocked at this loss. Brock realizes that Jeanette's Bellsprout must be exceptionally trained, or else it would not be used in a League battle.
Ash sends out Pikachu to try to fight. Pikachu uses ThunderShock, but Bellsprout's roots keep it ingrained and immune to electric attacks. Bellsprout uses a powerful Slam and Pikachu is knocked out.
Down to his last Pokémon, Ash pauses for a second and sends out... Muk. Both Misty and Brock are shocked that Ash recalled Muk from Oak's lab as a backup Pokémon. Muk is able to absorb Bellsprout's Slam and Razor Leaf attacks with ease, then uses a Body Slam (essentially smothering Bellsprout) to finish it off.
Ash wins the battle, and has now cleared all four preliminary fields.
- Gary loses, placing in the Top 32 in the Indigo League Conference and heads home.
- Ash uses his Muk in battle for the first time.
- Ash's Muk is revealed to know Body Slam.
- Ash wins his fourth and final preliminary round match in the Pokémon League and advances to the fifth round, securing him a place in the Indigo Stadium.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Bellsprout (US and international), Beedrill (Japan)
- When Officer Jenny commands her Growlithe to use Flamethrower, she incorrectly refers to it Arcanine in the dub, and its cry is also identical to the Arcanine in the previous episode.
- In one shot, Professor Oak's eyebrows change to large and gray.
- At the commercial break, just before the beginning of the "Who's That Pokémon?" segment, the screen turns black for a split-second and blue Japanese characters appear in the lower-right corner.
- When Jeanette commands her Scyther to use Slash, the next command was a dubbing error. In the dub, Scyther uses Quick Attack. In the original Japanese version, it was Swift.
- Jeanette's Beedrill used Tackle, which Beedrill cannot legally learn in the games.
- When the screen pans horizontally across the central flame, the stadium shifts repeatedly.
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