| Bye Bye Psyduck
Bye Bye Psyduck (Japanese: さよならコダック！またきてゴルダック？ Goodbye Koduck! Come Again Golduck?) is the 91st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 8, 1999 and in the United States on February 26, 2000.
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Ash, Misty, and Tracey have stopped on an island (Kinnow Island) to rest. They've sent a few of their Pokémon out to stretch, and a few ride Lapras around. One of these is Misty's Psyduck who (asleep) falls off. Lapras swims back to shore, and Pikachu and Togepi tell Ash and his friends that the duck Pokémon is missing. Misty is horrified and they send out the rest of their Water-type Pokémon to help look for it. Nearby, a girl is fishing while her Tentacruel swims about. Psyduck surfaces, flailing about in the water.
The Pokémon return, having had no luck finding Psyduck. Misty is still upset, and Ash notes how unusual this is. Tracey says that he believes Psyduck is Misty's favorite Pokémon and that she just hides her feelings. The girl with the Tentacruel rows over and asks them if the Psyduck she found is theirs. It is, but Psyduck's tail is glowing a bright pink.
Misty thanks the girl, who introduces herself as Marina. She points at Psyduck's glowing tail, and says that a Trainer once told her that when this happens, the Psyduck is about to evolve. Ash checks his Pokédex and it tells him that Golduck, Psyduck's evolved form, is the fastest of all water Pokémon. Both Misty and Marina say that Golduck is one of their favorite Pokémon. They talk about water Pokémon for a moment, completely shutting out Ash and Tracey. After showing each other some lures they made and wishing they could catch one of the legendary Pokémon of the sea, Marina asks Misty why Psyduck can't swim. Misty covers for it, saying that it's a rare breed. Marina then suggests that they battle each other to see which is the most powerful water Pokémon Trainer, to which Misty agrees.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket peers at the shore through the periscope of the Magikarp submarine. Meowth yells at Jessie for losing Ash and his friends, only to be whacked by her long hair. James asks to find a place for lunch, and Jessie tells them all to stop whining. She looks through the periscope once more and notices Misty and Marina getting ready to battle. They sit and watch, waiting for the right moment to strike.
As Team Rocket watches, the battle between Misty and Marina begins. They agree to a three-on-three battle, and send out their first Pokémon. Marina uses Tentacruel and Misty sends out her Goldeen. Using Agility, Goldeen dodges Tentacruel's Wrap, and lunges for a Horn Attack. Unfortunately, Tentacruel stabs it with a Poison Sting. Goldeen floats to the surface, defeated. Marina tells Misty that she likes water Pokémon that have another type as well, as this gives her a slight advantage. Misty sends out Staryu, and Marina compliments her on how good it looks. It is as powerful as it is good-looking, and it defeats Tentacruel with a single Swift attack.
Marina sends out a Psyduck of her own, who looks a lot stronger than Misty's. Staryu uses Water Gun, but Psyduck deflects it with Confusion and it hits Staryu, defeating it. Marina suggests that Misty send out her Psyduck, and Tracey tells Misty a battle might be enough to make Psyduck evolve. Misty tosses out a Poké Ball to use her Psyduck, but it falls into the water empty. Embarrassed, Misty tells Ash to get Psyduck's Poké Ball for her, but he can't tell which one it is. He tosses her bag to her, but it falls short. She reaches into the water to get it, and when she pulls it up, a Pokémon's head is stuck in it. She yanks it off, and everyone is amazed: it's a Golduck! Apparently, Psyduck evolved!
Misty runs over and hugs it. She says that nobody will yell at it like they did to Psyduck. Ash comments to Tracey that the person who yelled at it the most was Misty herself. He thinks that Psyduck evolved because it loves her. The battle continues, with Misty using Golduck. Psyduck uses Confusion, and a wave races at Misty. Golduck leaps onto the wave and, using its Psychic powers, deflects it back to Marina. Just as it is about to hit, the wave twists into an inverted whirlpool. Golduck jumps off just in time to avoid the Magikarp submarine, which pops out of the water.
Everybody hurries away, and Pikachu's attempts to shock the submarine fail. A wave from the sub sweeps over them, and a net is fired. Team Rocket climbs out and discovers that they didn't capture Golduck and Pikachu as they had hoped, but have netted Marina's Tentacruel and Psyduck. Ash and his friends cling to the tree that the wave swept them onto, and Marina realizes that her Pokémon are missing. The kids jump down and Marina sends out a Starmie who swims over to the sub. Golduck jumps in, too, and quickly overtakes Marina's Pokémon.
Team Rocket argues amongst themselves about whose idea it was to attack, and Golduck jumps out of the water. Team Rocket moves to attack it, but they are thrown onto the beach by Golduck's Psychic abilities. Team Rocket crawls out of the sub and recites their motto. Ash tells them to give Marina back her Pokémon and Jessie and James seem all too happy to oblige. However, Meowth jumps up and insists that Ash has to hand over Pikachu before Marina gets her Pokémon back.
Marina tells her Pokémon to wiggle out of the net, but they are too tired. Marina runs at Jessie, but Jessie stops her with her Arbok. It lunges at her, but is slammed into a tree by a stream of water. Everyone looks over and sees Golduck walking up from the water. It blocks Arbok's Poison Sting with a Barrier, then slams it into the air with a Psywave. Team Rocket runs back into their sub, but Golduck destroys it with a Hyper Beam. Team Rocket is thrown into the air and blast off once again. As the sub burns, Marina yells out for Tentacruel and Psyduck. Golduck walks out, carrying both above its head and protecting them with another Barrier. Marina thanks it and Misty hugs it.
Moments later, Misty and Marina are back at the rocks from before, continuing their battle. Marina uses Starmie, who uses Tackle against Golduck. It then attacks with Bubble. Golduck sends out a Hyper Beam, and Starmie creates a Light Screen to block it. It almost works, but the screen shatters and the beam connects with its target. Misty wins and she cheers for her Golduck. Misty then holds out a Poké Ball and tells Golduck to take a rest, but Psyduck pops out of it. Everyone is stunned. As Misty tries to sort out the situation, Golduck notices three girls walking along the beach. It runs over and starts flexing its muscles for the girls, who are impressed. Marina realizes that it wasn't Misty's Golduck at all, it was just a Golduck that liked to show off in front of girls. Misty then says "It's just a Pokémon version of Brock," visibly shattered.
Later, Ash asks where Psyduck was all this time. Apparently it was resting in its Poké Ball. Misty asks if it is going to evolve into Golduck anyway, but its tail isn't glowing anymore. Marina congratulates her, however, saying that she was able to control a wild, evolved Pokémon without catching it. Misty cheers up until Ash says that since Golduck wasn't hers, the battle with it didn't count.
That evening, they all say farewell to Marina. Misty tells her that she wants a rematch once Psyduck finally does evolve and Lapras rides off into the sunset.
- Misty believes her Psyduck evolved into a Golduck, but she actually battled with a wild Golduck while her Psyduck slept in its Poké Ball.
- Misty's Goldeen is seen battling for the first time and is revealed to know Agility and Horn Attack.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Togepi (Misty's)
- Squirtle (Ash's)
- Lapras (Ash's)
- Goldeen (Misty's)
- Staryu (Misty's)
- Psyduck (Misty's)
- Marill (Tracey's)
- Arbok (Jessie's)
- Tentacruel (Marina's)
- Psyduck (Marina's)
- Starmie (Marina's)
- Tentacool (multiple)
- Squirtle (Marina's fantasy)
- Wartortle (Misty's fantasy)
- Poliwag (Marina's fantasy)
- Poliwrath (Marina's fantasy)
- Seel (Misty's fantasy)
- Krabby (Misty's fantasy)
- Kingler (Marina's fantasy)
- Horsea (Misty's fantasy)
- Goldeen (Misty's fantasy)
- Seaking (Misty's fantasy)
- Staryu (Marina's fantasy)
- Marill (Misty's fantasy)
- Professor Oak's lecture: Blastoise: Oak tries to examine Blastoise's cannons at the end, but gets blasted away.
- Pokémon senryū summary: Blastoise, withdrawing in its shell; how fashellnating.
- Due to the banning of EP035 outside of Japan, this is the first worldwide appearance of Misty's special lure.
- This episode is featured on the Volume 13: Psyduck copy of Pokémon All-Stars.
- The book Psyduck Ducks Out is based on this episode.
- In the French version, the title shown at the beginning is the English version, despite the audio of the title being the French version.
- When they show the stare down between Misty and Marina, Misty's shoes are completely colored red.
- During the battle between Misty and Marina, Marina's stockings disappear momentarily
- When Jessie is looking through the periscope of their Magikarp submarine, they aren't pedaling at all, and they are still close to the top.
In other languages
|European French||Rien que de la frime|
|Hebrew||ביי ביי פסיידק Bye Bye Psyduck|
|Italian||Incontro tra Pokémon d'Acqua|
|Romanian||La Revedere Psyduck|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Adiós Psyduck!|
|Swedish||Hej då, Psyduck|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|