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| Outrageous Fortunes
|| May 9, 2002
| United States
|| May 10, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 中野頼道 Yorimichi Nakano
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| 小菅和久 Kazuhisa Kosuge
| Additional credits
Outrageous Fortunes (Japanese: ニョロゾのしんか！ Nyorozo's Evolution!) is the 247th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 9, 2002 and in the United States on May 10, 2003.
On meeting up with a proud Pokémon Trainer who dares all comers to face his Poliwrath, Misty and Ash quickly rise to the challenge. Misty, in particular, encourages her Poliwhirl to watch closely as it may someday evolve into a Poliwrath. As is often the case, the battle isn’t long over before this challenger and Ash and Misty have become fast friends.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket, having furtively observed this battle and been convinced that the Poliwrath is a match even for Pikachu, decide to first capture it and then use it to capture Pikachu. Unfortunately, this logic does not hold as they find capturing a Pokémon stronger than Pikachu even more difficult than simply capturing Pikachu. A surprise is in store for Misty, as her Poliwhirl evolves not into a Poliwrath, but into another Pokémon altogether.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Pinsir (US and international), Poliwhirl (Japan)
- This episode aired in the U.S. exactly one year and one day from its Japanese airing.
- The group transfers their Pokémon between Pokémon Centers. This presumably has the same physical effect as trading, which is required for Poliwhirl to evolve into Politoed.
- The device used by Team Rocket for this episode bears an uncanny resemblance to the Strength Intensifiers A.J. used on his Pokémon.
- Instead of the regular Team Rocket theme, during the motto it is instead a variation.
- Not for the first or last time, Jessie battles without the aid of a Pokémon.
- This is the third time an overly-confident trainer is well-known for his "unbeatable" Poliwrath. The other times were in Charizard Chills and Hook, Line, and Stinker.
- The English title is most likely a reference to "The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" (Hamlet 3. 1. 68), part of Hamlet's To be, or not to be soliloquy from the tragedy by William Shakespeare.
- It may also be based on either the game show or movie "Outrageous Fortune."
- When Poliwhirl evolves, Jessie says, "Shazam!" This may be a reference to Captain Marvel, the comic book figure who transforms from a young man into an adult superhero at the mention of the name of the wizard who gave him his abilities, Shazam.
- When Poliwrath is fighting Ash's Bayleef, it is the ninth battle that day. Brock says it is Poliwrath's eighth battle.
- The middle aged man who informs Ash and co. of Poliwrath's whereabouts mentions that there are three people with Poliwrath. However Team Rocket only has two people, and a Meowth.
- When Misty calls on Corsola to battle Poliwrath, she sends it out of a regular Poké Ball instead of the Lure Ball it was contained in.
- There are a lot of slapping shots in this episode, and two of those shots were deemed "too violent" for the English dub. There are two separate shots of Poliwrath violently slapping Jessie; in one of those shots, she has red spots on her cheeks from Poliwrath's intense slapping. Both of these shots were cut from the dub and replaced with an alternate animation. The same thing happened with the first and third episodes, where Misty slapped Ash for letting his Pokémon get hurt.
Deleted Slapping Shots
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