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EP247 : Outrageous Fortunes
Original series
EP249 : I Politoed Ya So!
One Trick Phony!
Battle Park! VS Kamex - Lizardon - Fushigibana!
First broadcast
Japan May 16, 2002
United States May 17, 2003
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Japanese themes
Opening Ready Go!
Ending ポケッターリ・モンスターリ
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
Additional credits

One Trick Phony! (Japanese: バトルパーク!VSカメックス・リザードン・フシギバナ! Battle Park! VS Kamex - Lizardon - Fushigibana!) is the 248th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 16, 2002 and in the United States on May 17, 2003.

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On their way to Blackthorn City, Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu ran into a female trainer with a Smoochum. Evidently, Brock fell in love with her, but he was not given much of a chance to display his affection, as the trainer was eager to start the battle. Using her Smoochum, Josephine, against Ash's Pikachu, she begun the battle with a Sweet Kiss attack. Pikachu dodged it by jumping over Smoochum, landing on the other side. Smoochum turned around and proceeded with the many Sweet Kisses, not one of them hitting Pikachu, who stood still, awaiting the Smoochum to come closer. Just as Smoochum was approaching, Pikachu used Agility and Smoochum hit the ground, after which Pikachu hit it with a Quick Attack from behind.

Just as Pikachu was about to use a Thunderbolt, the trainer cancelled the battle, claiming that they've had enough, and that such intense battle tire her out. Ash, who was just warming up, begged her for another battle, but the trainer was too exhauster. Instead, she recommended they'd go to the Battle Park, which she described as a great place where a lot of trainers bring their Pokémon in order to battle, and is run by professional trainers, and the Pokémon who battle there have been well taught to follow their trainer's commands, and she also said that the Battle Park has almost every Pokémon that exists, so Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu decided to go there.

Meanwhile, Jessie, James and Meowth are busy cleaning Poké Balls at said Battle Park, where they apparently are employees. When they were finally done with the last one, their supervisor enters the enclosed room in which they're sitting and tells them that since the park is closed, it'd be a good time for them to clean it up, but first, he hands them another box of Poké Balls. He laughed as they screamed, and explained that he had the hard work; having to go shopping. Jessie, who was now furious, slammed her fists on the table. Meowth suggested that they'd take the Poké Balls and leave, but James said that they hadn't even gotten their first pay-check yet, whereas Jessie was certain it would not be much anyway.

They turned around as they heard Ash's voice coming from outside, but him, Misty and Brock shortly assumed that the Battle Park was closed, as there were no workers or trainers around. Just as they were about to leave, Jessie approached and welcomed them to the park, and guided them to the reception, in which James was standing. He offered them the opportunity to challenge the strongest Pokémon in the park, whose Poké Balls were being held in a basket, which Ash promptly accepted. Jessie brought them to a large gate, and told them to enter and that she'd be back soon.

Despite wondering where the other trainers were, they kept on going until they heard Jessie's voice, only this time, she and the rest of the trio were impersonating other trainers. Ash hesitated, as he was uncertain of who would judge the battle, and none of the Team Rocket members wanted to, so Brock decided that he would judge it.

The battle started, and James took a Poké Ball from the basket, which turned out to be a Venusaur. Ash chose his Cyndaquil, as Venusaur is a grass-type Pokémon, and Cyndaquil is a fire-type. James started off with a Razor Leaf attack, saying he was used to grass-type moves from having a Victreebel. Cyndaquil dodged all the leaves, which instead hit 3 trees, causing all of them to fall. James continued with a Tackle attack, which Cyndaquil attempted to dodge, but was hit and thrown into a tree. James now used a Vine Whip attack, which Cyndaquil managed to dodge by jumping away, causing the vines to instead hit another tree which also fell. James now used another Vine Whip attack, this time hitting Cyndaquil who had tried to dodge it, but instead crashed to the ground. Another powerful Razor Leaf attack was fired at Cyndaquil, who used Smokescreen. When the smoke had faded, James and the Venusaur could not find Cyndaquil, who had jumped up above Venusaur and now used a Swift attack, and followed it up with a Flamethrower. Venusaur got up and used a SolarBeam attack, which overpowered the Flamethrower that Cyndaquil had used as a counter. It hit Cyndaquil with enormous strength, and this turned out to be the end for Cyndaquil.

The second battle has now begun, and whilst James and Meowth were arguing about who were to go next, Jessie snook in behind them and grabbed a Poké Ball containing a Charizard, and Ash responded by choosing his Totodile. Jessie, used to fighting with her Arbok, used a Poison Sting attack. As nothing happened, Ash used a Water Gun attack. After Jessie had rejected a guide book from Meowth, she ordered the Charizard to use a Dig attack, which, to everybody's surprise, it did. Jessie now commanded an Iron Tail attack which hit Totodile, but who got up again. Charizard used another Iron Tail attack, but Totodile dodged it and used a Headbutt attack, after which it used a Scary Face attack, but Charizard used an even scarier face, and they continued using Scary Face until both their Pokémon collapsed. Totodile got up however, and used another Water Gun. After some thinking, Jessie commanded the Charizard to fly up and dodge it, and use a Flamethrower attack. Ash responded to this by using yet another Water Gun, which was overpowered by the Flamethrower, but Totodile got up once again. Jessie used another Flamethrower, but Totodile aimed a Water Gun attack towards the ground, causing it to fly up behind Charizard, and used another Water Gun on Charizard, who crashed to the ground, which was the end of the match.

As the third battle was about to start, James and Meowth once again argued about who were to go next, and once again, Jessie took this spot, and the remaining Poké Ball had contained a Blastoise, so Ash chose his Pikachu. Jessie chose to battle by the book this time, and whilst she was reading, Pikachu used a Quick Attack. Jessie got her act together and ordered Blastoise to use a Skull Bash attack, which Pikachu managed to dodge. Jessie read up on how to counter speed, and commanded Blastoise to use a Bubble attack. Nonetheless, Pikachu got past all of them and used another Quick Attack. Ash decided to end this battle and Pikachu used a Thunderbolt, but Blastoise withdrew, after which it used a Hydro Pump attack. Pikachu was hit and thrown in to a tree, and Blastoise used another Hydro Pump, keeping Pikachu stuck to the tree. Ash now told Pikachu to use the most powerful Thunderbolt possible, and although it got Pikachu down from the tree, Blastoise was still standing up. Pikachu now used a Thunder so strong it caused the ground to split, and Jessie, wanting to stop it, got in the way and was also hit.

Jessie was now angry, and called out her own Arbok. Meanwhile, James and Meowth had grabbed the balloon and grabbed Pikachu as well. Jessie swiftly removed her disguise, revealing her true Team Rocket identity. James also revealed they had taken a sack of park Poké Balls as well. Out of nowhere, a park guard showed up, informing them that they cannot take those.

As Team Rocket was about to escape, Ash chose Totodile, and Misty chose her Politoed. Ash and Misty both commanded their Pokémon to use a Water Gun attack, but only Totodile actually used one, which regardless broke the steel arm holding Pikachu. Misty, upset with her Politoed, told it to use another Water Gun, which cut a hole in Team Rocket's balloon. As Ash, Misty, Brock and the park guard approached Team Rocket's crashed balloon, Jessie, James and Meowth called out the Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise. As Team Rocket was basking in their power, the three Pokémon turned against them. The park guard proclaimed that they are only obedient within the park. A combined Flamethrower, Hydro Pump and SolarBeam hit Team Rocket, all three at once, causing them to “blast off again”.

As Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu were continuing their journey towards Blackthorn City, they discussed the recent battle, and although it had “just been Team Rocket”, Ash still had battled three very powerful Pokémon, and it had motivated him on his task to win his final badge.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.





Who's That Pokémon?: Tauros (US and international), Venusaur (Japan)


  • This episode aired in the US exactly one year and one day from its Japanese airing.
  • The English title to this episode is based on the saying One Trick Pony.
  • This is the first time Jessie uses a Charizard in a battle. The other is in Grating Spaces.


  • In the beginning of the episode, Ash battled a female trainer with a Smoochum with the nickname Josephine. Later, when Pikachu attacks the Smoochum, it can be heard saying "Jo," part of its nickname, rather than its name.
  • When Blastoise gets attacked by Pikachu's Thunderbolt, Jessie commands it to use Withdraw and this move protects Blastoise from being hurt. However, Thunderbolt is a special move in all generations and using a Defense-raising move could not protect it from Thunderbolt.

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In other languages

EP247 : Outrageous Fortunes
Original series
EP249 : I Politoed Ya So!
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