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Ash deposits his [[Poké Ball]]s at the [[Pokémon Center]], and asks Nurse Joy if she [[EP002|remembers him]]. It turns out that this Nurse Joy isn't the one he met all that time ago, but a new one. She has heard about him though, and tells Misty that she has received an urgent call from [[Cerulean City]]. Misty is confused as to why anyone would be calling her from there.
 
Ash deposits his [[Poké Ball]]s at the [[Pokémon Center]], and asks Nurse Joy if she [[EP002|remembers him]]. It turns out that this Nurse Joy isn't the one he met all that time ago, but a new one. She has heard about him though, and tells Misty that she has received an urgent call from [[Cerulean City]]. Misty is confused as to why anyone would be calling her from there.
   
Getting to a phone, Misty finds out the call is from her sisters. It turns out all three are going on an around the world trip that they won in a beauty contest, and therefore need Misty to take over the [[Cerulean Gym|Gym]] while they are away. Misty can't believe what she's hearing, and is angry when Ash and Brock comment on how lucky the sisters are winning the trip as doesn't see why she's expected to just take over the Gym, even if it is on a temporary basis. Just then Nurse Joy arrives with another surprise for Misty... her [[Bicycle|bike]]! It turns out the previous Nurse Joy was able to fix it and it's as good as new. Seeing the bike brings back a lot of memories for Misty, and remembers how her journey with Ash began, with him [[EP001|stealing the bike only to end up destroying it]]. Ash happily comments that now Misty can get back to Cerulean City even quicker which just makes Misty's already foul mood worse, and thinking that Ash wants her gone, angrily leaves the Pokémon Center. Ash is confused by Misty's reaction, and Brock points out that Misty may have expected to continue traveling with them.
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Getting to a phone, Misty finds out the call is from her sisters. It turns out all three are going on an around the world trip that they won in a beauty contest, and therefore need Misty to take over the [[Cerulean Gym|Gym]] while they are away. Misty can't believe what she's hearing, and is angry when Ash and Brock comment on how lucky the sisters are winning the trip. Misty objects about having to take over for her sister, but Ash, not seeing Misty has other reasons for her objections tells her its only temporary. Nurse Joy then surprises Misty with her [[Bicycle|bike]] It turns out the previous Nurse Joy was able to fix it good as new. Seeing the bike brings back a lot of memories for Misty.Misty remembers how her journey with Ash began, when him [[EP001|stole the bike and ended up destroying it]]. Ash happily comments on how good Nurse Joy did in the restoration, and that Misty can get back to [[Cerulean City]] even quicker. This causes Misty's feelings to become hurt. After Ash asks why she was so grouchy, Misty runs out of the Pokémon Center. Ash is confused by Misty's reaction, and Brock points out that Misty may have expected to continue traveling with them.
   
Misty wanders the streets of Viridian City very sadly, and comments on how Ash doesn't seem to care that the gang that have been through so much together are now splitting up. Waiting for her on the street, however, are three men. They ask Misty if all her friends have abandoned her. Misty really isn't in the mood and angrily asks who they are, and three introduce themselves as Viridian City's top trainers; Kim, Kail and Kai... the [[Invincible Pokémon Brothers]]! Misty can't be bothered with their theatrics, and asks if they want a [[Pokémon battle]]. All three brothers are intrigued.
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Misty wanders the streets of Viridian City very sadly, and comments on how Ash doesn't seem to understand or care that the trio will be splitting up. However, around the corner are three trainers waiting for her. They ask Misty if all her friends have abandoned her, angering Misty even further. Misty asks who they are, and the three introduce themselves as Viridian City's top trainers; Kim, Kail and Kai the [[Invincible Pokémon Brothers]]! Misty mocks them by word play on invincible with invisible, telling them to disappear. The leader Kim continued to Irritate Misty, who then challenges them to a [[Pokémon battle]].
   
Going to a nearby field, the rules are declared to be a one-on-one and Kim is up first. He sends out a {{p|Hitmonchan}} and Misty responds by sending out {{TP|Misty|Politoed}}. Misty orders a {{m|Water Gun}}, and Politoed is able to knock Hitmonchan to the ground easily. Kail and Kai send out their Pokémon, a {{p|Hitmonlee}} and a {{p|Hitmontop}}. The three fighting Pokémon surround Politoed and Misty complains that she can't battle against them three-on-one. However she is saved when Ash and Brock arrive to make the match fair. Pikachu is able to get Hitmontop with a {{m|Thunderbolt}} and Brock sends out {{TP|Brock|Forretress}} and it gets Hitmonlee with a {{m|Rapid Spin}}. Misty is glad to see her friends again, but angrily tells them she could have handled it. Ash and Brock tell her that they know she could, but they wanted one last battle with the three of them. Ash also tells Misty that she's a great {{t|Water}} [[Pokémon Trainer]] and he knows she can win the battle. Misty is touched by Ash's kind words, and with their friendship restored, the three trainers easily knock out all the {{type2|Fighting}} Pokémon, much to the brothers' dismay.
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In a nearby field, Misty and Kim prepare to battle one-on-one. Misty sends out her {{TP|Misty|Politoed}} and Kim his {{p|Hitmonchan}}. Misty orders a {{m|Water Gun}}, and Politoed is easily able to knock Hitmonchan to the ground. Misty mocks them into changing their names (from the invincible brothers), which then provokes Kail and Kai to send out their Pokémon {{p|Hitmonlee}} and {{p|Hitmontop}}. The three fighting Pokémon surround Politoed, and Misty calls them out on cheating, stating she can't battle fairly three-on-one. However she is saved when Ash and Brock arrive to make the match fair. Pikachu is able to get Hitmontop with a {{m|Thunderbolt}} and Brock sends out {{TP|Brock|Forretress}} who gets Hitmonlee with a {{m|Rapid Spin}}. Misty is glad to see her friends again, but angrily tells them she could have handled it. Ash and Brock tell her that they knew she could, but they wanted one last battle with the three of them. Ash than tells Misty that she's a great {{t|Water}} [[Pokémon Trainer]], and he knows she can win the battle. Misty is touched by Ash's kind words, and with her faith in their friendship restored, she orders Politoed to use {{m|Bubble}} Attack which devestates Hitmonchan. Pikachu and Forretress then continue their assault on the other two, much to the brothers' dismay.
   
Not far away, however, is [[Team Rocket]]. After deciding to show how a real team of three losers operates, {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}} presses a button which causes two goals to appear on opposite ends of the field and come together trapping Ash, Misty, Brock, the three brothers and all the Pokémon inside. It turns out that the three brothers were hired by Team Rocket to take care of the twerps and since they failed not only will they not be getting paid (not that they were going to pay anyway), but now they were be taking their Pokémon as well as all the twerps. However it turns out that Kim has a pair of scissors handy and cuts the net away, releasing the brothers who quickly surround [[Jessie]], [[James]] and {{MTR}} with their Pokémon. This also allows Ash, Misty and Brock to escape. They order Team Rocket taken care of and with Pikachu, Politoed and Forretress triple-teaming them Team Rocket and the brothers are all sent blasting off.
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As the battle rages, [[Team Rocket]] appear, and [[Jessie]] and [[James]] comment on the brothers losing. {{MTR}} cuts in, and on his command {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}} presses a button which causes two goals to appear on opposite ends of the field. The trainer all notice this, and much to their horror the goals start to come together trapping Ash, Misty, Brock, the brothers and all the Pokémon inside. The brothers become distraught, claiming to be on Team Rockets side. This reveals that the three were hired by Team Rocket to battle and tire Ash and the gang out. However, since they failed not only will they not be getting paid (not that they were going to pay anyway), but Team Rocket will take their Pokémon along with the others. Kim However has a pair of scissors handy, and cuts the net away releasing everyone. The brothers and their Pokémon quickly surround Team Rocket, and begin to trash up a fuss over their money, much to Jessie's annoyance. This distraction, and the brother' destruction of the net allows Ash, Misty and Brock to escape. They order Pikachu, Politoed and Forretress to triple-team Both Team Rocket, the brothers and their Pokémon who are all sent blasting off.
   
With the excitement over, Ash tells Misty how great it was watching her battle and she thanks him... but now it's time to be setting off for their homes. On the path, Misty tells Ash not to forget to look after himself and Pikachu and tells Brock to try to not fall in love with all the girls which makes Brock laugh. She also says that she needs to tell Ash one more thing... to keep trying his best. Ash asks what she means, and Misty sadly responds says that it's going to be different without her there...
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With the excitement over, Ash tells Misty how great it was watching her battle, and she thanks him. Ash informs her that he and Brock brought her bike, and Misty's excitment quickly diminishes. On the path towards Pewter and Cerulean City, Misty tells Ash not to forget to look after himself and Pikachu. She also tells Brock to try to not fall in love with all the girls which makes him laugh. She than says that she needs to tell Ash one more thing, "Just keep on doing your best." Ash asks what she means, and Misty sadly responds by saying that it's going to be different without her there.
   
 
She then remembers how she first met Ash, accidentally fishing him out of a lake and angrily pointing him in the direction of the Viridian City Pokémon Center. She also remembers all the experiences she's shared with Ash, Brock and {{Tracey}} as they traveled through [[Kanto]], the [[Orange Archipelago|Orange Islands]] and [[Johto]] as well as the joys, the struggles, the triumphs, the fun, the hardships, the excitement and most of all the adventure which now has to end.
 
She then remembers how she first met Ash, accidentally fishing him out of a lake and angrily pointing him in the direction of the Viridian City Pokémon Center. She also remembers all the experiences she's shared with Ash, Brock and {{Tracey}} as they traveled through [[Kanto]], the [[Orange Archipelago|Orange Islands]] and [[Johto]] as well as the joys, the struggles, the triumphs, the fun, the hardships, the excitement and most of all the adventure which now has to end.
   
She also recalls how it was an accident that she met {{TP|Misty|Togepi}}, but Ash tells her that he thinks she's wrong that it was an accident that he met her of all people. He tells her that he believes that no matter what, they were always meant to meet and become friends. Brock agrees, and tells them that after all their adventures they've all become best friends. Misty and Ash happily agree and continue down the path.
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She also recalls how it was an coincidence that she met {{TP|Misty|Togepi}}, but Ash tells her that he thinks she's wrong that it was an coincidence that he met her of all people. He tells her that he believes that no matter what, they were always meant to meet and become friends. Brock agrees, and tells them that after all their adventures they've all become best friends. Misty and Ash happily agree and continue down the path.
   
 
Eventually the path splits into three with one route heading towards Pallet Town, another heading towards Cerulean City and the third heading towards [[Pewter City]]. Ash and Misty start to say their goodbyes, when Brock suddenly butts in telling them that he just remembered that he received an e-mail and needs to return to Pewter City. Ash asks how Brock could forget something like that, and Misty understands that maybe he didn't want to go.
 
Eventually the path splits into three with one route heading towards Pallet Town, another heading towards Cerulean City and the third heading towards [[Pewter City]]. Ash and Misty start to say their goodbyes, when Brock suddenly butts in telling them that he just remembered that he received an e-mail and needs to return to Pewter City. Ash asks how Brock could forget something like that, and Misty understands that maybe he didn't want to go.
   
Now the time has come for all three to part ways and head for their respective homes. The three bids each other farewell, and then Misty and Brock set off. With his friends gone, Ash starts to say the words he didn't feel he could... when suddenly Misty and Brock are back in front of him ready to hear it. Ash tells them they shouldn't sneak up on them, and Brock says that they returned to give Ash some presents. Brock gives Ash a small picnic complete with cutlery, while Misty gives him a handkerchief to wrap it in. Ash is touch by their gesture, and begins to cry. With that, the three best friends separate Ash, very upset about his long-time companions leaving, runs the rest of the way home.
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Now the time has come for all three to part ways, and head for their respective homes. The three bids each other farewell, and then Misty and Brock set off. With his friends gone, Ash starts to say the words he didn't feel he could, but suddenly Misty and Brock are back in front of him ready to hear it. Ash tells them they shouldn't sneak up on him, and Brock says that they returned to give Ash some presents. Brock gives Ash a small picnic complete with cutlery, while Misty gives him a handkerchief to wrap it in. Ash is touch by their gesture, and begins to cry. With that, the three best friends separate Ash, very upset about his long-time companions leaving, runs the rest of the way home.
   
After a good night's sleep, Ash and Pikachu are happily tucking into their breakfasts when {{Delia|his mom}} mentions to Ash that {{Gary}} arrived back himself a couple of days ago. Ash is eager to meet up with his former rival and newfound friend and quickly leaves with Pikachu. Delia comments to [[Mimey]] that she always misses him when he leaves on an adventure.
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After a good night's sleep, Ash and Pikachu are happily eating their breakfasts, when {{Delia|Ash's mom}} mentions to him that {{Gary}} arrived back into town himself a couple of days ago. Ash is eager to meet up with his former rival and newfound friend, and quickly leaves with Pikachu. Delia comments to [[Mimey]] that she always misses him when he leaves on an adventure.
   
Getting to [[Professor Oak's Laboratory]], Ash is dismayed to be told that Gary has already left. Tracey tells Ash that Gary didn't mention where he was going, only that he woke up saying that he was feeling inspired and quickly left before being asked what he meant. [[Professor Oak]] mentions that Gary must have wanted to make a fresh start, as he left all of his Pokémon besides his {{TP|Gary|Blastoise}} at the lab before leaving and that they have no idea when they'll even see him again.
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Getting to [[Professor Oak's Laboratory]], Ash is dismayed when he learns that Gary has already left. Tracey tells Ash that Gary didn't mention where he was going, only that he woke up saying that he was feeling inspired and quickly left before being asked what he meant. [[Professor Oak]] mentions that Gary must have wanted to make a fresh start, as he left all of his Pokémon besides his {{TP|Gary|Blastoise}} at the lab before leaving, and that they have no idea when they'll even see him again.
   
Gary is just about to leave Pallet Town behind when Ash catches up to him. The two friends greet each other warmly, and Ash asks Gary what his hurry is. Gary tells Ash that he just feels he needs to keep moving, and that there's still a lot of traveling to do and lot more to learn about Pokémon. Gary then asks Ash what he plans to do now, and Ash is forced to admit he doesn't know. Gary tells Ash that as he hasn't been home for a long time he should wait a while and really think about it. Gary starts to leave, but now it's Ash's turn to give a present to a departing friend and gives Gary his half of the broken Poké Ball back. Gary thanks Ash, and sets off on his journey.
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Gary is just about to leave Pallet Town behind, when Ash catches up to him. The two friends greet each other warmly, and Ash asks Gary what his hurry is. Gary tells Ash that he just feels he needs to keep moving, and that there's still a lot of traveling to do and a lot more to learn about Pokémon. Gary then asks Ash what he plans to do now, and Ash is forced to admit he doesn't know. Gary tells Ash that as he hasn't been home for a long time, that he should wait a while and really think about it. Gary starts to leave, but now it's Ash's turn to give a present to a departing friend, and gives Gary half of a [[Poké Ball]] Ash just broke. Gary thanks Ash, and sets off on his journey.
   
Sitting on a tree, Ash tells Pikachu he doesn't like the feeling of being alone and still isn't sure about what to do next. Suddenly Ash spots a sparkle in the sky and looks up... to see {{an|Ho-Oh}}! Watching it fly away, Ash notices where it's heading... to the [[Hoenn]] region. He knows that Hoenn has a lot of Pokémon he's never seen before, and a lot of battles awaiting him. Suddenly Ash feels his spirit return, and decides to do like Gary and make a fresh start and head to Hoenn! He starts to run home... and falls into a classic Team Rocket pitfall trap.
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Sitting on a tree, Ash tells Pikachu he doesn't like the feeling of being alone, and still isn't sure about what to do next. Suddenly Pikachu alerts Ash, who then looks up in the sky and spots a sparkle. To Ash's amazement its {{an|Ho-Oh}}! Watching it fly away, Ash notices it's heading towards the [[Hoenn]] region. He knows that Hoenn has a lot of Pokémon he's never seen before, and a lot of battles awaiting him. Suddenly Ash feels his spirit return, and decides to do like Gary and make a fresh start and head to Hoenn. He starts to run home, but falls into a classic Team Rocket pitfall trap.
   
The motto is performed as always, and James mentions that the pit is extra deep and three have gone back to the classic plan of snaring Pikachu. James commands {{TP|James|Weezing}} to send a {{m|SmokeScreen}} down the pit. Soon the entire area is filled with smoke causing Ash and Pikachu to start choking. Ash tries to think of something to do, and remembers Misty and Brock's final words and parting gifts. He gets an idea, and after fishing them out of his bag, has Pikachu cover it's mouth with the handkerchief while he climbs out with the cutlery given to him by Brock. As he climbs out of the pit, he realizes that he is never alone and that his friends will always be with him. Getting out of the pit, Ash confronts Team Rocket and sends them blasting off again courtesy of Pikachu's Thunderbolt. Ash knows that one journey is over, another one is about to begin.
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Ash comments on how he was not "prepared" for the fall, and Jessie goes into her lines of the motto. James mentions that the pit is extra deep, and three have gone back to the classic plan of snaring Pikachu. James calls out {{TP|James|Weezing}} to send a {{m|SmokeScreen}} down the pit. Soon the entire area is filled with smoke causing Ash and Pikachu to start choking. Ash tries to think of something to do, and remembers Misty and Brock's final words and parting gifts. He gets an idea, and after fishing them out of his bag, has Pikachu cover it's mouth with the handkerchief while he climbs out with the cutlery given to him by Brock. As he climbs out of the pit, he realizes that he is never alone. Ash springs from the pit trap, and confronts and Team Rocket, informing them that his friends will always be with him. Ash orders Pikachu to hit them with a Thunderbolt, blasting them off yet again. With the dust clearing, Ash looks at the gifts from Brock and Misty thanking them. He looks up into the sky, and comments on the beginning of another journey to become the greatest Pokémon Master.
   
Back home, Ash tells Professor Oak and Tracey that he has decided to do the same as Gary and leave all of his Pokémon besides Pikachu at the lab. Professor Oak guesses that Ash is heading to Hoenn and Ash tells him that he plans to meet [[Professor Birch]] in [[Littleroot Town]]. Tracey agrees with Ash's idea and reassures him that he'll look after all his Pokémon while he is away. Ash thanks his friend, when Delia arrives with new clothes for her son having guessed he would be leaving soon. She also has his ticket for the ferry that departs from the [[Seafoam Islands]]. Professor Oak gives Ash a brand new [[Pokédex]] that contains all the information on the Pokémon that reside in the [[Hoenn]] region. With a renewed sense of determination, Ash gets ready to set off Hoenn knowing that a brand new set of adventures await him.
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Back home, Ash tells Professor Oak and Tracey that he has decided to do the same as Gary and leave all of his Pokémon besides Pikachu at the lab. Professor Oak guesses that Ash is heading to Hoenn, and Ash tells him that he plans to meet [[Professor Birch]] in [[Littleroot Town]]. Tracey agrees with Ash's idea because of Professor Birch being famous for his field work. Ash thanks his friend, when Delia arrives with new clothes for her son having guessed he would be leaving soon. She also has his ticket for the ferry that departs from the [[Seafoam Islands]] to the Hoenn Region. Professor Oak gives Ash a brand new [[Pokédex]] that contains all the information on the Pokémon that reside in the [[Hoenn]] region. Tracey also tells Ash he can count on him to take care of his Pokémon while he's away. With a renewed sense of determination, Ash gets ready to set off Hoenn knowing that a brand new set of adventures await him.
   
 
== Major events ==
 
== Major events ==

Revision as of 19:11, 1 February 2010

EP272 : Johto Photo Finish
Original series
EP274 : Hoenn Alone!
Gotta Catch Ya Later!
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  EP273  
サヨナラ…そして、たびだち!
Goodbye... And Then, Setting off!
First broadcast
Japan November 7, 2002
United States October 18, 2003
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Ending
Japanese themes
Opening Ready Go!
Ending ポケッターリ・モンスターリ
Credits
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
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

Gotta Catch Ya Later! (Japanese: サヨナラ…そして、たびだち! Goodbye... And Then, Setting off!) is the 273rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on November 7, 2002 and in the United States on October 18, 2003.

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Synopsis

With the Silver Conference and Johto behind them, Ash, Misty and Brock are heading towards Pallet Town and decide to make a stop in Viridian City. Brock is the most excited, simply because it means that he'll get to see Nurse Joy. Misty is, as usual, tired of Brock's misguided romantic efforts.

Ash deposits his Poké Balls at the Pokémon Center, and asks Nurse Joy if she remembers him. It turns out that this Nurse Joy isn't the one he met all that time ago, but a new one. She has heard about him though, and tells Misty that she has received an urgent call from Cerulean City. Misty is confused as to why anyone would be calling her from there.

Getting to a phone, Misty finds out the call is from her sisters. It turns out all three are going on an around the world trip that they won in a beauty contest, and therefore need Misty to take over the Gym while they are away. Misty can't believe what she's hearing, and is angry when Ash and Brock comment on how lucky the sisters are winning the trip. Misty objects about having to take over for her sister, but Ash, not seeing Misty has other reasons for her objections tells her its only temporary. Nurse Joy then surprises Misty with her bike It turns out the previous Nurse Joy was able to fix it good as new. Seeing the bike brings back a lot of memories for Misty.Misty remembers how her journey with Ash began, when him stole the bike and ended up destroying it. Ash happily comments on how good Nurse Joy did in the restoration, and that Misty can get back to Cerulean City even quicker. This causes Misty's feelings to become hurt. After Ash asks why she was so grouchy, Misty runs out of the Pokémon Center. Ash is confused by Misty's reaction, and Brock points out that Misty may have expected to continue traveling with them.

Misty wanders the streets of Viridian City very sadly, and comments on how Ash doesn't seem to understand or care that the trio will be splitting up. However, around the corner are three trainers waiting for her. They ask Misty if all her friends have abandoned her, angering Misty even further. Misty asks who they are, and the three introduce themselves as Viridian City's top trainers; Kim, Kail and Kai the Invincible Pokémon Brothers! Misty mocks them by word play on invincible with invisible, telling them to disappear. The leader Kim continued to Irritate Misty, who then challenges them to a Pokémon battle.

In a nearby field, Misty and Kim prepare to battle one-on-one. Misty sends out her Politoed and Kim his Hitmonchan. Misty orders a Water Gun, and Politoed is easily able to knock Hitmonchan to the ground. Misty mocks them into changing their names (from the invincible brothers), which then provokes Kail and Kai to send out their Pokémon Hitmonlee and Hitmontop. The three fighting Pokémon surround Politoed, and Misty calls them out on cheating, stating she can't battle fairly three-on-one. However she is saved when Ash and Brock arrive to make the match fair. Pikachu is able to get Hitmontop with a Thunderbolt and Brock sends out Forretress who gets Hitmonlee with a Rapid Spin. Misty is glad to see her friends again, but angrily tells them she could have handled it. Ash and Brock tell her that they knew she could, but they wanted one last battle with the three of them. Ash than tells Misty that she's a great Water Pokémon Trainer, and he knows she can win the battle. Misty is touched by Ash's kind words, and with her faith in their friendship restored, she orders Politoed to use Bubble Attack which devestates Hitmonchan. Pikachu and Forretress then continue their assault on the other two, much to the brothers' dismay.

As the battle rages, Team Rocket appear, and Jessie and James comment on the brothers losing. Meowth cuts in, and on his command Wobbuffet presses a button which causes two goals to appear on opposite ends of the field. The trainer all notice this, and much to their horror the goals start to come together trapping Ash, Misty, Brock, the brothers and all the Pokémon inside. The brothers become distraught, claiming to be on Team Rockets side. This reveals that the three were hired by Team Rocket to battle and tire Ash and the gang out. However, since they failed not only will they not be getting paid (not that they were going to pay anyway), but Team Rocket will take their Pokémon along with the others. Kim However has a pair of scissors handy, and cuts the net away releasing everyone. The brothers and their Pokémon quickly surround Team Rocket, and begin to trash up a fuss over their money, much to Jessie's annoyance. This distraction, and the brother' destruction of the net allows Ash, Misty and Brock to escape. They order Pikachu, Politoed and Forretress to triple-team Both Team Rocket, the brothers and their Pokémon who are all sent blasting off.

With the excitement over, Ash tells Misty how great it was watching her battle, and she thanks him. Ash informs her that he and Brock brought her bike, and Misty's excitment quickly diminishes. On the path towards Pewter and Cerulean City, Misty tells Ash not to forget to look after himself and Pikachu. She also tells Brock to try to not fall in love with all the girls which makes him laugh. She than says that she needs to tell Ash one more thing, "Just keep on doing your best." Ash asks what she means, and Misty sadly responds by saying that it's going to be different without her there.

She then remembers how she first met Ash, accidentally fishing him out of a lake and angrily pointing him in the direction of the Viridian City Pokémon Center. She also remembers all the experiences she's shared with Ash, Brock and Tracey as they traveled through Kanto, the Orange Islands and Johto as well as the joys, the struggles, the triumphs, the fun, the hardships, the excitement and most of all the adventure which now has to end.

She also recalls how it was an coincidence that she met Togepi, but Ash tells her that he thinks she's wrong that it was an coincidence that he met her of all people. He tells her that he believes that no matter what, they were always meant to meet and become friends. Brock agrees, and tells them that after all their adventures they've all become best friends. Misty and Ash happily agree and continue down the path.

Eventually the path splits into three with one route heading towards Pallet Town, another heading towards Cerulean City and the third heading towards Pewter City. Ash and Misty start to say their goodbyes, when Brock suddenly butts in telling them that he just remembered that he received an e-mail and needs to return to Pewter City. Ash asks how Brock could forget something like that, and Misty understands that maybe he didn't want to go.

Now the time has come for all three to part ways, and head for their respective homes. The three bids each other farewell, and then Misty and Brock set off. With his friends gone, Ash starts to say the words he didn't feel he could, but suddenly Misty and Brock are back in front of him ready to hear it. Ash tells them they shouldn't sneak up on him, and Brock says that they returned to give Ash some presents. Brock gives Ash a small picnic complete with cutlery, while Misty gives him a handkerchief to wrap it in. Ash is touch by their gesture, and begins to cry. With that, the three best friends separate Ash, very upset about his long-time companions leaving, runs the rest of the way home.

After a good night's sleep, Ash and Pikachu are happily eating their breakfasts, when Ash's mom mentions to him that Gary arrived back into town himself a couple of days ago. Ash is eager to meet up with his former rival and newfound friend, and quickly leaves with Pikachu. Delia comments to Mimey that she always misses him when he leaves on an adventure.

Getting to Professor Oak's Laboratory, Ash is dismayed when he learns that Gary has already left. Tracey tells Ash that Gary didn't mention where he was going, only that he woke up saying that he was feeling inspired and quickly left before being asked what he meant. Professor Oak mentions that Gary must have wanted to make a fresh start, as he left all of his Pokémon besides his Blastoise at the lab before leaving, and that they have no idea when they'll even see him again.

Gary is just about to leave Pallet Town behind, when Ash catches up to him. The two friends greet each other warmly, and Ash asks Gary what his hurry is. Gary tells Ash that he just feels he needs to keep moving, and that there's still a lot of traveling to do and a lot more to learn about Pokémon. Gary then asks Ash what he plans to do now, and Ash is forced to admit he doesn't know. Gary tells Ash that as he hasn't been home for a long time, that he should wait a while and really think about it. Gary starts to leave, but now it's Ash's turn to give a present to a departing friend, and gives Gary half of a Poké Ball Ash just broke. Gary thanks Ash, and sets off on his journey.

Sitting on a tree, Ash tells Pikachu he doesn't like the feeling of being alone, and still isn't sure about what to do next. Suddenly Pikachu alerts Ash, who then looks up in the sky and spots a sparkle. To Ash's amazement its Ho-Oh! Watching it fly away, Ash notices it's heading towards the Hoenn region. He knows that Hoenn has a lot of Pokémon he's never seen before, and a lot of battles awaiting him. Suddenly Ash feels his spirit return, and decides to do like Gary and make a fresh start and head to Hoenn. He starts to run home, but falls into a classic Team Rocket pitfall trap.

Ash comments on how he was not "prepared" for the fall, and Jessie goes into her lines of the motto. James mentions that the pit is extra deep, and three have gone back to the classic plan of snaring Pikachu. James calls out Weezing to send a SmokeScreen down the pit. Soon the entire area is filled with smoke causing Ash and Pikachu to start choking. Ash tries to think of something to do, and remembers Misty and Brock's final words and parting gifts. He gets an idea, and after fishing them out of his bag, has Pikachu cover it's mouth with the handkerchief while he climbs out with the cutlery given to him by Brock. As he climbs out of the pit, he realizes that he is never alone. Ash springs from the pit trap, and confronts and Team Rocket, informing them that his friends will always be with him. Ash orders Pikachu to hit them with a Thunderbolt, blasting them off yet again. With the dust clearing, Ash looks at the gifts from Brock and Misty thanking them. He looks up into the sky, and comments on the beginning of another journey to become the greatest Pokémon Master.

Back home, Ash tells Professor Oak and Tracey that he has decided to do the same as Gary and leave all of his Pokémon besides Pikachu at the lab. Professor Oak guesses that Ash is heading to Hoenn, and Ash tells him that he plans to meet Professor Birch in Littleroot Town. Tracey agrees with Ash's idea because of Professor Birch being famous for his field work. Ash thanks his friend, when Delia arrives with new clothes for her son having guessed he would be leaving soon. She also has his ticket for the ferry that departs from the Seafoam Islands to the Hoenn Region. Professor Oak gives Ash a brand new Pokédex that contains all the information on the Pokémon that reside in the Hoenn region. Tracey also tells Ash he can count on him to take care of his Pokémon while he's away. With a renewed sense of determination, Ash gets ready to set off Hoenn knowing that a brand new set of adventures await him.

Major events

  • Daisy, Violet, and Lily give Gym Leader status to Misty.
  • Misty gets her bike back, now mended.
  • Ash, Brock and Misty go their separate ways.
  • Ash sees Ho-Oh again.
  • Ash leaves all his Pokémon besides Pikachu at Professor Oak's lab.
  • Ash changes his clothes and receives a new Pokédex.
  • Ash heads for Hoenn.

Debuts

Characters

Humans

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?: Hoppip (U.S. and international), Togepi (Japan)

Trivia

  • The name of this episode refers to the original catchphrase of the Pokémon series, "Gotta Catch 'em All!"

Errors

  • Delia mispronounces the Seafoam Islands as "The Seaform Islands" in reference to the tickets.
  • Professor Oak's eyebrows are mistakenly colored gray when he gives Ash his new Hoenn Pokédex.
  • Pikachu disappeared when Ash is looking for the Poké Ball he and Gary fought over in the beginning of their journey.

Dub edits

Shot specifically produced for the original Japanese version
  • The flashback about the good times Misty spent with her friends is different in both versions: the dubbed English flashback pushes PokéShipping while the original Japanese flashback focuses on Misty's accomplishments as a Pokémon trainer and as a friend, and even ends with a group shot of Ash, Pikachu, Misty, Togepi, Brock, and Tracey (specifically created for this episode). The original flashback plays a really dramatic piece of music, while the dub flashback plays a brand new vocal song:
Goodbye, funny how that's such a hard thing to say.
Now it's time to let go but... never thought I'd feel this way.
Promised not to be sad but... we both knew I was lying.
Gotta fight back the tears cause can't let you see me crying
You're more than just my best friend
What makes me misty most of all,
In our final curtain call,
Is knowing that I won't see you again.

In other languages

  • Dutch: Ik zie je later!
  • French: Les adieux
  • German: Auf Wiedersehen, Freunde!
  • Hebrew: אנחנו עוד נתראה anakhnu od nitra'é
  • Italian: Addii e partenze
  • Portuguese (Brazilian): A Gente se Vê Depois!
  • Spanish:
    • Iberian Spanish: ¡Ya te cogeré más tarde!
    • Latin American Spanish: ¡Hasta pronto amigos!


EP272 : Johto Photo Finish
Original series
EP274 : Hoenn Alone!
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