| Showdown at the Oak Corral
Showdown at the Oak Corral (Japanese: オーキド邸 だいけっせん! Huge Battle at Ōkido Residence) is episode eight of Pokémon Chronicles, and the fourth side story episode of Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station in Japan. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 14, 2003, in the UK on June 29, 2005, and in the USA on July 8, 2006. In this episode, Butch and Cassidy steal all of the Poké Balls at Professor Oak's lab.
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Professor Oak and Tracey are so busy looking after Pokémon, that they don't notice when a helicopter lands near the laboratory. In fact, Noctowl is the only one that does notice it.
Inside the lab, Professor Oak is writing a poem on his computer while Tracey mixes some Carbos Boosters into the Pokémon's lunch. Bayleef helps Tracey to deliver the food to all the Pokémon, which is well received. Tracey tells them that he is mixing a chocolate Protein Booster in with dessert, and Totodile dances happily.
Meanwhile, the helicopter Noctowl saw earlier is disguised by...Butch and Cassidy! After locating the lab, they discuss their plan: Almost every trainer who starts their journey in Pallet Town stores their extra Poké Balls there, and so they are going to sneak in and steal them all. As Tracey and Professor Oak are the only people around, it shouldn't be very hard.
As Tracey arrives back at the lab, he hears the doorbell and goes to see who it is. It is the Magikarp Salesman, who immediately tries to sell Tracey the Magikarp he has. He tells Tracey that the Magikarp (which he has just caught) sells golden eggs, making Tracey very suspicious. Professor Oak comes over to see what is going on, and becomes angry when he hears that the salesman is selling Pokémon. Tracey tells him that this is a Pokémon laboratory, and the Salesman then makes a hasty exit. Professor Oak says that Pokémon should not be bought and sold. Tracey says they should report him to Officer Jenny, and then the doorbell rings again. Tracey says he will teach him a lesson, and starts harshly, only to see that it is Delia and Mimey. Delia says she had bought some cookies, but maybe she should come back another time. Tracey says that then was a great time since you can never be too busy for cookies. Tracey invites them in, and Professor Oak welcomes them.
Elsewhere, Bulbasaur is enjoying a walk through the ranch. It smiles on seeing a Jumpluff and Skiploom getting along. Bulbasaur then notices an odd-looking Golem and Nidoqueen. They are actually Butch and Cassidy in disguise. Cassidy thinks she looks ridiculous, but Butch thinks he makes a good Golem. Totodile also notices them, then dances and runs after them. It uses Water Gun on Cassidy and Butch. Butch kicks it away, but Totodile retaliates with a more powerful Water Gun. Butch reflects it, sending Totodile backwards.
Butch and Cassidy take a moment to dry themselves. An Oddish notices the half-human, half-Pokémon things, and runs off to tell Bulbasaur. However, by the time the two get there, Butch and Cassidy have already set off again. Cassidy stands on Cyndaquil, who was taking a nap, and it sends up a huge fire in defense. Butch uses a fire extinguisher on it, and the two leave, just as Bulbasaur and Oddish catch up to Cyndaquil.
Back at the lab, Delia asks Professor Oak if he has heard from Ash. Oak tells her that he has just reached Petalburg City. Delia comments that she loves Petalburg City, and that she hopes Ash captures a Zigzagoon. At this moment, Bulbasaur gets her attention by tapping on the window. Oak tells Delia that he is busy, so she tells that Pokémon that he is unavailable. Bulbasaur then wakes up Noctowl, and Noctowl flies off to search.
Meanwhile, Tracey and Bayleef are feeding the new food to the Jumpluff. As Tracey comments on how everyone likes it, Bulbasaur appears and tries to get him to help. Tracey tells it that he can't play right now, but Bulbasaur insists. Rather than wait for Tracey to figure out that something is wrong, Bulbasaur makes its point by pulling Tracey with its vines.
Bulbasaur is right to rush, as Butch and Cassidy have now reached the lab, though not before being noticed by Noctowl. As Butch makes a hole in the window, he comments that Giovanni will be so pleased that they will get a major promotion. Cassidy reaches through the hole to open the window, and they enter the lab. They comment on how much better they than 'Messy' and 'Lames', which they find so funny that they laugh manically. Remembering where they are, they shut up and start looking around.
Noctowl finds Tracey and the Pokémon, and gets them to follow it. Meanwhile, Professor Oak invites Delia to dinner, and she immediately offers to get Mimey to cook it. They are overheard by Butch and Cassidy, who then sneak over to the Poké Ball room. While they take them all, Tracey finds the hole they made in the window. He immediately rushes over to Professor Oak to tell him that someone has broken in. They search the lab until they reach the Poké Ball room, where they are shocked to see that all the Poké Balls are gone. Tracey says that whoever did this must be professionals. Professor Oak says that it must be Team Rocket's work, but Tracey doubts this as the Team Rocket he knows couldn't pull it off without messing something up, (completely forgetting that he met Butch and Cassidy back in EP086.)
The Pokémon begin to spread the word. Bayleef tells Heracross. Bulbasaur tells the Skiploom and Jumpluff, who tell the Oddish and Bellossom, who tell Kingler, who tells four of the Tauros, who stampede to wake up Snorlax. As all the Pokémon search, Butch and Cassidy made their escape in their costumes, with the Poké Balls inside a container shaped like a Muk. However, a Nidoking spots them and tries to hug Cassidy. When they manage to lose that, Muk turns up and covers the Poké Balls. Meanwhile, Noctowl locates the helicopter and rushes off to tell Tracey.
Muk has now covered both Cassidy and Butch, who can't get up. Then Totodile turns up an uses another Water Gun. It jumps aside from the reflector, and uses another one to knock Butch into a tree. They take this chance to run off, which makes Muk sad, but Totodile happily runs off in the opposite direction.
Bulbasaur uses its vines to uncover the sheet covering the helicopter while Totodile tells Delia and Professor Oak where Butch and Cassidy are. As all the Pokémon rush over to the spot, so do Butch and Cassidy. For a moment, they think they have made it, but then Tracey steps forward, barring the way. Professor Oak and Delia come in behind them, and tell them that they are completely surrounded. Tracey tells them to give up now, or they are in big trouble, but Cassidy tells them that they are the ones in big, big trouble. Butch adds that it is coming to them on the dub, dub, double.
- "Here's our mission, so you better listen."
- "To infect the world with devastation."
- "To blight all peoples in every nation."
- "To denounce the goodness of truth and love."
- "To extend our wraths to the stars above."
- "And Butch"
- "Team Rocket circles the Earth day and night"
- "So surrender to us now, or you will lose this fight"
- "Yeah, that's right."
Now Tracey gets it. This is the other Team Rocket. (Tracey clearly does have as good a knowledge of the workings of Team Rocket as we have.) After Butch gets annoyed at Tracey and Delia for calling him "Biff" and "Bill" respectively, Professor Oak tells them that they can't steal Pokémon, as Pokémon must be earned. But Butch and Cassidy are no going to just give them back, and so they send out Hitmontop and Houndour. Bulbasaur steps forward to battle, and Oak recognizes Bulbasaur as one of his oldest companions. (Never mind that Tracey has been with Oak two whole seasons longer than Bulbasaur!) Tracey sends out Scyther, while Delia sends Mimey forward.
Houndour starts off with Ember, which Mimey reflects with Light Screen. Hitmontop then uses Rolling Kick, but it does nothing to the Light Screen. Next, Bulbasaur and Scyther attack Hitmontop with Vine Whip and Quick Attack. While they are busy, Cassidy orders Houndour to use Bite on Mimey, but Mimey hits back with DoubleSlap. Delia comments that battle skills run in the family. Butch orders Hitmontop to use Rapid Spin on Bulbasaur, but Bulbasaur reflects it with another Vine Whip. Hitmontop slams into Butch and Cassidy, and is then hit by Scyther's Cut attack. After complementing Scyther, Oak orders Cyndaquil to use Flamethrower, which engulfs Butch, Cassidy, Hitmontop and Houndour. Bulbasaur immediately comes in with a SolarBeam which causes an explosion. While Cassidy contemplates that things are not good, Oak comments that Pokémon are sometimes inspirational. Totodile wants to join in, so it uses its strongest Water Gun of the day, making Butch and Cassidy blast off.
All the Poké Balls are accounted for. Oak comments that while the lab doesn't have an advanced security system, the Pokémon are all the protection that they will ever need. The humans thank the Pokémon and the Pokémon cheer. Later, Oak reads his love poem. According to our narrator, Delia felt for sure that it was about her, but then, so did Bulbasaur.
- Delia battles for the first time on-screen.
- Bulbasaur (Ash's)
- Heracross (Ash's)
- Kingler (Ash's)
- Tauros (Ash's)
- Muk (Ash's)
- Snorlax (Ash's)
- Noctowl (Ash's)
- Bayleef (Ash's)
- Cyndaquil (Ash's)
- Totodile (Ash's)
- Scyther (Tracey's)
- Hitmontop (Butch's)
- Houndour (Cassidy's)
- Mr. Mime (Delia's, Mimey)
- Golem (fake)
- Nidoqueen (fake)
- Jumpluff (eight)
- Skiploom (nine)
- Oddish (seven)
- Bellossom (seven)
- Sandshrew (two)
- Tracey reads the title card.
- ElderShipping is made dub-canon in this episode, as is FushidoShipping.
- Andi Whaley takes over the role of Cassidy, previously voiced by Megan Hollingshead who left Template:4Kids after season six to become a stage actress.
- The bottles of food that Tracey is using to feed the Pokémon have symbols of various Energies from the Trading Card Game.
- This episode's dub title is a reference to the historical event, Showdown at the O.K. Corral, the same as to the episode Showdown at the Poké Corral
- Although it was left at Oak's Lab, Ash's Phanpy is nowhere to be found.
- The running gag of Professor Oak trying to find a word that rhymes with Tauros in order to create a love poem for Delia exists only in the English dub, it is nowhere to be found in the original Japanese version.
- The dub has Butch refer to Jessie and James as "Messy and Lames", which were names used in the Mad Magazine parody of the anime in the late 1990s.
- The narrator's line at the end of the episode is different in the Japanese version, where he just says that all the Poké Balls have been returned, and the daily peace the Pokémon enjoyed before Butch and Cassidy's attack has returned to Pallet Town.
- For some reason, the Magikarp Salesman in this episode was voiced differently than how he usually sounds in the main series. This is the only 4Kids dubbed episode where this has happened to the character in question.
In other languages
- Italian: Regolamento di conti al Laboratorio di Oak
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