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| You Said a Mouthful!
The Greatest Pelipper in History!
|| January 30, 2003
| United States
|| December 13, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Assistant director
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
You Said a Mouthful! (Japanese: 史上最強のペリッパー現る！！ The Greatest Pelipper in History!) is the tenth episode of the Advanced Generation series and the 284th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 30, 2003 and in the United States on December 13, 2003.
En route to Rustboro City, Ash and the gang pass by an unofficial gym boasting the world's most powerful Pokémon. Even though he can't win a badge there, Ash is intrigued and decides to battle the trainer named Anthony and this mysterious Pokémon. The world's most powerful Pokémon turns out to be a Pelipper. Pelipper attacks Ash's Treecko with a Vine Whip. It then attacks Taillow with Flame Thrower. Finally, it attacks Pikachu with a Thunder Attack. Ash and crew are amazed—Pelipper should only have Water and Flying type attacks, but somehow it knows Grass, Fire and Electric type attacks! That's not physically possible! Team Rocket decides that they must have this awesome Pokémon, so they, too, challenge Anthony. This time, however, Anthony panics and the truth comes out. Pelipper has been hiding Poké Balls inside its large beak. Rather than being disappointed, Team Rocket decides that this is an excellent opportunity. They blackmail Anthony and use his Pelipper for a new challenge. This time, trainers will lose their Pokémon if they lose to Pelipper. Team Rocket's latest hoax is very successful at first, and they con many trainers out of their Pokémon, but they soon get carried away. They fill Pelipper's beak up with so many Poké Balls that when Pelipper does a Water Gun attack, all of the Poké Balls spill out!
Ash and his friends arrive at an unofficial Gym, where, according to a billboard, it houses the world's most powerful Pokémon. Unable to pass up a challenge, Ash decides to challenge this Pokémon. As the gang arrives to the Gym, a Trainer is rushing his way out of there; stating with frustration that the Pokémon in question wasn't normal at all, making Ash's desire to defeat the world's most powerful Pokémon grow even bigger. As he makes his challenge, a Trainer named Anthony arrives to accept the challenge, along with his Pelipper. The rules of the battle are simple: Anthony will only use his Pelipper, while Ash may use as many of his Pokémon as he wished. Ash decides to lead off with Treecko against Pelipper. The battle unfolds normally, with Pelipper using Wing Attack, to which Treecko dodges effortlessly, but then Anthony suddenly tells Pelipper to use Vine Whip, which, as Max points out, Pelipper cannot learn (as he contends that Pelipper can only use Water and Flying-type attacks), but sure enough, a pair of vines manage to come out of Pelipper's mouth and trip up Treecko. Max becomes suspicious of Anthony's battling skills, while Ash is forced to withdraw Treecko for Taillow. Taillow seems to handle the battle pretty well and tries to attack with Peck, though, Anthony makes another suspicious move and orders Pelipper to use Flamethrower, which hits Taillow and knocks it out, much to the amazement of everybody (especially Max, who can't believe that Pelipper is able to use Fire-type moves.) Ash is down to Pikachu, who he warns to expect the unexpected. Sure enough, when Pikachu uses Thunder, Pelipper is directed to counter with its own Thunder, once again making Max suspicious. However, Pikachu manages to draw even against Pelipper.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket is plotting to steal the Pelipper, and, as they put their plan into motion, they manage to make a Bellsprout fall from Pelipper's mouth as Anthony tries to defend Pelipper with Water Gun, Flamethrower, and Thunderbolt at the same time. Team Rocket learns of Anthony's "winning ways": Pelipper could perform the attacks because its mouth housed a Bellsprout, a Magby, and a Magnemite; and blackmail Anthony and Pelipper to cooperate on their latest Pokémon-stealing scheme.
At the Pokémon Center, as they are waiting for Ash's team to heal, Max is convinced that Anthony is cheating somehow, while May dismisses it as real-world not matching up with Max's book-smarts. When Trainers begin to pour in saying that their Pokémon have been taken by the world's most powerful Pokémon, Ash cannot believe that Anthony would stoop so low as to steal their challenger's Pokémon, though Brock suggests that Anthony had been coerced. Sure enough, when they arrive at the Gym, two promoters (Jessie and James) are promoting a challenge where challengers have to ante up a Pokémon against Pelipper, with the winner taking both Pokémon. As Ash accepts the challenge again to get to the bottom of the situation, starting with Pikachu; Jessie and James become worried, as Pikachu has beaten them numerous times before. As a precaution, Jessie and James load up more Poké Balls inside Pelipper, and then puts Meowth inside Pelipper as a "tactical controller".
As the rematch begins, Pelipper starts with Bellsprout's Vine Whip, which Pikachu manages to dodge. Meowth, inside Pelipper, then switches to Magby for a SmokeScreen, which soon finds its way into Pelipper's mouth, affecting both Meowth and Magby in addition to Pikachu. As Meowth brings back Bellsprout for a Razor Leaf, Max wanders off and manages to find Anthony, bound and gagged, who confesses to having cheated by hiding Poké Balls inside Pelipper's mouth. Meanwhile, Meowth comes up with a plan to take down Pikachu: after dowsing it with a Water Gun, it can switch to Magnemite and fire off Thunder to deal more damage to a wet Pikachu. Because he cannot find any stowed Water Pokémon, Meowth chooses to instead use Pelipper itself to fire the Water Gun, but as he does so, Pelipper shoots water everywhere - at not only Pikachu, but Ash, Brock, May, Max, Anthony, Jessie, and James as well, exposing Team Rocket and the Poké Balls (and Meowth) inside Pelipper's mouth. As Team Rocket tries to make their getaway with the stolen Poké Balls, though, they are countered by Pelipper using Wing Attack to free their Poké Ball bag. When Team Rocket tries to take Pikachu as a last resort, Pelipper uses Water Gun to soak the balloon, allowing Pikachu to Thunderbolt through Team Rocket's electricity-proof suits, sending them flying.
The episode ends with Anthony closing up the Gym, and deciding to go straight with Pelipper, as Pelipper was powerful even without the Poké Balls in its mouth.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Unown P
- This episode begins with a summary of the action thus far in the season.
- Music from the first movie can be heard in this episode.
- The music used in the prologue of Celebi: Voice of the Forest and Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias can be heard at the beginning of the episode.
- Team Rocket use their Dugtrio trio clothes they used in an earlier episode.
- This is one of the many episodes that state that water conducts electricity. This is only true for water that is not pure, which could mean that Pokémon do not use pure water in their attacks.
- Max says Pelipper can only naturally learn Water and Flying-type moves. This is incorrect, as Pelipper can learn many Normal-type moves and a single Ice-type move by level-up, as well as Ice, Poison, Electric, Dark, Psychic and Steel-type moves through the use of TM, and even a Dragon-type move through breeding.
- During the fight between Pelipper and Pikachu, it was shown that Pelipper's mouth was heavy and filled with Poké Balls that Team Rocket had put in there for Meowth to choose the Pokémon. However, soon after Anthony's fraud is discovered, Pelipper's mouth seems back to normal.
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