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| Smells Like Team Spirit!
Tag Battle! Final!!
|| October 25, 2007
| United States
|| February 1, 2008
|| Team Iguchi
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
Smells Like Team Spirit! (Japanese: タッグバトル！ファイナル！！ Tag Battle! Final!!) is the 52nd episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, the 518th episode of the Pokémon anime, and This episode is the season finale of the tenth season, Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl. It first aired in Japan on October 25, 2007 and in the United States on February 1, 2008.
After a strange victory in the second round of Hearthome City's tag battle tournament, Paul has abandoned his Chimchar and Ash wants Chimchar to join his team instead. Team Rocket wants Chimchar's power for themselves, and they swoop in to steal it. Their hot air balloon getaway flames out when Chimchar toasts their balloon and happily returns to Ash. For the quarterfinals of the tournament, Chimchar will rest and watch Ash and Paul use Staravia and Torterra to battle Brock and his tag battle partner Holly, who are using Croagunk and Farfetch'd.
Unlike Ash and Paul, who are getting along just as badly as ever, Brock and Holly work well as a team. But against a powerhouse Pokémon like Torterra, even Brock and Holly are unable to win. Paul sneers at Ash for celebrating and thinks his Torterra was the only reason they won, but it doesn't matter now. Ash and Paul move on to face Dawn and her partner Conway in the final round. And for this battle, Ash chooses Chimchar and Paul chooses Elekid to battle against Dawn's Buizel and Conway's Heracross.
Dawn and Conway are good partners, too: they know how to work together and synchronize attack and defense. However, Conway's strategies didn't anticipate that Paul's Elekid would evolve into Electabuzz in the middle of the match! Buizel and Heracross do their best, but Electabuzz's power and Chimchar's Fire-type attacks win the day. Of course, now that he's evolved his Elekid, Paul couldn't care less about victory or the Soothe Bell prize. But Ash believes Paul's Chimchar will be a great addition to his team, and he's looking forward to the next Gym battle in Veilstone City!
The episode starts off with Ash kneeling down to a newly released Chimchar. Impressed by the way Chimchar gives it its all, Ash tries to convince Chimchar to be on his team however, a disgusted Paul tells them that as far as he's concerned they're a perfect match; a pathetic Pokémon for a pathetic Trainer before he walks away. Ash tells Chimchar to just ignore his former Trainer, and offers the chance to prove him wrong. Before Chimchar can accept, our heroes are attacked by Bullet Seed and Pin Missile. Chimchar is stolen by Team Rocket, the attackers. After finishing their motto, James tells Carnivine and Cacnea to use Bullet Seed and Pin Missile as they tried to escape. However Ash is intent on rescuing Chimchar, Chimchar seemed to be inspired to take action as well, using Flamethrower on Team Rocket's balloon.
Before Chimchar plummeted to the ground, Ash was able to catch it. After complimenting Chimchar's Flamethrower, Ash again asked if Chimchar would like to be on his team. Chimchar happily agreed, so Ash tossed a Poké Ball into the air. Chimchar jumped up, smacked the button, and Ash caught Chimchar.
Later that night, Ash contacted Professor Oak and told him about his new Chimchar. Professor Oak knew about Ash's tag battle, saying that he and his partner would need to work together to win. Dawn happily picked out a phrase in Professor Oak's speech that rhymed. "You do your best and you're sure to beat the rest."
The episode switched to the next morning as the camera hovered over the top of the stadium. It is revealed that Dawn and Conway have already won their match and the next match-ups were about to begin. It was Paul and Ash, versus Brock and Holly. Each sent out their respective Pokémon, Torterra, Staravia, Croagunk, and Farfetch'd.
Once the battle begun, Ash commanded his Staravia to use Aerial Ace, Brock told Croagunk to use Poison Jab, Holly's Farfetch'd used Air Slash and Paul's Torterra used Hyper Beam. All of the attacks were launched, but only Hyper Beam makes its way through, hitting Ash's Staravia and Holly's Farfetch'd. Farfetch'd was knocked out in an instant.
Croagunk then ran in for a Brick Break. Ash told his Staravia once more to use Aerial Ace, trying to catch Croagunk off-guard. However, Croagunk slid under the immobilized Torterra, causing Staravia to miss and have to stop its attack. Croagunk jumped out from behind Torterra, landing a hit with Brick Break on Torterra's head. Before Croagunk could use Poison Jab, Torterra was able to move again. Croagunk jumped backwards away from its position on Torterra's neck, and onto the tree on its back. Torterra used Leaf Storm, knocking Croagunk out, and giving victory to Ash and Paul. Ash congratulates Staravia on a good job, only for Paul to angrily comment that Staravia contributed nothing to the battle which angers everyone.
They were able to take a break before battling Dawn and Conway. In the Pokémon Center, Nurse Joy tells Brock that Holly was so upset about losing that she left to go train. Being upset himself, Brock told Ash to win the match.
Finally, the next battle between Dawn, Conway, Ash, and Paul started. Ash sent out Chimchar, Paul used his Elekid, and Conway and Dawn called out Heracross and Buizel. Ash's first attack was Flamethrower, followed by Elekid using Thunder. Buizel was able to counterattack Chimchar's Flamethrower with Aqua Jet. Aqua Jet tore through Flamethrower and slammed into Chimchar. However, Elekid was still in the air above Buizel and used its Thunder. Conway backed Buizel up by telling Heracross to use Revenge. Heracross got in between the Thunder and Buizel, taking the attack.
Heracross flung Elekid backwards, but Elekid was able to get back on its feet. Ash's Chimchar used Dig. Dawn called for Buizel to use Aqua Jet again. Elekid used Protect, but at the last minute, Buizel headed skywards and Conway told Heracross to use Feint. This took Paul off-guard as Feint was able to break through Protect. Heracross was able to knock Elekid off its feet again. Buizel used Water Gun, hitting Elekid directly. However, Chimchar finally came out of the ground and hit Buizel, ceasing the Water Gun.
Buizel countered with Aqua Jet, again hitting Chimchar. Chimchar quickly recovered and used Flamethrower on Heracross, but Buizel jumped in front of Heracross and used Water Gun. The attacks collided causing an explosion. Elekid jumped through the smoke and used Thunder Punch and Heracross countered with Megahorn. Another explosion was created, sending Elekid flying backwards. Suddenly, Elekid started to evolve into Electabuzz. The newly evolved Electabuzz then began to charge up its Thunder.
Conway then told Heracross to use Megahorn and Dawn's Buizel used Water Gun. Ash told Chimchar to dodge the Water Gun and to use Flamethrower. Chimchar jumped out of the way of the Water Gun and used Flamethrower on Heracross. Paul's Electabuzz then used Thunder on Buizel. When Buizel and Heracross collided, the fire and the electricity collided as well, causing an explosion.
Just when it seemed like the battle was over, Buizel and Heracross were seen still standing once the smoke cleared. Buizel gave his opponents a smirk before falling to the ground. Both Heracross and Buizel were knocked out. Ash congratulated Chimchar, however Paul remarked that if Chimchar was any good Heracross would never have got back up. For once, Ash didn't care what Paul thought; as far as he was concerned Chimchar did a fantastic job.
The episode switches to Enta giving Ash and Paul their Soothe Bells. Everyone clapped for Ash and Paul while Conway mused that for a tournament that was supposed to emphasize teamwork between Trainers, it was the team that co-operated the least that ended up winning.
The episode again switches to Dawn, Brock, Ash, Chimchar, Pikachu, and Piplup talking about the battle that happened. Although Dawn was discouraged about losing, she promised to win the next Contest they were all in. Suddenly, Paul came by, tossing the Soothe Bell at Ash, saying that he didn't need it. Brock noted that for Paul, all the tournament was about for him was an opportunity to power up Chimchar and as far as he's concerning Elekid evolving was the only good thing to come out of the competition. Conway then suggested to Ash that he could head for Veilstone City as it has a Gym. The gang agreed that it was a good idea and therefore, with a new Pokémon on his team, Ash prepares to head to Veilstone and hopefully earn his third Gym Badge.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
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