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| Who Gets to Keep Togepi?
Who Gets to Keep Togepy!?
|| June 25, 1998
| United States
|| March 27, 1999
|| Team Ota
|| 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
|| 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Itani
| Assistant director
|| 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Itani
| Animation director
|| 酒井啓史 Hiroshi Sakai
| Additional credits
Who Gets to Keep Togepi? (Japanese: トゲピーはだれのもの！？ Who Gets to Keep Togepy!?) is the 50th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on June 25, 1998, and in the United States on March 27, 1999.
When Ash and friends reach a certain Pokémon E. R., Joy informs Ash that a message has arrived for him, from Professor Oak. He promptly calls the professor and learns that in the time since they last spoke, his Pokédex has been upgraded to a new version, providing Ash with information on newly discovered Pokémon. With this new found knowledge, our heroes anxiously prepare for a fresh journey.
The episode begins with Ash and his friends sitting in the Pokémon Center. While there, Ash gets a phone call from Professor Oak on the PC phone. He informs Ash that his Pokédex is now upgradeable. Ash uses a device within the PC to receive the upgrade. Ash, Misty, and Brock sit at a nearby table and begin to discuss the Pokémon that they wish would hatch out of the mysterious Egg that Ash found back at the Pokémon Fossil Canyon. Naturally, they all say their favorite Pokémon; Misty wants a Water-type and Brock, a Rock-type.
The discussion concludes and they leave the Pokémon Center. Just outside, they find the Team Rocket posing as Egg sellers. The three have a whole basketful of Eggs that look just like Ash's mysterious Egg. Team Rocket tries to talk them into trading or buying one of their Eggs and when the group politely refuses, Jessie and James resort to throwing all of their fake Eggs in the air. The real Egg, that Brock was holding, gets stolen in the confusion caused by the multitude of lookalikes.
Team Rocket runs out of sight, escaping with the real Egg! Ash, Misty and Brock are stuck with a fake. Meanwhile, in Team Rocket's small hiding shack, Meowth takes care of the Egg. While it is in Meowth's possession, the Egg is lavished with attention and care. Meowth sleeps with it, sings to it and even eats with it, guarding it from anything he feels might damage or harm his new charge.
The three young adventurers follow a trail of broken red blue and green eggshells until they reach the shack in which Team Rocket is hiding. They decide to burst in, even though it may be dangerous to do so, and get the Egg back.
Ash sends out Pidgeotto, Misty sends out Staryu and Brock sends out Geodude. They all quickly explode into the shack, surprising Team Rocket. James sends out Weezing, who gives a Poison Gas attack, making Ash and others cough and gasp for breath. The person in possession of the Egg at this point is obscured by the gas. The characters all lunge for the little white Egg. The Egg is tossed up and down frantically, much like in a game of football! Through much controversy among the shack's occupants, Pikachu ends up with the Egg and gives it back to Ash. At that moment the Egg begins to glow and break open, beginning to hatch.
Misty, enthralled with this new event, jumps in, pushing everyone else out of the way to get a closer look at the hatching Pokémon. When she does get a hold of it, the Egg hatches, revealing a new, unidentified Pokémon. Ash and others are all surprised, especially Team Rocket, who instantly want to steal it. Ash points his newly updated Pokédex at the Pokémon, identifying it as a Togepi.
Togepi, unlike other Pokémon, will not bond with just anybody, to Ash's and Brock's disappointment. To everyone's surprise, the baby Togepi chooses Misty! Because Misty is the first thing that the Pokémon saw after hatching, it thinks that Misty is its mother.
This newly hatched Pokémon causes quite a fuss among the group. Ash feels that he should have it because he found it; Brock feels it should be his because he cared for it before Meowth; Meowth wants it because he looked after it just before it hatched; Jessie and James both just want it! Meowth points out to them that his partners didn't do anything to help in Togepi's growth. Misty feels she should have it, as Togepi likes her best. They all decide to have a Pokémon tournament to determine who should have Togepi.
Meowth panics because he has no Pokémon, and goes and asks Jessie and James for theirs. They refuse, as he didn't let them participate in the tournament; Meowth then remembers that he is a Pokémon and decides to battle for himself. After the draw, the final match ends up being between Misty and Ash, in their first battle since Cerulean City. Ash sends out Bulbasaur and Misty attempted to send out Staryu, but instead Psyduck popped out. Misty instructs Bulbasaur to attack Psyduck on the head to worsen its chronic headache, but Ash decides to use Bulbasaur for a different manner, and commands it to lick Psyduck on the head and tickle it until Psyduck went back in its Poké Ball. Ash and Meowth battle, but it is cut short after one Thunderbolt by Pikachu. Thus, Ash is the winner of the tournament. Jessie and James drag a crisp, sobbing Meowth away. After the tournament, Togepi still doesn't want to go with Ash, or Brock, instead still choosing Misty.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
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- This is the third episode in which a Pokémon from a new generation appears. The first two were Pokémon - I Choose You! and its ensuing flashback in Pokémon Emergency!, respectively, in which Ho-Oh appeared.
- This is also the first episode where a main character obtains a Pokémon from the following generation.
- When Arbok slaps Brock in the back of the head, his eyes open.
- The tournament:
- Meowth versus Onix - Meowth wins by hitting Onix with two buckets of water and then using Fury Swipes. Brock claims that he cheated when he did that, but considering how there was no rule against it, Brock still lost.
- Bulbasaur versus Psyduck - Ash wins by having Bulbasaur "tickle" Psyduck with its vines to eliminate any chance that Psyduck could suffer a headache.
- Meowth versus Pikachu - Pikachu wins the battle and tournament for Ash with a simple Thunderbolt.
- The dub title is the same as the Japanese title. This also happened with Pokémon - I Choose You!.
- This episode marks the first of the many times in which Pikachu saves Togepi, though the only one of these times in which it is noticed by anyone else.
- Even though it was implied a few times in the episode that Brock knew the concepts of breeding and/or raising Pokémon Eggs, he didn't seem to know about imprinting until after Dexter revealed why Togepi wanted to go to Misty.
- This is the first episode to show a Pokémon hatching from an Egg.
- This is the first episode to feature a remixed version of the battle theme during the fight between Meowth and Onix.
- The sound effects played during the Pokédex upgrade process included sounds originally from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- When Team Rocket is inside their hideout, they lounge without their gloves or shoes on. However, in a number of instances within these scenes, their gloves and shoes will randomly reappear.
- When Staryu hits Jessie, it only has one band.
- During the flashback explaining that Misty was the first thing Togepi saw, Misty's hair is seen overlapping Togepi, despite Togepi being in front of her hair.
- When Misty was about to send out Staryu and Psyduck comes out instead, her whole bag glows white.
- The Japanese release states "Dr. Okido" on the video card that Ash gets from Nurse Joy. It was painted out for the dub.
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