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EP168 : Hook, Line, and Stinker
Original series
EP170 : A Better Pill to Swallow
Beauty and the Breeder
Goodbye Rokon! Pokémon Beauty Contest!!
First broadcast
Japan October 19, 2000
United States October 6, 2001
English themes
Opening Born to Be a Winner
Ending {{{en_ed}}}
Japanese themes
Opening OK!
Ending ポケモンはらはらリレー
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Beauty and the Breeder (Japanese: さよならロコン!ポケモンビューティーコンテスト!! Goodbye Rokon! Pokémon Beauty Contest!!) is the 169th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on October 19, 2000 and in the United States on October 6, 2001.

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Brock checks his e-mail at a local Pokémon Center and finds Suzy, the Pokémon breeder who gave Brock Vulpix, has contacted him regarding a Pokémon beauty contest. She is looking for a Pokémon to enter the contest with and Brock agrees to return her Vulpix. When they meet in the contest city of Bonitaville, Suzy suggests they enter the contest together. However, before the contest can commence, Team Rocket seize all the Pokémon! Will our heroes be able to track Team Rocket and return the bevy of Pokémon beauties?


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Brock convinces Ash and Misty to go out of their way to meet Suzy, who is taking part in a Pokémon Contest. There they meet her close friend and rival, Zane, who has differing opinions on what makes a Pokémon beautiful. Suzy believes that a Pokémon's beauty comes from the inside while Zane believes it is their outer appearance that matters. Brock and Suzy enter the Pokémon contest together with Vulpix while Zane enters with his Ninetales.

Team Rocket crashes the Pokémon contest by posing as a pair of cutting edge Pokémon Stylists. They kidnap the first entry and take his place in the contest with an extravagant display of groomed and painted Pokémon while reciting a variation of their motto. The crowd eats it up until an Officer Jenny is brought to the stage by the real first entrant. She throws them out because James runs his mouth. The contest continues as normal until Meowth tries his idea.

Jessie and James appear in the contestant waiting area dressed as doctors and tell everybody that the contest rules have changed and every Pokémon needs an examination. All the Pokémon are corralled into a room and subsequently into a container being lifted by the Rocket balloon. The contestants get worried and a group led by Zane starts to bang on the door demanding to see their Pokémon. Brock sends out his Geodude and has it break down the door. Everybody rushes out to see Team Rocket trying to escape with their Pokémon. Ash sends out Noctowl to pop Team Rocket's balloon and they fall to the ground. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt to break the lock off the container and all of the Pokémon inside rush out back to their trainers. Jessie sends out her Arbok and James, his Victreebel who uses Razor Leaf. As Ash tells Pikachu to get ready, Suzy's Vulpix and Zane's Ninetales use Flamethrower on Victreebel, burning the leaves, protecting Pikachu. Then both Vulpix and Ninetales use Fire Spin sending Team Rocket blasting off again.

After this, the contest continues as normal ending with Brock and Suzy displaying their Vulpix proudly.

Major events

  • Ash and his friends meet up with Suzy again.
  • Brock returns Vulpix to Suzy.
  • Brock and Suzy enter the Breeder convention, but it is not revealed whether they win or lose.
  • Suzy and Zane agree to open a Pokémon breeding center together.
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.




Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

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

Pokémon entered in the contest

Note: The scrolling of the camera shows that more were entered and only parts of the Pokémon are shown in some cases. Multiple members of the same species were also seen to be entered in some cases. (As Team Rocket were entry 259 and there were only 251 known Pokémon at this time, there had to be duplicates.)


Tracey look-alike?
  • Brock states that he always knew Vulpix wasn't his and that he would have to return it one day, this episode being the moment.
  • This episode features a Contest for Pokémon Breeders. It is very different from those for Pokémon Coordinators introduced later on.
  • The Exeggutor's appearance may be a reference to Takeshi's Paradise, where two identical-looking Exeggutor dance with Brock.
  • The white tuxedo Brock wears in this episode makes another appearance in The Heartbreak of Brock.
  • This episode's English title is the second to reference the movie, Beauty and the Beast. The first was Beauty and the Beach.
  • In this episode, Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto.
  • Jessie and the announcer for the contest break the fourth wall in this episode, with the latter saying that the audience will only find out who wins the contest "if you stay right where you are." Ironically, the TV audience never finds out who the winner is.
  • This episode is featured on the Crash of the Dairy volume of the High Voltage Collection series, a series of select Johto League Champions episodes on VHS.
  • There seems to be a Tracey look-alike during Team Rocket's second takeover.
  • Brock and Suzy's Vulpix is entry number 37 in the contest just as Vulpix is number 37 in the National Pokédex.
  • Suzy's original English voice actress, Leah Applebaum, was replaced by Megan Hollingshead for this episode.


Charizard's miscolored belly
  • The Pokémon Team Rocket steal are not dressed up, despite all the Pokémon entered (besides Vulpix and Ninetales) being stylised for the contest.
  • Near the end of the episode, one contestant's Charizard has an orange belly.
  • When Zane tells Brock he was jealous when he met Suzy, he refers to Suzy as a "he".

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In other languages

EP168 : Hook, Line, and Stinker
Original series
EP170 : A Better Pill to Swallow
Project Anime logo.png This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.