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| Turning Over A New Bayleef
Where did Bayleaf Go!? Capture at the Herb Garden!
|| May 31, 2001
| United States
|| May 4, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 福本潔 Kiyoshi Fukumoto
| Assistant director
|| 福本潔 Kiyoshi Fukumoto
| Animation director
|| はしもとかつみ Katsumi Hashimoto
| Additional credits
Turning Over A New Bayleef (Japanese: ベイリーフはどこへいった！？ハーブばたけでつかまえて！ Where did Bayleaf Go!? Capture at the Herb Garden!), is the 200th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 31, 2001 and in the United States on May 4, 2002.
Taking a rest from their exhausting expedition, our heroes settle down in a small field near a stream to enjoy a mid-day meal. Ash releases his Pokémon from their Poké Balls so they too can enjoy a well deserved break. Overly excited to see Ash, Bayleef runs towards him at full-tilt. Inadvertently, Bayleef uses Tackle Attack and knocks Ash for a loop. When Bayleef's uncontrollable affection becomes too much for Ash, he looses his temper and says something spiteful. Ash tells Bayleef to go away and stay away! When Ash can't find Bayleef after lunch, the gang goes on a search and rescue mission. With Pikachu following Bayleef's scent, the crew winds up at an old woman's house. She explains how she found Bayleef, hurt and weak near the river's bank. When Ash tries to re-claim his Pokémon, Bayleef simply ignores him. It is clear Bayleef would rather stay with the kind old woman and her Pokémon than continue the journey with Ash. Will Ash be able to win back Bayleef's trust and affection?
While traveling to their next destination, Ash and his friends decide to take a rest in the clearing of the forest. Ash decides to release his Pokémon to play. Despite having recently evolved, Bayleef's affections towards Ash still exist, and she doesn't seem to realize that her body is much larger than it was when she was a Chikorita and Ash can't take her charging up to him. So upon releasing, she runs towards Ash and unintentionally tackles him. Bayleef is sort of confused but still doesn't understand that her size is the problem. Later they play a fetching game. Noctowl carries the stick some ways and Ash's other Pokémon follow. Obviously Bayleef is determined to win and she does so very easily, her size knocking the other Pokémon away. She then runs to Ash and again tackles him accidentally sending Ash towards a nearby stream. She starts to get the picture now.
Finally it's lunch time and Ash starts carry some food towards the table but he's momentarily distracted by Totodile, who seems to want some. Bayleef comes by as well, but she knows that if she runs to Ash, Ash will scold at her. So she walks up to Ash. Ash sees her and just scolds at Bayleef anyways, telling her that Brock worked hard to make the food, and he'll spill it if she tackles him. He then tells Bayleef to 'get away and stay away'. Bayleef is really hurt by Ash's harsh words and runs off without Ash knowing. While they are eating, Misty notices that Bayleef is gone, and tells Ash.
Bayleef comes to a river and kicks a rock towards it in anger. Then she kicks another rock towards some bush, causing some Beedrill to come out and chase after her. She runs but she steps on a loose rock and falls into the river.
An old woman is walking along the river with a Machoke carrying some flowers. She notices Bayleef on the shore, unconscious and decides to take her in. Bayleef wakes up, near a fireplace under a blanket. She looks around and the old woman comes in with Machoke and offers Bayleef a bowl of cream stew which she enjoys. The old woman offers to help Bayleef find her trainer but Bayleef, believing Ash to no longer care for her, refuses to and the old woman says that Bayleef is welcome to stay with her and the other Pokémon living there. Bayleef looks around in the room, noticing a Bellossom and Skiploom. The old woman introduces them and they become friends.
Meanwhile, Ash is searching around for Bayleef unable to understand why she ran away when Misty tells Ash off for how he spoke to Bayleef earlier. Pikachu gets a scent and they follow it. They come up to the broken off part where Bayleef fell into the river. Ash is now filled with guilt over how he treated Bayleef and is determined to save her. They walk further more down almost giving up, then Togepi notices a house. They go up to it and Ash knocks on the door. He tries a couple times and Misty sees there's a garden just around the house. They go over there, seeing the old lady, Machoke, Bellossom, Skiploom, and Bayleef. Ash goes up to Bayleef but Skiploom tackles Ash, preventing him from stepping on the flowers. The old lady goes up to them and exchange names. The old lady, Haruno, takes care of the garden along with the others. Ash explains he's trying to get Bayleef back and tries apologizing to her, but Bayleef refuses. Brock suggests the food trick, but Misty comments "How's that going to work?". Ash tries it anyways, carrying a plate of fruits. Bayleef still refuses Ash.
Haruno and the gang sits down for some tea, Ash still trying to figure out a way to get Bayleef back. Seeing that Bayleef and Skiploom are watering the flowers, Ash tries again this time he's trying to help out Bayleef. Stubborn as she is, again she still refuses. Ash starts to plead but she attacks Ash with a swift motion of her leaf. They are interrupted when Team Rocket shows up in a huge Bayleef robot and chases them down.
Team Rocket uses the Vine Whip attack to snag Skiploom, Bellossom, Pikachu and Bayleef. Haruno tries to talk them into stopping but she ends up in front of the robot's path. Machoke makes the move and gets her out of the way. Team Rocket then flees but Ash pursues them. He finds a path to higher ground and the jumps onto the big robot. Landing on the leaf on the head. Team Rocket makes the robot simply just stomp to throw Ash around which is successful, but only resulting in throwing Ash to the container where the stolen Pokémon are. Ash sees in and tires to break it, but it's tempered glass. The others help and Ash starts to try to pry the container out. Ash starts to persuade Bayleef to help him out, but she won't accept. But after seeing how hard Ash is try to help her, she understands that Ash does care. She starts to help in prying the container out by bashing on one side. The plan works and all the Pokémon become free. Ash tells Bayleef to use Razor Leaf to cut a side of it and Pikachu uses Thunderbolt to shock the inside. This knocks the huge bot down.
They climb down the behemoth. However, Team Rocket isn't going to give up, they use Vine Whip again, but Bayleef cuts the vines with Razor Leaf. Pikachu then delivers the Thunderbolt to blow them into the sky.
Haruno gives her thanks, and Ash apologizes for causing the problems in the first place. Ash then apologizes to Bayleef for being so inconsiderate, and Bayleef starts to run to him but controls herself and then puts her head down sadly to apologize for tackling him before. Brock notes that Bayleef has certainly learned some self control, and Ash gets down on his knees and tells Bayleef that she should be proud of herself. Bayleef puts her front paws in Ash's hands, but ends up lifting herself up and ends up on top of him. Everyone is surprised, and Brock tells Ash that Bayleef has just learned Body Slam. Ash congratulates Bayleef on her achievement, and the gang prepare to continue on to Olivine City and Ash's next Gym Battle.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Machoke (US and international), Bayleef (Japan)
- When the Pokémon are having lunch, Brock refers to Bayleef as "him", however Bayleef is female.
- When Bayleef ignores Ash's offer of fruit and Brock is crushed, he says "My theory about girls are wrong!" however it should be "My theory about girls was wrong"
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