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| Rage of Innocence
Red Gyarados's Anger!
|| February 14, 2002
| United States
|| February 22, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
Rage of Innocence (Japanese: あかいギャラドスのいかり！ Red Gyarados's Anger!) is the 236th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on February 14, 2002 and in the United States on February 22, 2003.
Before they can oppose Team Rocket's evil plan to gain control of the Pokémon of the world, Ash and friends must escape from a Team Rocket holding pen. With their Pokémon rendered unable to fight by a sinister Team Rocket technology, this would be an impossible task—impossible that is if Jessie and James had not been fortuitously chosen to watch over them. When, sure enough, Jessie and James slip up, Ash and friends jump on the opportunity to escape. Together with Lance and his Dragonite, they must not only stop Team Rocket from perfecting their Pokémon Evolution Inducement machine, but also somehow quell the rage of the red Gyarados, as it threatens to destroy a nearby town.
After capturing a Red Gyarados, Tyson and his cohorts travel back to Mahogany Town to continue their studies on the Gyarados, so they can perfect their Evolution Inducement Ray. Lance, disguised as a Team Rocket member, stops following the others and makes a call to Officer Jenny in Mahogany Town to inform her of Team Rocket's hideout. After the call ends, Lance heads back to the Lake of Rage.
After being captured by Tyson, Ash yells to be let out of the cell, and Jessie and James say that they're in charge of guarding the door. Finally, Pikachu and Togepi wake up, but when Ash asks if Pikachu could break down the cell with a ThunderShock, Ash finds that he's still too weak to do any damage. With Pikachu now awake, Jessie and James say that they're now going to take him to the boss. Ash, Misty, and Brock hold their ground, but Jessie sends out Arbok with a Poison Sting to break them up. Jessie tries to unlock Pikachu's restraint, but accidentally unlocks all of their restraints, allowing Ash to send out Cyndaquil with a SmokeScreen. After the smoke clears, Jessie, James, Arbok, and Wobbuffet find that they have been put into the restraints.
Now feeling better, Meowth joins Jessie and James on the chase for the twerps. Arbok uses a Poison Sting to stop them and then Jessie orders Arbok to wrap them, but Arbok is blown away by Lance's Dragonite's Thunder Wave. Arbok tries to use Acid, but Dragonite's Twister sends them blasting off.
Lance tells the kids that the Evolution Inducement Ray has to be destroyed, so he hits it with Dragonite's Hyper Beam. Immediately afterward, Lance and the others get in the car and drive to Mahogany Town.
Tyson receives a call from Jessie and James telling him that the machine had been destroyed. Jessie and James order a 50-man backup, but Tyson hangs up on them. While transporting the Gyarados via helicopter, the Evolution Inducement Ray wears off on the Gyarados, causing it to thrash around and making the helicopters crash into the water. The Gyarados swims away, and while driving beside the water, Ash spots it. Ash gets out to possibly calm the Gyarados, but Gyarados shoots a Hydro Pump at him. Lance orders Dragonite to calm the Gyarados, but Tyson pulls up and orders his men to follow the Gyarados while he stays behind. Ash, Misty, and Brock run after the Gyarados despite Lance's orders. Tyson challenges Lance to a battle, but Lance easily defeats Tyson's two Fearow with his Dragonite. Officer Jenny comes and arrests Tyson for violating conservation laws.
Once again, Team Rocket captures Gyarados with a net and shocks it into submission. They pull it out of the river, but Ash sends out Bayleef with a Razor Leaf to cut the net. A grunt tries to catch the kids with a net, but Gyarados' Hyper Beam blows the grunts away. Ash tells Gyarados to go back to the river, but Jessie and James show up in the Meowth Balloon and catch Gyarados with another net. Ash jumps and grabs onto the net to save the Gyarados, but Meowth tries to shake him off unsuccessfully. Gyarados uses Thrash again and breaks the net free from the balloon. Gyarados continues down the river, but Team Rocket say they'll catch Pikachu anyway, but Pikachu easily defeats Arbok and sends Team Rocket blasting off with a Thunderbolt.
The trio continue following the Gyarados who is using Hyper Beam along the river side. Because Gyarados is heading straight for the center of town, Ash needs to do something quick. Ash tries to talk the Gyarados into becoming calm, but Gyarados tries to attack them with Hyper Beam. An old man appears and orders his Dewgong to use Ice Beam, stopping Gyarados from going any further. He tells them that Pokémon and humans are not meant to be friends, and it's putting them in danger, but Gyarados turns away and goes into the opposite direction; Ash and his friends follow.
Down the river, Lance's Dragonite is trying to fight the Gyarados. Eventually, with Thunder Wave, Twister and Hyper Beam, Gyarados faints, and Lance captures it with a Poké Ball.
The episode ends with Team Rocket being sent to jail, and Lance flying off on his Dragonite with the trio waving goodbye.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Dunsparce (US and international), Dragonite (Japan)
- Because of the circumstances, Brock does not flirt with the Officer Jenny that appears in this episode.
- Jessie references He-Man and X-Men. However, Tree Man is not a superhero.
- The English title of this episode is a reference to the 1993 film The Age of Innocence.
In other languages