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| Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?
| にせオーキド！？ ポケモンせんりゅうたいけつ！！|
Fake Okido! Pokémon Senryū Confrontation!!
|| April 25, 2002
| United States
|| September 27, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Assistant director
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Animation director
|| はしもとかつみ Katsumi Hashimoto
| Additional credits
Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up? (Japanese: にせオーキド！？ ポケモンせんりゅうたいけつ！！ Fake Okido! Pokémon Senryū Confrontation!!) is the 245th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 25, 2002 and in the United States on September 27, 2002.
Hearing of the posh reception prepared for the host and guest of a radio show to be recorded before a live audience, Jessie and James of Team Rocket quickly announce that they are in fact the long-awaited celebrities. Their mastery of disguise is soon put to the test, as it turns out that the guest in question is to be none other than Professor Oak. James quickly rises to the occasion, creatively answering arcane Pokémon questions from excited fans. When the real Oak arrives, the children find his answers inconsistent with those received from James the day before, and ironically finger the real Oak as a fraud. When the two Oaks finally face off, the real Oak slips up in a Pokémon trivia challenge, leaving onlookers to conclude that James is the real deal. In the final test, it is decided that each of the two professors must compose a poem in the style for which Oak is renowned. Professor Oak is confident that poetry—his second love after Pokémon—will secure him victory, but little does he know that James has a hidden knack for verse as well.
Ash, Misty, and Brock are sitting in a restaurant eating hamburgers when, over the radio, DJ Mary announces that Professor Oak's radio show is beginning. In this installment of the program, he explains how it is possible that Starmie's blinking crystal is somehow being used to communicate with beings from outer space. He ends with a poem about Starmie.
Ash and Misty comment on how they think that the poem wasn't very good. Unsure about what to think, Brock adds that people say that you have to think about Pokémon poetry for a while to truly understand the deeper meaning. Over the radio, DJ Mary announces that she and Professor Oak will be doing a live recording of the show tomorrow at 1:00pm at the Maroon Town fairgrounds with a follow-up, question-and-answer session. Admission will be free! Brock becomes excited that Mary will be there as well and rapidly flips through his guide book in order to find where Maroon Town is. It is right on the way to Blackthorn City and is only one town away! Excited, they head off towards Maroon Town.
Jessie, James, and Meowth are walking into Maroon Town at that moment and comment on how hungry and tired they are. They collapse from exhaustion when Meowth notices one of many posters on the buildings around them. Meowth explains that they are advertising a free public recording of Professor Oak's talk show, and after the taping, there is a free lunch buffet for the stars of the show. The three of them become excited and state that all they have to do is become the stars of the show! They quickly disguise themselves as DJ Mary, Professor Oak, and the "big-mouthed, overbearing producer that every show has to have". Hearing lots of talking, Nurse Joy walks over to greet the disguised Team Rocket. She wonders why they are here when they said over the radio that they wouldn't be in town until the following day. They create a story that because of all the loyal Pokémon fans in Maroon Town, they couldn't wait to make it there to meet them all as soon as they could. Impressed, Nurse Joy takes them over to the stage at that moment.
At the stage, the three of them hungrily eat all of the food for tomorrow's luncheon. Before she goes off to get more food, Nurse Joy asks if James could answer some questions for the children. James worries about not knowing the answers, so Meowth sits behind him with many books in order to find the answers. One child asks "What exactly is that leek thing that Farfetch'd is always carrying around?" Meowth can't find the answer quickly enough so James says that it is a hockey stick. Amazed, the children ask him more questions. Another boy asks why Electric-type attacks don't work on Pokémon like Quagsire even though it is a Water type. James, after getting the answer from Meowth, explains that it is both a Water type and Ground type so electricity doesn't affect it because of its Ground-type characteristics. The children begin to ask too many questions too quickly when a group of people carrying cameras appear in front of Jessie. Because they are the DJ Mary Fan Club, they happily welcome DJ Mary to town and ask if they can all take her picture. Team Rocket becomes caught up in all of the excitement. Later, in a hotel's hot spring, they all relax and scheme about all the other freebies that could come their way.
The following morning, the real Professor Oak and DJ Mary wonder why Nurse Joy says that they already came, and she shows Team Rocket, disguised as the two of them, eating at the breakfast table. The children from the day before come to the real Professor and say that they don't believe Farfetch'd carries around a hockey stick, it must carry around some sort of root. He explains that it is not a root or a hockey stick, but the stem from a plant. The children become angry because the Professor must be lying to them because they are kids. Ash and his friends walk up and say hello to the Professor. Brock becomes infatuated with Mary until Misty pulls him away by the ear. Nurse Joy asks if they can tell who those people at the breakfast table are and Team Rocket becomes worried if they are caught. Jessie tells James that their only shot is to play the bluff for all it is worth. Misty then suggests a contest in order to prove which Professor is real. This contest becomes the radio show.
The contest will consist of three questions. The first Professor to answer two of the three correctly will be deemed the winner. Nurse Joy begins reading the first question. "What is the evolved form of Slowpoke that-" she says when Professor A, the real Professor Oak, says that the correct answer is Slowbro. Although this is correct, there was more to the question. The rest of the question asks what the name of Psychic attack that Slowbro learns upon reaching level 46. James, disguised as Professor B, does not have a clue; upon the buzzer, he says that he has Amnesia. Amnesia, luckily, is the correct answer. The second question consists of a silhouette that must be identified. James thinks it is the hand of a Sudowoodo while Professor Oak believes it is an Aipom's tail, which is the correct answer. Worried about losing, Meowth comes onstage dressed as the producer and suggest that the last question should be a poetry contest. Concerned, Jessie confronts James who then explains that he was the champion stand-up poet in grade-school for three years and even won the Golden Tongue Award. DJ Mary says they need a theme when, from under Meowth's coat, something says "Wobbuffet!" Everyone agrees and James begins with his poem.
Everyone is puzzled when he explains that the poem applies to one small element of Wobbuffet's life as well as the struggles of all people to understand their own lives. Nurse Joy announces that Professor A is the one and only Professor Oak. James contradicts her on how she can think that his "pompous dribble" is superior to his poem. She then explains that James's poem had no understanding of Pokémon poetry, which she knows because she is a fifth level master of Pokémon poetry! She then goes on explaining how all of Professor Oak's poems have one thing in common: the power to reassure and relax people. Joy then states that James is the fake Oak and an amateur at Pokémon poetry when Wobbuffet falls out from under Meowth's coat. Upon being found out, Team Rocket says their motto and uses Weezing in order to escape in their balloon, along with all the catered lunch. Ash begins to send out one of his Pokémon when Professor Oak sends out a Pidgey that he caught along the way. Pidgey uses Quick Attack to cut the rope carrying. Unsuspecting of Pidgey's power, Team Rocket is blown away by its Gust attack. After Pidgey comes back, the children from before run up to Professor Oak and apologize for believing he was fake. He does not mind and only wants to talk about Pokémon with the children.
Later, hanging from a limb on the side of a cliff, Team Rocket yells for help. James thinks of another poem.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Corsola (US and international), Farfetch'd (Japan)
- What is the evolved form of Slowpoke's move learned at level 46?
- Answer: Amnesia
- Identify the silhouette.
- Answer: an Aipom's tail.
- Create a poem about Wobbuffet.
- James: It inflates its psychic self / But light will put it on the shelf / Wobbuffet
- Professor Oak: Wobbuffet / When life is a mystery / It's your answer
- Jessie: Wobbuffet / Has a hair barrette
- As with most level-up learnsets, Slowbro's has changed since Generation II, when this episode was created and aired, making the first answer no longer correct: Slowbro only learns Amnesia at level 46 during Generation II or in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
- This is the first episode in which James disguised himself as Professor Oak; the second time was in A Faux Oak Finish!.
- Melody's song from The Power of One can be heard during Professor Oak's Wobbuffet poem.
- When the silhouette of an Aipom's tail appears on screen, Misty refers it as being similar to the test in The Ultimate Test, where they saw a Jigglypuff seen from below. In actuality, the Jigglypuff was seen from above.
- In one scene Jessie and Mary appear to be the same height when Jessie should be taller.
- The scene where DJ Mary and Professor Oak confront Jessie and James in their disguises was cut short for the dub. After DJ Mary says to Jessie that she is the real Mary, Jessie starts shouting at Mary and Professor Oak that she is the real Mary, and DJ Mary is terrified of Jessie's behavior, and she holds on to Professor Oak, jumping up and down with her eyes closed in terror while holding onto him. This was cut from the dub because it looked like a sex act. In the dub, DJ Mary holds onto Professor Oak in fear of Team Rocket for no reason at all.
- While in the Latin American dub the scene is cut in every version based on the English dub, DJ Mary's voice fades out in the middle of a sentence, Brock's voice abruptly fades in during the scene as well, all while Jessie's screaming can be heard for half a second. This could mean that the censored dialogue was kept in the English script sent to foreign dubbing staffs and thus, it was recorded for some dubs, but still had to be edited out due to the lack of footage.
In other languages
| Mandarin Chinese
|| Wil de Echte Oak Nu Opstaan?
| European French
|| Y a-t-il un professeur Chen dans l'assemblée?
|| Der Poké-Reim-Battle
|| ?מי פרופסור אוק האמיתיmi Professor Oak ha'amiti?
|| Il falso Professore
|| Kim pan jest, profesorze Oak?
|| Quem é o Verdadeiro Professor Carvalho?
|| O Concurso da Verdade!
|| Latin America
|| ¡Que el verdadero Profesor Oak se ponga de pie!
|| Buscando al auténtico Profesor Oak