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AG048 : ZigZag Zangoose!
Advanced Generation series
AG050 : Pros and Con Artists!
Maxxed Out!
AG049   EP323
Masato and Masato! Protect Ametama!
First broadcast
Japan October 30, 2003
United States October 30, 2004
English themes
Opening This Dream
Japanese themes
Opening アドバンス・アドベンチャー
Ending そこに空があるから
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 十川誠志 Masashi Sogo
Storyboard 吉田浩 Hiroshi Yoshida
Assistant director 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
Animation director たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
Additional credits

Maxxed Out! (Japanese: マサトとマサト!アメタマを守れ! Masato and Masato! Protect Ametama!) is the 49th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 323rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on October 30, 2003 and in the United States on October 30, 2004.

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Ash and his friends go to a Pokémon Center near a beautiful lake. As usual, Brock begins to flirt with Nurse Joy and gives her a bouquet of flowers, which Nurse Joy accepts. May and Max sigh as Skitty pops out of its Poké Ball. Skitty begins to chase its tail causing everyone to make an attempt to stop it. An angry boy comes in. Brock tries to get Skitty to go to him only to get smacked in the face. Then, May takes out a cattail. It tickles her and she sneezes. Max tries his luck with the cattail and succeeds. The angry kid from earlier, says something about Skitty and only skilled Trainers could handle them. Max exclaims he already knew that and the two boys begin to argue. Nurse Joy asks "Max" to stop but Max doesn't realize that the other boy's name is also Max. The two of them continue to fight until Nurse Joy breaks them up. They stare and the Max leaves as Max shouts after him. Joy compliments Max on his knowledge as Brock comes in try to impress her with his knowledge.

Max is sitting at a lake. Somewhere nearby, James wakes up to the sound of his alarm clock. He says that they are late when Jessie and Meowth asks why. He says that they should be at the Pokémon Center to steal Pikachu. Jessie says they should go but James has his "wash the face" routine of his. Meowth does the same thing but Jessie says something to James which makes him sulk on a stump. He stands up and says when they catch Pikachu they'll see how great he is only to sulk again when the other Two Team Rocket members were already going. May is relaxing on a large rock when Max says that she should help Joy with the Pokémon instead. The two start an argument while a Surskit rushes past and May scans the creature with her Pokédex. It turns a corner and Max goes down to see it. Max gets mad at the sight of him and May drags him by the arm to see Max. She says that the two should be friends since they both love Pokémon but Max turns her down. Max takes his time petting Surskit but Max slaps his hand away. The two immediately start arguing. But May tries to stop them.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is looking at Ash and the gang with their binoculars. Then, they spot Surskit. They decide to give it to their Boss and they imagine what would happen. Brock tells them to send out all their Pokémon. Max then realize that Skitty is not Max's. May introduces Skitty to all of their Pokémon. After seeing its tail, Skitty begins to chase it again. May takes out the cattail but Skitty soon falls asleep.

Team Rocket jumps out of the bush. Team Rocket explains that their goal is not Pikachu but the Surskit. They recite their motto, while getting close to Surskit and dodging the gang. Ash tells Treecko to use Quick Attack but Treecko get the ball instead. Then, Pikachu uses Thunderbolt but TR uses an umbrella to conduct the electricity. Skitty wakes up. TR runs towards Surskit but Skitty, seeing Jessie's hair, jumps up to catch it. It messes with Jessie's hair and Jessie tries to swipe it off. After hitting James and Meowth, it falls off and Jessie runs away, crying. At this point, Surskit has run away.

While looking for Surskit, Team Rocket appear in a new robot with a massive mallet. Everyone starts laughing at Jessie's messed up hair which causes her to go crazy and start attacking Ash and co. with the giant mallet. Meanwhile, Max and Max forgive and forget and they eventually fund Surskit hiding in a new water spring in the forest. The good times are short lived as Team Rocket find Max, Max, May and Surskit and start to attack. Cacnea begins to sink into the water spring, leaving James no choice but to return it. While this is happening, Max orders Surskit to use Water Pulse on some rocks, forcing more water to wash Team Rocket into the water.

Jessie then appears from the water looking and walking like a monster and tries to wrestle Surskit away from Max. Skitty uses DoubleSlap on Jessie, making her fall back into the water. With a combination of Thunderbolt and BubbleBeam, Team Rocket get blasted away into the sky.

Major events


Pokémon debuts





  • It is revealed that James's Cacnea cannot swim.
  • This episode first aired in the US exactly one year after its debut in Japan.
  • Beginning with this episode, Bella Hudson provides the voice of Nurse Joy.

Pokémon Trainer's Choice

  • Question: Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Lombre?
  • Choices: Lotad, Electrike, Oddish
  • Answer: OK, Trainers! If you chose Lotad, you were right!


  • In the Hindi dub, Surskit is wrongly named as Sunskrit.
  • When all the Pokémon are let out, Corphish is absent.

Dub edits

In other languages

AG048 : ZigZag Zangoose!
Advanced Generation series
AG050 : Pros and Con Artists!
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