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AG118 : Less is Morrison
Advanced Generation series
The Ribbon Cup Caper
AG119   EP393
Mysterious Thief Bannai & The Ribbon Cup!!
First broadcast
Japan March 17, 2005
United States February 18, 2006
English themes
Opening Unbeatable
Japanese themes
Opening ポケモン シンフォニック メドレー
Ending GLORY DAY 〜輝くその日〜
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
Assistant director 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
No additional credits are available at this time.

The Ribbon Cup Caper (Japanese: 怪盗バンナイとリボンカップ!! Mysterious Thief Bannai & The Ribbon Cup!!) is the 119th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 393rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on March 17, 2005 and in the United States on February 18, 2006.

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Ash and his friends are aboard the S.S. St. Flower, a luxury cruise liner, on their way to Slateport City after May won her fifth Contest Ribbon. The cruise liner even has its own Pokémon Center, where May is able to get her Pokémon some rest and exercise. Soon they run into Officer Jenny, who's hot on the trail of a thief named Brodie. This is the same Brodie that they ran into from Team Magma, though Team Magma and Team Aqua have both since been dissolved. Both teams decided that controlling the ancient Pokémon was impossible, so without a team, Brodie has decided to become a master thief.

Nearby, Team Rocket is listening in, and upon hearing that Team Magma and Aqua are no more, they decide to take credit for it. Their hope is that their boss, Giovanni, will be extremely pleased by the news and Team Rocket will be able to fill the void in power left in the Hoenn Region.

May decided to lead the gang to a room where the Ribbon Cup is being held, and as the team admires the Cup, Munchlax comes running into the room quickly being chased by a guard. With Max's help, May manages to get Munchlax under control after getting it to eat a "May's Pink Surprise" Pokéblock. However, Ash discovers that the Ribbon Cup has been broken, possibly caused by Munchlax when it ran into the case.

One of the Contest judges comes by to inspect the damage, and May takes full responsibility for what happened. The judge, Raoul Contesta, is happy to accept that it was simply an accident. However, Contesta notes that something is wrong because the Cup should have never been able to break like that, then realizes that the Ribbon Cup is a fake! A card falls from the bottom of the cup, which turns out to be the signature of Brodie the Phantom Thief.

As the gang talk about it with Officer Jenny in another room, Team Rocket listens in from an air duct, and realize their plans for stealing the cup are foiled. So instead they decide to steal it from Brodie.

Contesta very begrudgingly decides that the Grand Festival must be canceled because there's no Cup. May pleads for another option, but Contesta says there's no time to make another Cup, so canceling the Grand Festival is his only option. However, Officer Jenny points out that Brodie must still be on board, so hopefully they can recover the Cup before they get to Slateport City. With this hope in mind, everyone gets ready to find Brodie.

The gang realize that they will need to find some way to force Brodie out from hiding after even a guard was tricked by his disguise. Officer Jenny has an idea and paints a Poké Ball gold. The plan is to put it on display as the very valuable second place prize in the Grand Festival. Ash and friends then begin spreading the word to everywhere hoping that Brodie will hear at least one of them and will decide to steal the Poké Ball.

Our heroes regroup back at the same place where the Cup was stolen. They then hear someone coming and hide. Team Rocket disguised as bell hops try to steal the ball, but our heroes catch them in the act. They then reveal themselves only for Pikachu to send them blasting off again. Our heroes are shocked that wasn't Brodie trying to steal the ball.

Suddenly the captain appears and states to Officer Jenny that Brodie is attacking the Pokémon Center. May realizes that all her Pokémon are there. The gang rush off to there only to meet the captain again, who claims he just got back from the Pokémon Center. The gang realize the captain earlier was an impostor.

The fake captain is about to steal the Poké Ball when Jenny orders him to stop and reveal himself. Brodie notes they are persistent and immediately throws away his disguise. Officer Jenny states he is under arrest, but Brodie immediately calls out his Golbat and it uses Haze, blinding out heroes with the smoke and allowing Brodie to get away with the Golden Poké Ball.

The gang know they cannot fool Brodie the same way again, but Officer Jenny notes it is not a problem as she placed a tracker in the ball, so they can track Brodie down with no problems. The gang follow the tracker to the dining room and it leads them to a woman eating at a table. She asks if there is something wrong as the tracker is pointed at her. Officer Jenny then states that she is really Brodie in disguise. The woman backs off and Jenny is correct as Brodie states that he is impressed they saw through his disguise. He makes a run for it for a hallway that leads to the kitchen with our heroes running after him. As the gang turn a corner, Officer Jenny finds the disguise Brodie used on the ground and guesses that he must changed again. Officer Jenny and the gang continue towards the kitchen.

Brodie tries again, disguised as the ship's master chef, but gets away before the gang can get him. Unfortunately, Brodie figures out how they're tracking him and abandons the Golden Poké Ball. Max remembers that Brodie has a jet pack, so everyone goes up to the deck to find him.

When Ash and his friends are at the deck, two Officer Jenny's walk up to them, both claiming to be the real one themselves and that the other one is Brodie. Everyone is confused, except for Brock, who uses his sixth sense to point out who the real Jenny is, and Brodie reveals himself.

On closer examination, Brodie decides that the Ribbon Cup isn't quite as valuable as he thought, so he tosses it back to Officer Jenny. Unfortunately, the Cup is snagged in midair by Team Rocket. Brodie just laughs and takes off in his jet pack.

However, Officer Jenny doesn't plan on letting all of the thieves get away, and has her Growlithe use Flamethrower on Team Rocket. Jessie sends out Seviper, which dodges the attack and uses Poison Tail. Ash has Pikachu use Thunderbolt on Seviper. James sends out his Cacnea. Cacnea uses Needle Arm while Seviper uses Poison Tail again. Growlithe and Pikachu successfully counter with Flamethrower and Thunderbolt respectively, and Pikachu finishes the battle with Thunder.

With the Ribbon Cup safe again, the Grand Festival is back on, and the gang relax the ship begins to pull into Slateport City.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts




Pokémon Trainer's Choice

Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Walrein

Pokémon seen at the Pokémon Center:


  • This is the first episode which Jamie Davyous Owens takes over the role of Officer Jenny, who had been previously voiced by Lee Quick.
  • When Officer Jenny sprays the Poké Ball with golden color, she says she presents the world's first golden Poké Ball. This is not completely true. Another fake golden Poké Ball was sold to James by the Magikarp salesman in Battle Aboard the St. Anne. Also, the GS Ball is half golden. However, Officer Jenny may not have knew about them.


Dub edits

Pokémon Trainer's Choice

In other languages

AG118 : Less is Morrison
Advanced Generation series
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