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AG140 : Sitting Psyduck
Advanced Generation series
AG142 : Caterpie's Big Dilemma
Hail to the Chef!
AG141   EP415
Nyula and Barrierd! Whose Restaurant!?
First broadcast
Japan September 1, 2005
United States June 3, 2006
English themes
Opening Unbeatable
Japanese themes
Opening バトルフロンティア
Ending ポケモンかぞえうた
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
No additional credits are available at this time.

Hail to the Chef! (Japanese: ニューラとバリヤード!どっちのレストラン!? Nyula and Barrierd! Whose Restaurant!?) is the 141st episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 415th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 1, 2005 and in the United States on June 3, 2006.

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The episode begins with our heroes walking happily along a path in the middle of a forest. May is very excited about the contest, which Ash says that she'll do great. May talks about the exciting new challenges she will face in Kanto's Contest Halls, and a vision of Drew appears in her mind to remind her that she's not alone in her dream. Suddenly, Munchlax pops out of its Poké Ball and starts to smell the air. Obviously smelling something delicious, Munchlax starts to run off in search of what has created such a smell. May tells Munchlax to slow down, and runs off after her Pokémon.

Munchlax isn't the only one hungry however, as we find Team Rocket slowly walking through the same forest, tired and starving. Jessie and James fall to the ground, and Jessie complains how much hard work it is tracking Ash and his friends. However, their attention is brought away from Ash as Jessie spots what appears to be a restaurant not far away. The three villains instantly run towards the building, excited at the thought of all the delicious food before Jessie stops them and reminds James and Meowth that they have no money. James and Meowth, unable to stop in time, slam straight into the restaurant’s door and fall rejected onto the floor. The door opens however, and a pretty girl greets them and invites them in, saying her name is Rhoda.

Back to the heroes, we find Munchlax has found what it was looking for, and has stopped in front of what appears to be another restaurant. May blushes and says that she knows how Munchlax feels... she's hungry too. The doors open, and a girl and her Mr. Mime smile and welcome them in, saying her name is Rhonda. Max eyes the Mr. Mime with interest, and the girl explains that the Mr. Mime is the chef of the restaurant. The girl goes onto explains that they will not only get a good meal, but an amazing performance too as the Pokémon can cook with style. Brock, as usual, proclaims his love for the girl who nervously smiles. Brock then has a fantasy of them sitting alone together, with a delicious meal before Max interrupts.

While Ash and his friends have just found the Mr. Mime restaurant, Team Rocket is already inside and sitting down at the one they discovered. It seems that much like the one belonging to Rhonda, the chef is also a Pokémon. This time, a Sneasel. As they sit down, the girl mentions Pokémon Contest, and Jessie's interest perks up. Meowth says that Jessie is interested in Contests too, and Rhoda instantly runs back, shocked at the talking Pokémon. Jessie tries to calm the scared girl down, and tells her that she, Jessie, is a Top Coordinator. Rhoda instantly runs back over to the group, excited at meeting such a famous person. She suddenly remembers that she must get the menu, and runs off, apologizing. Over at the kitchen, the Pokémon chef, Sneasel, looks on snickering to itself. The group looks over, noticing the Sneasel for the first time. Meowth begins to talk again, and Jessie hits him, telling the cat to keep its mouth shut- They don't want to scare the girl off again, especially if they want food. The Sneasel laughs again, this time at Meowth, and Meowth becomes angry at Sneasel mocking it. The two Pokémon argue, but are stopped when Rhoda comes back in with the menu. She explains that her Sneasel is an amazing cook, and Jessie and James become excited at the prospect of tasting some of it.

Back with Ash and friends, we find them sitting inside Rhonda's restaurant waiting for the performance to start. The curtains are pulled back, and the group looks on in wonder at all the cooking equipment. Rhonda tells Mr. Mime to start, and the Psychic Pokémon does so, using its Psychic abilities to cook, stir and chop the ingredients.

Sneasel has already finishes its meal however, which seems to consist of a simple meat dish with sauce. Team Rocket look on, a little under whelmed having been told that Sneasel was an amazing chef. James tries a little, and he starts to blush and marvel at how delicious the food actually is. Jessie tries some too, and agrees, with her eyes becoming large and sparkly. Meowth, seeing that Jessie and James seem to like it, tries some. He doesn't have the same reaction however, and finds the food disgusting. As they finish their first meal, Rhoda brings some more food, this time meatballs. Jessie and James try some, and once again find the food delicious. Meowth dumps his meatballs down his throat all in one bite, but is forced to drink all of his water as he finds the food alarmingly hot. Confused at how they could have such different opinions to him, he steals one of Jessie's meatballs and eats it. Expecting it to taste horrible, he's shocked to find how delicious it is. Meowth instantly becomes angry however, as he realizes that Sneasel must have made his food 'specially' just for him.

Unlike Sneasel's rather plain looking food, the meal that Mr. Mime has cooked up looks delicious and extremely edible. The group looks on, amazing at such a delicious looking meal. The group instantly tucks in but instantly fall back on their chairs. Even Munchlax (who will nearly eat anything) falls over in horror! It seems that while the food looks delicious, it actually tastes disgusting. Rhonda apologizes, and just at that moment, Meowth comes crashing through the wall followed by Sneasel. The two Pokémon are fighting, and Rhoda desperately tells Sneasel to stop, but to no avail. Sneasel jumps past her, knocking her over and into Brock's arms who mistakes her for Rhonda. The real Rhonda then runs up, wondering what her sister is doing here, and Brock looks at the two twins confused before Rhoda explains who she is. It seems that the two restaurants were not two at all, and instead are actually the same one, but with a wall separating them. Jessie and James walk through the hole in the wall, and the two groups are shocked to see each other. Rhoda then walks over to the meal that Rhonda's Mr. Mime created and remarks that it looks good... but doesn't taste good. She tells her sister that her Pokémon focuses way too much on putting on a show instead of making the food taste right. The two sisters argue, and it seems that the two are fighting over which one will take over their father's restaurant. Meowth then steps in and suggests a cooking competition.

That night, we find Team Rocket speaking with Rhoda. She explains to them that while the food her Sneasel prepares is delicious, it has problems with making it look so and worries that it cannot put on the same performance as her sister's Mr. Mime can. Jessie and James wonder if they could help, and Rhoda excited, says that with the help of a Top Coordinator such as Jessie, she cannot fail. Jessie smugly says that she will help, and James looks on, confused at his partner's sudden sense of good will. Jessie, sensing this, whispers in his ear that they can use this as an excuse to stick around and find a way to steal Sneasel, Mr. Mime and Pikachu.

Back with Ash and friends, we find them talking with Rhonda, who explains that she has the opposite problem to her sister. While her Pokémon can make food look delicious, Mr., Mime has problems actually making it taste good. She begs Brock to help her improve Mr. Mime's cooking ability, and Brock says that he understands, and will help as much as he can. Rhonda thanks him, and they instantly get to work. A little later, Mr. Mime is preparing some stew under Brock's supervision. Mr. Mime, who up until that point had been stirring the meal by itself, tries to use its Psychic power to add flavoring. Brock stops it however, explaining that it must rely on its own cooking ability, and master the art by itself without help from its Psychic powers. After all, it's trying to improve its cooking ability, not put on a performance.

As Brock explains that to Mr. Mime, Jessie is doing the same for Sneasel. Having prepared a huge block of ice, she tells the Pokémon to make a sculpture out of it. Sneasel does so, slashing at the block of ice with its claws to make a sculpture, in the end, it makes an ice Sneasel. James remarks that it's rather small however (smaller than a salt shaker even), as they need magnifying glasses to see it.

Back with Brock and Mr. Mime, Brock tells Mr. Mime to taste the stew it is making to check if it needs any extra flavoring. Team Rocket however, are putting make-up on Sneasel and getting it to try on lots of different stylish clothes.

The two Pokémon work throughout the night, perfecting their techniques.

The next day, the competition begins, with Brock and Meowth acting as referees and Ash, May, Max, Jessie and James acting as the tasters. Brock explains that the object of the contest is to not only make a delicious meal, but to also put on a performance. He tells the two Pokémon to start, and they rush off to their respective food piles and start cooking. Jessie and James wish Sneasel luck, and Meowth does the same for Mr. Mime, but is stopped by Brock who tells him that they must remain neutral. The two groups look on amazed at the two Pokémon, who both seem to have perfected the things that the other could do.

The contest soon gets into full flow, but is stopped when a black whip grabs hold of Sneasel, Pikachu and Mr. Mime. It's Team Rocket, back to their old tricks. The three Pokémon are thrown into small cages and the two villains laugh. They start their motto, but stop in the middle as they wait for Meowth to do his line. Jessie, angry that their performance was stopped, whips Meowth over and asks it why he didn't do his line. Meowth says that he was confused as to why they were helping Sneasel, and James tells him that that was just a ruse to get close to Pikachu. They continue and finish their motto, with Meowth's spirit and confidence restored. Rhoda asks what they are doing, and Jessie explains that this was their plan all along. Rhonda tells Team Rocket to give back her and her sister's Pokémon, but Team Rocket ignore them and jump out of the window and into a balloon waiting for them. Ash, frustrated, tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. The attack is useless however, as the cage is electric proof. May then sends out Combusken and Brock sends out Mudkip to use a combination of Flamethrower and Water Gun attack, but Jessie laughs as the attack cannot reach them. Jessie starts to mock them, twirling the key around her finger while James cries happily. Back on the ground, Rhonda tells her sister to let her handle the situation, and shouts to Mr. Mime to get the key with Trick. Mr. Mime's ladle ends up twirling around Jessie's finger for a moment before it smacks her in the head. Grinning, Max explains that Trick switches an opponent's tools with your own. Mr. Mime then uses Psychic on the key to open the whole cage, and the three Pokémon jump out... however, not before Sneasel slices the balloon with its claws, which sends Team Rocket blasting off again.

The three Pokémon land safely, and the three trainers run over to them happily. Rhoda tells her sister that she is grateful... and that she is happy for her to take control of their father's restaurant: She deserves it. Rhoda apologizes to Sneasel, and tells her sister to do her best. As Rhoda walks off, Rhonda looks on sadly, and calls out to her twin sister. Rhonda says that there's no need for her to leave... they can run the restaurant together, as a team.

The episode ends with the group sitting inside the now combined restaurant, where Sneasel and Mr. Mime are happily working together to create a meal for the whole group to enjoy.

Major events

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





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  • When Team Rocket is in their balloon after capturing the three Pokémon, the song that Jessie sings to mock the people on the ground is to the tune of the series ending theme, Pokémon Counting Song.
  • Exciting Pokémon Relay was used in the contest scenes.
  • Nearly a week before this episode's U.S. debut, Weavile and Mime Jr.'s names were released. They happen to be evolved form and pre-evolved form of the two main Pokémon in this episode.
  • This episode name is a pun of the phrase, "Hail to the Chief!"


  • The ending credits list Jessie's Seviper and James's Cacnea as being in the episode, when in fact they never appeared.
  • In one scene during the motto, James's hair is not completely drawn and colored.
  • Food can be seen on Ash and company's table in one shot as they are wondering when Mr. Mime's show will begin, i.e. before they are served food. It disappears in the shot right afterwards.

Pokémon Trainer's Choice

Dub edits

In other languages

AG140 : Sitting Psyduck
Advanced Generation series
AG142 : Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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