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The Ole' Berate and Switch
Team Rocket Dissolution!? Respective Roads!
First broadcast
Japan May 11, 2006
United States December 4, 2006
English themes
Opening Battle Frontier
Japanese themes
Opening スパート!
Ending 私、負けない!~ハルカのテーマ~
Animation Team Iguchi
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 入好さとる Satoru Iriyoshi
Assistant director ながはまのりひこ Norihiko Nagahama
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
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  • Early reports originally listed 秦義人 Yoshito Hata as the director and 船津弘美 Hiromi Funatsu as animation director along with Izumi Shimura.

The Ole' Berate and Switch (Japanese: ロケット団解散!?それぞれの道! Team Rocket Dissolution!? Respective Roads!) is episode 175 of Advanced Generation. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 11, 2006 and in the USA on December 4, 2006.

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After yet another attempt at stealing Pikachu from Ash, Jessie, James and Meowth blow it again and, after a little tiff, decide to go their seperate ways.

Cut to the Opening Credits.

Afterwards, Ash and company are heading for Pewter City and as they pass through Sable City, they notice a one-day only Pokémon Tournament is being held there. Ash decides to enter the tournament as use it as a warm-up for the near-at-hand battle with Pyramid King Brandon, but what Ash and co. don't know is that this tournament is actually an evil plan cooked up by Cassidy and Butch, and while Butch is convincing several trainers to sign up, Cassidy is disguised as Nurse Joy and is working at the sign-up desk.

The first match is Ash and Corphish vs. Howie and Pinsir. Corphish starts off with a Vice Grip, but Pinsir quickly counters the attack. Ash tells Corphish to use Crabhammer, but Howie has Pinsir counter with Guillotine. Outside the arena, Jessie, James and Meowth enter the building. Jessie notices the tournament is happening and decides to steal the Pokémon. James and Mime Jr. come across the building and get the same reaction Jessie had. Meowth just decides to check it out.

Back inside the arena, Pinsir knocks Corphish hard with Seismic Toss, and is about to administer the finishing blow with Guillotine, but Ash tells Corphish to use Harden and a Crabhammer to finish it up! Ash and Corphish win the first match!

James and Mime Jr. are wandering around the arena, until they encounter Jessie, who look away at each other in disgust. Afterwards, they encounter Cassidy, who is still wearing the Nurse Joy costume. Cassidy tells Jessie and James about hers and Butch's latest evil plan, and after she and Butch were invited to the surprise parties for Giovanni and Doc Namba. Cassidy then convinces reluctant James to help her with the evil plan.

Continuing with the battles, Ash and Corphish face off against another trainer and his Marowak. Corphish is about to hit Marowak with Crabhammer, but Marowak counters with its thick bone. Marowak uses Bonemerang. Corphish ducks, but after Corphish ducks the attack, the Bone hits him!

In one of the hallways of the arena, Butch is busy carrying a bag full of stolen Poké Balls until he encounters Jessie. Jessie then notices the Pokéball haul Cassidy told her about and starts to sweet-talk Butch.

Back with the battles, Ash has Corphish use Vice Grip, but Marowak counters and is about to nail Corphish with Bone Club, but Corphish counters and is about to use Crabhammer.

While in the hallways of the arena, a sad Meowth is thinking about Jessie and James and how much he misses them. He finds a bag of biscuits lying on the ground. The reminiscing begins! Meowth reminisces of the times of when he, Jessie and James had a single bite of food and they would always split the food into three pieces, wheather it was bread, a hunk of cheese, one and a half crackers and even a rice cake!

Meanwhile Munchlax has run off after one of the battles. Max gets Munchlax under control and peeks into the room where Cassidy and Butch kept the stolen Pokéballs. James and Cassidy are putting the Pokéballs in several boxes. Max then realizes Team Rocket's evil plan and heads back to the stadium to tell Ash. Back with the battles, Corphish has just knocked out Marowak with Crabhammer. Ash and Corphish are celebrating another victory until Max interrupts them.

Max tells them about Team Rocket's evil plan to steal the trainers' Pokéballs. Ash and friends then head to the room to confront James and Cassidy. While confronting James and Cassidy, James and Cassidy say the Team Rocket motto, but Cassidy goofs up the finishing line. Then, Cassidy calls out her Houndour. Ash tells Corphish to use Bubblebeam and follow it up with Vice Grip. Before Corphish can hit Houndour, Houndour uses Flamethrower. Corphish slams into one of the boxes Team Rocket kept the stolen Pokéballs. A zillion Pokéballs spill out of the boxes and flood the floors of the stadium.

Ash tells the trainers about what Team Rocket is up too and tells them to get their Pokéballs back. The tournament officals tear of their disguises, revealing themselves to be a hoarde of Team Rocket grunts. The Rocket Grunts bring their Pokémon fourth, and so do the other trainers, who are never willing to give up their Pokémon without a fight. Ash and the other trainers are furious with Team Rocket wanting to steal the memories they've stored in the Poké Balls and Ash has Pikachu use Thunderbolt. As the battle continues, Jessie and Butch are about to leave with a box full of stolen Pokéballs, but they are noticed by Ash, who has Swellow tackle them. After being caught, Jessie and Butch recite the motto, but Butch goofs it up. Butch, after being annoyed by Ash calling him "Paunch", sends out Raticate. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on Jessie, Butch and Raticate, sending them flying!

Elsewhere in the arena, Meowth is collecting some Poké Balls, James and Mime Jr. and Jessie are doing the same. When all 3 Rockets grab the same Poké Ball, another argument ensues, but Meowth stops the argument by showing them the biscuit he found earlier. This reminded Jessie and James of their friendship. All 3 Rockets are about to split the biscuit apart. Before they could eat the biscuit, a trainer with his Rhydon sends Jessie, James and Meowth flying. After this happens, the Rocket Grunts flee the building.

Major events




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Pokémon seen in the Pokémon trainer/Team Rocket battle

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In the dub, when Max finds James and Cassidy with boxes full of Poké Balls he comments that James is working for Butch and Cassidy even though he had never seen nor heard of them before.

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