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| The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!
Battle Club! A Mysterious Pokémon Appears!!
|| October 7, 2010
| United States
|| February 26, 2011
|| Team Kato
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 小山賢 Masaru Koyama
| Assistant director
|| 牧野吉高 Yoshitaka Makino
| Animation director
|| 篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara
| Additional credits
The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice! (Japanese: バトルクラブ！謎のポケモン現る！！ Battle Club! A Mysterious Pokémon Appears!!) is the fourth episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 661st episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan on October 7, 2010 and is scheduled to air in the United States on February 26, 2011.
As Ash leaves the forest from the previous episodes, he is amazed to see a large city in front of him. Thinking of it as Striaton City, he is pumped for the Pokémon Gym. However, Iris says that Striaton City is in fact the next town.
Ash is feeling down but Iris tells him not to despair as there is a "Pokémon Battle Club", this piques Ash's curiosity.
Ash and Iris appear in front of a large green building, and they both enter. Iris explains how the battle club works on a computer inside. Four panels appear on the screen and Iris chooses the top left one with a picture of two trainers. She goes on and says this is the trainer's profile as pictures of Pokémon with their trainers appear. As Iris goes on Ash and Pikachu get more excited by the minute.
Ash and Iris enter a room with a Pokémon battle already started between two trainers. One trainer has a Dewott and the other Servine. Ash looks them up on his Pokédex. The trainer with Servine tells it to use Leaf Blade, but Dewott blasts it back with a blast of water. Servine falls near Ash and Iris and a rather large announcer declares Servine's defeat. Servine's trainer runs up and asks it if it is alright. The trainer then runs out carrying the injured Pokémon. The announcer introduces himself as the battle manager and Ash and Iris introduce themselves. The announcer notices his Pikachu as it is not native to Unova. The winning trainer asks Ash if his Pikachu is strong, then challenges Ash to a battle, which he accepts.
As Ash gets ready to battle with Pikachu, Oshawott stumbles out of its Poké Ball, wanting to battle. Despite Ash and Pikachu's reasoning, it pushes Pikachu to the ground and gets ready to battle. The other trainer sends out Dewott, and upon seeing its evolution Oshawott has its doubts and urges Pikachu to battle for it. Ash returns Oshawott to its Poké Ball, and Pikachu and Ash get their game face on for a brawl.
Ash tells Pikachu to start off with Thunderbolt, which Dewott evades. Iris comments on the Pokémon's speed. Ash then tells Pikachu to use Iron Tail, this time landing a clear shot. Dewott falls back near its trainer it then tries to get up. Seeing this as a chance, Ash tells Pikachu to use Volt Tackle, however Dewott evades at the last moment. The trainer smiles and instructs Dewott to use Razor Shell, landing a clear hit.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket try and break into a nearby building, inside of which a silhouette of Pokémon can be seen. The Pokémon dashes out, casing Team Rocket to make noise, setting off the alarm. Meanwhile, Ash's battle is put to a halt by the alarm. The announcer goes out and checks with his subordinates. Ash, Pikachu, and Iris dash out, curious on what happened. Over at the building, they inspect but find nothing. They decide to check the security cameras. They are all then gathered in a room where a monitor shows the building's rooms in a 3D view. The video shows Team Rocket leaving the building in a hurry, followed by a dark black Pokémon. Ash uses his Pokédex to manually bring up the entry on the Pokémon Umbreon. Ash and Iris decide to help the manager find it. Ash leaves Oshawott and Pikachu to guard the Pokémon food he left. Instead, Oshawott eats all the food, and knocks Pikachu backwards into some boxes when the Mouse Pokémon tries to stop him. Many falling boxes hit Pikachu on the head, followed by a metal container, knocking him out. Ash then sees a Tepig try to eat the food, but fails because it has a rope tied around its mouth. Ash attempts to help it, but Iris appears and scares it away. Ash manages to corner it and take the rope off of it. After feeding and cleaning Tepig, Ash and Iris take it back to the manager, who explains that Tepig belonged to an arrogant trainer, who, after Tepig's defeat to a Deerling, abandoned it. In a sad attempt to follow its trainer, Tepig got the rope tied over its mouth. Just then, Team Rocket attacks, and tries to steal Pikachu. Ash attempts to use Oshawott to free Pikachu, but is unable to. Then, Tepig decides to fight beside Ash. Ash orders an Ember attack, freeing Pikachu. However, Team Rocket manages to escape. Iris then decides to catch Tepig. However, Tepig decides to go with Ash instead.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Concept art relating to this episode was leaked. The art features Servine, Woobat, Don George, Umbreon and Dewott.
- Professor Oak's Live Caster: Battle Club
- This is the first time since early in the original series that Ash has caught three Pokémon in three consecutive episodes.
- This is one of the very few times that Ash, or any main character, uses the Pokédex manually to find a Pokémon's information, rather than scanning it in the flesh. In this case, Ash looks up Umbreon after mistaking a blackened-up Tepig for it on a monitor.
- The female Trainer in this episode looked just like Alanna from A Poké-BLOCK Party, only with pink hair. Another Alanna look-a-like appeared in Opposites Interact!.
- While hiding from the Battle Club workers, after Jessie blinks her eye color is the same as James's.
- In one of the scenes where Dewott uses Razor Shell, its tail was light blue instead of dark.
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