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DP026 : Getting the Pre-Contest Titters
Diamond & Pearl series
DP028 : Drifloon on the Wind!
Settling a Not-So-Old Score!
DP027   EP493
Decisive Battle! Pochama VS Pottaishi!!
First broadcast
Japan April 5, 2007
United States September 8, 2007
English themes
Opening Diamond and Pearl
Japanese themes
Opening Together
Ending 君のそばで 〜ヒカリのテーマ〜 (PopUp.Version)
Animation Team Iguchi
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 小山賢 Masaru Koyama
Assistant director 小山賢 Masaru Koyama
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Settling a Not-So-Old Score! (Japanese: 決戦!ポッチャマVSポッタイシ!! Decisive Battle! Pochama VS Pottaishi!!) is the 27th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 493rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 5, 2007 as part of a one-hour special with DP026, and in the United States on September 8, 2007.

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After the events of the previous episode, Dawn's Pachirisu continues to suffer stage fright, running wildly around the stage. Dawn pulls a Poffin out and tosses it into the air, the scent getting Pachirisu's attention. The Pokémon jumps with an electrified Spark and catches it, saving her performance. After eating the Poffin, Pachirisu uses Discharge to create sparks around the stadium before using Sweet Kiss and creating a shower of small hearts. The crowd applauds at her comeback.

Other Coordinators perform before Jessie takes the stage disguised as "Jessilina," calling upon her Seviper. Meanwhile, Dawn relaxes nervously backstage as Kenny complements her performance, but she doesn't believe he is sincere as they watch Jessie's performance. Dawn asks Kenny about when he started taking an interest in Contests, but Kenny told her she never noticed. On stage, Seviper literally wraps Jessie for a good appeal.

Kenny performs last with his Alakazam. It uses Light Screen to box itself in before using Shadow Ball to shatter the box and quickly using Teleport to escape. It follows with Hidden Power to envelope it in a ring while levitating up, ending with a fireworks appeal. While the judges decide, Ash and Brock go backstage to calm a nervous Dawn. The judges announce the final eight, with Kenny, Jessie and Dawn making it in. The computer randomly pairs up the Coordinators for the battle rounds, pitting Dawn against Jessie in the first round. Ash and Brock leave, wishing both Dawn and Kenny luck, as Dawn and Kenny anticipate that they will face each other in the final round. Kenny mentions that he watched her Jubilife performance and wanted to duel her, being the reason he entered the Floaroma Contest.

The battle between Jessie and Dawn begins as Dustox goes against Piplup. Dustox uses Whirlwind as Piplup jumps into the wind and spins in place, building up power for a Peck attack. The move appeal robs Jessie of some points before Dustox uses Poison Sting to force Piplup to stop attacking, dropping Dawn’s points. Dustox unleashes multiple Psybeam attacks, Piplup dodging continually before Dustox uses Poison Sting, the forced defense depleting Dawn’s points. Piplup uses Bide to take the Poison Sting bombardment before unleashing the energy, slashing Jessie’s points to half, but Dustox survives the attack. Dustox retaliates with Poison Sting, but Piplup dodges and hits with Peck, knocking Dustox out and giving Dawn the win.

The contest jumps ahead to the final round, where Kenny and Dawn face off after besting their prior opponents, revitalizing a childhood rivalry as Dawn's Piplup faces off against Kenny's Prinplup. Piplup and Prinplup both use BubbleBeam, canceling each other out and crating sparkles. Both Kenny and Dawn lose points, but Dawn takes a bigger hit due to Prinplup’s more powerful attack. Piplup charges with Peck as Prinplup uses Metal Claw to catch and toss Piplup, dropping Dawn's points. Prinplup stands in place, executing a Drill Peck Prinplup as Piplup uses Bide, landing on Prinplup and spinning with Drill Peck, Dawn’s points continuing to drop. Prinplup tosses Piplup into the air as Piplup unleashes energy, hitting Prinplup and dropping Kenny's points.

Prinplup recovers and attacks with Metal Claw, but Piplup flip dodges and uses Whirlpool, consuming Prinplup and dropping Kenny's points to half. However, Prinplup uses BubbleBeam to destroy the Whirlpool, creating sparkles and setting Dawn's points even to Kenny’s. Prinplup uses Mist to cloak the battlefield, dropping Dawn's points more. Prinplup comes down with Drill Peck, but Piplup uses Whirlpool and jumps into the whirlpool to dodge, droppings Kenny's points. Piplup prepares Peck as Prinplup jumps into the whirlpool as well. Prinplup’s Metal Claw and Piplup’s Peck connect, tossing both Pokémon out of the pool and dropping both points. Both use BubbleBeam again, resulting in a cancellation. Time runs out, and Dawn wins the Contest by just a small point difference.

Dawn accepts her first ribbon from Mr. Sukizo as she holds it high. Afterwards, Dawn calls her mom and shows her ribbon, boasting about her first win. Dawn and Ash high five as Kenny wishes both of them well before walking out, calling Dawn Dee Dee once again. Ash tries to ask what it means, but Dawn pushes him off the subject.

Major events

  • Dawn, Kenny, and Jessie make it to the second round of the Contest.
  • Dawn defeats Jessie and Kenny and wins her first ribbon.


Pokémon debuts




* No official credit was given for this character.



  • After Dawn's win against Jessie, Marian says that Dawn and Piplup are off to the final round, but Dawn vs. Jessie was a first round match. Piplup is later seen defeating a Bagon, and then fighting against Kenny and Prinplup in the final round.

Dub edits

In other languages

  • Brazilian Portuguese: Definindo um Placar de Velhos Amigos!
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 決戰!波加曼對抗波皇子
  • Dutch: Floaroma dorp Pokémon Wedstrijd, VS Kenny!
  • Czech: Vyrovnání skóre
  • French: Jour J !
  • German: Lucia´s große Chance!?
  • Italian: Il primo Fiocco di Lucinda & Un avversario leale
  • Polish: Pierwsze koty za płoty
  • Spanish:
    • Iberian Spanish: ¡Ajustando una Cuenta de la Infancia!
    • Latin American Spanish: ¡Saldando cuentas viejas!

DP026 : Getting the Pre-Contest Titters
Diamond & Pearl series
DP028 : Drifloon on the Wind!
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