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==Synopsis==
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==Blurb==
The episode opens with some young kids running out into a school yard and gathering around [[Gardenia]]. {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} then walk by and notice her. They greet her and {{an|Brock}} launches into a romantic story of how they could be together, but he is abruptly {{m|Poison Jab|stopped}} by {{TP|Brock|Croagunk}}. Gardenia then explains that she is promoting battling by having battles all over the area.
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<i>Ash and his friends run into Gardenia, the Eterna Gym Leader, in the middle of her travels through Sinnoh. Gardenia is about to show off Pokémon battling with a friendly match, but Team Rocket interrupts to try and steal Pikachu! Of course, the minute Gardenia sees James' Cacnea, her love for Grass-type Pokémon blinds her to everything else, and suddenly James finds himself joining Gardenia in a tag battle against Ash and Dawn. Acting on Gardenia's advice, James has Cacnea try a new move, Drain Punch, but it only works once before Pachirisu and Aipom win the battle.
   
{{TRT}} watch from nearby bushes and decide to steal {{AP|Pikachu}}. They race out into the open and perform their motto. [[Jessie]] then sends out {{TP|Jessie|Seviper}} and [[James]] sends out {{TP|James|Cacnea}}, which grabs on to him. {{Ash}} asks Pikachu to use {{m|Thunderbolt}}, but before it can Gardenia is swooning over Cacnea calling it "cute" and "cuddly", the latter of which makes {{an|Dawn}} comment that Gardenia never met a {{type|Grass}} which she didn't fall in love with. James takes Cacnea off her telling her to grow her own. Gardenia asks to borrow it, but James refuses. The children then remind Gardenia that she is supposed to show them a battle. Gardenia then persuades James to join her in a Tag Battle against Ash and Dawn. Brock agrees to referee.
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James turns down Gardenia's offer to train Cacnea, but it's still on his mind as he and Cacnea train hard to perfect this new move. Jessie and Meowth convince Ash and his friends to help Cacnea train, too! Dawn is understandably skeptical about helping Team Rocket power up, although Drain Punch still doesn't work even after Ash and his Pokémon help Cacnea train.
   
Gardenia sends out {{TP|Gardenia|Turtwig}} to face {{TP|Dawn|Pachirisu}} and {{AP|Aipom}} alongside Cacnea. Aipom starts with {{m|Swift}}, which hits Cacnea while Turtwig dodges. Cacnea then fights back with {{m|Pin Missile}} and Turtwig uses {{m|Leaf Storm}}. Both are dodged and Gardenia says that she had never seen such a gorgeous Pin Missile. Pachirisu uses {{m|Spark}}, which Turtwig dodges before hitting Pachirisu with {{m|Bite}}. Pachirisu then uses {{m|Discharge}}, which is dodged by all the others except Cacnea. Aipom uses {{m|Focus Punch}} and Cacnea counters with {{m|Needle Arm}}, which breaks through the Focus Punch and hits Aipom. Meowth comments that the Needle Arm was pretty good and Gardenia suggests that Cacnea should use Needle Arm again. Pachirisu uses Spark and James tells Cacnea to counter with Needle Arm, but Pachirisu dodges and hits Cacnea. Aipom prepares to use Focus Punch, and Gardenia suggests James should tell Cacnea to use {{m|Drain Punch}}, and then explains how it is performed. James does so and Cacnea hits Aipom with a powerful Drain Punch, surprising everyone except Gardenia.
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Gardenia returns in the middle of Cacnea's training battle against Ash's Aipom. Even though Cacnea battles with every last bit of its strength and beyond, it still can't pull off Drain Punch. Remorsefully realizing that he's just not skilled enough to bring out Cacnea's full potential, James stops the battle and tells Cacnea to go with Gardenia. He bids a tearful farewell to his Pokémon before running off, followed by Jessie and Meowth. But wherever he goes, James won't forget Cacnea and all their times together!</i>
   
While Gardenia was distracted with Cacnea, the others were taking advantage, and a cry makes Gardenia remember Turtwig just as it is hit by Pachirisu's Spark, knocking it out. Aipom uses Swift and James calls for another Drain Punch, but the move fails and Cacnea is hit. Aipom then hits it with Focus Punch as it tries to use Drain Punch again, knocking Cacnea out and ending the battle. The kids blame James for the loss. Gardenia says that she was right about Cacnea being strong enough to use Drain Punch. Dawn asks why it didn't work the other times, and Cacnea says it was an accident that it worked at all. Gardenia says that it was really because James and Cacnea weren't quite in sync. Gardenia then offers to train Cacnea, before heading to the [[Pokémon Center]] with the kids.
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==Plot==
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In [[Emeragrove Town]], a group of young children come running out into a school yard and gather around [[Gardenia]]. {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} happen to walk by and notice her. They greet her and {{an|Brock}} launches into a romantic story of how they could be together, but he is abruptly {{m|Poison Jab|stopped}} by {{TP|Brock|Croagunk}}. Ash asks what brings Gardenia to the town and she explains that she is promoting battling by having battles all over the area.
   
James and Cacnea are sitting on a hill overlooking the town when Jessie tells them to snap out of it. James then reveals that he isn't sure whether to give Cacnea to Gardenia or not. Cacnea then says that it would like to learn to use Drain Punch. The "[[twerps]]" then come up the hill, and Jessie suggests getting them to help Cacnea train. James and Cacnea start training, making Dawn comment that team Rocket do the right thing "once in a while", angering Jessie and Meowth. Ash and Pikachu offer to help them train. Dawn is doubtful, but James and Cacnea are delighted. Pikachu uses {{m|Quick Attack}}, which Cacnea counters with Needle Arm. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, which Cacnea dodges, causing it to hit James instead. Cacnea uses Needle Arm and Pikachu counters with {{m|Iron Tail}}, but Needle Arm breaks through it and hits Pikachu. Cacnea then tries Drain Punch, but it fails and Cacnea trips on a rock. Brock comments that the timing is still off.
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{{TRT}} watch from nearby bushes and decide to steal {{AP|Pikachu}} the old-fashioned way. They race out into the open and perform their motto. [[Jessie]] then sends out {{TP|Jessie|Seviper}} and [[James]] sends out {{TP|James|Cacnea}}, which grabs on to him. {{Ash}} asks Pikachu to use {{m|Thunderbolt}}, but before it can, Gardenia starts swooning over Cacnea, calling it "cute" and "cuddly". {{an|Dawn}} comments that Gardenia has never met a {{type|Grass}} which she has not fallen in love with. James takes Cacnea off her, telling her to grow her own Grass-type. Gardenia asks to borrow it, but James refuses. The children then remind Gardenia that she is supposed to show them a battle. Gardenia then persuades James to join her in a [[Multi Battle|Tag Battle]] against Ash and Dawn, and Brock agrees to referee.
   
Later Cacnea is using {{TP|James|Carnivine}} and {{AP|Chimchar}} to practice punching. One of Cacnea's punches then hits Chimchar in the face, so James then tells it to use Drain Punch, but the resulting Drain Punch isn't very strong. That evening James is pondering whether to give Cacnea to Gardenia, and then decides to have a training battle with Aipom. Gardenia comes up to watch. Aipom opens with Focus Punch, but Cacnea dodges and uses Needle Arm. They try again, but this time Cacnea misses and is hit by Focus Punch. Cacnea dodges another Focus Punch and counters with Needle Arm, before trying another Drain Punch, but it fails. Cacnea tries to counter repeated Focus Punches with Drain Punch, but is hit repeatedly. Cacnea is tired, and is still trying to continue, but James Stops it and tells Cacnea to go with Gardenia. As he holds up Cacnea's Poké Ball he fondly recalls his time with Cacnea, and then says goodbye as the returns it. He then gives it to Gardenia and runs off crying, with Jessie and Meowth in hot pursuit.
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Gardenia sends out {{TP|Gardenia|Turtwig}} alongside Cacnea to face {{TP|Dawn|Pachirisu}} and {{AP|Aipom}}. Aipom starts with {{m|Swift}}, which hits Cacnea while Turtwig dodges. Cacnea then fights back with {{m|Pin Missile}} and Turtwig uses {{m|Leaf Storm}}. Both are dodged and Gardenia says that she has never seen such a gorgeous Pin Missile. Pachirisu uses {{m|Spark}}, which Turtwig dodges, before hitting Pachirisu with {{m|Bite}}. Pachirisu then uses {{m|Discharge}}, which is dodged by everyone except Cacnea. Aipom uses {{m|Focus Punch}} and Cacnea counters with {{m|Needle Arm}}, which breaks through the Focus Punch and hits Aipom. Meowth comments that the Needle Arm was surprisingly good and Gardenia suggests that Cacnea should use Needle Arm again. Pachirisu uses Spark and James tells Cacnea to counter with Needle Arm, but Pachirisu dodges and hits Cacnea. Aipom prepares to use Focus Punch, and Gardenia suggests James should tell Cacnea to use {{m|Drain Punch}}, and then explains how it is performed. James does so and Cacnea hits Aipom with a powerful Drain Punch, surprising everyone except Gardenia.
   
The next day at the Pokémon Center the group say goodbye to Gardenia with Turtwig and Cacnea by her side while Team Rocket watch from the roof.
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While Gardenia is distracted with Cacnea, Ash and Dawn take advantage, and a cry makes Gardenia remember Turtwig just as it is hit by Pachirisu's Spark, knocking it out. Aipom uses Swift and James calls for another Drain Punch, but the move fails and Cacnea is hit. Aipom then hits it with Focus Punch as it tries to use Drain Punch again, knocking Cacnea out and ending the battle. The children blame James for the loss. Gardenia says that she was right about Cacnea being strong enough to use Drain Punch. Dawn asks why it did not work the other times, and Cacnea explains it was an accident that it worked at all. Gardenia says that it was actually because James and Cacnea were not quite in sync. Gardenia then offers to train Cacnea, before heading to the [[Pokémon Center]] with the kids.
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Later, James and Cacnea sit on a hill overlooking the town, depressed and thoughtful, when Jessie tells them to snap out of it. James then reveals that he is not sure whether to give Cacnea to Gardenia or not. Cacnea then says that it would like to learn to use Drain Punch. The "twerps" then return, and Jessie suggests getting them to help Cacnea train. James and Cacnea start training, making Dawn comment that Team Rocket do the right thing "once in a while", angering Jessie and Meowth. Ash and Pikachu offer to help them train, and while Dawn is doubtful, James and Cacnea are delighted. Pikachu uses {{m|Quick Attack}}, which Cacnea counters with Needle Arm. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, which Cacnea dodges, causing it to hit James instead. Cacnea uses Needle Arm and Pikachu counters with {{m|Iron Tail}}, but Needle Arm breaks through it and hits Pikachu. Cacnea then tries Drain Punch, but it fails and Cacnea trips on a rock. Brock comments that their timing is still off.
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Later, Cacnea uses {{TP|James|Carnivine}} and {{AP|Chimchar}} to practice punching. One of Cacnea's punches hits Chimchar in the face, so James tells it to use Drain Punch, but the resulting attack is not very strong. That evening, James goes back to pondering over whether to give Cacnea to Gardenia, and decides to have a training battle with Aipom. Gardenia comes up to watch. Aipom opens with Focus Punch, but Cacnea dodges and uses Needle Arm. They try again, but this time Cacnea misses and is hit by Focus Punch. Cacnea dodges another Focus Punch and counters with Needle Arm, before trying another Drain Punch, but it fails. Cacnea tries to counter repeated Focus Punches with Drain Punch, but is hit repeatedly. Cacnea ends up extremely tired, and still trying to continue, but James stops it. Making up his mind, he tells Cacnea to go with Gardenia, as he believes he will not let Cacnea reach its full potential. As he holds up Cacnea's Poké Ball, he fondly recalls his time it, and then says goodbye as he returns it. He then gives the Poké Ball to Gardenia and tells her to look after it, then runs off crying, with Jessie and Meowth in hot pursuit.
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The next day at the Pokémon Center, the group says goodbye to Gardenia, with Turtwig and Cacnea by her side, while Team Rocket watch from the roof. James wishes one final goodbye to Cacnea from afar.
   
 
==Major events==
 
==Major events==
* Gardenia appears again.
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[[File:James and Gardenia.png|thumb|220px|James giving Cacnea to Gardenia]]
* {{Ash}} and {{an|Dawn}} have a Tag Battle with [[James]] and [[Gardenia]] and win.
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* {{ashfr|The group}} encounters [[Gardenia]] again.
* [[James's Cacnea]] begins to learn {{m|Drain Punch}} and he gives it to Gardenia for training.
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* {{Ash}} and {{an|Dawn}} have a [[Multi Battle|Tag Battle]] with [[James]] and Gardenia and win.
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* [[James's Cacnea]] begins to learn {{m|Drain Punch}}.
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* [[James]] gives his {{TP|James|Cacnea}} to Gardenia for {{pkmn|training}}.
 
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===Debuts===
 
===Debuts===
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==Characters==
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* [[Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture]]: {{p|Weavile}}
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* [[Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia]]: {{p|Weavile}}
** [[Pokémon senryū]]: ながいつめ ニューっとひっかく マニューラよ''Nagai tsume, nyū 'tto hikkaku, Manyūra yo.''
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** Pokémon senryū: ながいつめ ニューっとひっかく マニューラよ''Nagai tsume, nyū 'tto hikkaku, Manyūra yo.''
 
* One of the boys calls [[James|Kojirō]] "Kosanji", which usually is used to refer to [[Butch|Kosaburō]]. In the dub, the boy calls James "Old man".
 
* One of the boys calls [[James|Kojirō]] "Kosanji", which usually is used to refer to [[Butch|Kosaburō]]. In the dub, the boy calls James "Old man".
* The instrumental version of [[A Small Thing]] from ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]'' and ''[[Team Rocket Forever]]'' are used as background music.
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* The instrumental version of [[A Small Thing]] from ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]'' and [[Team Rocket Forever]] are used as background music.
* {{Ash}} and {{an|Dawn}} narrate the next episode preview.
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* {{Ash}} and {{an|Dawn}} narrate the preview for [[DP055|the next episode]].
* Jessie breaks the fourth wall when she says to start up the season in style with the old get-up and go strategy. This is the second episode of [[Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension|the season]].
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* [[Jessie]] [[Breaking the fourth wall|breaks the fourth wall]] when she says to start up the season in style with the old get-up and go strategy. This is the second episode of [[S11|the season]].
* Dawn has her first battle with a Gym Leader.
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* Dawn has her first battle with a [[Gym Leader]].
* In the Latin American dub, [[James's Cacnea]] is referred to as female.
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* Not including {{ashfr}}, this is the second time Ash has rebattled a Gym Leader after winning their [[Badge]]. The first was against [[Wattson]] in ''[[AG059|Manectric Charge]]''.
* This is the second time Ash has rebattled a Gym Leader after winning their Badge. The first was against [[Wattson]] in ''[[AG059|Manectric Charge]]''.
 
 
* This is one of the few episodes of the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} where [[Dawn's Piplup]] does not appear.
 
* This is one of the few episodes of the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} where [[Dawn's Piplup]] does not appear.
* Team Rocket doesn't blast off in this episode.
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* {{TRT}} doesn't blast off in this episode.
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* [[Gardenia]] states that {{m|Drain Punch}} is more powerful than {{m|Needle Arm}}. This was incorrect before [[Generation V]], as Drain Punch and Needle Arm's base powers were tied at 60. However, it is possible Gardenia was referring to the fact that Drain Punch also restores the user's HP, thus making it more ''useful'' than Needle Arm.
   
 
===Errors===
 
===Errors===
 
* Once again, the black part under Gardenia's mantle is invisible.
 
* Once again, the black part under Gardenia's mantle is invisible.
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* After {{TP|James|Cacnea}} is hit by multiple {{m|Focus Punch}}es, Ash's Japanese voice can be heard.
   
 
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* In the Latin American dub, [[James's Cacnea]] is referred to as female.
   
 
==In other languages==
 
==In other languages==
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|zh_cmn={{tt|菜種與沙漠奈亞!告別是為了誰!|Gardenia and Cacnea! Farewell to Whom!?}}
 
|zh_cmn={{tt|菜種與沙漠奈亞!告別是為了誰!|Gardenia and Cacnea! Farewell to Whom!?}}
 
|cs={{tt|Kdysi tu bývaly zelené louky|Once Upon a Time there were a Green Fields!}}
 
|cs={{tt|Kdysi tu bývaly zelené louky|Once Upon a Time there were a Green Fields!}}
 
|da={{tt|Engang var her bare marker...|Once there were (just) greenfields...}}
 
|da={{tt|Engang var her bare marker...|Once there were (just) greenfields...}}
 
|de={{tt|Entscheidung des Herzens!|Decision of the heart!}}
 
|de={{tt|Entscheidung des Herzens!|Decision of the heart!}}
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|nl={{tt|Zo groen als gras!|As green as grass!}}
 
|fi={{tt|Missä ruoho on vihreämpää|Where the grass is greener}}
 
|fi={{tt|Missä ruoho on vihreämpää|Where the grass is greener}}
 
|fr_eu={{tt|Des plantes et des hommes !|Plants and men!}}
 
|fr_eu={{tt|Des plantes et des hommes !|Plants and men!}}
 
|he={{tt|!גארדיניה וקקניאה! הפרידה|Gardenia and Cacnea! The Farewell!}}
 
|he={{tt|!גארדיניה וקקניאה! הפרידה|Gardenia and Cacnea! The Farewell!}}
 
|it={{tt|Addio, Cacnea!|Goodbye, Cacnea!}}
 
|it={{tt|Addio, Cacnea!|Goodbye, Cacnea!}}
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|ko={{tt|로이와 선인왕! 눈물의 이별|James and Cacnea! A Tearful Farewell}}
 
|no={{tt|En gang var det bare eng|Once there were (just) greenfields}}
 
|no={{tt|En gang var det bare eng|Once there were (just) greenfields}}
 
|pl={{tt|Pożegnania nadszedł czas|Farewell, it is time}}
 
|pl={{tt|Pożegnania nadszedł czas|Farewell, it is time}}
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|es_eu={{tt|¡Érase una vez unos campos verdes!|Once there were greenfields!}}
 
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|sv={{tt|En gång var här gröna fält|Once there were greenfields}}
 
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Latest revision as of 19:37, 10 September 2018

DP053 : Tears For Fears!
Diamond & Pearl series
DP055 : Throwing the Track Switch
Once There Were Greenfields
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DP054   EP520
ナタネとサボネア!さよならは誰のため!?
Natane & Sabonea! Farewell to Whom!?
First broadcast
Japan November 15, 2007
United States April 19, 2008
English themes
Opening We Will Be Heroes
Ending
Japanese themes
Opening Together
Ending 君のそばで 〜ヒカリのテーマ〜 (Winter Version)
Credits
Animation Team Iguchi
Screenplay 十川誠志 Masashi Sogo
Storyboard 於地紘仁 Kōjin Ochi
Assistant director 宮原秀二 Shūji Miyahara
Animation director たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
Additional credits

Once There Were Greenfields (Japanese: ナタネとサボネア!さよならは誰のため!? Natane and Sabonea! Farewell to Whom!?) is the 54th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 520th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on November 15, 2007 and in the United States on April 19, 2008.

201 Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details. 201

Blurb

Ash and his friends run into Gardenia, the Eterna Gym Leader, in the middle of her travels through Sinnoh. Gardenia is about to show off Pokémon battling with a friendly match, but Team Rocket interrupts to try and steal Pikachu! Of course, the minute Gardenia sees James' Cacnea, her love for Grass-type Pokémon blinds her to everything else, and suddenly James finds himself joining Gardenia in a tag battle against Ash and Dawn. Acting on Gardenia's advice, James has Cacnea try a new move, Drain Punch, but it only works once before Pachirisu and Aipom win the battle.

James turns down Gardenia's offer to train Cacnea, but it's still on his mind as he and Cacnea train hard to perfect this new move. Jessie and Meowth convince Ash and his friends to help Cacnea train, too! Dawn is understandably skeptical about helping Team Rocket power up, although Drain Punch still doesn't work even after Ash and his Pokémon help Cacnea train.

Gardenia returns in the middle of Cacnea's training battle against Ash's Aipom. Even though Cacnea battles with every last bit of its strength and beyond, it still can't pull off Drain Punch. Remorsefully realizing that he's just not skilled enough to bring out Cacnea's full potential, James stops the battle and tells Cacnea to go with Gardenia. He bids a tearful farewell to his Pokémon before running off, followed by Jessie and Meowth. But wherever he goes, James won't forget Cacnea and all their times together!

Plot

In Emeragrove Town, a group of young children come running out into a school yard and gather around Gardenia. Ash and his friends happen to walk by and notice her. They greet her and Brock launches into a romantic story of how they could be together, but he is abruptly stopped by Croagunk. Ash asks what brings Gardenia to the town and she explains that she is promoting battling by having battles all over the area.

Team Rocket watch from nearby bushes and decide to steal Pikachu the old-fashioned way. They race out into the open and perform their motto. Jessie then sends out Seviper and James sends out Cacnea, which grabs on to him. Ash asks Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, but before it can, Gardenia starts swooning over Cacnea, calling it "cute" and "cuddly". Dawn comments that Gardenia has never met a Grass-type which she has not fallen in love with. James takes Cacnea off her, telling her to grow her own Grass-type. Gardenia asks to borrow it, but James refuses. The children then remind Gardenia that she is supposed to show them a battle. Gardenia then persuades James to join her in a Tag Battle against Ash and Dawn, and Brock agrees to referee.

Gardenia sends out Turtwig alongside Cacnea to face Pachirisu and Aipom. Aipom starts with Swift, which hits Cacnea while Turtwig dodges. Cacnea then fights back with Pin Missile and Turtwig uses Leaf Storm. Both are dodged and Gardenia says that she has never seen such a gorgeous Pin Missile. Pachirisu uses Spark, which Turtwig dodges, before hitting Pachirisu with Bite. Pachirisu then uses Discharge, which is dodged by everyone except Cacnea. Aipom uses Focus Punch and Cacnea counters with Needle Arm, which breaks through the Focus Punch and hits Aipom. Meowth comments that the Needle Arm was surprisingly good and Gardenia suggests that Cacnea should use Needle Arm again. Pachirisu uses Spark and James tells Cacnea to counter with Needle Arm, but Pachirisu dodges and hits Cacnea. Aipom prepares to use Focus Punch, and Gardenia suggests James should tell Cacnea to use Drain Punch, and then explains how it is performed. James does so and Cacnea hits Aipom with a powerful Drain Punch, surprising everyone except Gardenia.

While Gardenia is distracted with Cacnea, Ash and Dawn take advantage, and a cry makes Gardenia remember Turtwig just as it is hit by Pachirisu's Spark, knocking it out. Aipom uses Swift and James calls for another Drain Punch, but the move fails and Cacnea is hit. Aipom then hits it with Focus Punch as it tries to use Drain Punch again, knocking Cacnea out and ending the battle. The children blame James for the loss. Gardenia says that she was right about Cacnea being strong enough to use Drain Punch. Dawn asks why it did not work the other times, and Cacnea explains it was an accident that it worked at all. Gardenia says that it was actually because James and Cacnea were not quite in sync. Gardenia then offers to train Cacnea, before heading to the Pokémon Center with the kids.

Later, James and Cacnea sit on a hill overlooking the town, depressed and thoughtful, when Jessie tells them to snap out of it. James then reveals that he is not sure whether to give Cacnea to Gardenia or not. Cacnea then says that it would like to learn to use Drain Punch. The "twerps" then return, and Jessie suggests getting them to help Cacnea train. James and Cacnea start training, making Dawn comment that Team Rocket do the right thing "once in a while", angering Jessie and Meowth. Ash and Pikachu offer to help them train, and while Dawn is doubtful, James and Cacnea are delighted. Pikachu uses Quick Attack, which Cacnea counters with Needle Arm. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, which Cacnea dodges, causing it to hit James instead. Cacnea uses Needle Arm and Pikachu counters with Iron Tail, but Needle Arm breaks through it and hits Pikachu. Cacnea then tries Drain Punch, but it fails and Cacnea trips on a rock. Brock comments that their timing is still off.

Later, Cacnea uses Carnivine and Chimchar to practice punching. One of Cacnea's punches hits Chimchar in the face, so James tells it to use Drain Punch, but the resulting attack is not very strong. That evening, James goes back to pondering over whether to give Cacnea to Gardenia, and decides to have a training battle with Aipom. Gardenia comes up to watch. Aipom opens with Focus Punch, but Cacnea dodges and uses Needle Arm. They try again, but this time Cacnea misses and is hit by Focus Punch. Cacnea dodges another Focus Punch and counters with Needle Arm, before trying another Drain Punch, but it fails. Cacnea tries to counter repeated Focus Punches with Drain Punch, but is hit repeatedly. Cacnea ends up extremely tired, and still trying to continue, but James stops it. Making up his mind, he tells Cacnea to go with Gardenia, as he believes he will not let Cacnea reach its full potential. As he holds up Cacnea's Poké Ball, he fondly recalls his time it, and then says goodbye as he returns it. He then gives the Poké Ball to Gardenia and tells her to look after it, then runs off crying, with Jessie and Meowth in hot pursuit.

The next day at the Pokémon Center, the group says goodbye to Gardenia, with Turtwig and Cacnea by her side, while Team Rocket watch from the roof. James wishes one final goodbye to Cacnea from afar.

Major events

James giving Cacnea to Gardenia
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Debuts

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Errors

  • Once again, the black part under Gardenia's mantle is invisible.
  • After Cacnea is hit by multiple Focus Punches, Ash's Japanese voice can be heard.

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