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DP072 : Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part Two)
Diamond & Pearl series
DP074 : Pika and Goliath!
Crossing Paths
DP073   EP539
Goodbye, Dokucale!
First broadcast
Japan April 3, 2008
United States August 23, 2008
English themes
Opening We Will Be Heroes
Japanese themes
Opening Together
Ending 風のメッセージ (PokaPoka Version)
Animation Team Iguchi
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 湯山邦彦 Kunihiko Yuyama
Assistant director 宮原秀二 Shūji Miyahara
Animation director たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
Additional credits

Crossing Paths (Japanese: さよならドクケイル! Goodbye, Dokucale!) is the 73rd episode of Diamond & Pearl series, and the 539th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 3, 2008, along with Pika and Goliath! as a one-hour special and in the United States on August 23, 2008.

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The episode opens with Piplup and Pikachu singing as they walk along a path. Piplup stops suddenly, and Dawn asks it what the matter is. Piplup's stomach rumbles and Ash comments that Piplup is hungry and Brock says that there is a Pokémon Center nearby, so the group race ahead, much to Piplup's disappointment. Meanwhile Team Rocket contemplate their lunch, and Jessie asks James and Meowth to tell her when they have finished making it from the fruit on the trees and then goes off to train for her Contests. The group reach the edge of the forest and come out to the edge of a picturesque lake with the Pokémon Center on the shore nearby.

Jessie calls out Dustox, which is wearing yellow ribbons on its antennae that match the ones in Jessie's Contest disguise. Jessie goes on about how they will win another Ribbon, while James and Meowth comment on how she has gained confidence since her last win. Dustox then notices something and flies off with Jessie trailing behind. Eventually Dustox reaches a lake, and Jessie sees it flying in circles with a Shiny Dustox. The dust from their wings forms a heart shape. The other Dustox's Trainer comes out from behind a tree and introduces himself as Austin. He tells Jessie that when there is a full moon, Dustox from all over the area pair up and fly over Mt. Coronet in a large arch-like formation. Austin says that he will see Jessie that night, and calls his Dustox to him as he walks off. Jessie watches them go, and then looks up as a flock of Pidgey fly past.

Sitting by the lake, Jessie discovers that her Dustox is madly in love and recalls her younger self. She was preparing to audition for the theater with two friends. Then she is walking along next to a lake with a boy who looks remarkably like Austin. He tells her that he is leaving to become a Coordinator, and suggest that she should come with him. She declines, since her audition is in a couple of days. At the audition her friends are accepted but Jessie is not, bringing her to tears. Jessie then wonders what would have happened if she had gone with Astin that day. Just then a large storm brews and a bolt of lightning strikes a tree. Dustox flies into Jessie pushing her back, just as a rock breaks where she was standing. Dustox looks on worriedly at Jessie, who has been knocked out.

Back at the Pokémon Center the group is watching the storm in amazement. Nurse Joy says that she hopes that it won't affect the Dustox crossing, and Brock tries to win over Nurse Joy, but Croagunk jabs him and drags him away. Ash and Dawn ask Nurse Joy about the crossing, and Brock says that he is interested as well, causing Dawn to comment that he recovers quickly. Joy explains, while Brock begins to swoon again, but is quickly stopped by Croagunk. At that point Austin runs in and tells them that the trees by the lake have been struck by lightning, and the water is flooding out of the lake. Back at the lake Jessie fantasizes about accepting Astin's offer to come with him, but when he turns around he turns into Wobbuffet. Jessie wakes up and thanks Dustox for saving her, then notices that the edge of the lake has been destroyed and the water is flooding out. She wonders what will come of the crossing, and then explains to James and Meowth that she has decides to let Dustox go with its love.

The group then arrive at the lake side, and Austin says that he wanted his Dustox to join the crossing this year. Joy says that the crossing may not happen this year, then Ash suddenly runs towards the water. The rest of the group then follow him. When they reach the water's edge they see Team Rocket piling rocks up to try to create a dam. Team Rocket start their motto, but Jessie cuts it short and demands that they help stop the water. After a quick chat about how if the lake drains the crossing won't happen, the group resolve to work together. Ash calls out Turtwig, Chimchar and Buizel, while the others call out all their Pokémon. Everyone works together to dam the flow, with Happiny carrying rocks much larger than itself. Joy suggests that to finish the dam they need to spray it with water and then freeze it with Ice Beam. Buizel uses Water Gun and Piplup uses Whirlpool, hitting the Water Gun and soaking the rocks. Buneary then uses Ice Beam to freeze the dam, finally stopping the flow.

As the group cheer, Joy points out that the lake is much lower than usual, and it is thought that the melting snow raises the water level to reflect the full moon in such a way as to attract the Dustox. Buizel uses Water Gun and Piplup uses Whirlpool, pushing snow down, while Chimchar uses Flamethrower to melt it. Joy still isn't sure if there is enough water in the lake. The Dustox both look down at the water had flowed out of the lake. Austin suggests that his Dustox could lift the water up with Confusion, and Jessie suggests that her Dustox could use Whirlwind to blow it back into the lake. James is skeptical, but they decide that it is worth a shot. As they finish the lake begins to glow orange. Jessie and Austin congratulate the Dustox.

That night, Joy says that the conditions are perfect for the crossing. Jessie tells Dustox to go, and both Dustox begin to fly across the lake, but then Dustox flies back to Jessie. She remembers trying to catch up with the bus as Astin left when she was a child. Dustox still refuses to leave so she drops its Poké Ball on the ground and then steps on it, crushing it, telling it to go with its love. Dustox sadly flies off and Jessie starts to cry, remembering back to when she caught it as a Wurmple, and when it was a Cascoon, and finally winning her Ribbon with it as a Dustox. She calls out to Dustox telling it to be happy. James and Meowth also say goodbye. The Dustox then form the golden arch and start to fly away. Austin and Jessie then say one last farewell to their Dustox. The narrator comments on the bond between Trainer and Pokémon then suggests that one day Jessie will find her love as well as the episode draws to a close.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts






  • When Ash calls out "everybody" from his party to help stop the lake from draining, the only Pokémon he calls out are Buizel, Chimchar, and Turtwig. Gligar and Staravia weren't called out and Pikachu, of course, was already out.
  • Jessie's name is never mentioned in front of Austin, yet he uses her name to say she's right.

Dub edits

In other languages

DP072 : Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part Two)
Diamond & Pearl series
DP074 : Pika and Goliath!
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