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DP074 : Pika and Goliath!
Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
DP076 : A Full Course Tag Battle!
Our Cup Runneth Over!
DP075   EP541
Enter Contest Master Mikuri!!
First broadcast
Japan April 17, 2008
United States September 6, 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 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
Assistant director 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
Animation director 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
Additional credits

Our Cup Runneth Over! (Japanese: コンテストマスター・ミクリ登場!! Enter Contest Master Mikuri!!) is the 75th episode of Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, and the 541st episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 17, 2008 and the United States on September 6, 2008.

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


Wallace, a Coordinator star and former Gym Leader, is bringing his Wallace Cup event to the shores of Sinnohs Lake Valor. This Contest opportunity gets Dawn excited about entering a Contest again, but she's still uncertain about what she needs to change about her style to win. As Zoey said, Dawn has to concentrate on showing off her Pokémon—but how?

Meanwhile, the local media is sniffing around the area, hoping to get a shot of Wallace. Wallace just wants to avoid the spotlight and relax with his Milotic, but Dawn and her friends accidentally bump into him anyway. Even though it's his day off, Wallace still offers to take a look at some of Dawns Contest moves. That makes Dawn nervous, so Ash offers to let her strut her stuff in a friendly battle instead.

After Wallace sees Dawns Piplup go a couple rounds against Ash's Buizel, he suggests that Ash use Buizel to enter the Wallace Cup, too. As for Dawn, Wallace is impressed by her obvious hard work, but he reminds her to take time to play with her Pokémon and not worry about making every move dramatic. Then Jessie, using her latest Coordinator persona, tries to impress Wallace—but Milotic ends up impressing everyone with its moves, which also help send Team Rocket on their way. A day with the famous Wallace is already a fabulous treat, but there's one more surprise in store: May is coming for a visit!


Rhonda reports from the Sinnoh Now newsroom that Contest Master and Hoenn League Pokémon Champion Wallace will be hosting the Wallace Cup at Lake Valor. Watching from a Pokémon Center, Dawn is particularly excited by the news.

Dawn turns her attention to Ash and his Pokémon training outside for their upcoming challenge at the Pastoria Gym. Inspired by Ash's drive, Dawn starts to do some training of her own. She tells her team that she knows they've been worried about her lately since her loss in the Solaceon Contest but assures them things are changing. She calls for a warm up round: Piplup whips up a Whirlpool, Buneary Bounces around, Ambipom uses Swift, and Pachirisu unleashes a Discharge. She presses them to make it bigger and more powerful, and the joint effort creates a spectacular combination. Dawn is happy with the progress but suddenly remembers Zoey's advice that the Pokémon are the main attraction in Contests. Panicking, Dawn runs out and tells them to stop, but she ends up getting struck down by Pokémon’s attacks. Ash and Brock run over to check on Dawn, but she tells them not to worry about her. Her hair becomes frizzed. She admits that she was focusing too much on making the moves big and powerful rather than on the Pokémon. Ash and Brock comfort her.

Nurse Joy approaches the group, flanked by Rhonda and her crew. Brock flirts with Joy, only for Croagunk to use Poison Jab and drag him off. Ash greets Rhonda, but she is more concerned about finding Wallace. Dawn quickly fixes her hair and asks for more information. Ash and Brock don't know who Wallace is so Rhonda shows them a magazine with Wallace and his signature Pokémon Milotic on the cover. Dawn says that every Coordinator, including herself, wants to meet superstar Wallace. Rhonda informs everybody that Wallace regularly travels across the Kanto and Hoenn regions holding and promoting Pokémon Contests bearing his name, the Wallace Cup, that the Wallace Cup Aqua Ribbon counts as an official Ribbon at any region’s Contest competitions, and that this year's Wallace Cup is taking place at Lake Valor. Brock says that Lake Valor is right on the way to Pastoria City. Dawn announces that she's planning on participating in the Wallace Cup. Dawn asks Rhonda more about Wallace and she says that it's Wallace's day off so his whole staff won't tell her where he is but her sources tell her he's somewhere nearby and that a piece on Wallace relaxing would be priceless. She asks Ash and his friends to tip her off if they see Wallace and leaves to continue her star search. Team Rocket overhears the entire conversation from their spying post on top of the Pokémon Center. Jessie is equally excited to compete in the Wallace Cup, and hopes to dedicate the victory to her released Dustox. James and Meowth have their doubts in Jessie’s charm offensive strategy, but endorse her enthusiasm for their own safety nonetheless.

Milotic playing with Pikachu and Piplup

Drifting fog and a melodic voice leads Ash and his friends directly to Wallace's location. Wallace greets them, admitting that he is simply glad to have the time away from his hectic schedule. As Milotic plays with Pikachu and Piplup, Dawn admires the Tender Pokémon and Wallace tells her that kinship is the most important thing when caring for Pokémon. Dawn promises not to tell anyone Wallace is here so as to not disturb his day off. Ash tells Wallace that Dawn's entering the Wallace Cup, so Wallace asks her to show him some Contest moves. Dawn is hesitant at first, and to help motivate her, Ash challenges her to a Contest Battle.

Ash sends out Buizel and Dawn chooses Piplup. Dawn is nervous to battle in front of Wallace and Brock tells him how Dawn and Ash traded Buizel and Aipom because of Aipom's love for Contests, while Buizel was more interested in regular battles. Wallace watches the short match carefully and claps and praises them after. Wallace thinks that since Buizel is fond of battles it would be interesting to see its moves in a Contest Battle and reminds Dawn that Buizel's unique battle style comes from her training with it. Wallace suggests that Ash should participate in the Wallace Cup. Ash knows Contests and regular battles are different, but he sets aside his doubts and agrees to compete after listening to Dawn’s encouragement. Wallace also praises Piplup's moves and says that Dawn has clearly spent time polishing them. However, he tells her that she may be focusing too much on well-rehearsed moves, and suggests to keep it more natural. He recommends she play with her Pokémon more often, and Dawn realizes that this is the missing aspect from her training.

Jessie comes up in her Jessilina disguise. She introduces herself and then invades Wallace's and Milotic's personal space while praising them. She calls out her Seviper and it's dressed up like a Milotic, however the costume only perplexes Wallace. James and Meowth in their own disguises drag her away, infuriating her.

Wallace and Milotic puts on a performance to show what a day of relaxing and playing can do for Pokémon. Milotic uses Safeguard to surround itself in a green light and. It follows up with Aqua Ring and water bubbles circle it and then uses Dragon Pulse, the water bubbles disperse and it flies around Ash and friends. Milotic finishes with Twister, whipping up wind and water around itself for a powerfully dramatic end. Jessie asks Wallace to teach Seviper Aqua Ring but Wallace tells her it's impossible. Wallace bids everyone farewell and looks forward to seeing them at the Wallace Cup. He and Milotic depart in a wave. Jessilina soon leaves, not without letting Dawn know she plans to win. Meanwhile, Rhonda and her crew are in the bushes. She confirms whether her cameraman filmed everything. However he reveals the battery was dead, and in her fury Rhonda accidentally hits herself on the boom mic.

Overnight, Ash and his friends watch Marian interview Wallace on TV back in the Pokémon Center. Dawn thinks she still has a long way to go before being able to appreciate what's truly special about her Pokémon. Ash and Brock remind her to relax, and repeat Wallace’s advice to play with her Pokémon. Nurse Joy comes by and informs Ash that he has a message to call the Pokémon Center in Snowpoint City. Meanwhile, in Snowpoint, a girl is sitting on a couch watching TV in the local Pokémon Center and Nurse Joy tells her she has a phone call from Ash. She stands up and reveals herself to be Ash’s former travel companion, May.

Major events

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



Pokémon debuts






  • The Snorlax in the next episode preview was incorrectly given Munchlax's color scheme. This was fixed for the preview that aired on Pokémon Sunday and in the actual episode.
  • At the head of the dub, the narrator talked about the "Pokémon Contest of Pastoria City". There is no Contest in Pastoria City. However, there is a Gym.
  • When Ash sent out Buizel to battle with Dawn, the spot on the top-left corner of his face was not filled in.
  • When Dawn was walking with Ash and Brock, Dawn's eyebrows were missing.

Dub edits

  • In the Finnish dub, Ash says he uses Water- and Ground-types on Pastoria Gym instead of Water- and Grass-types.

In other languages

DP074 : Pika and Goliath!
Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
DP076 : A Full Course Tag Battle!
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