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| Fit To Be Tide
Orange League! Natsukan Gym!
|| February 25, 1999
| United States
|| February 5, 2000
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 井上修 Osamu Inoue
| Assistant director
|| 井上修 Osamu Inoue
| Animation director
|| 梶浦紳一郎 Shin'ichirō Kajiura
| Additional credits
Fit To Be Tide (Japanese: オレンジリーグ！ナツカンジム！ Orange League! Natsukan Gym!) is the 85th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on February 25, 1999 and in the United States on February 5, 2000.
Ash, Misty and their new friend, Tracey, are on a new adventure exploring the Orange Islands as Ash sets out to qualify for the Orange League Tournament. After hearing that the Mikan Gym Leader is known as one of the toughest trainers in the Orange Crew, Ash can't wait for the challenge. He learns that Pokémon battles are run a little differently on the Orange Islands, but he can always rely on his Squirtle to pull them through!
Ash, Misty, and Tracey ride Lapras across the ocean. Feeling hungry, Tracey says that they are getting close to Mikan Island, also home to one of the four Gym Leaders in the Orange Crew. Meanwhile, Team Rocket, now in a Magikarp submarine, is tracking them, but their submarine's propellers gets tangled in seaweed and they begin to sink.
The group finally make land and head straight for the Pokémon Center. There, Ash talks to Professor Oak via videophone and lets him know he recently caught a Lapras. Tracey officially introduces himself to the Professor, though the call is cut short as Ash's Muk smothers him. Tracey is still buzzing over his chance to meet Professor Oak, though looks forward to a future in-person meeting. Ash, Misty, Tracey, Pikachu, and Togepi walk along the dirt path and see Mikan Gym up ahead. Ash starts to runs toward the Gym, though he stops after seeing a coconut on the ground. He runs over to it with Pikachu and picks it up, but a bucket of water falls on their heads. The coconut was a trap set by a boy named Senta. He chastises Ash, and criticises his Top 16 position in the Indigo League. As he challenges Ash to a battle, but Cissy, his older sister and the Mikan Gym Leader, intervenes and scolds her younger brother.
Ash is raring to go, but Cissy explains that on the Orange Islands, the Gym battles are different from Pokémon battles. Senta presses the buttons on his remote, making a line of cans appear and the battlefield becomes an aquatic pool. Cissy proceeds to call out her Seadra, which Ash scans with his Pokedex. He cops a face full of water after insulting Seadra's appearance. Cissy announces that the first challenge is a Water Gun match up, where a Pokémon's accuracy is tested by shooting down as many cans as possible. Ash's Squirtle proves an even match against Cissy's Seadra, and the challenge proceeds to shooting down flying plates. Both are evenly matched and manage to hit the final target at the same time. Cissy declares the first challenge a draw, and Ash congratulates his Squirtle's efforts while Seadra turns away in disgust.
Cissy escorts Ash and his friends to outside the Gym. To break the tie, Ash will go up against Cissy in a Pokémon Wave Ride, where the aim is to swim out to a flagged buoy and return to the beach first. Cissy calls on her Blastoise, while Ash hopes that his Lapras will prove a good competitor. Before the race can begin, however, Team Rocket appears. Ash asks that they disappear, though James launches into a tear-filled confession about how he had to go out and untangle their submarine, and nearly drowned in the process. Meowth calls for James to focus, snd James follows suit by calling out his Weezing. Amongst Weezing's Smog, Team Rocket net Cissy's Blastoise and begin to dive back underwater. Unfortunately for them, their submarine's propellers are still entangled in seaweed. In a bid to push through, Team Rocket snap their pedals and their submarine sinks to the seafloor. Just as Cissy had predicted, her Blastoise proves to powerful for Team Rocket's net and as it makes a return to the beach. Pikachu dips his tail in the water and uses a Thunderbolt to shock them, and Blastoise sends them blasting off with its Hydro Pump.
With Team Rocket defeated, the Pokémon Wave Ride begins. However, Ash and Cissy must stand on their Pokémon's back. During the race, they are evenly matched, so Ash has Lapras nudge the competition. Though Blastoise responds causing Ash to lose his balance. Fortunately Lapras catches him in time. The delay allows Cissy to get ahead of him and she makes the turn around the flag first. Just Ash has caught up with Cissy the pair notice a tidal wave suddenly appear behind them. To Ash's surprise, Lapras freezes some of the wave with its Ice Beam. However, the wave still crashes into Cissy and sends her flying, but Blastoise catches her in time. Cissy once again gets ahead of her challenger. Ash comes up with an idea and has Lapras use an Ice Beam to make an ice track. Lapras proves faster on the ice than in the water. Ash just wins the race as Lapras's head passed the finish line first.
Cissy commends Ash's clever Ice Beam tactic, and notes that she can see why he made it so far into the Indigo League. In commemoration of his victory, she gives Ash a Coral-Eye Badge. Afterwards, he and his friends ride Lapras off Mikan Island to continue on their Pokémon journey.
Ash holding the Coral-Eye Badge
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Primeape (US and international), Seadra (Japan)
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Lecture:
- Pokémon senryū summary: Send them flying, with one kick, Hitmonlee.
- This episode's dub title is a reference to the popular saying, "Fit to be Tied."
- This is the first time Team Rocket is seen inside their Magikarp submarine, which they would go on to use throughout the entire Orange Islands arc. The submarine they used in season 1 resembled a Gyarados.
- "NATSUKAN", the Mikan Gym's Japanese name, can be seen printed on the Gym even in the dubbed version.
- Tracey's last name of Sketchit is revealed in this episode.
- This episode is featured on Volume 4: Squirtle from Viz Media's Pokémon All-Stars series.
- The book The Four-Star Challenge is based on this episode.
- This is the first episode in which the word "fight" is repeated three times during the Team Rocket motto.
- The island's name, "Mikan," is Japanese for "Orange." In the dub, however, all characters improperly pronounce Mikan, which should properly be "mee-khan," not "mike-an."
- Ash seemed to not recognize Seadra when first seeing it, despite having previously seen one in Round One - Begin!.
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