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| Current Events
Goodbye Chicorita!? The Electric Labyrinth!
|| May 24, 2001
| United States
|| April 27, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
| Assistant director
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Current Events (Japanese: さよならチコリータ！？でんきのラビリンス！ Goodbye Chicorita!? The Electric Labyrinth!), is the 199th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 24, 2001 and in the United States on April 27, 2002.
Nearing Olivine City, our heroes notice a field full of windmills. Brock explains the windmills are used to generate electricity. Deciding the breezy windmill field is a nice place to take a break and get some fresh air, our heroes release their Pokémon from their Poké Balls and begin to set up a picnic. When Ash and Chikorita go looking for firewood, they stumble upon a concrete building with the front door wide open. Curious, the duo enter and are promptly locked in when a strong gust of wind shuts the heavy electric door. Hearing Ash's cries for help, Pikachu races towards the building, followed by Brock and Misty. While Brock contacts the electric company for help, Ash decides to descend the floors of the compound and locates the building's power source. He and Chikorita must battle their way through the scores of security systems in place... Electric-type Pokémon!
As Ash, Misty, and Brock stop in a large field near a wind power generator to take a break, Team Rocket spies on them from behind the wind generators. Jessie tries to think of a plan to steal Ash's Pokémon, but James suggests they eat first. The trio goes to a building nearby and James knocks on the door. After a few tries, he tries to open it up, but the door is electronically locked, which Meowth infers after seeing a card reader. He tries to pick at it with his claw, but ends up breaking his claw and the reader. Just then, the door opens slowly, allowing the trio to enter and explore. Inside, they find Jigglypuff.
Meanwhile, Ash and Chikorita are walking across the field when they find the building, with the door still open. When the two go in, the door suddenly slams shut, trapping them inside. Ash tries to get it open without any luck; however, Chikorita spots out a map of the complex and Ash looks at it. They go downstairs to check out the place. Upon looking through various empty halls, Ash and Chikorita are attacked by a swarm of Magnemite. They encounter Team Rocket, but Jigglypuff soon finds Team Rocket as well and attempts to sing. James takes away her microphone, but Jigglypuff slaps him, knocking the microphone towards Jessie. Jessie then throws it towards the Magnemite to give them some time. Ash realizes there is a shutter behind him, so he jumps through it. Moments later, Jigglypuff manages to get her microphone and sings, putting all of the Magnemite to sleep.
On the next floor, Ash wanders around four large generators, where he is attacked by a swarm of Electrode. Ash tells Chikorita to use Razor Leaf, making one explode, thus creating a path for Ash to escape. He encounters Team Rocket again, as well as Jigglypuff. As with before, Team Rocket grabs Jigglypuff's microphone and throws it away, giving everyone time to escape. Jigglypuff successfully retrieves her microphone again and sings to the Electrode. Desperate to find a hiding spot, Team Rocket takes cover inside a room, but they are confronted by an Electabuzz. Meowth quickly tells Electabuzz that Ash is the one causing the trouble and that they are just workers. Electabuzz believes him and marches off to find Ash. Meanwhile, Misty and Brock, searching for Ash and Chikorita, make their way into the building after an electronics expert pries the door open.
Ash runs into Electabuzz, who attacks him and Chikorita. However, their battle is interrupted by Team Rocket, who trap the Pokémon in a cage. Chikorita tries to break away with Razor Leaf, but the bars are too strong. The trio runs off with the captured Pokémon and Ash chases after them, catching up on the first floor. Upon being cornered, Jessie and James have Arbok and Victreebel attack Ash. Helpless at Ash's predicament, Chikorita evolves into Bayleef and frees itself and Electabuzz with Razor Leaf. Misty, Brock, and the mechanic catch up to them in time to see Bayleef throwing Arbok and Victreebel into Team Rocket with a Vine Whip. The mechanic, who happens to be Electabuzz's Trainer, orders it to use Thunderbolt, which blasts Team Rocket off.
In the aftermath, Bayleef jumps onto Ash, but instead tackles him. Just then, Jigglypuff pops up and starts singing, putting everyone to sleep. Infuriated by this, Jigglypuff scribbles on them and stomps away.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Dragonair (US and international), Chikorita (Japan)
- This episode is featured on Volume 18: Chikorita from Viz Media's Pokémon All-Stars series.
- This episode is featured on Pokémon All-Stars: Chikorita from Magna Pacific's Pokémon All-Stars series.
- When Chikorita gets hit by Electabuzz's Thunder Punch, Ash catches her and says, "I think I'm a pretty good shortstop". This may be a reference to Casey, who once had a Chikorita (that had since evolved into Bayleef), and whose favorite baseball team was the Electabuzz.
- After everybody falls asleep due to Jigglypuff's song, Brock is seen with drawn-on eyes and eyelashes.
- This marks the only time during the Johto series when a Pokémon of Ash's evolves.
- Music from Pikachu's Vacation, Mewtwo Strikes Back and The Power of One can be heard in this episode.
- Right before the opening theme song (before the title card in the Japanese version) when Ash is holding Chikorita, Pikachu's voice is heard but his mouth doesn't move.
- When Ash is trying to escape the locked building there is a window right next to the door, but when viewed from the outside the window is much farther away.
- The lines on Meowth's charm disappear for a moment right after Ash saves Chikorita from Magneton's attack.
- The symbol on Ash's hat disappears twice.
- When Ash thanks Brock for going to get him help, the door leading into the abandoned building is orange when it should be purple.
- When Ash finds Jigglypuff's marker, after Jessie throws it away, he incorrectly refers to it as a microphone.
- Right after Team Rocket discerns where Ash and Chikorita have gone, Wobbuffet pops out of his Poké Ball. When shoving Wobbuffet back down, Jessie says "Meowth said down..." when it was James who had said it.
Meowth's missing lines from the charm
- During the part where Ash was being attacked by Victreebel and Arbok, some scenes depicting Victreebel using Vine Whip on Ash were cut.
- The original airing of this episode on Hungama TV in India started the episode directly from the title card, skipping the part of the episode that comes before it.
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