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'''Hatching a Plan''' (Japanese: '''タマゴ、かえる''' ''Egg, Hatch'') is episode 230 of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 27, 2001 and in the United States on January 18, 2003.
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'''Hatching a Plan''' (Japanese: '''タマゴ、かえる''' ''Egg, Hatch'') is the 230th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 27, 2001 and in the United States on January 18, 2003.
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== Synopsis ==
 
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While camping out for the night, [[Misty]] notices a light out of Ash's bag. {{Ash}} gets out the egg case because the egg is starting to hatch. They all wonder what might hatch out of the egg. [[Team Rocket]], who plans on stealing the Pokémon, wait nearby. The egg hatches into a {{p|Phanpy}}! Ash checks it out with Dexter and wonders where its Poké Ball is. Brock reminds him that the Poké Ball is on the case, so he takes it and tries to return Phanpy, who jumps out of the way. Ash tries again, but Phanpy continues to dodge the beam. Brock suggests that some food might convince Phanpy to listen. Ash gets out some food, but before the Phanpy could get to it, Team Rocket snatches it with a hand. Pikachu shocks them with a {{m|Thunderbolt}}, and hits Phanpy as well. Team Rocket blasts off, and Phanpy is still a little shocked from the jolt. Pikachu tries to comfort it but a spark sends Phanpy running. Ash tries to run after Phanpy without luck.
 
   
The gang splits up in search of Phanpy. Brock leaves some food out to attract it when a bush near him wiggles about. Brock grabs at it; however, it ends up being Misty's Psyduck, with a mouthful of Brock's food. Ash and Pikachu look about, but Pikachu feels completely at fault. Ash comforts Pikachu, knowing they'll find Phanpy eventually.
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<i>At long last Ash's egg hatches, a Phanpy emerging to finally put everyone's curiosity to rest. Ash and friends' excitement is matched only by that of Jessie and James of Team Rocket, who see in the newly hatched Pokemon a chance to redeem themselves with Giovanni. Full of youthful vigor, the Phanpy quickly escapes Ash and goes off on its own, now pursued by both Team Rocket and Ash's party. Ash and Pikachu finally set out together after this stray Pokémon and continue to be frustrated in attempt after attempt at its capture.</i>
   
Deeper in the woods, Phanpy runs about, and the electricity is wearing off. Phanpy looks around for Ash, but then realizes it's hungry; Phanpy decides to follow a pleasant smell of food. The aroma comes from Team Rocket, who is cooking toast over a fire. They sulk in their failure to get the Phanpy but Meowth cheers them up a bit. When Meowth is about to eat his toast, Phanpy steals it before he can eat it. Meowth ends up biting its hand. Meowth goes hysterical noticing that the toast disappeared, but Jessie and James don't don't seem to care and start eating. Phanpy swipes their toast as well. When Meowth looks around for what happened, he sees Phanpy standing there, finishing the toast. Meowth tries to scold Phanpy but it tackles Meowth. The Meowth looks the other way for a while, with his tail waving at Phanpy, who seems to like it.
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==Plot==
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While camping out for the night, {{an|Misty}} notices a light coming out of Ash's [[bag|backpack]]. {{Ash}} gets out the [[Egg case]] because the {{pkmn|Egg}} is starting to hatch. They all wonder what might hatch out of the Egg. {{TRT}}, who plans on stealing the Pokémon, waits nearby. By morning the Egg hatches into a {{p|Phanpy}}! Ash checks it out with [[Pokédex|Dexter]] and wonders where its {{i|Poké Ball}} is. Brock reminds him that the Poké Ball is on the case, so Ash takes it and tries to return Phanpy, who jumps out of the way. Ash tries again, but Phanpy continues to dodge the beam. Brock suggests that some food might convince Phanpy to listen. Ash gets out some food, but before Phanpy could get to it, Team Rocket snatches it with an extendable hand. {{AP|Pikachu}} shocks them with a {{m|Thunderbolt}}, and hits Phanpy as well. Team Rocket blasts off, and Phanpy is still a little shocked from the jolt. Pikachu tries to comfort it, but a spark sends Phanpy running. Ash tries to run after Phanpy without luck. Brock fears that Phanpy’s trust for Ash is now broken.
   
The gang meets up although nobody found Phanpy. Then Team Rocket appears out of the bush, dressed up in weird jumpsuits and helmets. Ash gives them a few remarks until Meowth shows up with Phanpy. Ash tries to call Phanpy to him, but Meowth goes up in front of Pikachu, waving his tail which is painted like a Phanpy. Phanpy gets excited and runs towards them, but Meowth quickly dodges, hitting Pikachu instead. James whips out the same hand and grabs Pikachu. Pikachu tries to shock them but the suit makes Jessie and James invulnerable to electricity. Then, James releases his {{p|Weezing}} to make a smoke shroud. With the smoke, Team Rocket is long gone.
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The group splits up in search of Phanpy. Brock leaves some food out to attract it when a bush near him wiggles about. Brock grabs at it; however, it ends up being [[Misty's Psyduck]], with a mouthful of Brock's food. Misty yells at Psyduck, but it just looks at her with its typical blank stare. Ash and Pikachu look about, but Pikachu feels completely at fault for scaring Phanpy. Ash comforts Pikachu, knowing they'll find Phanpy eventually.
   
Team Rocket celebrates their catch with a toast of milk. Phanpy looks like he wants some as well but James puts Phanpy in a cage where Pikachu is. Pikachu plans that they should bash the cage so it rolls down the cliff. They bash the side of the cage twice and it rolls down, breaking when it smashes into a tree. James hears the crash and goes over to see that the cage is gone, and he then sees the two Pokémon running away. Team Rocket hops into their balloon and chases after them. The gang sees the balloon and rushes towards it. Both Pokémon and the gang are stopped by a raging river.
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Deeper in the woods, Phanpy runs about, and the electricity is wearing off. Phanpy looks around for Ash, but then realizes it's hungry; Phanpy decides to follow a pleasant smell of food. The aroma comes from Team Rocket, as {{MTR}} cooks toast over an open fire. [[Jessie]] and [[James]] sulk over their failure to get the Phanpy, but Meowth cheers them up a bit. Meowth goes to eat his toast, but ends up biting down on his hand after Phanpy steals it from him. Meowth goes hysterical, but Jessie and James don't seem to care and start eating. Phanpy swipes their toast as well, causing them to also bite their hands. When Meowth looks around, he sees Phanpy standing there, finishing the toast. Meowth tries to scold Phanpy but it knocks Meowth to the ground with its trunk. This show of strength impresses Jessie and James. Jessie then asks James to check his guidebook for details on Phanpy, and she is intrigued to hear that Phanpy is a {{type|Ground}} making it super effective against {{t|Electric}} Pokémon like Ash’s Pikachu. Team Rocket try to recruit Phanpy into their team, but food bribes seem to have no effect. Meowth looks the other way for a while, with his tail waving at Phanpy, who seems to like it. Jessie and James realize the Phanpy is actually interested in Meowth's tail.
   
It looks like the two have no choice but to jump. Pikachu makes the first jump across to a stone, telling Phanpy to jump too. Phanpy does, though not really as well as Pikachu. Pikachu hops to another stone, Phanpy following but misses and goes in. Pikachu grabs Phanpy, causing both Pokémon to hang on the rock; Pikachu slips! Ash runs along the river to find something to get them. Pikachu grabs another rock that happens to be under a tree. Ash climbs up with a rope and tries to grab Pikachu and Phanpy. He manages to get Pikachu but Phanpy slips away. With no other option, Ash jumps into the river, despite the waterfall nearby. As soon as he falls down, Ash tosses the rope to the others, saving Phanpy.
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The group meets up although nobody found Phanpy. Then Jessie and James appear out of a bush, dressed up in electric-proof suits and helmets. Ash gives them a few remarks until Meowth shows up with Phanpy. Ash tries to call Phanpy to him, but James informs him that Phanpy has accepted a position in Team Rocket. Brock calls their claim out as lies. Meowth then demonstrates, with his hind and tail painted to resemble Phanpy's trunk and face, Phanpy follows Meowth with ease. Phanpy gets excited and runs towards them, but Meowth quickly dodges, hitting Pikachu instead. James whips out the same mechanical hand and grabs Pikachu. He tries to shock Team Rocket with Thunderbolt, but the electricity proves useless against their electric-proof outfits. Then, James releases his {{TP|James|Weezing}} to make a {{m|Smokescreen}}, which allows the trio to escape.
   
After the short refresher from the waterfall, Team Rocket arrives on the scene. Meowth does the Phanpy trick, but Phanpy's not so happy about Team Rocket this time. Jessie and James send out their Pokémon. Ash lets Phanpy go up for battle and Phanpy does a {{m|Rollout}} attack, which knocks the Team Rocket's Pokémon back. Pikachu lets off a Thunderbolt, but it doesn't affect Jessie and James, but it sure affected the whole balloon. The balloon explodes and they blast off.
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Team Rocket celebrates their catch with a toast of milk. Phanpy looks like it wants some as well, but James puts Phanpy in the same cage as Pikachu. Pikachu wipes away Phanpy's tears. The two then make a plan and follow through by bashing the side of the cage, causing it to roll down the cliff. The resulting breaking sound alerts Team Rocket to the escape attempt. Meowth looks down and spot the two Pokémon running away. Team Rocket then hops into their balloon and chases after them.
   
== Major events ==
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Phanpy and Pikachu are forced to stop because of a raging river. Ash and his friends spot the balloon floating overhead and decide to follow after. They reach the opposite side of the river just as Pikachu and Phanpy attempt to jump across some rocks to reach them. Pikachu hops to another stone, Phanpy following but misses and goes in. Pikachu grabs Phanpy with his tail, but eventually the current pulls both of them in. Ash runs along the river to find something to get them. Pikachu grabs another rock that happens to be under a tree. Ash climbs up with a rope and tries to grab Pikachu and Phanpy. He manages to get Pikachu, but Phanpy slips away. With no other option, Ash jumps into the river, despite the waterfall nearby. As soon as he falls down, Ash tosses the weighted rope to the others. Brock manages to catch the other end, then Misty and he manage to pull Ash and Phanpy up to safety.
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*Ash's Egg hatches into a {{p|Phanpy}}.
 
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*[[Ash's Phanpy]]
 
   
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After the short refresher from the waterfall, Team Rocket arrives on the scene. Meowth does the Phanpy trick with his tail, but Phanpy is not so happy about Team Rocket this time. Jessie and James send out their Pokémon. Ash lets Phanpy go up for {{pkmn|battle}} and Phanpy does a {{m|Rollout}} attack, which knocks the Team Rocket's Pokémon back. James orders a round of Smokescreen, which smothers the air. Pikachu lets off a Thunderbolt, and though it doesn't affect Jessie and James because they are wearing their protective suits. However, it does affect their whole balloon. Team Rocket only notice this detail before it is too late, and the balloon explodes and they blast off. Ash is overly happy and holds his Phanpy high in the air.
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==Major events==
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* {{Ash}}'s {{pkmn|Egg}} hatches into a {{AP|Phanpy}}.
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===Debuts===
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====Pokémon debuts====
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=====TV episode debuts=====
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* {{p|Phanpy}} ({{OP|Ash|Phanpy}})
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==Characters==
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===Humans===
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[[File:PMTV EP230.png|thumb|200px|{{tt|Pocket Monster TV|Who's That Pokémon}}]]
 
* {{Ash}}
 
* {{Ash}}
* [[Misty]]
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* {{an|Misty}}
* [[Brock]]
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* {{an|Brock}}
 
* [[Jessie]]
 
* [[Jessie]]
 
* [[James]]
 
* [[James]]
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[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Seadra}}
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===Pokémon===
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[[File:WTP EP230.png|thumb|200px|Who's That Pokémon?]]
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[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Seadra}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Phanpy}} ''(Japan)''
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* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
 
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
 
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
 
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
 
* {{p|Togepi}} ({{OP|Misty|Togepi}})
 
* {{p|Togepi}} ({{OP|Misty|Togepi}})
 
* {{p|Wobbuffet}} ({{OP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}})
 
* {{p|Wobbuffet}} ({{OP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}})
* {{p|Phanpy}} ({{OP|Ash|Phanpy}}; debut; new)
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* {{p|Phanpy}} ({{OP|Ash|Phanpy}}; hatched)
 
* {{p|Psyduck}} ({{OP|Misty|Psyduck}})
 
* {{p|Psyduck}} ({{OP|Misty|Psyduck}})
 
* {{p|Arbok}} ({{OP|Jessie|Arbok}})
 
* {{p|Arbok}} ({{OP|Jessie|Arbok}})
 
* {{p|Weezing}} ({{OP|James|Weezing}})
 
* {{p|Weezing}} ({{OP|James|Weezing}})
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== Trivia ==
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==Trivia==
* This episode was initially going to be called "Phanpy's Phantastic Arrival."
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* This episode was initially going to be called "Phanpy's Phantastic Arrival".
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* {{p|Phanpy}} is supposed to be 73.9 pounds, or 33.5 kilograms, but people are still able to hold it, along with {{AP|Pikachu}}, which is able to somewhat effectively bear its weight. Although this may be due to the fact that Phanpy is just a newborn, even more absurd occurrences have happened in ''[[DP044|Mass Hip-Po-Sis!]]''.
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* Even though {{MTR}} says that the paint he put on his tail doesn't wash off and that it took a long time for him to paint it, the paint is missing between the two scenes where Meowth is using his tail as bait, exposing Meowth's normal brown tail.
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* Music from ''[[PK01|Pikachu's Vacation]]'' and ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'' can be heard in this episode.
   
=== Errors ===
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* Although Phanpy is a {{type|Ground}}, it was affected by {{m|Thunderbolt}}. However, this could be due to Phanpy's newborn state; its natural protection from {{type|Electric}} attacks may not have set in yet.
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* When {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} see the Meowth Balloon, which is chasing Pikachu and {{AP|Phanpy}}, they follow it. When they find Pikachu and Phanpy, they are already on the other side of the river.
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* Even though Phanpy had just hatched out of its {{pkmn|Egg}}, {{Ash}} tells it to return in its {{i|Poké Ball}}, even though it hadn't been caught yet.
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* Pikachu's left red cheek mark sticks out while looking for Phanpy.
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* When the group meets up after searching for Phanpy, Ash and {{an|Misty}}'s shoes are completely white.
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* When Ash hangs upside down from a tree to grab Pikachu and Phanpy, his hat is completely red.
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* When {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}} pops out of his Poké Ball, he already has a wineglass of milk in his hand.
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===Dub edits===
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* In the Japanese version, there is a 23-second scene of Pikachu and Phanpy running away from Team Rocket and when they reach the river, it cuts to the commercial break. Afterwards, the same footage is played again.
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* The dub's commercial break is after Team Rocket has gotten away with Pikachu and Phanpy.
   
 
==In other languages==
 
==In other languages==
* French: '''{{tt|Une éclosion trompeuse|A misleading hatching}}'''
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|hi=Phanpy का स्वागत है! {{tt|''Phanpy ka swagat hai!''|Welcome Phanpy!}} {{tt|*|Hungama dub}}
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Latest revision as of 13:41, 12 June 2019

EP229 : An EGG-sighting Adventure!
Original series
EP231 : Dues and Don'ts
Hatching a Plan
EP230.png
  EP230  
タマゴ、かえる
Egg, Hatch
First broadcast
Japan December 27, 2001
United States January 18, 2003
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Ending
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター (Whiteberry)
Ending 前向きロケット団!
Credits
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Hatching a Plan (Japanese: タマゴ、かえる Egg, Hatch) is the 230th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 27, 2001 and in the United States on January 18, 2003.

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Blurb

At long last Ash's egg hatches, a Phanpy emerging to finally put everyone's curiosity to rest. Ash and friends' excitement is matched only by that of Jessie and James of Team Rocket, who see in the newly hatched Pokemon a chance to redeem themselves with Giovanni. Full of youthful vigor, the Phanpy quickly escapes Ash and goes off on its own, now pursued by both Team Rocket and Ash's party. Ash and Pikachu finally set out together after this stray Pokémon and continue to be frustrated in attempt after attempt at its capture.

Plot

While camping out for the night, Misty notices a light coming out of Ash's backpack. Ash gets out the Egg case because the Egg is starting to hatch. They all wonder what might hatch out of the Egg. Team Rocket, who plans on stealing the Pokémon, waits nearby. By morning the Egg hatches into a Phanpy! Ash checks it out with Dexter and wonders where its Poké Ball is. Brock reminds him that the Poké Ball is on the case, so Ash takes it and tries to return Phanpy, who jumps out of the way. Ash tries again, but Phanpy continues to dodge the beam. Brock suggests that some food might convince Phanpy to listen. Ash gets out some food, but before Phanpy could get to it, Team Rocket snatches it with an extendable hand. Pikachu shocks them with a Thunderbolt, and hits Phanpy as well. Team Rocket blasts off, and Phanpy is still a little shocked from the jolt. Pikachu tries to comfort it, but a spark sends Phanpy running. Ash tries to run after Phanpy without luck. Brock fears that Phanpy’s trust for Ash is now broken.

The group splits up in search of Phanpy. Brock leaves some food out to attract it when a bush near him wiggles about. Brock grabs at it; however, it ends up being Misty's Psyduck, with a mouthful of Brock's food. Misty yells at Psyduck, but it just looks at her with its typical blank stare. Ash and Pikachu look about, but Pikachu feels completely at fault for scaring Phanpy. Ash comforts Pikachu, knowing they'll find Phanpy eventually.

Deeper in the woods, Phanpy runs about, and the electricity is wearing off. Phanpy looks around for Ash, but then realizes it's hungry; Phanpy decides to follow a pleasant smell of food. The aroma comes from Team Rocket, as Meowth cooks toast over an open fire. Jessie and James sulk over their failure to get the Phanpy, but Meowth cheers them up a bit. Meowth goes to eat his toast, but ends up biting down on his hand after Phanpy steals it from him. Meowth goes hysterical, but Jessie and James don't seem to care and start eating. Phanpy swipes their toast as well, causing them to also bite their hands. When Meowth looks around, he sees Phanpy standing there, finishing the toast. Meowth tries to scold Phanpy but it knocks Meowth to the ground with its trunk. This show of strength impresses Jessie and James. Jessie then asks James to check his guidebook for details on Phanpy, and she is intrigued to hear that Phanpy is a Ground-type making it super effective against Electric Pokémon like Ash’s Pikachu. Team Rocket try to recruit Phanpy into their team, but food bribes seem to have no effect. Meowth looks the other way for a while, with his tail waving at Phanpy, who seems to like it. Jessie and James realize the Phanpy is actually interested in Meowth's tail.

The group meets up although nobody found Phanpy. Then Jessie and James appear out of a bush, dressed up in electric-proof suits and helmets. Ash gives them a few remarks until Meowth shows up with Phanpy. Ash tries to call Phanpy to him, but James informs him that Phanpy has accepted a position in Team Rocket. Brock calls their claim out as lies. Meowth then demonstrates, with his hind and tail painted to resemble Phanpy's trunk and face, Phanpy follows Meowth with ease. Phanpy gets excited and runs towards them, but Meowth quickly dodges, hitting Pikachu instead. James whips out the same mechanical hand and grabs Pikachu. He tries to shock Team Rocket with Thunderbolt, but the electricity proves useless against their electric-proof outfits. Then, James releases his Weezing to make a Smokescreen, which allows the trio to escape.

Team Rocket celebrates their catch with a toast of milk. Phanpy looks like it wants some as well, but James puts Phanpy in the same cage as Pikachu. Pikachu wipes away Phanpy's tears. The two then make a plan and follow through by bashing the side of the cage, causing it to roll down the cliff. The resulting breaking sound alerts Team Rocket to the escape attempt. Meowth looks down and spot the two Pokémon running away. Team Rocket then hops into their balloon and chases after them.

Phanpy and Pikachu are forced to stop because of a raging river. Ash and his friends spot the balloon floating overhead and decide to follow after. They reach the opposite side of the river just as Pikachu and Phanpy attempt to jump across some rocks to reach them. Pikachu hops to another stone, Phanpy following but misses and goes in. Pikachu grabs Phanpy with his tail, but eventually the current pulls both of them in. Ash runs along the river to find something to get them. Pikachu grabs another rock that happens to be under a tree. Ash climbs up with a rope and tries to grab Pikachu and Phanpy. He manages to get Pikachu, but Phanpy slips away. With no other option, Ash jumps into the river, despite the waterfall nearby. As soon as he falls down, Ash tosses the weighted rope to the others. Brock manages to catch the other end, then Misty and he manage to pull Ash and Phanpy up to safety.

After the short refresher from the waterfall, Team Rocket arrives on the scene. Meowth does the Phanpy trick with his tail, but Phanpy is not so happy about Team Rocket this time. Jessie and James send out their Pokémon. Ash lets Phanpy go up for battle and Phanpy does a Rollout attack, which knocks the Team Rocket's Pokémon back. James orders a round of Smokescreen, which smothers the air. Pikachu lets off a Thunderbolt, and though it doesn't affect Jessie and James because they are wearing their protective suits. However, it does affect their whole balloon. Team Rocket only notice this detail before it is too late, and the balloon explodes and they blast off. Ash is overly happy and holds his Phanpy high in the air.

Major events

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Debuts

Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts

Characters

Humans

Pocket Monster TV

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Seadra (US and international), Phanpy (Japan)


Trivia

  • This episode was initially going to be called "Phanpy's Phantastic Arrival".
  • Phanpy is supposed to be 73.9 pounds, or 33.5 kilograms, but people are still able to hold it, along with Pikachu, which is able to somewhat effectively bear its weight. Although this may be due to the fact that Phanpy is just a newborn, even more absurd occurrences have happened in Mass Hip-Po-Sis!.
  • Even though Meowth says that the paint he put on his tail doesn't wash off and that it took a long time for him to paint it, the paint is missing between the two scenes where Meowth is using his tail as bait, exposing Meowth's normal brown tail.
  • Music from Pikachu's Vacation and The Power of One can be heard in this episode.

Errors

  • Although Phanpy is a Ground-type, it was affected by Thunderbolt. However, this could be due to Phanpy's newborn state; its natural protection from Electric-type attacks may not have set in yet.
  • When Ash and his friends see the Meowth Balloon, which is chasing Pikachu and Phanpy, they follow it. When they find Pikachu and Phanpy, they are already on the other side of the river.
  • Even though Phanpy had just hatched out of its Egg, Ash tells it to return in its Poké Ball, even though it hadn't been caught yet.
  • Pikachu's left red cheek mark sticks out while looking for Phanpy.
  • When the group meets up after searching for Phanpy, Ash and Misty's shoes are completely white.
  • When Ash hangs upside down from a tree to grab Pikachu and Phanpy, his hat is completely red.
  • When Wobbuffet pops out of his Poké Ball, he already has a wineglass of milk in his hand.

Dub edits

  • In the Japanese version, there is a 23-second scene of Pikachu and Phanpy running away from Team Rocket and when they reach the river, it cuts to the commercial break. Afterwards, the same footage is played again.
  • The dub's commercial break is after Team Rocket has gotten away with Pikachu and Phanpy.

In other languages



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