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'''Dues and Don'ts''' (Japanese: '''ロケットだんとデリバード!''' ''{{tt|Rocket-dan|Team Rocket}} and Delibird!'') is the 231st episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 10, 2002 and in the United States on January 25, 2003.
 
'''Dues and Don'ts''' (Japanese: '''ロケットだんとデリバード!''' ''{{tt|Rocket-dan|Team Rocket}} and Delibird!'') is the 231st episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 10, 2002 and in the United States on January 25, 2003.
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==Plot==
 
==Plot==
On the road to [[Mahogany Town]], {{Ash}}, {{an|Misty}}, {{an|Brock}}, {{TP|Misty|Togepi}} and {{AP|Pikachu}} are attacked by [[Jessie]], [[James]], and {{MTR}}. After a brief scuffle involving an exploding football, the Rocket Trio is sent blasting off as usual. After a painful landing, the Rockets discuss their most recent failure and try to figure out why they can never beat the "[[twerps]]". They eventually reach the conclusion that the reason lies in the fact that the twerps have a large amount of Pokémon to battle them with, while they only have five, including Meowth. In order to increase their capabilities, the Rockets decide that their first goal should be to capture more Pokémon!
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On the road to [[Mahogany Town]], {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} are attacked by {{TRT}}. After a brief scuffle involving an exploding football, the Rocket trio are sent blasting off. The trio release their parachutes to soften their landing, but {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}} emerges from his {{i|Poké Ball}} and leads Jessie to get tangled in her teammates' parachutes. After a painful landing, the Rockets discuss their most recent failure and try to figure out why they can never beat the [[twerps]]. They hold a vote, but this reveals that everyone blames everyone equally for the failures, and eventually reach the conclusion that the twerps have a larger amount of Pokémon to battle with, while they only have five, including {{MTR}}. Team Rocket begin to fight amongst each other, but find this also does nothing to solve their glaring problems. They walk wearily, hoping to find a solution.
   
Their wish soon comes true when they find an apparently abandoned {{p|Delibird}}. A tape recording near the Delibird says that it was abandoned by its trainer, and is free to anybody able to catch it. Seizing their opportunity, Jessie and James battle with the Delibird. After a gruelling battle, they succeed in defeating it. However, before they can catch it, an old woman comes out of the woods and introduces herself as the Delibird's trainer. She tells them that she's a scout for {{TRT}} and by defeating Delibird in battle, they've passed her test. They're now eligible to join Team Rocket themselves!
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The trio soon comes across a [[Delibird (Team Rocket)|Delibird]] trapped in a cage. A tape recording near the Delibird announces that it was abandoned by its {{pkmn|Trainer}}, and is free to anybody able to catch it. Seizing their opportunity, Jessie and James {{pkmn|battle}} with the Delibird. Jessie calls on her {{TP|Jessie|Arbok}}, while James orders out his {{TP|James|Weezing}} for a {{m|Smog}} attack. Delibird flies into the air and unleashes a {{m|Blizzard}} at Team Rocket. James then calls out his {{TP|James|Victreebel}}, but its latches onto its Trainer and Jessie first. Victreebel then sends out several {{m|Razor Leaf}} attacks, but Delibird evades them before {{status|frozen|freezing}} Victreebel in ice. Arbok attempts a {{m|Poison Sting}}, but Delibird sends it and Weezing back at Team Rocket. Jessie calls on Wobbuffet, and his {{m|Counter}} knocks Delibird to the ground. She and James then argue over who gets to keep Delibird, but an elderly woman returns her Delibird back to its Poké Ball.
   
Jessie and James explain to the woman that they're already members of Team Rocket. When she refuses to believe them, they look up their names in Team Rocket's member registry. Looking through it, they find that their worst fears have finally come true - they've been disbanded from Team Rocket! The Rocket Scout explains that their membership was revoked because of their unpaid dues and the constant loans they've taken out. But, she tells them, if they prove themselves to her, she should be able to get them reinstated, and get them a hefty signing bonus as well. Their mission? To defeat a wandering band of Pokémon Trainers, who turn out to be none other then the twerps! Jessie and James tell the scout, that although Ash and his friends look weak, they're actually skilled trainers, and that with their current Pokémon they'll be unable to beat them. After thinking for a moment, the Scout agrees to let them borrow their Delibird. With a new and powerful Pokémon on their side, Team Rocket gets ready to attack, sure of their coming victory.
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The woman introduces herself as a [[Rocket Scout]] and congratulates the Rocket trio on passing her test. She announces that they can now join [[Team Rocket]]. Though Jessie and James explain that they are part of team Rocket. The scout isn't convinced and shows them the typical black uniform worn by all {{tc|Team Rocket Grunt}}s. When she refuses to believe them, they look up their names in Team Rocket's member registry. Looking through it, they find that their worst fears have finally come true they've been disbanded from Team Rocket. The Rocket Scout explains that their membership was revoked because of their unpaid dues and the constant loans they've taken out. But, she tells them, if they prove themselves to her, she should be able to get them reinstated, and get them a hefty signing bonus as well. The Rocket Scout presents the trio with their mission, to defeat a wandering band of Pokémon Trainers, who turn out to be none other than Ash and his friends. Jessie and James tell the scout, that although the Trainers look weak, they're actually very skilled, and that with their current Pokémon they'll be unable to beat them. After thinking for a moment, the Scout agrees to let them borrow her Delibird. With a new and powerful Pokémon on their side, Team Rocket gets ready to attack, sure of their coming victory.
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The Rocket Human Resources Department receives news of Jessie, James and Meowth's attempt to re-register. {{OBP|Wendy|EP231}} is absolutely furious and remembers that Jessie still owes her money for a fruit smoothie back when they were training as new recruits. She contacts the Rocket boss, {{an|Giovanni}}. He examines the lump sum of money owing, but is fine for the trio's registration to go through provided they can pay the money owed. With that said he hangs up on Wendy, leaving her to fume back at her desk.
   
Meanwhile {{an|Giovanni}}, the leader of Team Rocket receives a phone call from {{an|Wendy}}, a member of Team Rocket's H.R. department. Wendy tells him that Jessie and James are trying to get their membership back, and suggests that he refuse to let them rejoin. Giovanni tells her that he has no problem letting them rejoin, so long as they pay Team Rocket the money they owe. With that said he hangs up on Wendy, leaving her to fume back at her desk. In a flashback we see that Wendy has a long standing grudge against Jessie, from an incident where she left her with a bill for a fruit smoothie. Angry that she couldn't get Jessie kicked out of the Team for good Wendy swears that she'll eventually get her revenge.
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Back in [[Johto]], Ash and his friends are met on the road by a [[List of Team Rocket's disguises|pair of wandering samurai]]. They quickly reveal themselves to be Jessie and James, and challenge the twerps to a battle. The group aren't too thrilled to see the trio again. Jessie and James explain that they need to get their Team Rocket memberships back. {{an|Misty}} suggests that it is a lot of effort, but the trio are determined to remain in the evil organization. Jessie calls out a Delibird, and it gifts a {{m|Present}} to the group which explodes in their faces. Ash calls out his {{AP|Phanpy}} to retaliate, but it is easily defeated by a Blizzard attack. Ash and his friends are then forced to retreat as Delibird showers them with explosive Presents. Delighted at their success Jessie and James order Delibird to finish the twerps off, but to their surprise the next Present restores {{AP|Pikachu}} to full health. Taking control of the fight, Ash orders Pikachu to attack with {{m|Thunder}}, and Team Rocket finds themselves blasting off again.
   
Back in [[Johto]] Ash and his friends are met on the road by a pair of wandering Samurai. They quickly reveal themselves to be Jessie and James in disguise, and challenge the twerps to a battle. Expecting them to use their normal Pokémon Ash calls out his {{AP|Phanpy}}. To his surprise Team Rocket bring out Delibird, who easily defeats Phanpy with its {{m|Blizzard}} attack. Using its {{m|Present}} ability, Delibird hits Ash and friends with a surprise attack. Angered Ash calls out Pikachu, but finds that Delibird's Present is too much for Pikachu to handle. Ash tries to retreat, but no matter where him or his friends go Delibird is always there with another explosive present. Delighted at their success Jessie and James order Delibird to finish the twerps off, but to their surprise the next present restores Pikachu to full health. Taking control of the fight Ash orders Pikachu to attack, and Team Rocket finds itself "blasting off again".
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After landing, Jessie and James are met again by the Rocket Scout, who reclaims her Delibird. She tells them that even though they lost the fight, Team Rocket is suffering a severe labor shortage, due to most of its members getting arrested, and that she's still going to register them again. The pair eagerly wait for their signing bonus, but find themselves hit with a bill instead, their bonus having helped pay all of the money they owe. At the bottom of the list is a surprise, a bill for a fruit smoothie courtesy of Wendy. The Scout tells them that every month Delibird will come to collect some of the money they owe, and that they should resume their work as Rockets. Despite all of their bills, Jessie, James, and Meowth take a moment to celebrate. Their cheers are so loud that even Ash and his friends hear it on the nearby road.
 
After landing, Jessie and James are met again by the Rocket Scout, who reclaims her Delibird. She tells them that even though they lost the fight, Team Rocket is suffering a severe labor shortage (due to most of its members getting arrested) and that she's still going to register them again. The pair eagerly wait for their signing bonus, but find themselves hit with a bill instead, their bonus having helped pay all of the money they owe. At the bottom of the list is a surprise, a bill for a fruit smoothie courtesy of Wendy. The Scout tells them that every month Delibird will come to collect some of the money they owe, and that they should resume their work as Rockets.
 
 
Despite all of their bills, Jessie, James, and Meowth take a moment to celebrate. Their cheers are so loud that even Ash and his friends hear it on the nearby road.
 
   
 
==Major events==
 
==Major events==
*[[Jessie]] and [[James]] renew their membership with [[Team Rocket]].
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* [[Jessie]] and [[James]] renew their membership with [[Team Rocket]].
*A {{OBP|Delibird|Team Rocket}} sent from Team Rocket begins to follow Jessie and James.
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* A {{OBP|Delibird|Team Rocket}} sent from Team Rocket begins to follow Jessie and James.
*[[Ash's Phanpy]] is revealed to know {{m|Take Down}}.
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* [[Ash's Phanpy]] is revealed to know {{m|Take Down}}.
 
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====Pokémon debuts====
 
====Pokémon debuts====
 
=====TV episode debuts=====
 
=====TV episode debuts=====
*{{p|Delibird}} ([[Delibird (Team Rocket)|Team Rocket]])
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* {{p|Delibird}} ([[Delibird (Team Rocket)|Team Rocket]])
   
 
==Characters==
 
==Characters==
 
===Humans===
 
===Humans===
[[File:PMTV EP231.png|thumb|right|200px|{{tt|Pocket Monster TV|Who's That Pokémon}}]]
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[[File:PMTV EP231.png|thumb|200px|{{tt|Pocket Monster TV|Who's That Pokémon}}]]
*{{Ash}}
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* {{Ash}}
*{{an|Misty}}
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* {{an|Misty}}
*{{an|Brock}}
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* {{an|Brock}}
*[[Jessie]]
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* [[Jessie]]
*[[James]]
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* [[James]]
*{{an|Giovanni}}
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* {{an|Giovanni}}
*[[Rocket Scout]]
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* [[Rocket Scout]]
*{{an|Wendy}}
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* {{OBP|Wendy|EP231}}
   
 
===Pokémon===
 
===Pokémon===
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* {{p|Cyndaquil}} ({{OP|Ash|Cyndaquil}}; symbolic image)
 
* {{p|Cyndaquil}} ({{OP|Ash|Cyndaquil}}; symbolic image)
 
* {{p|Totodile}} ({{OP|Ash|Totodile}}; symbolic image)
 
* {{p|Totodile}} ({{OP|Ash|Totodile}}; symbolic image)
* {{p|Noctowl}} ({{OP|Ash|Noctowl}}; symbolic image)
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* {{p|Noctowl}} ({{OP|Ash|Noctowl}}; {{Shiny}}; symbolic image)
 
* {{p|Phanpy}} ({{OP|Ash|Phanpy}})
 
* {{p|Phanpy}} ({{OP|Ash|Phanpy}})
 
* {{p|Goldeen}} ({{OP|Misty|Goldeen}}; symbolic image)
 
* {{p|Goldeen}} ({{OP|Misty|Goldeen}}; symbolic image)
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* {{p|Weezing}} ({{OP|James|Weezing}})
 
* {{p|Weezing}} ({{OP|James|Weezing}})
 
* {{p|Victreebel}} ({{OP|James|Victreebel}})
 
* {{p|Victreebel}} ({{OP|James|Victreebel}})
* {{p|Delibird}} ([[Delibird (Team Rocket)|Team Rocket]], debut)
 
 
* {{p|Persian}} ({{OP|Giovanni|Persian}})
 
* {{p|Persian}} ({{OP|Giovanni|Persian}})
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* {{p|Delibird}} ([[Delibird (Team Rocket)|Team Rocket]])
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Jessie briefly talks about two other criminal teams "Team Jet" and "Team Helicopter" in this episode. However they're likely just teams she made up as a joke, as they have never been mentioned again.
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* [[Jessie]] briefly talks about two other criminal teams, "Team Jet" and "Team Helicopter", in this episode. However, they are likely just teams that she made up as a joke, as they have never been mentioned again.
* The English dub title of this episode is a pun of the phrase ''"{{tt|Do's|Dues}} and Don'ts."''
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* The English dub title of this episode is a pun of the phrase ''"{{tt|Dos|Dues}} and Don'ts."''
* It's implied in this episode that Meowth, like Pikachu, was put in a Poké Ball, but prefers to stay outside of it.
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* It is implied in this episode that {{MTR}}, like {{AP|Pikachu}}, was put in a [[Poké Ball]], but prefers to stay outside of it.
**However, this is eventually proven to be false in ''[[BW043|Meowth's Scrafty Tactics!]]''.
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** However, this is eventually proven to be false in ''[[BW043|Meowth's Scrafty Tactics!]]''.
* In this episode, Team Rocket uses a [[Team Rocket's mottos#Dues and Don'ts motto|variation]] of their motto.
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* In this episode, {{TRT}} uses a variation of their {{motto}}.
** In the dub, when Team Rocket recites this football-themed variation of their motto, Jessie makes a reference to an "eighth-round pick", presumably a draft pick. The last time the {{wp|NFL Draft}} held an eighth round was on April 26, 1993, almost ten years prior to this episode's initial dubbed airing.
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** In the dub, when Team Rocket recites this football-themed variation of their motto, Jessie makes a reference to an "eighth-round pick", presumably a draft pick. The last time the {{wp|NFL Draft}} held an eighth round was on April 26, 1993, almost ten years prior to this episode's initial dubbed airing.
**Interestingly, the dub's initial airing was the day before the {{wp|Super Bowl XXXVII|Super Bowl}} aired in 2003.
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** Interestingly, the dub's initial airing was the day before the {{wp|Super Bowl XXXVII|Super Bowl}} aired in 2003.
* This is the only original series episode which includes Team Rocket's name in its title. Due to this, it is also the only one that names it using hiragana for "dan" (だん) instead of the kanji (団).
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* This is the only [[original series]] episode that includes Team Rocket's name in its title. Due to this, it is also the only one that names it using hiragana for "dan" (だん) instead of the kanji (団).
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* Music from ''[[PK01|Pikachu's Vacation]]'' can be heard in this episode, as well as an instrumental version of ''[[Face Forward Team Rocket!]]''.
   
 
===Errors===
 
===Errors===
* When Dexter tells about Delibird's exploding gifts, the light on the top of Pokédex is red instead of blue.
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* When Dexter explains {{p|Delibird}}'s exploding gifts, the light on the top of the [[Pokédex]] is red instead of blue.
*On the brazilian Dub, Delibird is mistakenly called "Thunderbird" during the whole episode.
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* On the [[Pokémon in Brazil|Brazilian dub]], Delibird is mistakenly called "Thunderbird" during the whole episode.
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* When Jessie bangs her fist on the tree stump, the sound comes earlier than it should.
   
 
===Dub edits===
 
===Dub edits===
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* In the {{pmin|Poland|Polish}} dub, Meowth mentions Communists instead of Republicans.
   
 
==In other languages==
 
==In other languages==
 
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|he=להצטרף או לא להצטרף{{tt|lehitstaref o lo lehitstaref|To join or not to join}}
 
|he=להצטרף או לא להצטרף{{tt|lehitstaref o lo lehitstaref|To join or not to join}}
 
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Latest revision as of 13:42, 12 June 2019

EP230 : Hatching a Plan
Original series
EP232 : Just Waiting On a Friend
Dues and Don'ts
EP231.png
  EP231  
ロケットだんとデリバード!
Rocket-dan and Delibird!
First broadcast
Japan January 10, 2002
United States January 25, 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 首藤剛志 Takeshi Shudō
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
Additional credits

Dues and Don'ts (Japanese: ロケットだんとデリバード! Rocket-dan and Delibird!) is the 231st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 10, 2002 and in the United States on January 25, 2003.

201 Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details. 201

Blurb

As Jessie, James, and Meowth track Ash and friends, they commiserate over past failures and discuss how they are paired unfairly against these younger trainers with such a superior array of Pokémon. They no sooner decide anew to catch as many Pokémon as possible and strengthen their own forces than a Delibird shows up. After finally capturing it, they are disappointed to learn that the Pokémon already has a trainer—a Team Rocket scout, no less, who is using the Delibird to test the abilities of promising new talent. Sensing their natural aptitudes toward crime, the scout offers Jessie and James positions within Team Rocket. These two assert that they are already members, to which the scout replies by accessing their Team Rocket personnel files and proving that they have been expelled from the organization. Shocked, Jessie and James set desperately to garnering some success that will earn them reentry into their beloved Team Rocket.

Plot

On the road to Mahogany Town, Ash and his friends are attacked by Team Rocket. After a brief scuffle involving an exploding football, the Rocket trio are sent blasting off. The trio release their parachutes to soften their landing, but Wobbuffet emerges from his Poké Ball and leads Jessie to get tangled in her teammates' parachutes. After a painful landing, the Rockets discuss their most recent failure and try to figure out why they can never beat the twerps. They hold a vote, but this reveals that everyone blames everyone equally for the failures, and eventually reach the conclusion that the twerps have a larger amount of Pokémon to battle with, while they only have five, including Meowth. Team Rocket begin to fight amongst each other, but find this also does nothing to solve their glaring problems. They walk wearily, hoping to find a solution.

The trio soon comes across a Delibird trapped in a cage. A tape recording near the Delibird announces that it was abandoned by its Trainer, and is free to anybody able to catch it. Seizing their opportunity, Jessie and James battle with the Delibird. Jessie calls on her Arbok, while James orders out his Weezing for a Smog attack. Delibird flies into the air and unleashes a Blizzard at Team Rocket. James then calls out his Victreebel, but its latches onto its Trainer and Jessie first. Victreebel then sends out several Razor Leaf attacks, but Delibird evades them before freezing Victreebel in ice. Arbok attempts a Poison Sting, but Delibird sends it and Weezing back at Team Rocket. Jessie calls on Wobbuffet, and his Counter knocks Delibird to the ground. She and James then argue over who gets to keep Delibird, but an elderly woman returns her Delibird back to its Poké Ball.

The woman introduces herself as a Rocket Scout and congratulates the Rocket trio on passing her test. She announces that they can now join Team Rocket. Though Jessie and James explain that they are part of team Rocket. The scout isn't convinced and shows them the typical black uniform worn by all Team Rocket Grunts. When she refuses to believe them, they look up their names in Team Rocket's member registry. Looking through it, they find that their worst fears have finally come true — they've been disbanded from Team Rocket. The Rocket Scout explains that their membership was revoked because of their unpaid dues and the constant loans they've taken out. But, she tells them, if they prove themselves to her, she should be able to get them reinstated, and get them a hefty signing bonus as well. The Rocket Scout presents the trio with their mission, to defeat a wandering band of Pokémon Trainers, who turn out to be none other than Ash and his friends. Jessie and James tell the scout, that although the Trainers look weak, they're actually very skilled, and that with their current Pokémon they'll be unable to beat them. After thinking for a moment, the Scout agrees to let them borrow her Delibird. With a new and powerful Pokémon on their side, Team Rocket gets ready to attack, sure of their coming victory.

The Rocket Human Resources Department receives news of Jessie, James and Meowth's attempt to re-register. Wendy is absolutely furious and remembers that Jessie still owes her money for a fruit smoothie back when they were training as new recruits. She contacts the Rocket boss, Giovanni. He examines the lump sum of money owing, but is fine for the trio's registration to go through provided they can pay the money owed. With that said he hangs up on Wendy, leaving her to fume back at her desk.

Back in Johto, Ash and his friends are met on the road by a pair of wandering samurai. They quickly reveal themselves to be Jessie and James, and challenge the twerps to a battle. The group aren't too thrilled to see the trio again. Jessie and James explain that they need to get their Team Rocket memberships back. Misty suggests that it is a lot of effort, but the trio are determined to remain in the evil organization. Jessie calls out a Delibird, and it gifts a Present to the group which explodes in their faces. Ash calls out his Phanpy to retaliate, but it is easily defeated by a Blizzard attack. Ash and his friends are then forced to retreat as Delibird showers them with explosive Presents. Delighted at their success Jessie and James order Delibird to finish the twerps off, but to their surprise the next Present restores Pikachu to full health. Taking control of the fight, Ash orders Pikachu to attack with Thunder, and Team Rocket finds themselves blasting off again.

After landing, Jessie and James are met again by the Rocket Scout, who reclaims her Delibird. She tells them that even though they lost the fight, Team Rocket is suffering a severe labor shortage, due to most of its members getting arrested, and that she's still going to register them again. The pair eagerly wait for their signing bonus, but find themselves hit with a bill instead, their bonus having helped pay all of the money they owe. At the bottom of the list is a surprise, a bill for a fruit smoothie courtesy of Wendy. The Scout tells them that every month Delibird will come to collect some of the money they owe, and that they should resume their work as Rockets. Despite all of their bills, Jessie, James, and Meowth take a moment to celebrate. Their cheers are so loud that even Ash and his friends hear it on the nearby road.

Major events

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

Debuts

Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts

Characters

Humans

Pocket Monster TV

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?: Smeargle (US and international), Delibird (Japan)

Who's That Pokémon?

Trivia

  • Jessie briefly talks about two other criminal teams, "Team Jet" and "Team Helicopter", in this episode. However, they are likely just teams that she made up as a joke, as they have never been mentioned again.
  • The English dub title of this episode is a pun of the phrase "Dos and Don'ts."
  • It is implied in this episode that Meowth, like Pikachu, was put in a Poké Ball, but prefers to stay outside of it.
  • In this episode, Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto.
    • In the dub, when Team Rocket recites this football-themed variation of their motto, Jessie makes a reference to an "eighth-round pick", presumably a draft pick. The last time the NFL Draft held an eighth round was on April 26, 1993, almost ten years prior to this episode's initial dubbed airing.
    • Interestingly, the dub's initial airing was the day before the Super Bowl aired in 2003.
  • This is the only original series episode that includes Team Rocket's name in its title. Due to this, it is also the only one that names it using hiragana for "dan" (だん) instead of the kanji (団).
  • Music from Pikachu's Vacation can be heard in this episode, as well as an instrumental version of Face Forward Team Rocket!.

Errors

  • When Dexter explains Delibird's exploding gifts, the light on the top of the Pokédex is red instead of blue.
  • On the Brazilian dub, Delibird is mistakenly called "Thunderbird" during the whole episode.
  • When Jessie bangs her fist on the tree stump, the sound comes earlier than it should.

Dub edits

  • In the Polish dub, Meowth mentions Communists instead of Republicans.

In other languages



EP230 : Hatching a Plan!
Original series
EP232 : Just Waiting On A Friend
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