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These donuts are great! This article is about an episode of the Pokémon anime that has not been dubbed into English. As such, its coverage may contain romanized Japanese names, rather than dub names.
EP249 : I Politoed Ya So!
Original series
EP251 : Beauty is Skin Deep
The Ice Cave!
First broadcast
Japan May 30, 2002
United States Unaired
English themes
Japanese themes
Opening Ready Go!
Ending ポケッターリ・モンスターリ
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 誌村宏明 Hiroaki Shimura
Assistant director 誌村宏明 Hiroaki Shimura
Animation director 徳田夢之介 Yumenosuke Tokuda
Additional credits

(Japanese: こおりのどうくつ! The Ice Cave!) is the 250th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 30, 2002, but was not broadcast anywhere else outside of Japan aside from Brazil, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, following EP018, EP035 and EP038. This episode is the fourth episode of the anime series to be banned, and the only Johto League episode to suffer that fate.

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As they continued their journey, Ash and his friends go through the Ice Cave, a shortcut to Blackthorn City. However, suddenly they slip and fall into a hole dug by Team Rocket.

Team Rocket then starts putting water in the hole. Ash's Pikachu uses Thunderbolt and Misty's Politoed uses Water Gun sending Team Rocket blasting off. When they finally got out of the hole Brock seems to have caught a cold.

As they walk along, they find a Pokémon Center. There are no Chansey here, instead Jynx appear. As they check Brock's temperature, he becomes feverish because of Nurse Joy, who explains that she is the sister of the Nurse Joy who appeared in The Joy of Pokémon. Joy sees Brock's fever worsening, and he remains in bed under the care of Jynx as Joy explains that the ice cave remains stable due to a large building acting as a refrigerator.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket, overlooking the Pokémon Center from a nearby cliff, complain about the cold draft. They leave to find its source and soon come upon the large building Joy described. They set about their evil deeds as the scene cuts back to Brock in the Pokémon Center.

Brock continues to dream of Nurse Joy, and mistakenly shares a kiss with Jynx as it cares for him. Nurse Joy notices a rapid rise in cavern temperature, and goes to the building with Ash and Misty to investigate. All three travel by sled driven by Piloswine.

Upon their arrival, the trio see that the structure has been reversed, heating the cave and cooling the jungle outside. This puts both sides in danger, so the group run outside to find the cold air pipe, but immediately fall into a pitfall dug by Team Rocket.

Team Rocket tell Ash, Misty and Joy their plan to steal the Ice-type Pokémon before running off. The group climb out of the hole with help from Bayleef. Knowing they have to get the pipe back in the cave, Ash commands Bayleef to use Vine Whip to grab the pipe. They then pull on Bayleef's vines as hard as they can, and the pipe is restored to its original place.

The scene cuts to Brock lying in bed in his sickly state, and he gets up out of bed. He notices Team Rocket outside the Pokémon Center, and they have set up a bunch of heaters to weaken the Ice Pokémon there. They scoop up all the Swinub and Piloswine there, and then, Jynx appears. It attempts to stop them, but Team Rocket points a heater right at it, and Jynx collapses!

Brock, in his weakened state, appears to confront Team Rocket. Brock sends out his Geodude, while Jessie sends out her Arbok. Geodude uses Mega Punch, but this has no effect on Arbok, and the snake Pokémon retaliates using Headbutt. Geodude is sent flying into Brock, and Jessie commands Arbok to use Wrap on both of them! Arbok wraps them with its tail and slams them into the ground. Brock has been defeated, and Team Rocket proceeds to steal Geodude.

Just then, Ash, Misty and Joy appear. Misty and Joy tend to Brock, while Ash takes care of Team Rocket. He sends out Totodile, and Jessie once again uses her Arbok, and James sends out Victreebel. Misty joins in too, and she sends out her Corsola. She commands it to use Tackle, and James, under attack from Victreebel, is sent flying. Meanwhile Totodile uses Bite on Arbok. Jessie then sends out Wobbuffet. Corsola uses Tackle on Wobbuffet, but it uses Counter and sends Corsola flying. Totodile uses Water Gun on Wobbuffet, but it counters this too and Totodile and Corsola are defeated.

Meanwhile, the cold air enters the battleground! Pikachu then uses Thunderbolt on the heaters, and the Ice Pokémon are revitalized! Jynx and Piloswine use Blizzard on Team Rocket. Joy commands Jynx to use Sweet Kiss on Wobbuffet. For their final effort, Joy commands Jynx and all the Piloswine to use Blizzard at full power, instantly freezing Arbok, Victreebel and Wobbuffet. Pikachu then delivers the final blow using Thunder, blasting off Team Rocket.

Later, Nurse Joy thanks Ash and company for helping her to save the Ice Pokémon, and Brock’s fever is now gone. Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu leave Joy and the Ice Cave Pokémon Center.

They have now arrived at the end of the Ice Cave, and they come across Blackthorn Lake! Brock informs Ash and Misty that Blackthorn City is on the other side of the lake, and our heroes sprint towards Blackthorn City and Ash’s final Johto League Gym Badge.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts

TV episode debut




Who's That Pokémon?: Jynx (Nurse Joy's)


Jynx in its original design

This episode was skipped in the dub because of the prominence of Jynx, whose design at the time was considered by some, most significantly in the United States to be an offensive racial stereotype. Jynx had appeared in previous episodes and another future episode in this design, but 4Kids were able to cut Jynx's appearance, as those deletions did not significantly affect the storyline of those particular episodes. That was not the case with this episode, as Jynx is one of the main characters in this episode, and 4Kids knew it would be impossible to remove Jynx entirely for this episode and still have the story make sense. As a result, 4Kids eventually decided to skip the episode completely. Jynx would not appear again in a dub episode until Mean with Envy, where it finally appeared in the redesign it was given due to the complaints leveled against it.

Brazil, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are the only areas besides Japan to have aired the episode.


  • The Ice Cave in this episode is not named こおりのぬけみち Ice Loophole, as it is in the games, though its location as the gateway to Blackthorn City indicates that it is indeed the Ice Path.
  • In this episode, Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto.


  • Although Ash, Misty and Brock were all soaked-up with water, they were not affected by the electricity from Pikachu's Thunderbolt.

In other languages

EP249 : I Politoed Ya So!
Original series
EP251 : Beauty is Skin Deep
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