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EP254 : Better Eight Than Never
Original series
EP256 : Just Add Water
Why? Why Not!
Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!
First broadcast
Japan July 4, 2002
United States June 28, 2003
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Japanese themes
Opening Ready Go!
Ending ポケッターリ・モンスターリ
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
Animation director 酒井啓史 Hiroshi Sakai
Additional credits

Why? Why Not! (Japanese: ソーナノ!?ジムバッジとソーナンス!! Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!) is the 255th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 4, 2002 and in the United States on June 28, 2003.

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Template:Incomplete synopsis Ash plans to go to New Bark Town to register for the Johto Silver Conference now that he has all eight Badges even though the Silver Conference is in three months. Team Rocket has plans of their own, they decide to steal Ash’s Badges for money or to enter the Conference themselves. They are successful in stealing his Badges and run away with them. Meanwhile, Wobbuffet meets a Wynaut in the woods who steals the Badges from Team Rocket. When Ash realizes his loss of Badges he goes through the list of the Gym Leaders he fought to get them.

Team Rocket think a Wooper stole the Badges, so they try to find one. While Ash tries on his own to try to find the badges. Noctowl and Bayleef find Wynaut and the badges and some berries it has in a box. But when Team Rocket find Bayleef with the badges, they attack Bayleef and escape with the Badges. Clair comes in with Dragonair to chase the Rocket balloon. When Ash gets his Badges back he realizes he’s missing his Rising Badge, and Wynaut appears holding the Badge. It hands it to Bayleef and escapes without Ash seeing it. Now that Ash has all eight Badges, Clair tells Ash the directions to New Bark Town to register for the Johto League Silver Conference.

Major events

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





Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Steelix (US and international), Wynaut (Japan)


  • On Pokémon.com, the episode is called Why? Wynaut instead of Why? Why Not!, the title shown on the title card.
    • Some dubs, like Iberian Spanish, use translations of the second title whereas others, like Latin American Spanish, use the first.
  • Throughout the entire Blackthorn City arc, Wynaut is never seen by a human. This perhaps accounts for its perceived rarity outside of Hoenn.
  • This is one of the few times in the anime a member of Team Rocket (in this case, Jessie) refers to Ash by his name and not "twerp" or "brat". The first time was in Fire and Ice when Jessie was talking about how the crowd was cheering for Ash, and the second time was in Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up when she addresses Brock as "Brock".
    • All three times Jessie was the one who would say their names.
    • She was in disguise during the latter two incidents.
  • This is the only episode where a Pokémon from a future Generation is used in Dare da?.
  • Music from Pikachu's Rescue Adventure can be heard during Wobbuffet's fantasy.


  • When remembering his badges, Ash says he received the Glacier Badge twice. The first one was actually the Zephyr Badge.
  • Meowth was holding the leaf that had Ash's badges in it, then it shows Meowth holding nothing, and then holding the leaf again.
  • Ash says he won his Plain Badge from Whitney in the Goldenrod Gym, however this is incorrect as he won it on her uncle's Miltank farm. Though it's highly possible he was referring to how she is the Gym Leader at Goldenrod.

Dub edits

In other languages

EP254 : Better Eight Than Never
Original series
EP256 : Just Add Water!
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