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EP257 : Lapras of Luxury
Original series
EP259 : Entei at Your Own Risk
Hatch Me If You Can
Protecting the Egg! Working Hard with a Newborn!
First broadcast
Japan July 25, 2002
United States August 9, 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 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
No additional credits are available at this time.

Hatch Me If You Can (Japanese: タマゴをまもれ!あらしのなかでうまれたいのち! Protecting the Egg! Working Hard with a Newborn!) is the 258th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 25, 2002 and in the United States on August 9, 2003.

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Ash and his friends are still on the road back to New Bark Town where they can deliver the egg requested by Professor Elm and so Ash can register for the Johto League Silver Conference. As Ash, Misty, and Brock eat their lunch, the trio try and guess what kind of Pokemon with hatch from the egg. Just as Brock suggests it's going to be a legendary Pokemon, the egg begins to glow as if it is about to hatch, but it's only a false alarm. As Ash tries to persuade the egg to hatch, Team Rocket spy on them from the bushes and then begin to scheme how to get it.

At that moment, the egg begins to glow again from under Ash's shirt. When Ash pulls his shirt up, it reveals a Larvitar. Larvitar isn't moving, and Brock checks its temperature and finds that its body temperature is way too low. The trio decide it's best if they got Larvitar to a Pokemon Center, and promptly go to a nearby one.

Nurse Joy can't find anything wrong with Larvitar and calls Professor Elm who is currently meeting up with Professor Oak and Delia so they can see Ash off to the Silver Conference.

Trouble is brewing back at the Pokemon Center: not only can Nurse Joy not get ahold of Professor Elm, but a storm is brewing and Larvitar isn't getting any better. As Nurse Joy finds that Larvitar is getting worse, the power goes out. Nurse Joy goes to check on the generator but falls down one of Team Rocket's pitfalls. Jessie explains to her that now they're going to kidnap Larvitar. Inside, the trio wonder where Nurse Joy is. Jessie, dressed up as Nurse Joy, and James, disguised as a surgeon, tell them that they need to take Larvitar to the hospital. Ash almost does it, but Brock stops him and tells him that it's clearly [i]not[/i] Nurse Joy. Jessie reveals herself and James tries to take Larvitar by force, but Pikachu uses a Thundershock, sending Team Rocket running off.

Misty and Brock go rescue Nurse Joy from the pitfall, but Nurse Joy explains that the generator's blown beyond repair. Inside, Ash uses Cyndaquil to heat Larvitar with the heat on its back.

Back in New Bark Town, Professor Elm finally gets Nurse Joy's email about Larvitar, and immediately hit the road to the Pokemon Center with Professor Oak and Delia. The professors tell them that they'll take care of Larvitar while the others eat breakfast. The professors manage to get Larvitar's body temperature up and make it conscious, but Larvitar still doesn't respond to external stimuli and it hasn't eaten makes an existing problem still obvious. Just as everyone leaves to eat breakfast, Larvitar opens its eyes slightly.

At the table, Ash tells the others of a dream he had the night before where he saw into the eyes of Larvitar as an egg. The egg was tossed around in traffic and rolled under the feet of people on a sidewalk. Professor Elm says that must be the cause for its unresponsiveness. Ash asks Professor Elm if he can take Larvitar outside for a while, and Elm says it's alright to.

Outside, Ash shows Larvitar how great the world is, showing it a field, the ocean, and the sky, but as Larvitar takes it in, Team Rocket shows up and invites Larvitar to come lay on a pile of hay with them. After Ash tells them that Larvitar won't, Team Rocket dive into the hay and come out with a vehicle with a pair of arms and a giant net on it. The arm grabs Ash, who lets go of Larvitar. Before Team Rocket can steal Larvitar, Ash tells Pikachu to get Larvitar away, but Larvitar wont move.

Pikachu tries to shock the vehicle, but it's shock proof, and Team Rocket grabs Pikachu with the other hand. With the net, they go for Larvitar, but a herd of Jumpluff get in the way so they can't catch it. As Larvitar watches the Jumpluff bounce on the ground, it remembers bouncing through the streets as an egg and uses Screech. With Team Rocket temporarily distracted, Ash tells Larvitar to run, but instead, it uses Hidden Power to levitate the vehicle and free Pikachu and Ash. Larvitar sends Team Rocket blasting off, and the others watch in astonishment.

Ash congratulates Larvitar and tells him there's nothing to be afraid of when he's with his friends. With Larvitar opening up to the world, the group drives back to New Bark Town and Ash registers for the Silver Conference at a Pokemon Center.

Now on the road to Mount Silver, Elm has entrusted Ash with Larvitar so he can deliver it to the Pokemon Preserve Center there, where the egg was originally found. The episode ends with the three sent off to Mt. Silver.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts




Who's That Pokémon?: Swinub


  • The English title is based on the phrase "catch me if you can," which also happened to be the title of a movie released around the time the episode debuted in English-speaking countries.


Dub edits

In other languages

  • French: L'éclosion
  • German. Fang das Larvitar!
  • Hebrew: צאו מהביצה ts'oo mehabeytsa
  • Italian: Paura del mondo
  • Mandarin: 保護蛋,在暴風雨中誕生的生命!
  • Portuguese (Brazilian): Pegue-me Se Puder
  • Spanish:
    • Iberian Spanish: Sal del cascarón si puedes
    • Latin American Spanish: ¡El nacimiento de Lavitar!
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EP257 : Lapras of Luxury
Original series
EP259 : Entei at Your Own Risk
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