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| A Full Course Tag Battle!
Seven Stars Restaurant! Tag Battle for a Full Course!!
|| April 24, 2008
| United States
|| September 13, 2008
|| Team Iguchi
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
A Full Course Tag Battle! (Japanese: レストラン七つ星！タッグバトルでフルコース！！ Seven Stars Restaurant! Tag Battle for a Full Course!!) is the 76th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 542nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 24, 2008 and in the United States on September 13, 2008.
May has arrived at Lake Valor to see her old friends and compete in the Wallace Cup. She's brought presents for everyone and a new Pokémon, Glaceon—it's the new Evolution of her trusty Eevee, which she evolved in Snowpoint City. Always one for a good meal, May has lunch reservations for everyone at the Seven Stars Restaurant, a popular eatery where diners have to defeat the owner and his fiancé, Charleton and Charlene, before they can sit down to their meal. Ash and Brock partner up for the first tag battle, and easily defeat Charleton's Snorlax and Charlene's Munchlax with Pikachu and Sudowoodo.
May and Dawn are up next, and they're determined not to let the boys outdo them. Dawn chooses Piplup and May chooses Blaziken, while Charleton picks Girafarig and Charlene sends out her Drifloon. Before their battle can get into gear, there's horrible news: someone has just stolen all the food from the restaurant! The thought of no food has May seeing red, and she promptly orders Munchlax to sniff out the offenders. Munchlax leads everyone straight to Team Rocket, who are indeed gulping down all the gourmet fare. May and Dawn decide they'll have their tag battle after all by beating Team Rocket; a combination of Glaceon and Buneary puts Team Rocket on ice, while also earning May and Dawn their lunch ticket.
Since it'll take time for lunch to be prepared, May and Dawn decide they'll still have a tag battle with Charleton and Charlene, just for fun. Girafarig and Drifloon are hardly pushovers, but they're no match for Piplup and Blaziken's fusion combination of fire and ice. With the battle over, it's finally time to eat. Then, May gets caught up on the latest news as she and her friends prepare for the Wallace Cup, which promises to be a big event for everyone!
Ash and his friends are waiting at Port Valor on the Valor Lakefront for former traveling companion May. Just then a Beautifly flies across the lake towards them. Dawn scans it with her Pokédex, and the Beautifly lands on Ash's head. Ash wonders if he knows this Beautifly as a ferry comes towards them with May waving from the bow. After greeting each other on the pier, May gives Ash a wooden Teddiursa and Brock a wooden Ursaring. She then gives Dawn a present, which turns out to be a Piplup necklace. Team Rocket are spying on the group, and grumpily note the arrival of the "Hoenn twerpette". Their stomachs then rumble and they complain about being broke.
The group walks up some stairs and Ash asks about Max. May replies that her younger brother is back at the Petalburg Gym, taking care of their father's Pokémon, just like Brock showed him. May reveals that she has been in Sinnoh for the past three days, as she wanted to do something in Snowpoint City first. She then sends out her newly evolved Glaceon, explaining that there is an ice cave near Snowpoint City, where an ice crystal makes Eevee evolve. May hopes her Glaceon will be perfect for the Johto Contests. She then shows Dawn her three Ribbons, but not before saying that she can't beat either Drew or Harley at the moment. May then tells Dawn that Ash told her all about her, including her two recent losses in the Performance Stage of Pokémon Contests, however May explains that her Johto Contest campaign isn't going very well either, so the Wallace Cup should be both of their comeback Contests. Ash's stomach then rumbles, and May reveals that she has made reservations at the Seven Stars Restaurant, the most popular restaurant in Valor Lakefront.
The group enters the restaurant, much to Team Rocket's jealousy, and are greeted by the Maitre d'. He leads them to the next set of doors, but a young man bursts out of them and says that he will go and train, and that he will eat there if it is the last thing he does, before running off. The Maitre d' then leads them through the doors to a battlefield and explains that only those who beat the proprietor and his fiancée are allowed to eat at the restaurant. Roman and Kylie then introduce themselves, and the Maitre d' suggests that the group should battle two at a time and have Tag Battles. May and Dawn decide to pair up, and so Brock and Ash get ready to battle first.
Brock selects his Sudowoodo while Ash sends in Pikachu; Roman sends out Snorlax and Kylie sends out Munchlax. Dawn scans them both on her Pokédex. Roman suggests that they all launch their moves at the same time, and Ash and Brock agree. The judge then starts the battle. Snorlax uses Mega Punch, Munchlax uses Giga Impact, while Sudowoodo and Pikachu counter with Double-Edge and Volt Tackle respectively. Double-Edge breaks through Giga Impact, and Pikachu dodges Mega Punch before hitting with Volt Tackle. Both Snorlax and Munchlax are knocked out from the single blows. The swift victory takes Ash and Brock by surprise. Roman invites the winners to proceed through to the restaurant and place orders, but Ash says that it is all of them or none of them. Roman admits this round won't be so easy, and sends out Girafarig while Kylie calls out her Drifloon. May comments on how cute Drifloon is. Dawn then sends in Piplup, and May sends out Blaziken which is looking stronger than ever.
Just as the judge is about to start the battle there is a loud crash and a waiter runs in from the restaurant saying that all the food has been stolen. Everyone is shocked, and May's eyes grow red with anger as she promises that the culprits won't get away with it. The group inspects the restaurant, finding it completely destroyed. The Chef reports that every morsel of food has been stolen. Roman starts to despair, but May sends out her Munchlax. May suggests that Kylie send out hers too. Both Munchlax dash about the restaurant to pick up the scent of the food, though only May's picks up a scent trail, leading everyone to outside.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket are stuffing their faces. Munchlax, and the group, discover them, so they finish the food off before any of them can react. They then perform their motto. May is amazed by the new motto, but when Brock points out a fridge nearby, she gets angry again. Brock and Ash are about to intervene, but May and Dawn decide to handle the situation themselves with Glaceon Buneary respectively. Carnivine uses Bullet Seed and Seviper uses Poison Tail, but both are countered with a double Ice Beam, pushing them back into Team Rocket and freezing them all. Glaceon then uses Iron Tail to lift them into the air, and Buneary uses Bounce to send them blasting off. Buneary then starts fawning over Pikachu, which May notices, causing Dawn to comment that Buneary is a big fan of Pikachu.
Back at the restaurant, Roman thanks the group for recovering the food and decides to let them eat without having a battle. The Chef adds that it will take some time to prepare the food, as it must be made fresh. May and Dawn then decide to have their Tag Battle while they're waiting. Girafarig and Drifloon face off against Piplup and Blaziken. Girafarig uses Bite, Drifloon uses Constrict, Blaziken uses Blaze Kick and Piplup uses Bubble Beam. Drifloon spins to bat away the Bubble Beam and grabs Piplup with Constrict while Girafarig dodges Blaze Kick before biting down on Blaziken’s ankle. To escape Drifloon's Constrict, Dawn calls for a Whirlpool attack. Both Drifloon and Girafarig are caught in the Whirlpool and pushed up towards the ceiling. May tells Dawn to get Piplup to use Bubble Beam, and when it hits she tells Blaziken to jump above them and use Fire Spin. The two attacks meet with Girafarig and Drifloon in the middle, creating a fusion of fire and water. The combination attack knocks out Girafarig and Drifloon. May and Dawn celebrate with high fives. Everyone compliments the battlers and then the Maitre d' announces that lunch is ready.
Following their meal, the group steps outside onto a balcony overlooking Lake Valor. May asks Ash if he still has his half of the Terracotta Ribbon, and both hold their halves up. May tells the group that it has become her lucky charm, causing Dawn to show the group the Ribbon that her mother gave her, which is her lucky charm. Ash then reveals to May that Wallace suggested he enter the Wallace Cup with Buizel, shocking May. And so Ash, May and Dawn all prepare to enter the Wallace Cup, all determined to win.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Much like Misty's guest appearance in The Princess and the Togepi and A Togepi Mirage, May makes a temporary return.
- An instrumental version of I Won't Lose! ~Haruka's Theme~ is used during the battle with Team Rocket. Pokémon Symphonic Medley is also used as background music.
- On another note, I Won't Lose! ~Haruka's Theme~ was left in the English dub as the background music for the first time.
- Roman and Kylie are based on the Rich Boy and Lady of the same names, both of whom can be battled in the Seven Stars Restaurant in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
- Instead of Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia, the end of the episode featured a memorial to The Power of One called Pikachu the Movie Memorial. This is part of a countdown to Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
- The episode's English dub title is the first dub title since Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 1) to simply be a translation of the Japanese title, although without the mention of the Seven Stars Restaurant.
- When Piplup's Bubble Beam and Blaziken's Fire Spin connect and combine together, Ash refers to Tactics Theatrics!!, during which Dome Ace Tucker used a similar attack against him.
- This episode aired in the United States on the same day that Pokémon Platinum was released in Japan.
- Ted Lewis returns to the series in this episode under the pseudonym of Ed Paul, having been laid off with every other voice actor except for Jimmy Zoppi and Kayzie Rogers after the eighth season of Pokémon. This makes him the third of the main cast to return to the series, the first two being Rachael Lillis and Maddie Blaustein. Lewis was part of the main cast on two occasions: first voicing James from Pokémon Emergency! to The Path to the Pokémon League and Tracey during the Orange Islands arc.
- In this episode, Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto.
- This is the only episode of the Wallace Cup arc in which Wallace does not appear.
- The wood carvings that May gives to Ash and Brock are a reference to a popular souvenir in Hokkaido (the area of Japan that Sinnoh is based on), which are wooden carvings in the form of bears fishing or hunting, since they are the most abundant animals there.
- In one scene, Drifloon was colored pink, instead of purple. This scene was changed to purple in the dub and the subsequent Japanese airings, including the DVD releases.
- In two scenes (when May sends out Munchlax, and later Glaceon), May's left glove is black and fingerless, like Ash's gloves.
- While Kylie's Munchlax used Giga Impact in this episode, it can't learn it in the games.
- Also, Roman's Girafarig used Bite, which it cannot learn in the games, either.
- The Pokédex accidentally says that Snorlax can eat 400 pounds of food instead of 900.
- In the original Japanese version, the Pokédex states that Snorlax can eat 400 kilograms of food.
May's black glove error, when sending out Munchlax
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