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EP049 : So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd
Original series
EP051 : Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden
Who Gets to Keep Togepi?
Who Gets to Keep Togepy!?
First broadcast
Japan June 25, 1998
United States March 27, 1999
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending ポケットにファンタジー
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
Storyboard 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Isako
Assistant director 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Isako
Animation director 酒井啓史 Hiroshi Sakai
Additional credits

Who Gets to Keep Togepi? (Japanese: トゲピーはだれのもの!? Who Gets to Keep Togepy!?) is the 50th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 25, 1998, and in the United States on March 27, 1999.

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When Ash and friends reach a certain Pokémon E. R., Joy informs Ash that a message has arrived for him, from Professor Oak. He promptly calls the professor and learns that in the time since they last spoke, his Pokédex has been upgraded to a new version, providing Ash with information on newly discovered Pokémon. With this new found knowledge, our heroes anxiously prepare for a fresh journey.


The episode begins with Ash and his friends sitting in the Pokémon Center. While there, Ash gets a phone call from Professor Oak on the PC phone. He informs Ash that his Pokédex is now upgradeable. Ash uses a device within the PC to receive the upgrade. Ash, Misty, and Brock sit at a nearby table and begin to discuss the Pokémon that they wish would hatch out of the mysterious Egg that Ash found back at the Pokémon Fossil Canyon. Naturally, they all say their favorite Pokémon; Misty wants a Water-type and Brock, a Rock-type.

The discussion concludes and they leave the Pokémon Center. Just outside, they find the Team Rocket posing as Egg sellers. The three have a whole basketful of Eggs that look just like Ash's mysterious Egg. Team Rocket tries to talk them into trading or buying one of their Eggs and when the group politely refuses, Jessie and James resort to throwing all of their fake Eggs in the air. The real Egg, that Brock was holding, gets stolen in the confusion caused by the multitude of lookalikes.

Team Rocket runs out of sight, escaping with the real Egg! Ash, Misty and Brock are stuck with a fake. Meanwhile, in Team Rocket's small hiding shack, Meowth takes care of the Egg. While it is in Meowth's possession, the Egg is lavished with attention and care. Meowth sleeps with it, sings to it and even eats with it, guarding it from anything he feels might damage or harm his new charge.

The three young adventurers follow a trail of broken red blue and green eggshells until they reach the shack in which Team Rocket is hiding. They decide to burst in, even though it may be dangerous to do so, and get the Egg back.

Ash sends out Pidgeotto, Misty sends out Staryu and Brock sends out Geodude. They all quickly explode into the shack, surprising Team Rocket. James sends out Weezing, who gives a Poison Gas attack, making Ash and others cough and gasp for breath. The person in possession of the Egg at this point is obscured by the gas. The characters all lunge for the little white Egg. The Egg is tossed up and down frantically, much like in a game of football! Through much controversy among the shack's occupants, Pikachu ends up with the Egg and gives it back to Ash. At that moment the Egg begins to glow and break open, beginning to hatch.

Misty, enthralled with this new event, jumps in, pushing everyone else out of the way to get a closer look at the hatching Pokémon. When she does get a hold of it, the Egg hatches, revealing a new, unidentified Pokémon. Ash and others are all surprised, especially Team Rocket, who instantly want to steal it. Ash points his newly updated Pokédex at the Pokémon, identifying it as a Togepi.

Togepi, unlike other Pokémon, will not bond with just anybody, to Ash's and Brock's disappointment. To everyone's surprise, the baby Togepi chooses Misty! Because Misty is the first thing that the Pokémon saw after hatching, it thinks that Misty is its mother.

This newly hatched Pokémon causes quite a fuss among the group. Ash feels that he should have it because he found it; Brock feels it should be his because he cared for it before Meowth; Meowth wants it because he looked after it just before it hatched; Jessie and James both just want it! Meowth points out to them that his partners didn't do anything to help in Togepi's growth. Misty feels she should have it, as Togepi likes her best. They all decide to have a Pokémon tournament to determine who should have Togepi.

Meowth panics because he has no Pokémon, and goes and asks Jessie and James for theirs. They refuse, as he didn't let them participate in the tournament; Meowth then remembers that he is a Pokémon and decides to battle for himself. After the draw, the final match ends up being between Misty and Ash, in their first battle since Cerulean City. Ash sends out Bulbasaur and Misty attempted to send out Staryu, but instead Psyduck popped out. Misty instructs Bulbasaur to attack Psyduck on the head to worsen its chronic headache, but Ash decides to use Bulbasaur for a different manner, and commands it to lick Psyduck on the head and tickle it until Psyduck went back in its Poké Ball. Ash and Meowth battle, but it is cut short after one Thunderbolt by Pikachu. Thus, Ash is the winner of the tournament. Jessie and James drag a crisp, sobbing Meowth away. After the tournament, Togepi still doesn't want to go with Ash, or Brock, instead still choosing Misty. Ash's Pokédex explains that, when Togepi hatched, it imprinted on her as its parent.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Aerodactyl


Brock with his eyes open
  • This is the third episode in which a Pokémon from a new generation appears. The first two were Pokémon - I Choose You! and its ensuing flashback in Pokémon Emergency!, respectively; in both episodes, Ho-Oh appeared.
    • This is also the first episode where a main character obtains a Pokémon from the following generation.
  • When Arbok slaps Brock in the back of the head, his eyes open.
  • This episode marks the first of the many times in which Pikachu saves Togepi, though it is also the only one of those times in which these efforts are noticed by anyone else.
  • Even though it was implied a few times in the episode that Brock knew the concepts of breeding and/or raising Pokémon Eggs, he didn't seem to know about imprinting until after Dexter revealed why Togepi wanted to go to Misty.
  • This is the first episode to show a Pokémon hatching from an Egg.
  • This is the first episode to feature a remixed version of the battle theme during the fight between Meowth and Onix.
  • The sound effects played during the Pokédex upgrade process included sounds originally from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Misty said that she hoped the egg would hatch a Tentacruel. Like all Pokémon, they would have hatched as their unevolved form, for Tentacruel this being Tentacool. Likewise, Brock wished for a Golem, but it would hatch as the unevolved Geodude which he already has.
  • This episode is featured on Pokémon All-Stars: Togepi from Magna Pacific's Pokémon All-Stars series.
  • Team Rocket does not blast off in this episode.


  • When Team Rocket is inside their hideout, they lounge without their gloves or shoes on. However, in a number of instances within these scenes, their gloves and shoes will randomly reappear.
  • When Staryu hits Jessie, it only has one band.
  • During the flashback explaining that Misty was the first thing Togepi saw, Misty's hair is seen overlapping Togepi, despite Togepi being in front of her hair.
  • When Misty was about to send out Staryu and Psyduck comes out instead, her whole bag glows white.
  • When Ash, Brock, Misty, and Pikachu were looking at Togepi after the "Tournament", a part of Misty's hand was missing.
  • When Ash orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, his belt buckle is brown.

Dub edits

  • PokéRap: Day 5 (Version 2)
  • There are several paint edits in this episode.
    • The Japanese release states "Dr. Okido" on the video card that Ash gets from Nurse Joy. It was painted out for the dub.
    • The sign on the restaurant originally stated Family Restaurant Magikarp (ファミリーレストランコイキング). It was painted out for the dub.
    • One of the eggs Misty picks has the text Sorry, Try Again (スカ) on it, in the dub this was replaced by a frowny smiley.
    • The water buckets originally had a sign stating In Case of Fire (消火用) above them. The sign was painted out for the dub.
  • In the dub, Professor Oak states that the Pokédex upgrade includes a new voice. This was done to provide an in-continuity explanation for how Eric Stuart takes over as the voice of the Pokédex from this episode onward.
  • The English-dubbed version of this episode was released in Japan as part of the Pokémon de English! Kazu - Iro Hen VHS/DVD. This version has a few changes made:
    • Who's That Pokémon? is presented in the Johto League Champions style rather than the original style as the segment from EP159 is used.
    • The PokéRAP and ending credits are not included.

In other languages

EP049 : So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd
Original series
EP051 : Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden
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