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EP076 : Fire and Ice
Original series
EP078 : A Friend In Deed
The Fourth Round Rumble
Grass Field! Unexpected Rival!
First broadcast
Japan January 1, 1999
United States November 13, 1999
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending タイプ・ワイルド
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
Additional credits

The Fourth Round Rumble (Japanese: くさのフィールド!いがいなきょうてき! Grass Field! Unexpected Rival!) is the 77th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 1, 1999 and in the United States on November 13, 1999.

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Ash's fourth battle on the Grass Field is against his toughest opponent yet! He battles Jeanette Fisher from Crimson City who brings a whole cheering section with her. Jeanette uses a powerful Scyther, which Ash has never battled before. Will his Bulbasaur be able whip Scyther's double team attack by using his reliable vine whip? To finish off the match, Jeanette brings out her Bellsprout which Ash feel is far inferior to his Pokémon. Once again, Ash lets his over-confidence take over.


Ash, Pikachu, Misty, and Brock watch Gary's fourth round match on the Rock Field unfold. Gary's Nidoking is pitted against Melissa's Golem. Nidoking charges with a Horn Attack, but Golem grabs onto Nidoking's horn, then counters with a Seismic Toss. Nidoking is defeated and Gary is out of the competition. Frustrated by the defeat, Gary heads home. Ash thinks that he's going to lose his Round 4 match on the Grass Field as well, and becomes nervous, but Brock and Misty cheer him on. He then later learns, thanks to Professor Oak, that all of Pallet Town is cheering him on, which only makes him more nervous.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket have opened up a souvenir stand so they can make money. Meowth has fashioned fake Gym Badges from James' bottlecaps; but like always, their true intention is to steal the Trainers' Pokémon.

At the Grass Field, Ash is getting ready for his next match with Jeanette Fisher. Brock becomes lovestruck and starts to root for Jeanette. Misty admonishes Brock for that. Ash starts off with Bulbasaur, and Jeanette uses Beedrill. The Bug-type Pokémon is about to hit Bulbasaur with Poison Sting, but Bulbasaur dodges it. Bulbasaur uses Razor Leaf, but Beedrill counters with Twineedle. Bulbasaur dodges the attack again. Misty is hoping Jeanette doesn't have other Pokémon like her Beedrill and Brock hopes Jeanette doesn't have a boyfriend. Misty reprimands Brock over his comment. Ash has Bulbasaur use Leech Seed which instantly drains Beedrill's energy. Brock becomes depressed that Beedrill is losing, but Misty angrily reminds him of who he should be supporting. Ash then tells Bulbasaur to finish it off using Tackle. Jeanette's Beedrill faints and Bulbasaur wins.

Jeanette sends out her next Pokémon, Scyther. Bulbasaur launches a Razor Leaf at it, but Scyther uses Double Team to evade. Scyther gets in a few hits before Ash gets the idea to use Vine Whip on all the duplicates, so Bulbasaur will eventually hit the real one. The plan works, and Scyther is knocked out.

Unwavering, Jeanette calls on her last Pokémon, a Bellsprout, for its assistance. Ash laughs and calls it weak as the Flower Pokémon wiggles its body in an odd manner. Bulbasaur uses a Tackle attack, but Bellsprout's reflexes come in handy and it evades the attack with ease. It picks up Bulbasaur, repeatedly slams him into the ground, and knocks Bulbasaur out. Ash is shocked at this loss. Brock realizes that Jeanette's Bellsprout must be exceptionally trained, or else it would not be used in a League battle. Ash sends out Pikachu to try to fight. Pikachu uses ThunderShock, but Bellsprout dodges the attack, and uses Razor Leaf. Pikachu was able to dodge and tries to use Thunderbolt, but Bellsprout's roots keep him ingrained and immune to electric attacks. Pikachu now tries to do some punching and kick-boxing but Bellsprout slams Pikachu and defeats him.

Down to his last Pokémon, Ash pauses for a second and sends out his Muk, surprising his friends for his forward thinking. Muk is able to absorb Bellsprout's Slam and Razor Leaf attacks with ease, then uses a Body Slam. Its powerful stench and weight smothers Bellsprout, and it soon faints. Ash wins the battle, and has now cleared all four preliminary fields to advance through to the next round of competition.

Major events

  • Gary loses his fourth round battle, placing him in the Top 32 in the Indigo Plateau Conference.
  • Gary heads back to Pallet Town.
  • Ash uses his Muk in battle for the first time.
  • Ash's Muk is revealed to know Body Slam.
  • Ash wins his fourth and final preliminary round match in the Pokémon League and advances to the fifth round, securing him a place in the Indigo Stadium.
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?: Bellsprout (US and international), Beedrill (Japan)



  • In one shot, Professor Oak's eyebrows change to large and gray.
  • For a split second during the cut between the commercial break and the first half of the "Who's That Pokémon" segment, the first quarter second of the Japanese "Who's That Pokémon" segment can be seen. Though mostly obscured by the dubs whiteout transition effect, one can clearly make out the Japanese "Pocket Monster" logo in the lower right-hand corner.
  • When Jeanette commands her Scyther to use Slash, the next command was a dubbing error. In the dub, Scyther uses Quick Attack. In the original Japanese version, it was Swift.
  • Jeanette's Beedrill used Tackle, which Beedrill cannot legally learn in the games.
  • When the screen pans horizontally across the central flame, the stadium shifts repeatedly.
  • Just after Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on Bellsprout, the zigzag mark is missing from under one of Ash's eyes.
  • Double Team and Vine Whip in the blurb are both lowercase.

Dub edits

  • Pikachu's Jukebox: Viridian City
  • When Gary loses and bids farewell to Ash in the original, he talks about not being smiled upon by the goddess of fortune and that his girls' tears are the only award he needs. In the dub, he talks about being distracted by their cheering but reassures them they'll get over it.
  • Ash asks Pikachu if they should drop out in the dub but in the original he simply wonders if he can win.
  • When Officer Jenny commands her Growlithe to use Flamethrower, she incorrectly refers to it as Arcanine in the dub, and its cry is also identical to the Arcanine in the previous episode. However, this error is corrected in Castilian Spanish dub.
  • Team Rocket concludes the episode with a fast food themed version of their motto in the dub. In the original, the motto is unchanged until the last two lines.

In other languages

EP076 : Fire and Ice
Original series
EP078 : A Friend In Deed
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