|The Stun Spore Detour
Nyoromo and Kasumi
||August 26, 1999
||September 16, 2000
The Stun Spore Detour (Japanese: ニョロモとカスミ Nyoromo and Kasumi) is the 110th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on August 26, 1999, and in the United States on September 16, 2000.
When a chance encounter with a Vileplume leaves Ash and Tracey incapacitated, Misty sets about finding a healing plant that will restore their health. Meanwhile James and Meowth of Team Rocket lurk nearby, planning to steal the herb for their own nefarious uses.
While staying at another island, Ash and Pikachu prepare for the Orange League. After a wave crashes over the pair, they make their way over to Tracey to ask for assistance, but Ash trips on a stone, knocking both himself and Tracey into a Vileplume's head opening. The two try to struggle to get free, but Vileplume uses a point-blank Stun Spore on them. Pikachu, unaffected, races back and soon finds Misty, who is busy walking with Psyduck. Pikachu tries to explain, but it is after Ash and Tracey stumble over that Misty realizes the pair have been paralyzed.
At the cabin, Misty struggles to cure Ash and Tracey, since they have no first aid aside from band-aids, and the nearest Pokémon Center is on another island. Tracey, in his weakened state, tells Misty to look at Ash's Pokédex for advice. She learns that boiled Salveyo weed has the ability to cure Vileplume's Stun Spore, and they are found on lake bottoms with Poliwag wherever Vileplume are found. Leaving Pikachu to take care of Ash and Tracey, Misty and Togepi set out to find the Salveyo weed.
Meanwhile, at another cabin, it is also revealed that Jessie was a victim to Vileplume's Stun Spore, after she dove headfirst into a field of flowers, right into a Vileplume's head opening. James quickly recalls that Salveyo weed can help cure her, and he and Meowth set off to find the Salveyo weed. They manage to find a Poliwag with Salveyo weed stuck on its tail. This makes James remember that Poliwag can be used to find Salveyo weed, causing Meowth to declare their goal: to capture the Poliwag. James sends out Victreebel, which attempts to hit Poliwag, but it jumps out of the way and uses Water Gun to defend itself. Due to its type advantage, Victreebel absorbs the hit and retaliates with Razor Leaf, which Poliwag narrowly dodges. Meowth eventually jumps onto Poliwag and catches it with a weaved basket, but it soon escapes.
At the same time, Misty, having unsuccessfully searched several lakes for the Salveyo weed, encounters Poliwag. Poliwag warms up to Misty just as James and Meowth appear. James and Meowth demand the Poliwag, but Misty, seeing that Poliwag is hiding behind her, refuses. Seeing that Misty is outnumbered, James and Meowth proposition a battle, which Misty accepts. However, the battle does not go well for Team Rocket, with Goldeen evading Victreebel's Razor Leaf before striking it with a Horn Attack, and then repeatedly juggling it with Fury Attack, forcing James to recall it. Then, Staryu cuts through Weezing's Smog with Double-Edge and defeats it. Next, Meowth claws Psyduck's face, then tries to bite its head, causing it to unleash a headache-induced Confusion that sends both it and James blasting off. Misty, who had managed to ask for Poliwag's help, walks away with Poliwag in tow.
Later, Misty heals Poliwag's injuries from Team Rocket's attack with some Pokémon cream, and the gesture makes it fully warm up to Misty. Out of gratitude, it manages to help Misty get more than enough Salveyo weed for Ash and Tracey. However, as Misty leaves to help her friends, Poliwag continues to follow her. She realizes that it wants to be her Pokémon and happily allows it to join her and Togepi. As they walk back together, Misty tells Poliwag about her friends, all the while ignoring lures to pitfall traps left by James and Meowth. In a last-ditch effort, James disguises himself as an old lady and Meowth as a baby, hoping to appeal to Misty. However, after Meowth reacts uncharacteristically to James's tear-jerking story, Misty realizes the pair's true identities. James and Meowth recite their motto, then Meowth reveals that Jessie is suffering from a Vileplume attack, and James calls upon Weezing's assistance. Poliwag uses Double Slap, knocking Weezing into James and Meowth, and off a cliff. Much to the pair's surprise, Misty decides to leave some Salveyo weed for them afterwards, to help Jessie recover. On their way to Jessie, James and Meowth gush over Misty's kindhearted gesture.
Later, both parties have recovered, and Jessie, believing that Ash and Tracey are still sick, decides to seize this opportunity to steal Pikachu. Jessie initiates the attack without James and Meowth's support, as they feel guilty about doing so after Misty had helped them. Pikachu, in self-defense, lands a Thunder Shock on Arbok and Jessie, paralyzing them again. Not wanting another conflict, James and Meowth quickly cart Jessie and Arbok off. Afterwards, Ash thanks Misty for her efforts, but Misty acknowledges her new friend and team member, Poliwag. Ash again thanks Misty for being nice, but she warns him not to expect it too often. Misty then catches Poliwag offscreen, and the group soon leaves the island on Lapras for Ash's upcoming Orange League championship match.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.
Who's That Pokémon?: Dragonair (US and international); Poliwag (Japan)
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