- "Flower Power" redirects here. For the e-Reader application, see Flower Power (e-Reader).
- If you were looking for the deck in Trading Card Game, see Flower Power Deck (TCG).
Kireihana's Battle Dancing!
||November 18, 1999
||November 11, 2000
Flower Power (Japanese: キレイハナのバトルダンシング！ Kireihana's Battle Dancing!) is the 122nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on November 18, 1999, and in the United States on November 11, 2000.
Our heroes must help prepare an insecure Bellossom dance troupe for their upcoming exhibition—a chore that's further complicated when Team Rocket attempts to steal the show with their raucous act.
Ash and his friends make it out of a forest and arrive in Florando. As they enter the city, a local girl hands them a pamphlet advertising Florando's annual Pokémon Exhibition, an outdoor performance festival. Excited, the trio makes their way to a giant square where the exhibition is held, and are particularly interested by a pair of acrobatic and dancing Bellossom. One of the Bellossom is asked to do a trick, but it fails to complete it and lands in Ash's arms, knocking him to the ground. The girl commanding the Bellossom rushes over to Ash, asking him if he is alright. He says he is and hands Bellossom back to her.
Over some drinks, the girl introduces herself as Bailey and her two Bellossom as Bella and Belle, and thanks Ash for catching her Bellossom. After Ash and his friends thank her for the show, Ash asks Bailey if they are going to perform the same trick tomorrow at the show. Bailey says it was their intent, but reveals that Bella is having trouble performing her special move.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket enters the exhibition with the hopes of making money. They quickly set up a stage and use Meowth's rare gift of speech to attract a crowd. People start to gather around, but Meowth gets stage fright and disappoints the audience. A frustrated Jessie gives Meowth some jokes to tell and orders him to make the people laugh. Meowth does so, surprising the crowd, but all of the jokes are terrible and the crowd starts booing and leaving. Jessie tries telling them it is not a free show, but the crowd refuses to pay out of disappointment from Meowth's performance. James whispers a joke to Meowth in desperation and Meowth tells it, but he messes it up, and the last of the onlookers leave. Jessie says that she and James could have done better with a dancing routine, but their enthusiasm worries Meowth.
Later, Team Rocket commandeers a bulldozer and drives through Florando's streets, performing their motto. Ash is about to blast them off using Pikachu, but Bailey and the other performers want to do it themselves; Team Rocket accepts their challenge. A performer uses his Alakazam's Psychic to knock them off their feet. Jessie and James quickly stand up and send out Arbok and Victreebel. Bailey uses her two Bellossom and has them dodge the attacks using their dancing moves before spraying Team Rocket with Sleep Powder, forcing the trio to quickly leave. The crowd mistakes the events for a performance battle and gives Bailey a round of applause. Later, as Team Rocket mopes about their latest defeat, they find a flyer advertising the Florando Exhibition, and the trio decides to steal all of the performing Pokémon.
Meanwhile, at Bailey's van, her Bellossom play with Pikachu and Togepi while Ash and his friends talk things over with Bailey, who says that her dream is to be the best performer ever. Ash wants to know how her Bellossom were able to dodge Team Rocket's attacks, and Bailey says that dancing is similar to battling because of the movement of the Pokémon's feet. She suggests that Ash and his friends should watch her practice. The next day, Bailey teaches Bellossom's routine to Pikachu so he can use it in battle. After a shaky start, Pikachu proves to be a natural. Bailey starts practicing her special move, "Bell-oop-de-loop", but again it fails. As a result, Bailey decides not to do it in the show.
The Florando Exhibition begins, with Team Rocket posing as the show's announcers, with the real ones tied up and held backstage. They bring all of the contestants and their Pokémon onstage, where Meowth drops a net from above and steals the performing Pokémon. Team Rocket starts to leave in their Meowth balloon, but Ash has Heracross throw Pikachu into the air. Pikachu soars past the trio, grabs the balloon, and uses Thunderbolt to pop it. Ash, his friends, and Bailey rush to the crash-site nearby, but Jessie and James are unfazed and call for a battle. Team Rocket sends out Victreebel, who latches onto James's head, and Arbok.
Thanks to Bailey's training, Pikachu is able to dodge Arbok's Poison Sting and Victreebel's Take Down with ease. As the two try to use Tackle, Pikachu jumps up, causing Arbok and Victreebel to collide into each other. At James's insistence, Victreebel uses Wrap to grab Pikachu's feet, and Arbok tries to use Bite. However, Bailey is able to free Belle and Bella during the chaos, and tells them to use their special move. Their move is a success and the Bellossom successfully hit Arbok out of the way. Jessie recalls Arbok before Pikachu lands a Thunderbolt on Victreebel. Next, Bellossom use their "Tornado Twister" dance move, which sends Team Rocket blasting off. The other performers are reunited with their Pokémon, and the Florando Exhibition goes on. Bailey has Belle and Bella perform the "Bell-oop-de-Loop" successfully onstage.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.
Main series debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Spinarak (US and international); Bellossom (Japan)
- In one scene, Heracross's lips are colored black instead of blue.
- In the dub, James tells Victreebel to use Wrap attack when it was supposed to be Vine Whip.
- In one scene in the Finnish dub, Bailey doesn't talk, although her mouth still moves.
- In the Polish dub, during the second battle with Team Rocket, James tells Victreebel to use Swords Dance instead of Take Down.
In other languages