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| The Heartbreak of Brock
Nidorino and Nidorina! Takeshi's Rose Colored Days!?
|| May 17, 2001
| United States
|| April 13, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
| Animation director
|| 酒井啓史 Hiroshi Sakai
| Additional credits
The Heartbreak of Brock (Japanese: ニドリーノニドリーナ！タケシのバラいろのひび！？ Nidorino and Nidorina! Takeshi's Rose Colored Days!?), is the 198th Episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 17, 2001 and in the United States on April 13, 2002.
At the end of a long day, our heroes search for a Pokémon Center in a small town near Olivine City. Unable to locate one they ask a local lady for directions. She explains the nearest Pokémon Center is ten miles away! Too exhausted to extend today's journey, the gang decides to set up camp in a local park. As he gets water from a nearby fountain, Brock notices a Nidorina approaching to take a drink. Running after Nidorina is her trainer, who trips and almost falls into the fountain. She is narrowly saved by Brock and immediately falls head over heals in love with him. Introducing herself as Temaku, she insists Brock and his friends stay with her at her father's house. How will Brock handle a large does of his own medicine from the smitten Temaku?
Ash and his friends arrive in a small town and attempt to find a Pokémon Center. Brock develops a crush on a local woman, but Misty pulls him away. Brock later goes to a park in order to fill up a pot with water. A Nidorina comes by for a drink, followed by a frantic girl, who trips and nearly falls into the fountain. However, Brock catches her before she falls in, causing her to fall in love with him instantly. Brock is confused and intimidated by the stranger's sudden affection. Misty notices this and pulls him out to have a little talk with him. She finds out that Brock has no actual dating experience and has no idea what to do. Coming back, the girl invites them to her house, where her father is also waiting. She also introduces herself as Temacu.
Temacu takes them for a walk around her house, talking about her Nidorina, Nidorino, and some of the family's other Pokémon. Just then, Team Rocket arrives and captures Nidorina, Nidorino, Pikachu, and the other Pokémon. James sends out Weezing to use Smokescreen, and they try to take off. Everyone tries to find the three, while Temacu tries to find Brock and ends up getting caught in some rope. Misty sends out Poliwhirl to use Bubble to get rid of the smoke. Surprisingly, the stolen Pokémon are there, but Temacu and Team Rocket are gone. Meanwhile, Jessie and James realize they actually kidnapped Temacu. Temacu loses her balance and falls, but James catches her in time. This causes Temacu to fall in love with James the same way she did for Brock. James is intimidated by her affections and Jessie suggests abandoning her, but they then realize that Temacu is a daughter of a Pokémon Professor, meaning the trio may have a chance to steal some more Pokémon.
Temacu's father sends out a search party to a nearby forest, consisting of a half-dozen people along with Ash, Misty, and Brock. Ash calls out Noctowl to do an aerial search; it soon finds Team Rocket's balloon hovering around and reports back. Meanwhile, a disguised Jessie and James return Temacu to her father, and Jessie claims the trio defeated the real kidnappers to save Temacu. Jessie and Meowth then sneak off to find the Pokémon they accidentally left behind, and soon discover a room with a shelf full of Poké Balls. However, Temacu's father interrupts, telling them that Temacu cooked them a meal, which Jessie and Meowth accept. James is already in the dining room, having no idea how to deal with Temacu's affection for him.
Ash finds the balloon and has Noctowl put a hole in it, but finds that it is a decoy. They later return to the house and find Team Rocket. Brock, who by this time had started to develop feelings for Temacu, is heartbroken when he finds out that she has fallen for James instead. Ash and Misty expose Team Rocket, prompting the trio to flee. Ash sends out Chikorita, who defeats Jessie's Arbok. James then sends out Weezing to use Smokescreen, but Misty sends out Poliwhirl, who uses a combination of Bubble and Water Gun. James gets in the way of the shot, but Temacu pushes James aside in time and gets hit instead, knocking her out. Brock goes up to her to see if she is alright. In the meantime, Chikorita uses Vine Whip to toss Arbok and Weezing into Jessie and James. Misty and Ash then blast them off with Poliwhirl's Water Gun and Pikachu's Thunderbolt.
Temacu later wakes up and falls in love with the doctor who aided her, shocking Brock once again. Her father explains that she recently saw her cousin get married and became obsessed with getting married herself. Ash and his friends leave to continue their journey, but Brock is still heartbroken. Misty's assurance instantly cheers Brock up, however, and he looks forward to the meeting the right girl somewhere.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Mareep (US and international), Nidorino (Japan)
Pokémon at Temacu's father's lab
- When Temacu fantasizes about marrying Brock, she dreams about him wearing a white tuxedo to their wedding. This is actually the same tuxedo Brock is seen wearing in Beauty and the Breeder. The only difference is the addition of the rose on his chest.
- This is one of the few times that the protagonists were able to recognize Team Rocket in their disguises (Misty was able to recognize Jessie on the spot).
- Temacu's father calls Jessie by her name, but he is not supposed to know her name.
- Sentret's face is missing, the bottom torso is also miscolored as the ring on its body.
- When Misty yells at Team Rocket for tricking Temacu, Togepi's shell is tan.
- In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, Temacu's name is changed to Temako, to avoid a profanity in the end of her name.
- Hungama TV Hindi dub in India was heavily edited; the thought of love was changed to being just closest friend and the explanation to Temacu's behaviour was completely removed.
- The Hungama TV dub also started the episode directly from the title card, skipping the parts of the episode before it.
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