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| Nice Pryce, Baby!
Chōji Gym! Ice Battle!
|| February 28, 2002
| United States
|| March 8, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| よこた和 Kazu Yokota
| Assistant director
|| 誌村宏明 Hiroaki Shimura
| Animation director
|| 徳田夢之介 Yumenosuke Tokuda
| Additional credits
Nice Pryce, Baby! (Japanese: チョウジジム！こおりのたたかい！ Chōji Gym! Ice Battle!) is the 238th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on February 28, 2002 and in the United States on March 8, 2003.
Having earned Pryce's respect and permission to face the trainer in a gym battle, Ash makes the unlikely choice of sending out Cyndaquil, a Fire Pokémon, to face his opponent on an Ice battlefield. Fortunately, Ash's strategy pans out as he leads the gym leader to lower his defenses, allowing Ash to take the first victory in a two-on-two match. Next the gym leader sends out his trusty Piloswine, which immediately unleashes a Blizzard attack that completely alters the battlefield, allowing it to make quick work of Ash's defending Pokémon. With one victory each, the round enters sudden death with each trainer playing his oldest, most reliable Pokémon. A seasoned duo, Ash and Pikachu may match the teamwork of the gym leader and his Piloswine, but will this be enough in a slippery ice arena that is second nature to Piloswine, but whereon Pikachu struggles even to stand?
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In the last episode, Ash earned Pryce’s respect and was given permission to face him in a Gym battle. In this episode, Pryce is grooming his Piloswine when Ash and his friends arrive at the Gym. They then prepare to start the Gym battle, which is a two-on-two match. Meanwhile, Team Rocket plans to steal all of the Ice Pokémon.
The Gym battle then begins. Ash sends out Cyndaquil, a Fire-type Pokémon, against Pryce's Dewgong. Ash is at a disadvantage, however, because the battlefield is made of ice. Fortunately, Ash’s strategy pans out as he leads the Gym Leader to lower his Defenses, which allows Ash to win the first matchup. Next, Pryce sends out his trusty Piloswine.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket is about to steal the Ice Pokémon with a net, but they are frozen after an Ice Beam is shot their way. The focus switches back to the battle, where Piloswine immediately unleashes a Blizzard attack and makes quick work of Ash’s Cyndaquil from there.
With one victory each, the round enters a sudden death match in which each Trainer plays his oldest, most reliable Pokémon; Ash and Pikachu prepare to battle Pryce's Piloswine. Things start out rough as Piloswine releases a barrage of Blizzard attacks on Pikachu, who struggles to stand up straight on the ice. Ash notices that Piloswine's Blizzard attacks form ice pillars on the battlefield, and so, he commands Pikachu to slide on the ice underneath Piloswine. This confuses Piloswine as well as Pryce. Then, Pikachu slides and ricochets off of the pillars, easily dodging the Blizzards. When Pryce tells Piloswine to use Blizzard on the whole battlefield, Pikachu slides under it and unleashes a powerful Thunder. Almost out of energy, Piloswine uses Rest. Ash tells Pikachu to use Quick Attack before it heals, but he's too late. With its new found energy, Piloswine uses Fury Attack and Take Down.
Pryce tells Ash to give in the towel, but Ash refuses, so the battle then continues on. Ash commands Pikachu to counter Piloswine's Fury Attack with a Quick Attack. Piloswine is hit directly on the nose and slides back. Pikachu unleashes a massive Thunderbolt, which does nothing to it. Piloswine uses Take Down, and Pikachu jumps on its face and uses Thunder. This causes some damage and creates a hole in the field, forcing Piloswine into the water as Pikachu's next Thunderbolt causes more damage because Piloswine is wet. Piloswine shakes it off, leaving Ash and co. surprised. It retaliates with Fury Attack, but Pikachu doesn't have enough control to dodge. Ash commands a Thunder, which sends Pikachu flying backwards. Pikachu looks exhausted, but stands up, ready to keep fighting. Pryce then forfeits, which gives Ash the victory under a T.K.O.. Ash isn't pleased at first, saying he didn't actually win, but once he hears how much Pryce admires his strength and that he just didn't want his Piloswine to get hurt, Ash gladly accepts the Badge.
Ash holding the Glacier Badge
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Weedle (US and international), Piloswine (Japan)
- The dub title is a reference to "Ice Ice Baby", a song by Vanilla Ice.
- Music from Pikachu's Rescue Adventure, Mewtwo Strikes Back! and The Power of One is used in this episode.
- When Jessie finds out about Pryce being the Gym Leader, she says that Pryce wasn't right, a reference to the game show The Price Is Right.
- When Pikachu uses Thunderbolt while Piloswine is in the water, Brock says that because of this, Thunderbolt's power is double. Although this isn't true, this is similar to the concept of the move Soak introduced in Generation V, which turns the target into a Water type by soaking them with water.
- Team Rocket does not recite the motto or blast off in this episode.
- This marks so far the only time when Ash has won a Gym battle by his opponent forfeiting.
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