|Suffering the Flings and Arrows!
The Heracros Loss and the Kailios in Love
|January 21, 2022
|October 21, 2022
|土屋理敬 Michihiro Tsuchiya
|尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
|門田英彦 Hidehiko Kadota
|谷澤秦史 Yasushi Tanizawa
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Suffering the Flings and Arrows! (Japanese: ヘラクロスロス、恋するカイロス The Heracros Loss and the Kailios in Love) is the 94th episode of Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and the 1,179th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on January 21, 2022, in Canada on June 18, 2022, in South Africa on August 23, 2022, in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2022, in Australia on September 20, 2022, and in the United States on October 21, 2022.
When Lilligant joins the other Pokémon at Cerise Laboratory, Heracross, who was infatuated with Pinsir, is now smitten with Lilligant! While Goh tries to cheer Pinsir up, Chloe discovers a Pokémon flower-arranging class. It seems like a great way to lift Pinsir’s spirits, so our heroes want to join in, too! Guided by Celadon City’s Gym Leader, Erika, the group learns about the importance of flower decorating with Pokémon! But Team Rocket wants to “pick flowers,” too…and steal Pikachu. Team Rocket attacks, but when Pinsir steps in to protect Heracross, their relationship is restored! Now no one will ever forget the connection between Pokémon and flower arranging!
Ash and Goh return to Cerise Park from a trip to Unova, with Goh presenting his Pokémon with their newest playmate: Lilligant. The Pokémon of Cerise Park find Lilligant's sweet aroma very soothing and charming, but none more so than Heracross. When Pinsir comes to bring Heracross a flower wreath it has made for him, it's distraught to see its beloved being in love with someone else. Goh soon notices Pinsir's depression, and after witnessing Heracross being smitten by the scent of Lilligant's flower, he realizes that Pinsir must been distraught over Lilligant "stealing" Heracross's love from it.
While thinking of a solution for Pinsir's problem, Ash and Goh overhear Chloe telling Professor Cerise about a Pokémon flower arranging class she and Eevee are planning to attend in order to meet a Leafeon. Goh latches onto the idea that learning about flowers could help Pinsir win over Heracross again and decides to attend as well. Chloe is initially confused, but an explanation during the bus ride to Celadon City makes her understand the situation.
Ash, Goh, and Chloe arrive at the Celadon Gym, where they sign up for the class and are greeted by Gym Leader Erika, who recognizes Ash as the person who saved her Pokémon back when the Gym caught fire. She tells Chloe that the Celadon Gym researches aromas emitted by flowers and Pokémon, such as her Leafeon, and makes perfumes out of them. As per usual, Eevee eagerly mimics her evolved form's movements, with Chloe explaining to Erika that her Eevee is unsure what she wants to evolve into, so they're trying to get as much experiences as they can. Moving over to the Gym's greenhouse, Erika explains to the group the concept of Pokémon flower arranging, which uses decorating Pokémon with flowers as a way to express the bond between them and their Trainers, with her decorating her Leafeon as an example. Erika's attention is drawn to Goh when he mentions he wishes to use the flowers to make his Pokémon fall in love with each other. At first, Goh thinks Erika is judging him over this, but instead, she finds the idea lovely and offers to support it in any way she can.
Outside the glass wall of the greenhouse, Team Rocket is plotting to make yet another attempt to steal Pikachu. As such, they infiltrate the class in disguise, looking for a chance to snatch Pikachu unnoticed while pretending to decorate Meowth and Wobbuffet. When Erika recommends everyone to come up with performances that'll make use of their Pokémon's characteristics, Ash gets the idea to use a box filled with Christmas decorations to his advantage, while Goh comes up with an idea involving Grookey. When the time to present the finished works arrives, Team Rocket sneaks outside under the pretense of going to pick some flowers. Since Pikachu stuck too close to Ash to be snatched without being noticed, they decide to grab the Mouse Pokémon by force and call down the Rocket Prize Master, which gives them a Lurantis and a Leavanny.
Back inside, Chloe, Ash, and Goh each present their Pokémon in turns. Eevee is decorated with the same kinds of flowers Erika had decorated her own Leafeon with earlier; Pikachu is decorated with Christmas lights that he powers up with a Thunderbolt; and Pinsir has donned a flowery dress and decorations, with Grookey using its powers to make the buds in the costume bloom and thus make it even more beautiful. Goh reveals that he brought Heracross along too so he could see Pinsir with its flower decorations. However, just as he calls Heracross out, Team Rocket snatches Pikachu with Leavanny's String Shot and takes off their disguises, causing everyone's attention to focus on them. James tells Leavanny to use String Shot again to catch more Pokémon, but Erika has Leafeon use Razor Leaf to cut the strings before they reach anyone, while Pikachu frees himself with Iron Tail and joins the battle.
While Lurantis and Heracross exchange blows, Eevee uses Copycat to mimic Leafeon's Razor Leaf, which, combined with Pikachu's Thunderbolt, is enough to defeat Leavanny. Lurantis pushes Heracross back with Petal Blizzard, before charging up a Solar Beam. Seeing its beloved is in trouble, Pinsir jumps in front of the Solar Beam just as it's fired, taking the hit for Heracross. Goh has Pinsir use X-Scissor, which sends Lurantis flying into Team Rocket and causes them to blast off again. While Pinsir's flower costume was destroyed by the Solar Beam, the bravery Pinsir just showed was enough for it to win back Heracross's love.
As the group prepares to leave, Erika gives Chloe a bottle of Leafeon perfume, and Pinsir, flustered by Heracross trying to hold its hand, suddenly grabs him with its pincers as a form of hug, causing both Heracross and Goh to panic in surprise.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.
Who's That Pokémon?: Leafeon
The "After the story" artwork for this episode
- Get Inspired! Let's Solve a Poké Riddle!!: Leafeon
- This is the last main series episode to air in Japan before the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
- This episode marks the first physical appearance of Erika in the main series since Pokémon Scent-sation!, 1,153 episodes earlier.
- This also marks the longest time between a particular human character's first and second physical appearances within the main series.
- Erika owning a Leafeon could be a reference to Pokémon Masters EX, where Erika in her sygna suit forms a sync pair with one.
- Notably, Erika appears in the outfit she wears in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, which is the same outfit that she wears by default in Pokémon Masters EX.
- This episode marks the first appearance of a Leavanny in the anime since Ash's last appeared in The Dream Continues!, 380 episodes earlier.
- Jessie, James, Meowth, and Wobbuffet narrate the preview for the next episode.
- Jessie and James appear at the beginning of the preview instead of Ash and Goh, and the preview title card has a Team Rocket theme.
- The English dub title could be a reference to the phrase "whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
- Emlyn McFarland marks her return to the English dub in this episode, after not having appeared since the fifteenth season.
- Whenever Erika is listed as the speaker in the Teletoon English closed captions, her name is misspelled as "Erica".
- The Japanese text depicting the Celadon Gym's name is edited out.
- The Japanese texts depicting Lurantis and Leavanny's categories and names are edited out.
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