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| First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
It's Mokuroh! Catching Pokémon in Alola!!
|| November 24, 2016
| United States
|| May 14, 2017
|| Team Kato
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 牧野吉高 Yoshitaka Makino
| 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
| Assistant directors
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| 仲野良 Ryo Nakano
| Animation directors
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| 一石小百合 Sayuri Ichiishi
| 田島瑞穂 Mizuho Tajima
| No additional credits are available at this time.
First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style! (Japanese: モクロー登場！アローラでポケモンゲットだぜ！！ It's Mokuroh! Catching Pokémon in Alola!!) is the fourth episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 943rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on November 24, 2016 as a one-hour special alongside SM003, in Canada on April 8, 2017, in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2017, and in the United States on May 14, 2017.
While Ash tries to catch his first Pokémon in the Alola region, Team Rocket is making friends with a Mimikyu and a Bewear, who carried them off to its cave so it could take care of them. When a flock of Pikipek steal Bewear’s food, the villains decide payback is in order!
Meanwhile, Ash has been sharing his lunch with a hungry Rowlet, and when he follows it back to its Pikipek friends, he runs right into Team Rocket catching the entire flock in a net! Rowlet frees its friends and sends Team Rocket packing (with help from Bewear), and then joins Ash on his journey!
In the Melemele Island marketplace, Litten receives some berries from an old lady when a flock of Pikipek fly overhead led by a Trumbeak as a Rowlet tries to keep up. They all swoop down on the market and taking berries and fruit from the stalls as the old lady explains to Litten that they come every year and the stallholders are happy to provide food as the Rowlet spies a wind chime. The flock fly off back to the next with fruit and berries as Rowlet takes the wind chime back having mistaken it for food as the old lady invites Litten to come back for food. In the forest, Ash and Pikachu are battling a Grubbin hoping to make it their first capture in the Alola region as his classmates look on. Pikachu attacks Grubbin with Iron Tail. Rotom provides Ash with information about Grubbin who attacks with String Shot which Pikachu dodges and attacks with Thunderbolt which weakens Grubbin, Ash throws a Poké Ball which begins to shake only for Grubbin is able to escape and use Dig to go underground. Ash has Pikachu wait for it to come back up as Mallow and Lillie note how close it was. Ash sees where Grubbin will emerge and has Pikachu get ready to use Quick Attack only for Grubbin to jump up near Lillie is which scares her. Pikachu continues the battle by using Quick Attack but is grabbed by String Shot and hit by another attack as Grubbin escapes by going underground. Everyone checks on Pikachu who is injured as Mallow says she'll show Ash the way to the Pokémon Center as the others head back to school to let Professor Kukui know what has happened.
Bewear is outside its den whilst Team Rocket are inside. Jessie attempts to capture Mimikyu who is at the entrance and throws a Poké Ball but Mimikyu swats the ball away. Jessie throws another Poké Ball at Mimikyu but Mimikyu swats it away as well leaving Jessie annoyed. Meowth notes that it will be hard to catch as it isn't weakened but Jessie points out that they need to beat Bewear who they fear will eat them and Mimikyu is the only one they can use which causes James to drop a Luxury Ball on the floor. Jessie notices the Luxury Ball and decides to use it but James says is part of his collection. Jessie ignores him and throws the ball at Mimikyu who goes inside. The ball shakes but Mimikyu is eventually caught but as Jessie goes to pick up the ball only for Bewear to return and pick her up. They fear Bewear is about to eat them as Jessie calls for Mimikyu to come out and fight but instead Bewear feeds them some honey which they love. At a nearby Pokémon Center, Nurse Joy welcomes Ash and Mallow with her assistants Blissey and Comfey. Ash asks Nurse Joy for her help with Pikachu who assure him Pikachu will be just fine as Blissey takes Pikachu off for treatment. Rotom says a Pokemon Center is where trainers can take injured Pokémon for treatment and takes pictures. Ash notices Comfey, a Pokémon he hasn't seen before and asks Rotom for data which it provides along with data on Blissey. Ash and Mallow agree this makes them the perfect Pokémon to assist Nurse Joy. Later whilst Ash and Mallow have a drink as Pikachu returns after being treated where Nurse Joy informs Ash that Pikachu is now fully healed. Rotom decides to test Pikachu by pulling on its tail which results in everyone getting zapped with Thunderbolt. Later Rowlet, Trumbeak and the Pikipek return to the nest with their haul where Toucannon is nesting with several other Pikipek. Toucannon and Trumbeak aren't impressed with the wind chime Rowlet brings back and Trumbeak gives a lecture but grows annoyed when Rowlet falls asleep before sending Rowlet off to bring back some food.
The next day, Ash vows that today he will capture a Pokémon as he eats breakfast. Rotom says the forest behind the school has a high likely hood of capturing Pokémon and Mallow confirms this is where she caught Bounsweet who releases a sweet smell which ends up attracting Rowlet who mistakes it for food and dives down to grab it only for Bounsweet to fight back. Rotom provides information on Rowlet and Mallow explains that Bounsweet is used to it as Rotom explains that the smell Bounsweet released tends to attract Flying-type type Pokémon before noticing Rowlet is coming back for another attack but is bounced back onto a power line and falls but Ash saves it. When Rowlet comes round, Ash checks that Rowlet is OK to which Rowlet jumps happily before noticing some fruit and happily starts eating as Ash offers it a banana. Later once Rowlet has finished, Ash gives its head a stroke before asking Rowlet if it would like to join his team but Rowlet spots a watermelon and flies off with it as they chase after it. Back at Bewear's den, Bewear is nowhere to be seen so Team Rocket now feeling full thanks to Bewear's food prepare to leave once Jessie grabs the Luxury Ball with Mimikyu inside but as they go to leave, the Pikipek and Trumbeak swoop in and take Bewear's berries. They decide to get the berries back to thank Bewear for its generosity which James and Meowth agree to do. Back at the nest, Toucannon awaits the return of Rowlet along with the return Pikipek and Trumbeak and remembers hatching the Pikipek eggs which also include Rowlet's as Rowlet returns with the watermelon which Toucannon is pleased with as Trumbeak and the Pikipek return also pleased just as Ash and Mallow arrive and notice the family.
Rotom provides information on the evolutionary line and ends up getting burnt by Toucannon's beak. Ash is surprised on seeing how many friends Rowlet has just as Team Rocket fire several nets which captures the Pikipek, Toucannon and Trumbeak and say their motto. Ash and Mallow are annoyed at seeing them as Ash orders them to let the Pokémon go but they won't after they stole Bewear's food as Meowth fires another net and which grabs Bewear's berries as Jessie sends out Mimikyu to battle Pikachu. Mimikyu starts the battle with Shadow Ball which Pikachu counters with Electro Ball. As the battle continues, Ash tells Rowlet to save its friends as Ash orders Pikachu to use Iron Tail which Mimikyu dodges. Rowlet manages to cut through the net containing the Pikipek with one kick which annoys Team Rocket as Jessie orders Mimikyu to attack as Mimikyu launches a Play Rough on Pikachu. Rowlet is about to free Toucannon and Trumbeak but seeing Pikachu about to get hit with Shadow Claw attacks with Leafage before grabbing Pikachu and flying Pikachu out of the way. After making sure Pikachu is alright, Ash orders Electro Ball which hits Mimikyu as Rowlet releases Toucannon and Trumbeak. Mimikyu goes to attack Pikachu with Shadow Ball only for Bewear to arrive and carry them away. Once they are gone, the Pikipek and Trumbeak thank Rowlet for saving them. Seeing Rowlet is happy with its family, Ash says goodbye to Rowlet and decides to leave, much to Rotom's and Mallow's surprise. Ash explains that Rowlet has a lot of friends so it is all fine. Rowlet looks upset about this but Toucannon nudges Rowlet, encouraging Rowlet to go with them and it flies into Ash's backpack. Ash is surprised but realizes Rowlet wishes to join his team much to Rotom's surprise. Rowlet flies into the air as Ash brings out a Poké Ball and throws it at Rowlet and Rowlet goes inside after being caught which surprises Rotom. Mallow is also surprised but guesses Ash has done this before as Ash brings Rowlet back out who flies into his backpack which Ash guesses Rowlet likes as Rotom updates its data on Rowlet.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Rowlet
- Pokémon QR Code: Mimikyu
- The first airing in Japan didn't include a Poké Problem as it aired as a one-hour special alongside SM003, only including the first Poké Problem. But it was included on other stations that aired the episode in delay and VOD services (Amazon Video, Netflix and Hulu).
- Poké Problem: In today's episode, which of these Pokémon will Ash catch?
- Viewers could answer the Poké Problem with their remotes during the airing of SM003 and SM004 to take part in a lottery of five Pokémon Z-Ring & Z-Crystal Special Sets.
- During the first airing on TV Tokyo as one-hour special viewers could take part in a four-characters keyword quiz, in which 10 viewers could win a New Nintendo 3DS XL Pikachu Edition and copies of Pokémon Sun and Moon.
- This episode marks the first appearance of the Alola Nurse Joy design.
- This episode reveals that Comfey and Blissey are the Pokémon that assists Nurse Joys in the Alola region.
- This episode marks the first time a Pokémon has been caught by a main character in a Poké Ball variant since Misty captured Corsola in A Corsola Caper!, 730 episodes earlier.
- Lana, Ash, Kiawe, Lillie, Sophocles, Mallow, and Ash's Pikachu narrate the preview for the next episode.
- When Grubbin breaks out of the Poké Ball, the Poké Ball is shown to be closed. However, when Grubbin escapes, the Poké Ball is shown to be open.
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