XY063

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XY062 : The Future Is Now, Thanks to Determination!
XY series
XY064 : Battling with Elegance and a Big Smile!
A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways!
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XY063   EP862
迷い道は分かれ道!?ムサシとソーナンス!!
A Fork in the Path of Indecision!? Musashi and Sonans!!
First broadcast
Japan March 5, 2015
United States May 16, 2015
English themes
Opening Be a Hero
Ending
Japanese themes
Opening ゲッタバンバン
Ending ドリドリ
Credits
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正ニ Shōji Yonamura
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
Additional credits

A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways! (Japanese: 迷い道は分かれ道!?ムサシとソーナンス!! A Fork in the Path of Indecision!? Musashi and Sonans!!) is the 63rd episode of the XY series, and the 862nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 5, 2015 and in the United States on May 16, 2015.

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Blurb

While Clemont prepares for his upcoming Gym battle with Ash, Team Rocket is attempting to catch Pikachu, as usual. But Jessie and Wobbuffet get separated from the others and find themselves in danger! They are rescued by a country doctor named White, whose friendly demeanor immediately catches Jessie’s interest. She accompanies the doctor on his rounds, growing fonder of him by the minute. And when our heroes find Jessie, she’s talking about leaving Team Rocket to stay with him!

When a lurking Pokémon hunter grabs Meowth and the rest of Team Rocket’s Pokémon, Jessie finds herself with torn loyalties. But as soon as she discovers Dr. White is interested in someone else, she promptly returns to her partners in crime! With some help from our heroes, the Pokémon are freed, and Team Rocket celebrates a joyful reunion. Meanwhile, Clemont is trying to simulate a battle with Ash, but Clembot is having difficulty dealing with the concept...

Plot

The episode begins with Ash, Serena, and Bonnie traveling to Lumiose City to prepare for Ash's Gym battle against Clemont. Bonnie is wondering if her brother will be all right without the three of them, but Ash and Serena are confident that he will be. At that moment, Clemont's Bunnelby defeats his Magneton in a practice battle against Clembot. After the battle, Clemont compliments Bunnelby on mastering its new attack and then decides to program Ash's battling style into Clembot so that their practice sessions will be even more realistic.

As Ash is thinking about his upcoming match against Clemont, he is interrupted by a Shadow Ball from Jessie's Pumpkaboo. Team Rocket approaches, as usual, preparing for a fresh attempt at stealing Pikachu. However, they are defeated easily by just one Thunderbolt from Pikachu. During their blast-off, Jessie and Wobbuffet are separated from James, Meowth, and Pumpkaboo. The latter three notice Jessie's absence and quickly begin their search for her, while Jessie and Wobbuffet search for them as well. During their search, however, Jessie and Wobbuffet are attacked by a wild Gloom and fall over a cliff into the water. They are rescued by a man named Dr. White, who gives Jessie a Cheri Berry and leads her back to his home so she can change into something dry.

While Jessie worries whether her new outfit looks good on her, she watches Wobbuffet get along happily with Dr. White's Wobbuffet and Wynaut, noticing as she does so how Dr. White has a great number of berries growing in his garden. While the doctor tells Jessie how he is an amateur when it comes to gardening, a man and his Diggersby come by to deliver some fertilizer for the berries. In gratitude for his saving her life, Jessie accompanies the doctor on his house calls, assisting him in whatever ways she can. While visiting Beatrice and healing her Bidoof, White and Jessie hear about a Pokémon hunter who has been setting traps in the area. During their house calls, Jessie proves to be very adept at holding down a flailing Skiddo so the doctor can treat it. While helping Dr. White, Jessie finds herself captivated by him and wonders whether she should stay with him and live for happiness and love rather than for evil.

Meanwhile, while Serena, Bonnie, and Ash are having lunch, Dedenne wanders off and is drawn into a trap laid by the Pokémon hunter mentioned before. The trap severely injures Dedenne, so after freeing it, the group hurries to Dr. White's clinic. Dr. White siphons the excess electricity and Dedenne recovers, much to the group's relief. Although Jessie tries to hide her true identity from Ash and his friends, they discover that she is at the clinic acting as Dr. White's assistant. As the group agrees to keep her membership in Team Rocket a secret from Dr. White, James and Meowth overhear her admitting to them that she has decided to quit Team Rocket and stay with White instead. At first, Meowth wants to go talk to Jessie, but James holds him back, saying that they should not interfere with what Jessie wants, and so they leave sadly.

While the group is staying at Dr. White's clinic, James arrives there, thoroughly beaten up, and begs for help from Ash, Serena, and Bonnie. He tells them how Meowth, Inkay, and Pumpkaboo have been captured by a Pokémon hunter, but he is reluctant to ask for Jessie's assistance. Ash, Serena, and Bonnie agree to go help James, and they distract the Pokémon hunter while James sneaks in from behind and tries to free the three Pokémon. When Jessie hears that Meowth, Inkay, and Pumpkaboo have been captured by a Pokémon hunter, she witnesses Dr. White running for Beatrice and reassuring himself that she is all right, hearing him say how Beatrice means so much to him and he was worried that she might have done something stupid. Realizing that White was never in love with her, Jessie leaves Wobbuffet behind with his new friends and goes to rescue James and the others from the Pokémon hunter. Rejoining Team Rocket, she begins to help fight the Pokémon hunter, when Wobbuffet appears to battle the hunter's Rhyperior. Jessie realizes that Wobbuffet would rather be with her than at Dr. White's clinic, and working together with Ash and company, Team Rocket defeats the Pokémon hunter and continues onward, with Jessie realizing that she has the best friends in the world in her life with Team Rocket.

Meanwhile, back at the Lumiose Gym, Clemont finishes programming the data about Ash into Clembot, but Clembot cannot comprehend all the new data and explodes.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.

Debuts

Pokémon debuts

Characters

Humans

Pokémon Quiz

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Wynaut (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Wynaut (Japan)

Other

Trivia

The title card segment focuses on Team Rocket for this episode
  • In the Japanese version, the title card segment focuses on Team Rocket and is read by Jessie and James.
  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: Frogadier
  • Serena and Aria narrate the preview for the next episode.
  • Due to Wobbuffet's absence, Pumpkaboo and Inkay recite their names in the end of Team Rocket's motto.
  • This is the first appearance of a female Wobbuffet in the anime, outside of Professor Oak's lectures.
  • The scene where Jessie's Wobbuffet and Dr. White's Wobbuffet share food and accidentally kiss could be a reference to a famous scene in the film Lady and the Tramp.
  • During one scene after wedding scene, Jessie and Dr. White wear green T-shirts with Wobbuffet of them, which could be a reference to Yoshirin and Micchi (Louis and Geri in the English dub) from Crayon Shin-chan.
  • Meowth makes a callback to his relationship with Meowzie (and, to a lesser extent, Skitty, Glameow, and Purrloin) when he tells James about his troubles with love in the past.

Errors

  • Pumpkaboo was hit by Rhyperior's Horn Drill despite Pumpkaboo being Ghost-type.
  • In the title card of the Finnish version, the word 'tiet' was erroneusly written as 'tieto', which means 'knowledge'.

Dub edits

  • In Finnish and Polish dubs, the title card segment focuses on Ash, but it's still read by Jessie and James.

In other languages



XY062 : The Future Is Now, Thanks to Determination!
XY series
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