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AG001: Get the Show on the Road!

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Get the Show on the Road!
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Advanced Char. of the Day: Joshua
Episode №: #277 Main: Ash Ketchum, May
Aired: JapanFlag November 21, 2002 Recurring: Jessie, James, Professor Birch
UnitedStatesFlag March 15, 2003
Opening theme: I Wanna Be A Hero Minor: Joshua
Badge(s): Setting: Near Littleroot Town
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Jessie's Wobbuffet,

May's Torchic,Treecko, Mudkip, Poochyena, Beautifly, Wingull, Duskull

Major event(s)
May is introduced.

Ash arrives in Littleroot Town and meets with Professor Birch. Team Rocket accidentally heals Ash's Pikachu. Ash's Pikachu destroys May's bike. Ash and May decide to travel together. May starts her Pokémon journey with a Torchic.

Pokémon: Advanced


In the land of Hoenn, a girl named May travels to Prof. Birch’s lab. She is attacked by a wild ghost Pokémon called Duskull. Scared, but unharmed, she travels on her bike to the lab in Littleroot Town.

Ash also travels to Littleroot town and is going to sign up for the Hoenn League. Team Rocket's failed attempt to catch Pikachu has left the little yellow Pokémon dangerously ill. Jessie is feeling somewhat depressed, as she does not have any motive to hunt Ash's Pichachu. Ash arrives in town to discover that Littleroot doesn’t have a Pokémon Center! Ash rushes to the nearest telephone booth and talks to one of the assistants. The assistant alerts Prof. Birch. Professor Birch thinks that Pikachu can be cured—but first they'll have to catch it, as it escaped from Ash's hands. Delirious with fever, Pikachu has run off into the forest.

Meanwhile, May arrives at the lab in order to receive her first Pokémon to find that the Prof. isn’t there. The assistants tell her that he drove into the woods and she rides after them. In the woods, while Proffesor Birch was searching for Pickachu, he tumbles down a cliff and lands on a Pochyena. He is suddenly surrounded by a group of the Pokémon and he looks like he is in trouble. Suddenly, May arrives and the prof. tells her to take one of the Pokémon out of his bag and use it to battle the Pochyena. She ends up throwing Mudkip. Birch tells Mudkip to do a water gun attack. However, Mudkip attacks May instead of Pochyena.

Ash finds Pickachu, but Pickachu thinks (because of the disease) that Ash is his enemy, so he attacks him. Pickachu flees, and falls down the cliff, but Ash catches him while holding onto a tree in the cliff. Pickachu bites Ash, but Ash still climbes, as May and Prof. Birch arrived with the rope. Pickachu sin't confused anymore, and begins licking Ash's wound. As the group is about to leave, Team Rocket arrive on the scene in a giant robot. They reintroduce themselves to Ash and let May and the prof. know who they are. Jessie still doesn’t care about this mission and James and Meowth do the dirty work as they launch an arm that grabs Pikachu.

Struggling to get free, he lets loose a super-powered Thunderbolt. Since the robot was designed to absorb Pikachus electricity, it has no effect. Nevertheless, Pikachu continues to unload high-powered Thunderbolts, using up all of his stored electricity. One of the electrical surges destroyes May's bike, unfortunately enough. The robot, however, was NOT designed to absorb this amount electricity, and so it overloads and explodes, sending Team Rocket blasting off for the first time in the Hoenn Reigon. Jessie, however, realises that they are hunting Pickachu for their boss, Giovanni.

Back at the lab, Prof. Birch and his assistant perform some tests on Pickachu, to see if he is okay. May comes, asking about Pickachu, then decides to pick her first Pokemon. May picks the fire Pokémon, Torchic, as Mudkip attacked her, Treecko finds disgusting and Torchic has impressed May already. Prof. Birch gives her a Pokédex and she qiuetly says how she really doesn’t like Pokémon, but corrects herself in time. The next morining, she goes to room where Ash and Pickachu slept and sees them sleeping. May’s damaged bike due to Pikachu’s thunderbolt makes her angry but she decides to ask Ash if she can go with him on his journey. He says OK and they head over to Oladale town as Ash’s journey in Hoenn begins.


Human Debuts

Pokémon Debuts

TV episode Debuts


  • The Pokémon featured in the Who's That Pokémon segment is Lanturn.


  • When May hit the tree she had long sleeves while May really has short sleeves.
  • Ash's hat was colored wrong when he's trying to get Pikachu.
  • Mudkip's jaw was colored wrong when it was using Water Gun.


"I guess I should've worn a helmet."
— May
"My bike's been barbecued!"
— May
"Uh, that's not a friendly greeting. No, doesn't sound sad either. So that leaves one thing, you're angry!"
— Professor Birch
"Hahahahaha! What an electrifying moment for Team Rocket!"
— Meowth
— James
"Prepare for trouble... what's the point?"
— Jessie


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