Having A Wailord Of A Time (Japanese: はじめてのポケモンで大パニック！！ The Great Starter Pokémon Panic! ) is the 34th episode of Pokémon: Advanced.
Impressed at how well they had raised their own Pokémon, Nurse Joy enlists Ash and Max to babysit the Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip awaiting a Pokémon trainer who's just about to begin her journey. Torchic proves to be rambunctious of the group, and when Ash sends several of his Pokémon to gently coax it into obedience, he inadvertently causes the troublesome Pokémon evolve into a Combusken.
The two weeks have passed, starting the Pokémon Contest. May is quite happy, but wishes to battle against Drew, as she remembers her last battle against him. Torchic is sad, as May left him with the others while she goes away. The rest of the gang are eating, but Max breaks the silence, as he thinks May should have taken Torchic with her. However, Brock and Ash try to convince him otherwise, as Torchic was May's first Pokémon.
Max does not understand that, as he is not a trainer. Ash also mentions that his Pikachu was quite stubborn, but they later became friends. Max asks what was Brock's first Pokémon, to which he makes a flashback when he was ten years old. He woke up and Onix and his father were standing before him and they went to the mountains. Max speculates what his next Pokémon would be, but he stops when he thinks his father would give him a Slakoth.
Nurse Joy passes near the gang, but Brock intercepts her with his charm. Joy notices all three starter Pokémon and praises them all for raising them properly, Nurse Joy needs to check her starting Pokémon, as a new trainer is going to pick one of them. Meanwhile, May is training her Beautifly for the contest, ordering it to use Silver Wind. May is a bit impressed, but she needs to have the attack last longer. Beautifly and May spot a large Pokémon being on a beach.
Nurse Joy checks up on the Pokémon, with all of them being in good health. Nurse Joy gives Max the Poké Balls to release them. He releases a mean looking Torchic, a crying Mudkip and a beautiful female Treecko. May calls Nurse Joy to report that a Wailord stuck on a beach. Brock and Joy leave Ash and Max to take care of the Pokémon. Team Rocket overhears the conversation, so they plan to capture the Wailord.
Torchic runs from Ash and Max, so everybody needs to stop it. The Torchic pushes May's Torchic and Brock's Mudkip and runs away. When Pikachu stops it, Torchic begins to cry, but soon uses Ember. However, it is stopped by Treecko and Max holds it, but it pecks his hands, so Max drops it. Ash brings Corphish and attacks Torchic, but Torchic jumps and goes away.
Torchic is running away, with Ash, Max and rest of the Pokémon following it. Corphish is very angry and, with its speed, tackles Torchic. Torchic retaliates, so Corphish falls down, defeated. Torchic taunts Corphish and goes away. Meanwhile, Nurse Joy tends to the Wailord and heals it. Corphish battles Torchic, but Torchic manages to defeat Corphish once more. The Torchic then evolves into a Combusken.
Max and Ash realize that if the trainer saw Combusken, she'd be very scared. Max thinks if they were to swap May's Torchic with Combusken, they would tell her it evolved, but then they realize she would be angry, as she is no fool. However, Ash thinks of a new plan - that the trainer should choose anyone but Combusken. May is back at the Pokémon Center and Max gives her some tea. However, May asks why is Max being so friendly with her, but she ignores it.
The trainer arrived picking the Pokémon. However, the Combusken, locked inside a room, tries to get out, but Ash tells her it is the wind. The trainer is choosing Torchic, but Ash persuades her that Torchic shouldn't be chosen. Brock wonders why is Ash so nervous. May finished drinking tea an asks where her Torchic is, but Max begins to be nervous and tells her it is outside. However, she begins to intimidate Max, demanding the truth for what happened to Torchic.
May arrives to the room where the trainer is choosing her Pokémon, making Torchic come to her. May demands the truth from Ash, while the Combusken got out of the room. Ash and Max confess that they wanted to switch Torchic and Combusken, but they see that Team Rocket has stolen a Wailord! Pikachu almost makes an attack, but Combusken appears, attacking them with Flamethrower. Combusken cuts the rope, and with the new engine, Team Rocket seems to blast off quickly, but they return. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, blasting them off.
The trainer has chosen Mudkip to become her starter Pokémon, but Treecko is sad, so the trainer's father chooses Treecko to come with him. Combusken wasn't chosen, but Nurse Joy will take it as a guard for the Center instead, seeing how brave it was. Max comes to the top of the cliff and promises that he will wait for his first Pokémon.
- Ash: "We're in trouble Max!"
- Max: "I know, we can swap out May's Torchic for the Combusken."
- Ash: "Uhh."
- Max: "And I know exactly what to tell her too."
- Fantsy Moment.
- Max: "Congratulations May, your Torchic evolved into Combusken."
- May: "Who are you kidding?! Do you think I'm some kind of idiot?! WHAT HAVE YOU TWO DONE WITH MY TORCHIC?!!!!"
- Back to reality.
- Ash and Max sigh.
- Ash: "Bad plan."
- Max: "You're right. She'll see right through that one."
Featured Pokémon: Lotad