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Love at First Flight
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Advanced Challenge Char. of the Day: Romeo, Juliet
Episode №: #316 Main: Ash, May, Max, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag September 11, 2003 Recurring: Jessie, James, Giovanni (fantasy), Nurse Joy
UnitedStatesFlag October 16, 2004
Opening theme: This Dream Minor: None
Badge(s): Stonebadge Knucklebadge Dynamobadge Setting: Unknown
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Ash's Corphish, Brock's Lotad, Brock's Mudkip, Jessie's Seviper, Juliet's Illumise, Romeo's Volbeat (multiple), Rapidash (fantasy)
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge


The pair then bow to one another, as dance partners would, and begin flying around one another in a wide circle. Brock identifies them for what they are (Volbeat and Illumise), prompting May and Ash to pull out their Pokédexes: May's identifies Illumise, and Ash's Volbeat. The two Firefly Pokémon are still dancing about. While watching, a Nurse Joy greets the group, asking of they are here for the May Festival, for the dance performance of Illumise and Volbeat. She notes that it is almost time for the practice runs, and indicated two people standing out on the lake's pier, saying they are Volbeat and Illumise's Trainers, Romeo and Juliet.



  • Illumise
  • Volbeat


  • The dub title is based on the phrase "Love at first sight".
  • For reasons unknown, this episode was pulled over and aired on a later date.
  • This is the fourth episode that makes a reference to William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The other three are Lights, Camera, Quack-tion, Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon? and Fly Me to the Moon and the first outside of the original series.
    • It is also the second based on the play to focus on two Pokémon that are gender counterparts. This time, however, it is the Trainers who are named for the leads.
  • This is the last episode where Megan Hollingshead plays Nurse Joy.
  • This episode marks the second time that Ash has crossdressed. He has crossdressed before in Pokémon Scent-sation!, and again in the future in Tanks for the Memories!. Brock falls madly in love with Ash when he is dressed as Juliet, which hasn't happened before. This is probably because the first time, he was dressed as a girl too young for Brock to fall in love with; the next time Ash would crossdress, Brock doesn't witness the event.
  • In this episode, Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto.


  • While the Trainer's choice is correct in establishing that Plusle is effective against Mudkip, Roselia, being a Grass type, is also just as effective, if not more due to Mudkip, while not a Ground type yet, commonly carrying Ground-type moves.
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