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A Hurdle for Squrtile (ポケモンコンテスト・ヤマブキ大会!!(後編))
AG144
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Advanced Battle Char. of the Day: Lilian
Episode №: #418 Main: Ash, May, Brock, Max
Aired: JapanFlag September 22, 2005 Recurring: Jessie, James, Harley, Nurse Joy
UnitedStatesFlag June 24, 2006
Opening Theme: Unbeatable Minor: Lilian, Raoul Contesta, Mr. Sukizo, Miscellaneous coordinators
Badge(s): Knowledgesymbol Setting: Saffron City, Pokémon Contest
Pokémon: Pikachu (Ash's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Wobbuffet (Jessie's), Combusken (May's), Munchlax (May's), Squirtle (May's), Cacnea (James's), Cacturne (Harley's), Ariados (Harley's), Chansey (Nurse Joy's), Weedle, Pidgeot, Rattata, Oddish, Vileplume, Venonat, Mankey, Alakazam, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Tangela, Crobat, Walrein
Major event(s)
May wins her 1st ribbon in Kanto.
Pokémon: Advanced Battle

Plot

The announcer, Lilian, tells that the Contest is about to begin. May and Squrtile are anticipated to start, though Harley comes to apologise. May got smarter and does not believe him, telling him she will win that ribbon. Harley corrects her, telling she will lose. The announcer starts the Contest - the first one is Harley. Harley sends Cacturne, who uses Cotton Spore, and follows with Needle Arm, with spikes coming out of it and drilling the spores inside out. The judges are impressed, as well as the audience.

After some Contestants, Jessibella (aka Jessie) comes. Cacnea is sent out and hugs Jessie, who is hurt by its needles. The crowd is surprised, even feeling the pain, even if they shouldn't. Next, Cacnea uses Pin Missile, so some missiles merge, making sparkles. The judges let Jessie pass to next round, though Chancey intervenes, as she seems frozen by the pain.

May and Squrtile come - Squrtile is a bit afraid from all the crowd, but May tells it does not need to fear. She sends Combusken - she takes off her bandana and it is pushed higher by Combusken's Fire Spin. Also, Combusken uses Sky Uppercut, forming the bandana to its original state and May catches it and puts it on her head. The crowd is amazed, so May also advances to next round. The screen displays the next Contestants - among them are Jessie, Harley and May. The screen displays who will battle who, so May is up against an unknown Coordinator, while Harley needs to fight Jessie. Harley tells May that she was lucky, but will humiliate herself in final battle with him. Jessie comes, so Harley tells she will be her next "victim", but Jessie is not frightened of him.

The second round begins - Jessie sends Wobbuffet and Harley his Ariados. Jessie plans that with Counter she'll defeat Ariados, but Harley knows that she'll redirect the attack, so they both wait. Jessie tells Harley to attack, but he does not want to yet. Because of so much waiting, Lilian gives them yellow cards - both their points fall to half. Jessie and Harley bicker, so Lilian is about to lower their points to 0, so Harley begins - Ariados uses String Shot, so Wobbuffet uses Counter, but the move does not work - the strings cover Wobbuffet. Ariados moves the strings, controlling Wobbuffet like a puppet. To finish, Ariados pulls the strings, so Wobbuffet is launched on Ariados. Jessie is defeated, as she lost all her points. Jessie is depressed and falls.

May's Squrtile uses Bubble, defeating the Crobat. Harley's Ariados uses Spider Web, immobilising Walrein. Squrtile tackles Weepinbell, defeating it. So, May and Harley have to battle. May sends Squrtile and Harley his Ariados. Ariados uses String Shot, pulling itself to Squrtile, and scares it. Squrtile uses Ice Beam, but falls down and misses. Ariados uses String Shot, pulling Squrtile to itself. Ariados covers the stage, using Spider Web. Ariados releases Squrtile, who lands on the web. Ariados charges with Double Edge, so Squrtile uses Bubble on it, but with no effect.

Squrtile uses Ice Beam, releasing itself from the web and freezing Ariados and the web itself. Next, Squrtile uses Bubble, so Ariados is unfrozen, but has no balance on the frozen web. To end the fight, Squrtile tackles Ariados. Ariados is defeated, so May wins. Harley is angry and goes away, saying "the Contest must've been rigged". May gets her first Kanto ribbon. After the Contest, Brock tells her Squrtile's Ice Beam needs control, so she tells she needs to improve all attacks. So, now the gang goes to the Battle Arena, where Ash will get the 2nd symbol.

Trivia

  • Featured Pokemon: Groudon, Snorlax, Wailord
  • This is the last episode in which Lisa Adams voices Lilian, Andrew Rannels voices Harley, Bella Hudson voices Nurse Joy and Darren Dunstan voices Mr. Sukizo.

Errors

  • When Vivian tells the rules, she tells that 5 "badges" are neccesary to enter the Grand Festival.

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