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DP109: Leading a Stray!

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Leading a Stray!
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: DP Galactic Battles Char. of the Day: Business man
Episode №: #575 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag January 8, 2009 Recurring: Jessie, James
UnitedStatesFlag June 6, 2009
Opening theme: Battle Cry - (Stand Up!) Minor: Business man
Badge(s): Coalbadge Forestbadge Cobblebadge Fenbadge Relicbadge Minebadge Setting: Chocovine Town
Pokémon: Pikachu (Ash's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Wobbuffet (Jessie's), Grotle (Ash's), Buizel (Ash's), Piplup (Dawn's), Pachirisu (Dawn's), Mamoswine (Dawn's), Happiny (Brock's), Wailmer → Wailord (evolved, multiple), Luxio (debut), Nidoran♂ (multiple), Nidoran♀ (multiple), Mothim (multiple), Zubat (multiple), Spheal (multiple), Venonat (multiple), Teddiursa (multiple), Rattata (multiple), Whismur, Swampert
Pokémon: DP Galactic Battles


With Ash's sixth Gym Badge won, he and his friends prepare to head to Chocovine Town for Dawn's next Contest. However, the boats are unable to leave because the harbor is blocked by a school of Wailord. They have a picnic to wait out the blockade when a Luxio appears and begins to steal food from the group. Piplup and Pikachu attempt to stop the Luxio, but a Whismur and Nidoran help Luxio and manage to steal the food. Ash chases them into the sewer to find many Pokémon living in a chamber in the sewers, and that Luxio is their leader. Dawn and Brock try to follow him, but a short battle with Team Rocket leaves the manhole cover sealed shut. Brock's Happiny tries to pull it off, but to no avail. Dawn then sends out her Mamoswine but it, as usual, doesn't listen to her. Dawn bribes Mamoswine with Poffins to open the manhole cover. It charges at Dawn and stomps on the ground, opening the manhole cover and sending Dawn and her Poffins into the air. Mamoswine eats the Poffins as they fall; Happiny catches Dawn. Down in the sewers, Piplup leads the gang around the sewers to find Ash, although they often just miss each other.

Ash keeps following Luxio until he sees a Wailmer stranded on a walkway in the sewers, too tired to move. He sends out Buizel to hydrate Wailmer, and help it get into the water. He figures out that the Wailord are probably worried about it, and decide to help it out. They head up the sewers toward the ocean, though they run into a drop on the way there. With a rope and the help of the other Pokémon, they are able to pull Wailmer over the first drop, but then are blocked by another huge drop. Ash enlists the help of all the Pokémon in the sewer, making an ice ramp up the drop and pushing Wailmer up on a sled. The plan works until the ramp crumbles half-way, and the Wailmer is struggling air-born. A Venonat asks Luxio to hit him up, which knocks Wailmer the rest of the way up the drop.

Dawn and Brock finally catch up with Ash, but when they are in sight of the exit, an angry Swampert comes after them, protecting its territory. Ash tries to reason with it, but it attacks instead. He is about to have Pikachu attack, but Brock points out that electric attacks won't affect it, as it is part Ground-type. Ash calls out Grotle instead, attacking with Razor Leaf and sneaking by while Swampert is knocked out. Wailmer finally gets out of the sewers, but evolves right before he gets past a bridge. As a Wailord, he's much too big to fit under the bridge, but thankfully it's a drawbridge. Using Pikachu, Luxio and Pachirisu, they try to override the controls with electricity to raise the bridge, but they aren't enough alone. To make matters worse, Swampert has recovered and is coming after Wailord. Luxio lets out a cry, calling all the sewer Pokémon to come and join, despite not being Electric types, they can use Shock Wave. The bridge raises, Wailord gets out, and the wake of Wailord knocks Swampert back. With the Wailord reunited, they all get excited and finally unblock the harbor, allowing Ash and friends to continue.




  • Music from Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and Pikachu and Pichu are used as background music.
  • Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Finneon
  • The delay of ships by certain whale Pokémon is similar to the events that happen in Lilycove City in the games.
  • A minor reference to the events of The Rise of Darkrai occurs during this episode, as Ash recognizes Luxio on sight despite his only encounter with one occurring in Alamos Town.
  • This episode, which focused on saving a whale Pokémon, premiered on the same weekend that the Whale Wars first episode of the second season first aired.
  • The way Team Rocket's mecha in this episode appeared is similar to how the Transformers appear.
  • Team Rocket doesn't recite their motto in this episode.


  • When the Rattata and Nidoran♂ are cheering after Wailord swims through the opened draw bridge, one can hear Pikachu talking. However, Pikachu's mouth, as well as the rest of his body, does not move.
  • Nidoran♂ uses Bite alongside Nidoran♀ despite being unable to legally learn the move.
  • When Ash stops Pikachu from attacking Swampert and brings out a Poké Ball, Pikachu can still be heard in the background attacking.

Dub edits

  • In the first airing of the episode, the end credits were shown twice.


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