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DP122: Stopped in the Name of Love!

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Stopped in the Name of Love!
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: DP Galactic Battles Char. of the Day: None
Episode №: #588 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag April 2, 2009 Recurring: Jessie, James, Kenny, Barry, Nurse Joy
UnitedStatesFlag August 29, 2009
Opening Theme: Battle Cry - (Stand Up!) Minor: None
Badge(s): Coalbadge Forestbadge Cobblebadge Fenbadge Relicbadge Minebadge Setting: Sandalstraw Town
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Dawn's Piplup, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Dawn's Buneary, Dawn's Pachirisu, Dawn's Ambipom, Dawn's Mamoswine, Jessie's Seviper, James' Carnivine, Kenny's Prinplup, Barry's Empoleon, Nurse Joy's Chansey, Ariados (x8), Budew, Jigglypuff
Major event(s)
Ash and co. arrive at Sandalstraw Town. Ash and co. learn about Pokemon Ping-Pong tournament where Barry will compete. Piplup starts evolving, but chooses not to. Dawn receives an Everstone from Nurse Joy to prevent Piplup from evolving.
Pokémon: DP Galactic Battles


When Ash and friends reach Sandalstraw Town, they meet two familiar friends: Kenny and Barry! Kenny plans to enter the Sandalstaw Contest while Barry is training for the upcoming Pokemon Ping-Pong competition--but their conversation is cut short when Piplup glows as if it's ready to evolve! However, Piplup uses Bide to stop its Evolution and isn't well, so it's off to the Pokemon Center, so Piplup can rest. Dawn uses this opportunity to talk to Piplup about Evolution, but it gets upset and runs away!

Everyone splits up to search the nearby forest and Dawn finds Piplup using Bide to stop its Evolution. She doesn't understand why it won't evolve and that makes Piplup angry enough to run away from her again. When Dawn chases Piplup deeper into the forest, she finds it stuck in an Ariados web. Dawn saves Piplup from the Ariados, but then they're surrounded by an entire swarm of Ariados! Piplup uses Bide to defeat them and Dawn realizes this is just like the day she and Piplup first met.

Barry and Kenny are also searching the forest for Piplup, but Barry's Empoleon and Kenny's Prinplup are kidnapped by Team Rocket's giant Piprinoleon robot! The robot finds and grabs Piplup too, so Dawn sneaks inside the robot and confronts Team Rocket. Piplup forces its way through a duct in the robot to reach Dawn and back her up; it's wanted to remain a Piplup, so it can protect Dawn. Piplup uses Whirlpool to bust open the robot and Dawn's friends arrive to provide support. With their help, Piplup sends Team Rocket shooting into the sky and Dawn promises to always be partners with her Piplup. No Evolution needed!

Later, at the Pokemon Center, Nurse Joy gives Dawn an Everstone to prevent Piplup from evolving. Now everyone can concentrate on the Sandalstraw Contest--as well as practicing their Pokemon Ping-Pong!


  • There is no Professor Oak's lecture following this episode.
  • Darkrai and Giratina replace Dialga and Palkia respectively in their appearance before and after the preview of the next episode.
  • Music from Pikachu and Pichu, Celebi: Voice of the Forest, and Pokémon Heroes is used during this episode.
  • In this episode, Dawn and Piplup underwent the same experience against a group of wild Ariados as when they first met; the same encounter that helped Piplup trust Dawn.
  • This episode is similar to Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden, where Ash's Bulbasaur was in the process of evolving and ultimately decided not to.
  • When the dub's title was revealed, it was originally thought to air with Old Rivals, New Tricks! on September 5, 2009 but was pulled back to August 29, 2009.
  • The dub title is a reference to Stop! In the Name of Love, a song recorded by The Supremes.


  • In the dub, when Dawn was talking to Ash she said "Plinplup" instead of "Prinplup".
  • After Piplup uses Whirlpool and destroys the mecha, when Piplup checks on Prinplup, its wings are the same color as its head and "cape" for a split second.
  • While Team Rocket is blasting off, the background keeps repeating clouds, despite the fact that they are going up, and not sideways.
    • Also, the background repeats the same frame the whole time.

Dub edits

  • In the dub, Piplup opted not to evolve in order to preserve the memories of the day he met Dawn. In the original, Piplup didn't want to evolve because he was afraid of ending up like Mamoswine.
  • In the European Portuguese dub, Kenny reads the title card.


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