On their way to the site of Dawn's next contest, a Pokémon Trainer named Clayton and his Mr. Mime challenge Ash and Buizel to a battle. After losing easily, the two decide to train, which culminates with Buizel learning Ice Punch. Will Buizel be able to defeat the Barrier Pokémon in a rematch or will Ash and Buizel's hard training be for naught?
Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Charmeleon
Challenger!! is used as background music when Ash was teaching Buizel Ice Punch.
Music from Pikachu's PikaBoo, Jirachi Wish Maker, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, and Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea is used as background music.
A live action version of Which One ~ Is It? is used as the ending song.
This episode surpasses the previous 31 episode gap where Ash does not earn a Gym Badge, which happened between The Grass Menagerie! & A Triple Fighting Chance!. This gap started with Sliding Into Seventh!.
The English title of this episode is a reference to the phrase "short and to the point".
With this episode, the Sinnoh League journey is now the longest running arc of the anime, surpassing the 158 episodes of the Johto League saga of the original series.
This is the last episode to be produced by Team Iguchi. OLM/OLM Digital handled the animation from DP160 until DP163.
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