Continuing toward Daybreak Town and Dawn's next Pokémon Contest, Ash and our gang meet up with a Snorlax that is exercising on a trampoline. Snorlax is being "scientifically trained" by its Trainer—a boy named Daniel. Daniel uses sophisticated methods and monitoring equipment to train his Pokémon, as the look of his physically fit Snorlax shows. Ash believes that tuning into a Pokémon's feelings is the superior way to train, but Daniel disagrees. When Ash challenges Daniel to a battle, Daniel informs our heroes of the Pokeathlon, which will be held that very day there in Camellia Town! Ash agrees to enter the sports event and compete against Daniel, among many other Trainers.
Ash and Daniel tie in the first round. The second round is only an exhibition performance. The third round is to be a challenging Hurdle Dash! Ash is excited at the prospect, but a disguised Team Rocket has set up a massage center, and asks both Daniel and Ash to leave their Pokémon there for a "relaxing massage"—with the real purpose of stealing Pikachu and Daniel's Snorlax! Daniel manages to free Pikachu from Team Rocket's grip, and the two Trainers are finally set to see their Pokémon compete in the Hurdle Dash. They stay neck-and-neck the whole way, but eventually Snorlax wins...by a belly!
When Ash congratulates Daniel and says his "scientific training" merits a closer look, Daniel sheepishly tells Ash that he is now more interested in a training style that concentrates on his Pokémon's feelings! So, with new friendship and mutual respect, Daniel says goodbye to our heroes, and they continue toward Daybreak Town.
The Pokémon on the Pokéathlon poster were all introduced in Generation II, referencing the fact that in the anime, the first Pokéathlon was held in Johto, a reference to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Possibly, Meowth also references the said games by mentioning "heart and soul" in the motto.
The same mecha used to torture Kaiser in the banned episode The Legend of Dratini appears in this episode.
Meowth breaks the fourth wall by saying "this is a reality show".
Ash and Brock mention events that happened off screen, namely that they knew of the Pokéathlon when traveling through Johto, the episodes of which aired before the Pokéathlon even existed.
Right in the beginning, Dawn is shown in the middle of Ash and Brock, but in the next scene, Ash is shown in the middle.
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