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|name = Showdown in Pewter City
 
|name = Showdown in Pewter City
 
|jname = ニビジムのたたかい
 
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|jnum = 005
 
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|jair = Apr-29-1997
 
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|songs = Pokémon Theme Song (Gotta Catch 'Em All)
 
|songs = Pokémon Theme Song (Gotta Catch 'Em All)
 
|songs2 = Pokémon Theme Song
 
|songs2 = Pokémon Theme Song
|guest = [[Flint]]
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|guest = [[Flint (Kanto)|Flint]]
|machars = [[Ash Ketchum]], [[Misty (anime)|Misty]], [[Brock]]
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|machars = [[Ash Ketchum]], [[Misty (anime)|Misty]], [[Brock (anime)|Brock]]
 
|rchars = [[Jessie]], [[James]], [[Nurse Joy]] <small>(of [[Pewter City]])</small>
 
|rchars = [[Jessie]], [[James]], [[Nurse Joy]] <small>(of [[Pewter City]])</small>
|michars = [[Flint]], Brock's siblings <small>(including Suzie, Timmy, Tommy, Cindy and Forrest)</small>
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|michars = [[Flint (Kanto)|Flint]], Brock's siblings <small>(including Suzie, Timmy, Tommy, Cindy and [[Forrest (Kanto)|Forrest]])</small>
 
|pchars = [[Team Rocket's Meowth]], [[Ash's Pikachu]], [[Brock's Onix]], [[Brock's Geodude]], [[Ash's Pidgeot|Ash's Pidgeotto]]
 
|pchars = [[Team Rocket's Meowth]], [[Ash's Pikachu]], [[Brock's Onix]], [[Brock's Geodude]], [[Ash's Pidgeot|Ash's Pidgeotto]]
 
|local = [[Pewter City]], [[Pewter City Gym]]
 
|local = [[Pewter City]], [[Pewter City Gym]]
 
|major = Ash and Misty arrive to [[Pewter City]]. Ash and Misty meet Brock, the Pewter City's Gym Leader. Ash's Pikachu learns [[Thunderbolt]]. Brock is revealed to have an Onix and a Geodude. Brock's Onix knows Bind. Ash receives the [[Badge|Boulder Badge]]. Brock joins Ash and Misty. Ash and co. go to Cerulean City.
 
|major = Ash and Misty arrive to [[Pewter City]]. Ash and Misty meet Brock, the Pewter City's Gym Leader. Ash's Pikachu learns [[Thunderbolt]]. Brock is revealed to have an Onix and a Geodude. Brock's Onix knows Bind. Ash receives the [[Badge|Boulder Badge]]. Brock joins Ash and Misty. Ash and co. go to Cerulean City.
 
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{{nihongo|Showdown in Pewter City|ニビジムのたたかい|Pewter Gym Battle}} is the 5th episode of [[Pokémon: Indigo League]].
{{nihongo|Showdown in Pewter City|ニビジムのたたかい|Pewter Gym Battle}} is the fifth episode of the Pokémon anime series, except in the United States, where it was broadcast sixth due to [[Battle Aboard the St. Anne]] being aired as the first episode. The episode was first broadcast in Japan on April 29, 1997 and in the United States on September 14, 1998.
 
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
Ash and Misty arrive to Pewter City, where Ash aims to win his first Gym Badge. However, his opponent, Brock is a skilled Rock-type Gym Leader and Ash almost loses the battle. A stranger shows Ash that Brock takes care of his brothers and sisters, then trains his Pikachu to win. During the battle, however, Ash has doubts if he should win, as it would break the hearts of Brock's siblings...
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[[Ash Ketchum|Ash]] and [[Misty (anime)|Misty]] arrive to [[Pewter City]], where Ash aims to win his first [[Gym Badge]]. However, his opponent, [[Brock (anime)|Brock]] is a skilled Rock-type Gym Leader and Ash almost loses the battle. A [[Flint (Kanto)|stranger]] shows Ash that Brock takes care of his [[Brock's siblings|brothers and sisters]], then trains his [[Ash's Pikachu|Pikachu]] to win. During the battle, however, Ash has doubts if he should win, as it would break the hearts of Brock's siblings...
   
 
==Episode Plot==
 
==Episode Plot==
The episode begins with [[Jessie]] and [[James]] digging a hole to trap [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]], [[Misty (Anime)|Misty]] and [[Ash's Pikachu|Pikachu]]. They dig the hole and cover it with soil, however, they cover it so well that they fall into their own trap and the soil falls in on top of them. Ash, Misty and Pikachu are then walking up to the edge of [[Pewter City]] and an 'old guy' called [[Flint]], who sells Pewter City souvenir rocks. Flint then shows them the way to the [[Pokémon Center]] where he meets the [[Nurse Joy]] of Pewter City who recognises him. Nurse Joy tells a confused Ash that she knows about him after talking to [[Nurse Joy|her sister]] in [[Viridian City]]. Nurse Joy points to a poster advertising the regional championships and Ash says that he will enter once he earns enough badges.
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The episode begins with [[Jessie]] and [[James]] digging a hole to trap Ash, Misty and Pikachu. They dig the hole and cover it with soil, however, they cover it so well that they fall into their own trap and the soil falls in on top of them. Ash, Misty and Pikachu are then walking up to the edge of Pewter City and an 'old guy' called Flint, who sells Pewter City souvenir rocks. Flint then shows them the way to the [[Pokémon Center]] where he meets the [[Nurse Joy]] of Pewter City who recognizes him. Nurse Joy tells a confused Ash that she knows about him after talking to her sister in [[Viridian City]]. Nurse Joy points to a poster advertising the regional championships and Ash says that he will enter once he earns enough badges.
   
Flint then re-enters the scene and asks Ash if he intends on challenging the local gym leader, [[Brock]] and begins to laugh after listening to Ash's confidence before walking away. Ash and Misty are then shown talking about the upcoming gym battle in a restaurant and Misty offers her help, which Ash declines. Misty then leaves, saying that Ash won't defeat Brock, leaving Ash to foot the bill. Ash returns to the Pokémon Center and picks up his Pokémon. He heads to the [[Pewter Gym]] and challenges Brock to a match. Brock asks Ash whether this is his first match and then explains the special rules involved in gym battles. Brock then brings the gym field into the gym itself, forcing Ash and Pikachu to run out of the way.
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Flint then re-enters the scene and asks Ash if he intends on challenging the local gym leader, Brock and begins to laugh after listening to Ash's confidence before walking away. Ash and Misty are then shown talking about the upcoming gym battle in a restaurant and Misty offers her help, which Ash declines. Misty then leaves, saying that Ash won't defeat Brock, leaving Ash to foot the bill. Ash returns to the Pokémon Center and picks up his Pokémon. He heads to the [[Pewter City Gym|Pewter Gym]] and challenges Brock to a match. Brock asks Ash whether this is his first match and then explains the special rules involved in gym battles. Brock then brings the gym field into the gym itself, forcing Ash and Pikachu to run out of the way.
   
The gym battle begins with Ash sending Pikachu on to the gym field and Brock sends out his [[Brock's Steelix|Onix]]. Pikachu runs away and tags [[Ash's Pidgeot|Pidgeotto's]] [[Poké Ball]] but is sent back into the match by Ash. Onix then uses its [[Bind]] attack on Pikachu, who responds by using a [[thundershock]], which has no effect on Onix. Ash attempts to recall Pikachu, but it is blocked by Onix. Onix continues to use Bind until Ash surrenders in order to protect Pikachu.
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The gym battle begins with Ash sending Pikachu on to the gym field and Brock sends out his [[Brock's Steelix|Onix]]. Pikachu runs away and tags [[Ash's Pidgeot|Pidgeotto's]] [[Poké Ball]] but is sent back into the match by Ash. Onix then uses its [[Bind]] attack on Pikachu, who responds by using a [[Thundershock]], which has no effect on Onix. Ash attempts to recall Pikachu, but it is blocked by Onix. Onix continues to use Bind until Ash surrenders in order to protect Pikachu.
   
A dejected Ash leaves the Pewter Gym carrying Pikachu and meets Flint outside, who tells Ash to follow him. They go back to Flint's cabin where Pikachu is asleep recovering. Ash talks highly of Brock and Flint says that Brock's skills could see him go further than just being the gym leader. They go to Brock's house where Brock is seen cooking and then sowing Suzie's skirt after she tears it. Ash and Flint then leave and walk through Pewter City, with Flint telling Ash that Brock can not leave as he has to look after his siblings after his 'good-for-nothing' father left to become a Pokémon trainer and his mother passed away.
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A dejected Ash leaves the Pewter Gym carrying Pikachu and meets Flint outside, who tells Ash to follow him. They go back to Flint's cabin where Pikachu is asleep recovering. Ash talks highly of Brock and Flint says that Brock's skills could see him go further than just being the gym leader. They go to Brock's house where Brock is seen cooking and then sowing Suzie's skirt after she tears it. Ash and Flint then leave and walk through Pewter City, with Flint telling Ash that Brock can not leave as he has to look after his siblings after his 'good-for-nothing' father left to become a Pokémon trainer and his [[Lola|mother]] passed away.
   
 
Flint then takes Ash to a hydro-electric power plant on the outskirts of the city and says that it can be used to power up Pikachu. Ash asks Flint how he can know so much about Pokémon, with Flint responding that he just got lucky. Flint explains that the river is dry but that he has another idea. Ash then goes on to the water wheel and begins to push the wheel round using by walking on the wheel. This begins to power up the generator, which is connected to Pikachu, who begins to feel the pain of the increased electricity. Misty then appears and again offers her help in defeating Brock, with Ash telling her that he wants to defeat Brock by using the Pokémon that he raised. Ash continues to power the generator until it overloads.
 
Flint then takes Ash to a hydro-electric power plant on the outskirts of the city and says that it can be used to power up Pikachu. Ash asks Flint how he can know so much about Pokémon, with Flint responding that he just got lucky. Flint explains that the river is dry but that he has another idea. Ash then goes on to the water wheel and begins to push the wheel round using by walking on the wheel. This begins to power up the generator, which is connected to Pikachu, who begins to feel the pain of the increased electricity. Misty then appears and again offers her help in defeating Brock, with Ash telling her that he wants to defeat Brock by using the Pokémon that he raised. Ash continues to power the generator until it overloads.
   
The next day he and Pikachu return to the Pewter Gym and challenge Brock once again. Brock starts the match with his [[Brock's Geodude|Geodude]] while Ash choose Pidgeotto. Ash has Pidgeotto use [[Gust]] attack, which fails to cause any damage and Geodude then begins trying to punch Pidgeotto. Misty is shown watching from the rafters, with Brock's siblings joining her. Pidgeotto then falls to the ground, exhausted, and Pikachu enters the battle. Pikachu uses a powerful thundershock to knock out Geodude, despite the type disadvantage. Brock then recalls Geodude and sends out Onix. A scared Pikachu then begins to use thundershock, not caring about where it aims. The thundershock causes a fire to start in the rafters. Onix, however, traps Pikachu using its Bind attack. Pikachu lets off a [[Thunderbolt]] attack, which causes Onix pain but when Pikachu runs out of energy Onix continues with its Bind attack.
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The next day he and Pikachu return to the Pewter Gym and challenge Brock once again. Brock starts the match with his [[Brock's Geodude|Geodude]] while Ash choose Pidgeotto. Ash has Pidgeotto use [[Gust]] attack, which fails to cause any damage and Geodude then begins trying to punch Pidgeotto. Misty is shown watching from the rafters, with Brock's siblings joining her. Pidgeotto then falls to the ground, exhausted, and Pikachu enters the battle. Pikachu uses a powerful Thundershock to knock out Geodude, despite the type disadvantage. Brock then recalls Geodude and sends out Onix. A scared Pikachu then begins to use Thundershock, not caring about where it aims. The thundershock causes a fire to start in the rafters. Onix, however, traps Pikachu using its Bind attack. Pikachu lets off a [[Thunderbolt]] attack, which causes Onix pain but when Pikachu runs out of energy Onix continues with its Bind attack.
   
Brock tells Onix to release Pikachu but Ash refuses to end the match. The sprinklers in the gym go off due to the fire and Misty tells Ash that rock types are weak against water. Pikachu then uses an electric attack, which weakens Onix to the point that it collapses. Ash tells Pikachu to 'finish it off' but is held back by Brock's siblings, although he initially believes it is his conscience holding him back. Brock tells his siblings to leave Ash alone because it is an official match, although his siblings tell Brock that they can not watch Onix take more punishment because Brock trained hard to raise Onix.
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Brock tells Onix to release Pikachu but Ash refuses to end the match. The sprinklers in the gym go off due to the fire and Misty tells Ash that rock types are weak against water. Pikachu then uses an electric attack, which weakens Onix to the point that it collapses. Ash tells Pikachu to "finish it off" but is held back by Brock's siblings, although he initially believes it is his conscience holding him back. Brock tells his siblings to leave Ash alone because it is an official match, although his siblings tell Brock that they can not watch Onix take more punishment because Brock trained hard to raise Onix.
   
Ash then realises that he would not have beaten Brock without the sprinklers going off and recalls Pikachu. Later Ash and Pikachu are seen walking away from Pewter City but are stopped by Brock, who runs after them. Brock then gives Ash his first badge, the Boulder Badge, and tells Ash that he defeated him both in battle and in being kind to Pokémon. Brock then tells Ash that he can not leave because he needs to look after his siblings. Flint then turns up and takes off his disguise, revealing himself to be the 'good-for-nothing' father of Brock. Flint then reveals that he could not face his family after failing to be a Pokémon trainer but that he should not take on his responsibilities as a father.
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Ash then realizes that he would not have beaten Brock without the sprinklers going off and recalls Pikachu. Later Ash and Pikachu are seen walking away from Pewter City but are stopped by Brock, who runs after them. Brock then gives Ash his first badge, the [[Gym Badges#Boulder Badge|Boulder Badge]], and tells Ash that he defeated him both in battle and in being kind to Pokémon. Brock then tells Ash that he can not leave because he needs to look after his siblings. Flint then turns up and takes off his disguise, revealing himself to be the 'good-for-nothing' father of Brock. Flint then reveals that he could not face his family after failing to be a Pokémon trainer but that he should not take on his responsibilities as a father.
   
Ash then asks Flint why he helped him and not Brock, with Flint responding that Ash reminded him of himself as he didn't seem to have a chance on his own. Flint tells Brock to go fulfil his dreams. Brock then hands Flint a needle and tells him that Suzie always tears her dress, Timmy only eats cold spaghetti for breakfast, Tommy likes cornflakes for dinner, that Cindy sleep walks so he should tie a bell to her and that the twins do not like to bath. Ash, Brock and Pikachu then begin to walk off. Brock thanks Ash for allowing him to join him on his journey and points out Misty, who continues to chase Ash for another bike or the money to buy one. Ash decides to run away, with Pikachu and Brock following, in an attempt to lose Misty. They begin to run off and the camera shows Jessie, James and Meowth digging their way out of the ground, although they are trampled on by the running Ash, Pikachu, Brock and Misty. A depressed Jessie then reflects on Team Rocket's fate and states that they've 'reached rock bottom', just before they fall back into the hole as the episode ends.
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Ash then asks Flint why he helped him and not Brock, with Flint responding that Ash reminded him of himself as he didn't seem to have a chance on his own. Flint tells Brock to go fulfill his dreams. Brock then hands Flint a needle and tells him that Suzie always tears her dress, Timmy only eats cold spaghetti for breakfast, Tommy likes cornflakes for dinner, that Cindy sleep walks so he should tie a bell to her and that the twins do not like to bath. Ash, Brock and Pikachu then begin to walk off. Brock thanks Ash for allowing him to join him on his journey and points out Misty, who continues to chase Ash for another bike or the money to buy one. Ash decides to run away, with Pikachu and Brock following, in an attempt to lose Misty. They begin to run off and the camera shows Jessie, James and [[Team Rocket's Meowth|Meowth]] digging their way out of the ground, although they are trampled on by the running Ash, Pikachu, Brock and Misty. A depressed Jessie then reflects on Team Rocket's fate and states that they've 'reached rock bottom', just before they fall back into the hole as the episode ends.
   
 
==Debuts==
 
==Debuts==
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===Character===
* [[Flint]]
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* [[Flint (Kanto)|Flint]]
* [[Brock]]
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* [[Brock (anime)|Brock]]
* Brock's siblings
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* [[Brock's siblings]]
 
** Suzie
 
** Suzie
 
** Timmy
 
** Timmy
 
** Tommy
 
** Tommy
 
** Cindy
 
** Cindy
** Forrest
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** [[Forrest (Kanto)|Forrest]]
   
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===Pokémon===
 
* [[Brock's Steelix|Brock's Onix]]
 
* [[Brock's Steelix|Brock's Onix]]
* [[Brock's Geodude]]
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* [[Geodude]] [[Brock's Geodude|(Brock's)]]
   
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===Item===
[[Badge|Boulder Badge]]
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[[Gym Badges#Boulder Badge|Boulder Badge]]
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===Move===
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*[[Thunderbolt]]
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*[[Bind]]
   
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Brock reveals the names of four of his siblings: Suzie, Timmy, Tommy and Cindy, and that two of siblings are twins. One of Brock's younger brothers is later revealed to be called [[Forrest]].
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[[File:IL005 Japanese Onix.png|thumb]]
* In a poster about the Pokémon League all the symbols, except fighting and colourless, from the Pokémon Trading Card Game are printed on it.
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[[File:Who's That Pokémon (IL005).png|thumb|Who's that Pokémon? (Onix)]]
* Team Rocket was not encountered in this episode though they were seen at the beginning and the end.
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*Brock reveals the names of four of his siblings: Suzie, Timmy, Tommy and Cindy, and that two of siblings are twins. One of Brock's younger brothers is later revealed to be called [[Forrest (Kanto)|Forrest]].
* The Who's That Pokémon? in this episode is Onix.
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*In a poster about the Pokémon League all the symbols, except fighting and colorless, from the Pokémon Trading Card Game are printed on it.
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*Team Rocket was not encountered in this episode though they were seen at the beginning and the end.
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*The Who's That Pokémon? in this episode is Onix.
   
 
===Mistakes===
 
===Mistakes===
* Brock has nine siblings, not ten, as stated in the episode.
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*Brock has nine siblings, not ten, as stated in the episode.
* Though Flint told Ash Brock's mom passed away, later, she appears.
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*Though Flint told Ash Brock's mom passed away, later, she appears.
* Though Pikachu used Thunderbolt on Geodude and Onix, they should've resisted it due to them being Rock-type Pokémon.
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**This mistranslation was also supported by the fact that she was merely in a coma.
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*Though Pikachu used Thunderbolt on Geodude and Onix, they should have resisted it due to them being Rock-type Pokémon.
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===Dub diffrences===
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In the dub Flint told Ash that [[Lola]], Brock's mother, was heartbroken and tried to keep everything together, but passed away, while in the original, she left because she was sick of complaining with his father.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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IL005 Japanese Title Card.png|Japanese Title Card
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IL005- Showdown in Pewter City.png|English Title Card
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 02.png|Team Rocket fell in their own trap
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 02.png|Team Rocket fell in their own trap
 
IL005 1.jpg|Ash and Misty encounter a rock trader
 
IL005 1.jpg|Ash and Misty encounter a rock trader
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IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 09.png|Ash came to the Pewter Gym
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 09.png|Ash came to the Pewter Gym
 
IL005 2.jpg|Brock appears
 
IL005 2.jpg|Brock appears
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 12.png|Brock gives Ash the challenge
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 12.png|Brock gives Ash the challenge
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 14.png|Pikachu fails to hurt Onix
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IL005 Im007.png|Pikachu fails to hurt Onix
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IL005 3.jpg|Ash sees Brock is much important than he looks
 
IL005 3.jpg|Ash sees Brock is much important than he looks
 
IL005 4.jpg|Ash moves the mill
 
IL005 4.jpg|Ash moves the mill
 
IL005 5.jpg|Pikachu gets powered up
 
IL005 5.jpg|Pikachu gets powered up
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IL005 Im010.png|Ash and Pikachu are ready to face Brock, Again
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 16.png|Pidgeotto fights Geodude
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 16.png|Pidgeotto fights Geodude
 
IL005 6.jpg|Brock's siblings watch the fight
 
IL005 6.jpg|Brock's siblings watch the fight
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 19.png|Pikachu's Thunderbolt wounds Onix
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IL005 Im003.png|Pikachu's Thunderbolt wounds Onix
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 20.png|Ash got binded by Brock's siblings
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 20.png|Ash got binded by Brock's siblings
 
IL005 7.jpg|Brock decides to give Ash the badge
 
IL005 7.jpg|Brock decides to give Ash the badge
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 22.png|The Boulder Badge
 
IL005- Showdown in Pewter City 22.png|The Boulder Badge
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Showdown in Pewter City (ニビジムのたたかい)
IL005
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Indigo League Char. of the Day: Flint
Episode №: #005 Main: Ash Ketchum, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag Apr-29-1997 Recurring: Jessie, James, Nurse Joy (of Pewter City)
UnitedStatesFlag Sep-14-1998
Opening Theme: Pokémon Theme Song Minor: Flint, Brock's siblings (including Suzie, Timmy, Tommy, Cindy and Forrest)
Badge(s): Boulderbadge Setting: Pewter City, Pewter City Gym
Pokémon: Team Rocket's Meowth, Ash's Pikachu, Brock's Onix, Brock's Geodude, Ash's Pidgeotto
Major event(s)
Ash and Misty arrive to Pewter City. Ash and Misty meet Brock, the Pewter City's Gym Leader. Ash's Pikachu learns Thunderbolt. Brock is revealed to have an Onix and a Geodude. Brock's Onix knows Bind. Ash receives the Boulder Badge. Brock joins Ash and Misty. Ash and co. go to Cerulean City.
Pokémon: Indigo League

Showdown in Pewter City (Japanese: ニビジムのたたかい Pewter Gym Battle) is the 5th episode of Pokémon: Indigo League.

SynopsisEdit

Ash and Misty arrive to Pewter City, where Ash aims to win his first Gym Badge. However, his opponent, Brock is a skilled Rock-type Gym Leader and Ash almost loses the battle. A stranger shows Ash that Brock takes care of his brothers and sisters, then trains his Pikachu to win. During the battle, however, Ash has doubts if he should win, as it would break the hearts of Brock's siblings...

Episode PlotEdit

The episode begins with Jessie and James digging a hole to trap Ash, Misty and Pikachu. They dig the hole and cover it with soil, however, they cover it so well that they fall into their own trap and the soil falls in on top of them. Ash, Misty and Pikachu are then walking up to the edge of Pewter City and an 'old guy' called Flint, who sells Pewter City souvenir rocks. Flint then shows them the way to the Pokémon Center where he meets the Nurse Joy of Pewter City who recognizes him. Nurse Joy tells a confused Ash that she knows about him after talking to her sister in Viridian City. Nurse Joy points to a poster advertising the regional championships and Ash says that he will enter once he earns enough badges.

Flint then re-enters the scene and asks Ash if he intends on challenging the local gym leader, Brock and begins to laugh after listening to Ash's confidence before walking away. Ash and Misty are then shown talking about the upcoming gym battle in a restaurant and Misty offers her help, which Ash declines. Misty then leaves, saying that Ash won't defeat Brock, leaving Ash to foot the bill. Ash returns to the Pokémon Center and picks up his Pokémon. He heads to the Pewter Gym and challenges Brock to a match. Brock asks Ash whether this is his first match and then explains the special rules involved in gym battles. Brock then brings the gym field into the gym itself, forcing Ash and Pikachu to run out of the way.

The gym battle begins with Ash sending Pikachu on to the gym field and Brock sends out his Onix. Pikachu runs away and tags Pidgeotto's Poké Ball but is sent back into the match by Ash. Onix then uses its Bind attack on Pikachu, who responds by using a Thundershock, which has no effect on Onix. Ash attempts to recall Pikachu, but it is blocked by Onix. Onix continues to use Bind until Ash surrenders in order to protect Pikachu.

A dejected Ash leaves the Pewter Gym carrying Pikachu and meets Flint outside, who tells Ash to follow him. They go back to Flint's cabin where Pikachu is asleep recovering. Ash talks highly of Brock and Flint says that Brock's skills could see him go further than just being the gym leader. They go to Brock's house where Brock is seen cooking and then sowing Suzie's skirt after she tears it. Ash and Flint then leave and walk through Pewter City, with Flint telling Ash that Brock can not leave as he has to look after his siblings after his 'good-for-nothing' father left to become a Pokémon trainer and his mother passed away.

Flint then takes Ash to a hydro-electric power plant on the outskirts of the city and says that it can be used to power up Pikachu. Ash asks Flint how he can know so much about Pokémon, with Flint responding that he just got lucky. Flint explains that the river is dry but that he has another idea. Ash then goes on to the water wheel and begins to push the wheel round using by walking on the wheel. This begins to power up the generator, which is connected to Pikachu, who begins to feel the pain of the increased electricity. Misty then appears and again offers her help in defeating Brock, with Ash telling her that he wants to defeat Brock by using the Pokémon that he raised. Ash continues to power the generator until it overloads.

The next day he and Pikachu return to the Pewter Gym and challenge Brock once again. Brock starts the match with his Geodude while Ash choose Pidgeotto. Ash has Pidgeotto use Gust attack, which fails to cause any damage and Geodude then begins trying to punch Pidgeotto. Misty is shown watching from the rafters, with Brock's siblings joining her. Pidgeotto then falls to the ground, exhausted, and Pikachu enters the battle. Pikachu uses a powerful Thundershock to knock out Geodude, despite the type disadvantage. Brock then recalls Geodude and sends out Onix. A scared Pikachu then begins to use Thundershock, not caring about where it aims. The thundershock causes a fire to start in the rafters. Onix, however, traps Pikachu using its Bind attack. Pikachu lets off a Thunderbolt attack, which causes Onix pain but when Pikachu runs out of energy Onix continues with its Bind attack.

Brock tells Onix to release Pikachu but Ash refuses to end the match. The sprinklers in the gym go off due to the fire and Misty tells Ash that rock types are weak against water. Pikachu then uses an electric attack, which weakens Onix to the point that it collapses. Ash tells Pikachu to "finish it off" but is held back by Brock's siblings, although he initially believes it is his conscience holding him back. Brock tells his siblings to leave Ash alone because it is an official match, although his siblings tell Brock that they can not watch Onix take more punishment because Brock trained hard to raise Onix.

Ash then realizes that he would not have beaten Brock without the sprinklers going off and recalls Pikachu. Later Ash and Pikachu are seen walking away from Pewter City but are stopped by Brock, who runs after them. Brock then gives Ash his first badge, the Boulder Badge, and tells Ash that he defeated him both in battle and in being kind to Pokémon. Brock then tells Ash that he can not leave because he needs to look after his siblings. Flint then turns up and takes off his disguise, revealing himself to be the 'good-for-nothing' father of Brock. Flint then reveals that he could not face his family after failing to be a Pokémon trainer but that he should not take on his responsibilities as a father.

Ash then asks Flint why he helped him and not Brock, with Flint responding that Ash reminded him of himself as he didn't seem to have a chance on his own. Flint tells Brock to go fulfill his dreams. Brock then hands Flint a needle and tells him that Suzie always tears her dress, Timmy only eats cold spaghetti for breakfast, Tommy likes cornflakes for dinner, that Cindy sleep walks so he should tie a bell to her and that the twins do not like to bath. Ash, Brock and Pikachu then begin to walk off. Brock thanks Ash for allowing him to join him on his journey and points out Misty, who continues to chase Ash for another bike or the money to buy one. Ash decides to run away, with Pikachu and Brock following, in an attempt to lose Misty. They begin to run off and the camera shows Jessie, James and Meowth digging their way out of the ground, although they are trampled on by the running Ash, Pikachu, Brock and Misty. A depressed Jessie then reflects on Team Rocket's fate and states that they've 'reached rock bottom', just before they fall back into the hole as the episode ends.

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Boulder Badge

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QuotesEdit

"How long have you been with that Pokémon?" — Brock
"About two weeks I guess." — Ash
"Yes. Your Pikachu is in its cutest stage." — Brock
"Pikachu." — Pikachu
"It can't win." — Brock
"Chu!"
"Hey Ash, are you sure it's OK if I go with you on your Pokémon journey?" — Brock
"Sure I'm sure, the more the merrier. And it's good to have somebody to talk with." — Ash
"Well what about that girl who keeps following you?" — Brock
"Don't forget about my bike Ash Ketchum! I'm gonna follow you till you pay me back." — Misty
"I know, I KNOW! Pikachu, let's try to lose her." — Ash
"Chu." — Pikachu
"Wait up Ash!" — Brock
"You won't get away." — Misty

TriviaEdit

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Who's That Pokémon (IL005)

Who's that Pokémon? (Onix)

  • Brock reveals the names of four of his siblings: Suzie, Timmy, Tommy and Cindy, and that two of siblings are twins. One of Brock's younger brothers is later revealed to be called Forrest.
  • In a poster about the Pokémon League all the symbols, except fighting and colorless, from the Pokémon Trading Card Game are printed on it.
  • Team Rocket was not encountered in this episode though they were seen at the beginning and the end.
  • The Who's That Pokémon? in this episode is Onix.

MistakesEdit

  • Brock has nine siblings, not ten, as stated in the episode.
  • Though Flint told Ash Brock's mom passed away, later, she appears.
    • This mistranslation was also supported by the fact that she was merely in a coma.
  • Though Pikachu used Thunderbolt on Geodude and Onix, they should have resisted it due to them being Rock-type Pokémon.

Dub diffrencesEdit

In the dub Flint told Ash that Lola, Brock's mother, was heartbroken and tried to keep everything together, but passed away, while in the original, she left because she was sick of complaining with his father.

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