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|season = Pokémon: Indigo League
 
|season = Pokémon: Indigo League
 
|songs = Pokémon Theme Song (Gotta Catch 'Em All)
 
|songs = Pokémon Theme Song (Gotta Catch 'Em All)
|guest = [[Lt. Surge]]
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|guest = [[Lt. Surge (anime)|Lt. Surge]]
|machars = [[Ash]], [[Misty]], [[Brock]]
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|machars = [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]], [[Misty (anime)|Misty]], [[Brock (anime)|Brock]]
 
|rchars = [[Nurse Joy]], [[Jessie]], [[James]]
 
|rchars = [[Nurse Joy]], [[Jessie]], [[James]]
|michars = [[Lt. Surge]], Surges gym assistants
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|michars = [[Lt. Surge (anime)|Lt. Surge]], Surges gym assistants
|pchars = [[Ash's Pikachu]], [[Team Rocket's Meowth]], [[Rattata]], [[Pidgey]], [[Bellsprout]], [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]]
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|pchars = [[Ash's Pikachu]], [[Team Rocket's Meowth]], [[Rattata]], [[Pidgey]], [[Bellsprout]], [[Lt. Surge's Raichu (anime)|Lt. Surge's Raichu]]
 
|local = [[Vermilion City]], [[Vermilion City Gym]]
 
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|major = Ash and co. arrive to Vermilion City. Ash and co. meet Lt. Surge, the Vermilion City's Gym Leader. Ash wins the Thunder Badge. Pikachu knows Quick Attack and Agility.
 
|major = Ash and co. arrive to Vermilion City. Ash and co. meet Lt. Surge, the Vermilion City's Gym Leader. Ash wins the Thunder Badge. Pikachu knows Quick Attack and Agility.
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{{nihongo|Electric Shock Showdown|でんげきたいけつ!クチバジム|Electric Battle! Vermilion Gym}} is the 14th episode of [[Pokémon: Indigo League]].
{{nihongo|Electric Shock Showdown|でんげきたいけつ!クチバジム|Electric Battle! Vermillion Gym}} is the fourteenth episode of the Pokémon anime series, except in the United States, after Battle Aboard the St. Anne was broadcast as the first episode. The episode was first broadcast in Japan on July 1, 1997 and in the United States on September 25, 1998.
 
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
After a long journey, the heroes make it to Vermilion City. After the lunch, Ash, Brock and Misty go inside the Gym and meet the giant, Lt. Surge. Lt. Surge's Raichu is quite powerful and defeats Pikachu. Ash, not wanting to give up, is offered a ThunderStone to get Pikachu evolved into a Raichu. Will he evolve his first Pokémon or make a different strategy to defeat Lt. Surge?
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After a long journey, the heroes make it to [[Vermilion City]]. After the lunch, [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]], [[Brock (anime)|Brock]] and [[Misty (anime)|Misty]] go inside the [[Vermilion City Gym|Gym]] and meet the giant, [[Lt. Surge (anime)|Lt. Surge]]. [[Lt. Surge's Raichu (anime)|Lt. Surge's Raichu]] is quite powerful and defeats [[Ash's Pikachu|Pikachu]]. Ash, not wanting to give up, is offered a [[Evolutionary Stones#Thunder Stone|Thunder Stone]] to get Pikachu evolved into a [[Raichu]]. Will he evolve his first Pokémon or make a different strategy to defeat Lt. Surge?
   
 
==Episode Plot==
 
==Episode Plot==
After two weeks of traveling, [[Ash]], [[Misty (anime)|Misty]], and [[Brock (anime)|Brock]] have finally reached Vermilion City. Brock and Misty couldn't wait to eat but Ash wanted to go to the gym first. Brock told him to wait because Pikachu wasn't in good enough shape to battle. Ash agreed and they all head to the Pokémon Center.
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After two weeks of traveling, Ash, Misty, and Brock have finally reached Vermilion City. Brock and Misty cannot wait to eat but Ash wants to go to the gym first. Brock tells him to wait because Pikachu wasn't in good enough shape to battle. Ash agrees and they all head to the [[Pokémon Center]]. At the Pokémon Center, [[Nurse Joy]] promises that she would take good care of Pikachu. Nurse Joy notices that they looked surprised. She explains that all of the Nurse Joys were related and they all look alike. She claimes that she is the cutest one and Brock agreed. Suddenly, the doors open up and [[Nurse Joy's Chansey|Chansey]] and a trainer run in. On a rolling table is a very hurt [[Rattata]]. Brock wonders what had happened and Nurse Joy reports that is the 15th one this month. They go to a room with a lot of hurt Pokémon in it. The Pokémon are [[Caterpie]], [[Oddish]], [[Sandshrew]], and Rattata are they saw before. Nurse Joy explains that they all lost to the Vermilion City [[Gym Leader]], Lt. Surge. Ash starts to get worried that Lt. Surge will be tough to beat and Misty makes fun of him for getting scared.
   
At the Pokémon Center, Nurse Joy promised that she would take good care of Pikachu. Nurse Joy noticed that they looked surprised. She explained that all of the Nurse Joys were related and they all look alike. She claimed that she was the cutest one and Brock agreed.
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Misty reminds Ash he got his first two badges because the Gym Leaders had felt sorry for him. Ash claims that a Badge is a Badge. Misty replies if Ash is so strong, why doesn't he prove it at Vermilion City's Gym. Misty reminds him that she and Brock gave Ash his badges, so they would look bad if he got beaten by Lt. Surge. Ash goes to Misty, but Nurse Joy stops him, reminding him that he's in a hospital. Nurse Joy jokes that since they were fighting, they must really care about each other. Ash and Misty angrily and quickly deny this. They all hear the sound that meant Ash's Pokémon were fully healed. Pikachu happily eats an apple and Ash lets him know it was time to go to the Gym. Just then, another trainer with a hurt [[Pidgey]] comes in and Misty said that they must have come from the Gym.
   
Suddenly, the doors opened up and Chansey and a trainer ran in. On a rolling table was a very hurt Rattata. Brock wondered what had happened and Nurse Joy said that was the 15th one this month.
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Pikachu is scared and does not want to go to the Gym. Ash gets mad at him for being a coward and Pikachu wonders if Ash cared whether Pikachu was going to end up like the Pidgey. Ash tells that Pikachu had a point, but tells him not to worry because they were going to win. Pikachu still does not want to go and protestes so much that he electrocutes Ash. Misty says that Ash and Pikachu must care a lot about each other if they fight ''that'' much. Outside the Gym, Misty tells Ash that it isn't too late to back out now, but Ash still wants to go in and win. They end up fighting again and Brock stops by asking if they were ever going to go inside. They enter the Gym and Ash says he's ready to earn his 3rd badge. Lt. Surge's male assistant say there's another one for the ER room and Lt. Surge enters. Lt. Surge says he's happy his next challenger is a cutie and says he will not go easy on Misty. Misty says that she's not the challenger, for Ash is. Lt. Surge laughs when he sees that Ash had a Pikachu, calling them little baby Pokémon, making Pikachu mad. Ash asks why he was making fun of Pikachu and Lt. Surge responded by showing off his Raichu.
   
They are taken to a room with a lot of hurt Pokémon in it. The Pokémon are Caterpie, Oddish, Sandshrew, and the Rattata they saw before. Nurse Joy explains that they all lost to the Vermilion City Gym Leader, Lt. Surge. Ash started to get worried that Lt. Surge would be tough to beat and Misty made fun of him for getting scared.
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Lt. Surge says that it wasn't too late to back out now, but Ash stands on the spot, as does Pikachu. Lt. Surge laughs again and said that an Electric type Pokémon is only useful if it has been evolved and knows all the moves it can learn. Ash said there's more to Pokémon than forcing them to evolve, liking Pikachu the way it is. Pikachu is really mad and starts sparking, as it wants to battle Raichu. Brock is surprised when he sees how ready Pikachu is to battle. Lt. Surge says that they would soon learn that fighting the big boys would be a shocking experience. Pikachu and Raichu soon battle in the arena. The battle starts, as Ash tells Pikachu to use ThunderShock. Raichu is not affected by it and uses ThunderShock itself, knocking Pikachu backward. Brock realizes electric attacks wouldn't work and Ash should recall Pikachu. Ash tries to call Pikachu to return, but Pikachu refuses. Lt. Surge gives Pikachu credit for being gutsy and tells Raichu to use [[Mega Kick]], knocking Pikachu backwards again.
   
Misty reminded him that he got his first two badges because the Gym Leaders had felt sorry for him. Ash said that a Badge is a Badge. Misty says that if he's so strong, why doesn't he prove it at Vermilion City's Gym? Misty also reminded him that she and Brock gave Ash his badges, so they would look bad if he got beaten by Lt.Surge. Ash was about to hit her when Nurse Joy stopped him, reminding him that he's in a hospital. Nurse Joy joked that since they were fighting, they must really care about each other. Ash and Misty angrily and quickly denied this.
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Outside, [[Team Rocket]] is watching the battle. They think that since Pikachu is getting beaten up, they shouldn't steal it after all. [[Team Rocket's Meowth|Meowth]] thinks that they should steal Raichu and [[James]] whacks him on the head and he and [[Jessie]] start cheering for Pikachu. Lt. Surge orders Raichu to use ThunderShock, which defeats Pikachu. At the Pokémon Center, Pikachu wakes up and Ash is happy that it is okay. Pikachu is still sad that it got beaten up by Raichu. Nurse Joy comes in and said there might be a way for Pikachu to win. She says she found a Thunderstone and gives it to Ash to use on Pikachu. Pikachu whacks it away, refusing it. Outside, Meowth starts crying, explaining that Pikachu would never want to be Raichu's equal, it wanted to win as a Pikachu for the respect of Pikachu everywhere and it will defend it's honor and that of its trainer. Brock has an idea for a way Pikachu could beat Raichu.
   
They all heard the sound that meant Ash's Pokémon were fully healed. Pikachu happily ate an apple and Ash told him that it was time to go to the Gym. Just then, another trainer with a hurt Pidgey came in and Misty said that they must have come from the Gym.
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The next day, they all walk over to the Gym to try it out. However, they are blocked by Team Rocket, who show support for Pikachu and run off. Brock is disturbed, but Misty cheerfully waves them off. They enter the Gym and once again, where Ash demands a rematch. Lt. Surge laughs, saying that they must have come up with a new way to lose. Surge sends out Raichu, who uses [[Tail Whip]]. Raichu uses [[Body Slam]], hitting Pikachu. Lt. Surge orders another Body Slam to finish things off, but Pikachu gets up and uses [[Agility]]. Raichu tris to use Body Slam on Pikachu, but Pikachu is way too fast for it. Brock admits the strategy: Lt. Surge evolved Raichu too soon and it never got a chance to learn Agility.
   
Pikachu got scared and didn't want to go to the Gym. Ash got mad at him for being a coward and Pikachu asked if Ash cared whether Pikachu was going to end up like the Pidgey. Ash said that Pikachu had a point but told him not to worry because they were going to win. Pikachu still didn't want to go and protested so much that he ThunderShocked Ash. Misty says that Ash and Pikachu must care a lot about each other if they fight ''that'' much.
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Lt. Surge is mad, having Raichu use Thunderbolt, which blows out all the windows in the Gym. Lt. Surge saw that Pikachu dodged the attack by standing on its tail. Lt. Surge orders Raichu to use ThunderShock again, but Raichu used up all its electricity. Pikachu uses [[Quick Attack]] and Raichu uses [[Take Down]]. Both Pokémon exchange blows, but Pikachu was quicker and defeats Raichu. Everyone congratulats Ash and Pikachu, even Raichu, which embarrasses Pikachu. Ash is given his [[Gym Badges#Thunder Badge|Thunder Badge]] and gives Pikachu a victory hug, shocking Ash.
   
Outside the Gym, Misty tells Ash that it isn't too late to back out now, but Ash still wants to go in and win. They ended up fighting again and Brock stopped by asking if they were ever going to go inside.
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Outside, Team Rocket walks towards the sunset and James realizes that they never tried to catch Pikachu and they wasted the whole day cheering for "the good guys".
   
They enter the Gym and Ash says he's ready to earn his 3rd badge. Lt.Surge's male assistant say there's another one for the ER room and Lt.Surge enters. Lt.Surge says he's happy his next challenger is a cutie and says he will not go easy on Misty. Misty says that she's not the challenger, Ash is. Lt.Surge laughed when he saw that Ash had a Pikachu calling them little baby Pokémon making Pikachu mad. Ash asked why he was making fun of Pikachu and Lt.Surge responded by showing off his Raichu.
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==Debuts==
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===Character===
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[[Lt. Surge (anime)|Lt. Surge]]
   
Lt.Surge said that it wasn't too late to back out now and Ash said he wouldn't. So did Pikachu. Lt.Surge laughed again and said that an Electric type Pokémon is only useful if it has been evolved and knows all the moves it can learn. Ash said there's more to Pokémon than forcing them to evolve and that he likes Pikachu the way it is.
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===Pokémon===
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[[Raichu]] [[Lt. Surge's Raichu (anime)|(Lt. Surge's)]]
Pikachu was really mad and was sparking and it wanted to battle Raichu. Brock was surprised when he saw how ready Pikachu was to battle. Lt. Surge said that they would soon learn that fighting the big boys would be a shocking experince. 
 
 
Pikachu and Raichu were soon battling in the arena and Ash told Pikachu to use ThunderShock. Raichu wasn't affected by it and used ThunderShock itself, knocking Pikachu backward. Brock said electric attacks wouldn't work and Ash should recall Pikachu. Ash called to Pikachu to return but Pikachu refused. Lt. Surge gave Pikachu credit for being gutsy and told Raichu to use Mega Kick, knocking Pikachu backwards again.
 
 
Outside, Team Rocket was watching. They thought that since Pikachu was getting beaten up, they shouldn't steal it after all. Meowth said that they should steal Raichu and James whacked him on the head and he and Jessie started cheering for Pikachu.
 
 
Lt. Surge told Raichu to use ThunderShock and it defeated Pikachu.
 
 
At the Pokémon Center, Pikachu woke up and Ash was happy that it was okay. Pikachu was still sad that it got beat up by Raichu. Nurse Joy came in and said there might be a way for Pikachu to win. She said she had found a Thunderstone and gave it to Ash to use on Pikachu. Pikachu whacked it away, refusing it.
 
 
Outside, Meowth started crying, explaining that Pikachu would never want to be Raichu's equal, it wanted to win as a Pikachu for the respect of Pikachu's everywhere and it will defend it's honor and that of its trainer.
 
 
Brock had an idea for a way Pikachu could beat Raichu and they all walked over to the Gym to try it out. However, they were blocked by Team Rocket, who said and victory cheer for Pikachu and ran off. Brock said it was disturbing and Misty cheerful waved them off.
 
 
They entered the Gym and once again Pikachu was battling Raichu. Lt.Surge laughed saying that they must have come up with a new way to lose. He sent out Raichu and told it to use Tail Whip. Raichu then did a Body Slam. Lt.Surge ordered another Body Slam to finish things off but Pikachu got up and used Aglility. Raichu tried to use Body Slam on Pikachu but it was way too fast. Brock revealed the strategy: Lt. Surge evolved Raichu to soon and it never got a chance to learn Agility.
 
 
Lt.Surge got mad and said to use Thunderbolt. Raichu did and it blew out all the windows in the Gym. Lt. Surge saw that Pikachu had dodged the attack by standing on its tail. Lt. Surge told Raichu to use ThunderShock again but it had used up all its electricity. Ash told Pikachu to use Quick Attack and Lt. Surge told Raichu to use Take Down. Pikachu was quicker and defeated Raichu.
 
 
Everyone congratulated Ash and Pikachu, even Raichu, embarrassing Pikachu. Ash is given his Thunder Badge and gives Pikachu a victory hug, shocking Ash.
 
 
The episode ends with Team Rocket walking towards the sunset and James realizes that they never tried to catch Pikachu and they wasted the whole episode cheering for the good guys.
 
 
==Debuts==
 
;Human
 
[[Lt. Surge]]
 
   
;Pokémon
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===Move===
[[Lt. Surge's Raichu]]
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*[[Mega Kick]]
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*[[Take Down]]
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*[[Body Slam]]
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*[[Mega Punch]]
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*[[Agility]]
   
;Items
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===Item===
 
*[[Evolution Stones|ThunderStone]]
 
*[[Evolution Stones|ThunderStone]]
 
*[[Badge|Thunder Badge]]
 
*[[Badge|Thunder Badge]]
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:''"Ok Raichu, give it a Thunderbolt. Shut it down!"'' - Lt. Surge
 
:''"Ok Raichu, give it a Thunderbolt. Shut it down!"'' - Lt. Surge
 
:''"What a'' shocking ''story."'' - Jessie
 
:''"What a'' shocking ''story."'' - Jessie
:''"That was quite a ''tail''."'' — James
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:''"That was quite a ''tail''."'' - James
 
:''"And now you've both been'' pun''-ished. *laughs*"'' - Meowth
 
:''"And now you've both been'' pun''-ished. *laughs*"'' - Meowth
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:"''Koffing!" - ''James's'' ''Koffing
   
 
:''"Drat, we wasted this episode cheering the good guys."'' - James
 
:''"Drat, we wasted this episode cheering the good guys."'' - James
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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[[File:IL014 Im002.png|thumb]]
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[[File:IL014 Im008.png|thumb|Who's that Pokémon? (Raichu)]]
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*The "Who's that Pokémon?" of this episode is Raichu.
 
*This is the first of few episodes where a main characters Pokémon battles its evolved form.
 
*This is the first of few episodes where a main characters Pokémon battles its evolved form.
 
*This is also the first episode where Team Rocket does not try to capture Pikachu.
 
*This is also the first episode where Team Rocket does not try to capture Pikachu.
*The battle against Lt. Surge in Pokémon Yellow is based on this episode. Surge's Raichu has the same moves in Yellow as the Anime.
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*The battle against Lt. Surge in [[Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition|Pokémon Yellow]] is based on this episode. Surge's Raichu has the same moves in Yellow as the Anime.
 
*Though she was there, and except for laughter, Lt. Surge's female assistant didn't have any lines.
 
*Though she was there, and except for laughter, Lt. Surge's female assistant didn't have any lines.
*The "Who's that Pokémon?" of this episode is Raichu.
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*If you translate the Japanese version of this episode, Lt. Surge uses Profanity.
*If you translate the Japanese version of this episode, L.T. Surge uses Profanity.
 
 
*James breaks the fourth wall at the end of this episode by saying that he Jessie and Meowth "wasted the whole episode cheering the good guys".
 
*James breaks the fourth wall at the end of this episode by saying that he Jessie and Meowth "wasted the whole episode cheering the good guys".
 
*This is one of the many episodes where Team Rocket doesn't blast off.
 
*This is one of the many episodes where Team Rocket doesn't blast off.
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*After Ash proclaims to Pikachu that their lucky star is shining for them today, Misty asks if they can see a star in the middle of the day. Oddly and Interestingly enough, the Sun is a star and it's presence indicates that it's daytime.
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*This is the first episode in which Ash earns a badge fair and square.
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*This episode was one of the best of season 1.
   
 
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IL014 Im001.png|Japanese title card
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IL014_5.jpg|The gang arrived to Vermilion City
 
IL014_5.jpg|The gang arrived to Vermilion City
 
IL014 7.jpg|Everyone is exhausted and hungry
 
IL014 7.jpg|Everyone is exhausted and hungry
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IL014 Im009.png|On the left is Misty's been discolored
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IL014_2.jpg|Lt. Surge and Raichu
 
IL014_2.jpg|Lt. Surge and Raichu
 
IL014_1.jpg|Pikachu vs. Raichu
 
IL014_1.jpg|Pikachu vs. Raichu
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IL014_3.jpg|Ash and the Thunder Stone
 
IL014_3.jpg|Ash and the Thunder Stone
 
IL014 8.jpg|Pikachu has to decide a path
 
IL014 8.jpg|Pikachu has to decide a path
IL014 9.jpg|Ash and Piakchu swear to train harder
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IL014 9.jpg|Ash and Pikachu swear to train harder
 
IL014 10.jpg|Meowth pounds Jessie and James
 
IL014 10.jpg|Meowth pounds Jessie and James
 
IL014 11.jpg|Raichu's Body Slam
 
IL014 11.jpg|Raichu's Body Slam
 
IL014 12.jpg|Raichu is out of power
 
IL014 12.jpg|Raichu is out of power
 
IL014 13.jpg|Pikachu's Quick Attack hits Raichu
 
IL014 13.jpg|Pikachu's Quick Attack hits Raichu
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IL014 14.jpg|Surge gives Ash the badge
 
IL014 14.jpg|Surge gives Ash the badge
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IL014 16.jpg|Team Rocket realized whom they were cheering for
 
IL014 16.jpg|Team Rocket realized whom they were cheering for
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Electric Shock Showdown
(でんげきたいけつ!クチバジム)
IL014
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Indigo League Char. of the Day: Lt. Surge
Episode №: #014 Main: Ash, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag Jul-01-1997 Recurring: Nurse Joy, Jessie, James
UnitedStatesFlag Sep-25-1998
Opening Theme: Pokémon Theme Song (Gotta Catch 'Em All) Minor: Lt. Surge, Surges gym assistants
Badge(s): Boulderbadge Cascadebadge Thunderbadge Setting: Vermilion City, Vermilion City Gym
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Rattata, Pidgey, Bellsprout, Lt. Surge's Raichu
Major event(s)
Ash and co. arrive to Vermilion City. Ash and co. meet Lt. Surge, the Vermilion City's Gym Leader. Ash wins the Thunder Badge. Pikachu knows Quick Attack and Agility.
Pokémon: Indigo League

Electric Shock Showdown (Japanese: でんげきたいけつ!クチバジム Electric Battle! Vermilion Gym) is the 14th episode of Pokémon: Indigo League.

SynopsisEdit

After a long journey, the heroes make it to Vermilion City. After the lunch, Ash, Brock and Misty go inside the Gym and meet the giant, Lt. Surge. Lt. Surge's Raichu is quite powerful and defeats Pikachu. Ash, not wanting to give up, is offered a Thunder Stone to get Pikachu evolved into a Raichu. Will he evolve his first Pokémon or make a different strategy to defeat Lt. Surge?

Episode PlotEdit

After two weeks of traveling, Ash, Misty, and Brock have finally reached Vermilion City. Brock and Misty cannot wait to eat but Ash wants to go to the gym first. Brock tells him to wait because Pikachu wasn't in good enough shape to battle. Ash agrees and they all head to the Pokémon Center. At the Pokémon Center, Nurse Joy promises that she would take good care of Pikachu. Nurse Joy notices that they looked surprised. She explains that all of the Nurse Joys were related and they all look alike. She claimes that she is the cutest one and Brock agreed. Suddenly, the doors open up and Chansey and a trainer run in. On a rolling table is a very hurt Rattata. Brock wonders what had happened and Nurse Joy reports that is the 15th one this month. They go to a room with a lot of hurt Pokémon in it. The Pokémon are Caterpie, Oddish, Sandshrew, and Rattata are they saw before. Nurse Joy explains that they all lost to the Vermilion City Gym Leader, Lt. Surge. Ash starts to get worried that Lt. Surge will be tough to beat and Misty makes fun of him for getting scared.

Misty reminds Ash he got his first two badges because the Gym Leaders had felt sorry for him. Ash claims that a Badge is a Badge. Misty replies if Ash is so strong, why doesn't he prove it at Vermilion City's Gym. Misty reminds him that she and Brock gave Ash his badges, so they would look bad if he got beaten by Lt. Surge. Ash goes to Misty, but Nurse Joy stops him, reminding him that he's in a hospital. Nurse Joy jokes that since they were fighting, they must really care about each other. Ash and Misty angrily and quickly deny this. They all hear the sound that meant Ash's Pokémon were fully healed. Pikachu happily eats an apple and Ash lets him know it was time to go to the Gym. Just then, another trainer with a hurt Pidgey comes in and Misty said that they must have come from the Gym.

Pikachu is scared and does not want to go to the Gym. Ash gets mad at him for being a coward and Pikachu wonders if Ash cared whether Pikachu was going to end up like the Pidgey. Ash tells that Pikachu had a point, but tells him not to worry because they were going to win. Pikachu still does not want to go and protestes so much that he electrocutes Ash. Misty says that Ash and Pikachu must care a lot about each other if they fight that much. Outside the Gym, Misty tells Ash that it isn't too late to back out now, but Ash still wants to go in and win. They end up fighting again and Brock stops by asking if they were ever going to go inside. They enter the Gym and Ash says he's ready to earn his 3rd badge. Lt. Surge's male assistant say there's another one for the ER room and Lt. Surge enters. Lt. Surge says he's happy his next challenger is a cutie and says he will not go easy on Misty. Misty says that she's not the challenger, for Ash is. Lt. Surge laughs when he sees that Ash had a Pikachu, calling them little baby Pokémon, making Pikachu mad. Ash asks why he was making fun of Pikachu and Lt. Surge responded by showing off his Raichu.

Lt. Surge says that it wasn't too late to back out now, but Ash stands on the spot, as does Pikachu. Lt. Surge laughs again and said that an Electric type Pokémon is only useful if it has been evolved and knows all the moves it can learn. Ash said there's more to Pokémon than forcing them to evolve, liking Pikachu the way it is. Pikachu is really mad and starts sparking, as it wants to battle Raichu. Brock is surprised when he sees how ready Pikachu is to battle. Lt. Surge says that they would soon learn that fighting the big boys would be a shocking experience. Pikachu and Raichu soon battle in the arena. The battle starts, as Ash tells Pikachu to use ThunderShock. Raichu is not affected by it and uses ThunderShock itself, knocking Pikachu backward. Brock realizes electric attacks wouldn't work and Ash should recall Pikachu. Ash tries to call Pikachu to return, but Pikachu refuses. Lt. Surge gives Pikachu credit for being gutsy and tells Raichu to use Mega Kick, knocking Pikachu backwards again.

Outside, Team Rocket is watching the battle. They think that since Pikachu is getting beaten up, they shouldn't steal it after all. Meowth thinks that they should steal Raichu and James whacks him on the head and he and Jessie start cheering for Pikachu. Lt. Surge orders Raichu to use ThunderShock, which defeats Pikachu. At the Pokémon Center, Pikachu wakes up and Ash is happy that it is okay. Pikachu is still sad that it got beaten up by Raichu. Nurse Joy comes in and said there might be a way for Pikachu to win. She says she found a Thunderstone and gives it to Ash to use on Pikachu. Pikachu whacks it away, refusing it. Outside, Meowth starts crying, explaining that Pikachu would never want to be Raichu's equal, it wanted to win as a Pikachu for the respect of Pikachu everywhere and it will defend it's honor and that of its trainer. Brock has an idea for a way Pikachu could beat Raichu.

The next day, they all walk over to the Gym to try it out. However, they are blocked by Team Rocket, who show support for Pikachu and run off. Brock is disturbed, but Misty cheerfully waves them off. They enter the Gym and once again, where Ash demands a rematch. Lt. Surge laughs, saying that they must have come up with a new way to lose. Surge sends out Raichu, who uses Tail Whip. Raichu uses Body Slam, hitting Pikachu. Lt. Surge orders another Body Slam to finish things off, but Pikachu gets up and uses Agility. Raichu tris to use Body Slam on Pikachu, but Pikachu is way too fast for it. Brock admits the strategy: Lt. Surge evolved Raichu too soon and it never got a chance to learn Agility.

Lt. Surge is mad, having Raichu use Thunderbolt, which blows out all the windows in the Gym. Lt. Surge saw that Pikachu dodged the attack by standing on its tail. Lt. Surge orders Raichu to use ThunderShock again, but Raichu used up all its electricity. Pikachu uses Quick Attack and Raichu uses Take Down. Both Pokémon exchange blows, but Pikachu was quicker and defeats Raichu. Everyone congratulats Ash and Pikachu, even Raichu, which embarrasses Pikachu. Ash is given his Thunder Badge and gives Pikachu a victory hug, shocking Ash.

Outside, Team Rocket walks towards the sunset and James realizes that they never tried to catch Pikachu and they wasted the whole day cheering for "the good guys".

DebutsEdit

CharacterEdit

Lt. Surge

PokémonEdit

Raichu (Lt. Surge's)

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QuotesEdit

"I know why you're surprised. I look like all the other nurses don't I? My first cousin works in Pewter City, and my second cousin works in Viridian City. I think I'm the prettiest one, don't you?" - Nurse Joy
"Yeah." - Brock
"Hello, I've come for a Pokémon battle, to earn a Thunder Badge." - Ash
"Hey boss, another victim for the emergency ward." - Male Assistant
"Which one?" - Lt. Surge
"Is he the Gym Leader you have to beat?" Misty
"Welcome to *hugs Misty* Vermilion Gym! Oh, my next challenge is a cute one. Don't think I'll go easy on you." - Lt. Surge
"Excuse me, I'm not the challenger." - Misty
"Then who?" - Lt. Surge
"Me, that's who." - Ash
"Hm? Oh you. Ok baby." - Lt. Surge
"Gr, I'm no baby! My name is Ash Ketchum." - Ash
"Heh! I call everybody who loses to me baby." - Lt. Surge
"Pikachu, our lucky star is shining today." - Ash
"Where? I don't see it. How can you see a star in the middle of the day?" - Misty
"I don't mean it's actually shining. Let's go Pikachu." - Ash
"A strategy? So they've been plannin' a new way to lose. Go Raichu!" - Lt. Surge
"Ok Raichu, give it a Thunderbolt. Shut it down!" - Lt. Surge
"What a shocking story." - Jessie
"That was quite a tail." - James
"And now you've both been pun-ished. *laughs*" - Meowth
"Koffing!" - James's Koffing
"Drat, we wasted this episode cheering the good guys." - James
"Ahh!" - Jessie and Meowth
"Right James. Better luck next time." - Narrator

TriviaEdit

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Who's that Pokémon? (Raichu)

  • The "Who's that Pokémon?" of this episode is Raichu.
  • This is the first of few episodes where a main characters Pokémon battles its evolved form.
  • This is also the first episode where Team Rocket does not try to capture Pikachu.
  • The battle against Lt. Surge in Pokémon Yellow is based on this episode. Surge's Raichu has the same moves in Yellow as the Anime.
  • Though she was there, and except for laughter, Lt. Surge's female assistant didn't have any lines.
  • If you translate the Japanese version of this episode, Lt. Surge uses Profanity.
  • James breaks the fourth wall at the end of this episode by saying that he Jessie and Meowth "wasted the whole episode cheering the good guys".
  • This is one of the many episodes where Team Rocket doesn't blast off.
  • After Ash proclaims to Pikachu that their lucky star is shining for them today, Misty asks if they can see a star in the middle of the day. Oddly and Interestingly enough, the Sun is a star and it's presence indicates that it's daytime.
  • This is the first episode in which Ash earns a badge fair and square.
  • This episode was one of the best of season 1.

MistakesEdit

  • Pikachu whacked the Thunderstone from Ash's hand with its tail, but in later episodes, including Climbing the Tower of Success!, it is shown that if Pikachu even touches the Thunderstone at all, it will evolve.
  • When Team Rocket saw the re-match, Jessie's and James' gloves were missing.

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