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IL073: Bad To The Bone

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Bad to the Bone
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Indigo League Char. of the Day: Otoshi
Episode №: #73 Main: Ash Ketchum, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag November 19, 1998 Recurring: Jessie, James, Delia Ketchum, Professor Oak
UnitedStatesFlag October 11, 1999
Opening theme: Pokémon Theme Song (Gotta Catch 'Em All) Minor: Otoshi, Unnamed Trainers
Badge(s): Boulderbadge Cascadebadge Thunderbadge Marshbadge Rainbow Badge Soulbadge Volcanobadge Earthbadge Setting:
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Misty's Togepi, Ash's Pidgeotto, Ash's Bulbasaur, Ash's Charizard (flashback), Misty's Starmie (flashback), Brock's Onix, (flashback), Jessie's Arbok, James' Weezing, Delia Ketchum's Mr. Mime, Otoshi's Marowak, Otoshi's Doduo, Lt. Surge's Raichu, Erika's Weepinbell, Sabrina's Kadabra, Aya's Venonat, Blaine's Rhydon, Blaine's Magmar, Giovanni's Kingler, Giovanni's Rhydon, Hitmonlee (two), Nidoran♂, Chansey, Scyther, Flareon
Major event(s)
Jessie's Arbok is revealed to know Double-Edge.

Ash and his friends set off for Indigo Plateau, the venue for the Indigo Plateau Conference.

Pokémon: Indigo League

Episode Plot

Ash goes to Professor Oak to ask for advice about what to do about the Pokémon League as he has not done much training being sidetracked the past while. He tells Ash it is too late but to try his best anyway. They hit the road to Indigo Plateau to find a guy named Otoshi who challenges Ash. If Otoshi wins, he may take all of Ash’s badges. Ash defeats him, to discover he didn’t have any badges. They were stolen, by Team Rocket. Meanwhile, James and Meowth discover the badges they just stole to be gone. Jessie had taken them, to go onto the Pokémon League alone. Otoshi’s Marowak gets frustrated, and walks away. Otoshi despairs, until they spot Team Rocket’s balloon. James and Meowth take off, but are stopped by Ash and searched. They find nothing, and James and Meowth are off to get Jessie. They find her, forgive her, and get back together. Otoshi battles them for the badges back, but almost loses until Marowak shows up to stop them. Marowak came back after remembering some of the better times with Otoshi. They get the badges back, and Otoshi and Ash go their separate ways towards the Pokémon League.


  • Marowak





  • This episode title is based on the song of the same name by George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
  • This episode features clips from "Showdown in Pewter City", "The Water Flowers of Cerulean City", "Electric Shock Showdown", "Pokemon Scent-sation", "The Ninja Poke-Showdown", "Haunter vs. Kadabra", "Volcanic Panic" and "The Battle of the Badge" not in this order.
  • Who's that Pokémon?: Moltres.
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