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JE045: The Bug Stops Here

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The Bug Stops Here
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Johto League Champions Char. of the Day: None
Episode №: #161 Main: Ash, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag August 24, 2000 Recurring: Jessie, James
UnitedStatesFlag August 25, 2001
Opening theme: Born to Be a Winner Minor: Casey
Badge(s): Zephyrbadge Hivebadge Plainbadge Setting: National Park
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Misty's Togepi, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Beedrill (Ash's; new; given to Casey), Casey's Chikorita → Casey's Bayleef, Weedle(Casey's; new; released), Caterpie, Paras, Venomoth, Scyther, Spinarak, Pineco
Major event(s)
Ash and co. meet Casey again, Ash, Casey and Team Rocket enter the Bug-Catching Contest, Ash fails to catch a Weedle again, Casey's Chikorita evolves into Bayleef, Ash catches a Beedrill and wins, earning the Sun Stone, Ash gives his Bedrill to Casey.
Pokémon: Johto League Champions


The next stop for Ash's next Gym is in Ecruteak City, but before going there he, Misty and Brock run into Casey, who plans on entering the Bug-Catching Contest. Ash decides to enter but Misty refuses (We all know why). Will Ash be able to catch a new bug? Or will Casey win the top prize?


Pokémon Debuts


  • There is a reference to the G/S/C games in this episode. Just after Chikorita evolves, the game music can be heard.
  • This is the only episode in which Ash gave a Pokémon (Beedrill) to another trainer.
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