With the Silver Conference only three months away, Ash decides to do some hardcore training for it. But before that, he, Brock and Misty head back to New Bark Town. However, they notice the ocean and a sign for a synchronized swimming class, run by a boy named Dorian, who is also the unofficial leader of the newly christened Coastline Gym. Dorian had a thing for Misty's sisters and thinks Misty is a loser. (Obviously, they never told him about what Misty can REALLY do.) Can Misty prove Dorian wrong, and what kind of synchronized swimming class has no female instructors or performers in it?
This episode was the last to air before the Japanese debut of Pokémon Heroes.
This episode marks the first time a main character other than Ash challenges a Gym Leader of any sort, as Misty challenges Dorian in this episode. The second main character to do this is Dawn; although, unlike Misty, Dawn challenges an official Gym Leader.
It also marks the first and so far, only time a main character other than Ash does not lose against a Gym Leader in battle. Dawn, when she challenged Maylene, lost against her in battle. However, if one takes Ash's draw against Maylene as a "win", it can be argued that Misty technically won.
Goldeen's "Lure Ball"*In this episode, Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto.
This is one of the few times that Misty and Psyduck show affection for one another - Misty saves Psyduck from Team Rocket's mecha, and Psyduck willingly challenges Team Rocket after they kidnap Misty.
This episode first aired in the United States exactly one year and one day after its Japanese airing.
When Misty throws her Poké Balls to let out her Pokémon, only three Balls are seen and five Pokémon came out.
After Misty says "That was great Goldeen, take a long rest", Goldeen's Poké Ball turns into a Lure Ball for a split second. The next Pokémon she uses is Corsola.
At the end of the episode, when Misty and Dorian are speculating about what would have happened if Team Rocket hadn't interrupted their battle, Dorian mentions the possibility that Misty could have called out Psyduck. Psyduck was already out, floating in an inner tube on the surface, and its panic after popping out underwater made it very unlikely it would be able to battle anyway.
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