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JE153: The Ties that Bind

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The Ties That Bind
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Master Quest Char. of the Day: None
Episode №: #269 Main: Ash, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag October 10, 2002 Recurring: Jessie, James, Harrison, Gary, Professor Oak, Gary's Cheerleaders, Delia
UnitedStatesFlag September 20, 2003
Opening theme: Believe in Me Minor: Macy, Jackson, Crowd
Badge(s): Zephyrbadge Hivebadge Plainbadge Fogbadge Stormbadge Mineralbadge Glacierbadge Risingbadge Setting: Unknown
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Misty's Togepi, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Ash's Charizard, Ash's Tauros, Ash's Heracross, Gary's Nidoqueen, Gary's Magmar, Gary's Blastoise, Harrison's Sneasel, Unknown Trainer's Machamp

Pokémon appearing in flashbacks:
Jackson's Magneton (shiny), Jackson's Meganium, Ash's Squirtle, Ash's Bulbasaur, Magikarp
Pokémon appearing on a computer screen: Gary's Pinsir, Gary's Houndoom, Gary's Fearow, Gary's Alakazam, Gary's Umbreon, Gary's Skarmory, Gary's Arcanine, Gary's Nidoqueen, Gary's Magmar, Gary's Kingdra

Major event(s)
Ash and Gary receive a Pokédex upgrade, Ash is reunited with Charizard, Harrison gets through the second round, Gary is revealed to have obtained a Magmar, an Alakazam, a Fearow, a Skarmory, a Pinsir and a Kingdra, Ash begins his battle with Gary, Ash's Tauros is revealed to know Horn Attack, Ash's Heracross is revealed to know Megahorn, It is revealed that Gary's starter Pokémon was a Squirtle, which has since evolved into Wartortle and again into Blastoise.
Pokémon: Master Quest


Everyone it's the moment you've been waiting for: Ash vs. Gary in the Silver Conference. After losing in the fourth round of the Indigo League Gary is determined to put Ash in his place. Likewise, Ash wants some payback for Gary always putting him down. This is the ultimate way to settle things once and for all. Will Ash finally be able to beat Gary, or will Gary humiliate Ash once more?


  • This episode reveals that Gary's starter Pokémon was a Squirtle which evolved into Wartortle and then into Blastoise. Indicating the other two trainers from Pallet Town at the start of Ash's journey had a Bulbasaur and a Charmander respectively.
  • Ash is wearing a hat that looks like Yellow's from Pokemon Adventures.
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