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23rd October 2004, 12:13 AM
http://www.serebii.net/anime/NextOn/172.jpgA Better Pill To Swallow!

Heading to Ecruteak City, Ash starts to get cramps in his Stomach...an Old man comes up and gives him some medicine. It turns out he makes it from the juices Shuckles come out

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24th October 2004, 10:40 PM
It's been two years, and this is *still* my favorite episode of Pokemon. It's mostly due to the second half, which leaves me laughing till it hurts. Seeing all the pokemon go gaga over Team Rocket, including Meowth with James and Pikachu with Jessie, is just one of the funniest scenes ever on the show. :D I also love Old Man Shuckle and Spoopy, they're great for laughs too.

28th October 2004, 9:33 PM
I felt sorry for Ash getting a tummyache....

7th January 2005, 11:30 PM
I think some Great or Ultra balls could've come in handy for catching those Ursaring and Beedrill.

2nd April 2005, 10:42 PM
i loved this episode cause all of the Shuckles fell in love with Jesse and James.it was really cute when Pikachu fell in love with Jessie and when Pikachu snapped out of it and blasted off TR i really liked that part.

30th October 2005, 7:39 PM
lol this episode was fun and funny. i still remember watching it like it was yesterday... 9/10

Meganium Ex
30th October 2005, 7:40 PM
The old man was kinda funny. I liked this eppisode!

Ashy Boy
12th July 2006, 10:45 AM
Nice filler ep, but why wasn't the Bellsprout affected by the purple Shuckle's potion when TR drank it.

13th July 2006, 6:08 AM
*Ash complains of a stomach ache*
Misty: "Well, Ash, you DID have four hamburgers..."
Ash: "I did not! I had five!"


5th September 2006, 8:22 AM
Hmph! I'd ;like to get my hands on that elixer too buff up my Pokemon
*front double biceps pose*

21st December 2006, 2:53 AM
This is such a funny episode, and the old man Shuckle was so harlious

30th August 2007, 10:32 PM
A nice funny episode, I like Shuckle their such an interesting Pokemon and seeing a Shiny Shuckle was even better.

26th March 2008, 10:24 AM
The funniest part around here is that when Meowth drank the juice of a purple Shuckle, it was in love with James! In fact, the other Shuckles followed off to follow somebody who drank the juice of it. Plus, you love that part when Old Man Shuckle's Bellsprout ran fast, picking up boulders for any hiding Shuckle! Imagine when Ash is given some medicine, he found out that it has the same effect on Pokemon! Old Man Shuckle did said that it could increase strength of the attacks of a Pokemon, probably.

7th January 2009, 12:08 PM
Pretty good episode. The best way to heal a stomach ache is some juice from a turtle shell I guess :P

26th January 2009, 7:12 PM
i allways find it a strange and somehow discusting idea with those shuckles and their juice, who knows what's under that hole it could be it's pooper for christ sake0_0

12th March 2009, 11:38 PM
I love the part where Meowth fell in love with James...so funny XD

23rd March 2009, 12:56 PM
Good episode! pretty funny when meowth fell in you with james! i was laughing out loud .

BogleDominic Crazy Anime
1st April 2009, 9:44 PM
Funny when that shuckle licked jessie's bellybutton!
And meouth having sex with james! LOL
Can you imagin something about that! XD

15th December 2009, 11:59 AM
Funny episode....those shuckles were very strange...
And the old man was very smart. i loved his Bellsprout.

4th January 2010, 6:10 PM
This must be one of my most favourite episodes. There were just too many moments that made me laugh :D


5th January 2010, 1:38 AM
Pretty good, for a Pokemon Johto League Champions episode :/

These season was full of disappointments but this episode was actually good. I loved Old Man Shuckle and that Shiny Shuckle that was featured in this episode.

A few funny moments involving Ash and the medicine lol. 9/10

7th July 2010, 9:56 AM
This really was a funny episode. Meowth's infatuation with James was hilarious and seeing a shiny Shuckle was very cool.

Tyranitar Rules
10th December 2010, 10:38 AM
Its so funny!

14th February 2011, 2:09 AM
This episode was ok... It was cool to see Shuckle for the 1st time. The shiney Shuckle was very cool. This episode was so funny throughout the whole episode that I couldn't stop laughing.


8th May 2011, 3:35 PM
This episode was pretty pointless but seeing Shuckle was pretty cool. Especially since it was shiney.


22nd July 2011, 4:41 PM
I wish old man shuckle was in more than just this episode.
It was hilarious seeing all the pokemon fall in love with Team Rocket

15th February 2012, 5:21 PM
This episode is so awesome! I love it, and the Shuckle juice making people stalk each other is so awesome! Also nice to see the rare purple Shuckle. It's funny, hilarious, awesome, perfect and marvelous. Spoopie the Bellsprout was great as well. 10/10, what an awesome and perfect episode.

30th March 2012, 7:31 PM
It's Eevee!
lol Shuckle sounds like some old man. This was a pretty boring episode, although it was funny to see how weird and perverted those Shuckle looked. If only Pikachu continued to love Jessie and Team Rocket finally stole him. ):

Meowth x James shipping?!!!

14th September 2012, 1:52 PM
Lol, I remember watching this episode time by time again and I just couldn't stop with laughing seeing the trio getting all the attraction from drinking that juice from the Purple Shuckle. Really well-executed in a way that its original intention of this episode is to be funny and humorous and that is what this episode is all about.

17th September 2012, 5:01 AM
A great and hilarious episode, one of my favorites. There were many funny moments even though I didn't care about the Shuckle much. My favorite part was when Pikachu was infatuated with Jessie and they both kept cuddling. It was very sweet & I just lol'd at it.

Tuskie Tyrant Yoko Kurama
30th December 2012, 3:42 AM
xDDD It was too funny seeing the Pokemon fall in love. The Shuckle were okay in this episode.

12th May 2013, 5:41 PM
Once again Team Rocket got in trouble for doing nothing wrong. Old Man Shuckle said that all of the shuckles had to be wild. Which means that Team Rocket was perfectly right to catch them, including the Purple one. And yet Ash and friends wanted to stop them. How is that different from Ash wanting to catch a new pokemon and Team Rocket trying to stop him? It's not. As to the "Love potion" and Brocks refusal to take it, I call foul. He didn't seem to mind having an advantage with the Heavy Ball in Going Apricorn, but now that he can get a love potion, suddenly it's artificial. Sorry just doesn't cut it.

18th September 2013, 10:04 AM
This was just a pointless filler episode! Jessie/Pikachu and James/Meowth getting infatuated like that was weird.
But it's nice to see a Shiny shuckle in this episode.

The Pokemon Broadcast
17th October 2014, 11:40 PM
Cool to see a shiny Shuckle! It's not that often you see shiny Pokemon in the show. I'm not counting Noctowl, because I mean you don't see shiny versions of various Pokemon not just one that has the obvious potential to show up every couple episodes.

I liked the old mans Bellsprout. :)

6th April 2016, 10:43 PM
Shuckle was uh... more interesting on the show than in the games lmao. I liked seeing a Shiny one also and Bellsprout was hilarious.

Mrs. Oreo
4th May 2016, 2:18 AM
Old Man Shuckle was a funny character plus so was his Bellsprout and I loved seeing a shiny Shuckle appear. I'm glad Brock declined using Old Man Shuckle's recipes and that he got focus here. ^^

12th June 2016, 1:30 AM
My favorite part was the Shiny Shuckle + Bellsprout was funny too during his Shuckle search. Old Man Shuckle was a riot.

14th August 2016, 5:20 PM
This episode was hilarious.
"I didn't have four hamburgers! I had five!" -Ash

12th November 2016, 10:40 PM
The funniest part here was when Meowth drank the juice of a purple Shuckle and he fell in love with James lol. In fact, the other Shuckle followed off to follow somebody who drank the juice of it.

3rd December 2016, 10:12 PM
It was good to see Takeshi's interest in Old Man Tsubo's special elixirs, although since in the end he didn't accept one, it almost made the episode seem pointless. Nonetheless, I liked Old Man Tsubo's Madatsubomi and how it could sniff out Tsubotsubo, and I felt bad for the Rocket-dan's Spear and Ringuma predicament.

23rd December 2016, 11:39 PM
Good episode! Seeing all the Pokemon go crazy over Team Rocket, including Meowth with James and Pikachu with Jessie, is just one of the funniest scenes ever on the show. It was really cute when Pikachu fell in love with Jessie and then snapped out of it and blasted off TR. I also love Old Man Shuckle and Spoopy, they're great for laughs too.

31st August 2017, 1:23 AM
Hilarious episode. Crazy to see all the Shuckle and other Pokémon get attracted to Team Rocket. Very funny that Shuckle licked Jessie's belly twice. Too bad they never got the consequences of drinking the purple juice until later. Old Man Shuckle and Spoopie the Bellsprout were cool characters in this episode. Old Man Suckle with the mysterious light (flashlight) was humorously silly.

4th December 2017, 3:22 AM
Thinking back, it's actually strange that even though Tsubotsubo is half Bug-type, Kasumi didn't react to it the way she normally would when she encounters a Bug-type Pokemon. It's just something that I noticed.