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23rd October 2004, 12:14 AM
http://www.serebii.net/anime/NextOn/173.jpgPower Play!

Heading to Ecruteak, Ash & Co. meet up with Gary. It turns out his Eevee has evolved into Umbreon. Ash eager to battle with him again gets disappointed when Gary declines...he goes to train his Pokémon when he finds that Team Rocket are tampering with a Power Plant. Can they be stopped?

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24th October 2004, 2:35 AM
Taped that one also!!!!!!!!!!

charizard trainer #1
15th December 2004, 9:12 AM
Not a bad filler- wished we learnt more of Gary's pokemon (but we learn enough in the silver cup anyway).

15th December 2004, 1:52 PM
I'm glad that Gary helped out Ash and co. in this episode.

24th January 2005, 9:47 PM
I love the Robo-Mecha-Wobbuffet! Not only because I love Wobbuffet, but because it was really great how Team Rocket used Wobbuffet's counter ability as an inspiration for the machine. Pretty good strategizing there. Of course, they probably should have gotten a model that didn't need an extension cord. :p

I really like Gary in this episode. It's nice to hear him tell Ash that the next time they meet, he might challenge *him* for a change, though that never actually happened. Gary definitely improved in seasons four and five, and it makes me really miss him now. :(

2nd April 2005, 10:19 PM
Umbreon is so CUTE!!!

26th May 2005, 7:17 AM
Just saw the Japanese version. I literally burst out laughing at the name of the RoboMechaWobbuffet.

Soodemonaisu Ichigou.

And just to make things even better, soodemonaisu was actually used in its proper meaning at least once during the episode.

(for those of you who don't speak Japanese, soodemonaisu is the negative to soonansu's affirmative. Ichigou is just "Mark 1", and most of TR's mecha names end is something of the sort.)

30th October 2005, 7:42 PM
10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i loved umbreon and gary in this episode!!!

Meganium Ex
30th October 2005, 7:45 PM
I loved this eppie! A very good episode!

2nd December 2006, 3:55 AM
good filler good to see gary and his umbreon great episode


21st December 2006, 3:39 AM
A Gary episode, nice, and his Umbreon is sooo cool

5th September 2007, 11:39 PM
A nice episode, it was greeat seeing Gary again and seeing that his Eevee evolved into an Umbreon. Robo Mecha Wobbuffet the all time best machine TR has had and very nice of TR to get the idea from the actual Pokemon. Ash and Gary work well together it was nice seeing that and nice to see Gary actually show some maturity at the end.

20th February 2008, 7:10 PM
I loved Gary in this episode, I just wish Umbreon had have done just a bit more, maybe some dark attacks rather than tackle. Overall, a good episode, but whoever dubbed that kid's voice that Gary fought at the beginning needs killing!

29th December 2008, 2:32 PM
Ok, after watching this episode for the first time ever the other day (thanks to Youtube), there was something I needed to ask:

Alex Davis (the trainer Gary battles at the beginning of the episode) sounds like he was played by a real child (rather than a voice actor). Now what I was wondering is, even though Kayzie Rogers got the credit, does anyone know if the voice was performed by a child (competition winner, Make-A-Wish etc.). Only the other things I noticed was it's very rare that any trainer is given a full name, let alone one who only appears a few minutes. Also, Alex Davis' physical appearance didn't match the voice. If anyone knows the answer to this that would be great.

7th January 2009, 11:20 AM
I love this. Gary has an Umbreon! I always think of my Serebii wife when I think of Umbreon. ^_^;

27th January 2009, 10:47 AM
hm, umbreon, for some reason it fits with gary, i never liked this character.

5th March 2009, 6:20 PM
I love this Episode, Umbreon is a cool Pokemon
and it really fits Gary

BogleDominic Crazy Anime
1st April 2009, 9:35 PM
1# Umbreon's voice is so cool!
2# Since when 4kids had some british actors. (The Kid speeks british)
3# That Robo-Mecha-Wobbuffet looks kinda usefull for team rocket. :p

8th May 2009, 3:40 AM
I thought Gary's Umbreon was very cool. I also liked how him and Ash worked together. I thought Team Rocket's Wobbufet machine was very good also. I wish we would learn more about Gary though.

13th September 2009, 10:47 PM
I seriously love episodes that Gary is in. Did anyone understand that kid in the beginning this was a great filler. 9.9/10 not a 10 because i got annoyed by the kid in the beginning lol

30th November 2009, 3:39 PM
Yay a Gary episode, it's been a while since he appeared and I felt like this episode was only writen and produced to showcase his new Pokemon.

Aside from Umbreon, it was Filler. Yeah I guess I should expect that from this season but it felt hollow. Good thing they added the blackout otherwise it would've been boring.


2nd December 2009, 11:08 AM
A Great Gary episode.
It was cool to see Umbreon's moon light, great move.

Willow's Tara
17th April 2010, 9:35 AM
I liked this episode solely because of Umbreon (Just watched it) since Umbreon is my favorite Pokemon. Pity we don't see it too often especially when Gary is around.

Sometimes it seems like Team Rocket gets a little smarter but then pummels down, that Wobbefeut robot was pretty good. The reason they always lose because they get too cocky, and for some reason their Pokemon isn't too strong (Despite Lickitung, Seviper and Wobbufeut all does well in their debut episode, ironic most of them are Jessie's), plus they always stop when they aren't far from where they stole the Pokemon.

What was that accent the kid using Alakazam come from?

14th February 2011, 2:13 AM
This episode was ok... Finally got to see 1 of my absolute favorite pokemon Umbreon! Seeing Umbreon battle Alakazam and see Dark's resistence to Psychic for the 1st time was very cool! The rest of the episode dragged on way too much for me as a filler...


8th May 2011, 3:36 PM
Nice to see Gary again. Umbreon was really cool to see for the first time. Alakazam was also very cool.


15th February 2012, 5:25 PM
Great to see Gary "was here, Ash is a loser!" again, Gary is so awesome! He is definitely one of my favourite characters! It was also nice to see Gary's Umbreon, I was happy to see it when I saw this one for the first time, because of Gary's Eevee in the last episode of the Orange Islands season. 9/10.

31st March 2012, 3:07 PM
What was that accent the kid using Alakazam come from?

It's a British accent. (:

It's Shellder!
This episode was a bit boring but it was nice to see Gary again. And his Umbreon looked really good, as did Team Rocket's Wobbuffet machine! It's surprising that Team Rocket had the brains to come up with a machine that can mimic a Pokémon's abilities, yet they've failed to steal a single Pokémon in years!!

14th September 2012, 4:26 PM
Great to see Gary again after a absence of over more than fifty episodes. I really enjoyed the clear change of personality he has and his prominent role in this episode. Also that Umbreon of his is sick - unfortunate he didn't use it against Ash in the Johto League. For the rest was this episode quite basic but I did like the Wobbuffet machine from Team Rocket.

17th September 2012, 6:10 AM
A nice episode, I liked seeing Gary again with his cool Umbreon that evolved from Eevee. I loved the Robo-Mecha-Wobbuffet that TR created, they were so great in this episode. Nice to know that Jessie got the inspiration from her Wobbaffet.

Tuskie Tyrant Yoko Kurama
30th December 2012, 3:43 AM
I think this episode should have aired after Trouble's Brewing. But, it was good to see Gary debut Umbreon. It showed that it's a really powerful Pokemon. It sucks it didn't have Faint Attack though.

6th September 2013, 2:36 AM
I liked seeing Gary again. It was really cool to see that his Eevee evolved into Umbreon because that Eeveelution suits him the best IMO. I liked watching Umbreon in action during the battle against the kid with the Alakazam, Umbreon was really strong!

I remember when I watched this episode with a friend years ago. We were both very impressed by how cool and strong Umbreon was and we were also a little jealous of Gary because neither of us had an Umbreon in our games at that time. ;)

The plot with the black out and power plant didn't interest me that much. However, I loved Team Rocket's robo mecha Wobbuffet - I liked the design and how it was based on Wobbuffet's Counter attack.

31st May 2014, 3:18 PM
Good to see Shigeru back to the anime again with another new Pokémon. Sad thing is that Blacky did not make use of any dark type attacks. At least bit would suffice but something like feint attack or pursuit would be better. I love the Sonans mecha in this episode and Nyarth and Kojiro mimicking Sonans salute posture.

The Pokemon Broadcast
18th October 2014, 12:08 AM
I liked how the writers showed the dark types immunity to psychic type attacks. :)

Mrs. Oreo
24th February 2016, 5:10 AM
Aww Umbreon was so cool and I'm glad that Gary owned it. I liked him in this episode cuz he showed how skilled he was without seeming as arrogant as he was back in Kanto. :)

9th April 2016, 9:22 PM
That Alakazam kid sounded bad and Gary's Umbreon wasn't even that great. I wish his Eevee had become an Espeon instead...

Mrs. Oreo
10th April 2016, 5:28 AM
That Alakazam kid sounded bad

If I remember correctly the Alakazam trainer here was voiced by some contest winner, which would explain his odd voice. ^^;

24th May 2016, 4:44 AM
Gary's Eevee being an Umbreon now was a nice twist and Gary seemed more strong here than ever before and also not as stuck up. 7/10

14th August 2016, 8:02 PM
This episode was ok... Finally got to see 1 of my absolute favorite pokemon Umbreon! Seeing Umbreon battle Alakazam and see Dark's resistence to Psychic for the 1st time was very cool! The rest of the episode dragged on way too much for me as a filler...


I totally agree.

14th September 2016, 2:22 AM
Gary showing up got me so excited, especially since he owned an Umbreon now. It made me wish that Ash had an Espeon as Gary's counterpart.

3rd November 2016, 6:53 AM
It was really fab how TR used Wobbuffet's Counter as an inspiration for their new mecha here. I really like Gary in this episode too. It's nice to hear him tell Ash that the next time they meet, he might challenge him for a change. ;)

4th December 2016, 9:56 PM
It was a joy to see Shigeru again. I liked when we saw his Blacky fighting against Foodin, because the Dark-type's resistance to Psychic-type attacks was brought up, and also because Shigeru's battling style was more sophisticated than ever before. But I was a little letdown that Shigeru declined to battle Satoshi here.

1st September 2017, 8:58 AM
One of my favorite fillers. And it's a great Gary episode. Glad to see him again and his Eevee evolved into Umbreon. Glad he chose to help Ash out in the end. Team Rocket was funny with the RoboMechaWobbuffet, using electricity to have it powered. One scene I found extremely hilarious is when Meowth uses Scratch against Wobbuffet, which Wobbuffet responds with a Counter attack, sending Scratch back on poor Meowth's face.

15th September 2017, 9:50 PM
Good episode. Nice to see Gary's Eevee evolve into Umbreon. I wish it used at least one Dark-type move against Alakazam, though. Using Flash to light the dark room was a smart idea. 9/10

26th September 2017, 7:42 AM
I wish it used at least one Dark-type move against Alakazam, though.

It's even more pitiful when you realize that as of its last appearance in Shinou, Shigeru's Blacky still hadn't used any Dark-type attacks in spite of the fact that Blacky's a Dark Pokemon. It undoubtedly should've used Feint Attack or even something simple like Bite here during its debut.

3rd February 2018, 2:24 AM
Sometimes it seems like TR gets a little smarter. Wobbuffet robot was pretty good. I really liked Gary in this episode. It's nice to hear him tell Ash that the next time they meet, he might challenge him for a change.

10th February 2018, 9:57 PM
In retrospect, this episode should've explained friendship evolution in detail instead of glossing it over when it came to the origin of Shigeru's Blacky. And speaking of which, I would've preferred if his Eievui had evolved into Eefi, instead of Blacky.