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Serebii
23rd October 2004, 3:15 PM
http://www.serebii.net/anime/NextOn/326.jpgPros & Con Artists!

Finally in Fallarbor City, the gang meet a girl and her Medicham. Meanwhile Team Rocket are running a fake Pokéblock scam and getting rich of it. Will May prepare for the contest correctly?

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Ash500
25th October 2004, 6:28 PM
I saw the pictures and the episode looks awesome. Especially the battle between Ash and Drew. And even though Ash seems like he lost it was still cool to see them battling for once. The Medicham looks cool but that girl seems wierd.

Crystal Latios
25th October 2004, 6:34 PM
I don`t like this girl with Medicham so much =/ First she is fine but her laughter is weird =/ Brock of course had romantic dreams :rolleyes: Ummm.... but I like Medicham. It used ice type attacks (I think).
Nice and interesting episode.

CyberCubed
30th October 2004, 6:06 PM
"Pro's and Con Artists" was great!

I love how they're developing May's character more and more with each new contest. It seems more "real" that way, such as deciding not to use Team Rocket's Poke Block, as well as being confused on the best strategy to win the contest.

Ash and Drew's battle was good, too bad Taillow lost.

Team Rocket's scheme was entertaining, such as Wobbufett in the trenchcoat and Cacnea with makeup.

Great episode.

V Faction
30th October 2004, 6:09 PM
-This was an excellent Episode. I feel it was better played than "Maxxed Out!". And it was the Contest prelude episode, so you know it has some nifty elements to it.

-I give the nod to 4Kids for both Grace's (original name!) and Medicham's voices. Grace's was unrecognizable [seems to happen a lot of with the women's voices...] and Medicham's was unqiue. The pronunciation, "Med-EE-cham", came as a surprise. I've always said "Med-ih-cham". After Meditite, I guess we should've expected that.

-All of Brock's "Brockisms". Is it how in here or is it just you? Oh man... A lot funnier than simply having Max yank his ear all the time.

-Wobbuffet is THE MAN.

-LOL@ The Narrator's puns for the wrap up. They've even got Mike doing those.

Houndoom Master
30th October 2004, 6:10 PM
I didn't like it that much. Drew was overly snobbish, Grace was overly hyper, and May was overly emotional... Please! Crying because you almost fed you Beautifly a PokeBlock not as good as they were said to be? Ash vs. Drew was weird, because the commercial ended, except it looked like the battle had gone on during the comercial. They didn't actually walk outside or send out their Pokemon, it just happened automatically. And the announcer's puns at the end were hideous. Overall, I give it a 4/10.

zonic the hedgehog
30th October 2004, 6:31 PM
I love this episode! And it didn't take that long for them to get there too (:
Medicham's voice is much better than the previous voices i've heard so far, and James dressing up as a woman again! I still can't believe people don't appreciate May's character! She is a very "realistic" character IMO, and if she cries, well please don't say she's overly emotional, because i think she is maturing into quite a trainer, when she apologized to beautifly for almost giving it TR's Pokeblocks.
I give it a 9.5/10!

Blue,Too?
30th October 2004, 6:32 PM
Man, some people are tough critics >>. I mean, 4/10?

I liked this episode. It was so much better than Maxxed Out, and I laughed a couple of times. And how could anybody not like Wobbufet being dressed up in a trench coat ^^.

8/10

Chris
30th October 2004, 6:35 PM
Call me nuts, but I really didn't like how Medicham's name was pronounced. It SHOULD have been Med-ih-cham. Not Med-ee-cham. Reminds me too much of the time where people pronounced Digimon as Dih-gee-mahn. I have no idea where in the world they got the ee sound from meditate. o_O The Trainer's Choice was actually good this time. The whole episode was dubbed great, aside from the Medicham mispronounciation.

slysunshine
30th October 2004, 6:40 PM
This episode is now one of my very favorites. :D First of all, it was centered around May! I thought she and Beautifly were great in this episode. I liked the Pokeblock incident because I was proud of May after she realized that magic Pokeblocks were no way to win a contest. She's a very good person. :) I felt sorry for her when she was so nervous, and she couldn't stop thinking about everyone's advice and how she didn't feel like she could win anymore. And like Zonic said, very realistic! :D

The reappearance of Drew was even better than I expected. It's been so long that I was starting to forget his voice. I love him even more now. XD I loved how he gave May a rose (and didn't even say it was for Beautifly!) and noticed that she remembered his name. (And he remembered hers. ;) ) Plus, he said he only came over there to see Beautifly again, which I thought was cute because that was probably not true! I loved the Ash and Drew battle too. Ash sure did get worked up. I like Ash a lot, but I couldn't help being happy for Drew when he won. Ash doesn't need to win all the time.

Brock is getting pretty bad, but it's funny. I didn't really like Grace much, but she was different.

I'll stop now. There were too many cute scenes. XD

I give it 10/10. Nothing less for an episode about May, Drew and contests. :)

Chris
30th October 2004, 6:51 PM
Is it just me, or does Drew's voice sound REALLY annoying? I'm talking Gary annoying. Not the characters Shuu or Shigeru themselves. But just their wanna-be cocky attitudes and voices are just really annoying. o_O Drew doesn't even sound like he has a personality of his own other than being a show off.

Lindsay
30th October 2004, 6:52 PM
Amazing! They sure made this 50th episode special!

First of all let me get Wobbuffet out the way! Wobby was hilarious in that trench coat and hat!

Team Idiot was used well let's just hope they don't interfere in the actual contest next week.

Their little POKéBLOCK scam was the perfect tempation for poor May...who after being given advice and talked down to by Grace and Drew was feeling way down in the dumps. C'mon May you're not that much of a newbie anymore!

Good thing Grace showed up and broke the scam or else May really would have bought into it. It was a big emotional moment of weakness when May broke down and cried and was handled very well! Then she even managed to come back and help Grace beat TR which was cool.

We also got character development for Drew who showed he was a great Co-ordinator by having 3 ribbons and also a decent battler....by beating Ash! Seeing that was yet another thing that got poor May down today. Ash didn't look or sound all that happy about it either. He angrily returned his beaten Taillow... o.o;

5 / 5

Guess we got a budding Ash & Drew rivalry in POKéMON battles and also Mays love?

The Big Al
30th October 2004, 7:05 PM
Botched opportunity to show off the Guts ability. I thought Tailow would dig deep and slam Roselia.

Wob Tracey was certaily amusing.

James in drag again. I guess after a three stretch of going cold turkey, his back to his old habits.

Grace=Scary. I personally don't like loud people.

Over all, a decent filler even if it's to prepare for a contest.

7/10

Geodude
30th October 2004, 9:35 PM
Props to 4Kids for keeping the name Grace (it was her name in Japanese as well) instead of changing it.

pokeplayer984
30th October 2004, 10:01 PM
Why was I not surprised that Brock started flirting with that Trainer the moment he saw her.

So that is where the Avatar of Wobbufett in a suit comes from. I must admit that he looks cool in that. :)

Team Rocket's scam was a good one. However, they should've at least made themselves ready for the berry mixing question. Then they would've gotten away with it for a while.

I, however, didn't like the girl with the Medicham. She laughed at the most awkward things. There was just something about her attitude that I hated. >_<

Drew made yet another appearance, and gave his usual excuse of being near May. I mean, the rose giving must mean something, right? :)

The battle between Roselia and Tailow was intresting. I was impressed that Roselia actually won that. Once again, another battle that proves that type doesn't always win. :)

Good ep in the end, and for once, no Skitty. I guess the writers only wanted us to get used to the new pokemon.

I give it. 7/10. :)

meggirl63
30th October 2004, 10:17 PM
That Grace was really insane!

Yamato-san
30th October 2004, 10:54 PM
I don't see what everyone has against Grace, I personally liked her. She had a comedic-type of hyperness to her, and the way the end of her lips always curled up left me laughing each time XD. I find it a real shame characters like her couldn't be recurring (for god's sake, they made that short pants-obsessed kid make a reappearance of all people).

PDL
30th October 2004, 11:13 PM
I barely got to see half of it due to the crappy reception of my TV... so I can't really make a real good review on the episode... though I kinda liked medicham's voice... and Grace is definately unusual for a filler character

hopefully this episode will air again on friday so I can get a proper review

flixerblixer
30th October 2004, 11:28 PM
This episode is way better than Maxxed Out (which I was expecting to be good). I liked how Brock was going around talking to the girls and I liked Grace a lot. I also thought it was nice to actually see Ash and Drew interacting ... I've never seen them interact before and that was interesting. So I will give it a 9/10 .. pretty good episode.

The Big Al
31st October 2004, 12:44 AM
"There's a sucker born every minute." The wise man told us. Apparently they all became Pokemon Coordinators.

I still think they missed an opportunity to show off Pokemon abilities. I mean, Tailow was sitting there practically saying "hit me". Of course Solar Beam would flatten him. At least Drew does something noteworthy with his Pokemon.

For the record is it Charisma not Charismangetism.

Talking about a deflated ego, May was stoked for the contest, then she realised she was out of her league. Fortunately, contests are more forgiving to the newbie than battles.

kenai3000
31st October 2004, 1:15 AM
Japanese Episode:AG 50 Fallarbor Convention
American Episode:AG 50 Pros and Con Artists
It was a great episode except that Grace's voice really was annoying it kinda sounded like Megan Mullaly on drugs and the Narrator's puns at the end were stupid why Mike why and is it just me or has Drew's voice changed overall good episode A-

≈*Virulent Tsunami*≈
31st October 2004, 1:22 AM
This was a great episode!!! Wobbufet in the coat was madly hilarious, and the Coordinator was funny too. Ash and Drew was cool, and I'm glad May can see the importance of NOT CHEATING*coughpeople herecough*.

Overall rating:
9.4 out of 10!!!
A great episode, and I woulda given it a 9.9 if Grace's laugh wasn't so annoying!!!!!!!

Dogasu
31st October 2004, 3:04 AM
Call me nuts, but I really didn't like how Medicham's name was pronounced. It SHOULD have been Med-ih-cham. Not Med-ee-cham. Reminds me too much of the time where people pronounced Digimon as Dih-gee-mahn. I have no idea where in the world they got the ee sound from meditate. o_O The Trainer's Choice was actually good this time. The whole episode was dubbed great, aside from the Medicham mispronounciation.

So it was misprounounced...compared to what? Compared to the way fans pronounce it? Because I honestly doubt that 4Kids would just make up their own pronunciations, and they're a lot more likely to get verification from Nintendo or someone like that more than any of the fans are.

But I agree with Drew's voice. When I saw a Drew episode this summer, I thought "It's just Gary's voice with a slight variation."

PDL
31st October 2004, 3:11 AM
But I agree with Drew's voice. When I saw a Drew episode this summer, I thought "It's just Gary's voice with a slight variation."

well, at least it's a whole lot better then the one they gave Len from Shaman King... >_<

Indigo
31st October 2004, 3:25 AM
This episode...was mediocre. Better than Maxxed Out, but still...

Pros:
-I found Medicham's voice interesting, not annoying. It's good that they're doing this with Pokémon pronounciations. Like Illumise...I was NOT, in any way, expecting that pronounciation! But it was cool, as was Medicham's.
-I liked the floating sequence...maybe it's just because Ash did that really cool jump into his hat...oh, I'm so weird...

Cons:
-Oy. Where to begin. Well, fist let me start with Grace's laugh. Ugh, it was horrible. I hated it!
-May crying AGAIN??? I mean, the cry in her first contest was understandable, and real, but this? She was in public, and she dropped to her knees and the whole thing! It was just way too dramatic! I mean, with Ash he's doing it by himself or beside his closest friends, and it happens every so often. He really cried in Bye Bye Butterfree, by himself, for a good cause, and the next time he cried was in Pikachu's Goodbye, by himself, for a good cause. But dropping down in public just because you were about to feed your Pokémon a "steroid", so to speak, is a lame excuse for crying. And don't tell me it has to do with personality--it doesn't.
-The whole May looking out the window sequence was...pretty bad. I don't know why, but I didn't like her ending line: "Oh, boy."
-Ash losing to Drew? I know it had to be done, but it's a bit hard to swallow. I mean, there's this one kid who's been training Pokémon for nearly four years now, got into the top sixteen of the Indigo League, the top eight of the Silver Conference, and won the Orange League. Furthermore he's been coming up with some brilliant combinations as of late, and been very wise in his approach. Then we have another kid who coordinates for a living, battles in his spare time, and just started out. With a type disadvantage, Drew wins. I mean, come on! It's just not logical! Also I feel for poor Taillow; I can't remember the last time he won a battle.

Overall I was disappointed. But that may be, and probably is, my bias talking.

RaikousThunder
31st October 2004, 3:30 AM
I liked the episode. Medicham's voice was cool. I like Medicham. Grace was a little weird. The faces she made were scary and stupid looking. I can't stand Drew. His hair flip thing is dumb and his stuck up, im-better-than-you attitude is just plain annoying. I wish for once that Ash won and shut Drew up. May kinda got annoying with all her whining and crap. She's been training for along time and she still doesnt know how to connect with her pokemon or even know what to do in a contest? I know shes only been in one but i guess how can you expect a ditz to learn anything quick? The only really good thing bout the ep was Medicham. Will James ever stop cross dressing??

slysunshine
31st October 2004, 4:48 AM
Drew's voice did sound different to me. I like it better this way. The other one was a little too much like Gary's.

BTW, what were the puns at the end? I had to miss the last five minutes. :(

zonic the hedgehog
31st October 2004, 4:29 PM
Drew's voice did sound different to me. I like it better this way. The other one was a little too much like Gary's.

BTW, what were the puns at the end? I had to miss the last five minutes. :(

announcer: May "Drew" a lot of competition, but her saving "Grace" is that she has beautifly on her side. "May" the best trainer win!

O.O......

CyberCubed
31st October 2004, 4:30 PM
-I liked the floating sequence...maybe it's just because Ash did that really cool jump into his hat...oh, I'm so weird...

-May crying AGAIN??? I mean, the cry in her first contest was understandable, and real, but this? She was in public, and she dropped to her knees and the whole thing! It was just way too dramatic! I mean, with Ash he's doing it by himself or beside his closest friends, and it happens every so often. He really cried in Bye Bye Butterfree, by himself, for a good cause, and the next time he cried was in Pikachu's Goodbye, by himself, for a good cause. But dropping down in public just because you were about to feed your Pokémon a "steroid", so to speak, is a lame excuse for crying. And don't tell me it has to do with personality--it doesn't.

It is common knowledge that women are more hysterical than men in public. And yes it does have to do with her character, unless you're missing the whole point of May's approach. You need to stop comparing everything on the show to Ash BTW.


-Ash losing to Drew? I know it had to be done, but it's a bit hard to swallow. I mean, there's this one kid who's been training Pokémon for nearly four years now, got into the top sixteen of the Indigo League, the top eight of the Silver Conference, and won the Orange League. Furthermore he's been coming up with some brilliant combinations as of late, and been very wise in his approach. Then we have another kid who coordinates for a living, battles in his spare time, and just started out. With a type disadvantage, Drew wins. I mean, come on! It's just not logical! Also I feel for poor Taillow; I can't remember the last time he won a battle.



They did this to show that coordinators are still good battlers. Obviously Ash was going to lose and not show off Drew's weakness. Besides that Taillow is still fairly weak this early on, so it wouldn't stand a chance against a well trained Roselia, no matter how good a battler Ash is.

Besides, we don't know how good Drew is, he may have won a few leagues himself before he became a coordinator.

Yellow
31st October 2004, 6:43 PM
I didn't really like this episode either, but Medicham's dub voice was pretty cool. The battle between Ash and Drew was stupid. Just because Taillow was paralyzed, it still could of flew to safety. That solarbeam was a critical hit, that's why it fainted. It seems like Taillow is being overused lately.

Bayleef
31st October 2004, 8:55 PM
I didn't like this episode too much. I also disliked the way they pronounced Medicham, and I disliked it trainer as well. >.< I'm not going to continue rambling about this episode though. 5/10

slysunshine
31st October 2004, 9:11 PM
announcer: May "Drew" a lot of competition, but her saving "Grace" is that she has beautifly on her side. "May" the best trainer win!

O.O......

Thanks!!! That had me really curious. I have to admit that that's a little strange.

Space Skitty
2nd November 2004, 12:41 AM
I think this was a good overall episode. I found Grace funny! The battle between Ash & Drew was pretty interesting. May cried because she felt very guilty about falling for TR's trick. And what if the Pokeblocks were dangerous and could have hurt Beautifly? It would have been her fault. I think I can understand her crying.

Kamex
2nd November 2004, 2:14 AM
This episode was nice, I like how they finally got to Fallarbor Town.

Grace kept doing that thing, where she twitched up her face. That was kinda weird, and kinda funny at the same time...

Medicham's psychic attacks were nice.

I expected Drew to come back, but that doesn't mean it was boring to see him come back. That battle he had with Ash was interesting, and I thought Ash would win. But he didn't, I didn't expect that.

One of my favorite parts of the episode was Team Rocket's scam. It was actually pretty clever, having those super rare (yet fake) gold and silver pokeblock, right before the Pokemon Contest. They even almost got May to buy one.

James seems to be crossdressing every now and then, again. Even though that's kinda weird, it's sometimes funny (I recall the episodes "Battle aboard the Saint Anne", and...er...I forgot the name of the second one, it's the one when Team Rocket starts up a Pokemon Breeding shop, and called themselves Salon Rocket).

I give this episode an 8/10.

Gryphon Turboclaw
2nd November 2004, 9:43 PM
This was a very nice lead-in to the upcoming episode.

Ash and Drew's battle was interesting(at least what was shown), but it seems that the writers were trying *too* hard to show Drew off as a capable battler. Also, I noticed that Drew was attempting to use Ash as an object lesson to May once she showed up at the battlefield(which apparently had Drew's desired effect of knocking down her confidence still further than it already was at the time). It should be interesting indeed if Ash decides to return the favor on Drew (probably pitting Snorunt against the coordinator's roster) in the future. Oh, and Cybercubed...they (the writers) weren't stressing Taillow's weakness, but *Ash's*(in particular how Ash's "confusion" lead to Taillow's own). Ash could have sent in Grovyle (I know Treecko hadn't 'evolved' at this time; it's just an example.) and the writers would have *still* had Ash lose, just for the sake of the point you iterated.

You see a lot of TR scams, but you don't often see one that's actually befitting them these days. That Pokeblock scam was quite intelligently done; in fact, it wasn't until Grace---BTW, Big Al, she's a coordinator who figures quite prominently in the next ep---blew their cover that TR found themselves in over their heads.

May's behavoir during this episode was completely understandable, given what happened in her contest debut. At least---in no small part thanks to Grace---she's finally starting to learn how to steel herself before these events. Suffice it say, it's going to be a blast watching her in the rest of the contests. Ultimately, I'd wager that her future Grand Festival performance will boil down to whether or not May can keep Drew out of her head and---at the right time---in her crosshairs(Ash should be able to help her out in that department).

Murgatroyd
2nd November 2004, 11:04 PM
For those of you who think Drew shouldn't have been able to win, keep in mind that he was the one who selected both pokemon for that battle. Any sufficiently intelligent trainer can come up with a strategy to overcome a particular disadvantage, and Drew had had plenty of time to think of his before challenging Ash. Furthermore, he could be fairly sure that Ash would be overconfident, and used that to his advantage as well, exploiting Ash's confusion about what to do when things suddenly weren't going so well. If Ash had been the one at a type disadvantage, or if it had been anything other than a 1 on 1 match, I doubt Drew could have won.

The Big Al
2nd November 2004, 11:44 PM
For those of you who think Drew shouldn't have been able to win, keep in mind that he was the one who selected both pokemon for that battle. Any sufficiently intelligent trainer can come up with a strategy to overcome a particular disadvantage, and Drew had had plenty of time to think of his before challenging Ash. Furthermore, he could be fairly sure that Ash would be overconfident, and used that to his advantage as well, exploiting Ash's confusion about what to do when things suddenly weren't going so well. If Ash had been the one at a type disadvantage, or if it had been anything other than a 1 on 1 match, I doubt Drew could have won.

So what you're saying is that this was Ash's loss not Tailow's. I still think Tailow's Guts Ability had a perfect opportunity to be shown. It would have been interesting to see how Drew would have reacted to Tailow's sudden surge in power.

However, the trainer needs to keep a level head in the battle to win. Still, when using attacks like Stun Spore against Pokemon like Tailow, You're taking a big gamble.

EDIT: Actually, it would have been better if Ash told Tailow to go straight into the Stun Spore. Drew would think Ash was insane. Then Drew's plan to confuse Ash would have back fired as he would be the one confused about ASh's course of action. Then Roselia would be bird food. He's gotten too short changed to look to plant.

Lindsay
5th November 2004, 12:18 AM
Lots of negativity here! Must be alot of May-haters. Because this one seriously one of my favorite episodes ever. It had great character growth for May and plenty of dramatic tension. Grace is a breath of fresh air when it comes to Character of the Days. A tomboy and a goofy one at that. Pretty cool and different from the usual generic people.

Indigo
5th November 2004, 4:02 AM
It is common knowledge that women are more hysterical than men in public. And yes it does have to do with her character, unless you're missing the whole point of May's approach. You need to stop comparing everything on the show to Ash BTW.

Okay, I admit I compared that to Ash, but I did that on purpose. No other characters but Ash and May have cried significantly on the show, so Ash was my only comparison. As for the personality issue, may I remind you of a certain quote May stated in Win, Lose, or Drew, "Okay. No more crying." Look what she does next contest time. It isn't her character: it's either her inability to keep promises, or the fact that the writers are overdoing it just a little bit.


They did this to show that coordinators are still good battlers. Obviously Ash was going to lose and not show off Drew's weakness. Besides that Taillow is still fairly weak this early on, so it wouldn't stand a chance against a well trained Roselia, no matter how good a battler Ash is.

Yes, but the way they did it was...unethical. I am well aware that they had to make Ash lose, but...Taillow just stood there. Ash could have easily issued a command to beat the crap out of Roselia, as he has done so, so, so, so many times. They just chose this time to make Ash freeze. I just don't buy it. Maybe had Drew done something to give Ash absolutely no way to get out, I might have been more convinced. But Ash has been in that situation before thousands of times and has always pulled through, despite the Pokémon he was using. Also I'm sickened at the weak fight Ash put up, if any. He wasn't trying, and that doesn't seem like Ash. I thought he learned that lesson back in Johto. Remember Ephram and Skiploom?



Besides, we don't know how good Drew is, he may have won a few leagues himself before he became a coordinator.

I seriously doubt that. He seems like the kind of guy who has been a coordinator for only a short time but acts like he's been doing it all his life, like Gary did. Think of Drew like Gary; their similarities are truly uncanny.

The Big Al
6th November 2004, 3:17 PM
Yeah, the writers certainly do seem to make Ash an idiot wheever it suits them. I wish they would keep Ash consistant. He's learned so much about battling but they throw it out the window just because they want to lose.

Gravy
7th November 2004, 12:10 PM
...I can't beleive some of you people found Grace annoying. She's one of the best trainers to ever grace the show (shoot me for that), and it was certainly nice to see another rare moment where a character has a distinct personallity and trait. How could you not love the faces she made as she cracked up in laughter? :p (although, the laughter itself was...not...good)

I don't see what the big deal is about the whole battle either, it seemed perfectly fine to me in all honesty. Taillow did seem to do a pretty decent amount of damage to Roselia, thus launching it spirraling into the air.
With Roselia performing so many long-range attacks like Magical Leaf and Stun Store, its understandable that Taillow had to keep its distance. Of course, Ash had to attempt to have Taillow inflict a little more damage to Roselia, so a close-range attack is all he could hope for. Unfortunatly, that didn't work and I imagine it would be pretty easy to hit a bird that goes into a steep climb. Spun Spore paralyzing Taillow, and a solar beam slamming it to the ground? You can't tell me a little swallow-like bird is going to stand any chance against that, especially when its unable to move 0.o;


As for the personality issue, may I remind you of a certain quote May stated in Win, Lose, or Drew, "Okay. No more crying." Look what she does next contest time. It isn't her character: it's either her inability to keep promises, or the fact that the writers are overdoing it just a little bit.
True, she did say no more crying. But, I don't recall it being a promise to herself or anybody else. If I were in her shoes at that moment, I'd have probably felt awful about myself. Seeing your rival charging ahead of you, watching him thrash one of your best friends, having him insult your skills and knocking down your confidence. Add in almost resorting to cheating and not relying on her Beautifly's own potential, and you're going to feel pretty damn crap~ So, I understand why she was crying, and I think it was in character for her, considering she is the most emotional member of the cast more often then not. But thats just how I see it as all ^^

Team Rocket were just...friggin' awesome in this episode, theres no other way to describe it. These are the sort of scams I like to see from the gang, as this one was actually pretty well thought out, and suckered a lot of people into buying the whole thing. James and Cacnea in drag was hillarious, but Wobba in that trench coat? Damn, that was one of the highlights of the episode. How could you not love that?

Edit: On a side note, I actually really liked Medicham's voice, and I actually thought it suited it pretty well. *tries to figure out whether he likes the original voice or dub voice better*

Pokémon Master Josh
7th November 2004, 12:48 PM
That girl at the pokéblock counter had Misty's voice!!!

Factory Head Noland
7th November 2004, 1:08 PM
I really enjoyed this episode but I can't believe that Ash lost to Drew! Even May has beaten Drew's Roselia!
Grace is cool! She is really funny when her eyes go kind of....Wobbuffety (but with an extra line).
I think that the Pokemon Contests will be a great one because there are so many great Co-ordinators entering.

Hales
7th November 2004, 1:37 PM
I thought May came close to beating Drew, but TR interrupted so that match was put on hold... and then in the Contest prior Drew beat her?

Could be wrong.

MaskedManAbsolkid
7th November 2004, 2:33 PM
Grace was horrible! She ruined it! Medicham's voice was bad, but the TR pokemon dressed up was good. 3/10

Sharpshooter
7th November 2004, 10:00 PM
Grace was Ok other than the gag which was annoying. I agree with Gravy about the Team Rocket involvement, they rocked! The James and Cacnea relationship is good and long it may continue, as Cacnea certainly seems to suit his personality, I didn't think Weezing did at all to be honest.

I know I moan a lot about the Hoenn episodes recently but this one was pretty good. It was an excellent filler, in that it built up the suspense for the actual contest itself for the next episode.


Edit: On a side note, I actually really liked Medicham's voice, and I actually thought it suited it pretty well. *tries to figure out whether he likes the original voice or dub voice better*

Nope have to disagree with you this time, I hated it, it sounded queer. It's annoying screeching voice nearly gave me an earache!


That girl at the pokéblock counter had Misty's voice!!!
Yeah i noticed that too today. You'll also notice that again if you watch "Showdown in Pewter City" where Misty's voice happened to be one of Brock's sisters at the point where all of them held Ash back during his rematch with Brock, saying "leave him alone you big bully!"

Katsuya
13th November 2004, 7:30 PM
I HATED Medicham's voice! It sounded like a 70 year old on helium!

I liked the way they made the name, I'd called Medicham that before the episode. Nice to see I got one right at least.

First time I saw Drew - GODLY! By that I mean he's got to be God in order to defeat Ash. Grace was way too hyper, but her voice was okay.

I thought the Puns were good actually!

Chris
1st January 2005, 2:57 PM
Ignore what I said earlier. This episode was poorly handled in translation. :\

Nyaasu's explanation of the Porocks (Pokéblocks) is much different compared to Meowth's. Nyaasu explains that the Contests can judge a Pokémon's cuteness, smartness, beauty, coolness, and toughness. Meowth rambled on about different qualities for Pokémon (such as courage when Nyaasu was explaining toughness). One thing they had to change was Nyaasu's whole reasoning for puffing out his lips and posing. Originally he said that the Porocks could make any Pokémon sexy (XD), whereas Meowth was saying it'd make their lips all puffed out like so.

Music was pretty much tossed out the window until the near when the Rocket Gang reveals themselves. English Grace kept shouting the WRONG attack. Japanese Grace told Medicham to use Nenriki/Confusion, not Psychokinesis/Psychic. Makes no sense to change the name if it was for mouth flaps when Nenriki and Confusion have the same amount of syllables whereas Psychic doesn't.

Can't forget, silence is taboo on 4Kids part. So they obviously added dub music. Basically it was the standard dub with constant errors and changes. :\

Geki
30th August 2005, 11:47 PM
Didn't care for this episode much, I could take it or leave it.

2/10

TeddiUrsa
23rd September 2005, 5:58 PM
The episode has finally aired in german television and I was finally able to see it.

On dogasu´s homepage he said that wobbuffet´s pipe were erased from the dub but in our version it was there all the time. strange, same with brock´s wine glasses in his fantasy.

could this edit thing be the same as the badge case edit which was only in one dub version?

Pikachu
23rd September 2005, 6:05 PM
Medicham's fall = hillarious

wobbanut
26th September 2005, 9:29 PM
The medicham trainer in the episode was pretty interesting. It was funny how she kept reacting any time she couldn't believe something someone was saying. :) Team Rocket was also pretty good in this episode. I LOVED Wobbuffet in the trench coat, and Cacnea and James all dolled up. :D I liked that one guy's reaction too when he saw how cool Wobbuffet was. It was great seeing Drew again too. :)

lightspeed
6th March 2006, 1:33 PM
7/10, this episode was fine; I really enjoyed watching how Team Rocket tricked the man into buying their fake gold and silver pokeblocks.

Pokemonger49777
4th November 2006, 5:44 PM
Yay for this episode! But they really made medicham seem different in the game apart from the show.

Rebeccag
16th November 2007, 5:44 PM
I liked this episode for the fact that Ash and Drew had a battle. And I also liked it for the fact that it was another contest episode and I like contest episodes ^_^. Also I liked the character of Grace as well she seems to be an intresting character

Pikustrite
9th January 2008, 11:36 AM
LOVE Team Rocket here!! <33 James in a Women's clothes, and the motto! Grace ... interesting ... ahahahaha nuthing I could say more here ... 7/10 overall~

Igottapoo
11th January 2009, 7:35 AM
Another stupid episode where May prepares for a contest. I really get tired of these and that's why I didn't like it.

(s.i.e)
28th January 2009, 11:44 AM
Another stupid episode where May prepares for a contest. I really get tired of these and that's why I didn't like it.

lol you really hate contest do you? it's not my most favorite as well but it's better than nothing right?

Littlemyuu
11th March 2009, 5:10 PM
Love it <3
Madicham is a great pokemon, its also my favorite!
9/10

Ash-kid
12th December 2009, 11:23 AM
Great episode.
i loved Madicham, it was so stong. it beat Seviper without a problem.
And Grace was great too....

Lorde
15th December 2009, 6:49 PM
Grace was the most annoying character I've ever seen in any anime, and that's coming from the heart. I did like her Medicham since it was strong and elegant all at once, but she was just unnecessary. I liked that we got an episode solely for the purpose of Contest preparation though since it gave May time to practice with her Pokemon before the big day. 5/10.

saar
5th July 2010, 11:06 AM
I wonder if Grace had participated in other contests before this one. May's inexperience have made her to wonder about her Beautifly. I think she should have uses her Torchik since it is her starter isn't it?

KGB13
9th August 2010, 8:31 AM
I loved Grace and her Medicham, they were great! I really wish she became a permanent rival for May.

Other than that, nothing much happened in this episode.

It was alright.

G50
2nd March 2011, 11:28 AM
This episode was ok. Grace was such an annoying character in the Anime... I never liked her at all. Grace's laugh drives me up a wall! It was cool seeing Medicham for the 1st time, hers was really strong! It was cool seeing Ash and Drew having a battle. Too bad Tailow lost the battle.

42/100

TheEpicGoomba
26th June 2011, 1:03 PM
This episode was alright. It was cool seeing Medicham for the first time but it's trainer was really annoying. Cool to see Drew though and for him to battle Ash. Shame Ash lost though.

Vernikova
26th June 2012, 5:08 PM
Grace is in every way better than Drew. Once again, he rears his unwelcome head into an episode. It's such a shame that he's May's primary rival. To be quite honest, I prefer Zoey to him. I didn't like that Ash lost to him in a battle where he was later told about connecting with his Pokemon better even though we saw him training with them during the Dewford arc. Anything to hype up Drew I suppose.

7threst
28th September 2012, 12:35 PM
Great to see Drew again and I thought it was great to see a Drew versus Ash. Whenever you think of Drew, you normally would presume it has something to do with May, but having interactions between Ash and Drew was pretty interesting. Almost of something like a semi-rival. The rest was great too, I think May learned a lot from this episode when it comes down to how to work with her Pokémon.

AquaMilotic
25th December 2012, 3:53 PM
I liked this episode. And Brock's fantasy of feeding Grace was hilarious! And Drew's Roselia vs. Ash's Taillow was also nice. And James's dressed up Cacnea too!

Painkiller2001
3rd November 2014, 3:43 AM
Grace was a strange character. Yet, I didn't like her, but I didn't hate her, either.
Until this episode (well until the beginning of this season as a whole) I thought Medicham was a Sinnoh Pokemon.

Lorde
28th November 2014, 3:49 AM
Grace's habit of bursting into laughter randomly gave me a headache. I loved seeing Drew show up just as May was struggling with Beautifly's appeal; seeing him give her his signature rose made me giggle. Team Rocket's scheme to sell gold and silver Poke Block was clever since they were profiting, but I raged when Drew's Roselia beat Ash's Taillow.