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Serebii
23rd October 2004, 3:19 PM
http://www.serebii.net/anime/NextOn/329.jpgGame Winning Assist!

Heading towards Lavaridge, Ash & Co. find a meadow of Numel. May, eager to train her recently caught Skitty, challenges a Numel to a battle and teaches her Skitty Assist. However Team Rocket arrive to capture the Numel. Will they succeed?

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Discuss

Bulba the Great!
13th November 2004, 2:26 PM
I'm still watching the episode, but they got the Trainer's Choice wrong. Combusken=Best choice for Kirlia? I think not! Gravellar and Togetic were both better choices, seeing as Combusken is part Fighting!

CyberCubed
13th November 2004, 2:37 PM
Whee, "Game Winning Assist" just finished airing. Pretty standard filler but it got plus points for May being the hero (or is that heroine) this time instead of Ash, as well as Skitty's Assist attack. Thank goodness AG doesn't make Ash the only useful character on the show like Johto did. I would have prefered to see Skitty Vs. Ash's Pikachu, but the Furret battle was alright.

Looks like an early preview that Skitty will become a great battler.

Lindsay
13th November 2004, 2:44 PM
Alright that was a fine episode!

Nice to see May taking some initative in wanting to battle for Skitty's sake. Would have liked to see May vs Ash like was planned but May vs the former co-ordinator Julie was cool to since she ended up teaching May a few things.

Skitty's Assist attack randomly cool but a little cheap on the animation. So it used Ember, Silver Wind, and Gust? I'd like to see it use Stringshot hehe!

Numel were......not bad. Somewhat cute and I really loved their voices and sorta dopey/sleepy expressions.

Team Rocket? Stupid as usual. Wish they'd stop rehashing their old plans/techniques. Also the writers really need to stop bringing up James' rich past at their convenience. I'm SO sure he used to have all of these foreign POKéMON as a kid. -_-

+ 1 for 4Kids not reversing the frames during that Julie girls truck scenes.
+ 1 for Max showing some worry for May.

3 / 5

Not the best, not the worst, but definetely not bad at all. It was a nice clean episode just not a standout.

Also, the first stupid Trainer's Choice in awhile. Unless they meant who is the best for Kirlia to battle? Then it would be right lol

V Faction
13th November 2004, 2:50 PM
Skitty's Assist attack randomly cool but a little cheap on the animation. So it used Ember, Silver Wind, and Gust? I'd like to see it use Stringshot hehe!

All in due time! :)

-I'll get rid of this quick. Yeah, they screwed up the Trainer's Choice. I was hoping that they had wised up and would've gone with Togetic (High Sp.Def) but I guess not. Usually I'm okay with these, but I think this was just a real brain fart. If they had said Worst Choice, then it works out nicely.

Numel's voice was very good. It keeps the Numel-Camerupt line's trait of repeating a certain syllable of their name ("Num-num-num" ; "Rupt-rupt-rupt") which was nice. Sounds like they used the Dragonite voice for it.

The Episode itself was above average. I'm glad they had some Key Game locations pointed out (Firey Path, Mt. Chimney which will play a bigger part in the next Episode, the Gondola Station).

And yet again we see Slugma and its 1001 Voice. Today it was Magcargo!

ALSO, I chuckle worthy quote.

"James: Hey, did someone turn up the heat?
Meowth: It IS a bit toasy...
Jessie: Well, it wasn't me..."

GardevoirMaster
13th November 2004, 2:54 PM
I liked this episode b/c Skitty used Assist for the first time. Also Numel seemed to be a little big on the episode, its 2'4" and it was almost as tall as May. It was a good episode. And I really didnt like the Trainers Choice thing with Kirlia, and Combusken.

Pikachuman2
13th November 2004, 2:59 PM
Hmm...It was cool.

Heracross
13th November 2004, 3:04 PM
This episode was ok, to be quite honest I found it pretty boring, but that's probably just because it's so early. 4Kids really needs to get their act together. Now I'll admit I've never seen the original in this case, but I could just tell that there were some parts where the music should have been exciting but it was just the same old background music. I was beginning to think the entire ep was going to be like that untill they finally had some Kanto battle music there towards the end. Anyway, as for the actual episode, it was pretty good to see May being the hero. The Numel were pretty cool and it was nice to see May using Skitty for a battle. Did anyone else think the way Mt Chimney was drawn was exaggerated? No volcano would be that steep. So overall this was a pretty good episode. Not the best I've seen, but pretty good.

ŁańkaŃ
13th November 2004, 3:11 PM
this episode was good, i love the move assist, and i love Skitty

PDL
13th November 2004, 3:26 PM
well, yes, I know they messed up on the Trainer's Choice, but I can see the reason for that...

I think that 4Kids thought that Kirla was a grass type and maybe even thought that Combusken was a pure fire type

so I wouldn't blame them for messing up, not like 4kids are supposed to know that much about pokemon they haven't seen much in the anime

the actual show was good though...

The Big Al
13th November 2004, 3:55 PM
Warning, do not touch running sprinklers as they WILL cut you.

Tell me. Is any one else tired of the stupid TR Mechs? *Crush pathetic Mech with a Gundum*

Considering they were going to be carrying Fire Pokemon, don't you think it would have made sense to use heat resistant metal? Chalk another one up for Team Rocket's gross stupity.

So May saved the day wait, the Numule saved the day er night, but she got them started. Whatever, Ash didn't save the day because he was struck in an old beater. *Passes out from self-induced confusion*

I'll say this many times in the future but there is nothing but fluff in Skitty's head. Can it get anymore scatter brained?

Heracross
13th November 2004, 3:59 PM
Yeah, TR's mechs are really annoying. The only good one lately was their Cacnea mech.

Pika Hikari KT
13th November 2004, 4:07 PM
SKITTY! *huggles Skitty* So kawaii!-^_^- And what's a Skitty without its signature move? Not a very powerful Skitty, that's what!;) Numel's voice wasn't bad; and once again I mess up the pronunciation of another Pokémon's name!>_<; I picked Togetic for the Trainer's Choice too; but later I realized that Kirlia's low defense and Togetic's low Attack cancel each other out, while an attack like Combusken's Slash can easily wipe Kirlia out without getting hit by a Psychic attack. Overall; 8/10

V Faction
13th November 2004, 4:35 PM
I picked Togetic for the Trainer's Choice too; but later I realized that Kirlia's low defense and Togetic's low Attack cancel each other out, while an attack like Combusken's Slash can easily wipe Kirlia out without getting hit by a Psychic attack.

That still doesn't explain why they wouldn't have gone with Graveler then, if High Attack was the key. Look, it was just a goof up, no way getting around it.

Cephonis
13th November 2004, 4:37 PM
yawn... stupid KIDSWB what's the big idea airing it at 7... (PST) yawn... and WTF? Fire/Fighting is better than Psychic? I don't think so. None of them were good choices, but Normal has a natural resistance against Psychic(Togetic) and Graveler's high defense/sp. defense will protect it better from Kirlia, but Combusken is best choice against Kirlia? And what's with the "Who's that PKMN (Growlithe)" showing up right after the 'Okay trainers which of these pokemon is the best choice against ...' thing?

PDL
13th November 2004, 4:43 PM
sigh... maybe I'll explain it once more, 4kids must have thought that Kirla was a grass type, if you look at it, it could easily be mistaken for one.

Tamer Zack
13th November 2004, 4:49 PM
This was a good episode it was nice to see the Numel's and I'm not even going to comment on the TC.

V Faction
13th November 2004, 4:52 PM
yawn... stupid KIDSWB what's the big idea airing it at 7... (PST) yawn... and WTF? Fire/Fighting is better than Psychic? I don't think so. None of them were good choices, but Normal has a natural resistance against Psychic(Togetic) and Graveler's high defense/sp. defense will protect it better from Kirlia, but Combusken is best choice against Kirlia? And what's with the "Who's that PKMN (Growlithe)" showing up right after the 'Okay trainers which of these pokemon is the best choice against ...' thing?

Hey dumb-dumb, Normal doesn't resist Psychic, Graveler has horrid Special Defense, and the WTP is back at the command of KidsWB, so deal with it.

EDIT: By the way EK, that's still a big stretch to pull all from one attack. You've got a ton of other Psychic attacks on Kirlia as well, so I don't fully believe Magical Leaf could cause such a drastic alteration. If you want my opinion, that, plus the opening sequence (where Combusken manages to overpower a Gardevoir) is what could have lulled 4Kids into their mistake, but not simply ML alone.

Dratini927
13th November 2004, 5:12 PM
Hmm, this episode was pretty good for a filler basically, but it did have a lot of things that did...confuse me a little bit.

The 1st thing I noticed was when James was talking about the Numel, he said that when he was a kid, he had them to keep him warm at night. But wait? How could he have had them a long time ago, when they were just recently known? Strange... The 2nd thing that I think the messed up on was when they got woken up by the Numel Mech, and were chasing it. Wasn't it like...2 am or something, since they were sleeping? But at the end when the Numel ran to eat the berry, Julie said that it was dinner time. Strange again... And, I don't know if this is me or anything, but after the pas few new episodes, they have been showing the really old "Who's That Pokemon?" scenes. This episodes was Growlithe. I wonder if that's a mistake on the Episode makings part, or they are including that in now. Yet another strange thing again...

But overall, I would rate this episode an 8/10 because it was halfway decent, but just way too early in the morning. @_@

Indigo
13th November 2004, 5:24 PM
I loved this episode! This is coming from an Ash freak. I LOVED it.

Pros:

-May actually worked as the heroine! Great!
-After this, I'm really starting to like May. From a MISTY lover, I'm really starting to like her. She has more of a brain than I thought, what with wanting Skitty to battle.
-Max's reaction towards the kidnapping--very sweet. ~^
-ASH'S reaction towards the kidnapping--sweeter. "Don't worry, May. I'm coming to save you." I might've been paraphrasing, but it was very cute.
-Numel's voice was right on. Not the pronounciation I would've used, but the voice was great.
-Ash was genuinely concerned for Skitty's welfare, as well as May's. Just another example of his growing "mentor-ness"

Cons:

-Darn it! If only the gang had gone outside without all their excess clothes! I wanted to see them!...I'm really sad.
-Okay, I never get this aspect of the show: WHY would the gang so willingly go into a stranger's house? They're going to put ideas into the kiddie's heads.

Anyway, I don't know what it is about this eppy, but I'm starting to like May, and I'm coming off Pokéshipping just a little bit...it looked like they were holding hands at one point, and there was an eye contact thing that just looked cute.

Anyway, this episode gets a big, fat 9/10

PDL
13th November 2004, 5:27 PM
Hmm, this episode was pretty good for a filler basically, but it did have a lot of things that did...confuse me a little bit.

The 1st thing I noticed was when James was talking about the Numel, he said that when he was a kid, he had them to keep him warm at night. But wait? How could he have had them a long time ago, when they were just recently known? Strange...

about that...

the anime has a strange way of introducing pokemon from a new generation, a few episodes back, they would be like they never existed in the first place, then bam, once the new generation has been introduced it would be like the characters knew about them the whole time. Even though at some points they'd mention that there should only be a certain number of known pokemon in the world... it is a little strange though :\, it is a bit understandable if these new pokemon were to come from a forgien land though. Since James' family were rich, they could import pokemon from forgein lands and such

Indigo
13th November 2004, 5:37 PM
the anime has a strange way of introducing pokemon from a new generation, a few episodes back, they would be like they never existed in the first place, then bam, once the new generation has been introduced it would be like the characters knew about them the whole time. Even though at some points they'd mention that there should only be a certain number of known pokemon in the world... it is a little strange though :\, it is a bit understandable if these new pokemon were to come from a forgien land though. Since James' family were rich, they could import pokemon from forgein lands and such

Agreed.

This isn't the first time they've done something along the lines of that, if I recall correctly...

PDL
13th November 2004, 5:41 PM
another thing to add to the plus side, Team Rocket didn't have the usual Boss fantasy in the episode... actually, I found their fantasy kinda cute

CyberCubed
13th November 2004, 7:14 PM
Hmm, this episode was pretty good for a filler basically, but it did have a lot of things that did...confuse me a little bit.

The 1st thing I noticed was when James was talking about the Numel, he said that when he was a kid, he had them to keep him warm at night. But wait? How could he have had them a long time ago, when they were just recently known?

Since when were Numel just recently known? Just because they're new pokemon in the games doesn't mean they weren't always there in the show.

Heracross
13th November 2004, 7:20 PM
Exactly, it would be unrealistic for people not to know about them before now. The only reason they weren't mentioned before is that they weren't created yet in the real world.

Yellow
13th November 2004, 7:36 PM
I didn't really like this episode. They also got Trainer's Choice wrong by saying that Combusken was the best choice to battle Kirlia. Graveler would of been since Kirlia is weak against psychical attacks. Togetic was even better since he has high special defense. Combusken was part fighting, but they still said it was right. Skitty was cool with Assist, that's the only part I liked.

Indigo
13th November 2004, 7:53 PM
You know, you guys should be happy that they played Combusken's voice for you. That's a lot better than getting the TC wrong. Now we have a vague idea about what it'll sound like in the future when it's appearance comes around! It's like listening to Torkoal's voice to speculate what Ash's will sound like, only it's May's Combusken now.

Togepi Trainer
13th November 2004, 9:10 PM
I liked it, May was cool....

TC was stupid! My Togetic would beat it!

Also, I KNEW that's what Combuskens voice would be.

pokeplayer984
13th November 2004, 9:15 PM
*Destroys the 4Kids Building for the bad Trainer's Choice.*

*realizes he forgot to get someone else to do the dub.*

*Uses Celebi to go back in time and correct the Trainer's Choice.* (I wish!) :rollseyes:

Anyways, not a bad ep. I kinda forgot how Assist works. Now I completly remember it. :)

Team Rocket had an intresting mecha. However, they could've done better.

And for once, Ash wasn't the hero. I'm glad they made May the hero for once. Hope they make Brock the hero at some point. I would love to see that. :)

Anyways, pretty average filler. 7/10.

See ya. :)

Space Skitty
13th November 2004, 9:30 PM
Other then the TC, this episode was original. May being heroine was cool by itself. Skitty was KAWAII! ^^ It was just so cute! Assist was also a pretty neat move. Numel's voice sounded fitting. Oh, and I loved Max's concern for May! ^__^ So sweet! This was a nice solid episode.

PDL
13th November 2004, 9:33 PM
Jesus H. Christ on a Cracker...

we all know that 4Kids goofed up this time... THEY'RE ONLY HUMAN AFTER ALL... dispite the fact that they dub and air the cartoon, this does not make them the ulimate experts of pokemon battle stradgies, they do know more about pokemon then companies who deal next to nothing on it, but they're not the ones to look to for real battle stradgies...

that's that Serebii.net is for :)

as I've already mentioned, my theory is that 4Kids must have thought that Kirla was a grass type... well, if you look at it, it could be easily mistaken for one... So it's just a mistake on 4kids

Heracross
13th November 2004, 10:57 PM
Yeah, and I don't get what the big deal is with hearing Combusken's dub voice in the Trainer's Choice. Doesn't anyone remember "Having a Wailord of a Time"? It freaking had Combusken in it. Come on people, it's not that hard to remember is it?

Kamex
14th November 2004, 1:05 AM
Yeah, and I don't get what the big deal is with hearing Combusken's dub voice in the Trainer's Choice. Doesn't anyone remember "Having a Wailord of a Time"? It freaking had Combusken in it. Come on people, it's not that hard to remember is it?
Yeah, I was gonna say that same thing.

Anyway, this episode was o.k. I liked finally getting to see a Numel. And the way steam keeps spouting from their...hole, thingy, is cool.

Assist was interesting to see. I've rarely seen it in my games.

Well...not much else left to say. 7/10.

Akane
14th November 2004, 1:28 AM
I really enjoyed this epsiode for three words...May and Skitty. Man that was so great! I love when Skitty used Assist. That is a very cool attack. May and her battling are really starting to improve. I was impressed. The Numel were cute too. ^__^

Gravy
14th November 2004, 2:14 AM
Now we have a vague idea about what it'll sound like in the future when it's appearance comes around! It's like listening to Torkoal's voice to speculate what Ash's will sound like, only it's May's Combusken now.

*shudders* I sincerly hope that Haruka's doesn't sound like that. They seriously screwed up Combusken's voice big time IMHO. And considering Haruka's is female it makes me wonder if they're going to even bother giving it a femenine voice. They certainly didn't make that bully-Torchic in 'A Wailord of a Time' sound any different to Haruka's one, while in the original its voice was more brutish and masculine sounding. Bah, end small, somewhat pointless rant about favourite pokémon.

I despise these spoiler tags. And is it really a spoiler to mention a pokemon thats in the friggin' opening? 0.o;

Indigo
14th November 2004, 2:16 AM
Yeah, and I don't get what the big deal is with hearing Combusken's dub voice in the Trainer's Choice. Doesn't anyone remember "Having a Wailord of a Time"? It freaking had Combusken in it. Come on people, it's not that hard to remember is it?

*slaps self.* That's right. Sorry, it's been quite a few weeks. I have other, more important stuff to remember than the Pokémon episode ten weeks ago. ^^;;


Hope they make Brock the hero at some point. I would love to see that.

*coughAMudkipMissioncough*

Swellow
14th November 2004, 2:42 AM
I liked It mainly by just showing a Move in the ep. Also If you have more then 6 pokemon does Assist just pick Moves from the 6 on your team

The Big Al
14th November 2004, 1:54 PM
Too bad you really can't put a feather in you cap for winning against Team Rocket. Maybe May will face a worthy foe. Then she would get my respect.

Pokemon Fan
14th November 2004, 11:50 PM
the anime has a strange way of introducing pokemon from a new generation, a few episodes back, they would be like they never existed in the first place, then bam, once the new generation has been introduced it would be like the characters knew about them the whole time. Even though at some points they'd mention that there should only be a certain number of known pokemon in the world... it is a little strange though
Well, in the first season there were several mentions that there were 150 known Pokemon. However, that was likely because at the time they didn't know the series would go on. Once it became clear there would be more new Pokemon, the series has ever since then been careful to avoid any references to how many specific Pokemon there are, and will usually show any "new" Pokemon as being one that was known to all or some before the series even began.

Indeedthe initial events in the seventh movie with Deoxys and Rayquaza likely occur some time before Ash even began his journey, something like four years if I recall right.

The Big Al
15th November 2004, 12:19 AM
I think it's a national thing. Kangaroos don't bounce around here in Michigan.

You think James had enough Numel? I'd be a roast duck with all those Numel.

Yay, I actually got a pronunciation right. I that they played off the word numb.

Psychic Venusaur
15th November 2004, 1:29 AM
Those Numel looked kind of big if you ask me

I was playing Ruby the day before the episode premiered, and a Skitty I fought used Assist. That may have been the first time I'd ever seen the attack in the game. I guessed the effect right (everyone else already knew this)

7/10, this episode was o.k.

wobbanut
20th November 2004, 6:40 PM
I finally got to see this episode yesterday, thanks to Friday reruns of weekend episodes. I have to say, I was pretty impressed by the episode. I didn't know how awesome an attack assist really was until I saw this episode (I'll definitely teach it to one of my skitties). It was great to see May escape from Team Rocket on her own too. This was an excellent episode for her. :)

Anti-Richie
28th November 2004, 10:56 PM
I really didn't like this episode (only saw it today on Sky One. I'm a Brit :rolleyes: )

A very boring filler. It didn't seem important apart from showcasing the Numel, who were quite cool, and Skitty's Assist move. It had a really bad Johto feel to it, but did improve slightly in part 2. Even Team Rocket were below par. There was a golden opportunity for Meowth to have had a fantasy about giving the Numel to "the boss" but all we got that drivel about James having the Numel keep him warm....

I think the only good thing about this episode is that Numel had a good voice and it brings the UK closer to the Mount Chimney episodes.

I'm not usually this harsh, but 4/10.

ChaosMage
29th November 2004, 11:43 PM
Those numel were obese! Way too big and dopey, like Snorlax, rather than small and cute, witch you'd expect.

Sharpshooter
30th November 2004, 4:54 PM
Too much of Skitty I think here, so much so that it's starting to become very annoying. Also May once again was featured more than Ash was, seems like she's beginning take over his lead role nowadays!

Not a bad episode, better than Cheer Pressure mainly becasue Max didn't bugger anything up this time.

Factory Head Noland
1st December 2004, 10:46 PM
Hey Sharpshooter!

I quite liked this episode, Team Rocket actually nearly got away with their plan! (Extremily rare!!) That Furret was fast! I think that Skitty should have been able to get a few more hits in there.
I think Skitty is grrrrrrrrrreat!

≈*Virulent Tsunami*≈
10th January 2005, 2:32 AM
I'm with Anti-Richie, this was reallly Johto. I loved the Numel, but that was abut it. Skitty was cute, and nice to see Furret again, but.....meh. This episode just didn't catch my interest. Would've been better if they'd re-run 'A PokéBlock Party!" or "Watt's with Wattson?" instead of this. The least I can say is that I didn't miss this episode, although I kinda wish I had.

Overall rating:
4.9 out of 10....
Pretty bad episode. Small bit above Johto, but anyone who couldn't tell would call it a Johto, and I don't blame them.

SC~ out

Lust
7th May 2005, 1:13 AM
This is the first Pokémon episode I've seen in about three years. Too bad it was a filler. Anyways, there were some good things and bad things.

Likes

- May is a pretty cool character.
- May's Skitty is also pretty cool.
- Numel looks pretty cool in this episode.

Dislikes

- Max is really annoying!
- Team Rocket is as annoying as ever. Especially Wobbuffet.

Jesse GS the II
7th May 2005, 7:32 AM
A decent episode, but not without its flaws. They're not huge, but they still bugged me...

1. The voice acting. I know 4Kids has to wrap their scripts around the lip movements, but you'd think they could do it better. At the end of Act I, Ash's line "Hold on, May, 'cause we're comin' to save you!" just sounded too contrived. Same thing for James and Meowth's simultaneous "That sounds great, can we be in your fantasy too?" And May looking up Skitty's attacks in her PokéDex sounded like Veronica Taylor had a train to catch while she was recording it.

2. Nitpicky, but still - I don't like the writers throwing Hoenn Pokémon into Kanto flashbacks. It's fine when they're contained in their own region, but when you make up some backstory about how James used to keep his bedroom warm with a herd of Numel, it's just odd. Numel aren't found in the Kanto region (of course, you could argue that James' wealthy parents had them imported from Hoenn, but then that takes all the fun out of nitpicking).

Aside from that, though, this episode wasn't half bad. Some good screentime for Skitty, especially when showcasing Assist - I just wish they'd given it more variety, since I'm sure May's Pokémon know attacks other than Ember, Silver Wind, and Gust. The Numel were inexplicably adorable; I'm sure the voice contributed to it. They were played perfectly dopey. And it's good to see May be the hero(ine) every once in a while - it shows character development. In all, a mostly satisfactory episode.

Geki
30th August 2005, 11:37 PM
I didn't like this episode much, it was pretty boring and not worth waking up early for..

3/10

Ashy Boy
15th August 2006, 11:31 AM
I recently watched the episode and even though it was mostly predictable, it was great to see Skitty get more screen time. I also liked the filler character.

Igottapoo
12th January 2009, 10:32 AM
It was a pretty good episode. Skitty's assist is really cool. Funny how they screwed up the trainers choice.

(s.i.e)
27th January 2009, 3:05 PM
it was a good episode, 8/10.
assist is a good move if you ask me.

Littlemyuu
11th March 2009, 5:44 PM
It was a nice episode, good to see Assist in the anime

Ash-kid
10th December 2009, 10:18 AM
I loved that Skitty learned how to use a new move
Assist is a good move fot it, it was great

popcorn dragon
6th January 2010, 3:06 AM
It was cool how skitty learned assist, but the best part was the beginning. It shows how Skitty can be such a troublemaker. Cute pokemon come at a price.

Lorde
9th January 2010, 11:07 AM
The Numel seemed out of place in this episode. The episode focused too much on Skitty's Assist move.

I liked that May actually worked hard on teaching Skitty it's most potent move for use in Contests.

Some people say she became an expert overnight, but I think she really trained hard. 5/10

KGB13
7th September 2010, 12:15 PM
Another OK episode.

Skitty learning Assist was really the only highlight of it.

G50
2nd March 2011, 11:45 AM
This episode was ok... It was cool seeing Numel for the 1st time. I'm glad May was able to get Skitty to learn Assist. Assist is a pretty cool attack, but can backfire if the random attack in non-effective against the opposing Pokemon. It was cool seeing Furret for the 1st time. Numel seem to me like the fire version of Slowpoke for some reason. It was cool to see Max show concern for May.

25/100

TheEpicGoomba
1st July 2011, 4:53 PM
Pretty boring episode in my opinion. Seeing Numel was cool though and I was glad Skitty learned Assist.

Vernikova
28th June 2012, 9:03 PM
May really can't battle with Skitty it seems. I suppose that she should focus her off-screen training on Skitty instead of Beautifly. Anyway, this was an average episode. It made no sense how May was able to comfortably stay in the room where all of the Numel were heating the metal while Team Rocket weren't able to. Numel wasn't anything special and it was pretty boring to watch. I guess this wasn't such an average episode but whatever.

7threst
28th September 2012, 6:51 PM
I didn't quite liked the whole concept and synopsis of this episode. It was too standard for me and while I did enjoy seeing Skitty in battle, that was for me the highlight. The Numel, as Terra said, aren't anything special and just ordinary Pokémon. Although, for ordinary Pokémons, they did a fine job introducing it to the viewers.

AquaMilotic
29th November 2013, 2:29 AM
I always liked Assist-using Pokemon of opponents in Pokemon Colosseum, like that Furret in Pyrite Colosseum. Assist sure is fun in the anime too, it just feels fun and cool, just like Metronome. And seeing Furret was a real treat, I don't like how Furret lacked proper attention in the Johto seasons, so this made up for it nicely. And seeing Furret wave at the end of the episode is so cute, I WANNA HUG FURRET! 7/10.

PokemontrainerY
29th November 2013, 12:43 PM
I thought this was an OK episode, but I didn't like this episode's dub title. When I watched the episode for the first time on kids WB, the dub title "Game winning Assist" made me think that May will take part in a Contest and win in this episode, but sadly that didn't happen. This episode didn't seem important apart from showcasing the Numel and Skitty's new move - Assist.

I liked this episode's COTD Juile, she was cute. It's funny when Brock grabbed her hands and asks her to a lunch, only to get hit by a burst of steam from Numel. Numel reminded me of Slowpoke in this episode. It's nice to see May's Skitty to learning Assist, which is a quite good move. Too bad Assist can backfire if the random move isn't effective against the opponent Pokemon as it was shown in Skitty and Furret's battle.

Team Rocket's "Numel-mecha" was weird. It annoyed me when Jessie blew a kiss after the "Numel-mecha" was unaffacted by Pikachu's Thunderbolt, but it's good to see May being the heroine for a change. As usual, Team Rocket got blasted off again.

The next day, Ash and co. were about to head towards Lavaridge Town.... but Brock grabbed Julie's hand Again and tried to hit on her Again, only to get pulled away by Max Again! Geez, when will you learn Brock?

4kids sure messed up "Pokémon Trainer's Choice" this time. Seriously, how in the world did they think that the Fire/Fighting Pokémon Combuskin is the best choice for choice to battle the Psychic Pokémon Kirla? That's just dumb.

Painkiller2001
3rd November 2014, 9:44 PM
Numel are bigger than I thought I were. I thought they were a lot smaller. Maybe it was just that one Numel that looked larger than the others...

Lorde
28th November 2014, 2:14 AM
I cackled at Ash and friends being chased by Slugma at the start. I liked seeing May's Skitty battle the COTD's Furret. Too bad that Skitty's inexperience lost May the battle. Seeing Team Rocket pluck the sleeping Numel right off the ranch in their Numel mecha was funny. Glad that the Numel fought back and that Ash and friends proceeded towards Mt. Chimney.