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23rd October 2004, 3:00 PM
http://www.serebii.net/anime/NextOn/355.jpgPearls Are A Spoink's Best Friend!

In their travels, Ash & Co. meet up with a Spoink who has lost it's Pearl. Ash & Co. decide to help it find it's pearl. However Team Rocket have found the Pearl. Will Ash & Co. be able to get it back?

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Torkoal Stu
18th December 2004, 7:12 AM
this is a great debut for spoink. and he is so cute but i don't see the point of spoink coming back. here are a few dub title ideas

-oink, oink, spoink- (pun on the words oink, oink, oink)
-spoinking around- (pun on the words oinking around)

29th January 2005, 3:46 PM
I like this episode very much.

It's very funny seeing Spoink put all kinds of round stuff on its head.


29th January 2005, 5:42 PM
My dub title; A Spoink in your Step!

King Shuckle
8th February 2005, 4:40 AM
~Pearl Next Door

Thats all I can think of for now. Thats seems good

2nd April 2005, 11:10 PM
aww spoink is just so cute!!

Kanadian Kyuubi
21st May 2005, 1:20 PM
Okay, we'll see today if Pearls are a Spoink's best Friend. The episode airs today and this is not a bump.

Hopefully Spoink's voice will be cute, he'll either be cute, or sound like a pig.

21st May 2005, 1:40 PM
Okay, we'll see today if Pearls are a Spoink's best Friend. The episode airs today and this is not a bump.

Hopefully Spoink's voice will be cute, he'll either be cute, or sound like a pig.

His voice was revealed in the Kids WB Commercial talking about this episode. Spoink's voice fits him quite well

21st May 2005, 2:26 PM
I liked this episode a lot. I really liked the part when Spoink put all the different Pokemon on it's head like the Electrode and Voltorb. Anyway, this makes a great filler, a lot better the Me, Myself, and Time! And one last thing, the Magikarp Salesman returning was awesome! I can't believe they rememeber his voice. And when it showed his six kids it was hilarious!!! I give it 9/10.

≈*Virulent Tsunami*≈
21st May 2005, 3:32 PM
This was an excellent filler. The Magikarp Salesman's reaction to the revelation of his 'Feebas' was hilarious! And, tons of UU Pokémon. Torkoal, Mudkip, Dustox, all in one episode. Torkoal's crying was a nice touch to see return, and how it intensified right at end of each outburst was great!
The animation in this episode was great, I noticed. Just goes to show Ota's not the only good animating team.
Magikarp as a pearl=priceless. Voltorb's Spark was unexpected. I would've expected the usual Selfdestruct, but this was better. Spoink's Igglybuff theft was funny too, especially the Trainer's reaction.
Spoink had a great voice, I noticed. I would've expected grunting.
This was a great introduction to the next two carnival episodes.

Overall rating:
9.8 out of 10!!!!
One of the very best fillers of Hoenn. I hope the next couple of episodes live up to the expectations undoubtedly set by this.

SC~ out

21st May 2005, 3:34 PM
This was a good episode. I liked seeing that Magikarp salesman again. I loved his expression when he finds out that his fake Feebas was revealed. Spoink was cute in the anime. I haven't seen the rest of this episode, but I will (I didn't get the chance to see if they get the TC right


21st May 2005, 3:34 PM
Color me impressed. At first I thought this would be a really bland filler of just Spoink searching for it's pearl, but it got really good during the second Act.

I mean LMAO, they actually gave the Magikarp salesman a back story? :D His 6 kids all had the same nose. It's pretty cool to see such a minor character like the Magikarp salesman actually given some character development, and I love that 4kids remembered his voice.

It was also pretty cool to see Giovanni at the beginning of this episode. Giovanni is way too forgiving to TR, their Skiploom secret base gets destroyed yet he doesn't seem to care much. Maybe he just wants them out of his hair? Likes the Butch and Cassidy reference too.

And the Trainers choice was actually right this time! Good job 4kids for picking Steelix to use against Electabuzz.

This episode also had stronger continuity than usual, such as the Magikarp salesman and TR remembering the Feebas from the Wishcash episode. Thinking about it, it would be pretty cool if TR had a Milotic.

Another good part of this episode was the neglected pokemon finally got some screen time! Torkoal, Dustok, and Mudkip all got some much needed time in the sun. Brock actually did something in this episode, but of course since he took an active role May had to be pushed into the backround for this ep.

Overall a very good filler, I actually thought it would be really bad at first but they turned it around very quickly. I'm impressed.

Togepi Trainer
21st May 2005, 3:36 PM
Very funny and good! Spoink is extremely cute, too.

Kanadian Kyuubi
21st May 2005, 3:40 PM
This was so funny! When the MS went black and white at the reaction to the truth about the "Magibas" it was funny. Torkoal, Dustox, and cute lil Mudkip were back in action, spoink's voice was cute, and the MS selling a Feebas, you could tell it was a Magikarp, look closly for a non hollowed out top fin, and the Magikarp Whiskers.


21st May 2005, 3:41 PM
This episode was another one at its best! The animations were hilarious and interesting, especially at the end when Spoink blasted TR off, the way the animation looked.

They were actually funny 2day. Including when they were trying to defend themselves to Ash & Co. about the salesman and Meowth talking all fast!

The salesman himself played a nice-sized role this time around. It was great to see him again. His reaction to his Magikarp/Feebas....Priceless!

The Trainer's Choice: finally a decent right one and ironic. Since both Steelix and Electabuzz have the same voices. Ever since Electabuzz's one changed during the Jotho region and Steelix's was changed in the Torkal episode.

Plus, Dustox AGAIN! The creators must finally know how much we love it!

98/100. So far, this ep. is behind "The Bicker The Better."

21st May 2005, 4:39 PM

This episode was indeed funny! I for one am glad to see the actual Giovanni instead of those day dreams of Meowth's (they grow old after a while)...Anyways, I am also happy to see the Magikarp Salesman again ^_^

Emma Iveli
21st May 2005, 5:40 PM
I liked it too, my favorite Pokemon, Igglybuff had a cameo. I also loved that Spoink mistook anything round for its Pearl but it got funnier when it put Magikarp on its head. I Loved the part where Jessie was daydreaming about Milotic it was so funny. Also the Magikarp salesman's kids are ugly in opion, even his baby. Good overall episode.

21st May 2005, 5:47 PM
The episode was kinda funny, but I just woke up, so if I was wide awake, I probably would've been laughing the whole entire time.

Very good episode, it was funny when Spoink put the Magikarp on it's head. I thought the "Feebas" that the seller was trying to sell looked weird. Magikarp's whisker things where there, if you looked hard enough you could see them. It was a funny episode, but I liked some of the first episodes (the ones in Kanto) better, but I haven't watched the series in a long time.


21st May 2005, 6:35 PM
Here's to hoping Dogasu checks this, considering I have abit of a comment on a cut made in the episode.

n between the two corresponding lines in the Japanese version is a seven-second scene of Kojirou checking his collection of Pokemon TCG-like cards. He finds Banebuu's card, and then notices that the pearl that they have is the same one as the one that's supposed to be on the pokemon's head.

http://www.bulbagarden.net/~dogasu/comparisons/houen/ep079_card01.jpg http://www.bulbagarden.net/~dogasu/comparisons/houen/ep079_card02.jpg http://www.bulbagarden.net/~dogasu/comparisons/houen/ep079_card03.jpg

The scene was most likely cut because of that law that says that TV shows on American TV can't showcase any product available for sale in real life. And since those cads (slightly) resemble the TCG cards that are in stores now, the scene had to get the ax.

I dunno about you, but I don't think that's exactly the case considering Yu-Gi-Oh! itself was one big advertisement when it started and shows TONS of cards available IRL. o_o; And if the mention of the card edits is brought up, it's due to the fact that the original cards had Japanese text on them. As you can see, the Pokémon cards didn't have any.

21st May 2005, 8:51 PM
This was really a great episode. Good animation, nice music, underused pokémon, and lots of comedy - always a plus. I also liked how Musashi-tachi contacted Sakaki at the beginning of the episode. It's been quite a while since they've done so, and as someone else said, it's nice to see the real Sakaki for a change after so many boss fantasies.

I really liked the music that was used in the Japanese version as Satoshi-tachi enter the carnival - somehow I knew they they couldn't get through this episode without playing Osorubeshi Koduck at some point.XD I haven't seen the dub yet, but I'm guessing right now that the only music kept was Advanced Adventure.:P

22nd May 2005, 3:15 AM
Advanced Adventure was kept, if I'm correct in knowing which music you're talking about. I don't know if any other original music was kept.

I dunno about you, but I don't think that's exactly the case considering Yu-Gi-Oh! itself was one big advertisement when it started and shows TONS of cards available IRL. o_o; And if the mention of the card edits is brought up, it's due to the fact that the original cards had Japanese text on them. As you can see, the Pokémon cards didn't have any.
If Dogasu was right, then Yugioh wouldn't legally be dubable, since every episode has real-life cards. They could have made an exception with it, though, or perhaps found a way passed it (in Yugioh, I mean). Meh, whatever.

Anyway, I liked this episode especially much compared to some of the other episodes previous to it. Seeing Giovanni is always a good thing.

Like others mentioned, I did think this episode would be a little to bland and tedious if they just looked for Spoink's pearl the whole time, but also like others mentioned, the episode shaped up in the second half.

The Magikarp Salesman is always welcome now and then. His family was humorously ugly, with his nose and all. And he's an only father, how sad (unless he made that whole family thing up along with the Magikarp is a Feebass thing).

I coulda sworn I saw Spoink just balancing on its tail, without hopping. According to the games, Spoink's heartrate would stop if it stops bouncing along with it, but I guess that's a difference between the games and the anime. Or maybe it's just a minor plothole.

Anyway, I'll give this episode an 8/10.

22nd May 2005, 3:18 AM
Well i found out Torkoal could use Body Slam in this episode...

22nd May 2005, 10:14 AM
Well i found out Torkoal could use Body Slam in this episode...
Indeed. So far Torkoal has used four moves: Flamethrower, Overheat, Iron Defense, and Body Slam.

Torkoal Stu
22nd May 2005, 10:18 AM
Indeed. So far Torkoal has used four moves: Flamethrower, Overheat, Iron Defense, and Body Slam.

Wait, hasn't Torkoal used Ember before? Or was that Flamethrower? or was that Flannerys? Ah, so why does Torkoal use Body Slam?

22nd May 2005, 10:21 AM
I dont think it was a body slam but i think it was just a tackle???
But honestly i'm as confused as u!!

22nd May 2005, 1:42 PM
I liked this episode. There were some pretty funny moments, and I liked the reference back to the salesman, especially seeing his kids... It wasn't breaking new grounds or anything, but it was a good filler.

22nd May 2005, 5:27 PM
Kootasu does use Body Slam. Satoshi's does not know Ember. It only knows Flamethrower and Overheat as its fire-type attacks.

Silver Ryu
22nd May 2005, 8:47 PM
This was a really funny episode! I loved how Spoink kept putting things on its head! But really, was the Spoink desperate, or just stupid? I loved seeing the Magikarp guy again - he's always funny. Yeah, I noticed the Magikarp whiskers, but for some reason, I forgot that Feebas didn't have them. I was wondering why they were taped down...

22nd May 2005, 9:32 PM
Hee hee, I love the magickarp salesman. :D It's nice that they did everything different with him this time- Jessie buys from him instead of James, he actually has more dialogue than his sales pitch (he talks about his family), James recognizes him right away, and the twerps interact with him. I also love the part when Jessie gets hearts in her eyes thinking about getting a milotic. :D Too bad they didn't mention Victreebel. :(

Oh yeah, and spoink was cute and very funny. :)


23rd May 2005, 1:21 AM
the episode was quite amusing... it would have been a tad better if Spoink sounded more like a pig though :\

23rd May 2005, 1:31 AM
You bring up a good point wobbanut. Shouldn't Kojirou have asked about getting his Utsubotto back? I mean, we all know what happened to it, but for all Kojirou knows it's still in the possession of the Koiking salesman. All the love he showed for the thing when he was forced to trade it, and now he completely forgets about it.

Man, and I thought it was odd that Satoshi replaced his old hat like it was no big deal. :P

23rd May 2005, 2:14 AM
frankly I'm actually kinda glad that Victribel wasn't brought up, that thing was never really introduced into the anime for almost no reason... it just appared from out of nowhere... and it was only a one-trick pony anyway...

23rd May 2005, 2:18 AM
But still, for all the compassion Kojirou showed towards it, he sure forgot about it pretty quickly.:P

11th June 2005, 7:08 PM
YTV aird this episode today at noon..
It was an okay episode with a few funny scenes...
~Spoink liked to Psychic whenever it saw something round..lol
~TR got tricked by the Magikarp Salesman again..
Overall, I give a rating 6.5/10 for the episode...

Kakashi-Sharingan Warrior
19th June 2005, 9:02 AM
it was a good ep but they overused the spoink and the round object thing...

Nice to see the magikarp man again


19th June 2005, 11:41 AM
I enjoyed this episode, Spoink was really really cute :3 It wasn't weak either; it could use Confuse Ray and Psychic. It was sweet when it kept putting things on it's head, pretty funny too. The Magikarp salesman was funny, the whole sadstory of his family made me giggle.

Great episode 8.5 / 10

Torkoal Stu
19th June 2005, 11:44 AM
A GREAT EP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good side:
*Veyr very very pro Torkoal.
*Torkoal used body slam.
*Spoink had a nice voice.
*Magicarp Salesmen.
*Hilarious when Spoink put the magicarp on his head.
*Max laughing at team rocket.
*Igglybuff more johtos appearing.

Bad Side:
*Meh that cut sence should of stayed even though I know it couldn't.
*Magicarp are a bit boring.

10/10 Mostly because it was very pro Torkoal! (I changed my avi to Spoink becasue this epsiode was sooo good)

19th June 2005, 12:41 PM
I loved this episode. It had a mix of comedy, seriousness, and was dubbed like it wasn't for little kids. But didn't the Magikarp salesman say all his kids were 10? If he did, his kids were different ages! I thought his family was ugly, which made me laugh! It was funny how Spoink went hypo whenever it thought it saw it's pearl. It was funny when Spoink put Magikarp on it's head.

Overall: 9/10

Kanadian Kyuubi
19th June 2005, 1:02 PM
No, it put Igglybuff, Voltorb, and Electrode on it's head.

Torkoal Stu
19th June 2005, 1:04 PM
No, it put Igglybuff, Voltorb, and Electrode on it's head.

No, nearer the end when they we're battling team rocket Spoink put the Magicarp on its head.

EDIT:To Corvair: http://www.filb.de/extras/ag79/AG79_256.jpg


Factory Head Noland
21st June 2005, 1:42 PM
This episode was great, I thought it would have been a bit boring but it wasn't.

I thought it was funny when Spoink kept putting all the Pokemon and things on its head, lol. I really liked TR's outlines when they were blasting off due to Psychic attack.

Lol at James being fooled by the Magikarp salesman again but this time he bought a "Feebas". Ahhhh, will he ever learn...?

Overall 8.1/10
Very funny, a great episode.

29th June 2005, 9:34 PM
i liked the part when spoink picked up an electrode and it shocked everyone...lol

29th June 2005, 9:35 PM
i'll be your buddy ~bayleef~!

9th July 2005, 3:07 AM
This ep was kinda boring IMO. Looking for a pearl, Team Rocket getting conned by the salesman, well it wasn't that bad but I didn't like this ep much.

I'd give it a 6/10

Flying Tropius
18th October 2005, 12:48 AM
but I wonder who might catch spoink? or a replacement for jigilypuff just folowing?

30th October 2005, 5:07 AM
spoink was great! im thinking spoink will be the new jiggly puff from kanto and snubull from johto!

4th February 2006, 7:48 PM
This one has Castform (appearence) and SPOINK! I loved it it!

7th February 2006, 11:08 AM
This epy was kinda boring ;< Oh well. It was better then the recent one they made of Spoink =D

28th February 2006, 5:23 PM
This episode was fine, and it was really funny when spoink placed the electrode and magikarp on its head.

7th July 2006, 10:34 PM
If it was really a Magikarp, why'd it utter "Fee" after James caught it?

Judai Yuki
8th July 2006, 1:45 AM
Why would Team Rocket not keep the Magikarp then have a Gyrados?Dense...

8th July 2006, 1:50 AM
Why would Team Rocket not keep the Magikarp then have a Gyrados?Dense...
That's why May called them stupid, because they overlook important facts.

8th July 2006, 11:08 AM
I like any episode with the Magikarp Salesman.

C.J. Ray
9th July 2006, 5:14 AM
My favorite part was when Max laughed at them and said "You got taken for a ride!" But then again, I'm Max's biggest fan! :D ;238;

Ashy Boy
9th July 2006, 10:03 AM
Poor Team Rocket. They try so hard to be new and improved yet they always fail. Well that's exactly what they did after they receive a warning from their boss.

9th July 2006, 2:31 PM
Maybe it's me, but does Giovanni seem a little more paitent with Jessie and James than he use to be? He hardly yells at them like he use to in Kanto. Lately he just seems to scold them for being lame at their job.

2nd February 2007, 4:37 AM
Magikarp Salesman =D.

Spoink was cute in this episode, I liked it.

2nd February 2007, 7:06 AM
Lol. Magikarp Returns! :D
What's with the noses though... 0_0

But...How dare Max laugh at Team Rocket?! >( That laugh just sounded so weird and nasaly... XP But it was probably just me... Ugh...

Well...I guess it was a decent filler episode.

16th April 2007, 6:59 PM
It's so funny to see that James is conned again by the Magikarp salesman. I thought the Spoink was pretty cute and funny at the same time. This was a pretty good filler overall

11th January 2009, 6:55 AM
Spoink was really cute. I love how it thought Igglybuff was it's pearl. Neat episode.

28th January 2009, 10:29 AM
this was a goosd episode though i find those spoinks nothing but weird-_-

11th March 2009, 4:21 PM
Awww i just love Spoink whenever he lost his pearl...
it make me laugh whenever he got a wrong item on his head

18th December 2009, 12:30 PM
Thanks to Spoink we have seen more round pokemon.

And i loved to see the Magikarp seller again, it was funny....


Willow's Tara
9th May 2010, 6:17 AM
It was kind of a funny episode, that Voltorb/Electrode sure did not like having psychic on them.

of course TR falls for the same scam (Although the last time they encountered him he did really give a Sweet Scent Weepinbell)

6th July 2010, 12:53 PM
Spoink's appearance was pretty good, really good. I wonder why Spoink couldn't have used his brain to know Voltorb and Jigglypuff are pokemon and not his pearl...but yeah.

2nd August 2010, 6:25 PM

This episode was pretty funny.

Spoink is a very cute pokemon and I thought it was funny how it kept trying to replace it's lost pearl on it's head with other pokemon.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable episode and I liked it a lot.

11th November 2010, 3:21 AM
Ok I admit it, the Spoink was really cute. Ash and friends saw it without it's pearl and they worried. I liked Torkoal's reaction to it without a pearl a lot since it started crying haha. As Ash and friends helped look for it's missing pearl, we got tons of funny moments like Spoink thinking Igglybuff, Voltorb, then Electrode was it's pearl haha. The shape matched anyway. After the Team Rocket fight, Team Rocket was able to blast off with the pearl that Ash and the others finally found. It was funny since they imagined Giovanni with it on his ring. We got to see the Magikarp Salesman up to his old tricks again by selling James a fake Feebas which was funny. Ash and friends managed to get the pearl back for Spoink, which was neat. This episode was funny to the max, 9/10.

Tyranitar Rules
10th December 2010, 10:27 AM
Its a great episode

5th March 2011, 5:50 AM
This episode was ok... It was cool to see a Spoink for the 1st time. Spoink is really cute! It was funny when Spoink kept finding many round things and kept placing it on its head. It was great to see Torkoal show emotion in an episode again by crying. It was funny to see that they actually gave the Magikarp Salesman a background story.


5th March 2011, 5:53 AM
-getting a bit off topic here but meh its related-this episode reminds me of the first adventure (besides getting the relic fragment back...) in pokemon explorers of time when you have to retrive spoink's pearl... I wanted that 2,000 poke reward ;-; ....stupid chatot~

17th July 2012, 7:27 PM
Spoink was ****ing adorable. I'm glad the the Magikarp Salesman received another appearance since he's the only consistently funny character in the series. Good episode solely because of Spoink.

30th September 2012, 9:30 PM
The most rarest recurring minor character reappeared again! I love the Magikarp Salesman and he got a really big role in the second part of this episode and I lol'd how Ash, May, Max and Brock uncovered his scams and how he got all shocked and tried to run away with: "Thank you for your time." Hahah that guy is hilarious and its great to see him appearing not long after this episode.

The Pokemon Broadcast
7th November 2014, 6:02 AM
The return of the Magikarp salesman was my favorite part of the episode. :)
And he had a backstory as well. Funny how his family looked exactly like him.

I will never get tired of Torkoal showing emotion by crying.

19th May 2015, 9:02 PM
If i remember correctly, isn't that the same Spoink we see later in Advanced Battle.

Mrs. Oreo
20th March 2016, 1:28 AM
Hee hee I liked how Giovanni's Persian mocked Meowth on the phone and Spoink putting Igglybuff and Electrode on his head was funny too. Seeing the Magikarp salesman trick Team Rocket with a fake Feebas was fun.

8th April 2016, 5:32 PM
Spoink was very adorable. I loved seeing the magikarp salesman again along with Giovanii.Really liked the episode. ^^

25th May 2016, 12:35 AM
Spoink was cute so I really wanted to see Ash catch it because of its gag with putting round stuff on its head. 6.5/10

9th June 2016, 1:04 AM
Spoink losing its pearl led to some funny moments like the fake Feebas thing, but this was still just a mediocre, mid-AG filler...

2nd August 2016, 11:05 PM
My favorite scene was when James got tricked by a fake Feebas. I thought that the Spoink was so cute and I felt sad for its dilemma.

4th December 2016, 3:56 AM
I loved how Spoink kept putting things on its head. But really, was the Spoink desperate, or just really stupid? I loved seeing the Magikarp guy again: he's always funny.

1st January 2017, 4:09 AM
I thought it was interesting how Spoink didn't have its pearl when it first appeared to Ash and everyone. I mean, I was expecting it to appear with its pearl and then lose it later somehow. Anyway, I thought that was cool. And I liked how most of this episode was spent with everyone looking for the pearl. I loved how every time Spoink would find something that was round, but wasn't its pearl, it would lift it up to its head psychically.

13th January 2017, 1:48 AM
I know Jessie really wanted that Feebas, but why didn't Meowth or James notice that there was tape holding the "whiskers" down. And I thought it was interesting how Spoink didn't have it's pearl.

13th January 2017, 2:15 AM
I know Jessie really wanted that Feebas, but why didn't Meowth or James notice that there was tape holding the "whiskers" down.

TR had to think that it was a real Feebas, otherwise the Magikarp salesman's scam wouldn't have worked. :p

18th July 2017, 3:15 AM
I loved how the Rocket-dan squeezed into the telephone box to speak with Sakaki, and how his Persian teased Nyasu. I didn't exactly understand why Cotoise was so dedicated to helping Baneboo find its lost pearl, but I liked how we saw Baneboo put Pupurin on its head. The Koiking salesman's Hinbass scam was funny, too.

4th September 2017, 2:27 PM
I liked the episode but I was really annoyed that Ash didn't keep the Spoink. I thought he would have done seeing as Spoink is in the intro credits. It was cool having the Magikarp salesman back, I actually believed that he was going to give them an actual Feebas so I was fooled alongside Team Rocket. It is cool that Spoink got his pearl back eventually and it was funny to see Team Rocket get outdone by the salesman.

I wonder how Team Magma and Aqua are getting on, they haven't cropped up for a while.

6th September 2017, 6:14 AM
I liked the episode but I was really annoyed that Ash didn't keep the Spoink.

As much as I liked the wild Baneboo from this episode, I don't think it would've fit well with the cast, by which I mean that its lost pearl routine probably would've ended up becoming a constant comedy gag if it had joined Satoshi's team. And since I didn't think the Advanced Generation cast needed more gags, I was somewhat relieved that Baneboo stayed wild.

9th March 2018, 12:56 AM
Was it just me or did Giovanni have a different voice? I wish Jessie had gotten a Feebas instead of getting scammed with a fake.