A Chaotic Melee this was, but the lack of Smash Balls and the blatant use of Wavedash by Meowth prevented this from truly becoming a Chaotic Brawl.
No doubt Muku.ROMEO and his Shakespearean tale of tragedy stole the show, although this somehow won't prevent dub viewers from continuing to pin Staravia's gender as female.
Loved Empoleon holding its chin up while walking past Piplup along with Happiny carrying Grotle as to say, "We'll be right back, folks." Then there was Croagunk hitching rides on random barges. Suck a Croagunk-y thing to do. And holy crap was Meowth's fantasy about J&J the funniest thing I've seen out of that character in quite some time. Drop kicking Jun and causing stars to appear in his eyes followed by dicing Empoleon was certainly the most badass moment in a while.
Anyone else feel that scene of Ash, Dawn, and Jun all in a battle stance together looked so much better than Ash, Dawn, and Brock? I'm not saying Jun should be the replacement, as he shouldn't, but geez.
I'd ask someone to translate the text that scrolled at the bottom of Meowth's informercial fantasy, but upon a closer look, it was just random symbols. Anyone care to translate meaningless symbols? For all we know, the animators could have thrown a subliminal message into this.
Johto's Ursaring mishaps was probably my favorite "split-up" episode, and I admit that I'm more than tired of such a plot device (we get one per year, it seems), but this episode was entertaining enough that I'll let it slide over just one last time. But no mercy next time, writers, unless you can somehow top the antics of Muku.JOHNNYBRAVO