Come to think of it, I think Super Smash Bros. Melee may have inadvertently predicted Ash turning into a Pikachu in this episode. In that game, Pikachu for the first time had Red's hat as an alternate costume - and Ash is based on Red. A few months after the game's release, the episode aired in Japan.
This user supports Brock/Ash and Cilan/Ash
Ceci n'est pas une signature
I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Shippings I support: Ash/Misty, Drew/May, Kenny/Dawn, Ash's Pikachu/Dawn's Buneary, Tracey/Daisy, Cilan/Iris, Clemont/Serena, Harley/Zoey, James/Jessie, Max/Bonnie, Max/Mira, Max/Vivi Winstrate (I multiship Max and only Max), Butch/Cassidy, Gary/Lillie, Kiawe/Lana, Sophocles/Mallow, Lunick/Solana, Wes/Rui, Brendan/Game May
RIP Blake Carrington, Ben Matlock, Joe Mannix, JR Ewing, Jim Phelps