Skipping about three pages of comments, some of you realize Ash caught Palipitoad because he was impressed with it, right?
After all it stopped Oshawott's water gun and shell blade. Ash then mentioned about "getting it" and he did. So it really wasn't random in the episode.
Outside looking in, maybe. But Ash's wanting to catch it happened within the episode. To me it didn't look like Ash was intending to catch it, until Palpitoad started kicking Oshawott's butt.
Misinterpreting my posts is not your fault, negative repping me, and getting very sensitive about my posts because you misinterpreted my posts however is your fault. Think really hard, before negative repping or making a big deal about my posts. I don't appreciate being negative repped for reasons that are a result of misinterpreting my posts.