I liked Viola in this episode. I'm not into Gym battle episodes but I will watch just to see the Gym Leaders, I know how the Gym matches themselves will go. Viola's voice was so nice to listen to, She must be the Skyla of Kalos. I assume when Bonnie spoke to Viola she said "Viola please marry my brother and make me a aunt." Clemont's reaction to it was great with the Aipom arm thing. It was more comical then I thought it would be, but I can see it going dry if it goes as long as Brock's gag did. Either Viola talks some smack in the battle or Ash doesn't like losing, cause he looked rather pissed with Viola after she won. You'd think after five regions of the same old shtick, he'd be used to this. It's kinda for that reason I wasn't at all concerned about the loss. I know he's going to win and Alexa's training him. Apparently she wants to see her little sister fail as Gym Leader and lose. That will teach Viola for not getting Alexa a birthday gift.
And finally Serena joins the cast and I have to say, I really missed episode 1 and 2's Serena. Today we got shy Serena, which is understandable, but maybe they should have had her meet Ash and friends in another episode besides this one. Her interactions with Bonnie were cute, however brief they were but I hope they can flesh her out on the main cast soon. No Team Rocket I believe. Still feels strange.
RIP anime version of Glovehead. Pokemon Adventures will save you.