Season 2 Episode 34

A Tent Situation

Aired Saturday 8:30 AM Oct 07, 2000 on Cartoon Network
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A Tent Situation
Ash finally returns home to Pallet Town and is surprised when he gets home and Brock is there, as he is no longer working at Professor Ivy's place. Everyone heads to Professor Oak's lab where Tracey finally gets to meet him in person. However, the good times are short lived when Team Rocket attacks and traps everyone.moreless

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    "A Tent Situation"

    Grade: A-

    One of the funniest episodes of Season 2! A Tent Situation deals with the return of Brock for the next season of Johto, and this is the one where canonically, Tracy means Professor Oak for the first time (which doesn't make sense since he saw him in Pokemon 2000, but oh well). This episode deals with Ash returning back to Pallet Town after travelling through the Orange League and celebrating his victory. Meanwhile, Brock is there and gets really annoyed when someone mentions Professor Ivy with "THAT NAME!", and shivers in a corner. Misty suspects she left him, and Team Rocket then try to steal all of the Pokemon. A mysterious hooded figure saves them, which turns out to be Gary. Ash demands Gary to fight him to find out who's stronger, ending the episode on a cliffhanger.moreless
  • Brock's Back!

    Let me go on the record to proclaim that I'm an official Tracey hater. I just like Brock more and he's so funny in this episode when everyone talks about Prof. Ivy. This episode is really good as Ash returns home after he won in the Orange Islands. There are old friends and a party, but this episode also sets up the next where Ash battles Gary who returns. This is a good episode that really delivers a lot more humor in it than in other episodes. I also enjoy how this episode helps set up his new journey with Brock and Misty in the Johto region.moreless
  • Team Rocket lays siege to Famous Oak Laboratory.

    One of my favorite episodes of all. Starting from when Ash and his friends reach Pallet Town, Brock is found in his house. He's there because of something with him and Ivy (he gets upset when someone mentions her name). Then, TR takes captive of Oak's lab and steals away the Pokeballs and the Pokemon. Then, a Nidoqueen is seen attacking TR and Gary commands Strength and they blast off. After that, Ash tells Gary that he won the Orange League and Gary thinks he's better than him and challengs him to a match.moreless
  • Another good episode

    Tracey goes bonkers when it comes to Professor Oak. He might have caused his own earthquake just from nerves (I don't remember if it was this episode or not though). Poor Brock got rejected again, but we'll never know why. And Ash is so dumb Tracey needs to explain things to him. God I love Ted Lewis.
Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor


Recurring Role

Stan Hart

Stan Hart

Professor Oak

Recurring Role

Jimmy Zoppi

Jimmy Zoppi

Gary Oak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Ash leaves his Tauros at Oak's lab with all his other Tauros.

    • Tracey finally gets to meet Professor Oak in person. However, they did meet in the second movie, although movies are usually considered non-canon.

    • Running Gag: Brock sulking everytime someone says Professor Ivy's name. Ash also does this when Gary is mentioned.

    • At the end of the episode, the narrator asks if Ash will have the "home town advantage" in his battle with Gary. However, as both Ash and Gary are from Pallet Town, there is no advantage to either in this respect.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Tracey: (to Ash) Wow, you must have enough Tauros to start your own personal stampede!

    • Tracey: (about Professor Oak) (sighs) He's really real!

    • Ash: I'm home!
      Brock's Voice: Is that you Ash?
      Ash: He's back?

    • Delia: You're home!
      Ash: Mom!
      Delia: I'm so glad your back!
      (Ash goes to hug her)
      Delia: Hello, Pikachu! (Delia passes Ash)
      Ash: And me?
      Delia: Oh. Hi, honey.
      Ash: Same old mom.

    • Tracey: Would you listen!?
      (Everybody stops talking)
      Tracey: I'm so sorry, but can we go to Professor Oak's now?
      Ash: I forgot!! I have to get the GS Ball to him right away. (shows his mom the trophy) Ta-da!
      Delia: Oh, Ash.
      (She uses the trophy as an exercise weight)
      Delia: 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2...

    • Ash: What's this thing supposed to be?
      Professor Oak: It looks like a circus.
      Team Rocket: (laughs)
      Jessie: Prepare for trouble and the greatest act yet!
      James: Better make that double cause we don't use a net!
      Jessie: To protect the world from devastation!
      James: To unite all peoples within our nation!
      Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love!
      James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
      Jessie: Jessie!
      James: James!
      Jessie: Team Rocket blast off at the speed of lightning!
      James: Surrender now cause these clown suits are frightening!
      Meowth: Meowth, that's right!
      Ash: What are you doing here?
      Jessie: We thought Pallet Town could use a little excitment.
      James: And what's more exciting than a circus?
      Brock: Wow, I wonder if they'll have an old fashion slide show?
      Ash: No, just three freaks...

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