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This is the first episode in which Jessie, James, and Meowth wear a costume to disguise themselves from Ash and company.
Pikachu makes up its mind to not evolve.
Ash wins a Thunder Badge.
Lt. Surge: Raichu
This is the first time Ash gets a Badge by actually defeating the gym leader.
At the end of this episode, James says "Hey, we wasted this episode cheering the good guys!" followed by an "Uh" from Jessie and Meowth, and a "Thats right, James." remark by the narrator. But when this episode was showed on Cartoon Network, James made his statement and then the episode immediately ended (without Jessie, Meowth, or the narrator saying anything).
In one of the scenes at the pokémon center, Misty's suspenders change from red to white.
Brock: Pikachu used it's tail as a ground, and dodged the electric shock!
Jessie: What a shocking story!
James: That was quite a tail!
Meowth: (Hits Jessie and James) And now, you've both been Pun-ished!
Meowth: (Translating Pikachu) Its saying it won't change. Pikachu's gonna beat that Raichu just as it is. Its gonna defend its honor and Ash's.
James: (Starts crying) Oh dear! Thats so beautiful!
Surge: Okay, Baby, if you want to quit, now's your chance.
Ash: There's no way we're going to quit now.
Surge: Ha! What kind of a baby would do that? If you want to be a real Pokemon trainer, you should have your Pokemon evolve as soon as you catch it.
Ash: There's more to training a Pokemon than forcing it to evolve, and I like this Pikachu just the way it is.
Surge: Wrong, Baby. Electric Pokemon are only useful once they've learned all their electric attacks. You keep a puny like that, and it's no more than a little pet.
Ash: Use the strategy we planned, Pikachu! You can do it!
Surge: A strategy? So they've planned a new way to lose!
Jessie: Hey, if Pikachu loses this battle...
James: You're right. It's not worth stealing after all. We've wasted all this time.
Meowth: Maybe you can steal Raichu.
Surge: I enjoy playing with toys, but play time is over!
Surge: Oh well, I guess you'll learn that playing with the big boys can be a shock in experience.
Team Rocket: (before doing the "Pikachu cheer") To protect the world from devestation...
Meowth: Ix-nay! (hits them on the head)
TR: Oh, we forgot! (does the Pikachu cheer instead)
Misty: Thanks for your support! Bye, Team Rocket!
Team Rocket: (holding flag with giant red "R") How did they know it was us?!
Ash: Pikachu... our lucky star is shining today!
Misty: Where? I don't see it! How can you see a star in the middle of the day?
Ash: Oh, I don't mean it's actually shining!
(Lt. Surge notices Pikachu)
Lt. Surge: Heh! A Pikachu! Hey, look at this! Baby brought along a baby Pokémon!
James: Drat! We just wasted this whole episode cheering the good guys!
James: (cheer for Pikachu) We want you, Pikachu! Give me a "Pi", give me a "Ka", give me a "Chu", what you got? Pikachu, got'cha Pikachu! You're our Pokémon, Pikachu!
Surge: Welcome to the Vermilion Gym! (hugs Misty) Oh, my next challenger is a cute one. Don't think I'll go easy on ya.
Misty: Excuse me, but I'm not the challenger.
Surge: Then who?
Ash: Me! That's who.
Surge: Hum? Oh, you. OK, baby!
Ash: I'm no baby! My name is Ash Ketchem!
Surge: I call everyone who loses to me "Baby".
Joy: Thay say when two people fight, they really care for each other.
Ash/Misty: (blush) Me care about him/her!? Hmph!
This episode was published in the book Pokémon Volume 1 "I Choose You".
Pokémon Debut: Raichu
This episode is on the VHS/DVD "Thunder Shock!"
Who's That Pokemon: Raichu
Lt. Surge esembles the Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren. Both of them are tall, have spiky blonde hair, and are very muscular.
Lt. Surge is meant to be a play on G.I. Joe. This is made even more obvious in the Japanese version, where he states that he is a soldier from America and he speaks fluent English.
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