Misty says that Water Pokémon can only battle in water, but this is untrue.
In the recap for the previous episode, Ash says, "That's right. I declare to the Pokémon of the world...I will be the greatest Pokémon trainer...the greatest Pokémon master...of all time!" But his original line was, "And I hereby declare to the Pokémon of the world...I will be a Pokémon master...Pokémon Master! That is what I'll..."
Misty joins Ash on his journey, and Team Rocket begins following him.
This is the first (and so far only) reference to Ash's father. He has yet to appear.
When the power Pikachu come out, who is generating the Power Supply?
When Ash says he saw a bird Pokémon (Ho-oh), he points to the wall with the Pokémon panels on it. He thinks he is pointing at the one he saw, but he really is pointing to Articuno.
The reason Arcanine is on the wall is because its species is Legendary Pokémon.
Right before Jessie and James threw Ekans and Koffing into the Pokémon Center, Jessie's lipstick was missing.
Jessie: A wanted poster. How flattering.
James: Flattering? This picture makes me look terrible!
Jessie: Then you should be happy the photographer captured the real you.
Jessie: We'll show these bumpkins.
James: The people of Viridian City will be sorry they ever saw this face.
Meowth: We're all sorry to see your face.
Delia: It took your father 4 days to get to Viridian City! You're spreading your wings and soaring like a Spearow!
Ash: I feel more like a fallen Pidgey.
Delia: Oh, Ash, don't get so discouraged. Your father would be so proud of you! You're the apple of his eye!
Ash: Yeah. A rotten apple.
Delia: I won't let you talk about yourself like that! Do you understand me?
Delia: And are you changing your underwear every day?
Ash: Oh! What happened to your bike?
Misty: What happened to my bike? You happened to my bike! You little loser.
Ash: I'm sorry - I'll pay for it as soon as I can - it's just my Pikachu.
Misty: I don't want to hear any of your excuses kid. (falls)
Ash: Here - let me help you up (goes to help)
Misty: (slaps him) I don't need your help!
Professor Oak: Gary said that you wouldn't capture a single Pokémon, but I bet him $1,000,000 he'd be wrong!
Ash: Well, money isn't everything. Right?
Professor Oak: Oh, why do I even bother.
Officer Jenny: I left my motorcycle parked at the front desk!
Nurse Joy: Next time, use the driveway!
Misty: You grab Pikachu and get out of here! I'll take care of these three clowns.
Jessie: That's such big talk coming from such a pretty little lady.
Misty: At least you're right about the pretty part, thanks for the compliment.
James: The girl thinks she's pretty.
Jessie: I agree with her, I think she's pretty, too. Pretty pathetic!
Misty: Hmmmm, I'll show you! Pokeball, go!
(Goldeen comes out rolling and jumping on the floor)
Misty: Goldeen, return.
Jessie: That's her best shot?
James: She's all washed up.
This episode was published in the book Pokémon Volume 1 "I Choose You".
This episode is on the VHS/DVD I Choose You! Pikachu!
Pokémon Debuts: Meowth, Ekans, Koffing, Chansey, Goldeen, Caterpie.
Character Debuts: Officer Jenny, Nurse Joy, Jessie, James and Meowth.
Who's That Pokémon: Koffing
Jessie and James are named after American outlaw Jesse James, who was a legendary figure of the Wild West in the mid-1800s.
Jessie: The cat lost to a mouse.
Cats eat mice. The creators probably chose Meowth and Pikachu to make a reference to cats eating mice.
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