Season 1 Episode 57

The Breeding Center Secret

Aired Saturday 8:30 AM May 01, 1999 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The Breeding Center Secret
Stopping in a town on the way to Cinnabar Island, Ash and friends see a commercial for a Breeding Center and decide to check it out. Misty decides to leave Psyduck there. Afterwords, they find a restaurant where the chef will give a free buffet meal to anyone who can show him his favorite pokémon, which just happens to be Psyduck. Everyone the races back to the Breeding Center to get it. However, it is closed. After sneaking in the back, they discover that the people who run it are Butch and Cassidy, another duo from Team Rocket and they plan to send all of the pokémon to Giovanni. After trying to escape, everyone (including Jessie and James who were trying to steal some of the pokémon) are sent to jail except Misty, Pikachu, and Togepi. Now those three must find a way to prove them innocent and save Psyduck and all the other pokémon.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • New Team Rocket members!

    This episode was the greatest because Cassidy and Butch made their first appearence here! They can make an evil plot better than Jessie and James, which explains why they're real competitive rivals who wants to impress Giovanni. But none will succeed as the heroes (who stopped Cassidy and Butch's plot) will always win and prevail!
  • Butch and Cassidy are introduced

    This episode shows that there are many different branches of Team Rocket. Jessie, James, and Meowth, make up one, and Butch and Cassidy make up another. Butch and Cassidy are clearly smarter and more evil than the others, but not as fun to hate. James gets another pokemon in this episode as well, a Victreebel! Misty thinks she found the perfect spot to help raise her psyduck, only for her and the others to find out its a big scam. They get caught by Cassidy and Butch and Misty ends up escaping and saving the day by exposing the fakes Butch and Cassidy are. This is truly an episode not to be missed if you want to understand the rivalry between the Team Rockets, or to see Misty save the day for once.moreless
Jimmy Zoppi

Jimmy Zoppi

Todd Snap

Recurring Role

Megan Hollingshead

Megan Hollingshead


Recurring Role

Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart

Kanto Pokédex, Butch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • From this episode on James owns a Victreebel, evolved from a Weepinbell, although he is never shown catching it.

    • Todd leaves the group at the end of the episode.

    • When James' newly evolved Victreebell tries to eat him for the first time, it screeches in a deeper voice than the more feminine high pitched sound in later episodes. It even says 'bell', when in future episodes it does not say it's name like many other Pokemon.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Meowth: This is the low point. Turned in, not by these brats, but by our own teammates!

    • Cassidy: Jessie, it's been a while.
      Jessie: Hmm...
      James: You... know this girl?
      Jessie: She used to hang out with me. She was just because I'm so beautiful.
      Cassidy: You haven't changed a bit, unfortuantely for you.

    • James: This is so...exciting!
      Meowth: Keep it quiet, James Bond.

    • Jessie: We must be as quiet as a mouse.
      Meowth: Did you say, "Meowth"?

    • Jessie James, watch where throwing that dirt!
      James: Watch? I can't see my feet in front of my face.
      Meowth: If you don't stop yapping, you'll see a foot in front of your face! Mine!

    • Misty: I'm gonna give it a try!
      Snap/Todd: But which Pokémon? Not your Staryu.
      Brock: Togepi's too young for that.
      Misty: My Psyduck!
      Cassidy: What a cutie! Its eyes look like ping-pong balls.
      Misty: I wish I have ping-pong paddles.
      Cassidy: So what do you want us to do?
      Misty: You can put more common sense into its big empty head.
      Cassidy: It looks very intelligent to me.

    • Cassidy: You don't know who you're dealing with.
      Butch: But we'll be glad to show you.
      Cassidy & Butch: Prepare for trouble and make it double.
      Cassidy: To infect the world with devastation.
      Butch: To blight all peoples in every nation.
      Cassidy: To denounce the goodness of truth and love.
      Butch: To extend our wrath to the stars above.
      Cassidy: Cassidy.
      Butch: Butch.
      Cassidy: Team Rocket circling Earth all day and night.
      Butch: Surrender to us now or you'll surely lose the fight.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Todd taking pictures to show the horrible secrets of the breeding center is like when the photographer in The Grapes of Wrath took pictures of child labor back in the 1920s.

    • Cassidy and Butch: Much like Jessie and James, their names are derived from another western gangster known as Butch Cassidy. There's also a western called "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".

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