Pokémon

Season 1 Episode 8

The Path to the Pokémon League

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Aired Saturday 8:30 AM Sep 17, 1998 on Cartoon Network
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The Path to the Pokémon League
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After receiving his second badge, Ash sets off triumphantly for Vermilion City. Along the way, they hear of a trainer named A.J. - a fierce pokémon trainer who has never lost a match. Full of self-confidence from his own record of ten victories in a row, Ash heads directly for the gym to find his new opponent. When they arrive, a huge bulletin is in front of the gym with a neon sign declaring "98 Consecutive Victories" appeal to Ash's over-confidence. A.J. is on the brink of achieving his goal of 100 straight victories, after which he will embark on a journey to gather badges. Will victory fall on the side of Ash and his 10 straight victories or with A.J. and his string of 98? In the process, will Ash learn some important lessons about the bonds between pokémon and trainer?moreless

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  • Although a Filler, the first Filler to be exact, was a pretty good one. Ash battles an unofficial gym.

    9.0
    Ash heads to Vermilion City with pride, even though Ash got his first 2 badges technically not winning. Ash arrives at an unofficial gym ran by a trainer named A.J. Ash battles this trainer with a Sandshrew. After the battle, Ash and Co. find out that he seems to hurt his Pokemon toughen them up, which angers Ash & the others. Team Rocket appear to steal the Pokemon, but instead of stealing Pikachu, they get Sandshrew. They manage to defeat Team Rocket & get Sandshrew back. After that dilemma was solved, Ash & Co. decide to get back on the road.moreless
  • It was pretty good.

    8.0
    I thought that this episode of Pokémon was pretty good. It had a really good story and it executed very well. I know that Team Rocket are the bad guys in this show but that theme song that they sing all of the time really starts to get annoying after awhile. I have said it before in previous episodes reviews and I will say it again, I am by no means a big Pokémon fan. Sure, I've collected the cards and played the games but I've never really been that big of a fan. The show is alright, but it really isn't anything special to me.moreless
  • Pokemon Tip #1: Never complain about your loss to a trainer you battled as it'll cause into a fight later on.

    9.0
    This episode is really worth watching. Ash loses to a "experienced trainer" with 98 wins. Is that too much to get over? You just have to see what AJ's response is: "Stop whining kid. Nobody wants to compete against a crybaby." Ash bickering with AJ about his loss with him is just too much to laugh at. A loss is a loss, so let's move on to reality people!



    Team Rocket snatching AJ's Sandshrew was really weird. They could've peeked outside a bit and steal something "real" and not "similar" in shape. Them calling AJ's Pokemon wimps was crossing the line. This convinced Ash to "side with AJ", but AJ wanted to teach Team Rocket a lesson alone, and it happened since their Pokemon is no match with his Sandhsrew.



    Nevertheless, a real exciting episode you shouldn't miss out.moreless
  • 98 wins....

    9.6
    After receiving his second badge, Ash sets off triumphantly for Vermilion City. Along the way, they hear of a trainer named A.J.-a fierce-Pokemon-trainer who has never lost a match. Full of self-confidence from his own record of ten victories in a row, Ash heads directly for the gym to find his new opponent. When they arrive, a huge bulletin in front of the gym announcing, This Gym Not Authorized by the Pokemon League along with a neon sign declaring 98 Consecutive Victories appeal to Ash's over-confidence. A.J. is on the brink of achieving his goal of 100 straight victories, after which he will embark on a journey to gather badges. Will victory fall on the side of Ash and his 10 straight victories or with A.J. and his string of 98? In the process, will Ash learn some important lessons about the bonds between Pokemon and trainer?moreless
  • Once agin Ash is underminded. But what happendes to AJ, especialy during the pokemon leage?

    9.3
    Once agin Ash is underlooked and taught a lesson by AJ. AJ didnt even seem to want to battle Ash just after looking at him. It was just sad, i mean, Ash didnt have a chance of beating him and AJ knew it. But thats just what we all want to see, Ash getting beat by someone whos never lossed a battle at almost 100 wins. i do talk about ash being the underdog throughout the whole History of the show, but the loss was more than expected. But honestly, what ever happendes to AJ during the Pokemon Leage? Im mean, does he win it all? They showed a little bit of the ppl who won it, and it looked like him, a spikey haired person. But see, thats the problem, they never follow up on the ppl they come in contact with. Only maybe a few. That would make the series more worthwile.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Sandshrew uses Fissure, it somehow affects James's Koffing who is in mid-air.

    • After Sandshrew used Fissure, the ground split in two, with Ash and Brock on one side and Misty and Pikachu on the other. But later on, they were all together and there was no evidence of an attack being used.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • AJ: Are you my next victim?
      Ash: You must be the wild Pokémon Trainer.
      AJ: That's my job but beating chumps like you is my hobby. Ready to lose?

    • Trainer: (About AJ) He's never lost a single match.
      Ash: Until now (wags finger) he hasn't come up against somebody like me.
      Misty: (to Brock about Ash) He's getting a big head.
      Brock: Yeah, but his brains still the same size.
      Pikachu: (nods head in agreement) Pika Pika.

    • AJ: You may think your hot stuff kid but your not playing in the Pokémon little league anymore! (AJ cracks whip Ash's feet and Ash yells in fear)

    • AJ: Did you buy those Badges or steal them? Either that or you competed in some loser Gyms. Where were they Failure City or Wimpsville?
      (Brock and Misty both growl in anger)
      Misty: What do you mean loser Gyms?
      Brock: Hey Ash pulverize this guy!

    • Jessie: Team Rocket will do what it has to do
      James: To snatch that little Pikachu

    • AJ: Sandshrew! Pick up that pacing!
      (Sandshrew rolls up in a ball and is hit back and forth by three Rattatas)
      Ash: Wait a minute. I thought you said "pacing", not "passing."
      (Brock and Misty, behind them, fall to the floor. Pikachu picks up a pillow and shows it to Ash)
      Ash: No, Pikachu, I said padding. (Becomes flustered and stomps his foot) I mean, I said passing!
      (Pikachu, ashamed, covers its head with the pillow and slinks away)

    • AJ: Why do you keep hanging around here? There must be other trainers you can bother.

    • Jessie: That outfit that trainer is wearing is positively hideous.
      James: That shirt looks like it's from a century or two ago. He'd fit right in perfectly at a museum.
      Meowth: At least he doesn't look like he's trick-or-treatin' like you do.

    • Ash: What is that thing? It looks like a straitjacket!

    • (Meowth plays with Sandshrew as a ball)
      Jessie: Stop pussyfooting, Meowth!
      Meowth: Hey! I was just biting my time! (bites Sandshrew and breaks his teeth) AAH! The moment of tooth!

    • Jessie: (to James) Here's a line you'll like.
      James: What is it?
      Jessie: It's called curiosity killed the cat.

    • Meowth: (Surrounded by everyone in AJ's tent) How am I gonna get out of this mess?
      Jessie: Prepare for trouble.
      James: Make that double.
      Meowth: Meow?
      Ash: Team Rocket!
      Meowth: Use the old motto!
      (Jessie and James finish the general motto)
      Jessie: (emotionally crying) That feels so great.
      James: (emotionally crying) It's a classic!

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The way Ash's nose grew when he lied is an allusion to the story of Pinocchio, a living puppet who strived to become a real boy. Pinocchio is known for his unfortunate affliction which causes his nose to grow when he lies. The story has been adapted for film many times, most famously by Disney in 1940.

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