Max (May's brother) joins the group. He is given the PokéNav for the group to use.
Ash and May are given badge cases.
A running gag in this episode is Max mentioning that Ash lost in the Johto League.
In the original, May told her Torchic to use "Kinoko", Japanese for Mushroom instead of "Hinoko", Japanese for Ember. The mushroom serves as a visual pun, having no meaning in the dub.
May: Team Rocket!
Caroline: Oh, it's so nice to meet your friends. Caroline nods Thanks so much for being there for my May.
May: No mother, those are the bad guys!
May: Now, Torchic, Amber! (a mushroom cloud flies by her)
Max: Uh, you mean Ember?
May: Oh, right. Torchic, Ember!
Max: If I were you, I definetly would've picked a Treecko. (Torchic starts pecking him) Ow! Ow-ow-ow-ow!
Ash: You send out first!
Max: No, you!
Ash: No, you!
Max: No, you! (the two start grring until May pops out of the window)
May: Hi, guys.
Max: Hi there, sis.
Ash: (shocked) Your sister!?
Jessie: Why couldn't we grab that Vigoroth instead of that Torchic?!
James: From now on I'll be happy with what we get!
Meowth: I'd be happy if we just get a life!
May: (seeing Torchic in a cage) I'm coming Torchic!
Ash: Hold on, May, it could be... (May and Max fall into a hole, Ash sighs) a trap.
Norman: Hold on, kids!
Ash: Wait! There could be... (Norman and Caroline fall into a hole, Ash groans) another trap.
Max: (After being shocked by Pikachu) It's one thing to see a Thunderbolt on TV, but a whole other thing to feel it in the flesh. Wow, gotta say it's impressive. (Coughs up smoke)
May: Give me a brake! (punches Max in the head)
Max: Wah! May hit me! I'm telling!
Ash: Aww, Max, don't cry!
May: He's just faking.
Max: Well, sooner of later that fake crying thing is bound to get old.
Max: Mom, Dad, this is the guy who lost in the Johto League Silver Conference!
Ash: I told you before, it was the second round of the champion tournament.
Max: His name is Alf!
Ash: My name is Ash.
Max: Alf, Ash, whatever.
Ash: And you're not really the gym leader, are you?
Max: Of course I'm not, silly, can't you see that I'm just a kid?
Max: Wow, it's really you!
Ash: Yeah, but how did you know me?
Max: You were at the Johto League Sliver Conference.
Max: You lost in the second round.
Ash: (depressed) Err...
Max: And your name is, don't tell me, your name is "Alf!"
Ash: It's "Ash."
Max: Its cool to see Ember on TV, but to feel it in the flesh? Wow, I'm impressed again!
This is the first appearance of Max, Norman, and Caroline.
Who's That Pokémon: Cleffa
Cartoon Network Airdate: July 16, 2008
For some odd reason, on the Kids' WB! version, the badge cases Ash and May receive have had their PokéBall symbols replaced by a plain red rectangle. This is the only version where it happens.
Pokémon Debuts: Vigoroth
A scene from this episode was shown in May 2003 during the Kids WB "Gotta Give 'Em All Giveaway". It is the part where Vigoroth fights Pikachu.
Petalburg is also name of a place in Paper Mario 2.
Title Pun: There's No Place Like Home
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