Season 12 Episode 19

To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!

Aired Saturday 8:30 AM Sep 12, 2009 on Cartoon Network
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To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!
After learning about a Pokémon Ping-Pong Tournament from Barry, Dawn decides to enter with her Ambipom. The current champion, who's name is O, sees them preparing and marvels at Ambipom's display of natural talent for the game, this being its first time.

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  • Goodbye, Ambipom...

    The Pokemon Ping-Pong Tournament is close at hand, and Ash and Barry are all sorts of hyped. After Barry explains the rules, Dawn decides to participate as well, with Ambipom. While the three of them are practicing with their Pokemon, the current Ping-Pong Champion, O, marvels at Ambipom's display of natural talent for the game after it sends a flaming ping-pong ball flying into his hand. It isn't long after O introduces himself to Ash and comp. that the tournament gets underway.

    Dawn and Ambipom and Barry and Empoleon both make it to the second round, but Ash and Pikachu are defeated, and "Jessilinlin" and Meowth are disqualified after Meowth uses Fury Swipes to slice up the ping-pong ball. As O watches Dawn and Ambipom breeze through round after round, he continues to be amazed at Ambipkm's ability. Barry and Empoleon eventually go up against O and his Shiftry, but are ultimately defeated by the two, as are Dawn and Ambipom.

    After the tournament is over, O makes an offer to Dawn to take Ambipom with him so that he can train it to become a Ping-Pong Champion. Dawn turns down the offer at first, but wonders if she made the right decision after seeing Ambipom happily playing Ping-Pong by itself late at night. The next morning, Dawn lets Ambipom make the decision, and asks it if it would rather stay with her and continue to compete in Pokemon Contests, or go with O to train to become a Ping-Pong Champion. After thinking about it, Ambipom chooses Ping-Pong, and O says that they can find them in Vermilion City in Kanto. So after farewells are made, O and Ambipom set off...

    It seems pretty obvious that the writers created Pokemon Ping-Pong just to get rid of Ambipom. Not only that, Ash and comp. didn't gain anything from this experience; they only lost Ambipom. The episode did have its moments, particularly after the tournament was over, but I'll miss the two-tailed ape...moreless
  • Fairwell Ambipom, you will certainly be missed!

    This episode showed and debuted the long-awaited Pokemon Ping-Pong Competition in Snadalstarw Tonw, in which Barry enters with Empoleon, Ash with Pikachu, Dawn with Ampbipom and Jesselinlin (Jessie) with Meowth.

    I thought the idea of ping-pong was quite cool, and I realy enjoyed watching this episode. It was an roriginal episode, and definitely a unique and unprecedented one, and I really had a lot of fun watching thie different match-ups!

    The end was quite saddening, as Ambiponm leaves our group. It ws one of those Pokemon with a great, hilarious personality, dating back to stealing Ash's cap, so it will definitely be missed!

    All up, a great episode, which I definitely recommend! Don't miss this one, as we bid farewell to Ambipom!moreless
Jason Griffith

Jason Griffith


Guest Star

Tom Wayland

Tom Wayland

Halverson, Wilkinson

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Michele Knotz

Michele Knotz

Nurse Joy

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Jamie McGonnigal

Jamie McGonnigal


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