U.S. Episode # 72:


Round One: Begin

   Ashes first battle is in the water field where his match is against
the magical Mandy the astounding. Misty offers Ash some of her water
Pokemon, but Ash refuses. Team Rocket this time is rooting for Ash. For
his first out of three Pokemon, Ash uses Krabby and Mandy uses Exegutor.
It creates a whirlpool that Krabby gets caught in. Then, Krabby gets out
and uses vicegrip on Exegutor, leer, and stomp. When Krabby wins after
that, it evolves into Kingler. Mandy next sends out Sedra who uses
agility. Kingler uses water gun, misses and uses bubbles and hits
Sedra.  Then, Crabhammer crushes Sedra. For Mandy's third Pokemon, he
sends out Golbat who razor winds Kingler. Golbat almost won with mega
drain, but Kingler uses the powerful hyper beam attack and clobbers
Golbat. Ash cheers for Kingler as he won his first match.
   I think this episode deserves 5 out of 5 stars. The battle was great!

By  Kiran Kumar  


   Ash's mom and a lot of their neighbors have gotten together at Professor
Oak's lab to watch the Pokémon League battles unfold. As the announcer
speaks, they see Ash and his friends walk by in the background. They all

    At the stadium registration area, Ash checks in at one of the many desks.

Brock immediately falls in love with the girl there and makes this fact very
visible, not only embarrassing Ash and Misty but the girl as well. As Misty
pushes him off, Ash gives his Pokédex to the girl. She sticks it into the
computer, hits a few keys, and hands it back to him, saying that he's all
checked in. He asks her who he's going to be battling in Indigo Stadium and
Brock reappears, telling him that he won't be going there just yet. He tells
Ash that he has to win a battle in four different fields (Water, Grass, Rock,
and Ice) to go on to Indigo Stadium. Ash asks him how he knows and he whips
out the Pokémon League Trainer's Book. He embarrasses the girl once again,
and is once again shoved off by Misty. Ash asks the girl where he'll be
battling first, and she tells them to push the button on the desk and a light
will stop on the field. He hits it and the light stops on the Water Field.
The panel then shows his opponent: a long-haired guy whose name is Mandy.
After she tells him that he'll be in the third battle there that day, they
    Outside, Team Rocket, disguised as reporters, are interviewing trainers,
trying to find someone with rare Pokémon that they can steal. After talking
to someone with a Dodrio, Venomoth, and Raticate, they are starting to get
discouraged. Suddenly, they notice Mandy doing a little performance with a
large crowd around him and decide that he looks like a prospective target.
They approach him, but he snubs them, saying he can't believe they haven't
heard of him. He asks them what network they're from and the reply that
they're from LCN: Lovely, Charming Network. Mandy walks off, telling them
that he'll only be interviewed by "networks with viewers." Team Rocket is
very ticked off, and James and Meowth restrain Jesse from getting some
    Elsewhere, Misty asks Ash if he wants to borrow some of her Pokémon, but
he feels that Squirtle will be able to do the job. They hear a familiar voice
and turn to see Gary sipping some tea surrounded by his cheerleaders. He
tells Ash that he's going to be battling on the Ice Field and wishes him luck
on his first battle, only to say that it's because he wants to be the first
to beat him. He laughs and walks off to his first battle. Suddenly, Ash is
paged over the P.A. System and is told to go to the nearest courtesy phone,
where there is a call waiting for him. He hurries over to one and picks up
the receiver. It's Professor Oak, and he asks Ash if he'd like Krabby to
balance out his team. Ash eagerly consents and Professor Oak hurries off to
send Krabby to him. Meanwhile, his mom comes into view and asks if he's ok.
She moves the camera a little to show all the other people at Oak's who are
cheering him on and Ash is a bit flattered. The Pokéball containing Krabby
appears on the stand beside the phone and Ash thanks Professor Oak. After
some last-minute reminders from his mom and a cheer from the others, Ash
hangs up. As he walks out of the center, he meets Mandy for the first time.
He introduces himself, but makes fun of Ash, saying that he'll be no match
for him. Ash vows to beat him.

    During lunch, Misty asks Ash if he really wants to use Krabby in battle,

as he hasn't ever fought before. Brock agrees with her, saying that many
matches are decided before they start as people choose the wrong Pokémon to
use. He tells Ash that the decision is up to him. They hear a lot of cheering
coming from a nearby television and see that Gary has just won his first
battle. Ash looks determined to keep his reputation.
    Later, Ash and his friends have made their way to the Water Field, where
someone has just beat a Tentacruel with a Seaking. Misty notices that Ash is
shaking slightly, but he says that it's just the vibrations in the stadium.
The doors open and Ash steps onto the field and onto his podium. The
announcer introduces Ash and Mandy, who turns out to be a league favorite.
The announcer then tells them that they only get three Pokémon each, and the
battle starts. However, just before they send out they're Pokémon, Jessie's
voice sounds over the speakers. She and James tell Ash to beat Mandy, but are
quickly carted off by four Officer Jennys. The battle resumes.
    Mandy sends out Exeggutor and Ash sends out Krabby. Misty maintains that
this is a bad idea, but Ash is confident. Exeggutor sends out a Psywave which
Krabby dodges by jumping into the water. Exeggutor forms a whirlpool in the
water with a Psychic attack, and Krabby is caught up in it. Ash tries to
withdraw Krabby, but the flow of the water makes it impossible. Exeggutor
sends out an Egg Bomb attack, and the splashes come back onto him. The
announcer raves about how strong Exeggutor must be, being a part grass-type
Pokémon and not being weakened by the water. Krabby works his way out of the
rushing water and uses a Vicegrip attack on Exeggutor, latching onto one of
his leaves. Mandy tries to get his Pokémon to use his Hypnosis attack, but
Exeggutor is running around in pain. Krabby unleashes a Leer and then a
Stomp, defeating Exeggutor. Brock and Misty express their surprise, and
Krabby starts to glow, evolving into Kingler.
    Mandy sends out Seadra, who dashes at Kingler with an Agility attack.
Neither a Water Gun nor a Bubble attack hits the speedy Seadra and things are
looking grim for Kingler. Fortunately, while dodging one rush of bubbles,
Seadra hits another and flies into the air. As he falls, Kingler uses a
Crabhammer and Seadra is defeated. The crowd starts to cheer for Ash, and
Team Rocket looks on with interest. Mandy withdraws Seadra and sends out
another speedy Pokémon: Golbat. Brock gets worried, as Kingler has a
disadvantage over flying Pokémon. Misty tells Ash to use Pikachu, but he is
confident in Kingler's abilities. Kingler jumps into the water and Golbat
prepares a Take Down attack. As he swoops down over the water, Kingler surges
out and grips him with a Vicegrip attack. Unfortunately, Golbat gets out and
hits Kingler with a Razor Wind. Kingler is weakened and Golbat moves in for
the kill with a Mega Drain. Just in time, Kingler unleashes a powerful Hyper
Beam, hitting Golbat with the full force. Golbat falls to the ground. Ash has
    Ash cheers and Mandy looks greatly disappointed. Ash runs out onto the
platform in the water and gives Kingler a hug, congratulating him. At
Professor Oak's, everyone cheers and his mom starts to tear up. Team Rocket
is stunned and Meowth says that it's all for the better for now Ash's Pokémon
are even stronger. Brock looks in the Trainer Book and reads that winners
"should conduct themselves with dignity and restraint." They turn and see Ash
dancing in front of the cameras. They all sigh.

Trainer Dominic