The episode starts off with Pikachu and Piplup walking together on the road and singing. After a few tunes, Piplup gets tired and stops. Its stomach growls, and Ash assumes that Piplup is hungry. Brock mentions that there is a Pokémon Center a short distance away, so the group decides to go there for lunch. Meanwhile, Team Rocket also state that they are hungry. Jessie states that the trees are full of fruit, and she tells James and Meowth to call her when lunch is ready. She says that she is going to do some more training for the Pokémon contests. Jessie then walks away into another part of the forest and sends out Dustox. She imagines herself winning another Pokémon Contest and moving up to the top rank. While James and Meowth are picking fruit, they notice that Jessie is very confident with herself...Read the full recap
Jessie releases Dustox, shattering its pokeball to make sure it goes with the Shiny Dustox.
A Shiny Dustox is seen in this episode.
The way Jessie releases Dustox is similar to the way Ash released Butterfree in "Bye Bye Butterfree". Also, Dustox's yellow ribbons could be seen as a reference to Butterfree's yellow scarf.
This is the first time a main character purposely damages one of the Poké Balls of one of their Pokémon.
When Jessie is shown as a young girl in her flashback, her hair style is similar to that of her mother, Miyamoto.
When the dub title was first revealed, several sources incorrectly believed it to be the dub title for the first half of the Ranger 2 special.