- A lot of things Barry says and does.Barry: "Yeah?! Well, that means it's your fault! I want a fine in ten seconds! Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four-"
- Cynthia is shown to be rather...indecisive when it comes to snacks. The first time this happens, it prompts Meowth to comment: "Imagine her at the grocery store!"
- Any and all of Croagunk's antics (or lack thereof).
- Anytime Brock flirts with a girl and receives a Poison Jab from Croagunk.
- In Episode 50, the girl rejects Brock and Croagunk is left wondering what to do with his readied Poison Jab.
- Paul's jerkassery can be so deliberate and mean that sometimes it's just plain hilarious.
- Anything Byron says in Ancient Family Matters! and Dealing With Defensive Types. Played as an ENORMOUS Ham by Dan Green, and constantly yelling about how much he loves things, such as his Steelix, Defense, and Fossils. Complete with random explosions every time he proclaims his love.
- Ash's Gible is pretty much a walking Funny generator. In one episode, Team Rocket are about to get into their newest Giant Mecha, only to find out that Gible has already eaten it.
- A minor one, but seeing Team Rocket root for Ash during the Sinnoh League Victors season was worth a few chuckles.
- The starter Chimchar and soon-to-be-Dawn's Piplup get into a fight, eventually escaping the laboratory and running off. What's the starter Turtwig doing the entire time? Munching away at its bowl of Pokémon food!
- Dawn getting lost on her way to Professor Rowan's lab.Dawn: Not there!...Wrong way!...I want my mom!
- After accidentally destroying Dawn's bike an unamused Pikachu scratches his head and mutters his name in a tone that says "Story of my life".
- Dawn's reactions to Paul not remembering who she is. The first time is accompanied by a volcano erupting in the background. The second time? Not only has Dawn turned bright red and has huge glowing red eyes, but the background is of the sun splitting into quarters. Brock has to run in and restrain a kicking and screaming Dawn.Dawn: Wha-what's wrong?Paul: What's wrong? Who are you?Dawn: Excuse ME, your rudeness, but we've met once before, the name's Dawn!Paul: (beat) Don't remember.Dawn: YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY, DON'T YA?!!Brock: Alright, come on, Dawn! Calm down!Dawn: (at the same time) Listen, you nasty, insulting, spoiled brat! Apologize!
- Even better? During this scene, fans noticed that Pikachu was looking up Dawn's skirt, sparking the image macro "Pikachu: He knows where the goods are."◊
- The gang's Pokémon running themselves ragged trying to catch Dawn's hyper Pachirisu, who keeps running around like crazy and won't get back into its Poké Ball. At one point, they all try to jump on it at once, but Pachirisu runs out from underneath them a second before they hit the ground, so all six Pokémon smash head-first into each other at the same time. WHAM!
- Ash fails at cooking Poffins and his Pokémon don't want them, so he eats them himself and regrets it. Dawn did a good job cooking her Poffins, but none of her Pokémon like it since the recipe was made specifically for Johanna's Glameow. Meowth picks one up and likes it.
- When Kenny first meets Dawn's friends, he shares embarrassing stories about Dawn from when they were 5 - like how she tried to "fix" a haircut she hated and ended up looking like a Chimchar, or when she sneezed during a school production. Ash, Brock, Pikachu and Piplup looked to be nearly bursting from the suppressed laughter each time - and laugh precisely when she shouts at them indignantly!
- Then Kenny mentions Dawn coming to school in pajamas and mismatched shoes. You could hear people laugh at that from space.
- Everyone takes part in a Pokemon dressup contest, where the goal is to imitate another Pokemon using your own Pokemon. Some of the entries are just ridiculous, but Ash's Pikachu is hilarious. What does he do? Proceeds to imitate several Pokemon, including Buneary, Lotad, Seviper and Wobbuffet. Even funnier is that when Pikachu imitates Wobbuffet, they added in the Pokéball opening sound!
- James trying to use Mime Jr.'s Teeter Dance to stop our heroes from chasing them in their hot air balloon. It ends up confusing Dustox and Meowth instead - and Meowth is the one steering the balloon! It's also tied with the following:Meowth: First the movie short, then TV, and now this!
- Dawn's Piplup also takes part and while he's doing OK as a Weedle, he gets a little bit too excited and proceeds to use Bubblebeam...
- Croagunk doing his usual "job" when Brock goes to flirt with Cynthia, but then Cynthia merely stops him with a quick glance. Croagunk blushed.
- Team Rocket hierarchy suffers through the episode with James and Meowth refusing to take part in their scheme, during their mantra the upbeat music suddenly stops whenever James and Meowth speak their lines while they speak in a depressed mannerJessie: Listen, is that a voice of twerply gloom?James: Join our pity party there's plenty of room.Jessie: On the wind!James: The stars...Meowth: We're doomed...Jessie: Bringing chaos at a break-neck pace!James: She's dashed all my hope, what a bummer...Jessie: A rose by any other names is just as sweet!James: When everything's worse, then of course it's much worse...Jessie: Jessie!James: James the pain...Meowth: I can't say my name...Jessie: Putting all you do-gooders in your place!James: Team Rocket, sad to say...Jessie: We're in your face!James and Meowth: Ouch...
- Team Rocket bothers the twerps multiple times in this episode, to the point where their last interruption causes Dawn, Pikachu, and Brock to riff on the old motto (though its unclear how Dawn knows said motto). This irritates James, and he calls out Cacnea, who is its usual clingy self:James: No hugs until you teach them not to steal our old lines!
- Paul trying to catch a Fearow, only to be constantly interrupted by Ash and his friends, who have been separated from and are looking for one another.
- Ash crashes headfirst into the door after Nando tells him that Fantina isn't available for a Gym Battle. And all of his Pokémon do it too.
- Ash and his friends mimicking Team Rocket's motto.
- The episode starts with a very cute scene of Piplup and Pikachu singing. Eventually, Piplup gets tired and hungry, and the heroes have to stop for lunch.
- A rare one for Giovanni (the real non-Meowth fantasy one). The trio finally snag a Yanma the heroes were after and deliver it to the boss, convinced he will be overjoyed by what his top men delivered him. Cut to his lair, when his assistants notify him about the gift, he tries to remember who the three are before he goes back to petting Persian.
- After the three are handed back the Yanma (since the organisation already had plentiful supplies) they convince themselves that the boss put them in charge of it as a token of gratitude and decide to go on a spree collecting more. The rest of the episode has them in a manic high from their "reward". Doubles as Awesome moment since they also berserk attack the heroes in the process, leaving them all rather dazed and creeped out.Meowth: *eyes bulging* WHAT DO YOU TWERPS THINK YOU'RE DOING FLAMING OUR GORGEOUSLY GIFTED YANMA STRAIGHT FROM THE BOOOSSSSS?!?James: It's that sort of insensitivity that needs to be repaid in spades!!!Jessie: You best be prepared to dig deep!!!
- Paul is trying to capture a wild Drapion when Ash's Gligar comes flying toward him, unable to stop itself; whereas Ash would try to catch it, Paul simply moves out of the way, and Gligar flies into the rock that Paul had been standing in front of. Look for it at 4:05.
- Ash's reaction once noticing Gliscor is about to glomp him.Dawn: Guess old habits die hard.
- Gligar's reaction whenever it's realizing it's in the middle of a battle.
- Team Rocket goes back to the basics after discovering they've gone soft. Towards the end of the episode, they've basically won, having successfully obtained all the Pokéballs from a Pokemon Center and about to stomp off in their Humongous Mecha. Then Pikachu zaps them, and the mecha explodes. Why? Because Meowth thought they were getting back to basics, and so made the mecha non-resistant to electric attacks.
- Gliscor's antics; from volunteering to be the one to fetch Brock (Staravia got selected instead), and Brock attempting to carry it on the back (too heavy, so Brock had to leave it behind, promising to go back to Gliscor later). But then, the gang forgot all about Gliscor until the very end of the episode!
- It's even funnier when Ash interrupts the narrator's closing monologue to remind the audience that "we forgot Gliscor!"
- Ash and his Pokémon trying to think of a way to counter Fantina's Hypnosis, only for themselves to fall asleep as they do. Ash's reaction after he realizes his Pokémon are snoozing is what sells the scene.
- Ash's Staravia instantly fell in love with a decoy!Staravia, causing him to be distracted by it! Doesn't help that every time the scene briefly cuts to him, he's going Brock for "her"!
- Meowth claims to have been mistreated by Jessie and James, including one particularly priceless flashback line. "I didn't tell you to buy bread, I told you to buy bread!"
- A large chunk of the episode is taken up by the father-son feud (or, as Pokémopolis put it, "dick-waving contest") between Roark and Byron, which consists mainly of screaming about how they love fossils more than the other does
- Bonus points for his opinion of Team Rocket, which emphasizes their talent at digging exquisite holes and ignores their attempt to run off with his fossils.Byron: Listen up! I got something I want to say to you three! [Team Rocket stares at him] Clearly, you're all skilled diggers, but why not lose the machines and dig your happy holes by hand?
[Team Rocket facefaults]
Jessie: What's up with him and holes?
- Bonus points for his opinion of Team Rocket, which emphasizes their talent at digging exquisite holes and ignores their attempt to run off with his fossils.
- After going to investigate a noise in the room where Byron keeps his fossils:
- Byron: Look.Roark: Somebody dug this hole!Byron: I don't believe it! *long pause* and still, I love this hole! *everyone else facefaults*Ash: You do? What do you mean?Byron: Give it a good look! Look how perfectly shaped it is! How it slopes gently downwards! Whoever dug this hole has the skill and craftsmanship of a fearsome hole-digger! *everyone else facefaults* I just got to track down the artisan who did this! Imagine what this cand do for excavations!Roark: Hey, Dad! you better have a look over there!Byron: It can't be! *points to another hole* Closer examination reveals this hole was dug by a machine. *everyone else facefaults*Brock: Not that!Roark: Can't you see that all of your fossils have been STOLEN?!Byron: Stolen? Nooo! My precious fossil collection is gone!
- Even funnier? In the Japanese version of that scene, Byron's deep, gruff voice becomes hilariously high pitched for one sentence when he talks about how well they dug the hole.
- There's a reason he's an Ensemble Dark Horse among the Sinnoh Gym Leaders, despite having (alongside Crasher Wake) the smallest episode count of all eight of them.
- Gliscor defeats Byron's Bastiodon, earning Ash the Mine Badge in the process. Ash starts complimenting Gliscor, but its clearly overjoyed and crashes into him, then proceeds to smother him affectionately.
- A wild Phione uses Supersonic on Meowth. The effect is priceless.
- At the beginning of this episode, Ash and friends are walking along a road when their usual assailants ambush them. Brock's response? "Oh, it's just Team Rocket." Ash says he's too busy to battle and tells Pikachu to blast them off with a quick Thunderbolt. He does.
- Brock helplessly trying to stop his Croagunk's attempt to Poison Jab him.
- Dawn's Pokémon Circus, especially when Piplup headbutts the ceiling head-first.
- Team Rocket bickering about their plan to take advantage of Ash's depression, following their realization that Ash and his Pokémon are still present, who were unsatisfied with their attempt to retrieve Pikachu.
- Brock flirts with an Officer Jenny in disguise. Croagunk is about to Poison Jab him, but Jenny tells him off, leaving Brock to complain that the sting of rejection hurts more than Croagunk's Poison Jab. Croagunk just sits there.
- When Officer Jenny finally reveals herself, Brock starts flirting again. Pikachu grabs Brock's ear and drags him away while Piplup pushes him.
- The main villain is a female Togepi that's causing trouble. She's used Attract to take over Pikachu, Piplup, Croagunk, and Meowth. Brock's solution? Call out Happiny to smack all four of them back to normal.
- It's also hilarious because when they're all on the Rocket (just after Happiny has restored the guys to their senses), Happiny and Togepi have the baby Pokémon equivalent to a cat-fight (while everyone else is trying to get control of the rocket).
- When Togepi uses Attract, it also hits Jessie's Yanmega. The attack doesn't work, and once Brock explains that Attract only works on targets of the opposite gender, Jessie freaks out about the fact that her Pokémon is a female. Yanmega blushes in confirmation.
- After Rayquaza blasts Team Rocket's spaceship (with everyone aboard) and the emergency parachute is incinerated:Ash: Uh oh.Dawn: Are we...?Brock: Gonna fall? Yes.Team Rocket: OK, all together now!*everyone screams their heads off*
- A Blink-and-You-Miss-It moment, when Mr Mc Cann accepts Ash's challenge, Dawn and Brock Sweat Drop in reponse, while Gliscor gives a Quizzical Tilt.
- Probably not intended, but in the Japanese version of this episode, Ash was smiling as he was giving Gliscor away in a very "It's finally gone, gone, gone...I'm finally alone again..." way.
- In the end, Jessie makes Team Rocket blast off by her two Pokémon (Yanmega and Wobbuffet).
- Gible is caught by one of Team Rocket's Humongous Mecha. They jump over a canyon to get away from Ash, and he runs to the point where he ALMOST makes it over the canyon when he jumps. Ash used ExtremeSpeed! ExtremeSpeed missed!
- When the story of Dawn's nickname "Dee Dee" finally comes out, it's not meant to be viewed as funny but Dawn's sheer trauma over the incident kind of makes it so. Even Ursula was laughing her butt off over it!
- Piplup always ends up on the receiving end of Gible's failed Draco Meteor attacks, and eventually has a go at it. When Gible then decides to try to nom on Piplup's head...well, let's just say that the penguin Pokémon finally snaps. This is followed up by Piplup envisioning Ash and Dawn scolding Gible, and how Piplup sees Dawn.
- Not to mention that, when Piplup snaps out of its delusion, we see that it's actually been nuzzling up against Pikachu, who is just sitting there with a -_- look on its face. It then pats Piplup on the head in a "there, there" sort of way, then runs off to be with Ash, Dawn, and Brock.
- How does Gible locate Piplup? Well, since his failed Draco Meteors always home on him, then if he shoots one straight up, it will land exactly on the penguin Pojemon. And it works.
- In the ending, for the sake of his Glameow love interest, Meowth takes down Seviper, Infernape, Togekiss, and Yanmega using Fury Swipes. Then Glameow evolves into Purugly, and when Meowth figures it out, various things break down, such as a building, a big heart, and even a statue of himself! Hilarious.
- Earlier, Meowth tries to convince Jessie and James to get Glameow from the trainer using a hastily-created Giovanni fantasy. Even they immediately point out the holes in it.
- The group get separated from Piplup and Buck after getting attacked by Graveler. After fighting off a Golem with Gible, the group say they have to find Piplup. The method they use? Gible using Draco Meteor, to Dawn's dismay. It works of course, with Piplup taking a hit for its troubles. And to top it all off, Piplup rather begrudgingly thanks Gible for its help.
- Even funnier when it was the fact that: 1) Dawn could tell what Gible was about to do a mile away and 2) the meteor defies physics by traversing a cave system to find the penguin.
- Faced with Team Rocket's Humongous Mecha, Ash decided to call on his Snorlax to literally take it down (since Ash used a similar tactic a hundred episodes back, during the beginning of the Battle Frontier saga). Then they found out that Snorlax had gone to sleep. That's not the hilarious part; what's really hilarious was that Snorlax really did take the mecha down (albeit temporarily), by rolling over it.
- Once Team Rocket's been taken care of, Ash asks for the rest of his Pokémon, cue Glalie freezing him and Torkoal thawing him out, with a Flamethrower in a questionable spot.
- Poor Bulbasaur. The only one of the originals to appear, made worse since it involves him getting assaulted by Heracross, again.
- Credit to him, he does get revenge by whipping Heracross away. Heracross then moves onto Oak's head and tries to suck nectar out of his head.
- Snorlax's return has him picking up Pikachu and licking him affectionately in greeting. Pikachu, for his part, doesn't seem to mind. Ash returns Snorlax to his Pokeball and Pikachu gently floats to the ground.
- Some of the weapons on Team Rocket's giant Mecha... are a fly swatter, a plunger, a giant pair of cooking tongs, a net, a large paper fan, one of those things you use in Mathematics to draw triangles, a giant pink hammer and an enormous pair of scissors. Just where did they manage to obtain a pair of scissors so large?
- By the time of the league tournament, Team Rocket harnesses Cynthia's indecisiveness for sweets by turning it into Celebrity Endorsement for their shop. Later, she's shown eating an ice cream bar, which visibly interests Mr. Goodshow more than the actual match.
- Gible actually EATS a Shadow Punch.