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Recap / Pokémon S10E52 "Smells Like Team Spirit!"

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Japanese Title: Tag Battle! Final!!

Original Airdate: October 25, 2007

US Airdate: February 1, 2008
Chimchar is determined not to let his new trainer down.

Chimchar is again pressed into battle...though this time, it's as Ash's Pokémon. Can he prove Paul wrong for abandoning him, or at least get some satisfaction on the way out?

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Paul's Torterra makes short work of Brock's Croagunk and Holly's Farfetch'd.
  • Karma Houdini: Didn't Nurse Joy order Paul to let Chimchar sit yesterday's battle out? And didn't Paul disregard that order? follow-up lectures?
  • Keep the Reward: For winning the tournament, Ash and Paul each receive a Soothe Bell, which makes Pokémon more friendly. Paul quickly tosses his to Ash, saying that he doesn't need it. No surprise there.
  • Oh, Crap!: Brock and Holly have this reaction when they see just how powerful Paul's Torterra really is.
  • Status Quo Is God: At least, as far as Brock's love life is concerned, as Holly goes bye-bye shortly after she and Brock lose in the semi-finals.
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  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Paul continues to resist cooperating with Ash during the tournament in this episode, especially notable in the third round. He doesn't even care when Torterra's Hyper Beam accidentally grazes Ash's Staravia.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Paul's Elekid evolves into Electabuzz.
  • Wham Episode: Continuing from the previous one, Chimchar accepts Ash's offer to join his team and it ends up doing wonders for Chimchar's happiness and its overall development for the rest of the saga.

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