Japanese Title: Natane and Sabonea! Farewell to Whom!?
Original Airdate: November 15, 2007
US Airdate: April 19, 2008
Ash and company again encounter Gardenia, the Eterna Gym leader, on her travels through Sinnoh. A Team Rocket attempt to steal Pikachu is thwarted when Gardenia takes interest in James's Cacnea. Attempting in vain to learn a new move leads to a fork in the road.
This episode contains examples of the following tropes:
- Cooldown Hug: James stops the fight between Cacnea and Aipom by hugging Cacnea before he collapses from exhaustion.
- Determinator: Cacnea refuses to quit trying to do Drain Punch against Ash's Aipom, even though he's getting his ass kicked. Even Aipom herself is shaken by his futile determination. Finally, James has to step in and stop the fight himself.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: There are some similarities between this episode and "Charizard's Burning Ambitions", especially the reasons for Cacnea's departure.
- Excited Show Title!: The first time this trope is averted in the English dub since Battle Frontier. It will do this three times this season, then never again in the Sinnoh region.
- Put on a Bus: James leaves his Cacnea with Gardenia for training.
- Trying Not to Cry: After giving Gardenia Cacnea's Poké Ball, James runs off while holding back his tears, with Jessie and Meowth following. This is just like when Ash left Charizard behind in the Charicific Valley..