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Recap / Pokémon S16E29 "Crowning the Scalchop King!"

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Japanese Title: Goodbye Mijumaru!? The Path to Being Hotachi King!

Original Airdate: May 16, 2013

US Airdate: August 17, 2013
He has two of them! And they're both bigger! Oshawott should've known he wasn't going to be able to compete with that.

On Scalchop Island, Ash's Oshawott competes with other Oshawott and Dewott to see who is the best user of the scalchop. The Golden Scalchop that is one of the prizes attracts Team Rocket's attention. But Osharina, a female Oshawott who is the Scalchop Queen, is the prize Oshawott is most interested in.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • The Bad Guy Wins: More like “the snobby jerk wins.” The owner of the Dewott ends up winning the competition by default since Osharina was interested in Dewott & Oshawott’s scalchop broke.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Poor Oshawott. He was in love with Osharina, yet she ended up falling in love with the Dewott instead.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Of course Osharina went with the Dewott with the bigger scalchops.
  • Here We Go Again!: After getting his heart broken, Oshawott falls in love again with a Cinccino passing by.
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  • Humiliation Conga: First, Osharina reveals she's in love with Caesar. Then, as part of the Visual Metaphor for his broken heart, Oshawott's scalchop breaks in half. This results in him being disqualified as Scalchop King, and the title defaults to Caesar anyway.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Meowth enters the Scalchop King competition in a flimsy attempt at allowing Team Rocket to steal the Golden Scalchop.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: When Oshawott is crowned Scalchop King, Ash muses about the possibility of having to leave Oshawott behind so he can defend his crown. We even get flashbacks of Oshawott's stint with Ash.


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