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Recap / Pokémon S18E30 "Performing with Fiery Charm!"

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Japanese Title: Tairenar and Yancham!! A Captivating Fiery Performance!!

Original Airdate: July 2, 2015

US Airdate: September 12, 2015
All for one, and one for all.

With her new look, and the newly-evolved Braixen, Serena returns to the Performance front lines at the Dendemille Rookie Class Showcase. Can she and her Pokémon finally go over the top?

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • The Cameo: A lot of the supporting characters (Sycamore and his assistants, Grace, and the Summer Camp trio) show up watching the Showcase broadcast.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The furisode Valerie gave to Serena to model with is Serena's Performance dress for this Showcase.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Jessie uses Meowth's ability to cut up and prepare food in both rounds, which was established in the Sinnoh episode "Noodles Roamin' Off" and developed in occasional performances afterwards.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Serena has numerous flashbacks to previous episodes that built up to the moment when she finally wins a Princess Key.
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  • Continuity Nod: One of the Pokemon Meowth defeats in the Cooking Duel is a Sneasel. Long before he developed his Chekhov's Skill, Meowth got in bad blood with one serving as a professional chef.
  • Graceful Loser: At first, Miette was shocked that she didn't win the Princess Key, but seeing Serena happy with her team is enough to put a smile on her face.
  • Ship Tease: Miette returns, and with it her romantic competition with Serena. It is inevitable.
  • Single Tear: When she's announced as the winner, Serena sheds a single tear. She's then hugged by Braixen and Pancham, who are also near tears.
  • Sore Loser: Jessie, unlike Miette, doesn't take loss very well. James knows he's in trouble.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: In the Japanese version, Serena's image song "Dreamdream" plays when she is announced the winner of the showcase.
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  • Took a Level in Badass: Serena wins her first Princess Key. To a lesser extent, Jessie, now with Meowth on her side, has a much better received performance and makes it to the final round, even if she only reaches fifth place.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Jessie (still disguised) rudely bumps Serena onto the ground while walking past her behind set. Her Pokemon are angry, but Serena lets it go. After Jessie leaves however, she panics as she ruined her dress in the process.

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