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Recap / Pokémon S19E8 "A Dancing Debut!"

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Nini's Smoochum has a thing for Pancham.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Reconstructed. Jessie attempts to cheat by getting a head's up about the Appeal round. When she misreads it and it gives her no lead whatsoever, her team resort to legitimate methods to win, and come out on top anyway.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Meowth's culinary abilities once again come in handy for one of Jessie's coordinator events, making an elaborate Pokepuff that gets her win the Appeal round.
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  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Jessie's team are almost unrecognisably competent throughout the entire showcase, which ends up earning them their first victory.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Nini curtsies when she appears onstage.
  • Graceful Loser: Serena, compared to her previous showcase defeat, takes it nonchalantly and assures an upset Eevee not to take it so hard.
  • Imagine Spot: Jessie has one after winning the Princess Key, seeing this as a path to becoming Kalos Queen herself. She envisions herself as an actual queen, and not the reality of merely being the equivalent of a pageant champion.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Jessie won her first Princess Key during the Couriway Showcase, leaving Meowth and Wobbuffet overjoyed.
  • Theme Song Power Up: Deconstructed in the Japanese edit. Serena's theme "Dreamdream" plays when Eevee recovers and the team get back into the game...and continues playing after Jessie is declared the winner.
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