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"Why I have to be the one to kiss that big lummox?!"
Meowth

Japanese Title: Wake Up! Kabigon!

Original Airdate: April 23rd, 1998

US Airdate: October 28th, 1998

The further you journey, the hungrier you get. On empty stomachs, our heroes' search for food brings them to a small village, but find there is no food at the bakery nor at the grocery store; even the town restaurant is out of food. Just as our hungry heroes lose the energy even to move, the town elder arrives and offers to feed them. He explains to them that a drought has made it impossible to gather a harvest in the village, but cannot explain why they suffer from drought even though it rains often. In return for the meal, our heroes follow the dry riverbed upstream, investigating the cause of the drought.

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  • Brain Bleach: Ash and friends are disturbed by the idea of Team Rocket using Arbok and/or Weezing to kiss Snorlax.
  • Conflict Ball: Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket all want Snorlax to wake up. Yet once it's revealed that the flute player can wake it up, they begin fighting over who gets to take him, to the point where Team Rocket blasts off again.
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  • Enemy Mine: Between the twerps and Team Rocket, as usual. Noteworthy on two counts: Ash and friends help the Rockets try to steal the Snorlax, and the incident actually had Meowth close to tears.
    Meowth: I never thought I'd live to see this day, even with nine lives! Team Rocket and Team Twerp working together!
  • Eye Catch: This episode, the Who's that Pokémon is Snorlax.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Snorlax. He doesn't even stir when Ash shouts through a loudspeaker into his ear.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: The flute player.
  • Reality Ensues: Team Rocket attempts to use attached cables from their hot-air balloon to lift a heavy Snorlax that is blocking the way. All this does is cause the machine to break from Snorlax's immense weight and for Meowth (alone) to blast off again.
  • Red Herring: It turns out that the drought was not Snorlax's fault. In fact, when the heroes discover the true cause (the huge tangle of thorns), Snorlax happens to be the one who (unintentionally; we can't really tell) brings the drought to an end.
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  • Series Continuity Error: Ash doesn't recognize Snorlax, despite being shown to have a decoration of him in the first episode.
  • Squick: Snorlax's In-Universe reaction to being kissed by Meowth.
    Misty: It looks like it's been poisoned.
    Brock: How would you feel if you got kissed by Meowth?
    Ash: I'd look for a new mouth.
  • True Love's Kiss: It's suggested that a kiss from a noble Pokémon might be capable of waking Snorlax. The ensuing attempts fail miserably.
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