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Recap / Pokémon S1E68 "Make Room for Gloom"

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Brock: That girl's more beautiful than any flower I've ever seen!
Ash: What are you talking about, Brock? I don't see any beautiful girl.
Misty (behind them): Just turn around.
Ash: Misty, please. Only one of us can hallucinate at a time.

Japanese Title: Kusaihana of the Botanical Garden

Original Airdate: October 29, 1998

US Airdate: October 4, 1999

Back in Pallet Town, Ash and friends meet Florinda who works at the local nursery. She's afraid that her Gloom is not evolving into a Vileplume because she's not training it properly. When Team Rocket bursts in and attempts to steal Gloom, everyone sees just how strong a Pokémon can become—through love.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Ash Face: When Pikachu is woken by Mr. Mime's sweeping, it lets out a massive thunderbolt that leaves Ash charred black.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: James strays away from the motto to talk about his hair.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After being captured by Team Rocket, Pikachu literally bites Jessie's hand so that he can escape.
  • Interspecies Romance: Ash's Bulbasaur develops feelings for Florinda's Gloom. This may also overlap with Rescue Romance as Gloom ended up saving Bulbasaur.note 
  • Self-Duplication: Gloom's double-team attack.
  • You Just Had to Say It: As part of the gag with the Page Quote, Ash sees Florinda's Gloom, and thinks Brock is going crazy about that. Part of his lines is misunderstood by Misty, and she grabs him by the face like how Jessie did to Meowth in "Holy Matrimony".
    Ash (to Brock): You're getting misty over Gloom?
    Misty (grabbing and stretching Ash's lips): What are you saying about me?
    Ash: I wasn't talking about you!
    Misty: What's a matter? I thought you liked being Mr. Big Mouth!

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