Japanese Title: Lord Nyarth's Island!?
Original Airdate: May 13th, 1999
US Airdate: March 25th, 2000Team Rocket has engine trouble and lands on an island where the natives are waiting for the Great Meowth of Bounty to arrive and fulfill an ancient prophesy. When Meowth gets mistaken for this great creature with special powers, he enjoys the special treatment and decides to play along. But, when he's unable to perform the ancient ritual that's expected of him, the treatment he gets isn't quite so fun anymore.
- Animal-Eared Headband: The islanders wear cat ears along with paw gloves and cat noses (despite Meowth being The Noseless).
- A Day in the Limelight: For Meowth, Jessie, and James. Ash and his friends appear only incidentally.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being betrayed by Meowth, Team Rocket still can't stand to see him beaten up in the Pokémon arena. James even gives up his favorite bottle cap.
- God Guise: The Cargo Cult islanders mistake Meowth for the Great Meowth of Bounty.
- Hula and Luaus: Meowth gets a feast and is entertained by hula dancers.
- Mega Neko: The Meowth statue is actually a Bamboo Technology Humongous Mecha.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Meowth claims that his learning to speak like a human has stopped him from being able to learn any special moves.
- Shake Someone, Objects Fall: Pay Day involves hanging Meowth upside down and shaking him, with coins expected to fall.