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Recap / Pokemon S 2 E 23 Misty Meets Her Match

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Japanese Title: Yuzu Gym! Type Battle 3 VS 3!!

Original Airdate: July 1st, 1999

US Airdate: September 9th, 2000

After Misty dives into a whirlpool to rescue a girl, she learns that the girl's brother, Rudy, has a giant crush on her. Things get more complicated when it turns out he's also the Gym Leader Ash must challenge next!


  • Ash Face: Misty gets a flamethrower to the face from Charizard after Ash ducks out of the way for once.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Tracey shows Professor Oak a sketch of an Elekid he saw. It only shows the electrical prongs on top of the head, so it doesn't fully spoil it for the viewers, however.
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  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Rudy gives up on Misty, believing her to be in love with Ash.
  • Oblivious to Love: Rudy believes Ash is this, but will one day realize how lucky he is.
  • Out of Order: This aired after Pokémon Food Fight in the US, so Ash was shown with his Spike Shell Badge before he won it in this episode.
  • Rescue Romance: Indirectly, as Rudy falls for Misty after she saves his little sister.
  • Rule of Three: "TEAM ROCKET'S (X)ING OFF AGAIN!"
  • Ship Tease: For Ash/Misty.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Meowth suffers this when the group's submarine is balanced on top of a rock spire, knocking Team Rocket down and into another whirlpool.

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