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Recap / Pokemon S 2 E 36 The Rivalry Revival

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Japanese Title: Rival Showdown! Satoshi VS Shigeru!!

Original Airdate: October 7th, 1999

US Airdate: October 14th, 2000

An errand of Professor Oak's sets Ash on the road once again, but first he must face his old hometown rival, Gary, in a Pokémon battle.


  • And the Adventure Continues: The segue into the Johto league adventures.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Tracey has been taken under Professor Oak's wing.
  • Break the Haughty: Ash is proud of his victories in the Indigo and Orange Leagues, but is still beaten by Gary. Gary points out that the first was a long time ago, and he's been training too while Ash was in the Orange Islands.
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  • Character Development: Gary no longer has his fawning cheerleaders.
  • Diagonal Cut: Scyther chops Team Rocket's fake camera in two...without harming Picachu inside it.
  • Dramatic Wind: One blows through Professor Oak's study when he mentions New Bark Town, "Town where winds of new beginnings blow!"
  • Epic Fail: Gary totally ignores Team Rocket's slogan presentation.

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