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"WARNING: It is currently the Ursaring mating season, and they are using this area as their breeding grounds. Do not disturb them if it's the last thing you do. Because if you do, it just may be."
—A warning sign, as read by Ash

Japanese Title: Ringuma Shock!!

Original Airdate: July 6th, 2000

US Airdate: June 2nd, 2001

When an Ursaring attack leaves our heroes and Team Rocket in compromising positions, compromise they do, members of each team being paired with members of the other. But such a pairing one would guess to be doomed from the start... and one would be right this time.

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  • Bears Are Bad News: Both teams get chased by Ursaring.
  • Color Failure: Team Rocket reflecting on the bad food they suffer through.
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  • Description Cut: Jessie sees how worried Ash and Brock are about Misty.
    Jessie: I wonder if James and Meowth are as worried about me.
    [cut to]
    James: There only one person Meowth and I would never need to worry about, and that's Jessie.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Meowth realizes the ledge he was stuck on with Misty was only a few feet from the bottom.
    Meowth: If we'd have known that, we could have taken your Pokémon last night.
    Misty: You were gonna take my Pokémon, huh?!
    Meowth: Uh-uh, I meant we was gonna take your Pokémon for a nice walk in the moonlight!
  • Enemy Mine: Both groups get split up, and end up looking for each other. Ash and Brock end up with Jessie, while Misty ends up with James and Meowth.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: Team Rocket does this to Ash and his friends after netting all their Pokémon. Naturally, they are immediately Hyper Beamed by the Ursaring.
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  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: And how! It turns out the Ursaring were constantly hounding all of them because they had strayed into their breeding grounds!
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Togepi and Metronome.
  • Heel Realization: Jessie has a minor one when she sees how well-trained Ash and Brock's Pokémon are battling one Ursaring.
  • Here We Go Again!: Said word for word by Team Rocket at the end of the episode when they are surrounded once more by a pack of Ursaring.
  • Mating Season Mayhem: The episode revolves around the characters being around Ursaring during Ursaring breeding season.
  • Shout-Out: The dub title is one to Forrest Gump.
  • Supreme Chef: Team Rocket is awed by the food Brock prepares for Ash and Misty.
  • This Is My Side: Trapped on a ledge with James and Meowth, Misty draws a line separating her from them.
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