This was a good episode. I enjoyed the scene where Ash was training his Snorunt in the beginning of this episode, it's funny when Snorunt's Ice Beam ended up freezing Team Rocket solid.
I found Joshua a boring characted. However I liked Erica, she was cute and her personality entertained me. It's funny when Joshua was calling Skitty cute, and Erica thought that he's calling May cute. May and Erica's rivalrly was interesting, if it wasn't for Joshua.....they would've keep fighting and missed the Contest registration.
The contest appeals were kinda boring, I didn't find any of the appeals good in this episode.
This time Ash skipped this Contest's appeal round for training with Snorunt! It's something he never did when Dawn performed in any contest. Oh well, I guess he found May's contests boring at the time.