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Stategy Begins At Home (606)

Lance The Champ

The Aura Guardian
I am glad we got to see the battle between Dawn and Johanna... good episode


No longer posting
This episode was good. It was cool to see Twinleaf Town and Dawn's Mother again. The Old Couple was very funny in this episode. It was great to see a battle between Dawn and her Mother. It was great to see Umbreon again! I'm not surprised Dawn's Mother won the battle. It was funny when TR kept trying to catch Goldeen, but kept getting all the wrong Pokemon. Instead of trying to catch any, they just threw them back. It was cool to see Piplup and Pachirisu use Whirlpool/Discharge and combine them. It was cool to see Bellossum for the 1st time in awhile. It was funny how Bellossum had the same attitude as Croagunk does to Brock going love crazy.



Anti Drew & paul fan
#31: Strategy Begins At Home!

This episode is kinda bland. Not awful, but not great. Just...eh.

It begins with the trio heading to Twinleaf Town, with Dawn taking the lead. Ah, the memories. *thinks of It's Mr. Mime Time*

They spot an old couple (named Izzy and Cara), who are in a disagreement about something that's not relevant to the episode's plot. Then they arrive at Dawn's house and see Johanna. Piplup tries to greet Glameow and Umbreon, but gets rejected both times...is this supposed to be funny. A girl named Noelle, presumably one of Johanna's students, walks down thestairs, and...do I even need to say what happens next? I'll admit it was a little funny to see Noelle's Bellossom team up with Croagunk to shut him down, but this line from him is odd:

"Is it me, or are two attacks actually stronger than one?" (Really? Gee, I didn't know.)

Ash checks out some trophies, and Dawn challenges her mom to a contest battle, which she accepts...but they have to eat first.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket are trying to catch Goldeen for the Twinleaf festival. At least they're not invading the main plot.

Back in Johanna's house, Noelle compliments Brock, and...I won't even bother explaining what happened, because it's obvious. After the meal, Ash talks to Professor Oak on the phone, before Delia cuts in and embarrasses him a couple of times. Still bored...

Meanwhile, TR is still trying to catch Goldeen...then they get a bite...

James: I've got a...
Meowth: Eureka...
Jessie: A bite-a...
Me: I'll mute ya!

None of them are Goldren, so they...toss them back. You'd think they'd try and do something with them.

Meanwhile, Brock and Happiny are working on the garden, and Noelle and Johanna compliment him for having a green thumb. The old couple appears a couple (no pun intended) more times, each time with a new problem. We have to spend more time than is needed just listening to them bicker, before Johanna comes up with a solution.

Dawn comes up with strategies, while Ash and Pikachu take a walk. Ash explores for a little bit, before seeing a boy named Nathaniel, who spread honey on a tree so he can see some bug types. They see a Heracross on a tree, which excites Nathaniel, who can't wait to become a trainer. As it flies away, Ash thinks back to his past adventures.

Ash (thinking): Whoa...Nathaniel reminds me of me! (Am I the only one who cracked up hearing that?)

He tells him about Bulbasaur and Heracross, and then they head back...I never thought I'd say this, but WHERE'S TEAM ROCKET?

The battle finally begins, with Johanna's two Pokemon vs. Piplup and Pachirisu. Brock tries multiple times to flirt with Noelle, but each time, he fails.

This is how the battle goes: Dawn's Pokemon make an electric whirlpool, Johanna uses double Quick Attack before destroying it with Double Shadow Ball, Piplup makes a Bubblebeam wall, which Pachirisu flips over. Ituses Super Fang to hit both opponents, then Umbreon and Glameow use Double Attract, before finishing them off with Double Swift (too too many many doubles doubles). That was what they called a battle between a Top Coordinator and her daughter...oh, and Ash has a weird line during the battle:

"Whoa, that Shadow Ball's strong!" (Minor nitpick but which one is he talking about, unless he meant "Those Shadow Balls are strong!"?)

Johanna hugs her daughter, Ash is impressed, Brock still fails...

Oh, there you are, Team Rocket. They caught a bunch of Goldeen, so they try and fish one more time, but they fish up an angry Gyarados, who blasts them away...okay...

What can I say, this episode was unremarkable. They kept us waiting for a mother-daughter battle for so long, and all Johanna does is spam double *insert move here*, nothing interesting or even funny happened. The only reason it's not worse in my eyes is because TR at least didn't invade the main plot, or get much screentime, which is much appreciated.


Just a member
This episode was alright. Good to see Ash, Dawn and Brock finally arriveing at Twinleaf town and meeting Johanna. The old couple and their bickering got old fast though.

Ash remembering Bulbasaur and Heracross was nice. Surprisingly, younger Ash's voice in the flashback sounded a lot like Veronica Taylor's Ash voice for some.

Dawn and Johanna's battle was predictable. I knew Johanna would win.
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Dawn losing was too bad but I liked that her mom was skilled at using Umbreon and Glameow in a double battle. She impressed me. 7/10

Mrs. Oreo

I liked seeing Twinleaf town again and the girl's Bellossom was funny. I liked how Team Rocket were fishing and how Brock was doing some gardening, plus Dawn vs Johanna was good even if Dawn lost.
Dawn battling against her mother at Twinleaf Town seemed unfair given her mother's skills, though I liked watching Glameow and Umbreon team up.
Lol. It was awesome how Brock got struck by Croagunk and Bellossom several times. was quite surprised at the size of Whiscash during Team Rocket's fishing scene too. I always thought Whiscash were bigger.


I thought that the episode was okay. It was nice to see Dawn back in Twinleaf Town. I knew that she wouldn't beat her mom, considering their different skill levels, but I thought that she would last a bit longer than she did. At least she did manage to land one hit.
I knew that she wouldn't beat her mom, considering their different skill levels, but I thought that she would last a bit longer than she did. At least she did manage to land one hit.

Dawn did well against Johanna tbh. She was fighting a GF champ, so she did fine. Johanna losing would've made me furious. :p


It was pretty funny to see Brock get attacked by Croagunk AND Bellossom every time he tried to hit on Dawn's friend. It kinda sucked that Johanna was constantly being bugged by the most indecisive people I have ever seen.


So now Hikari and friends were back at Futaba Town, and I enjoyed seeing Ayako again, as well as the preparations for the town's celebration. What I didn't particularly like was Hikari versus Ayako however, due to how advanced Blacky and Nyarmar were compared to Hikari's team.


I call you honey
The fact that we saw Ash face-palming because Piplup and Pachirisu fell for Attract was so funny. Judging by the way that Umbreon and Glameow used Attract so effectively I guess Johanna is highly skilled huh.


Ayako seemed to be a person of great importance in Futaba Town here, which was kind of strange to see now since she seemed pretty uninteresting when we first saw her in DP001.