Meh. Ash's Squirtle had outlived his usefulness on the show during the Johto saga, so him leaving here was a good decision and justified.
I kind of wonder why he didn't just withdraw his Kingler from Oak's lab however, tho I guess maybe he thought that borrowing Psyduck and Staryu was more convenient.
Good episode. Great to see old friends again, even Captain Aiden and the Wartortle Squad. It's a shame that Squirtle Squad can't really cooperate without Ash's Squirtle, who really knows how to deal with cooperation and teamwork. It's a shame that Squirtle had to go, but at least it returns for important events.
I love that Ash borrowed Staryu and Psyduck from Misty. And when Staryu mistakenly sprayed Psyduck in the burning house was the highlight of the episode for me. It was cool to see it sweatdrop as well.
Funny how Ash was staunchly against borrowing Misty's Pokemon in episode 5 and then sudden now he was fine with using her Staryu and Psyduck. The guy makes no sense.
FullmetalJackie said:I liked that the competition served as a way of letting Squirtle leave the cast since Totodile was going to replace him as Ash's main Water Pokemon and so Squirtle's days were numbered.