The Evolution Solution
Ah, my favorite episode in all of Kanto is also one of
the funniest. The situation at the beginning was funny, what with Brock and
Misty getting invited to the Seafoam Islands with Delia and her friends,
while Ash had to stay home and train for the Pokemon League. Then Ash found
Prof. Oak trying to figure out why Slowpoke evolve into Slowbro and got "an
excellent excuse...uh, I mean reason" (as the narrator put it) to join his
friends in the Seafoam Islands, so they could meet Prof. Westwood and see
if he could figure out the problem. Seeing Brock and Misty try their
hand at windsurfing was cool. I liked their little conversation:
Brock: "Ash, you're supposed to be training!"
Misty: "I knew he'd goof off if we left him."
Ash: "I came here to do some special training!"
Misty: "Did he say training or tanning?...Aaaaahhh!" (then she fell in
Professor Westwood has got to be one of the funniest characters in the history
of the Pokemon anime. He got some great quotes in this episode.
"Ah, Professor is much too formal, my friends and associates all call
me Westwood the Fifth."
Misty: "Togepi sure is cute, isn't it?"
Westwood: "Yeah, and I'm updating all my research materials about the rarest
Brock: "I'm into legendary Pokemon, Westwood 5, you must have tons of information
Westwood: "Only what I've created myself because I'm not convinced most of
them exist. Right now I'm working on a fictional account of the subject."
Misty: "You mean you're making stuff up?"
Westwood: "Aaaahh! Well I guess you could say I'm making stuff up, I suppose....Forgive
me, Westwood the First, the Second, the Third, the Fourth, the Fifth!...I
forgot, that one's me!"
Ash: "He's a little...eccentric..."
Brock: "I think it's probably hereditary, he must have gotten it from Westwoods
One through Four."
After that, we saw Slowpoke introduced through Ash's Pokedex as "the Dopey
Misty: "It's not very nice to call Slowpoke 'dopey'. Is that what you
called it, Westwood the Fifth?"
Westwood: "Eh, maybe one of my assistants wrote that particular entry. But
'dopey' does sound like an accurate technical description of Slowpoke's mental
Seeing Psyduck and Slowpoke interact, and the inevitable jokes to follow,
were funny too. Then the scene cut to Team Rocket on the beach and we get
to hear about what happened right after their HQ was destroyed. I thought
James' quote was funny:
"First the boss has us swabbing the deck of his yacht, and now he's got
us digging for clams like a couple of clam diggers!"
Then Meowth said to "keep digging till you hit China" when he was yelling
at J&J, what's up with that? A rare reference to a real-world location
in the Pokemon anime. Oh well... This episode also marked what I think was
the first time Team Rocket did a dramatic Pokeball toss and said "I
choose you!" when calling out a Pokemon (like Ash does), as evidenced when
Jessie: "You're acting like that twerp."
James: "I just wanted to be in his goody-two-shoes!"
Weezing KOed Shellder with just a Tackle (kinda) and a Haze? Weird and lame,
but oh well. Funny how Jessie stepped in and caught Shellder after James
had battled it. Watching how Meowth dealt with his jealousy of Giovanni's
Persian was cute as well, namely that scene with the milk and straw. The
"Team Rockedex" was funny, as was Westwood's quote when he realized what
might happen, but wasn't going to:
"Oh no! They have some nefarious plot to kidnap me and make me their slave!
They want my superior intellect to help rule the planet! Please, the First,
the Second, the Third, the Fourth, the Fifth, you gotta help me, save me
for the sake of the Westwoods!...Oh I forgot again, that's me."
Later when Psyduck was trying to battle TR, Shellder clamped onto its tail
and Ash said, "It's gonna be a Psybro!" Funny stuff. But why was Weezing
intentionally bumping Psyduck on the head instead of doing a real attack?
Odd, but we all know what comes next right? Shellder clamped onto Psyduck's
head, increasing its headache, Psyduck used Disable and then Confusion, blasting
off TR...kind of. Then Slowpoke tripped and Shellder ended up clamping onto
its tail anyway, making it evolve into Slowbro. But TR wasn't completely
blasted off so they charged back to get Slowbro. During the next scene with
Slowpoke having forgotten Mega Punch, it was revealed that Amnesia works
differently in the anime than in the games, interesting. Slowbro's Mega Punch
was cool too. And the explanation given as to why Shellder changes when Slowbro
evolves, and why they link together in the first place, was well done. The
scene at the end was funny too with Psyduck wanting to say goodbye to Slowbro
but taking forever to do it.
A great episode overall. A couple of very minor flaws but the funny scenes
and quotes more than make up for them in my opinion. And it had the sole
appearance of Professor Westwood, who really deserves a return.