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A Corsola Caper!

OK, that was an extremely lame, unimaginative title, especially for the good episode it turned out to be. We've already had "The Kecleon Caper" so what's up with this title? Anyway...  This episode really showed the strength of Ash's Bulbasaur and Bayleef, as they were able to, on their own strength, hold onto that floating house with their vines, yet keep themselves anchored to the boat in order to pull it away from the whirlpools. Speaking of the boat, I thought it was an interesting touch of realism to have Brock piloting it, since he's the oldest. And he seemed to know what he was doing too...has he driven boats before? Interesting fanfic possibilities for Brock's past here. But I digress. At first glance, this might seem like a standard filler episode, but several things improve its quality. The aforementioned rescue, for one, was well done. And Misty kept getting too excited about catching her own Corsola that she twice forgot about their real mission, to help the family find their lost group of Corsola. Because of that, Brock got to drag Misty away by the ear, not once, but twice! I'm sure he enjoyed that little turn of events. That alone made the episode worth watching, since it was just so ironically funny. Seeing Ash and Misty team up to battle Team Rocket was cool, they do that a few times at and around the beginning of Master Quest but then it kinda fades from the spotlight, which is too bad. Misty's Staryu got some good screen time in this episode with some strong battling, despite having the type disadvantage. Misty's battle with Corsola at the end was great too, the animators really made her Poliwhirl look strong.

Lame title, standard Team Rocket stuff, but the rest was great.

Geodude's rating: 8 out of 10