Pretty good episode, love the double entendre in the title.
The battles were really fun to watch -- how could you not
see Ash and Misty battle each other? -- but a little too simplified. The
battles in the previous episode
least a bit more strategic. Nice to see Ash's Kingler again, and its Crabhammer
was ultra-cool, but I don't know how Ash could've "forgot" about how Psyduck's
Psychic abilities are activated when it gets a headache. Misty's battle against
Trinity was cool too. Too bad for the dub mistake when Brock explained how
Mirror Coat works though. He said it "only works against Water attacks" when
he should have said it "only works against special
attacks", as proven
a minute later when Corsola successfully Mirror Coated a Spark from Trinity's
Chinchou. They did get it right though when Brock explained that a Pokemon
still takes damage when using Mirror Coat.
Team Rocket was funny in this episode too, with James complaining about getting
cramps from standing in the same position for so long, and Jessie hesitating
about the plan. Jessie's Wobbuffet fishing lure was funny, especially since
Wobby seems to be her least favorite of her two Pokemon. The quadruple Water
Gun used to blast them off (from the competitors' Feraligatr and Golduck,
as well as Misty's Poliwhirl and Ash's Totodile) was cool. Pikachu's Thunderbolt
was pretty much overkill after that, since TR had "blasted off already",
but it was funny.
I never much liked Maya's voice, to me her VA sounds inexperienced; as if
she's just reading her lines instead of acting them. But the scene where
she thanked Ash and Misty for their help was funny, because after she did
Brock: (jumps over to Maya) Oh, it was nothing!
Misty: (pulls Brock away by the ear) And that's just what you did, nothing.