BW023 (unaired)

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BW022 : A Venipede Stampede!
Best Wishes series
BW024 (unaired)
Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan! (Part 1)
First broadcast
Japan Skipped
United States Skipped
English themes
Opening Black and White
Japanese themes
Opening ベストウイッシュ!
Ending 心のファンファーレ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Assistant director 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Animation director 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
No additional credits are available at this time.

(Japanese: ロケット団VSプラズマ団!(前編) Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan! (Part 1)) was intended to be the 23rd episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 680th episode of the Pokémon anime.

This episode was originally scheduled to air in Japan on March 17, 2011, but was postponed, along with the original BW024, indefinitely due to similarities to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. As of Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, its events have been removed from continuity. Despite this, TVTokyo has said it will someday air, but only once an airdate that does not interrupt the schedule of the current series has been selected.[citation needed]

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Giovanni arrives in Unova to oversee the collection of the Meteonite from the Relic Castle in the Desert Resort. Meanwhile, Ash, Iris and Cilan travel to the Desert Resort with Professor Juniper and Officer Jenny to investigate why a swarm of Venipede attacked Castelia City in the previous episode. However, their helicopter is shot down by a Liepard owned by three members of a mysterious organization, who also express interest in the Meteonite and want to obtain it for their own mysterious purposes. Sensing danger, Officer Jenny tells Ash's group to make their way back to Castelia City, but they get sidetracked by a persistent nemesis looking to settle things with Pikachu, the battle leaving Pikachu in a bad state.

After collecting the Meteonite, Giovanni and the rest of Team Rocket return to Castelia City and crash a masquerade party held for the most elite people of Unova. Looker appears, picks up Ash's group along with Juniper and Jenny and helps them infiltrate the party, at which Giovanni is set to demonstrate the Meteonite's power to the guests and ransom total control of the Unova region. However, the Meteonite's active energy causes Pikachu to fall ill and lose control of it's own electric power.

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BW022 : A Venipede Stampede!
Best Wishes series
BW024 (unaired)
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