| Good 'Quil Hunting
Hinoarashi! Catch It!!
|| March 30, 2000
| United States
|| March 3, 2001
|| Team Ota
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 香川久 Hisashi Kagawa
| Additional credits
Good 'Quil Hunting (Japanese: ヒノアラシ！ゲットだぜ！！ Hinoarashi! Catch It!!) is the 141st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on March 30, 2000 and in the United States on March 3, 2001.
With Charizard gone and no fire Pokémon to call his own, Ash is overjoyed to come across a Cyndaquil in the wild. Before Ash captures the little Pokémon, though, he'll have to face another Trainer with similar designs.
Ash and his friends find themselves lost in a forest on their way to Azalea Town. Brock thinks there must be something wrong with the map but Ash says all they need to do is keep going through the forest until they reach the road again. A kid with purple hair comes up to them and asks if they have seen any Cyndaquil around. This interests Ash who looks around excitedly. Ash starts looking through bushes and the kid threatens him to leave any Cyndaquil he finds alone. Brock and Misty tell him he can't tell Ash to leave them alone and if he finds one he has the right to catch it. In the meantime Ash and Pikachu have ran off in search of Cyndaquil. Team Rocket set their sights on Brock and Misty, believing Ash and Pikachu are with them. Jessie and James start talking about all the menial jobs they took to raise money for the new equipment they bought to build a new machine. Jessie is shown working fast food and James is at a construction job. Team Rocket starts their motto when they reach Brock and Misty but stop when they realize Ash and Pikachu aren't with them.
Team Rocket spots Ash and Pikachu in the woods and goes after them, springing along using their new Meowth mecha. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt but the mecha absorbs it and Team Rocket uses the energy to fire their "bubblegum bombs". Ash runs and manages to dive into the woods for cover. The mecha finds Ash with its "eye beam" and targets him so James can fire another bubblegum bomb. It misses and they trip over a tree root. Ash and Pikachu emerge from the forest and come across a series of small caves along a wall of rock. A Cyndaquil pops out of one of the caves. Ash gets out his Pokédex and then starts to climb up to the cave. The purple haired boy from before sees Ash climbing up to the Cyndaquil so he commands his Sandslash to use Sand-Attack. Sand flies into Ash's face and he slips and falls back to the ground. Cyndaquil runs back into the cave it came from and the kid runs after him. As Ash attempts to follow, Team Rocket shows up, but Ash says that he has no time for them and dashes after the Cyndaquil and the other kid. When Ash enters the cave he sees several small holes where Cyndaquil could have gone. He then sees Cyndaquil run past him but before he can go after it he is tripped by Sandslash.
Team Rocket aims a "putty ball" into the cave to try to run Ash out. The ball heads straight toward him and he runs to avoid it. Meanwhile the purple haired boy has Cyndaquil up against a wall and is trying to battle with it. His Sandslash uses Poison Sting but before it can hit Ash grabs Cyndaquil while still running from the putty ball. The putty ball hits the kid and then goes after Ash again. Ash is blasted out of the cave and confronted by Team Rocket. Finally they are able to trap Ash and Pikachu with a bubblegum bomb. Ash lets Cyndaquil free and tells it to run before it gets hurt, but Cyndaquil doesn't move and Team Rocket attempts to trap it. Before the giant Meowth can make its move Cyndaquil uses Flamethrower, destroying Team Rocket's mecha. Pikachu frees itself and Ash with Thunderbolt and Ash throws a Poké Ball at Cyndaquil so it doesn't get hurt by the explosion just as Team Rocket blasts off.
Ash discovers he has caught Cyndaquil as Brock and Misty show up. The purple haired kid comes out of the cave wanting to catch Cyndaquil, but when he realizes that he was beaten to it he challenges Ash to a battle to see who gets Cyndaquil. Brock remarks that Ash already caught Cyndaquil so he doesn't have to battle for him but Ash accepts the challenge despite Brock's wise words. He even uses his new Cyndaquil in the battle, confident that it will use its powerful Flamethrower attack again. Cyndaquil does nothing in battle besides dodging Sandslash's attacks. Ash is impressed with Cyndaquil's defense skills which wear Sandslash out. Sandslash recovers and uses Swift, which Ash tells Cyndaquil to counter with Flamethrower. Cyndaquil's Flamethrower attack fails. Cyndaquil continues to dodge attacks but is finally knocked back into a tree. It quickly recovers and causes Sandslash to get stuck then finally finishes the battle with Tackle. Angered, the kid gets out a bug net and tries to steal Cyndaquil. The flames on Cyndaquil's back rise up and it lets out an impressive Flamethrower. Ash embraces Cyndaquil and declares that he has caught a new Pokémon! The episode ends with Team Rocket looking up at the stars, stuck with yet another construction job.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
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