| Doin' What Comes Natu-rally
Naty Fortune Teller! The Mystery of Telling the Future!!
|| June 7, 2001
| United States
|| May 18, 2002
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 横田和 Kazu Yokota
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
| Additional credits
Doin' What Comes Natu-rally (Japanese: ネイティうらない！みらいよちのしんぴ！！ Naty Fortune Teller! The Mystery of Telling the Future!!), is the 201st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on June 7, 2001 and in the United States on May 18, 2002.
When our heroes stumble upon a one-day street performance, they get to see all types of Pokémon with unique skills. Anxious to know the future, Misty volunteers to have her fortune read by Natu. A young boy named McKenzie and his Pokémon, Natu begin the reading but make several mistakes. Embarrassed, McKenzie runs away with Natu before Misty's future is revealed. The gang follows McKenzie and suggests he wear a mask during his performances to help boost his confidence. Misty explains if he wears the mask no one will know who he is. McKenzie's father likes the idea too, believing the mask will lend an exciting element to the performance. When McKenzie returns to the stage, will he and Natu be able to remember the routine and use Natu's Future Sight to tell patron's fortunes?
Again, during their trip to the next town, Ash and his friends become hungry as usual. However they spot a boy talking behind some grass. They go over to see who it might be, but the boy gets scared off his pants. He's holding a Natu in his arms as well. Ash gets the data for Natu, but the boy seems to call the Natu "Naughty". Ash wonders why he calls Natu that but Misty says it's a nickname. The boy runs off afterwards, without saying anything.
The gang comes across a small town with a festival going on. They go look around to see whats happening. A few sides shows go on: Machoke that can break through chains, an Exeggutor who can make real goofy faces, a Cubone that can juggle. They come upon another exhibit, the fortune-telling Natu. A man is there holding up a Natu explaining its fortune-telling abilities. A little girl tries it out, she gives Natu a token, then the Natu goes: over to a pool of water and dips his wings in it; flies and hops across three rocks in a triangle; then heads over to a bell hanging over a box, the Natu rings the bell, slips the token in the box, and uses Future Sight to draw out a fortune. It says that the girl will excel in music, she shows it off to her mom. As usual, Jessie, James, and Meowth are spying on them, however they get a better plan. Since this is a Pokémon show exhibition, why not swipe the Pokémon? Misty tries it but the boy who was in the field steps up to do it. He seems nervous though, his father constantly reminding him his lines. When it's time for the fortune-telling moves, he skips the part where Misty is supposed to give Naughty the token. He runs off again in embarrassment.
The gang follows him to a park, where they scare him once again. They introduce themselves, the boy introducing himself as McKenzie. He explains that he can't seem to do the fortune-telling act because he's nervous. Misty suggests a mask might help. So McKenzie practices the act (wearing a Wooper mask), things going smoothly until... Naughty's telekinesis isn't powerful enough. Ash wants to battle it, obviously, to help Naughty become stronger. However McKenzie's father comes by and tells Isashu that he should just get on with the act.
Later on, James encounters the Magikarp salesman. James almost falls for the trick again until he gets a relapse and knows it's him. The salesman runs off, James trying to pursuit until Jessie stops him.
McKenzie tries the act again, with the mask on. When McKenzie calls for Naughty, Naughty is nowhere to be seen. He looks around, Naughty is clinging on McKenzie back. Everyone starts to laugh but McKenzie seems not to get it. (either this was a part of the act, or just another error) The Team Rocket balloon is seen in the distance, then a bomb drops by causing a distraction. They say their motto while stealing all the Pokémon, including Naughty... but not Pikachu.
James and Meowth talk about what to do with their catch, Jessie stamping their prints on some legal papers. Jessie says it's a claim so they can use them for show business. That's until Machoke breaks free of its ropes and runs off. The folk from the festival and the gang search out for the lost Pokémon. Machoke meets up with them and tells them where they are. However they are too late and Team Rocket flees with all the Pokémon in a net hanging from the bottom. Ash calls out Bayleef to use Razor Leaf to cut the net. She does so and is successful. Every Pokémon reuniting with their owners, except Naughty. McKenzie gets worried because Team Rocket is still going away. Ash tells Bayleef to use another volley of Razor Leaf and she does so, hitting the balloon. They land in a school and the gang reaches there along with McKenzie. The schoolkids and a teacher comes out, but all they can do is watch. James sends out Victreebel and Jessie sends out Arbok. Ash uses Bayleef against Victreebel and KOs it with one Razor Leaf. McKenzie has Naughty use Confuse Ray on Arbok, and Arbok starts to head to Jessie and James. Bayleef just kicks the unconscious Victreebel to get them tangled up, Pikachu finishing with Thunderbolt.
Afterward, McKenzie think that Naughty might be able to do this fortune-telling thing now, after all he did battle. So he does a practice run with the kids at the school. Everything goes smoothly and Naughty successfully draws out the fortune with his telekinesis! McKenzie thanks Ash and them for their kindness and Ash and friends sets off to the next area up ahead.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- The English name of this episode is a pun of the phrase "doing what comes naturally".
- The outfits that the female students at the school are wearing change from green to pink multiple times.
- The original airing of this episode on Hungama TV in India started the episode directly from the title card, skipping the part of the episode that comes before it.
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