| Fight for the Light!
Radiance Lighthouse! Battle at Asagi City!!
|| July 26, 2001
| United States
|| September 7, 2002
Fight for the Light! (Japanese: かがやきのとうだい！アサギシティのたたかい！！ Radiance Lighthouse! Battle at Asagi City!!), is the 208th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 26, 2001 and in the United States on September 7, 2002.
Our heroes reach Olivine City and make a beeline for the Gym, where Gym Leader Jasmine accepts Ash's challenge. Jasmine sends out a gleaming Onix that easily defeats Ash's Totodile, even though Onix should be vulnerable to Totodile's Water-type attacks. But then the real Jasmine enters the room—the "Jasmine" that Ash battled is really Janina, Jasmine's apprentice! And as Janina later reveals to Jasmine, she coated her Onix in waterproof wax, a misguided cheat that earns Janina a time-out from the Gym.
Jasmine herself is too worried about "Sparkle" to deal with a Gym challenge. This leaves Ash to wander the city, wondering what to do next. He runs into Janina, who apologizes to him and says that Jasmine is at the Shining Lighthouse on the wharf; since Ash wants to ask Jasmine when she'll be ready for a battle, he heads there right away. Inside the lighthouse are Jasmine, her grandpa Myron, and Jasmine's Ampharos, Sparkle, who provides the light for the lighthouse. Sparkle isn't feeling well and Janina's still on a time-out, so it's up to Ash and the gang to pick up Sparkle's medicine from Cianwood City.
Before they can leave, Team Rocket attacks the lighthouse, catching Sparkle and Brock in a cage. Janina sees the commotion and comes to the rescue; without the wax coating, Onix can't pursue Team Rocket across the water, but it can certainly snag the cage and halt Team Rocket's getaway. Janina climbs up Onix to free Brock and Ampharos, then orders Onix to send Team Rocket for a loop. Janina is now back in Jasmine's good graces, and she gladly accompanies our heroes to Cianwood City!
Ash and his friends have finally reached Olivine City, and he is off to the Gym right away, and neither Brock or Misty follow right behind. Team Rocket spies on them using trash cans as a disguise, but Jessie is blinded by a gleaming light coming from a humongous building. Thinking that it is an office building, the three of them run towards the building in hopes of getting jobs and making lots of money. However, two guards block the entrance and ask for Badges. James shows a collection book, but the guards say Gym Badges are needed. They have unknowingly stumbled onto the Battle Tower.
Ash reaches the Gym and enters it, hoping to just breeze though this battle. When he approaches the Trainer box, a girl comes out, claiming herself to be the leader, Jasmine. Ash seems to believe her and challenges "Jasmine" to a fight. "Jasmine" calls out an Onix which seems to be coated with something. On impulse, Ash calls out Totodile to make short work of this. Ash commands Totodile to use Water Gun. The attack is effective at first but somehow, the Onix breaks through and Tackles Totodile down in one shot, knocking it out. Ash sends out Pikachu and Pikachu does Quick Attack but the real Jasmine stops them. The girl is her apprentice, Janina, and Janina explains that she used a lot of sealing wax on Onix, making it impervious to water. Jasmine isn't all too agreeable on that part and tells Janina to scrub it off. Ash challenges Jasmine but it seems that she has some other things to do.
Ash and the gang sit out in a park talking about what they should do now until then. They spot Janina scrubbing her Onix in a sandbox, and she explains explains that Jasmine has been up to something at the Shining Lighthouse, which is why she's busy all the time. Ash decides they should go check it out.
They get to the lighthouse and upon reaching the top, they find Jasmine, her grandfather Myron, and an Ampharos that seems to be ill. Grandpa Myron explains that this Ampharos is the source of light for the lighthouse because its tail creates quite a glow. The Shining Lighthouse used to be the main lighthouse, but another lighthouse took over. He says that he ordered a cure from someone at Cianwood City, but neither he nor Jasmine has any time to get it. Ash tells them that he'll go get the medicine.
Team Rocket spys from the outside glass and set their sights on the Ampharos. Jasmine spots them and they quickly get into their blimp and launch a bomb that seems to go towards them but goes straight up and then down. After it lands, Weezing pops out and uses SmokeScreen. Brock gets Ampharos and carries it downstairs to escape. Just as he gets towards the entrance, a cage forms up on Brock and then is trailed off by Team Rocket. Brock tries to kick his way out, but no luck.
Meanwhile, Janina is walking along the port and sees the smoke from the lighthouse. She catches up with the others and she insists on helping. She gets on Onix and commences to attack, but Jessie sends out Arbok and Arbok uses Poison Sting. Onix deflects the pins, shielding Janina. Soon, Team Rocket zips out towards the ocean since Onix can't be in water. Onix gives chase but soon stops at the end of a pier. Then Janina gets a good idea and hops off Onix and then Onix bites onto a tsunami barrier (the large concrete jacks). Onix swings its tail and latches onto Arbok, stretching it. Team Rocket tries to get away but Onix pulls harder than the balloon can get away (which puts Arbok in an even worse state). Soon, Janina grabs a chipped off piece of rock and climbs up to the cage. She gives the cage a few hits and the lock breaks open, freeing Brock. When they get down, Janina says Pikachu can use any electrical attack, Onix isn't going to be affected. Ash has Pikachu do Thunderbolt which gives Team Rocket a shock and then Onix tosses them out into the sky.
Jasmine is actually quite impressed with Janina and gives her another shot and asks of her a favor: to go get the medicine from Cianwood City. Grandpa Myron add that there is a Gym in Cianwood. Excited, Ash and his friend, along with Janina, go onto the boat headed for Cianwood.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- This episode's dub title is a reference to the saying, "fight for the right". It shares this trait with a later episode.
- This episode marks the first animated appearance of a Battle Tower, which was first introduced in Pokémon Crystal.
- The orange pattern on Myron's shirt changes throughout the episode.
- Jasmine's Ampharos was called "Sparkle" in the dubbed version while its original name in the games was "Amphy".
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