BW089 : Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
BW091 : Battling Authority Once Again!
Jostling for the Junior Cup!
BW090   EP747
The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Kairyu VS Tunbear!!
First broadcast
Japan August 2, 2012
United States December 1, 2012
English themes
Opening Rival Destinies
Japanese themes
Opening やじるしになって!
Ending みてみて☆こっちっち
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Assistant director 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Animation director 篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara
No additional credits are available at this time.

Jostling for the Junior Cup! (Japanese: ジュニアカップ開幕!カイリューVSツンベアー!! The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Kairyu VS Tunbear!!) is the 90th episode of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and the 747th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 2, 2012 and in the United States on December 1, 2012.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


The Lacunosa Town Tournament Stadium is buzzing with excitement, as the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup gets under way! With commentary from Freddy The Scoop and Champion Alder, the tournament begins with an exhibition match between Cynthia, the Sinnoh League Champion, and Caitlin, a member of the Unova Elite Four. These two top Trainers show their stuff with an elegant and beautiful battle between Caitlin’s Gothitelle and Cynthia’s Garchomp, which ends in a draw when time is called.

Then it’s time for Round One! Ash’s rival Trip is paired up against the Pokémon Connaisseuse Burgundy, who only wants to battle her old nemesis Cilan. But Trip’s Serperior manages to take down her Darmanitan in a flash—despite the type disadvantage. Burgundy is furious, but Trip is quietly confident that he’ll win the whole tournament and go on to prove his strength by beating Alder.

Cilan, Ash, and Dawn defeat their first-round opponents as well—and then, in the last battle of the round, it’s Iris and her new Dragonite versus “Dragon Buster” Georgia and her Beartic! This is Dragonite’s first battle with Iris, and it’s clear they’re not connecting: Dragonite repeatedly ignores Iris’s orders to dodge, instead standing its ground as Beartic lands hit after hit. When Beartic’s supereffective Ice Beam freezes Dragonite solid, Iris has had enough, and screams at her headstrong Pokémon to pay attention and get serious. In response, Dragonite breaks free of the ice and—without a command from Iris—launches a powerful Thunder Punch at Beartic, knocking it out! Georgia insists that she lost to Dragonite and not to Iris, but Iris is thrilled about defeating her rival anyway.

Alder declares the day’s battles a success, the crowd erupts in excitement, and Round Two awaits!


Ash, Iris, Dawn, and Cilan enter Lacunosa Town for the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. Meloetta is with them to cheer them on. When two young men rushing to get good seats run into it and Ash, however, Meloetta is scared off. Cilan tells them that the opening ceremony is about to start and the friends head toward the dome, noticing a temporary Pokémon Center on the way in. Ash hears a familiar voice, and turns to see Alder talking to Cynthia and trying to get her to eat lunch with him. They are interrupted by Trip, who is determined to win the tournament to face off and defeat Alder.

As Trip, Cynthia, and Alder all leave to enter the dome, Georgia, Iris's rival, appears behind the friends and she and Iris exchange insults about each others' hair and talents as Trainers before Georgia leaves, promising to defeat Iris. Cilan starts to lead the way in, but is interrupted as Burgundy, a rival of his, appears, also promising to win and telling Dawn to watch out around Cilan.

The tournament opens with all of the 16 participants standing in line together as Freddy O'Martian and Alder make announcements. They start it with a ten-minute exhibition match between Unova Elite Four member Caitlin and Sinnoh League Champion Cynthia. Cynthia sends out Garchomp and Caitlin sends out her Gothitelle. The two battle, and when Garchomp's Draco Meteor and Gothitelle's Thunderbolt collide it sets off a fireworks-like display in the arena, impressing Dawn who tells Piplup to watch closely as this can help them in their future Contest Battles. Before either Pokémon can gain the upper hand, however, the timer runs out and the exhibition battle is declared to be a draw.

The first round matches are announced: Trip versus Burgundy, Manning versus Kenton, Shepherd versus Cilan, Horatio versus Simeon, Marris versus Ash, Geraldo versus Cassie, Ramone versus Dawn, and Georgia versus Iris. Meloetta appears after the matches are announced to cheer Ash and his friends on. The first battle pits Trip and his newly evolved Serperior versus Burgundy and her brand new Darmanitan. Serperior uses Leer to lower Darmanitan's defense and uses a match-winning SolarBeam. When the smoke clears, Darmanitan is no longer able to battle and Trip is victorious.

The other battles are briefly shown, with Manning, Cilan, Horatio, Ash, Geraldo, and Dawn winning before Georgia and Iris face off. Geogia uses Beartic to exploit Dragonite's weakness to ice and starts the battle with Hidden Power. Dragonite ignores Iris's orders to dodge the attack, instead batting it away. Dragonite refuses to dodge any of Beartic attacks, including an Ice Beam, and appears to be losing as he is also too stubborn to use type-effective attacks. Dragonite finally wins by knocking Beartic out with a Thunder Punch, and Iris wins the match. Georgia approaches Iris and tells her that it was Dragonite that won, not her, as the Pokémon had refused to listen.

Freddy and Alder conclude the day's events with a quick announcement, and Trip glares at Alder with determination.

Major events

Trainers who advanced to Round Two
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.



Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Garchomp



  • When Iris notices that Nurse Joy and Audino are at the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup as well, Audino's tail is colored pink instead of white.
  • When Cilan tells everyone to hurry, Cilan's eyes have sclerae.
  • When Dawn's Piplup defeated Ramone's Stoutland, Stoutland's face when it fainted is colored the same way as its cream fur near its mustache.
  • When Iris sends out Dragonite, Dragonite's antennae are orange instead of cream.

Dub edits

  • On the UK BBC IPlayer/CBBC print of the episode, Georgia and Iris's snarks about each other's hair is edited out. As such, when Iris discovers Georgia, her “Funny!” remark from when Iris insults her is used in place of “A big head with big hair”.

In other languages

BW089 : Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
BW091 : Battling Authority Once Again!
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