EP076 : Fire and Ice
Original series
EP078 : A Friend In Deed
The Fourth Round Rumble
Grass Field! Unexpected Rival!
First broadcast
Japan January 1, 1999
United States November 13, 1999
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending タイプ・ワイルド
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
Additional credits

The Fourth Round Rumble (Japanese: くさのフィールド!いがいなきょうてき! Grass Field! Unexpected Rival!) is the 77th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 1, 1999, and in the United States on November 13, 1999.

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


Ash's fourth battle on the Grass Field is against his toughest opponent yet! He battles Jeanette Fisher from Crimson City who brings a whole cheering section with her. Jeanette uses a powerful Scyther, which Ash has never battled before. Will his Bulbasaur be able whip Scyther's double team attack by using his reliable vine whip? To finish off the match, Jeanette brings out her Bellsprout which Ash feel is far inferior to his Pokémon. Once again, Ash lets his over-confidence take over.


Ash and his friends watch Gary's fourth round match on the Rock Field. They are shocked when Gary is abruptly defeated by a Trainer named Melissa, with his last Pokémon, Nidoking, being brought down by Melissa's Golem's Seismic Toss. This leaves Ash worried about his own chances during the fourth round, though Brock and Misty cheer him on. He later learns from Professor Oak that all of Pallet Town is cheering him on, which only makes him more nervous. Meanwhile, Team Rocket opens up a souvenir stand with the intent of luring in and stealing Pokémon from Trainers.

At the Grass Field, Ash starts his next match with Jeanette Fisher from Crimson City. He sends out Bulbasaur, and Jeanette uses Beedrill. The Bug-type Pokémon is about to hit Bulbasaur with Tackle, but Bulbasaur dodges it. Bulbasaur uses Razor Leaf, but Beedrill evades it and uses Twineedle, followed by Poison Sting. Bulbasaur dodges the attacks again before using Leech Seed, which instantly drains Beedrill's energy, allowing Bulbasaur to finish it off with Tackle. Jeanette then sends out her next Pokémon, Scyther. Bulbasaur keeps dodging Scyther's attacks, but Scyther uses Double Team to gain the advantage. Scyther gets in a few hits before Ash gets the idea to use Vine Whip on all the duplicates, so Bulbasaur will eventually hit the real one. The plan works, and Scyther is knocked out.

Outside the stadium, Team Rocket is using giant Pikachu dolls hanging from their balloon as distraction while planning to use a vacuum to suck away people's Poké Balls. However, their plan is foiled when a pair of Officer Jennys shoots down the balloon with Growlithe's Flamethrower and disables the vacuum. The trio escapes the two pursuing Jennys into the stadium, slipping on an empty Soda Pop can before hastily disguising themselves as snack sellers to avoid being caught.

Back at the battlefield, an unwavering Jeanette calls on her last Pokémon, a Bellsprout. Ash laughs and calls it weak as the Flower Pokémon wiggles its body in an odd manner. Bulbasaur uses Tackle, but Bellsprout evades the attack with ease. It then picks up Bulbasaur, repeatedly slams it into the ground, and knocks Bulbasaur out, shocking Ash. Brock realizes that Jeanette's Bellsprout must be exceptionally trained, or else it would not be used in a League battle. Ash sends out Pikachu, and he uses Thunder Shock, but Bellsprout dodges the attack and uses Razor Leaf. Pikachu dodges it and tries to use Thunderbolt, but Bellsprout's roots keep him grounded and immune to Electric attacks. Pikachu tries to punch and box-kick Bellsprout, but it slams him again and defeats him.

Down to his last Pokémon, Ash pauses for a second and then sends out his Muk, surprising his friends. Professor Oak explains that Ash had asked him to send him his Muk since he knew that Poison Pokémon are strong against Grass Pokémon. Misty is pleasantly surprised to hear that Ash used his head and thought ahead, for once. Muk is able to absorb Bellsprout's Slam and Razor Leaf attacks with ease, then uses a Body Slam. Its weight smothers Bellsprout, who soon faints. Ash wins the battle, and has now cleared all four preliminary fields to advance through to the next round of competition.

Major events

  • Gary is revealed to have made it to the fourth round.
  • Gary is defeated by Melissa in his fourth round battle, placing him in the Top 32.
  • Gary heads back to Pallet Town.
  • Ash uses his Muk in battle for the first time.
  • Ash's Muk is revealed to know Body Slam.
  • Ash defeats Jeanette Fisher in his fourth and final preliminary round match, securing him a place in the Indigo Stadium.
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Bellsprout (US and international), Beedrill (Japan)



Professor Oak's eyebrows
  • Double Team and Vine Whip in the blurb are both lowercase.
  • In one shot, Professor Oak's eyebrows change to large and gray.
  • Jeanette's Beedrill used Tackle, which Beedrill cannot legally learn in the games.
  • When the screen pans horizontally across the central flame, the stadium shifts repeatedly.
  • Just after Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on Bellsprout, the zigzag mark is missing from under one of Ash's eyes.
  • In the English dub:
    • In some airings of the episode, for a split-second during the cut between the commercial break and the first half of the "Who's That Pokémon?" segment, the first quarter second of the Japanese "Dare Da?" segment can be seen. Though mostly obscured by the dub's whiteout transition effect, one can clearly make out the Japanese "Pocket Monster" logo in the lower right-hand corner.
    • After Jeanette commands her Scyther to use Slash, the next command is a dubbing error. In the dub, Scyther uses Quick Attack. In the original Japanese version, it was Swift.
    • When Officer Jenny commands her Growlithe to use Flamethrower, she incorrectly refers to it as Arcanine in the dub, and its cry is also identical to the Arcanine in the previous episode. This error is corrected in Castilian Spanish dub.
  • In the Polish dub, the title incorrectly mentions the fifth round instead of the fourth one.

Dub edits

  • Pikachu's Jukebox: Viridian City
  • When Gary loses and bids farewell to Ash in the original, he talks about not being smiled upon by the goddess of fortune and that his girls' tears are the only award he needs. In the dub, he talks about being distracted by their cheering but reassures them they will get over it.
  • Ash asks Pikachu if they should drop out in the dub, but in the original version, he simply wonders if he can win.
  • In the dub, Misty says that she doesn't know whether it was more surprising for her that Ash chose to use Muk or the fact that he thought ahead, while in the Japanese version, she says that she had thought that Ash was an idiot and commends him on having a strategy.
  • In the dub, Bellsprout's first attack against Muk is an improvised attack called "Vine Left Kick". In the original version, Jeanette just tells Bellsprout to make the first attack.
  • Team Rocket concludes the episode with a fast food-themed version of their motto in the dub. In the original, the motto is unchanged until the last two lines.

In other languages

EP076 : Fire and Ice
Original series
EP078 : A Friend In Deed
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