EP102 : The Mystery Menace
Original series
EP104 : Bound For Trouble
Misty Meets Her Match
Yuzu Gym! Type Battle 3 VS 3!!
First broadcast
Japan July 1, 1999
United States September 9, 2000
English themes
Opening Pokémon World
Japanese themes
Opening ライバル!
Ending タイプ・ワイルド
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 栗本宏志 Hiroshi Kurimoto
Animation director 梶浦紳一郎 Shin'ichirō Kajiura
Additional credits

Misty Meets Her Match (Japanese: ユズジム!タイプバトル3VS3!! Yuzu Gym! Type Battle 3 VS 3!!) is the 103rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 1, 1999, and in the United States on September 9, 2000.

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


While on a ferry bound for Trovita Island, our heroes come across a young girl and her Seel drowning in a whirlpool. While Misty and her Staryu jump in the water and save them both, the young girl's brother watches the rescue through his binoculars and falls in love with Misty. It turns out that the brother also happens to be the Trovita Island Gym Leader that Ash is determined to beat! Before the battle can begin, Ash must pass the Gym Leader's "attack test" without letting his jealousy toward Misty's admirer get in the way!


Now aboard a ferry from Trovitopolis, Ash and his friends find that Trovita Island is surrounded by whirlpools and huge spiked rocks. Pikachu spots a little girl and a Seel caught in the strong current, crying for help. Ash and Misty send out Lapras and Staryu, respectively, before Misty swims down to rescue the girl. As the group works together to bring the girl over to the island, a young man observes and is impressed by Misty's actions.

While riding Lapras the rest of the way to Trovita Island, Ash and Misty ask the girl what she was doing out on the current. The girl, who introduces herself as Mahri, says that she and her Seel were playing when the current sucked them in. As Lapras and the ship both arrive, the young man, who later introduces himself as Rudy, arrives to embrace Mahri, who is revealed to be his sister, and thank Misty for rescuing her by offering flowers. Rudy hands Togepi to Ash, and then dances with Misty. He compliments her and asks if she could train the other Trainers at his Gym, leaving the group awestruck. When Ash challenges Rudy, he tells him that he needs to pass a small attack test first.

The group heads off to Rudy's speedboat, where Ash must knock down all of the targets. Ash is successful with Pikachu on the first target, but Rudy is too preoccupied with looking at Misty. Ash sends out Charizard next, but it shoots a Flamethrower that burns Misty. He quickly returns it, apologizes to Misty, and continues with Squirtle and Bulbasaur. He eventually passes the test. As night falls, Rudy schedules the three-round Gym battle for the next day, and tells Ash to pick three Pokémon types they'll use to battle each other with. Ash chooses Electric, Grass, and Water, after which Rudy invites Misty to join him and Mahri for dinner, leaving Ash, Pikachu, and Tracey alone. Ash calls Professor Oak on the telephone, and Oak wishes Ash luck in his match with Rudy. Tracey then butts in and shows Oak his latest Pokémon sketches, while Ash and Pikachu sit down to eat their dinner.

Meanwhile, Rudy, Mahri, and Misty finish an exquisite dinner. They then head down to the Gym to see Rudy's Pokémon working out by dancing to music as a way of improving their skills. Rudy and Misty get out on the dance floor, shortly followed by Mahri and Togepi. Rudy asks Misty if she would stay with him and Mahri forever. She stops dancing to think about it, while Rudy tells her to make her decision after the match tomorrow.

The next morning, Ash and Rudy prepare to battle each other on top of one of the island's huge spikes. The spectators, including Misty, Togepi, Tracey, and Mahri, watch from a hot-air balloon, while one of Rudy's friends provides commentary while riding a Pidgeot. As the match begins, Ash sends out Pikachu, and Rudy uses Electabuzz. Pikachu tries to take down Electabuzz with Thunderbolt and Quick Attack, but Electabuzz defeats Pikachu with Thunder Punch, giving the first victory to Rudy.

For the next round, Ash sends out Bulbasaur, while Rudy sends out Exeggutor. Exeggutor easily avoids Bulbasaur's Razor Leaf by dancing around to avoid the leaves, then knocks Bulbasaur down with an Egg Bomb. However, Ash quickly orders Bulbasaur to use Sleep Powder, which puts Exeggutor to sleep, but also causes it to fall off the cliff. Bulbasaur immediately manages to rescue Exeggutor with its vines.

For the third and final round, Ash sends out Squirtle, and Rudy sends out Starmie before dedicating the final victory to Misty. Squirtle and Starmie both attack each other with Water Guns, and Rudy quickly plays some music, causing Starmie to spin so much, it uses Thunderbolt to knock Squirtle into submission, leaving Ash horrified. After thinking over Rudy's offer, Misty yells at Ash to win since he can release Squirtle's hidden power. This causes Rudy to lose his concentration. Ash orders Squirtle to fight back; it escapes the Thunderbolt with another Water Gun, Withdraws inside its shell as it is about to fall off the cliff, and then learns Hydro Pump, releasing it from its shell to fly back onto the battlefield. Squirtle then uses its new attack and Skull Bash to defeat Starmie, giving the final victory to Ash.

As the sun sets, Ash receives his Spike Shell Badge from Rudy, who also offers Misty more flowers. Afterwards, the group boards Lapras and departs.

Major events

Ash holding the Spike Shell Badge
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?: Scyther (US and international), Seel (Japan)


Tracey's sketch of Elekid
  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Lecture: The Power of One. Professor Oak talks a little about the movie. He introduces Lawrence III, and then talks about the tablet containing the legend. However, he says he cannot read the tablet, and he then tells viewers to watch the movie.
  • The mystery Pokémon in Tracey's sketch that he was showing to Oak is Elekid. Tracey asks if it could be a new Pokémon and Oak laughingly disagrees. The Pikachu short Pikachu's Rescue Adventure, featuring the anime debut of Elekid, aired weeks later in Japan, but aired three months before in the United States. Rudy uses an Electabuzz during his battle against Ash. However, it was hinted in the previous episode's Oak lecture that Oak might have known about its existence, since he referred to it in the lecture about Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.
  • In the English dub, the song used by Rudy to train his Pokémon is Pokémon (Dance Mix). The same song is also played during Starmie and Squirtle's battle.
    • Additionally, the music to which Rudy and Misty dance when they first meet is a rendition of The Sea, the Surf theme from the Generation I handheld games.
  • This episode was partially adapted into the book The Four-Star Challenge.
  • The boat Ash, Misty, and Tracey arrive on at the start of the episode is marked PM-103, a reference to the original episode number.
  • The official blurb for this episode currently on Pokémon.com lists the blurb for the previous episode. However, previous versions of the site prior to the 2013 overhaul listed the correct blurb.
  • This episode was adapted into the sixteenth chapter of The Electric Tale of Pikachu under the title "You Bet Your Wife!". In the manga adaptation, Rudy proposed to Misty; in the episode itself, Rudy only asks Misty to stay with him. Misty is also against staying with Rudy from the beginning in the manga, and encouraged Ash to beat him in battle; in the episode, Misty considers Rudy's offer for a moment before cheering Ash on and choosing to stay with him.
  • This is the first Orange Islands episode whose English dub was released more than a year after the original Japanese release.
  • This is the only time Ash's Squirtle has achieved a victory in a Gym battle.
  • Similar to the Indigo Plateau Conference, sleep constituted to a Pokémon being ruled as defeated, though Exeggutor falling out of the ring could've also played a part in this.


  • When Ash is speaking to Mahri on Lapras after rescuing her, the lower jaw of Lapras is blue instead of cream.
    • This is seen again as the group is departing Trovita Island on the back of Lapras when they're waving goodbye to Rudy and Mahri.
  • When Tracey yells at Ash for choosing Charizard, Tracey is tanner than usual. He also looks this way after Team Rocket blasts off.
  • Rudy says that Ash must knock down all the targets during the attack test in order to battle him, but even though Charizard fails to hit a target, Ash still passes the test.
    • This may have been because Rudy was paying more attention to Misty than to Ash's test.
  • When Rudy's Starmie is knocked out, the point that droops down to symbolize its loss of power is colored gold like its middle part rather than purple.
  • While Team Rocket is shown spinning after Meowth's sneeze causes their Magikarp submarine to fall into the water, Jessie's boot isn't colored in.
  • When Squirtle uses Hydro Pump on Starmie, its stomach is discolored blue.
  • When Jessie commands James and Meowth to pedal faster, her animation twitches.
  • In some scenes, Misty's shorts are entirely colored dark-cyan.

Dub edits

  • Pikachu's Jukebox: Together Forever
  • Charizard Chills!, Pokémon Water War, and Pokémon Food Fight! were all aired before this episode in the U.S. This caused mass confusion to many American fans[citation needed], mainly regarding why, in the episode before, The Mystery Menace, the group was so close to arriving to Trovita Island and then, all of a sudden, Ash has his Badge and is heading off somewhere else without the episode in which he fought Rudy. When the saga came out on DVD, they were put in the correct order.
  • This episode aired after It's Mr. Mime Time and before Snow Way Out! on the Indian Disney XD, skipping Holiday Hi-Jynx.
  • In the dub, Rudy tells Ash that he is a "very lucky guy" at the end of the episode. When Ash asks what he means, Rudy tells him, "You'll find out someday." In the original Japanese version, Rudy simply tells Ash to take care of Misty, and calls him clueless when Ash doesn't understand.

In other languages

EP102 : The Mystery Menace
Original series
EP104 : Bound For Trouble
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