JN142 : The Same Moon, Now and Forever!
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
JN144 : Getting to the Heart of it All!
Ride, Lapras, Ride!
JN143   EP1228
Riding on Laplace♪
First broadcast
Japan February 24, 2023
United States September 8, 2023
English themes
Opening Gotta Catch Em All
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター -with my friends-
Ending ラプラスにのって
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 齋藤徳明 Noriaki Saitō
Assistant director 向山鶴美 Tazumi Mukaiyama
Animation director 岡昭彦 Akihiko Oka
Additional credits

Ride, Lapras, Ride! (Japanese: ラプラスにのって♪ Riding on Laplace) is the seventh episode of Pokémon: To Be a Pokémon Master, the 143rd episode of Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and the 1,228th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 24, 2023, in Canada on June 24, 2023, in South Africa on July 4, 2023, and in the United States on September 8, 2023.

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


Ash, Pikachu, Misty, and Brock are watching Wailmer when they see a Lapras speeding toward them from across the sea. It’s Ash’s friend Lapras from his journey in the Orange Islands! Lapras leads them to a cavernous island where a Wailmer is stuck in a hole. Our heroes free Wailmer, but it’s so happy that it bounces back into a hole and evolves into Wailord. Now it’s really stuck! With Team Rocket’s help, everyone gets Wailord out, but Ash becomes trapped inside a cave. The water is rising, but Lapras and Wailord make an escape tunnel. Grateful, Ash once again says farewell to Lapras as it returns to its group.


Ash reuniting with Lapras

Ash and his friends are watching some Wailmer bouncing on a beach when a distressed Lapras approaches them. Almost immediately, Ash recognizes this Lapras as the same one that he met back at the Orange Islands. He and Lapras share a happy embrace before Lapras motions him and his friends to come with it. As such, the group boards Lapras, who leads them and the Wailmer from the beach to a small rocky island filled with holes and caves. The reason behind Lapras's distressed state is soon made clear as the group spots a Wailmer stuck in a hole, having apparently gotten stuck in it after bouncing too high. Ash promises Wailmer to help it, with an invisible Latias arriving to observe the scene. Unnoticed by the group, the periscope of Team Rocket's Magikarp submarine surfaces nearby and spies on all the Water-type Pokémon gathered on and around the island, the trio planning to nab them and Pikachu.

After failing to get Wailmer unstuck by hand, Ash calls out Kingler and Sirfetch'd to help Pikachu smash the rocks around Wailmer. However, the rock the island is made of proves too hard to break, with Wailmer's bouncy body sending everyone flying back. Ash lands in a cave, but gets out easily with Heracross's help. Misty is the next one to offer a solution, suggesting she and Ash try to pull Wailmer out with their fishing rods. Ash approves the idea and calls out Bayleef to help, getting affectionately hugged by her immediately after she appears. Once she's calmed down, Ash has her hold onto Misty with Vine Whip, while Heracross holds onto him. They both throw their lures into Wailmer's mouth and start to pull. Ash receives additional help from Kingler, while Brock calls out Marshtomp to support Misty and Bayleef. With extreme effort, they manage to pull Wailmer out of the hole, but just when the situation seems to be over, Wailmer jumps so high up out of happiness that it falls into a cave. Unexpectedly, the Wailmer then proceeds to evolve into Wailord, causing it to get stuck again.

With Wailord's new size, the fishing rods are out of the question. While the group tries to think up something, Pikachu notices Team Rocket's periscope and gets an idea, climbing onto the periscope and peeking inside to startle Rocket trio into surfacing. When they emerge, Pikachu threatens to shock the trio unless they help, which they reluctantly agree to do, deadpanning at the twerps' ignorance of the fact that their submarine is man-powered. Ash calls out his Torterra and explains his plan as it's put into action: Brock and Torterra ride the submarine, with Brock having Torterra use Frenzy Plant to bind Wailord, the group of Wailmer helping to give the submarine an extra boost, and Pikachu standing inside the submersible to make sure Team Rocket does their part. Misty, meanwhile, has all the Pokémon on land and in the water, including her Gyarados, pull on Torterra's Frenzy Plant to add more force to the pull. Lastly, Ash enters the cave with Heracross and Bayleef, the three of them joining together in tickling Wailord to help it squirm its way to freedom. In the middle of the rescue operation, Wailord starts to glow as it uses Heavy Slam, successfully freeing itself. Team Rocket plans to steal Pikachu now, but he simply busts the submarine's hatch off and jumps off with Brock and Torterra, giving the trio a watery sendoff.

However, even though Wailord is now safe, its escape caused a cave-in that blocked off the cave entrance, leaving Ash trapped just as the tide begins to rise. To save him, Lapras uses Ice Beam to freeze the water flowing into the cave, after which Wailord uses Weather Ball to create an ice tunnel all the way to Ash's location. Lapras reaches Ash by sliding through the tunnel, and they slide out together. After Ash has thanked Wailord for its part in helping him, Lapras takes the group back to the beach, where Ash and Lapras share one more hug before Lapras swims away to reunite with its herd. No sooner has Lapras left, though, when Misty realizes they could've gotten Wailmer out of the hole by just briefly putting it in a Poké Ball. Regardless, Ash says he found the experience a fun one.

Major events

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?: Lapras


The "After the story" artwork for this episode


  • When Misty and Ash start using their fishing rods to pull Wailmer, Misty's suspenders are disconnected from her shorts for a split second.
  • When Pikachu says "pika-pi" as Ash and Lapras are sliding out of the cave, the English dub's closed captions incorrectly spell it as "pika-pika."

Dub edits

In other languages

JN142 : The Same Moon, Now and Forever!
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
JN144 : Getting to the Heart of it All!
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