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That class was introduced in Gen III
== Synopsis ==
{{Ash}}, {{an|Misty}}, and {{an|Brock}} are walking through a forest, headed for [[Johto]]'s [[Violet City]], where Ash plans to challenge the local [[Falkner|Gym Leader]] for a Badge. While walking, the group comes across a part of the forest where the trees have no leaves. This confounds the group; Brock mentions that there are no signs of damage to the trees, nor is it the right season for the leaves to be falling off. {{AP|Pikachu}} suddenly spots something, and the group notices a single large, healthy tree among the dead-looking trees, one which has a number of large, dark bug-like Pokémon clamped onto its trunk. A closer look reveals that the Pokémon are lapping up a golden substance that is leaking from the trunk.
Misty expresses her disgust in the bug Pokémon, while Ash brings out his new [[Pokédex]] and scans them. The Pokédex identifies the Pokémon as {{p|Heracross}}, mentioning their docile nature, great strength, and their preferred food: tree sap. Ash, thinking that the tree is in danger from all of the Heracross feeding on its sap, wants to capture them all and try to save the tree. Before he can toss a [[Poké Ball]], however, a voice behind him tells him to stop. Ash, Misty, and Brock turn around to see a man in a red uniform, who tells him that capturing the Heracross will only cause more damage to the forest.
The man introduces himself as [[Woodruff]], a forest [[Pokémon Ranger (Trainer class)|ranger]]. After the group introduce themselves, Woodruff goes on to explain how important the Heracross are to the forest. It turns out that they share a symbiotic relationship with the local {{p|Butterfree}} population, who also feed on sap but are too weak to break into the tree trunk to get to it. The more powerful Heracross digs into the trunk to start the sap flow, eats their fill, then allow the Butterfree to come and feed.
Misty is worried that both the Heracross and Butterfree are hurting the forest, looking up at the dying trees. Woodruff tells the group that the balance of nature in the forest was broken by "invaders". Pikachu perks up, noticing something different, and turns around to point out something headed their way.
However, upon leaving the forest, Ash and the group find that the Heracross is still following them. It wants to leave the forest behind and come with Ash. Ash tosses a Poké Ball, which the Heracross willfully enters and remains inside. Ash celebrates having been chosen by {{AP|Heracross}} before the group continues on their journey.
== Major events ==
* {{Ash}} captures a {{AP|Heracross}}.
=== Debuts ===
==== Pokémon debuts ====
* {{p|Heracross}} ({{OP|Ash|Heracross}})
[[File:WTP EP119.png|thumb|200px|right|Who's That Pokémon?]]
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Donphan}} ''(U.S. and international)''; {{p|Heracross}} ''(Japan)''
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
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== Trivia ==
* The English dub of this episode first aired exactly one year after the original did in Japanese.
* This episode was listed on [[Cartoon Network]]'s website with an alternate title; ''Getting Buggy With it'' which, like [[DP005|another episode]] where {{Ash}} catches a Pokémon early on in a region, refers to the {{wp|Will Smith}} song ''Gettin' Jiggy wit It''. Also, the title of this episode refers to "a happy ending".
* Meowth's line "Hey! I like it! Meowthy likes it!" is a reference to a similar line spoken in a classic {{wp|Life cereal}} commercial.
* Jessie's plan to open a pancake house called the "International House of Jessie" is a reference to {{wp|IHOP}}.
* James alludes to a real-world species of bird by calling his Victreebel a "{{wp|Yellow-bellied Sapsucker}}."
* The book ''[[Go West, Young Ash]]'' is based on this episode.
* The story featured in the book ''[[Pokémon New Character Special]]'' is based on this episode.
=== Errors ===
=== Dub edits Errors===
===Dub edits===
* Ash originally mentioned that Heracross might want to thank him for helping him out, and then Misty tells Ash that Heracross seemed more interested in Bulbasaur's sap.
* The dub implies that Woodruff was at the collapsed Bridge at least one week prior. The original doesn't specify if he actually has been to the bridge prior to its collapse.