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'''Piplup, Up and Away!''' (Japanese: '''ポッチャマはぐれる!''' ''{{tt|Pochama|Piplup}} Goes Astray!'') is the 164th episode of the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}}, and the 630th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It first aired in Japan on February 18, 2010 and in the United States on July 17, 2010.
Piplup runs towards Dawn, imagining her and Ash scolding Gible and demanding it to apologize, Dawn caring only for Piplup. Instead, Piplup winds up hugging {{AP|Pikachu}}. Pikachu comforts Piplup briefly before running over to Ash. Piplup notices that nobody is angry towards Gible, only supporting it and encouraging it to work harder to improve. This devastates Piplup, especially when Dawn says that Gible didn't do intentional harm. Crushed, Piplup walks away, nobody noticing him. Nearby, {{TRT}} watches and decides to take advantage of it.
Piplup walks into the forest and takes a break. Hearing a nearby bush rustle, Piplup thinks its Dawn, fantasizing that she has taken Piplup's side. When he jumps into the bush, he runs into an angry {{p|Rhyperior}}, immediately facing a {{m|Flash Cannon}} attack, forcing him to run away. Piplup runs into the Team Rocket Triotrio ([[Jessie]], [[James]] and {{MTR}}), who are disguised as members as the Pokémon Rescue Group, a team that helps solve feuds between {{pkmn|Trainer}}s and Pokémon, as well as helping Pokémon that have been abandoned by their Trainers.
Meanwhile, Ash and his friends search for Piplup, with the aid of [[Ash's Staraptor]]. Ash interrupts Gible gnawing on a tree and asks it to help search. Gible runs forward and latches onto a hidden Rhyperior's tail, aggravating it and forcing Ash and his friends to flee from its Flash Cannon.
==Major events==
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* [[Dawn's Piplup]] learns {{m|Hydro Pump}}.
====Pokémon debuts====
* Music from ''[[PK13|Gotta Dance]]'' and ''[[M06|Jirachi Wish Maker]]'' is used during the episode. In the dub, music from [[Newton Graceland]]'s flashback in ''[[M11|Giratina and the Sky Warrior]]'' is also used.
* The English title of this episode comes from the popular song {{wp|Up, Up and Away (song)|''Up, Up and Away''}}, made famous by {{wp|The 5th Dimension}}, or the takeoff phrase made famous in the {{wp|Superman}} animated cartoons by his voice actor {{wp|Bud Collyier}}.
* [[Team Rocket]]{{TRT}}'s disguise in this episode is the same as the disguise in ''[[DP105|Get Your Rotom Running]]''.