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|prevcode=AG143 |
|prevtitle=The Saffron Con |
|nextcode=AG145 |
|nexttitle=Pasta La Vista! |
|series=Advanced Generation series |
|colorscheme=Emerald }}
|epcode=AG144 |
|altepcode=EP418 |
|colorscheme=Emerald |
|title_en=A Hurdle for Squirtle |
|title_ja=ポケモンコンテスト・ヤマブキ大会!!(後編) |
|title_ja_trans=Pokémon Contest - Yamabuki Conference!! (Part Two) |
|screen=yes |
|broadcast_jp=September 22, 2005 |
|broadcast_us=June 24, 2006 |
|en_series= |
|en_op=[[Unbeatable]] |
|ja_op={{so|Battle Frontier|バトルフロンティア}} |
|ja_ed=[[Pokémon Counting Song|ポケモンかぞえうた]] |
|olmteam=Team Ota |
|scenario=冨岡淳広 |
|storyboard=しのゆきひろ |
|director=渡辺正彦 |
|art=広岡歳仁 |
|morecredits=no |
|epstaffpage=AG141-AG150 |
'''A Hurdle for Squirtle''' (Japanese: '''ポケモンコンテスト・ヤマブキ大会!!(後編)''' ''Pokémon Contest - {{tt|Yamabuki|Saffron}} Conference!! (Part Two)'') is the 144th episode of the {{series|Advanced Generation}}, and the 418th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 22, 2005 and in the United States on June 24, 2006.
After a short recap of the events of the previous episode, [[Lilian Meridian|Lilian]] officially begins the [[Saffron City]] [[Pokémon Contest]] by showcasing the prize [[Ribbon]] the winning {{pkmn|Coordinator}} will receive and explaining the rules. {{an|May}} watches via television in the contestants' room and confirms to {{TP|May|Squirtle}} that they will win the Saffron Ribbon. [[Harley]] interrupts and apologizes for what he did, but May sees through his devious talk and reaffirms that they will win. Harley quickly drops the act and contemptuously proclaims that he will defeat her.
Lilian then introduces the [[Contest Judge|judges]] of the Saffron Contest: [[Raoul Contesta]] from the [[Pokémon Activities Committee]], [[Mr. Sukizo]] from the [[Pokémon Fan Club]], and the [[Nurse Joy]] from the local [[Pokémon Center]]. She asks the crowd if they are ready to begin, prompting uproarious cheers. In the audience, [[James]] wonders if [[Jessie]] might actually win this one, but {{MTR}} replies saying that she doesn't stand a chance.
Lilian starts the final match as May calls out Squirtle and Harley brings out Ariados. Ariados attaches itself to the ceiling with its String Shot and swings to use {{m|Scary Face}} close up to Squirtle. Squirtle then recovers and uses {{m|Ice Beam}} on Ariados, but it is so powerful that it misses its mark and knocks Squirtle onto its back. Ariados then retracts up to the ceiling and shoots another String Shot onto Squirtle's body, bringing it closer and deducting more of May's points. Harley decides to rack up style points by covering the whole stage with Spider Web, impressing Lilian and the audience. Ariados then spins Squirtle around in a circle and sends it hurtling onto a web, entangling its back in the process. As Squirtle continues to struggle, May's points are approaching zero. Ariados then descends down from the ceiling to the web and begins walking towards Squirtle to strike with {{m|Double-Edge}}. May tries a Bubble attack, but it doesn't even slow Ariados down. May then recalls Squirtle's last attempt of Ice Beam which propelled it backward because of its great power. She tells Squirtle to use Ice Beam, which succeeds not only in freeing it from the web, but freezing Ariados and all of the webs in the stadium. Harley's points drop by more than half. Squirtle runs and jumps onto the frozen web to hit Ariados with Bubble, shattering the ice and throwing Ariados backward. Ariados tries to stop itself, but its feet can't get any grip on the frozen web. Squirtle slides down the icy webs like a surfer and Tackles it. Ariados crashes onto the ground, knocked out. Squirtle neatly lands on its feet on top of Ariados. Ariados is announced as unable to battle and May is declared the winner. Squirtle comes running back to May as Ash, Brock, and Max cheer from the stands. Harley thinks that the Contest was rigged and walks off in a huff. The crowd cheers as May is awarded her first Kanto Ribbon.
Outside the [[Contest Hall]], May says she wants to practice all of her moves as Ash tells of his excitement for the {{DL|Battle Frontier (Generation III)|Battle Arena}}. The group then walks off in the sunset.
==Major events==