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The episode begins with {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} traveling through a tunnel and when they emerge they receive a very cold welcoming, as they have now entered the snowy northern part of [[Sinnoh]]. Just ahead is [[Shelter Town]], the final stop before [[Snowpoint City]], so the gang decides to take a pit stop before moving on. While in a [[Pokémon Center]], Dawn asks after a package that is due to be delivered to her, however [[Nurse Joy]] informs her it hasn't arrived yet. To pass the time, Dawn lets {{TP|Dawn|Buneary}} out of her Poké Ball to let her have some fun with the other Pokémon. Then, a stranger comes racing for Buneary and starts to hug and play around with it chanting the phrase "so cute", the stranger is a girl called [[Marilyn]], who believes cute Pokémon are the best. She explains that her criteria for cuteness is that the Pokémon must be under [[List of Pokémon by height|2 feet tall]], must not have evolved, and looks "absolutely lovely". Therefore Dawn introduces her {{TP|Dawn|Piplup}} to Marilyn to see if she think Piplup is cute or not. Despite the fact that he meets two of her requirements, Marilyn discourages the fact he's cute and starts to remark on the features that turns off Piplup's cuteness, thus enraging Dawn and causing Piplup to be paralyzed in shock. After calling Dawn "Dawny", claiming it was a cuter name than Dawn, Marilyn is challenged to a battle, which she accepts.
Once the battle begins, Dawn uses Buneary causing Marilyn to infatuate over Buneary's cuteness, almost forgetting about the battle, she then sends out {{p|Cherubi}}. At the start of the battle, Marilyn orders Cherubi to use {{m|Protect}} when Buneary attacks with {{m|Ice Beam}}... however Cherubi still recoils in pain even though Protect was successful. Brock realizes that this is simply Marilyn's attempt to stall the battle, making him angry and he orders her to battle properly or be disqualified. Marilyn tells Brock what she thinks battling is, which is the valiant of a Pokémon and how it stands up after being hit, thus enraging Brock and yells at her some more, she finally obeys Brock and defeats Buneary with a single {{m|SolarBeamSolar Beam}}. Marilyn is very pleased with herself, while Brock refuses to believe that a Pokémon's cuteness is their only asset in battle.
Nearby {{TRT}} plans on taking Marilyn's Cherubi by tricking her to battle them, seeing as they have no Pokémon below 2 ft or unevolved, [[Jessie]] tells them to use {{TP|James|Mime Jr.}}, James hastily disagrees but has no choice. Jessie confront Marilyn and tells her she wants to battle and shows Mime Jr. to her, Marilyn however disagrees that it's cute crushing Mime Jr. feelings. Soon, James is comforting his devastated Pokémon while Jessie and Meowth work on the plan some more.
Brock tells Marilyn that he wants to battle her and says that she can pick the Pokémon she battles, allowing her to choose from {{TP|Brock|Sudowoodo}} and {{TP|Brock|Croagunk}}. Marilyn doesn't want to battle either of them because they aren't cute and asks Brock if he has another Pokémon. Brock releases {{TP|Brock|Happiny}} and Marilyn wants to battle her, Brock accepts but as long as Sudowoodo and Croagunk battle too. Marilyn agrees so a 3 -on -3 battle it is. Then James enters disguised as a Pokémon Battle referee offering his services and Marilyn, not realizing this is a little too convenient, asks him to officiate the battle.
After James announce the rules, Marilyn and Brock sends out Cherubi and Sudowoodo, Sudowoodo starts with {{m|Double-Edge}} which scores a direct hit, making Cherubi fall down dramatically. Marilyn however ignores the fact it hit and remarks on how Cherubi took the hit, causing Brock to scold her some more. Brock orders Sudowoodo to use {{m|Mimic}}, causing it to fall down dramatically too. Brock then tells Sudowoodo to use {{m|Fake Tears}} and Sudowoodo is soon sobbing on the floor. This causes Marilyn to start realizing the true battle strength of Pokémon. Wanting to move things along so he can see what other Pokémon Marilyn has, James declares the round as a tie as the two Trainers return their Pokémon to their Poké Balls.
==Major events==
[[File:Ash Dawn Brock clothes.png|thumb|220px|The group's new clothes]]
* {{an|Dawn}}, {{Ash}} and {{an|Brock}} receive winter clothing from [[Johanna]] and change into it.
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[[File:Ash Dawn Brock clothes.png|thumb|220px|right|The group's new clothes]]
* {{Ash}}