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* This episode was chosen by [[Kunihiko Yuyama]] as the first episode of ''[[Pocket Monsters Anime Premier 10]]''.
* The beginning of the episode features sound effects from the original [[Game Boy]] games, drawing from the opening animation from {{game|Red and Green|s}} (with a {{p|Gengar}} battling a {{p|Nidorino}}) before transitioning seamlessly into the battle that {{Ash}} himself is watching on [[Television|TV]].
** A similar sequence and transition occurs in the beginning of the [[PO01|first episode]] of the ''[[Pokémon Origins]]'' mini-seriesminiseries, in which {{OBP|Red|Origins}} watches a televised battle between Gengar and Nidorino.
* An early, unused frame of the stadium battle scene exists.
* The shadowed Trainer usingwho sends out Nidorino and {{p|Onix}} to battle greatly resembles [[Bruno]] of the [[Indigo League]] [[Elite Four]].
* {{Ash}}'s introductory shot is repeated in [[BW001|the first episode]] of the {{series|Best Wishes}} as a throwback to this episode.
* Ash has a {{p|Voltorb}} clock with a cuckoo {{p|Pidgey}} in it. Furthermore, he ends up breaking it in his sleep, unknowingly using it as a {{ball|Poké}} shortly after 4 AM.
* The order in which Ash opens the [[starter Pokémon]]'s Poké Balls, only to find them empty, indicates his preferred choices: {{p|Squirtle}} first, {{p|Bulbasaur}} second, and {{p|Charmander}} last.
** Coincidentally, this is the same order the {{SSB|Pokémon Trainer}} from Super Smash Bros. Brawl obtains their respective evolved forms in the Subspace Emissary.
* Despite this episode centering around receiving a starter Pokémon, neither Bulbasaur, Charmander, nor Squirtle actually appeared in the flesh until ''[[EP010|Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village]]'', ''[[EP011|Charmander – The Stray Pokémon]]'', and ''[[EP012|Here Comes the Squirtle Squad]]'', respectively. This is unlike the following generations, when at least one of the starter Pokémon appeared in the first episode of each generation.
* This is the only episode where [[Ash's Pikachu]] is seen inside his [[Poké Ball]].
* This episode revealedreveals that {{p|Spearow}} see in black and white.
* This is one of the few episodes in which [[Rachael Lillis]] provides the voice of Pikachu in a few scenes of the dub. This happened when another Japanese voice actor spoke over [[Ikue Ohtani]]'s Pikachu voice and the audio could not be used.
* The legendary bird Ash saw at the end of the episode was {{an|Ho-Oh}}. This makes {{p|Ho-Oh}} the first [[Generation II]] Pokémon seen in the series, and in the first episode of the entire series.