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Plot
 
==Plot==
{{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} arrive at [[Pastoria City]] and run into [[Crasher Wake]]. He introduces himself and Ash immediately challenges him to a [[Gym]] Battle{{pkmn|battle}}. Crasher Wake says he has some business to attend to and asks Ash and his friends if they'd would like to accompany him; they agree.
 
They hurry to catch the tram that takes them through the [[Great Marsh]]. When they arrive, Crasher Wake rushes ahead and they arrive at an open field at sunset. They're startled by glowing eyes in the bushes, which turn out to be a bunch of wild {{p|Croagunk}}. Then, they follow a bunch of Croagunk Trainers to a giant {{p|Croagunk}} Temple. They meet up with Crasher Wake again, who informs them of the [[Pastoria Croagunk Festival]] and the ancient tradition of battling {{p|Croagunk}}, with the leader becoming Champion of the Great Marsh.
{{an|Brock}} intrudes in an argument between [[Nurse Joy]] and [[Hamilton]], a brown-haired (turquoise-haired in the first airing of the episode in Japan) male whose Croagunk, Craig, won last year's Croagunk Championship. Brock goes crazy for Nurse Joy, proposing a marriage of their Croagunk, only to be Poison Jabbed by his own Croagunk and dragged off-screen.
 
Meanwhile, {{TRT}} arrives at the Great Marsh. [[James]] recalls his childhood, during which he first met and rescued his {{TP|James|Carnivine}}, who was trapped in the Great Marsh mud.
 
Ash and his friends enjoy the evening festival, eating Croagunk cookies and watching Croagunk-shaped fireworks. Crasher Wake MCsreferees the event and introduces Hamilton, the defending Champion. Crasher Wake, whothe placesoperator Craig'sof crownthe rail system, and Nurse Joy judge the competition. All of the Croagunk take turns coming on astage, pedestalcrouching -then tocroaking, beapparently woncomparing bytheir thislooks year'sand Championphysical condition. CrasherThe Wakejudges and local crowd are excited by their different aspects, but Ash and company are confused; as far as they can see, the operatorCroagunk ofall look exactly the railsame. system,Brock's andCroagunk Nursetakes Joythe judgestage and the competitionjudges are impressed by Croagunk's looks.
 
All of the Croagunk take turns coming on stage, crouching then croaking, apparently comparing their looks and physical condition. The judges and local crowd are excited by their different aspects, but Ash and company are confused; as far as they can see, the Croagunk all look exactly the same. Brock's Croagunk takes the stage and the judges are impressed by Croagunk's looks.
 
Team Rocket dresses {{MTR}} up in a Croagunk costume and sends him out on stage. Meowth is thoroughly embarrassed, but the crowd and judges go wild for it. Hamilton is unimpressed.
 
Crasher Wake announces the brick-breaking contest. Brock's Croagunk uses {{m|Brick Break}} and breaks all of the bricks!. Meowth takes the stage next, to high anticipation. He charges up, attacks the bricks, but the only thing he breaks is his paw. Crasher Wake announces a championship battle between Brock's Croagunk and Craig. They take to the boxing ring and begin the match. Craig uses {{m|Cross Chop}}. The dueling Croagunk trade jabs and {{an|Dawn}} has trouble figuring which one is which.
 
Crasher Wake announces a championship battle between Brock's Croagunk and Craig. They take to the boxing ring and begin the match! Craig uses {{m|Cross Chop}}. The dueling Croagunk trade jabs and {{an|Dawn}} has trouble figuring which one is which.
 
Out of nowhere, Team Rocket storms the festival in a giant Croagunk robot. Its tongue steals the prized crown. Craig and Brock's Croagunk attack the robot, but are trapped by the tongue. Crasher Wake steps in to help, but suddenly remembers that he left all his Poké Balls at the Gym! Everyone else's Croagunk attack the giant robot, but they're scooped into its belly! Chrissy heavily damages the robot, followed by Pikachu's {{m|Thunderbolt}}.
 
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AfterwardCrasher Wake retrieves the crown and asks the crowd if they agree that Nurse Joy's Croagunk won this year's championship, which they do. Afterwards, Crasher Wake tells Ash that he was impressed by Pikachu's {{m|Thunderbolt}} and accepts his challenge for a Gym Battle, but it'll have to be held the next day as there's still plenty of partying to do. And so, with Ash's fourth Sinnoh Gym Battle on the horizon, everyone finishes out the traditional Croagunk Festival evening with dancing.
 
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