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Trivia
* The Pokémon {{Ash}} uses in the exam are the same species as those that {{TRT}} uses to battle him on an everyday basis: {{p|Arbok}}, {{p|Weezing}}, and {{p|Meowth}}. [[James]] does almost the same, in reverse: he gets a {{p|Pikachu}}, {{p|Ivysaur}}, and {{p|Charizard}} to use; it would have been an exact correlation had [[Ash's Bulbasaur]] not refused to evolve [[EP051|five episodes prior]].
* James receives a team similar to the one that {{SSB|Pokémon Trainer}} has in [[Super Smash Bros. Brawl]], except with a Pikachu instead of a Squirtle.
* This episode was parodied a few times in {{pmin|the United States|the US}} commercial for Pokémon that is aired on [[Pokémon in the United States|Kids WB!]].
* The theory test of this episode seems to be a reference to the questionnaire on the {{pkmn|games}}' [[Cinnabar Gym]], which the player can use to bypass the Trainer battles up to [[Blaine]], the Gym Leader. In the {{pkmn|anime}}, Blaine just happens to be the Gym Leader who Ash is supposed to challenge next. However, unlike in the games, passing the tests results in instant qualification to the [[Pokémon League]], bypassing the requirement of eight Gym Badges to enter.
* Jessie and James's exam numbers (634 and 546, respectively) are hidden references to their Japanese names. Using a type of Japanese wordplay called {{wp|Goroawase}}, the individual numbers can be read as "mu-sa-shi" (Musashi) and "ko-ji-ro" (Kojiro), respectively.
* {{an|Brock}}'s photo request in the Japanese version specifically noted that it was a good time to photograph Nurse Joy due to her sweating.
* The Japanese version has Ash and his friends learning he prefers battling to taking tests, something that's not directly indicated in the dub.
* In the Japanese version, Todd mentions he had been blasted off alongside Team Rocket from Ash's Weezing's Explosion when bringing Team Rocket's Meowth to the instructor, thus explaining why he was covered with dirt and why he was separated from Ash and Co.his friends. This was omitted from the dub.
 
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