| Performing with Fiery Charm!
Performing with Fiery Charm! (Japanese: テールナーとヤンチャム！！魅せろ炎のパフォーマンス！！ Tairenar and Yancham!! A Captivating Fiery Performance!!) is the 80th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY, and the 879th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on July 2, 2015, in Canada on September 5, 2015, and in the United States on September 12, 2015.
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Serena is ready to compete in the Dendemille Town Pokémon Showcase—and so is her rival Miette, who once challenged her to a Poké Puff baking contest! As it turns out, the Theme Performance is all about Poké Puffs, and Serena, Miette, and Jessilia (Team Rocket’s Jessie in disguise) all advance to the Freestyle Performance.
After a run-in with Jessie that leaves a noticeable tear in Serena’s costume, she’s worried that this Showcase will end like her last one. But traveling with Ash has taught Serena never to give up, so she grabs her sewing kit to make a few last-second adjustments...and ends up winning the Freestyle Performance and her first Princess Key!
The day before the Dendemille Town Rookie Showcase, Serena admires the view of Dendemille Town at night alongside her Braixen and Pancham, determined to win this time round. The following morning, Serena gives Grace a call, revealing her intent to wear the dress she received from Valerie. The group proceeds to the arena where the Showcase is to be held, encouraging Serena, when they hear a familiar voice. The voice is revealed to belong to Miette, who shows up with her Slurpuff and a male Meowstic. Teasing Serena over her new appearance and crush on Ash, Miette confirms that she intends to compete as well. Privately, Miette also whispers to Serena that she's still intent on having a chat with Ash, flustering Serena. Ash, oblivious to this, wishes both the girls luck. Bonnie remarks on Ash's cluelessness, and that of her brother as well as Clemont is equally confused. From behind the bushes, Jessie notices the group and declares that she's going to win the Showcase. James and Meowth agree that Jessie has been specially training for this occasion.
Inside, Monsieur Pierre begins proceedings as Ash, Clemont and Bonnie watch in the audience; at the same time, Grace, Shauna, Tierno, Trevor, Aria, Professor Sycamore and his assistants are revealed to be tuning in as well. Pierre reveals that the Showcase will begin with a Poké Puff bake-off, with only one out of three in each group of participants being allowed to proceed. Gena, Pokémon Connoisseur Santo and Showcase Expert Delilah will be judging. Miette is up first along with two other participants, and she wastes no time in using Slurpuff's superior senses to choose ingredients and Meowstic's Psychic to help in mixing. At the end of the round, the Poké Puffs are brought to the judges for Santo's Mime Jr., Gena's Jigglypuff and Delilah's Furfrou to sample; Miette is declared the winner. Ash and his friends are impressed at Miette's skill, while Serena silently watches backstage, equally awed.
Jessie, entering as "Jessilia", is next to compete, with Meowth and Wobbuffet as her assistants. Meowth confirms to Jessie that he investigated the judges' Pokémon to find out what flavors they liked, and all they would need to do is to bake a Poké Puff that appeals to all three. Meowth succeeds in baking several somewhat lumpy Poké Puffs, but before he can begin decorating Jessie abruptly takes over, much to Meowth and Wobbuffet's horror. Sure enough, Jessie's Poké Puffs end up slathered with a pyramid of cream with a mess of toppings scattered on top. Santo is perturbed at Jessie's design sense, but both Gena and Delilah point out how much the Pokémon are enjoying how Jessie's Poké Puffs taste, and declare Jessie as the winner. As Jessie gushes happily, Serena again marvels at how tough the competition is this time.
Finally, it's Serena's turn to compete. Trying to keep a cool head, Serena assigns Pancham to mixing and Braixen to baking, recalling all the practice they've been doing with baking Poké Puffs for the group's Pokémon. By the end of the round, the judges comment that all three participants have performed excellently, making for a difficult decision. Worried, Serena shuts her eyes tightly as the spotlights move across the stage, finally landing on her much to her surprise and joy. Ash and friends are happy for Serena as their Pokémon hungrily look on at Serena's creations. Miette is likewise pleased that Serena qualified, as are the others tuning in.
Moving onto the next segment, Pierre introduces Jessie as the first competitor for the Freestyle Performance round. James cheers loudly for her, drawing the gazes of the spectators around him. With Wobbuffet and Meowth dressed as clowns, Jessie begins by swinging Meowth around before tossing him into the air, and as he lands, Wobbuffet uses Counter to bounce Meowth up and down. Although initially confused, the audience soon warms up to this act. For a finale Jessie flings a collection of Berries upwards, which Meowth slices into pieces, forming a trio of heart-shaped trees as they land. The audience applauds this act loudly as Ash, his friends and Serena remark on the skilled performance demonstrated. Backstage, Serena proceeds to the stage, only for Jessie to bump into her, knocking her into some props. Jessie rudely dismisses Serena, much to the anger of her Pokémon, but Serena tells them to stand down and apologizes. Jessie haughtily leaves the scene, but before Serena can get up she notices that the collision tore her dress.
Miette is next to perform, and she has Meowstic lift Slurpuff into the air with Psychic as the latter uses Cotton Spore, casting a circle of sparkly dust over her. Clemont comments on Miette's showmanship, to which Bonnie quickly points out Serena's skill. As the other performances go on, Serena begins to worry about her torn dress, but eventually regains her courage as she remembers Ash's own determination. She quickly manages to mend her dress by trimming the hem, running onto the stage at the last minute to begin her performance. Ash and friends cheer for her, though they also note her modified outfit. Beginning with a dance with Pancham, Serena has Pancham use Dark Pulse to scatter purple sparkles around them as Braixen summons pillars of fire while she dances, surrounding the three of them with flames and sparkles. Pancham follows up with Stone Edge, which break apart into more sparkles as Braixen leaps onto them, and the two Pokémon finish with another collision of Dark Pulse and Flamethrower.
With the conclusion of the Showcase, Pierre requests that the audience vote for their favorite contestant. James is first to vote for Jessie, and the judges soon follow with their votes. Ash's group cheers for Serena as their votes join the others from the audience. Unable to help herself, Serena tightly shuts her eyes again, recalling the times when she challenged her mother to a race on Skiddo to pursue her dream, and when she suffered her first defeat at the Coumarine Showcase. Eventually, Serena opens her eyes to see a stream of votes pouring at her; Miette and Jessie are likewise surprised. With most of the votes in her favor, Pierre declares Serena to be the winner of the Dendemille Showcase, much to the joy of Serena and her Pokémon. All of her friends are just as happy and proud for her, with Shauna declaring that she's going to train hard in being a Performer as well. Pierre presents Serena with her first Princess Key.
Outside, the group congratulates Serena on her win, pointing out her costume. Serena explains what happened, wondering if she should apologize to Valerie for cutting up the dress she made. Ash comments that Serena looked amazing in it; sneaking from behind, Miette agrees as well, surprising Serena. Miette congratulates Serena but declares that she will win the next competition, and the two rival Performers shake hands. Leaning in, Miette reminds Serena she hasn't forgotten about their "other" competition, referring to Ash, once again flustering Serena as she bids the group farewell. The episode closes with Serena looking proudly at her first Princess Key.
- Ash and his friends arrive in Dendemille Town and meet up with Miette again.
- Miette is revealed to have obtained a male Meowstic.
- Serena, Jessie, and Miette compete in the Dendemille Showcase Rookie Class.
- Serena wins the Dendemille Showcase, earning her first Princess Key.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Main series debuts
- Professor Sycamore
- Monsieur Pierre
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Dedenne (Clemont's)
- Fennekin (Serena's; flashback)
- Braixen (Serena's)
- Pancham (Serena's)
- Chespin (Clemont's)
- Delphox (Aria's)
- Aromatisse (Aria's)
- Slurpuff (Miette's)
- Meowstic (Miette's, male)
- Rhyhorn (Grace's)
- Fletchling (Grace's)
- Klefki (Monsieur Pierre's)
- Jigglypuff (Gena's)
- Mime Jr. (Santo's)
- Furfrou (Delilah's; Matron Trim)
- Lickitung (Performer's)
- Honedge (Performer's)
- Litleo (Performer's)
- Vanillish (Performer's)
- Plusle (Performer's)
- Minun (Performer's)
- Swanna (Performer's)
- Psyduck (Performer's)
- Sneasel (Performer's)
- Furret (Performer's)
- Simisear (Trainer's)
- Meowstic (Trainer's; male)
- Marill (Trainer's)
- Furfrou (Trainer's)
- Roselia (Trainer's)
- Swirlix (Trainer's)
- Meowstic (Trainer's; female)
- Ducklett (Trainer's)
- Simisage (Trainer's)
- Audino (Trainer's)
- Scrafty (Trainer's)
- Flareon (Performer's; video)
- Dratini (Performer's; video)
- Seaking (Performer's; video)
- Pidgey (Performer's; video)
- Ninetales (Performer's; video)
- Skiddo (×2; flashback)
- In the Japanese version, the title card segment focuses on, and is read by, Serena.
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: Barbaracle
- Ash, Clemont, and Rotom narrate the preview for the next episode.
- The English dub was released on iTunes and Prime Video on September 6, 2015, six days before the episode aired in the United States. The same occurred for all episodes in Volume 3 of Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest that aired after Mega Evolution Special III (A Not-So-Flying Start! through A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?).
- This episode marks the first time in the anime where two Pokémon are featured in the dub version of a Who's That Pokémon? segment.
- DreamDream is used as an insert song in this episode.
- This episode features the following flashbacks of Serena during the scene when receiving her score.
- Serena telling Grace she wants to become a Pokémon Performer, then racing with her on Skiddo and winning from A Race for Home!.
- Serena crying at the dock while Fennekin and Pancham try to cheer her up and cutting her hair short after losing her first Pokémon Showcase from A Showcase Debut!.
- Serena making a lot of Poké Puffs.
- Serena wears the same dress she wore in A Fashionable Battle!.
- Serena's Braixen and Pancham remain outside of their Poké Balls throughout the episode.
- The Pokémon Performers who own the Swanna, Psyduck, and Furret also appeared during the Coumarine City Pokémon Showcase in A Showcase Debut!. Coincidentally, all three didn't make it past the Theme Performance in both Showcases.
- This episode marks the first appearance of a Dratini in the main series since Clair's appeared in Beauty is Skin Deep, 628 episodes earlier.
- This episode's English dub title wasn't revealed until after the two following episodes' titles.
- The hair tuft on the male Meowstic which belongs to an unknown Trainer during the scene outside of the Showcase theater is colored dark blue instead of white.
- When Ash, Clemont, and Bonnie walk up to Miette after she shows up, a second Slurpuff is seen overlapping Miette and her Slurpuff.
- When the VS screen featuring Miette appeared, her Meowstic is missing.
- When Chespin, Pikachu, and Dedenne all smell the Poké Puffs, at one point Dedenne's mouth moves but no sound was there.
- When Aria is shown watching Serena's performance, her collar is white instead of black. This error repeats in the next two scenes.
- During Jessilia's performance at the start of the Freestyle Performance round, a stagehand tells Serena that she is the next competitor. However, Serena does not actually perform until after every other Performer.
- When Serena is walking down a backstage hallway with her Pokémon, Braixen's right paw is briefly colored yellow instead of white four times.
- The Pokémon Performers who own the Litleo and Vanillish have their key colors swapped when receiving their score.
- The title card segment focuses on Ash in the dub instead of Serena, but it is still read by Serena.
In other languages
|Danish||En vildt charmerende opptræden!|
|Dutch||Een demonstratie met vurige charme!|
|Finnish||Tulisen taitavaa esiintymistä!|
|European French||Une prestation flamboyante !|
|German||Wer wagt, gewinnt!|
|Italian||Una performance dal fascino ardente!|
|Korean||테르나와 판짱!! 불꽃 퍼포먼스를 펼쳐라!!|
|Norwegian||En opptreden med glødende sjarm!|
|Polish||Artystka o ognistym wdzięku!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Apresentando-se Com Um Charme Impetuoso!|
|Portugal||Atuação com Inflamado Encanto!|
|Russian||Демонстрация с зажигательным шармом!|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Una exhibición con encanto fiero!|
|Spain||¡Una actuación con mucho encanto!|
|Swedish||Ett scenframträdande med glödande charm!|
|Turkish||Cezbeden Ateşlerle Performans!|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|