the day of the Princess Festival, a day where all women are honored with
special prizes, discounts and sales. Ash, Pikachu and Brock are incredibly
bored as they follow Misty around stores and carry all her bags. James
and Meowth are no better off, forced to watch Jessie try on dozens of outfits.
Later on, in the park, Jessie shows off gifts she bought for the Team Rocket
boss to James and Meowth. A Lickitung suddenly shows up, and eats all the
gift baskets Jessie bought. She captures Lickitung in a Poke-Ball, promising
to deal with it later. At yet another sale, Misty battles with other girls
for a dress and finds herself fighting with Jessie over the same dress.
The two begin to settle it over a Pokemon Battle, but someone else snags
the dress. Jessie and Misty try to figure out a way to settle things when
it is announced there will be a beauty pagent to crown the Queen of the
Princess Festival. Jessie and Misty rush to sign up and enter the pagent.
However, once they get to the pagent, they find that it is really a full
out Pokemon battle. The grand prize is one of a kind Princess Pokemon Dolls,
which both Misty and Jessie desperatly want. Misty borrow's Ash's Bulbasaur
and Pikachu and Brock's Vulpix to enter the match, while Jessie uses her
Arbok, James's Weezing and drags Meowth into battle too. Each girl battles
up an opponent ladder, until they are the last two trainers left. Pikachu
makes quick work of Arbok, Weezing and Meowth. Jessie is about to lose,
when she remembers she has Lickitung. She calls out Lickitung, who Licks
Pikachu, Bulbasaur and Vulpix, making them Dizzy and unable to battle.
Misty prepares to use her last Pokemon, Starmie, but Psyduck pops up instead.
Lickitung's Lick has no effect on Psyduck. Lickitung slaps Psyduck around
until its headache gets so bad, it uses a Psychic Attack and tosses Lickitung
and Team Rocket out of the ring. Misty wins the contest and the Princess
Pokemon Dolls, which she ships back to the Cerulean Gym to make her sisters
jealous. Outside of town, James and Meowth try to make Jessie feel better
by dressing up as dolls.
"I don't think I'm tough enough to be a woman..." ~James, watching Jessie fight with other shoppers.
"Those are original copies of genuine designer fakes!" ~Jessie, as Lickitung eats her new clothes.
Did You Notice?...
Misty sends home her Princess Dolls via Pidgeot Transport.
The teen idol who co-hosts the pagent is named Fiorello Cappuchino, a take on Titianic star Leonardo DiCaprio.
As Brock gobbles down Misty's desserts, he appears to eat the plates too.
Misty apparently has a lot of hair tied up in her little pig-tail.
Team Rocket is a notoriously evil corporation, but they also appear to have good credit standing with most major retail stores.
Togepi doesn't appear in this episode, because this episode was supposed to air in the middle of the first season, but due to translation difficulties, it was delayed.
Who's That Pokémon?: Butterfree!