|The Three Animal Appearence! The Referee School Island!|
|Which Pokemon evolves into Nuzleaf? Surskit, Seedot or Doduo|
|Jimmy (Jimmy), Serena (Sarina)|
|Japanese Air Date|
|September 2, 2004|
|American Air Date|
|September 10, 2005|
|Ash and friends get on the wrong boat and go to an island where Pokemon referees are trained.|
|Pikachu (Ash's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Swellow (Ash's), Corphish (Ash's), Mudkip (Brock's), Lombre (Brock's), Wobbuffet (Jessie's), Chimecho (James's), Wartortle (Jimmy's, evolves), Blastoise (Jimmy's, newly evolved), Ivysaur (Jimmy's), Magikarp (Jimmy's, alternate color, flashback), Charmeleon (Jimmy's)|
|After Team Rocket blasted off, Charmeleon's stomach was red.|
|This is the last time that the map opening title screen is used. Jimmy is the second Pokemon trainer seen on the show that owns 3 Starter Pokemon. A Shiny Magikarp makes an appearance in this episode.|
In Japan, the title screen background is changed from a map to shots of Ash's badge case and May's ribbon case, while in the dub, the background map from last episode of Lilycove City is used. In the dub, instead of calling a riceball a donut, they actually replace the riceball with a sandwich; what makes it even worse is that the sandwich rolls down a hill, which is impossible.
Total Time Cut: 8 sec
The opening shot is cut by two seconds. The title screen is cut by two seconds. After the final commercial break, two seconds are cut. Finally, the "TO BE CONTINUED..." screen has two seconds cut.
Running so fast towards the harbor, the gang is trying to catch up to a ferry.. May and Ash argue because May thinks that it's his fault why they had to be running so fast. As they finally enter the ship, Brock points out that they're on the wrong ferry, which is going to Bomba Island instead of the next gym.
After landing the ship at the port of Bomba Island, everbody was excited to possibly see some rare Pokemon. As they're talking, May notices three Pokemon passing by. First it was an Ivysaur, which May thought was a Bulbasaur. Max tries to correct her mistake while another Pokemon passes by. It's a Charmeleon but May think's it's a Charmander. Max corrects her again and May seems to be a little embarassed. The last Pokemon that passes by was a Wartortle where May think's a Squirtle. After Max corrects all of May's mistakes it seems that his head hurts.
A young man was running after the three Pokemon. He's carrying a bagful of boxes in his hands. While he's trying to catch up to his Pokemon, he trips and falls. Ash and the gang go up to him and see if he's okay. After the man gets up, he introdcues himself as Jimmy as the gang introduces themselves too. Jimmy asks Ash and the gang if they can help him bring the luggage into the Pokemon Referee Battle School and they all agree.
As they finally arrived at the Referee Battle School, Jimmy calls up his beautiful instructor to introduce her to Ash and the gang; her name is Serena. Brock's eyes were glazing with hearts when he sees Serena. She tells everyone that this is a training school for Pokemon referees. Brock interrupts the conversation by trying to propose to Serena. Max comes up and drags him out of the way. They learn that Jimmy is training to become a Pokemon battle referee.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket is spying on them from the sea. Meowth sees the three Pokemon and gets an idea that if they catch those Pokemon, they might get a promotion from Giovanni.
In the middle of the battle field, Ash and Brock were chosen to battle each other and let Jimmy judge their battle. The battle starts as Ash chooses Corphish and Swellow, while Brock chooses Mudkip and Lombre. The battle seems intense because Ash is very excited. Swellow uses Fly and Corphish uses Bubblebeam. The attack hits Lombre who is trying to back fire it. Mudkip helps Lombre but Swellow is too quick and dashes past them. Max and May compliment Ash's Pokemon while Pikachu cheers them on. Serena tells Jimmy to watch and observe the battle.
When Lombre is down, Brock whispers to Lombre to pretend that he's unable to battle. Ash launches his attack by using Swellow. Brock yells at Lombre to get up and counter attack it with Razor Leaf. Swellow's attack failed. Brock asks Mudkip and Lombre to both use Water Gun on Corphish. Corphish seems to be weak. Jimmy doesn't know what to do. He says that Ash's Pokemon is unable to battle, but Ash gets angry and says that his Pokemon is fine, as it recovers. Serena tells Jimmy to pay more attention next time and he feels bad.
During the night, Ash and the gang are in their rooms talking about their battle. While chatting, they see Jimmy wandering alone with his Pokemon. They come to him and have a little chat. Jimmy tells Ash and the gang the truth is that he really wants to become a Pokemon trainer and not a Pokemon referee. As he looks towards the sky, trouble is coming...
In the forest, Jimmy is telling his story about the time he got his Pokemon. He remembers the time when he was feeding Wartortle, and the food falls down into Ivysaur's mouth. From that time, Ivysaur joined Jimmy's team. Max was amazed that Jimmy was so lucky.
Ash wants to know how Jimmy got his Charmeleon. Jimmy tells Ash that it all started when a shiny Magikarp fell inside his shirt. A fisherman negotiated with him and asked to trade for it. Jimmy traded the shiny Magikarp, a seemingly useless Pokemon for the Fisherman's Charmeleon.
After Jimmy told his stories, he showed the badge that he got from Daisy. Brock notices that it's from Cerulean City. Jimmy tells the story about how he got his Cascade Badge. He tells the gang that Daisy gave him the Cascade badge for cleaning up the gym.
Everyone was amazed at Jimmy's story. Serena interrupts them while Team Rocket destroys the whole conversation by capturing Jimmy's Pokemon. Team Rocket says their motto, puts Jimmy's Pokemon in a huge glass Pokeball and tries to escape. A huge cloud of smoke blinds the gang as Team Rocket gets away. Jimmy tries to follow Team Rocket. May notices that Jimmy is gone.
As Team Rocket is trying to escape, Jmmy is on the top breaking the glass. Meowth notices that he's there. They kick Jimmy off the machine. Upon falling, Jimmy loses hope. Serena gives courage to Jimmy. Jimmy sees that his Pokemon are trying to escape. It gives Jimmy the courage to try it again. It fails as Team Rocket counter attacks Jimmy and kicks him off again. The three Pokemon of Jimmy are mad making one of them evolve. Jimmy's Wartortle evolves into a Blastoise causing the glass to break off. Upon landing on the ground, Blastoise helps destroy the glass containing Ivysaur and Charmeleon. Jimmy was so happy and he commands Blastoise to use its Water Gun attack on the glass. When Ivysaur and Charmeleon are on the ground, all of Jimmy's Pokemon unite and blast Team Rocket off.
After the trouble is over, everyone rejoices upon Jimmy's victory. Serena compliments Jimmy and that makes him blush. The gang is watching while May looks at Blastoise's data on her Pokedex. The instructor tells Jimmy that by the attack that he showed, he has proven that he can be a Pokemon Trainer.
The next day, the gang is ready to leave. Everyone says goodbye to Serena and Jimmy, who Ash hopefully will battle one day.