This review of the "lost episode" of Pokémon
was written up by Ryan Zetlin.
Ash, Misty and Brock had reached the town of Porta Vista, where they enjoyed the beach. They borrowed a boat from an old man without his permission. Unfortunately, Ash and his friends crashed the boat into Team Rocket's submarine, which of course damaged the boat. Ash, Misty and Brock had to work at the old man's restaurant to pay off for the boat's damages. Team Rocket sabotaged the restaurant's business, which loses the customers and money.
Ash and gang finds out that the old man owns money to an old woman. If he doesn't pay her back, the old woman will take the boat. As Ash, Misty and Brock figure out a way to help the old man, Professor Oak and Ash's mother comes along to the restaurant. Professor Oak presents the trio with an ad for a beauty contest. They decided that the only way to help the old man was to enter into the beauty contest.
One of the things I was wondering about was how they were going air this episode because it was censored before. The entire scene where Team Rocket was in the beauty contest was cut out. Which means the scene where James dressed up in a bikini is completely gone. Only Team Rocket's Pokémons showed up for the contest before Gary kicked them off.
In the last scene, Ash's mother was holding a trophy. In the Japanese
version Ash's mother won the beauty contest, which is why she got the
trophy. In the English version the trophy was for Ash because he was such a good boy for helping out people. There is even English writing on the trophy that says, "First Prize Ash Ketchem". Of course it doesn't make any sense as to why Ash's mother doesn't give him the trophy. I guess the people who dubbed this episode thought that kids wouldn't be worried about the details.
One thing I have notice in this episode is the large amount of Japanese text on the signs and papers. Most of the other Pokémon
English episodes that has been aired had the Japanese text removed and replaced with English text.