At the End of the Fray (最後の激闘！優勝への道！！, The Last Fierce Fight! The Road to the Championship!!) is the 40th episode of Pokémon: Advanced Battle.
With the Hoenn League still underway, Ash and Tyson battle it out to decide which one of them will move on to the final four. Since Glalie and Sceptile are already knocked out of the competition, who will get the upper hand?
After the explosion, Glalie and Sceptile are defeated, much to Ash and Tyson's shock. Team Rocket spots the stand where they will work — it is all dusty and grey; their boss tells them they could remodel it and repaint it before he heads off. Jessie is angry and smashes the stand, wishing to capture Pikachu instead. James then asks where Meowth is. Torkoal uses Flamethrower, though Shiftry dodges. Team Rocket's Meowth sees the battle, waiting for Tyson's Meowth. Shiftry attacks with Mega Kick, hurting Torkoal. Shiftry then uses Shadow Ball, pushing Torkoal. Torkoal attacks with Flamethrower, so Shiftry dodges. Torkoal jumps and hits Shiftry by the attack, defeating it. Tyson sends Hariyama and Ash decides to keep Torkoal. Torkoal starts with Flamethrower, though Hariyama uses Arm Thrust to negate the attack. Brock tells May, Max and Morrison Hariyama has a lot of fat that keeps it from harm of Fire and Ice type attacks. Hariyama uses Brick Break, defeating Torkoal in an instant.
Ash sends Corphish as his next Pokémon. Corphish uses Bubble Beam, though Hariyama evades and uses Brick Break once more, but hits the ground, as Corphish evades. Corphish then uses Crabhammer and Hariyama with Focus Punch and an explosion is made, defeating Corphish and pushing Hariyama. A pause is made, so Morrison yells at Ash that he cannot lose, to which Ash agrees to win. Inside the Pokémon Center, Team Rocket arrive to see a storage room where Poké Balls are stored, so they plan to steal them all. The battle field changed to a Rock type. Ash sends Swellow and Tyson his Hariyama. Swellow charges to Peck, but Hariyama stops Swellow and uses Seismic Toss, pushing Swellow on a rock. Swellow charges again and Hariyama uses Focus Punch once more, but this time Swellow uses Aerial Ace, evading the attack and defeating Hariyama. Tyson sends Donphan and starts with Sandstorm, hitting Swellow, so Swellow flaps its wings to get rid of the Sandstorm. Donphan charges with Rollout, damaging Swellow and pushing it to the ground. Donphan charges again and again. As Donphan goes to defeat Swellow, Swellow stops it by pushing its legs against its ears. Swellow flies and drops Donphan against a rock, defeating it.
Tyson sends Metagross and starts with Psychic, engulfing Swellow. Swellow uses Quick Attack, but Metagross stops it and pushes it, then uses Hyper Beam to defeat Swellow. Ash sends Swellow back and spots a small scar on Metagross and realizes what he needs to do to defeat Metagross. Ash sends Grovyle, who begins by hopping on the rocks. Grovyle uses Bullet Seed on the scar. Metagross charges and uses Hyper Beam. Grovyle dodges and counter-attacks with Bullet Seed, hurting Metagross. Grovyle uses Leaf Blade, so Metagross uses Meteor Mash, defeating Grovyle in an instant. As Ash has one last Pokémon, he sends Pikachu. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on the scar, but with little effect. Metagross uses Psychic, but Pikachu dodges and uses Iron Tail on Metagross. Pikachu gets on Metagross and uses Thunder, defeating Metagross. Tyson sends his ace, Meowth. Team Rocket's Meowth cheers for Tyson's Meowth to defeat Ash. Team Rocket, meanwhile, steals the Poké Balls and their boss kicks the door off. Seeing Team Rocket steal, the boss becomes enraged for what they did.
Tyson's Meowth starts by Slash, though Pikachu evades and uses Thunderbolt, so Meowth counters with a Thunderbolt of its own. Pikachu uses Thunder and Meowth with Thunderbolt, so Brock realizes Meowth is using Thunderbolt as a protection against Pikachu's electric attacks. Pikachu uses Quick Attack, but Meowth uses Double Team, so Pikachu misses. Meowth uses Iron Tail, so Pikachu counters with an Iron Tail of his own. Pikachu charges with another Quick Attack, so Meowth goes to Slash. Both Pokémon are exhausted by the battling, so Pikachu uses Thunder and Meowth with Thunderbolt. Pikachu uses Iron Tail and Meowth does the same, but this time both Pokémon get hit. Both Pokémon are severely wounded, but still stand up. However, Pikachu falls down, so Tyson is the winner. Team Rocket's Meowth is proud, while Ash picks Pikachu up. Tyson thanks Ash for the battle they had. Morrison cries, as he sees that nobody cares who won or lost.
As Meowth says that the battle he saw was great while crying tears of joy, Team Rocket passes by, but stops when Meowth asks them where they're going; James replies that the question should be where Meowth has been. However, the boss is heard telling them to “get back here”, causing Jessie and James to freeze. When the boss finally appears, he stomps his foot and snaps that what happened was the last straw (which surprises even Meowth). Finally, while simultaneously cracking his knuckles, the boss adds that he gave them a good job, and that he only asks that they punch out before they leave; instead, they steal from him and run, so he decides he will punch out for them before doing just that by sending Jessie, James and Meowth flying through the air. Jessie yells back to the boss that he has a lot more to worry about with the old shop than whether they punched their time clocks, while James asks to stop talking about punching, and Meowth adds "Don’t talk about clocks neither, since we just got ours cleaned" before all three say "We’re blasting off again!"
At the end of the day, Charles Goodshow gives Tyson the Hoenn League cup, and everyone cheers for him. Brock and Max are tempted to battle, and Morrison still wants to defeat Ash, while Ash still wants to train for future Leagues.
- The title of the episode is a pun on the well-known phrase “At the end of the day”.
- Featured Pokémon: Mawile, Aron, Baltoy
- "Well, where do you suppose we should begin?" - James
- "We’re not beginning anywhere! I sold ten million hot dogs for this?!" (parts of the stand fall on her, and she pops up out of the rubble) "All right, that does it! I’d rather go back to catching Pikachu on an empty stomach!" - Jessie
- "That was great! I’m so proud!" - Meowth while crying tears of joy
- "Aaaah!" - Jessie and James as they run past Meowth, screaming
- "Hey, guys, where ya going?" - Meowth to Jessie and James, who run back over to him
- "Meowth?" - Jessie
- "The question is where have you been?" - James
- "Get back here!" (Jessie and James freeze up at hearing him, and he appears, stomping his foot) "That’s it!" - Boss
- "Aah!" - Meowth
- "So, I give you a good job; I only ask that you punch out before you leave! Instead, you steal from me and run! So how about I punch out for you? Take this!" - Boss while simultaneously cracking his knuckles before launching Jessie, James and Meowth into the air with a single punch
- "Listen, pal — you have a lot more to worry about with that old shop than whether we punched our time clocks!" - Jessie
- "Stop talking about punching!" - James
- "Don’t talk about clocks neither, since we just got ours cleaned!" - Meowth
- "We’re blasting off again!" - Jessie, James and Meowth
- "Wobbuffet!" - Wobbuffet
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