Primeape Goes Bananas (おこらないでねオコリザル! Don't Get Mad, Primeape!) is the 25th episode of Pokémon: Indigo League.


After learning his rival, Gary has caught more Pokémon and got more badges, Ash goes with his friends to Celadon City. On his way, he encounters a Mankey and attempts to capture it. However, it gets mad and after being kicked by James, it evolves into a Primeape, who chases Ash. How will the heroes (and Team Rocket) deal with this tough and determined Pokémon?

Episode plot

Ash, Misty and Brock are on their way towards Celadon City. Ash decides to call Professor Oak to show him the new badges he has earned. When Professor Oak answers the phone, Krabby is there with him. Ash shows Professor Oak his badges, only he is unimpressed. Professor Oak says Gary and the other two trainers that started on the same day as him have five badges. Ash gets mad when Professor Oak says that Gary has also caught 30 Pokémon. Professor Oak suggests to Ash that he catch more Pokémon to become a better trainer. Ash hangs up the phone, very upset.

Misty, Brock, and Pikachu are eating rice balls when Ash walks back to them. Misty and Pikachu notice that he is upset and they ask him what's wrong. Ash says he is very far behind compared to the other trainers and Brock tells him that Celadon City is about a day's walk from where they are at. Pikachu spots a Mankey close by. The Mankey hops over to Brock, wanting his rice ball. Brock gives it to him and Mankey climbs up onto a rock to eat it. Ash tries to catch it by throwing a Poké Ball at it, but Mankey throws the rice ball at the Poké Ball like Ash, which the Poké Ball captures. Mankey starts hopping around in a mode called Thrash and he challenges him first. Mankey attacks Ash and grabs his hat and climbs on top of a tree with it. Close by, Team Rocket is trying to think of a way to catch Pikachu. Jessie has a plan, but Meowth says her plans never work. Jessie throws a ball of yarn at him to get him to stop talking.

Ash gets back up and sees Mankey on top of the tree with his hat. Ash runs to the tree and frantically tries to climb it. Misty says that its just a hat and Ash tells her he had to enter a postcard contest to win the hat. Misty remembers entering the contest and Ash said he had to send in a million postcards to win the hat. Ash gets up to Mankey in the tree, but Mankey jumps off of it. Team Rocket appears to steal Pikachu and Mankey curiously hops over to them. James kicks it away, but Mankey challenges before evolving into Primeape.

Team Rocket sends out their Pokémon to steal Pikachu. Primeape attacks Jessie and sends her flying into a rock. She tells Ekans and Koffing to attack Primeape instead. While Primeape is fighting Team Rocket, Ash's hat falls off of its head. Ash asks Pikachu to get it and tells Pikachu not to look Primeape in the eyes or it will start attacking Pikachu. Pikachu carefully walks over to pick up the hat, trying not to look Primeape in the eyes. But Pikachu soon does, and Primeape grabs the hat. Pikachu attacks it with Thundershock, but it only makes Primeape furious. Brock thinks Primeape is afraid of them and walks up to it. Primeape sends Brock flying into a rock. Primeape uses Thrash to chase after Ash and Misty with Team Rocket following them also. They split up, and Brock catches up with Misty.

Ash continues running, with Primeape smashing boulders in his path behind him. Meanwhile, Team Rocket puts a trap in Ash's path. Ash and Pikachu fall into the pit trap, Primeape stopping just in time. Koffing accidentally releases smog and Pikachu uses Thundershock. Ash climbs out of the hole, but Primeape is right in front of him. Ash remembers what Professor Oak said and gets serious about catching Primeape. He first sends out Squirtle to use Water Gun, but it does nothing. Ash then sends out Bulbasaur to use Razor Leaf, but Primeape punches the leaves. Ash then sends out Charmander and it uses Flamethrower. Primeape dodges it and punches Charmander. Charmander then learns Rage, giving Charmander more power. Pikachu quickly grabs Ash's hat off Primeape's head and Charmander uses Flamethrower, knocking Primeape out. Ash throws a Poké Ball and it shakes, then it stops, signifying that Ash has officially caught Primeape!

Pikachu gives Ash his hat back, just as Team Rocket climbs out of the hole. They wonder where Primeape is, and Ash sends out Primeape; it starts attacking Team Rocket again, sending them flying. Primeape then begins attacking Ash before Ash finally recalls Primeape. Brock says that they have reached Celadon City, and Misty remarks that Primeape chasing them made them get here quicker.

Team Rocket lands in a field full of serious Primeape. The Primape start attacking Team Rocket, and Meowth wishes he had rice balls.





"It's a doughnut!" - Ash
"A Doughnut Pokémon?" - Misty
"I didn't know that was an official expo hat. I remember entering the same contest myself." - Misty
"I had to send in a million postcards to win that hat!" - Ash
"Hehe. No wonder I didn't win, I only sent in one." - Misty


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Who's that Pokémon? (Primeape)

  • This episode's dub title is a reference to the Disney movie Herbie Goes Bananas.
  • The "Who's that Pokémon?" in this episode is Primeape.


  • Even though Ash got punched by Primeape and got a black eye, later the black eye disappears.
  • In Mystery at the Lighthouse, Professor Oak tells Ash that Gary has caught 45 Pokémon. However, in this episode, Professor Oak tells Ash that Gary has caught 30 Pokémon. It should be noted that this was also present in the Japanese version.
  • The writing on the Poké Ball in the advertisement is misspelled as "POCKEMON LEAG".
  • When Ash throws a Poké Ball at Primeape, the white side is facing up and in the next scene, the white side is facing down.
  • When Mankey evolves into Primape the captions mistakenly read "Mankey growling".

Dub differences

  • The rice balls (onigiri) are misidentified as doughnuts in the dub.


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