Go West Young Meowth (ニャースのあいうえお Meowth's ABCs) is the 72nd episode of Pokémon: Indigo League.
Being invited to Hollywood, the heroes go to see the premiere of the movie they made with Cleavon. Meanwhile, Meowth remembers his past and encounters his gang. Refusing to join them, he sees his beloved, Meowzie and declares he will go to free her. Will he deserve the love he needed by defeating Persian, the leader?
In the morning, Ash, Pikachu and Brock train, though Misty thinks they are only seen with the TV remote. As Delia and Mimey tend the garden, the postman gives them a letter and they see the initiation for the premiere. Misty and Brock imagine themselves at Hollywood, while Ash is depressed, as he needs to train for the League. Misty, Brock and Ash's mom remind him, so Ash is persuaded to go with them to the premiere. Elsewhere, Jessie and James think about going to Hollywood to become famous, while Meowth is skeptical, as he does not want to think about that place.
Meowth remembers that he was alone and hungry. When he saw people playing baseball, he attempted to eat the balls (since he imagined they were doughnuts), but knocked the can over and got tied to a tree by the players. He cried, but saw a movie on the same field, where it presented fried chicken and ice cream. Knowing that it was delicious, he freed himself and went to Hollywood. He remembers that he got on a truck and saw a light. In Hollywood, Ash, his mum, Brock and Misty imagine themselves in Hollywood, but see the reality, as it is a dump. They go to a theatre, from where Cleavon appears. Though Jessie and James spy on them, Meowth leaves them, telling them he needs to care of some "business".
He comes to a hot dog stand and remembers that he took some fried chicken from the restaurant and got chased. Coming into an alley, he spot some Meowth and a Persian. They gave him some fish, to which he accepted. Next day, the Meowth stole the fried chicken and his life in Hollywood got better, but he lacked love. Someday, he saw a beautiful female Meowth and fell in love. Carelessly, he crossed the street, causing a major car accident, but got out unhurt. He got to her, and while she didn't care much, her owner came and pounded him with her umbrella. The owner displayed to the female Meowth a Poké Ball decorated with diamonds, which the female Meowth loved. Meowzie, the female Meowth, told him he is not human or rich, but a street Meowth, then she was called back to her owner. He promised to become human enough to have her attention.
He came to ballet lessons and began walking on two feet. When he got the fried chicken, he was busted by the chef, which got him a new experience to crawl. Still, he did not give up and taught himself how to speak like a human. Time passed and he learned how to speak and was very happy about it since repeating: "She sells seashells by the seashore." He returned to Meowzie and displayed her his progress, but Meowzie considered him a freak with no money, crushing him. Meowth promised to get rich, which is why he joined Team Rocket, but his dream did not come true. After the story, he encounters his old gang, the Meowth and the Persian. Jessie and James wait for Meowth to come and see him with the gang. They offer him to join back the gang. Though Meowth refuses, he soon sees Meowzie with them. Meowzie explains that her owner left her one day, as she ran out of money, but Persian came and offered her a spot in the gang, which she had to accept.
Upon hearing, Meowth decides to free her. The Persian and the other Meowth come to attack him, but Jessie and James appear and explain they are here to defend him, as they send Weezing and Arbok. Weezing's Smog chases Persian's Meowth away, leaving Persian. Meowth and Persian attack each other, and while Meowth got a scratch, Persian got defeated. Meowth goes to get Meowzie, but she goes to Persian. Meowth translates she is sticking with Persian, as he cared for her and considers Meowth as a freak. Meanwhile, the heroes saw the movie, but aren't impressed much, as they did not see themselves in it. Cleavon responds he had to cut them, as it is a movie about Pokémon and invited them since nobody else wanted to come. Team Rocket appear chanting, saying they only came to chant and disappear. Ash, Brock and Misty do not like this, as they say goodbye to their showbiz careers. Pikachu liked it.
At the end, Meowth looks at the moon and wonders if Meowzie is looking to the moon as well, then lowers his head down.
- "Go west, young Meowth, go west, to Hollywood!" - Meowth
- The "Who's that Pokémon?" in this episode is Onix.
- When the heroes imagined the glory of Hollywood, Delia made a pose where her skirt was blown away by the wind. This is a reference to Marilyn Monroe.
- In this episode Meowth is holding a real-life fish in his mouth.
- In the dub the baseball coach speaks directly to Meowth after tying him to the tree, saying "Bad Meowth! You deserve to be punished!". In the original version he doesn't speak directly to Meowth and says "Punishment for a naughty Meowth!".
- In the original version Meowzie claims that Meowth who walks upright and speaks the human language is disgusting. In the dub, she calls Meowth a freak.
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