Pokémon: Season 1, Episode 21

Bye Bye Butterfree (5 Oct. 1998)

TV Episode  |  TV-Y  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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It's the Butterfree Mating Season. Ash decides to let his Butterfree have a chance at love. Saying good bye may be harder than it seems for both of them.



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Episode credited cast:
Rachael Lillis ...
Misty / Jessie / Butterfree trainer (voice)
Eric Stuart ...
Brock / James (voice)
Matthew Sussman ...
Meowth (voice) (as Nathan Price)
Ikue Ohtani ...
Pikachu (voice)
Rodger Parsons ...
Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Rikako Aikawa ...
Butterfree (voice)
Chinami Nishimura ...
Pink Butterfree (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Veronica Taylor ...
Ash Ketchum (voice)


On their way to Saffron City, our heroes come to the spot where Butterfree gather to find mates and travel together across the sea in order to have babies. Ash lets out his own Butterfree and helps it to try and find a mate of its own. It eventually finds one, a uniquely pink Butterfree, and attempts to impress it. However, Butterfree is rejected immediately and flies off heartbroken. The group help Butterfree to be more confident and try again, but to no avail. To make matters worse, Team Rocket enters in a brand new chopper and net just about every Butterfree, including the pink one. Ash's Butterfree chases after them as our heroes follow, but will it be able to stop Team Rocket on it's own and save its beloved? And when the time comes, will Ash have the courage needed to finally say good-bye? Written by gigacaesar

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Ash releases Butterfree. See more »


Written by Tamara Loeffler and John Siegler
Performed by James Williams and Babi Floyd
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