I laughed so hard at the scene where Ash, Iris and Axew looked up Pignite's nostrils XD That was so weird, especially the perspective we saw it from.
And then the whole let's-just-jump-like-nobody's-business seance afterwards, too cute. Although Ash's unorthodox way of having Charizard throw Pignite around to force the bullet seed out left me in a bit of worry. What happened to using isotonic saltwater to flush the nostrils, geez! Iris' solution was simple but effective, typical "nature-like" solution coming from her. Loved this subplot XD
Meowth was fierce! Loved how Jessie and James snapped him out of it, though. While they don't display it as often anymore, their close friendship still shines through. In their own, robotic competent kind of way.. Nice little episode before the real action starts.