Even as a kid I always knew there was something up with that person from the Suzie episode.
I'm surprised nobody started to notice the almost pre-Contest stuff being done in this episode. Making a Pokemon fashionable, anyone? Suzie almost gave me the impression of a coordinator, and its more noticeable now looking back at her in retrospect.
Suzie reappears in Johto and Brock actually enters a Pokemon contest...almost a primitive version of what anime contests would be in the next arc. Makes me wonder really if what was done in the anime influenced GameFreak to come up with the game-canon contests later on.