I know I’ve mentioned this a billion times, but I have so many mixed feelings about the TRio during DP. On one hand, their appearances every single episode were getting a little overwhelming, especially since we had a WHOLE new slew of rivalries and contest stuff and Ash development, but the fillers combined could also account for that.
On the other hand, Jessie as a coordinator was really entertaining. Some moments were extremely touching to me- two of my favorites being when Princess Salvia gave her the Arrowroot Ribbon, and when James competed and won for her when she was sick. We got some other great Rocket episodes in general. The Japanese dialogue between Jessie and James when they’re stuck in midair by the angry Metagross in DP117 is one of the best Rocketshipping moments of all time:
"The Treasure Is All Mine" was an interesting play on James’s past and covered his relationship with Jessiebelle beyond her debut episode:
"For the Love of Meowth" was hilarious, yet provided a bit of…humorous empathy for him, in my opinion. We got to see him fall in love with another feline this time- a trainer’s Glameow- to the point where he wants to leave Team Rocket (though he eventually becomes less attracted to her when she evolves into Purugly, but…). The Love Fury Swipes was a cool new touch as well.
So if you haven’t watched DP at all and are kinda hesitant about the TRio’s role in the series, I’d say give some of these episodes a chance (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND WATCHING IT SUBBED THOUGH). I’ll always have mixed feelings about their appearance in every episode, but like I said before, it goes hand-in-hand with the amount of filler episodes and aside from that, they did have a few great moments. Even so, the DP TRio’s dynamic will always remain my second favorite after OS!