Don't agree with Sunain I think, Satoshi doesn't deserve to qualify at this rate. I think this episode was spot on. This was the first episode I was worried about the whole Shinji vs Satoshi affair, and I'm glad they did this ending (and in style too). Satoshi has never used any defensive moves like Light Screen or status raising abilities at all. Shinji did the right thing and used all his Pokemon traits and abused light screen if he could. I asked a lot of the students at the senior high schools I teach here in Japan and many of them said that Satoshi is "too lucky" and I kinda agree. Satoshi doesn't use half of the status modifying stuff that Shinji uses. Also, Shinji used is strongest Pokemon and still had 4 remaining. He rofl-stomped Pikachu and the overpowered Mukuhawk. Satoshi will have to start using stat-modifying moves or substitute for some of his Pokemon or keep his current team and either way, train very hard.