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Again, I think the whole idea was the staff thinks Goh needs a critter on his shoulder much like Ash has Pikachu for marketing or presentation purposes. When we argue about things, sometimes we forget the main target audience of the series; children, specifically Japanese children.
So, Grookey is still useless. After how many episodes, it's only done one move, once.
There were other annoying critters, but at least they were involved in battles or served some kind of function. Piplup's role was eventually settled on as a "Pokémon Contest" entrant, which ironically, in a way, sort of justified its behavior given the stereotype of "beauty contest entrant"...