Fighting Flyer with Fire!
Ash and friends arrive at the Violet City gym just as two suspicious people (Jessie and James in suits and glasses) come up to them claiming they have to check Ash's Pokemon before participation in a gym battle. They run off with Pikachu and reveal themselves as Team Rocket. Ash chooses Heracross to retrieve Pikachu, but Meowth has a bottle of sap ready for Heracross to suck on and distract him. The balloon continues to float away until a man with a hand glider flies in with a Hoot Hoot who retrieves Pikachu from Team Rocket. Jessie retaliates by getting Arbok to shred his glider, but he calls out his Pidgeot to fly on and they attack the balloon sending Team Rocket off into the air. The man lands and returns Pikachu to Ash. They have a discussion about flying Pokemon where Ash talks about his Pidgeot that is still residing in the forest around Pallet Town. After their talk, he states he is the Violet City gym leader, his name is Falkner. They're all surprised, but Ash is ready to battle. They enter the gym and ride an elevator to the gym stadium for their battle. When they get there Falkner starts with his Hoot Hoot. Ash starts with Chikorita, who's happy as ever to be around her trainer. Falkner criticizes Ash for choosing a Pokemon with a serious type disadvantage, and he's right. The battle begins and Chikorita is defeated easily. Ash then chooses Pikachu to continue the fight. Now Ash has the type advantage and defeats the Hoot Hoot. Falkner chooses a Dodrio as his next Pokemon and somehow Ash is shocked that it can fly. (I must admit it looks really funny in Pokemon Stadium when one uses fly and it's sorta floating in the air ^_^) Anyway, after a tough and tiring fight, Pikachu defeats the Dodrio as well. Falkner chooses his last Pokemon, Pidgeot who is a formidable contender. Pidgeot is too fast for the tired Pikachu and successfully defeats him. Ash then chooses his final Pokemon to battle with, it is Charizard. He starts with a Flamethrower that the enemy Pidgeot blows back in his direction hurting only himself. Ash asks Charizard to fly, but apparently his wing is hurt and he can't. Ash has faith in Charizard and fortunately he works out his wing problem and takes off. Pidgeot is continuing to beat Charizard by fastly flying behind and doing a quick attack. Ash gets an idea to use Pidgeot's strategy against her and tells Charizard to fly and then just as Pidgeot does her Agility, Charizard shoots a Fire Spin directly behind him where Pidgeot gets caught in it. Pidgeot falls to the ground, fainted. Ash wins the match against Falkner who is quite surprised. Outside the gym afterwards, he awards Ash his Zephyr badge and so they continue onward and ahead on Ash's journey for Johto badges.
For Crying Out Loud
Ash and the gang continue on their way in through the forest decided to next approach Azalea town where the next Gym is as well as where Kurt lives, the one Ash must get the GS Ball to. They notice the houses across a lake and Brock decides that this is the place he'll finally meet a girlfriend, saying this because he'd already spotted a girl standing by a cliff with a parasol in hand. They turn around to see a Marill that jumps out of a bush. Misty particularly likes her and tosses a Pokeball at Marill. It just sorta hits her in the head hurting the poor Marill quite a bit so she starts crying, really loudly. Brock comforts the crying Marill and she becomes happy again. Misty takes Marill and apologizes, but Marill starts crying loudly again. Brock takes Marill back which instantly cheers her up. Just then, a truck drives by offering the gang a ride. The two drivers are none other than Team Rocket made up in a disguise that somehow fools them. They all pile into the semi-attached trailer and just then electrically controlled hands reach out and grab Pikachu and Marill. The truck then drives off without the trailer leaving the kids behind as Team Rocket reveal themselves to the kids. Marill starts crying loudly causing Meowth to lose control of the truck and they go flying off the edge of a cliff blasting into the air. Marill and Pikachu go down the steep cliff to which Ash chases after them, he stumbles with Misty close behind she runs for them, but stumbles as well, all the way to the edge where she falls into a passing river below. Meanwhile the girl from the cliff runs to catch up with them angry because her Marill is missing. She interrogates Ash about Marill and Brock intervenes describing the whole situation. The girl's name is Wilimena Brock having the same last name as Brock's first name. While this is going on, Misty has managed to get herself, Pikachu and Marill out of the river. All Marill can do is cry though, which drives Misty to yell sternly at the crying Pokemon. Marill becomes upset and runs off. Misty chases after Marill determined not to lose her. Marill trips and lands on the ground, Misty tries to comfort the hurt, crying Pokemon, but Marill remains mad at Misty. Later on, they're walking along and Misty gets the idea that maybe Marill can use her supersonic hearing to find her trainer. Marill's ears pop and pop, but nothing comes up. The impatient Misty yells at Marill making her cry again. Meanwhile Ash, Brock and Wilimena are wandering in search of Misty, Pikachu and Marill. Wilimena blames herself for all this and is worried about Marill. Brock assures her that he'll stay right by her side until they can get Marill back. It seems Wilimena really likes Brock as Togepi jumps out of Ash's arms he spots a ribbon that could lead them to Misty. Wilimena recognizes it as the ribbon her Marill had tied around her tail. Misty, Pikachu and Marill have stopped a while, as Pikachu and Marill eat, some Butterfree pass by, and Marill runs off after them. Marill comes upon a clearing with flowers and the Butterfree are around the flowers, Marill shoots at the Butterfree playfully with a water gun, and Misty catches up to see this going on. It seems however that Marill's water has disturbed the bugs in the area, and there are Caterpie and Weedle crawling out, but what really is a problem is the many Beedrill that have been disturbed from their flowers and are now angry to give chase to Misty, Pikachu and Marill. As they're running, they pass Ash, Brock and Wilimena, reunited for a very brief time, they keep running and Ash, Brock and Wilimena have no choice but to duck underneath the Beedrill to let them pass. They continue to give chase to Misty, but deciding to fight back, Misty orders Pikachu to thundershock the Beedrill. They're thoroughly shocked by that and scatter off to elsewhere. Just then, rain begins to fall, it seems that just in the nick of time, a big thunder storm has started. Ash, Brock and Wilimena take shelter under a big tall tree (which may as well be begging to be struck by lightning..). Brock is upset knowing that he'll be parting with Wilimena after they find Marill. They all decide to wait under this tree until the storm passes. Misty, Pikachu and Marill, also taking shelter beneath a tree, except inside a little cave-in. Marill is scared from the lightening and Misty continues to try comforting her. Marill bolts away into the bad storm. Just then, lightning strikes a large tree sending it slowly towards the ground. Misty yells at Marill to escape the falling tree, but the stupid thing just stares. Misty jumps out to save Marill and gets her out of the way just as the tree falls. Misty is mad at Marill for doing that, but glad she's alright. After the storm clears, Misty, Pikachu and Marill are crossing a shaky rope bridge, which only gets worse as Team Rocket show up intent to steal the Pokemon by shaking the bridge down with robotic hand things. James reaches some more hands out to grab Pikachu, and then Meowth does the same for Marill. Misty leaps to save Marill and pulls down the whole thing. After much hesitation, Meowth finally lets go sending Marill and Misty towards the passing water below. Just as Misty is about to land, Chikorita saves her and pulls her and Marill back up to where Brock, Ash and Wilimena stand. Chikorita brings down Team Rocket's balloon with a razor leaf and they crash down to the ground freeing Pikachu, only to start a fight. They battle, Misty almost getting hit with a poison sting, but Marill water guns it out of the way. Pikachu finishes things off shocking them and their balloon. The gas cylinder explodes and they all blast off again. Wilimena gets back her Marill, and invites them all to stay at her place for a while, Ash declines determined to continue on towards the next gym, much to Brock's dismay, they part with Wilimena and Marill. Misty will miss Marill, and she waves at her new Pokemon friend, as Wilimena's car drives off.
Ash and the gang are all taking a rest under a tree. A Sentret which appears to be a young one comes by and takes interest in Togepi. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is rolling in with their new superweapon, the Arbotank. They spot them all under the tree and that they're all asleep. They decide to leave their tank so they can get closer and steal the Pokemon while they all sleep. It isn't long though after they get out that Sentret and Togepi wind up inside the tank. They then start rolling around with it, all for fun. Jessie, James and Meowth run to chase after the runaway tank. Just then, another Sentret comes to the group looking for Sentret and expresses concern to them, although they cannot understand it, they figure it involves Togepi, since he's missing and so they go to look him. When they're running they come across Team Rocket as they continue to chase their tank, they inform the group that Togepi and Sentret are inside the tank. Brock gathers all of them to come up with a plan to stop the Arbotank. Militarily dressed, they prepare to execute a plan of digging a pothole along the tank's path, and making a huge pool of mud inside to stop the tank, they would load it up with rocks and dirt, and have their Pokemon blast it with water to make the mud. They're doing this just as the tank is approaching, and Brock warns them of the oncoming tank, just when the tank goes over and splashes into the mud, they think they've gotten it, Pikachu hops in to look around with Ash behind, but a surge of electricity gets the tank going, knocking Ash to the ground and trapping Pikachu inside. It then all too conviniently plows a way out of the pit in it's path. Just then, Team Rocket pop up to announce that the tank will magically disappear. It turns out they dug a giant hole. With that, after a slightly disturbing display by Team Rocket, Meowth jumps to board the tank and hops in. Meowth is greeted with a Thunderbolt from Pikachu. The tank continues along and eventually comes to a mountain blocking it's path. No problem, Togepi uses metronome on the mountain and the random attack seems to make a nice little cave. The Arbotank effortlessly continues through the mountain using the built in rock driller and eventually comes out the other side. Brock's next strategy is to get Charizard in front of it to push as hard as he can to slow the Arbotank to a stop. Sentret helps as does Onix from the other side. Charizard blasts the window on the front with a Flamethrower attack and all the Pokemon inside escape the tank, except Meowth. The tank is about to explode and so Jessie and James rush in to attempt to prevent the explosion of the tank that cost all the money they had left. They of course can't prevent the ready to blow tank from exploding and they blast off again. Officer Jenny from the town below came up then to ask Ash and the gang if they knew who was responsible for that hole in the mountain. Ash gives him and his group credit for the path made through the mountain although it was actually the work of Togepi and Sentret in the Arbotank. Anyway, Officer Jenny thanks them for making a faster route to Violet City and so it seems that the Arbotank was useful for something.
Charizard's Burning Ambitions
Ash and friends are becoming quite tired of their journey. Meanwhile, Team Rocket watch as Meowth sees this as the perfect chance to strike. Unfortunately the facts are that they have so many Pokemon, and a Charizard. All they've got are good ol' Weezing and Arbok, Lickitung, Victreebel and of course Meowth. It's unfair! So, as the gang continues to walk through the canyons they begin to discuss how maybe always using Charizard is sorta unfair. This is followed up by Team Rocket screaming that out at the top of their lungs to be heard echoing through great distances. Brock demonstrates the echoing-ness of the area yelling out "Hello!!" and then a girl comes upon them having heard the echoing. She was anxious to meet the trainer that had a Charizard who beat the gym leader in Violet city, and Ash is that trainer. She invites them to follow her and Charla (her Charizard) into the Charicific valley, a place where wild Charizard train against each other in harsh battles. Ash and Charizard seem to have a hard time reaching the place, and Team Rocket sorta just slide there way towards the place as well, following the rest of the group. Ash and Charizard make it just in time, embarassing themselves as Charizard shows up his flames. Ash has to jump in the water to put his fire out. When they open the giant doors into the valley they see all the tough Charizard going at it, living and battling through their lives. Charizard decides to start picking on them to have battles to prove how good he is. The first one just sorta sucks up his fire and blows it back at him. Then when he goes to pick on the supposedly gentlest one in the valley, he gets a tail slammed into his neck sending him flying into the rocky edges of the place. Charizard gets back up to fight some more, but continues to take some harsh abuse from that Charizard.. he's thrown out, but gets back up to bang on the doors. When he takes on Charla, she just tosses him into the lake. Charizard stands there, in the water helplessly crying. Determined to be better, Charizard stands in the water over night, Team Rocket watch on with all their sympathy going out to Charizard. They throw rocks to keep him awake. In the morning, Charizard is still standing and awake, having made it through the night. Team Rocket decide to attack the valley, to provoke an attack from Charizard so he can beat them. Team Rocket do this out of kindness to Charizard in secret, so that he can feel better about himself, as their giant robot that sorta looks like a bug catcher dude is heated and they blast off into the air, they're content to have been beaten by Charizard. The doors of the valley open up and they decide to allow Charizard into the valley, not because he beat Team Rocket, but because he has shown he wants to be great. Ash sees this as a great opportunity for Charizard, so to get rid of him, lies telling Charizard he doesn't need such a weak Charizard anyway, can get along just fine without him. Harsh words, but Pikachu confirms with Charizard that everything is okay, and Charizard seems to be content to look forward to a new life in the valley. Ash will miss Charizard, but keeps on running away, in case he has a last minute change of heart.
Grin To Win
The heat seems to be getting to Ash and co as they're all very thirsty. They spot a water pipe along the way, wondering if it's a mirage, but fortunately it's real as a girl walks by to tighten the piping to fix a leak. They ask for some water from the pipe, it's no problem and the girl gives it to them. Brock likes the girl as he always does, and offers to tighten the pipe for her, getting splashed with water in his face as he tightens it. Back at her house, they see her turn on the water and some Sunflora come out to play in it as they get watered. They're in a village where there are many Sunflora and they have an annual competition for who's Sunflora has the biggest smile. One of her Sunflora, however has been sad lately. Meanwhile, during the night, Team Rocket break into another greenhouse of Sunflora, owned by a guy who'd been a common winner of the annual Sunflora competition. James happens to be able to identify all the unique features of each one, in order to pick the best one to steal, for winning the competition. The grand prize is a year's supply of noodles, something the starved Team Rocket could really use. Meowth just happens to run into an alarm trigger button and this causes a net to land on top of him. Jessie and James make a run for it, and the guy comes in to find only Meowth. When Ash and the group come to check out what the noise is all about, they find him with Meowth. Misty gets the guy to release Meowth into her custody and she's got a plan. They get Meowth to act as a translator to tell them what's bothering the girl's sad Sunflora. It seems another Sunflora he liked was traded away and missing the other Sunflora made him sad. They trace the other Sunflora to the local Pokemon Center where a Nurse Joy has it. Sunflora cheers right up, to be with his friend. The next day at the competition, all the Sunflora are there including Team Rocket with Meowth dressed as a Sunflora. As the contest begins, the judges decide between the guy who'd won before, with still an excellent and oddly tall Sunflora, the girl with her now happy Sunflora, and also Meowth dressed as a Sunflora. Just as the judging went underway, Snubbull popped up at the wrong moment to bite Meowth's tail, revealing him as a fake. They've got a back-up plan, though, and pop-up some reflective panels to concentrate the sun directly into the field making all the Sunflora's heads get bigger and they all fell over. Team Rocket try to make off with the noodles, but Ash and his Pokemon try to stop them. Ash gets Pikachu to use thunderbolt, but the ever increasingly jealous Chikorita punts Pikachu aside causing him to instead blow out the reflective panels. Oh well, it helped the situation anyway. From all that sun, it was pretty easy for the girl to get her Sunflora to attack Team Rocket with Solarbeam, and so, she did. Team Rocket blasted off into the air, and the competition continued. Of course, her Sunflora won because it was smiling the best and saved them all from Team Rocket. Meanwhile, Snubbull is not too happy, and continues her search for Meowth so she can perhaps again sink her teeth into Meowth's soft, chewy tail.
Chikorita's Big Upset
Ash is in a Pokemon battle with some kid. He's battling Chikorita against the kid's Raticate. Raticate seems to be winning, so Ash calls back Chikorita, but Chikorita refuses and continues to fight. Chikorita doles out a nice razor leaf attack, and continues to refuse to return as Chikorita runs off. The boy is called away by his mother and so he runs off. Ash is disappointed that if only Chikorita had listened, he'd have won. They go to a Pokemon center to discuss Chikorita's behavior and the Nurse Joy offers to assist as she's been studying Pokemon psychology and might be able to find out what's bothering Chikorita. After going over the situation, she comes to the conclusion that Chikorita is jealous of the attention Ash pays to Pikachu (as if we didn't know this already). Nurse Joy suggests for Chikorita to spend the night in a small garden-ish greenhouse part of the Pokemon center. As Ash sleeps with Pikachu by his side, Pikachu gets up to check on Chikorita. Just as he sees the Pokeball which Chikorita resides in, it starts to shake. Chikorita definitely wants to get out, and once escaping the confinement of the ball, runs off towards the grass. Pikachu chases after her trying to make her not run off. Chikorita reasonably evades Pikachu and goes to sleep in a small garage somewhere in the area. A bunch of Pokemon from the neighborhood loom over Chikorita and try to pick a fight. A Primeape attacks and Chikorita defeats the attacker easily. The rest of the Pokemon just decide to befriend Chikorita. Team Rocket are in the area and just as Ash and the gang are out looking for where Chikorita and Pikachu ran off to, they decide it's the perfect time to steal Pikachu. Jessie and James radio Meowth who is up in the balloon and to get him to track Pikachu. He quickly spots Pikachu going through the grass looking for Chikorita. Jessie and James go after Chikorita, but all her friends protect her. Team Rocket have a giant rubber tire robot, and the fighting Pokemon are no match for it. They grab Chikorita and Pikachu tries to stop it, failing, they just grab Pikachu too. With Bulbasaur on the trail, Ash and the group soon spot the area where this is all taking place, and realizing that Pikachu can't do anything against the robot, Brock suggests knocking out the antenna at the top. Ash gets gutsy and has Heracross launch him towards the robot, Meowth controls the robot to dodge the incoming Ash, who then falls to the ground missing the robot. Ash climbs up a ladder against the wall aside the robot to get to the top of it again, but Meowth handily gets it to dodge Ash again. Ash is falling far, potentially to his death as Chikorita grabs on to him with her vines. This is hard for little Chikorita, but she somehow lifts him up to the top of the rubber robot, where Ash breaks the little antenna dish off. Meowth loses control, so Chikorita and Pikachu are freed. Meowth in the balloon, who has Jessie and James hanging by ropes, devilishly decides to cut them off and try to get away alone (revenge against J&J abandoning him at the guy's greenhouse last episode? ^_^) It doesn't work though, as Meowth is dragged into the explosion of the giant robot and they all blast off again. Back at the Pokemon Center, they say goodbye to Nurse Joy, and hopefully Chikorita will be less jealous from now on, as Ash lets Chikorita ride on his other shoulder, just like Pikachu.
Foul Weather Friends
As the gang are continuing on their way, they spot numerous grass Pokemon along the way, and just then a Hoppip jumps out at them. When the wind starts blowing, the Hoppip blows off into the air, and they spot a girl rushing out with a net who catches the Hoppip in it. The Girl, named Mariah is a meteorologist and uses the Hoppip along with various instruments on her roof to predict the weather. There is an Oddish, that is friends with the Hoppip, and even wants to be a Hoppip that can fly with the wind. Unfortunately, little Oddish can't fly. Team Rocket hiding in the bushes overhear all about the Hoppip and get the idea to open a delivery service using them. They burst out with giant fans they wave at the Hoppip, which don't really do much to blow them away. They turn on a giant electric fan then to cause all the Hoppip to blow away. Pikachu and Chikorita fight against Team Rocket. Chikorita easily deals with Arbok, and Pikachu attacks the fan which explodes and they blast off again. After this is done with, the Hoppip gather together with their leaves together. This greatly concerns Mariah who knows they always do that when a severe weather storm is approaching. She checks her equipment and confirms an approaching tornado. Meanwhile, Team Rocket are walking along having barely survived the last encounter and this evil tornado comes up behind them and sucks them up to throw them around. The tornado continues to wreak havoc as it approaches Mariah's house. They stupidly just cower under the table, when she really should've had a basement ready to hide in if a tornado strikes. It comes, and tears apart her roof, it also scoops up all the Hoppip. Oddish seems to be enjoying it though, as it's his first chance to fly. After the tornado passes, they look for Hoppip, first finding Oddish near the wreckage of Mariah's roof. The gang and Oddish continue looking for Hoppip as Oddish leads them into the woods to find the 1st Hoppip. Brock handily climbs the tree and brings Hoppip down to safety. They find another Hoppip stuck to a tree branch in a raging river. Oddish gets set to jump into the river to save the Hoppip, but Ash stops him. Brock then goes in and easily brings that Hoppip to safety as well. Walking through an open area, they see another Hoppip flying high. It just so happens that Team Rocket is flying around in their balloon and the storm blew all the Hoppip their way. This Hoppip encounters Team Rocket too, and they just snatch him up. Of course also leading the group towards Team Rocket. Misty has Staryu attack the balloon crashing them in the woods. Ash and the group rush to get to the fallen balloon and they battle against Team Rocket. Oddish leads up the battle taking care of all of Team Rocket's Pokemon and sending them blasting off with Solarbeam. They get back all the Hoppip and return home. They talk with Oddish encouraging him to do his best as an Oddish, and that even if he can't fly, Oddish is good as an Oddish. So, for helping to save all the Hoppip, Mariah names Oddish an honorary Hoppip, still just an Oddish though, and Oddish seems happy with that, happy now to be an Oddish.
The Superhero Secret
Ash and the group are walking along just as they fall into a hole. It was the work of Team Rocket who've got a plan to drown them all and scoot with Pikachu. Just as they all struggle and Togepi is starting to drown, a Gligar bashes through to get Togepi out and up to a tree where a masked man in a purple cape stands. He calls himself Gligar Man and with his trusty Gligar helps out those in need. The Gligar attacks Team Rocket and before long they're running off. After all is well, Gligar Man scoots off on his motorcycle. Just as he's left, a girl rides up on a bicycle and asks them if they've seen Gligar Man. Very odd question to ask a bunch of total strangers if you ask me, but she must have expected them to have, and surely enough that's what just happened, her name is Latoya and Brock is all over her, and as usual Misty's the one to drag him away. They head into the town and find a toy store where they're selling lots of Gligar Man stuff. The people outside the door push Ash and the group into the store to see the Gligar Man stuff. Brock instantly notices the sound of Latoya's voice and so now we know she works at this store. The owner of the store guides them to a movie screen to learn all about Gligar Man. They watch a movie showing Gligar Man doing various superhero things throughout the movie. They begin to suspect the store owner of hiding something, and when Togepi is clinging to his leg, Misty pieces it together that he's Gligar Man. They go downstairs into a vault, some sort of central control station for Gligar Man. This is where he runs all his operations, but he's been getting old lately. He wants Ash to take over as Gligar Man, but imagining himself in that role, Ash abruptly refuses. He'd not want to pass it down to his daughter Latoya because she doesn't really want it to continue. Just as they're discussing all this, something goes down upstairs. It seems Team Rocket is attacking again, dressed as super villains James and Meowth are dressed as Metapods and shoving Metapod Man costumes onto innocent bystanders.. ooh the horror. In trying to stop them though, Meowth breaks out a Spinarak robot and traps Ash, Pikachu and Gligar Man in a sticky goo ball. Jessie threatens to reveal who Gligar Man is, but it seems as everyone had known all along anyway. Just then, a girl's voice is heard. She'll save the day with Gligar, for it's Gli-girl! Latoya finally decided to do the superhero act as her father had done for so long, and with her command Gligar bolts down to slash through the goo-ball and freeing Gligar Man, Ash, and Pikachu. After Team Rocket blasts off with their robot Spinarak, Latoya admits she just couldn't help, but grab a costume to help her father. So, it seems she'll be continuing family tradition as Ash and co depart from the town on towards the next Johto league gym.
Mild 'n Wooley
Ash and the group are sitting down to a picnic just as Ash starts choking on his sandwich. Ash nearly chokes to death until he manages to cough it up, and swallow back down. Just as that problem is over with, a Mareep shows up, and starts running at them. Mareep jumps on Pikachu and Pikachu's natural best defense of an electric attack only seems to make Mareep happier. Suddenly, an entire flock of Mareep run for Pikachu, they all want the electricity because it must make them feel good or something ^_^. It makes all of their fleece bigger and then a girl who's aptly named Mary runs to try and stop them, only getting knocked down. Her mother makes an appearance on the scene and rounds up all the Mareep drawing them towards her with her Raichu. By her command, they all return home, and Raichu guides them there. Back at the house, they talk about the Mareep and find out about a festival the village has where they honor the Mareep and battle with them. Mary wants to battle this year, but her mother isn't allowing it, because she seems to not yet be mature enough to handle her own Mareep. Later on in the field, Pikachu and Raichu run with the Mareep helping them to be more ready for the upcoming event. Mary and her Mareep named Fluffy are practicing separately for battle. Ash notices as she trains Fluffy and seems impressed with Mareep's electric attacks. Mary decides to challenge Ash to a little battle with her Mareep. Ash accepts, and the fight begins. Mareep and Pikachu seem quite closely matched. Both attacks meeting a dead end in the middle Ash calls Pikachu off to start dodging Mareep's continuous attack. Mareep eventually gets quite tired and passes out on the ground. Mary apparently wasn't thinking that Mareep could ever get tired (silly Mary!) and had to ask why Ash got Pikachu to stop his attack. In one of those rare instances when Ash gets to look smarter than someone else he explains about not letting your Pokemon get worn out. Back at the house, they go to bed and Mary with her Mareep looks to the stars having learned a lesson about Pokemon and being nice to them. Her mom overhears her remarking to herself about treating her Pokemon with respect, and this is pleasing to her mom. In the night, a thunder storm approaches, and so they gather up all the Mareep and head out to the top of the cliff with Raichu. All the Mareep stand at the top eagerly waiting to be struck by lightening, (Quite the suicidal bunch! ^_^) Of course, they in fact get shiner fleece when they get electricity. The lightening does in fact strike them, and they all get fluffed up and shiny fleece. Just then, Team Rocket happen upon the scene with their balloon fully draped with lights flashing around them. They steal all the Mareep in their net successfully. Even when Raichu attacks to stop them, a panel on the front absorbs the energy to power up the light show surrounding the balloon. Raichu tries hard, and surely enough blows out the lights and causing the lights to catch on fire. The balloon goes up in flames and falls to the ground. Just upon the fiery balloon landing, the Mareep manage to escape from beneath. Jessie and James decide to attack now, with Weezing and Arbok. Countering them are all of the Mareep, seriously outnumbering poor Team Rocket. Well, Meowth takes the energy panel from the balloon and uses it to block the massive electric attack from all the Mareep. Suddenly Fluffy jumps into the front. Apparently Fluffy thinks she can beat Team Rocket single handedly if all the other Mareep shock her enough to get enough power to do it. They try this, and just because Fluffy did the obvious thing of aiming *away* from Meowth's energy panel, Team Rocket get shocked real bad and Pikachu joins in by Ash's command just to make sure Team Rocket blast off extra-miserable. Back at the house in the morning, Mary's mom gives her a Pokeball and apparently has now decided to allow her to battle in their festival after all. On the day of the festival everyone is cheering for Mary as she stands by her Mareep, ready to battle.
Wired For Battle
In the woods, Team Rocket is spying on the group ready to spring another pitfall trap on them. Just then an old man offers to have a Pokemon battle with them. They get scared though when he calls his Scizor to fight. He seems to beat them easily, and then they run off like the cowards they are. Just then Scizor jumps off and scares Ash's group. Pikachu stands bravely ready to fight. Brock seems to think it's a wild Scizor, until the old man walks out and calls it his own. The old man's name is Muramasa and his Scizor is named Masamune. Misty angrily chastises him for letting his Scizor roam free, this probably rooted in Misty's fear of bugs. Back at the school, everything is very formal and everyone behaves very politely. It is a school where people come to train their Pokemon to become great. One of the students at the school doesn't entirely agree with their philosophy though. The student named Shingo, has become more dependent on his laptop computer recently and has even stopped having actual Pokemon battles believing that the computer has already determined the outcome for him. Ash challenges Shingo to a battle, but he refuses totally convinced from his computer he'll win. Ash doesn't buy it, but the others stop him saying the computer stated they'd lose too, and they did. Team Rocket is spying on the situation and agree they could steal Pokemon more effectively if they had his data. They plot to download Shingo's computer as Meowth hooks up the cable, he gives the signal. James opens his computer up, but not a second passes until Jessie starts pulling all the cable in, intent on using it to retrieve the actual computer. James is stunned as she states she's "downloading the computer" having misunderstood the highly common computer terminology she continues to pull until the computer is being dragged in, Meowth dangling with it. This continues until Muramasa's Scizor steps on the cable, and cuts it. Meowth is scared as the Scizor stands over him glaring down. Shingo comes down to see what the matter is and Team Rocket reveal themselves with the motto, as usual slightly changed to reflect the situation. When Shingo check's his database for Jessie and James, he doesn't find them. Jessie and James insult Shingo and say his database is shameful if it doesn't include them. Shingo gets mad and battles with them. He uses his Scizor named Blade. Blade is quite fast and as Team Rocket begin to battle, he records their stats on his computer. After Team Rocket is defeated, Ash challenges Shingo to the match once again. After a little pressure from Ash, he agrees to it. Ash battles Shingo with Heracross against his Scizor. As it starts, everything is going according to plan for Shingo. Ash is losing and Shingo watches an HP bar on his computer as Heracross continues to get attacked. Ash and Heracross battle hard, and begin to go contrary to what the computer says should be happening. Shingo can't watch the computer and the battle at the same time, so in his distraction Ash takes the advantage. Shingo finally decides for himself to forget the computer and he too focuses on the battle. He gives his Scizor commands on his own without the computer's help, and he comes close to beating Ash. Nearing the end of the battle, Heracross finally manages to defeat Scizor. After a tough battle, Ash and Shingo shake hands as Shingo now realizes that the computer can never give you the whole story about a Pokemon battle. (Yeah, 50% of winning a Pokemon battle is luck, critical hits, accuracy of moves, confusion, etc.)