Ash and co are headed toward Pummelo Island, and prepared to battle in the Orange League. Tracey spots a large Pokemon splashing through the water as they arrive on the island. One arriving, they head for an office to enter into the Orange League competition. Ash's badges are verified by the computer, and he is shown to the Orange League hall of fame, where trainers who were successful in winning have statues in their name. Ash finds out about the top Gym Leader, Drake, who has a Dragonite, which is what Tracey saw earlier when arriving at the island. Ash finds out he must battle using 6 of his Pokemon all at once in this match. Meanwhile, Team Rocket shows up to steal Drake's Dragonite. Dragonite uses a hyper-beam and they blast off again. Back with Ash and co, he calls out all his Pokemon to have a look, but when Snorlax comes out he does little more than fall asleep. At the Pokemon Center, Nurse Joy states that it will remain asleep for at least three more days, as it had just eaten an hour ago. Ash goes to exchange his Snorlax at the Pokeball transporter, and Professor Oak tells Ash what his choices are. He can get Kingler, Muk, or take one of his Tauros. Ash elects to pick a Tauros, and although never having battled with one before, he's sure Tauros will be fine. Meanwhile, they make a big deal about there being a "challenger" for Drake, and Jessie, James and Meowth get an idea that after the battle when Dragonite is weak, they will steal it then. The next morning, the battle begins against Drake, and he and Ash shake hands to start the battle. Ash is informed that the field he's battling on will be switched half way through and that he can switch Pokemon at any time, but Drake cannot. First, it's Pikachu against Drake's Ditto. First, Ditto transforms into Pikachu and it's a close battle between both of them. The rocks crumble beneath both Pokemon's feet and surprising Pikachu, he falls, but Ditto's been through this before and jumps the rocks just fine. Pikachu gets back up and attacks Ditto some more, although hurt, manages to defeat Ditto. Drake then selects an Onix to continue, to which Ash calls back Pikachu and sends Squirtle. Onix dives underground, so Ash directs Squirtle to dive into the water in the center of the field. Before Squirtle can make it, Onix bursts out of the ground sending Squirtle flying, and after a second attempt at getting in the water, Onix binds Squirtle. Squirtle then withdrawls into his shell and surprises Onix with a hydro pump attack. Onix is then easily defeated with a skull-bash attack and Squirtle is also exausted from the battle. Ash calls back Squirtle and then Drake sends out a Gengar. Misty and Tracey warn Ash from the sidelines that nothing is weak against ghost Pokemon. Ash decides to try out his Tauros against Gengar, but Gengar's confusion attack confuses Tauros into attacking rocks. Ash calls Tauros back and tries Lapras. Lapras does an ice beam attack which is countered by Gengar's night shade attack. The beams explode into each other, making a huge cloud of smoke. Is this it for Lapras? To be continued.....
Enter The Dragonite
The smoke on the field clears to reveal that both Lapras and Gengar are both unable to battle. As three of Drake's Pokemon have now been defeated, both Drake and Ash get a short break while they switch fields. The rock and water field disappears to reveal a sand field. Drake chooses a Venusaur to battle on the field, and Ash tries his Tauros again. He calls for a fissure attack, but Tauros' stomp simply gets his hoof stuck in the sand. After freeing himself, Tauros runs at Venusaur, but cannot seem to be effective because of the sand. They battle for a while, but Tauros comes out the winner, although extremely exausted. Drake then calls on Electabuzz, to which Ash chooses Bulbasaur to battle him with. Bulbasaur and Electabuzz battle it out for a while, and Bulbasaur seems to be able to take Electabuzz's attacks, but in the end after numerous electric attacks, Electabuzz comes out the winner. Ash now has two of his team down, but calls on Charizard to battle the Electabuzz. After they battle a while, Charizard defeats Electabuzz with a seismic toss. Then, down to only one Pokemon, Drake calls it out. (commercial break) ^_^, ahem, so we all knew it was Dragonite, didn't we? Anyway, Dragonite begins to battle, and it's very close between him and Charizard. Ash carefully instructing Charizard around manages to avoid Dragonite's Ice beam, Ash tells Charizard to do another seismic toss, and this time Dragonite takes the upper hand, slamming down on Charizard. Still able to battle, Charizard continues to fight against Dragonite, and after a Dragon Rage attack from Charizard and another flame attack from Dragonite, Charizard is just defeated as the smoke clears. Dragonite is quite tired too. Ash chooses Squirtle next, but is quickly defeated by Dragonite. Jessie, James and Meowth are watching, and see this as their chance to steal Dragonite. They proceed to do so, and get a net around Dragonite. Exausted as he is, Dragonite easily breaks free and get's Team Rocket out of the way. Back to the battle, Ash calls on Tauros to battle, and he manages to score a few hits to Dragonite and seriously tire him, but is defeated. Ash is down to his last Pokemon, Pikachu and he sends Pikachu out. Pikachu starts off with an agility attack, but Dragonite still overcomes, and powering up for a hyper-beam, it's headed towards Pikachu. Pikachu uses his tail to bounce away dodging the attack. Pikachu jumps onto Dragonite's head and just on time gives him his best thunder shock attack. Pikachu's on the ground, and is very tired. Staring at Dragonite staring at him. Dragonite falls to the ground.... defeated! Ash has won the match, a place in the Circle of Victory, and the Orange League trophy. He's very happy with himself and just can't wait to tell Brock!
Viva Las Lapras
Ash and Pikachu are very excited about winning that trophy and getting into the Orange League Hall of Fame. Suddenly, Lapras becomes excited and rushedly changes course to meet up with a school of Lapras, it happens to be the group Lapras was with before getting seperated from them back at Tangelo island. When Lapras catches up with them, they aren't too happy and in fact turn their backs on Lapras. Upset, Lapras tries to catch up, but they stop her with a mist attack. Back on the island they talk to Professor Oak about this, and he believes that maybe it was other humans in the area that were being cruel to the Lapras. Just then, Officer Jenny tells them there have been pirates in the area that were stealing the Pokemon in the area, despite the fact it is a protected zone. Ash immediately assumes it's Team Rocket, to which then they immediately hear the motto. They burst out of hospital room doors, all casted up. They had previously been blown away by pirates. It turns out the pirates, really are out there, and not just Team Rocket. Out at sea, these pirates start going after the Lapras group with cannon balls and then Pokeballs released with Tentacruel to weaken the Lapras. Then more Pokeballs are fired to catch the Lapras. Ash and co are heading back out, to try to make friends with the Lapras, Ash thinks he can win them over with his lovely smile. ^^; They see the Lapras, and as well the pirate ship which is attacking them. Ash sends Pikachu to attack the Tentacruel, but ends up shocking everyone in the water, including the Lapras and himself. This does get the Tentacruel's attention and the pirate ship starts firing cannon balls at Ash and co on the Lapras. Squirtle, Poliwag and other water Pokemon are called upon to knock out the pirate ship's big guns. Tracey hops off of Lapras holding onto Marill to swim back to shore to get some help. Meanwhile, Ash taunts the Tentacruel to get them to chase after him, sticking his ass in their general direction waving his hand in front with his tongue stuck out is certainly enough to get to the Tentacruel, who begin to chase him as Lapras swims away as fast as she can. Meanwhile, TR from below notice the Tentacruel to be gaining on Ash and as they close in, knock them out of the water sending good ol' Magikarp flying off again. So, as this is going on, Misty is on the pirate ship and seems to have things under control, got all the pirates tied up. The lead pirate commands all of the Tentacruel to use a sonic wave as Misty muzzles him up with her hand. The Tentacruel heard the order though, and proceed to screech Lapras and Ash and Pikachu out. Luckily, the other Lapras save them with numerous ice beams to freeze all of the Tentacruel. The Lapras family is reunited, as Ash's Lapras is accepted by her mother once again. Back by the pirate ship, a police boat has arrived, and Officer Jenny is there to arrest the pirates, and Jessie/James and Meowth for various crimes.. ^^; Ash relizes Lapras must stay with her family, and they play around a bit before parting. Lapras lifts Ash onto the police boat and swims off with the rest of them.
The Underground Round Up
So, they come to a point where there is a ferry that will bring Ash and co back to Pallet Town. They must cross a bridge to get to it, but discover a sign saying the bridge is unsafe, gutsy old Ash decided it'll be fine, and just as about to start, a big hole is blown around the middle of the bridge.. okay, so they go by boat. When they get to the other side, they discover an abandoned town. There is nobody anywhere, until they find that Togepi is playing with a Voltorb. Togepi is really happy with his new friend, but Misty isn't too happy to hear the Pokedex say that Voltorb will explode without warning. Just then, they see an Electrode come from behind the corner, and then suddenly see many Electrode everywhere. It becomes a run to avoid being blown up, but they become surrounded, then a strange cowboy looking guy from atop a roof, sends some Diglett to dig holes below the ground the Electrodes are on, and they all fall into the ground. The cowboy looking guy, whose name is Poncho brings Ash and co back to a small room where he explains the Electrode situation. A scientist was experimenting with some Voltorb to provide power for the city, but one got away. Then, they multiplied and became more plentiful and evolved and there were simply too many Electrodes in town for the people to live there. The city was being exploded all the time. So, everyone had to evacuate, and the mayor contracted Poncho to move in with his Diglett and take care of the situation. He proposes a solution of tunneling underground to deliver the Electrode to an open meadow where there is plenty of room and fewer explosions because of that. The mayor and the people are impatient though, and want the job done quicker. The phone then rings, so Misty picks it up, it's for Poncho. He answers, and it's the mayor calling to tell him he's fired and they're getting someone else to take care of the Electrode more quickly. Soon enough, the new Electrode removers arrive, it's none other than Team Rocket. Jessie and James propose a plan of simply getting all the Electrode to explode and to collect them all up for Team Rocket. So, they begin their strategy and there's nothing Ash and co can do to stop them, because of the mayor's contract, it's their legal right to be allowed to do this. Voltorb, who has been reasonably established as Togepi's friend, bounces over to stand in the way of Team Rocket, Togepi follows, and Pikachu follows to protect Togepi. Ash gets Pikachu to try a thunder shock, and as Ash should have realized by now, all of TR's equipment to ever be used for the rest of this series is always shock proof! Well, Poncho decides to use a Dugtrio of his to get rid of Team Rocket. Dugtrio plows below them and they go down deep into the ground complete with their Electrode removing robot thing. Of course, to redeem himself to the city, Poncho desperately gets all of his Diglett to dig those tunnels for all the Electrode to clear out into the meadow, and achieves this goal. The city is back in order, the people have returned, and Poncho is their hero. Ash is going to take the next ferry... to Pallet Town!
A Tents Situation
Ash and co have arrived back at Pallet Town. Tracey is particularly excited as he's so unbelievably close to a chance to meet the great Professor Oak. They decide to get lunch at Ash's house first. When they arrive at the house, they go in and say hi. The surprise comes when they hear an answer. Brock is the one to answer them. Misty and Ash are quite surprised, but Tracey is just confused and doesn't know who Brock is. They ask Brock why he is not on Valensia Island with Professor Ivy, and he just falls on the floor and turns blue, telling them to never mention that name. Ash says it again and Brock cringes some more. Ash's Mom comes in and Ash is thrilled to see her, but she seems more interested in Pikachu. They ask her why Brock is there, and she recalls walking home from the supermarket with Mimie. Then, she hear's someone, she walks back and hear's it again. After walking around back and forth a few times realizes she's stepping on someone. It turns out to be Brock. When Brock came back to her home, he was very helpful with the chores, and so he stayed. Well, Brock does the chores now, and it seems he's actually fighting Mimie for all the work. Trying to steal the broom so he can sweep instead of Mimie. Well, then they get onto discussing lunch and Tracey is growing impatient about meeting Prof. Oak. Which reminds Ash to get the GS Ball out to bring to Prof. Oak and he also shows his Mom the trophy he won at the Orange League. So, they are on their way to Oak's lab and Tracey has picked some sketches to show the Professor, and TR's spying on them. They decide they must get some Pokemon soon so they can go report to the boss. At Oak's lab, Tracey is so happy, they walk in and can't find him, they see him come out and Muk too. Ash gives Professor Oak the GS Ball, and he puts it in his Pokeball room. They give Tracey a tour of the facilities and Tracey starts to sketch Pokemon on the ranch. Oak takes a look and Tracey is beyond nervous about having him look at his sketches. They go back to his lab and he continues to glance through the sketches. Tracey is shaking really badly and then Brock asks Prof. Oak what he thinks, and Tracey is even more nervous. Just then, the whole place starts shaking as a tent is dropped on top of them from the Team Rocket balloon. They then burst in to claim all the Pokemon in the lab, and throw automatic ropes around everyone, preventing anybody from getting any Pokemon for defense. They bring in a giant vacuum hose to suck up all the Pokemon in the lab.. and just as the GS ball is taken, Someone is there in the nick of time to save them all. This person has a Nidoqueen and cuts the tent down to size. Then, revealing himself, he is Gary. Gary proceeds to battle and defeat Team Rocket, then gets Nidoqueen to break the ropes off of everyone. Gary brags about how great he is now, and Ash defends saying he won the Orange League competition. Gary decides to have a battle with Ash. Who will be the victor? Find out next time.. ^^;
The Rivalry Revival
So, Ash and Gary agree to have a battle. It's a short battle as they decide to go one on one with Pikachu against Gary's Eevee. Don't be fooled by that screencap, Eevee is doing a double team attack and Pikachu tries to shock the right Eevee, one by one eliminating the mirages and hitting the real Eevee. Well, the turnout of this battle, yes folks, Gary has beaten Ash, for real this time. Ash takes this defeat with Gary's typical arrogance and pride. Ash lays on a rock and Misty peaks over him, and informs Ash that Gary has gone off on a new journey. Back at Prof. Oak's lab, he is still trying to analyze the GS Ball, and can't come up with anything. Ash rushes in to ask Prof. Oak about Gary, and he confirms that Gary is indeed gone out. Back on topic of the GS Ball, it seems totally mysterious and they can't discover it's secrets. Ash interrupts this important GS Ball discussion to satisfy his own curiousness about Gary, and finds out that Gary has gone to compete in a new region called Johto. So, Ash vows that he will also go to the Johto region to compete in the Johto League and will become a Pokemon master! As well, Brock declares he will follow, and is indeed back! Prof. Oak gives Ash the GS Ball back, and tells him to take it to a person named Kurt, who invented Pokeballs. He is in Azalia town, and it's directly on the way to the Johto League, and the first town called New Bark Town, where the winds of new beginning blow! (and Prof. Oak's window blows open just then ^^) Which is where he can sign up to be in the Johto League. When Ash gets back to the house, his mom is packing his bags, and they decide to have a final celebrational meal. She sends Mimie off to get the groceries, but Brock goes too. They both forgot the list, so she sends Ash to go. Meanwhile, Team Rocket spot Gary coming by, and they plot to get him, but as they do their motto with a spectacular big set up, he just walks by and is long gone by the time the motto is finished. Back at Ash's house, they have their dinner, and Prof. Oak presents Ash with a brand new Pokedex and Tracey states he's staying with Prof. Oak now to be his aide. So, Team Rocket bust in dressed as news reporters, and eat the food, then use the camera to capture Pikachu. So, they almost get away, and Tracey saves Pikachu with Scyther and Marill, and Pikachu sends them off with a thunder bolt. Ash is in bed, excited about the Johto League adventure to begin the next day, Pikachu equally happy. The next day comes, and Ash, Misty and Brock are off. Here comes the Johto League! ^.^