races to Viridian City with Pikachu in his arms. As he passes by a police
station, he is stopped by a police officer, suspecting Ash of being a Pokemon
thief. After clearing things up with his Pokedex ID, the police officer
gives Ash a ride to the Pokemon Center on her motorcycle. Meanwhile, above
the city, Jessie and James, member of Team Rocket plot to steal rare Pokemon
from the Pokemon Center. Their mascot, a Pokemon named Meowth who can speak
like a human, bosses them around as their balloon hovers toward the center.
Officer Jenny gets Ash to the Pokemon Center, and Pikachu is rushed to
the E.R. Ash, helpless to do anything, waits in the lobby. He calls his
mom, who encourages Ash to go out and be the very best he can be. After
he hangs up, Ash then gets a call from Prof. Oak, who is a little disappointed
that Ash has yet to catch a single Pokemon. After Oak says goodbye, Misty
bursts into the Center and demands that Ash pay her back for the damage
to her bike. Ash tells Misty he can't do anything until Pikachu is better.
The light over the E.R. goes off and Nurse Joy wheels out Pikachu on a
stretcher. Joy tells Ash that Pikachu needs a little rest and Misty agrees
to wait until Pikachu is fully healed before they figure out how to deal
with her broken bike. Alarms suddenly go off, warning the citizens of Viridian
of Pokemon Thieves. Team Rocket bursts into the center and begin to tear
the place apart looking for any rare Pokemon. Ash, Joy, Misty and Pikachu
take cover in the storage room. Team Rocket cuts the power, but a pack
of Pikachu serve as a back-up generator. Joy begins to transport the Pokemon
to Pewter City, but Team Rocket bursts in. Misty distracts Team Rocket
as Ash races out with Pikachu. He crashes into Misty's bike in the lobby,
and the impact wakes up Pikachu. Pikachu calls the other Pikachu and together
they shock Team Rocket. The electricty sparks Koffing's gas, and the Pokecenter
is blown sky-high. Team Rocket blasts off, vowing to capture Ash's Pikachu.
The next morning, Ash, Misty and Pikachu continue on to Viridian Forest, where Ash finds a Caterpie and attempts to capture it.
"A Pokedex! This will solve our problem!" ~Officer Jenny, a bit too excited to see Ash's Pokedex.
Misty: "Aha! I knew I'd find you here!
Ash: "Hey, what happened to your bike?"
Misty: "What happened to my bike? You happened to my bike you little loser! This is what happened to it after you stole it to save your Pokemon! Now I'm-- whoa!!"
Misty, unbalanced from the weight of her bike, crashes to the floor.
Enter Team Rocket
James: "This picture makes me look terrible!"
Jessie: "Then you should be glad the photographer captured the real you."
Jessie: "We'll show these bumpkins."
James: "The people of Viridian City will be sorry they ever saw this face."
Meowth: "We're all sorry to see your face!"
Did You Notice?...
Does James sound a little different to you in this episode? James's voice was recorded by a different actor in the first few episodes. Eric Stuart (the voice of Brock) takes over the role after the sixth episode.
As Nurse Joy accesses her computer, you can see a small picture of a Starmie, and there is a Jigglypuff on screen when the phone is in voice only mode.
It's 8 o' clock at night when Ash calls his mom.
Oak must be pretty hungry, because he not only orders pizza, he also has noodles boiling in the background.
Team Rocket recites their famous motto for the first time.
We learn that Misty is freaked out by bugs and Bug Pokemon.
Who's That Pokémon?: Koffing!