further into the forest, Misty is frightened by a Weedle. Ash uses Pidgeotto
to battle the Weedle. Ash defeats Weedle and is about to capture it, when
the strange trainer appears and thrusts his sword just before Ash's nose.
The Weedle gets away before Ash can capture it. The trainer tells Ash and
Misty he is Samurai and he wants to battle Ash. The battle begins with
Samurai's Pinsir and Ash's Pidgeotto. Pinsir knocks out Pidgeotto, so Ash
sends in Metapod. Pinsir tries to crush Metapod in its claws, but Metapod
uses Harden and breaks Pinsir's claws. Samurai then sends out his own Metapod,
and they both try to out Harden each other. They are interrupted by a swarm
of Beedrills, who were alerted by the Weedle that escaped. The Beedrill
capture Ash's Metapod and take it to their hive, where Ash cannot reach
it. Outrunning the Beedrill and hiding in Samurai's cabin, Ash, Misty and
Pikachu are saved. Samurai scolds Ash for abandoning Metapod. Ash has a
restless night worrying about his Metapod, and early the next morning sets
out alone to rescue Metapod. Unfortunately, Team Rocket shows up and makes
such a loud entrance speech that the hive of Beedrill awaken and dive bomb
Team Rocket. Using the distraction, Ash rushes in and scoops up Metapod
in his arms. Ash runs and tries to convince Metapod that he didn't mean
to leave it behind, but he trips and drops Metapod. Ash then admits that
he was wrong and he will never abandon his friends again. A Beedrill tries
to attack Ash, but Metapod lunges forward and strikes the Beedrill down.
Metapod falls to the ground, splits open and a Butterfree emerges! Butterfree
uses its Sleep Powder to put the swarm of Beedrill and Team Rocket to sleep.
Samurai congratulates Ash on his victory and Ash and Misty leave the forest,
headed toward Pewter City.
"You two are more hard headed than your Metapod!" ~Misty, as Ash and Samurai battle
"Maybe it's a... COW-terpie!" ~Ash, as Misty shrieks at more bug Pokemon
"Never interrupt the Team Rocket motto!" ~An annoyed Jessie, as Ash interrupts their motto.
Did You Notice?...
The nametag on Ash's sleeping bag says "Satoshi", Ash's Japanese name.
When Samurai threatens Ash, Ash's gloves "mysteriously" disappear.
Ash learns that there are two other trainers from Pallet Town, but aside from Gary, we never learn who they are.
Metapod evolves into Butterfree.
Meowth scratches Ash's face for the first time.
Who's That Pokémon?: Metapod!