Pikachu and Misty arrive in Pewter City, where they run into Flint, a rock
salesman who brings them to the Pokémon Center. As Nurse Joy tends
to the Pokémon, Ash notices a poster for the Pokémon League.
Misty tells Ash that he must earn badges from Gym Leaders in different
towns in order to get into the Championships. Ash declares that he will
beat the Pewter City gym leader, but Flint scoffs at the idea and wishes
Ash luck. Ash arrives at the Gym and challenges Brock, but Pikachu stands
no chance against Brock's giant Onix. Onix binds up Pikachu, forcing Ash
to forfeit. Outside the Gym, Ash runs into Flint, who takes him back to
his rock shop. Ash wonders why a trainer as good as Brock never entered
a tournament. Flint shows Ash where Brock lives, and Ash finds him taking
care of his ten brothers and sisters. Flint tells Ash that Brock's father
left the family to become a Pokémon trainer, and his mother died
soon after, leaving Brock having to care for his family. Ash feels sorry
for Brock, but still wants to win the Boulder Badge. Flint helps Ash power
up Pikachu's attacks. Ash goes back to challenge Brock again. Pikachu somehow
manages to shock out Geodude, and Brock sends out Onix again. But even
a powered up Pikachu is still no match for Onix. However, Brock stops the
match, telling Ash he doesn't want to hurt Pikachu. The lights, which were
shorted out from Pikachu's electric attacks, trigger the gym's fire sprinklers,
which weaken Onix. Ash begins to battle again, but Brock's brothers and
sisters jump from the stands and push Ash to the ground. Brock tries to
stop his siblings, but Ash calls back Pikachu anyway, saying that the sprinklers
were just an accident and it wouldn't be fair to win because of that. Ash
and Pikachu walk off, but Brock catches up to them, and gives Ash the Boulder
Badge as a reward for his kindness. Brock tells Ash he wishes to become
a great Pokémon breeder, but because he has to take care of his
family, he can't ever reach that dream. Suddenly, Flint shows up and reveals
himself as Brock's father! Flint tells Brock he failed at being a Pokémon
trainer and was too ashamed to come home, but he is ready to take responsibility
for his family. He tells Brock to go and follow his dreams. Brock leaves
Pewter City with Ash and Pikachu, with Misty following close behind.
"Your Pikachu is in it's cutest stage... it can't win." ~Brock, to challenger Ash.
"Just when he gets a lucky break, he decides to be a nice guy too!" ~Misty, as Ash forfeits his second match with Brock.
Brock: "First, there are some things I have to tell you.
Flint: "After all these years I understand how you must feel about me, so I want you to get everything off your chest."
Brock: "Here." Brock hands Flint a needle and thread. "Susie always rips her dresses so you'd better learn to sew, Timmy only eats cold spagehtti for breakfast, Tommy likes corn flakes for dinner..."
Flint: "Slow down, slow down! I can't write that fast!"
Did You Notice?...
The elemental symbols used on the Pokémon League poster are the same ones used in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Ash and Misty's lunch bill is $11.50
Team Rocket builds their first pit trap... and unfortunately, not their last.
Ash wins his first Gym Badge.
We find out that each city has a Nurse Joy, and each one is named Joy and looks exactly the same!
Who's That Pokémon?: Onix!