Ash and his pals make it to Vermilion City, and they all go to the Pokémon
Center to get cleaned up. While there, Ash and Pikachu notice a lot of
injured Pokémon are there. Nurse Joy tells them that they all lost
against the Gym Leader Lt. Surge. After Pikachu is fully healed, Ash goes
to the Vermilion Gym to challenge Surge. Surge taunts Ash for having a
baby Pikachu and shows Ash his Raichu, the evolved form of Pikachu. The
Raichu teases Pikachu, causing Pikachu to want to fight, which is very
unlike him! Ash and Pikachu try their best but Raichu wipes the floor with
Pikachu, knocking him out cold. Ash brings Pikachu back to the Pokémon
Center. While there, Joy suggests that Ash evolve Pikachu into Raichu,
but Pikachu refuses and Ash decides not to force him. Team Rocket, who
have been watching Pikachu battle, show up and cheer Pikachu and Ash on,
if only to make sure that Pikachu defeats Raichu so they haven't wasted
all the time trying to steal it. Challenging Surge again, Pikachu now has
the edge because it has learned the speed attacks that Raichu never learned
before evolving. Ash wins the Thunder Badge as Raichu and Surge congratulate
him and Pikachu. Meanwhile, Team Rocket realizes that they wasted the whole
episode cheering the good guys.
"That... was really disturbing." ~Brock, after Team Rocket's Pikachu Cheer
"Drat! We wasted this episode cheering the good guys!" ~James.
Misty and Ash are fighting with each other
Joy: "They say if two people fight, they really care about each other."
Ash and Misty: (in unison)"Me care about him/her? Humph!"
Team Rocket's Pikachu Cheer
We want you! Pikachu! Gimme a "Pi", gimme a "ka"
gimme a "cha" whadaya got? Pi-Ka-Chu! Rah-rah-Pikachu!
You're our Pokemon! Yeah! Oh! Hip-hip Horraaaaayyyy!
Did You Notice?...
Misty's suspenders are colored blue when Nurse Joy talks to the group.
Raichu mimics Surge's movements as he taunts Ash.
The color of the cross on Nurse Joy's hat changes during the episode.
Misty gets a can of orange and strawberry mix soda from the soft drink machine.
Meowth translates Pokemon language for Team Rocket, which becomes the main way we find out what Pikachu says.
Ash wins a badge by himself for the first time, the Thunder Badge.
Who's That Pokémon?: Raichu!