the group takes a break in the forest, Pikachu spots a pack of wild Pikachu!
Pikachu approaches them and tries to make friends. Scared of him at first,
the wild Pikachu gradually accept him. Ash, looking on, decides to make
friends too and walks towards them. The wild Pikachu get scared and run
off. Ash apologizes to Pikachu, who is a bit sad. Later on, they are by
the fiver when a small wild Pikachu falls into the river! Pikachu jumps
in and grabs it, but the current carries both of them away. The other wild
Pikachu form a chain and swim out and grab them. The wild Pikachu gather
around the unconsious Pikachu. Ash tries to get close but Brock holds him
back. Pikachu wakes up and the wild Pikachu cheer
for him and accept them into their pack. Pikachu spends the entire day
with them, while Ash sees that Pikachu is very happy with his own kind.
That night, Ash is sleeping when he hears the Pikachu suddenly cry out.
He rushes into the woods and finds that Team Rocket has trapped them all
in a net! Pikachu tries to Thundershock the net, but the net is "Pikachu
Proof". Team Rocket flies off with the net in tow, but Pikachu chews through
the net and climbs up and distracts Team Rocket while the other Pikachu
escape. When all the Pikachu have escaped, Pikachu send Team Rocket blasting
off. Ash hugs Pikachu, but the other Pikachu start cheering for Pikachu
and Pikachu jumps down and joins them. Ash leaves and heads back to the
campsite. As dawn approaches, he tells Brock and Misty he's leaving Pikachu
behind, since Pikachu would be better off with its own kind. Ash says goodbye
to Pikachu and begins to walk away. Pikachu runs after Ash, but Ash just
runs faster and leaves Pikachu behind. He runs until he's exhaused and
collapses in tears. Misty and Brock catch up to Ash and try to get him
to go back, but Ash refuses. As the sun rises, Ash notices Pikachu standing
on a hilltop. Pikachu runs and jumps into Ash's arms, and Ash understands
how much Pikachu loves him. As the best friends hug, the pack of wild Pikachu
cheer for them.
Capturing the Pikachu
Meowth: "It's a 'Pika'-palooza!"
Jessie: "We're at the 'Pika" our powers!"
James: "'Chu' can say that again!"
Meowth's voice changes to voice actor Adam Blaustien.
Who's That Pokemon?: Pikachu!