Rocket is following Ash once again, when they find Meowth is sick with
a fever. Jessie scolds Meowth for being sick when a girl shows up and yells
at Jessie and James for treating Meowth so poorly. She quickly fixes up
a herbal medicine and gives it to Meowth, and his fever is gone almost
instantly. The girl gives Jessie some more herbs to give Meowth and runs
off. Meowth, saying she's the nicest human he's ever met, falls in love
with her. Meanwhile, Ash and company stop in a small store for supplies,
when they meet Cassandra, the same girl who helped Meowth! When she finds
out Ash is a Pokemon Trainer, she asks if he wants to battle her Paras.
Ash agrees, but when he sees her Paras, he sees it's very timid and keels
over from even the slightest attack from a Pokemon. When asked why she
wants to evolve Paras, she tells them that she wants to use Parasect's
mushrooms to make a new Pokemon potion to heal sick Pokemon. Meanwhile,
Team Rocket is spying on them and Meowth decides to help Paras evolve so
he would be helping Cassandra. Back at the shop, Ash decides to use Charmeleon
against Paras, but Charmeleon ignores Ash's orders and burns Paras, who
runs away into the forest. Paras runs into Meowth, who takes it back to
Jessie and James. He asks them to help him give Paras confidence and they
agree, hoping Cassandra might make them business partners if they help.
Arbok and Weezing battle Paras, but Meowth secretly beats them, making
Paras think it's won, making it very confident. When they hear Cassandra
calling Paras, they hide in the bushes. When Cassandra sees how confident
Paras appears, she asks Ash for another battle. Pikachu battles Paras,
but throws the battle, making Paras even happier. Ash tries Charmeleon
again, but once again Charmeleon ignores Ash's orders and brutally attacks
Paras. Team Rocket comes out to cheer Paras on, but Charmeleon smacks them
away with his tail and continues to attack Paras. As Charmeleon narrows
in on Paras, Paras sticks out his claw and pokes Charmelon in the stomach,
causing it to fall over. Paras is stunned and then evolves into Parasect!
Happy that her Pokemon has new confidence, Cassandra hugs Parasect. Ash
and company leave Cassandra and Parasect, promising to buy her super potion
when she finally makes it big. But as they leave, Team Rocket comes crashing
down. Cassandra patches them up, thanking them for helping Paras evolve.
Meowth begins to offer to stay with her and become the company mascot,
but Cassandra refuses to break up Meowth from Jessie and James. And besides,
Cassandra's grandmother has already found a mascot... a Persian! Cassandra
promises Meowth she will pamper the Persian just like she would pamper
him, leaving Meowth and Team Rocket very depressed as they walk off into
"They're bigger losers that the guy who invented homework!" ~James, on Arbok and Weezing
"I'm a hero... but I got zero..." ~Meowth, after he is rejected by Cassandra
Ash: "You're making a smart potion?"
Misty: "When you're done you should give Ash a taste."
Did You Notice?...
Team Rocket wears the pep squad outfits they first wore in #114.
Meowth knows Cassandra's name, even though we never hear her say it.
This episode was the first one broadcast nationally on Kids WB!
Who's That Pokemon?: Paras!