and his friends are riding on a boat headed towards Cinnabar Island when
he runs into Gary. Gary tells Ash there is no reason to go to Cinnabar
Island, because all it is now is a tourist trap. Determined, Ash goes on
to Cinnabar, only to find that Gary was right.... all that's on the island
is resorts and souvenir stands. They find a stranger who speaks in riddles;
Ash can't figure them out, but Misty can, as usual. The man congratulates
Misty and gives them a card for his hotel. The group continues to look
for a place to eat and stay, only to find everything is full. Ash looks
at the card the man gave him and Misty solves the riddle written on the
card which leads them to the Big Riddle Inn. The stranger they met gives
them free room and board for solving his riddle. While the group eats dinner,
the man gets a call about people in a balloon stealing Pokemon from the
Pokemon Lab. Ash knows its Team Rocket and rushes off to stop them. Pikachu
and Pidgeotto fly up to Team Rocket's balloon, giving them a big shock
and saving the Pokemon. The man, grateful to Ash, gives him another riddle,
telling him that the Gym Leader Blaine had built a secret gym "Where a
firefighter could never win". As they try to figure out the answer, Ash,
Misty and Brock relax in the hot springs of the island. Togepi climbs up
a pipe that controls water in the spring and triggers a switch which opens
up a cave near the springs! Ash and the others quickly get dressed and
check it out, and discover a gym arena suspended over the boiling lava!
The stranger is in there as well, and reveals himself to be Blaine! Blaine
challenges Ash to a battle. Ash thinks he has an advantage with his Squirtle,
but Blaine's Ninetales is too much for it. Ash tries to fight fire with
fire with Charizard, while Blaine brings out Rhydon, but of course, Charizard
refuses to obey. Ash brings out Pikachu, who shocks Rhydon. Blaine brings
out his last Pokemon, the powerful Magmar. As Pikachu fights Magmar, the
"It's just a bunch of souviner stands!" ~Ash, upon arriving on Cinnabar Island.
Did You Notice?...
Team Rocket's cookies are shaped like Meowth's head.
Who's That Pokemon?: Magmar!