Ash's fourth straight victory, Delia decides to treat everyone to dinner
at a fancy restaurant. After dinner, they all get into an elevator, along
with a boy who jumps in before the doors close. But on their way down,
the elevator stops. The boy opens up a control panel, and gets Pikachu
to use a small Thundershock to jump start the elevator. As they get out
of the elevator down at the lobby, the boy introduces himself as Ritchie.
After a few words with Ash, he runs off. Outside, Ash hears an announcement
about a Pokeball inspection; if Ash doesn't turn in his Pokeballs for inspection,
he could be kicked out of the League! Ash, along with hundreds of other
trainers, concedes. He spots Ritchie turning in his Pokemon as well, and
they both think it's rather strange. But it's only when Pikachu tries to
shock the inspectors that Ash realizes that it's Team Rocket! Team Rocket
jumps into a truck and drives off, with Ash and Ritchie in hot pursuit.
But the truck is much faster and before they can find Team Rocket, night
falls. Ash and Ritchie decide to camp out for the night and continue searching
in the morning. They spend the night talking about their Pokemon and their
dreams. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is celebrating a scheme well done and are
celebrating the night away. The next morning, Ash and Ritchie come upon
Team Rocket sleeping on the ground, surrounded by empty bag and bottles.
They both get into the back of the truck and find the Pokeballs, when Team
Rocket locks them in and begins to drive off with them. The boys open the
bag and quickly find Ritchie's Pokeballs, marked with stars. After a few
mistakes, Ash finally manages to find Bulbasaur. Ritchie's Charmander,
burns a hole in the front of the truck into the cab, where Team Rocket
is driving. Ritchie's Pikachu, nicknamed Sparky, teams up with Ash's Pikachu
and they both shock Team Rocket out of the truck, sending them into the
air. The truck spins out of control, and Ash and Ritchie jump out as it
flies off a cliff, but with the help of Butterfree and Pidgeotto, they
land safely along with the Pokeballs. The Pokemon are returned and Ash
learns who his next opponent is... Ritchie!
"Hey! This van's a rental!" ~Team Rocket, after Zippo slashes down the cab wall.
Did You Notice?...
Ritchie's Charmander is nicknamed "Zippo", which is a brand of cigarette lighters.
Who's That Pokemon?: Diglett!