has just found out that he must fight Ritchie in the fifth round, and he's
not sure he can win, especially since Ritchie has won all his matches without
losing a single Pokémon. Ritchie talks to Ash about the match and
they both promise to make it their greatest battle ever. Later on, as Ash
and the others relax in the village cabin, Richie calls Ash and asks to
meet him. Unbeknowest to Ash, Ritchie isn't the one calling, it's Jessie!
When Ash arrives at the metting spot, Team Rocket snatches Ash and Pikachu
and throws them into the back of a truck. Ash uses Squirtle to flood the
truck and break open the doors. They escape and hop on a bike and speed
off toward the stadium. Meanwhile, back at the Stadium, Ash and Richie's
battle is scheduled to begin, but Ash hasn't showed up. Misty confronts
Ritchie and accuses him of tricking Ash, but Ritchie tells Misty he never
made a phone call. Back with Ash, he is still racing towards the League
Village, but Team Rocket appears once again in their balloon. With a Thundershock
by Pikachu, Ash sends Team Rocket on their way and uses Pidgeotto and their
balloon to get to Indigo Stadium, just in time! Ash arrives and the battle
begins. Richie's Butterfree and Ash's Bulbasaur duke it out, then Charmander
and Pikachu fight. Pikachu is knocked out by Richie's Charmander. Ash,
desparate, calls upon Charizard to fight, while Ritchie calls back his
Charmander and releases Sparky, his Pikachu! However, Charizard has no
interest in fighting a puny Pikachu and refuses to battle! The referee
declares Ritchie the winner. Ash loses his battle, but he congratulates
Ritchie for the win.
"So it all depends on who's the better trainer... you're in trouble." ~Misty, looking up Ritchie's battle stats.
"And that young lady might be the toughest battler we've seen in this entire competition!" ~the Announcer, as Misty roughs up Ritchie.
"Ash, you apologise to all these people for being late right this instant!" ~Delia, after Ash arrives at the stadium.
Did You Notice?...
Team Rocket's truck has a picture of Meowth on the side of it.
Who's That Pokemon?: Aerodactyl!