There's a new Gym in town, and Team Rocket is in charge! They helpfully offer to keep any Pokémon that loses to them for "special training." Of course, it's all a plot to steal as many Pokémon as they can! After Meowth comes back from a snack run with a wild Croagunk on his tail, Jessie promptly recruits it to help them out. Soon, our heroes show up at the fake Gym, and "Gym Leader" Jessie accepts Ash's challenge. When he beats her with Aipom, she demands another battle with Pikachu.