Fighting Ire With Fire!
: Ep 6 -
On their way to Sunyshore City and Ash's next Gym challenge, Ash and friends run into Barry, who reveals to them that he obtained his eighth and final gym badge at the Sunyshore Gym himself. While talking at the local Pokémon Center, the group notice Paul, and Barry, excited to finally meet the trainer he idolizes, challenges him to a battle. When Paul refuses and walks away, Barry asks Ash for a battle, which he gladly accepts. The battle gets underway, with Barry using Empoleon and Ash starting out with Monferno. After a Hydro Cannon from Empoleon blasts Monferno into the forest, Team Rocket moves in and traps Ash and friends in smash-resistant capsules, and steal Pikachu, Piplup, and Empoleon. Not long afterwards, Monferno returns from the forest, but it has unleashed its Blaze ability and it is s out of control. Will Ash, trapped as he is, be able to stop Team Rocket and at the same time calm Monferno down before it wreaks total havoc?moreless