The episode starts off where Ash and Misty are left alone on the abandoned blimp thanks to Jigglypuff They land on what seems to be a deserted island, and Misty complains about having to eat bugs and berries for the rest of her life Then a bunch of tourists runs over and trample Ash and Misty and take pictures of Togepi and Pikachu.
The crew stumble into a Pokemon theme park on Tangelo Island. Pikachu notices 3 guys whipping a sick Lapras, so Ash decides to stop them. The trainers send out a Spearow, Hitmonchan, and Beedrill, as Ash commences with Pikachu. Then some weirdo named Tracy pops in and starts observing the trainers' Pokemon.
However, he gives ups to Pikachu. Tracy tries to measure his voltage, but one of the trainers interrupts him and attacks, but Pikachu shocks everyone (including Tracy). The 3 trainers run away, and Tracy leaves the crew with some medicine for Lapras, while he looks for Nurse Joy.
Ash tries to cure Lapras, but it refuses to take the medicine. Lapras is now at the Pokemon Center, and still not ok. Ash then hears about the Orange League from some fellow trainers, and decides to call Prof.
Oak about it. Prof. Oak okays with Ash, and Tracy gets all hyped up because he knows two people who know Prof. Oak, so he decides to join them so he can meet Mr. Oak. Nurse Joy states that Lapras is sick because it is a baby, and probably got lost from its family. The gang tries to figure out how to get Lapras onto a pickup truck to take it back to the sea.
Team Rocket suddenly attacks from the sky and nets Lapras. They haul it onto the truck and get away.
Tracy sends out his Venonat to detect Team Rocket with its radar, and they do, so the crew and Tracy catch up by using bicycles? For some reason, Ash jumps into the truck and surprises Team rocket by jumping into the truck. Ash causes lots of commotion and Team Rocket runs into a cliff.
They flip away, and Ash, Pikachu, and Lapras head for a cliff. Ash steers the cart in one direction to prevent it from falling. Then there's another turn to another cliff, and Ash and Pikachu fail this time. Ash, Pikachu, and Lapras fall off the cliff and land in the sea. Tracy, Misty, and Venonat look for Ash and Pikachu in the water, and they find them both happily floating on top of Lapras' back.