When Brock is later mistaken for a celebrity, Smoochum, Togepi, and Pikachu start following a robotic Skiploom. Of course, Team Rocket is behind all of this, but they do not last long in battle. After this, Brock, Misty, and Ash discover that Smoochum belongs to movie star Brad Van Darn. He is worried that Smoochum will ruin his image (or at least his manager is). At the same time, he and Smoochum have quite a history together, and he cannot bear to let it go. At any rate, he must prepare for a performance he is giving. His manager, meanwhile, tries to persuade him to get rid of Smoochum.
Van Darn is about to give his performance, and leaves Smoochum in the care of our friends. The manager, however, concocts a plan to have security remove them from the building. What he doesn't know is that the security guards on duty have been replaced by none other than Team Rocket, who take the group on stage to perform in their own torturous side show. Thankfully, Van Darn shows upto put and end to it. However, to do so will require acknowledging the fact that he, tough guy that he is, possesses a Smoochum. Even so, he presses on, valiantly fighting Team Rocket. In the end, it all works out-Team Rocket is ejected, and rather than being a downfall, Smoochum becomes a boost to Van Darn's career