The episode begins with Ash being introduced to a Trainer by the name of Stephan who states that despite only just starting his journey, he is motivated in his abilities as a Trainer and challenges Ash to a battle. Ash confidently accepts Stephan’s challenge, pronouncing his name incorrectly. Stephan brushes off this error, and sends out his Blitzle. Ash scans Blitzle with his Pokédex and had decided to use Pikachu, but Oshawott lets himself out of his Poké Ball and begs Ash to let him battle instead. Ash is initially concerned at the type disadvantage, but Oshawott ensures him that he’ll be alright with his scalchop to which Ash agrees and lets Oshawott battle.