Get ready for one of the most weirdest things you've ever seen. For the first time on TV you get to learn how to eat sandwiches with a spoon. That's what happened when Ash's Corphish minced all the sandwiches Brock made.
Later on Team Rocket discovers an abandoned gold mine and dig in, But Ash has a different plan in mind: Courage Training. Can Ash and co. brave this mine in order to be well prepared for his rematch with Brawly?
Brock is making sandwiches and calms the Pokémon down since he'll make them any second. Ash's Corphish then helps Brock by cutting the salad. However, he mistakes the sandwiches to be salad, so he cuts them too. The gang has no other choices but to eat the food - with a spoon. Corphish, however, does not feel bad about it - he thinks he helped.
Team Rocket stops and James looks to his map - they are near a gold mine, but it has been empty for many years. Jessie and Meowth have their own plans and when they mention promotion in Team Rocket, even James is convinced. They spot a trolley and ride it further into the mine. They encounter some two glowing eyes and it begins to smile at them. James stops the trolley, pushing Meowth from the trolley and leaving him alone with the ghost. Meowth, being frightened, runs away, but stumbles and knocks himself.
Jessie and James are out of the mine and they have to go back in to save Mewoth. When they hear the gang approaching, they run off. May asks Max if this is the gold mine, to which Max confirms. Ash is going to train his courage in the mine, but others resist. Ash whispers the plan how to scare Corphish, to make him more obedient. James thinks they should warn them about the ghost, but Jessie plans to steal Pikachu by scaring them.
Max and May are going to dress up as ghosts to scare Corphish. Meanwhile, Meowth awakens and recognizes the ghost to be a Sableye. Sableye gives Meowth food, but when he bites, he realizes it is a stone. Sableye says that the room they are in is the Control Room from where the mine can be observed. Meowth spots May and Max, so Sableye proposes to scare them. Meowth agrees, thinking how he will get some gold so he can get the promotion before Jessie and James.
Ash sends Corphish and will test his courage. Corphish thinks Ash is just joking, but they hear some sounds, so Corphish gets upset. May and Max disguise as ghosts, making Corphish more and more scared. Corphish is very scared, so he attacks the ghost, revealing May and Max to be underneath. Corphish is mad, so he tackles the trolley where Max and May have fallen into, drifting deeper into the tunnels.
May and Max have stopped, but two glowing eyes appear before them. They are scared, but Max identifies that to be a Sableye. May and Max are angry, so May sends Torchic to use Ember. Sableye dodges and licks Torchic, so May calls it back. Meowth appears as well, pressing a button to capture May and Max. At the entrance, Ash explains to Brock how the test went, but wonders where May and Max are, so they need to get in to rescue.
Sableye and Meowth spot ash and Brock, so they go to scare them. Max knows that Meowth is using Sableye to trick it. A trolley is moving, to which Ash thinks it are May and Max inside. However, they find it empty, but Sableye licks Ash's neck without him knowing. They hear something and the Sableye licks Brock's neck as well, frightening him. Mewoth attacks Corphish and disappears, making Corphish to mistake Ash attacked him.
Corphish attacks Ash and Pikachu, making everyone confused. May brings Torchic to free them, but Torchic has not recovered from the previous battle. However, Toachic manages to use Ember, freeing Max and May. Pikachu attacks Corphish, making the battle intense. However, Meowth throws a net to them, capturing them. Sableye appears as well, so Brock and Ash wonder why Meowth and Sableye are together. May and Max appear, warning Sableye not to trust Meowth.
Sableye is confused, not knowing whom to trust - Meowth or May. Jessie and James arrive, praising Meowth for the work. Meowth betrays Sableye and goes with Team Rocket on the trolley. Ash brings Taillow and it pecks Jessie. Jessie throws a bomb, speeding themselves up and destroying the place. Sableye, however, guides them out of the place.
Team Rocket made it out in time, but Mewoth has some second thoughts about tricking Sableye. The gang arrives - Sableye lead them out of the mine. Sableye is very angry for its place is destroyed. Sableye scatches the rope, freeing Pikachu and Corphish. Corphish uses Crabhammer and Pikachu Iron Tail to knock Team Rocket out. Sableye then sends them blasting away. Pikachu and Corphish thank Sableye for rescuing them and the gang waves goodbye as Sableye goes away.
While in trolley, Max's lips weren't moving when he spoke to May.
- Meowth did not recite the end of the motto in thisepisode.
- Featured Pokémon: Nosepass