The gang has arrived to Petalburg City. A woman at the Pokémon Center has delivered her some supplies as the gang arrives to the Pokémon Center. Nurse Joy identifies May and Max as Norman's children. The woman who left supplies runs away screaming. The gang leaves the Center as well but soon find themselves in a crowd of people. The reporter asks some questions for May and Max - May shows her 2 ribbons she won. Ash goes in to show his badges, but the crowd in not interested.
Team Rocket are wandering with their bellies empty. Meowth spots a plaque with Norman and his wife. They remember he is the Gym Leader of Petalburg City. When they look around, they see a lot of Norman fan-club trinkets. So, to take advantage, Jessie dresses as Norman's wife, James as Norman, Meowth as May and Jessie's Wobbuffet as Max. They all get their attention soon enough - some suspect that Meowth and Wobbuffet aren't the children, but when a man examines them, their suspicion goes away. The real may and Max are being questioned - they want to see May bring a Pokémon for some Coordinator attacks. May brings her Beautifly and it uses Silver Wind, dazzling the public.
Two boys come to ask Ash and Brock if they travel with May and Max. When they agree and Ash mentions he needs to defeat Norman, the boys deny that he'll beat Norman, since they need to be beaten first. Ash accepts the challenge for the fight. The boy sends Golduck, while Ash sends Grovyle. Golduck starts using Focus Punch, but misses and Grovyle uses Bullet Seed, pushing it. Golduck uses Hydro Pump, knocking Grovyle. Golduck uses Scratch, but the attack is cancelled due to Quick Attack. Grovyle uses Leaf Blade.
Meowth (dressed as Meowth) advertises the autographs and Jessie (dressed as Norman's wife) sells badges. Golduck is defeated, but more boys come to challenge Norman. Ash sends Corphish to battle. May's Skitty performs, using DoubleSlap on the balls as a Contest. The boys want more battles, but Ash and his Pokémon are tired. Ash says he can take all at once, so the boys send all their Pokémon. Pikachu uses Thunder, defeating the Pokémon. The other boys send more Pokémon. May is tired as well to appease the fans, but the fans want more tricks. The boys who battled Ash come to say he came to challenge Norman. The woman (who delivered Nurse Joy supplies) thinks May should battle him.
May and Max are carried near Ash to teach him a lesson he'll never forget - Norman can't be challenged. Ash accepts the challenge (and so does May), but Max thinks they shouldn't be given so much attention. The fake Norman, his wife and children (Team Rocket) have disappeared. They run off with the profit, but they have been spotted, so their fans go after them. May brings Torchic to battle. Ash chooses Pikachu, but he is too tired. Since most of his Pokemon are tired as well, Ash brings Taillow and starts with Quick Attack. Torchic is being chased and attacked, but Ash's been booed. Taillow uses Wing Attack.
Torchic retaliates using Ember, but hits Ash. Torchic tries once more, but the attack gets more powerful, hitting Ash again. The woman announces May won, despite Taillow still able to fight. A man says that he saw May and Max by the fountain few moments ago, so the woman realizes they have imposters, so they bring May and Max to them. The fake May, fake Max, fake Norman, fake Caroline (Norman's wife), true May and true Max spot each other. May and Max see that fake Norman and Caroline aren't their parents.
The woman and a man argue which May and Max is real. Torchic uses Ember, revealing Team Rocket. Jessie sends Seviper and James Cacnea. Cacnea attacks with Pin Missile the Torchic, but is cancelled by Pikachu's Thunderbolt. Seviper uses Haze and orders to capture Pikachu. When the smoke clears, Team Rocket go up in their balloon, but with May's Torchic. Pikachu helps using Quick Attack, freeing Torchic and the bags fall down. Pikachu falls down and uses Thunderbolt to blow Team Rocket. Team rocket are satisfied not to be imposters, however.
The people compliment and Ash thanks them, but they specify themselves that they like Pikachu. Pikachu is flattered by the fans. Anyway, the gang goes away to Petalburg City.
- Pokemon Trainer's Choice Featured Pokémon: Corphish, Minun, Marowak, Nincada
When Ash's Badge case is seen in the original, there is a Poké Ball design on it. In the dub, it is painted over with a red line.