The gang has arrived to Pacifidlog Town. May is seen to train with her Pokemon before her final Contest. Bulbasaur uses Petal Dance, Beautifly Silver Wind and Combusken Fire Spin. The gang admires her Pokemon, who are really powerful. May orders Skitty to use Blizzard, but Skitty sees an Aipom being given a Pokeblock. May tells Skitty that she can play after the Contest and sees other people's Pokemon. May still thinks she can win this and gets support from her Pokemon. Ash is also tempted to train and sends his Snorunt. Snorunt goes to practice Ice Beam, but something is wrong. Ash asks it what is it and gets hit by the Ice Beam.
Ash shakes his head and tells Snorunt they'll have to practice more. Team Rocket see them and hope to catch Pikachu. Snorunt goes to use Ice Beam and Team Rocket snuck behind Pikachu. However, Snorunt attacks and freezes them, then uses Ice Beam at a rapid pace. A trainer's Aipom runs away and Skitty follows it because of its tail. They run away, so May and the trainer follow them. Ash stops Snorunt, who has some fun with all the trouble. Max spots May's gone. May spots Skitty, who plays with a man. Skitty comes to her and May introduces herself and the man is Joshua, the Coordinator. A woman spots Joshua talking to May, seeming to be jealous.
May tells Joshua she'll need the 5th (and final) ribbon for the Grand Festival. Joshua asks her if she's going to use Skitty, to which she replies she does not know yet. The woman appears before them, being very angered. Joshua recognizes her as Erica. Erica sees her and says she's much cuter than she is, to which Joshua meant Skitty, not May. Erica tells him "that" is what he meant by training seperately - she thinks he likes May a lot. Erica tells her Joshua and her have known each other for a really long time, thinking they are meant for each other. They have been known to have won the Contests together. Erica tells Joshua to go with her to sign on the Pacifidlog Contest, though Joshua tells her May is coming as well, being a Coordinator herself.
May decides to use Skitty in the contest and Erica sends Jynx to show she's going to use her. Erica finds it quite the Pokemon for the Contest for winning. Brock, Ash, Max and May's other Pokemon come to her. May introduces her friends to Joshua. Joshua introduces himself and Erica to them, telling they both will enter the Contest. Unexpectendly, Team Rocket grab Pikachu and Snorunt. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, but with no effect. Snorunt goes to use Ice Beam, but fails. As they go off, Beautifly tackles them and they drop Snorunt and Pikachu. Team Rocket are angry, so Combusken attacks them with Sky Uppercut, destroying the balloon. Jessie sends Seviper and James his Cacnea.
Seviper uses Haze, then goes to bite and Cacnea attacks with Needle Arm. However, Joshua sends Houndoom, who uses Swift, hurting them. Seviper uses Posion Tail and Cacnea Pin Missile, but the attacks are negated by Houndoom's Flamethrower. Bulbasaur uses Petal Dance, knocking both Pokemon and Joshua compliments May for those attacks. Seviper goes to bite and Cacnea uses Needle Arm. Skitty uses Assist, which turns to Fire Spin and Houndoom uses Shadow Ball, hitting Seviper and Cacnea. By each hit, Erica is more furious. Ash and Brock release Pikachu and Snorunt. May orders Skitty to use Assist, but Erica pushes her and orders Jynx to use Hyper Beam, blasting them off. James tells Meowth he should've battled as well, so Jessie has an idea.
May is angry for being pushed, so Erica tells her she has a lot of learn, relying on Assist attack. Joshua tells them they need to register, so Erica and May promise each other to battle in the Contest. Inside the building, Jessie tells Meowth she'll enter with him, leaving Meowth baffled. Meowth refuses to enter, but seeing a Coordinator with a Persian, he remembers Giovanni with a similar one, so Meowth decides to enter, being fired all up. The Contest is about to begin, though Ash stays with Snorunt and Pikachu to train. The announcer tells to get the first Contestant - Jessie enters (being disguised as Jester) with Meowth. Everyone is impressed the way she entered (being carried down on a platform).
Meowth scratches an ice block into an ice sculpture of Giovanni and a Persian. Still, Meowth scratches more and Persian turns to Meowth. The viewers are impressed, so another Contestant enters. Snorunt fails to use Ice Beam. Still, it uses once more, with more power, but less control. Ash spots Joshua on the screen - Houndoom uses Shadow Ball and Swift, impressing the audience. Erica's Jynx uses Blizzard and Psychic, controlling the snowstorm and dazzling the audience. May's Skitty uses Assist, which turns to Razor Leaf (leaving May suprised), then uses Blizzard to freeze the leaves and uses Double Slap to destroy the ice and leaving shiny dust.
Ash visits May to congratulate her. Max has no doubts she'll pass to second round, but Erica hopes she'll get as well to battle her. May tells her Skitty is in top shape, so they both start to anger one another. The screen announces 4 secound round Coordinators - Jester, Joshua, Erica and... May. The screen displays May is going to battle Joshua and Erica vs. Jester. May tells Joshua that even if they are friends, she will defeat him.