With the Don Battle tournament in Nimbasa Town behind them Ash and co. head out to Nimbasa City (again). They soon encounter Meowth, with no sign of Jessie or James. He reveals that he was fired from Team Rocket and was all alone. They soon come across a seemingly abandoned cottage where a rogue Scrafty lives and has taken Iris' Axew hostage. How can our heroes get Axew back in this hostage situation?
- Meowth was never captured, and even Iris was unable to catch it.
- For the first time in 14 seasons, Meowth was kicked out of Team Rocket. But four episodes later, it turned out that Meowth was lying the whole time.
- This is the second time in a row when a main character's Pokemon learned a third new move other than two. First was Axew learning Outrage in the last episode while Scraggy learns Hi Jump Kick.
- Professor Oak's Live Caster: Timburr
- Who's That Pokemon?: Scrafty (US)
- Cilan saying "confession is good for the heart" it might be a reference to the popular phrase "confession is good for the soul".
- The only reason why that Scrafty looks different from the Pokedex picture is because that loose skin around its neck is used as a hood to hide its face. That is why he's called the Hoodlum Pokemon.
Meowth: Ok! We can see that Axew's unharmed, but we need to know who you want to battle against before we can help you. We also need to know why you want to battle in the first place.
Scrafty: Tee-Tee-Tee. Scraf-Scraf-ty!
While ignoring Meowth's question, Ash and Pikachu appeared on the cliff.
Ash: There's Axew! Through that window.
As they quickly hide before Scrafty spotted them.
Ash: I think we can get Axew out of there.
Ash: Let's head back for now.
As they head back to inform the others.
Meowth: Let's get this straight, I do not want to be anybody's Pokemon. And no twerps ever going to catch me, see?
Iris: Okay, sorry.
Meowth: Alright, but even so, I'm going to help you lugs
Cilan: confession is good for the heart
-After Iris fails to catch Meowth -