The time has (finally) come. Ash vs. Elesa in a Pokémon Gym Battle. Ash tries to think of his strategy and comes up with one. Since Elesa uses Electric-Type Pokémon, and Ground-Type Pokémon beat Electric-Types, Ash has decided to use only his Palpitoad during the battle and leave Pikachu out. Will Ash's strategy work, especially if Elesa's other two Pokémon have no weakness against Ground-types? No, because in the second battle her Emolga uses Attract and finish his Palpitoad of with Aerial Ace. Ash made a bad choice to bring Snivy out because Grass-Types are weak against Flying-Types and Snivy would go down as well. Ash's third Pokemon he's counting on now is Pikachu since his strategy drives him mad too much to think about it. Pikachu manages to defeat Elesa's Emolga but she's going to unleash her third Pokemon as her ultimate weapon. It was Tynamo she's talking about and its speed is incredible too much for Pikachu to take. He survived the attack and Ash had an idea. He's going to tell Pikachu to use tons of Thunderbolts everywhere in the battlefield to create a smoke path to lure Tynamo in. Elesa told her Tynamo to wait but it was too late for its patience to strike Pikachu. Tynamo's homing in too fast and misses as Pikachu bats its back hard with Iron Tail. Tynamo crashed into the wall very hard and he's out. Ash now not only earns the Bolt Badge but reminded Elesa about the bond between trainers and Pokemon. He was about to head for Driftveil City as she said about the next destination but Elesa warns him that the Driftveil Drawbridge is offline for repairs. So Ash and co. stay in Nimbasa City until the drawbridge is fixed.
This is also the only time Ash battles an Electric Gym Leader without having a rematch.
The battle is a bit of a reverse of what happened in the Gym Battle between Ash and Falkner, with Elesa knocking out two of Ash's Pokémon with just one.
Ash's Palpitoad is confirmed to be male in this episode.
This is the first time in the anime that a gym leader's most powerful Pokémon got knocked out first before it did any real damage. The most powerful of a gym leaders Pokémon is usually knocked out last after it does collateral damage but this episode was different. This may have been due to type advantage as Palpitoad is a dual water and Ground-type and Ground is super-effective against Electric.
This is the first time Ash switched his team during a Gym Battle.
Thinking it was easy to beat Elesa, Ash only brought in Palpitoad, the only time he brought in one Pokémon to battle three
Two of Elesa's Pokemons are out when they hit the wall. The two were Emolga and Tynamo because of Ash's Pikachu.