After all the time, all the training, all the hardships, it has finally come: The Unova League. Ash is ready to bring it to the Unova League and sees old friends and rivals as they fight for the chance to be the best in the Unova League.Ash and co. Finally says Stephan's name right. As Bianca, Stephan, Cameron and Virgil pass to round 2, Ash and Trip begin their battle. With the stakes so high, both trainers all ready to give it their all. Will Ash finally be able to beat Trip once and for all?
The episode begins with our heroes walking the path to Vertress City, when they finally arrive. They arrive at the festival and Ash talks about who he could be fighting first round. When suddenly a familiar,"Out of My Way, Out of My Way!", is heard. Bianca comes a running, and knocks Ash into the always near fountain. After apologies, Stephan arrives and for the first time ever Ash says Stephan's name right. Stephan freaks out and then Iris says his name right too. Virgil arrives in his brothers plane. The group then goes to registration, and all register. They then go to the hotel and find a tent. A Riolu then walks out and they know who it is. They then say hi to Cameron who says he was here for three days. Iris asks why not get a hotel after registration. Cameron asks if that is a new Pokémon. Nurse Joy then announces that registration is over. Ash and Cameron rush to the Pokémon Center and Nurse Joy gives him a break. Now that everyone was registered, they all head off to their resting place.
Ash later that night can't sleep so he looks out at the window and sees that shining lights and stadium and thinks back to all the Gym Leaders he beat to get this far. Iris then tells Ash to go back to bed. Next morning the group gathers at the stadium to find out who their battling where Freddy Martian parodies the Queen by getting to the league in a parachute. He then announces that the battle line up on the board. Ash finds out that he is battling Trip. Bianca is battling Michael and his Watchog. Virgil is battling Ultimo and his Crustle. Cameron is facing Kenō and his Eelektross, and Stephan is battling Radley and his Braviary. The battles begin Stephan manages to easily defeat Radley and Braviary with his Zebstrika. Bianca and Emboar, Cameron and Ferrothorn, Virgil and Vaporeon battles are left undecided.
Meanwhile Ash is Facing Trip. Trip sends out Serperior and Ash chooses Pikachu over Pignite. Pikachu starts of with a Quick Attack but is dodged at the last second by Serperior at the last second. Pikachu tries an Iron Tail bu is countered by a Dragon Tail attack sending Pikachu into the boundary wall, half-knocked out and Ash at a dead end, Leaving the everyone in suspense, ending it with a cliffhanger.
Who's that Pokémon?: Ferrothorn (US).
All the Gym Leaders Ash battled to get here: