Pokemon Hunter J has trapped Ash and a kidnapped Riolu in the heart of a blazing forest fire, so she can capture Riolu for her cilent--and Ash is unable to stop her from seizing Riolu and flying away! In another part of the forest, Kellyn recruits some Blastoise to quench the flames, but Ash must rely on Chimchar's Dig to keep him safe. As soon as the coast is clear, Ash sneaks onboard J's ship and confronts her in person only to discover that she already knew he was there. J then ejects Ash from the ship in mid-air, but a timely rescue by Kellyn and Staraptor keeps the show from coming to a premature end.
As Ash and his friends consider their next move, Ash realizes he can use his Aura connection with Riolu to sense its location. Everyone saddles up on some Dodrio and sets off in pursuit, hoping to intercept J before she can hand off Riolu to her cilent. They reach J's rendezvous point, but they're too late: the cilent has already gotten Riolu, and he leaps on a Fearow and takes off with his prize! While Dawn, Brock, Officer Jenny and Solana hold off the cilent's troops, Ash and Kellyn spur on their Dodrio in pursuit.
Kellyn's Dodrio leaps onto Fearow to bring it down, yet it still doesn't convince the cilent to give up Riolu. He flees into a cave and blocks the path behind him, not realizing that Kellyn can recruit a Donphan to clear the way and Ash can use Aura to find Riolu. The cilent is finally cornered and knocked out by Pikachu's Volt Tackle, his men are subdued and put in custody. As for J, she escapes to hunt another day, but Riolu is safely headed home to the Paradise Kingdom. So for now, Ash and his friends are happy with a job well done as they continue down the road to Pastoria City!
Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Capture Styler
Due to Ash's sensitivity to Aura, which was first introduced in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, he is able to sense Riolu from far distances, making the movie at least partially canon.
Solana has a different uniform than the one she had in her past appearances. The one she wears in this episode is based on Kate's from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia.
For an unknown reason, Plusle is not seen with Solana.
This is the second dubbed TV episode to not only retain all of its Japanese background music, but also use no American-made music (unless one counts The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon as a dubbed TV episode).
Dawn's Pachirisu used Discharge, despite the four Pokémon it was up against (Rhyhorn, Nidoking, Graveler and Golem) being part Ground-type, and therefore immune to Electric attacks. This is an example of anime physics.
Jessie makes the comment that Team Rocket should, "Climb every mountain. Ford every stream." This phrase is from The Sound of Music.
Music from Destiny Deoxys, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea and Lucario and the Mystery of Mew is used as background music.
This episode marks one of the extremely rare instances that Ash ever intentionally hurts a Pokémon, as he kicks J's Drapion in the face in order to escape from its claws.
Part of Ash's hair disappears in the closing scenes. This can be seen when Ash is talking to Riolu's Trainer.
In one scene, a wild Doduo has only one head.
Hunter J's pockets are miscolored in some scenes.
This article has an incomplete plot or synopsis. Please help the Pokémon Wiki by expanding it.