Dawn decides to start training Mamoswine for the Lilypad Town Contest. She sends it out but it becomes uninterested and charges into a nearby tree. Then Brock suggests Dawn to demonstrate Mamoswine how a Contest move is made. She orders Piplup to use BubbleBeam which captivates Mamoswine's attention. Then Dawn suggests Mamoswine to try a move.
The Twin Tusk Pokémon uses Ice Shard towards the sky and shatters it with its tusks impressing everyone. Dawn then tells Mamoswine to spin and shatter the Ice Shard with its tusks. Having never done this before, Mamoswine ends up with the Ice Shard on its head, with Pikachu and Piplup laughing. Feeling humiliated, Mamoswine runs off into a nearby forest, forcing Dawn to follow. Ash scolds Pikachu and Piplup and the scene turns to Dawn looking for Mamoswine in the forest.
There, Dawn finds Mamoswine which spots something deep in the forest and keeps staring continuously there. The scene turns to Ash who prepares to go in search of them but is stopped by a girl. Brock immediately falls in love with her but Croagunk Poison Jabs him. She then introduces herself as Verona, a local Forest Ranger who interdicts anyone to enter the forest with a Pokémon.
The scene reverts to Dawn and Mamoswine as the sound approaches. Then they encounter a wild Tangrowth that begins attacking them. The two then get into a fight. Finally Tangrowth uses Absorb on it and drains all of its power then leaves. After its departure, Dawn notices it dropped a Sitrus Berry which Mamoswine eats, thus regaining its power.
The scene turns to Ash and Brock who had just found out about the same Tangrowth which drains the Pokémon's power. The scene turns back to Dawn and Mamoswine which keeps sniffing Tangrowth's tracks. Dawn becomes angry and leaves it alone, but quickly runs to it after she notices Mamoswine departing. The scene turns to Team Rocket complaining about being tired and hungry. Next an Onix comes out of the ground and proceeds to attack them when Tangrowth absorbs its powers too. Then as it leaves, Meowth notices it left behind another Sitrus Berry. After he picks it up, Tangrowth hears him and absorbs his powers too making Meowth crumble to the ground dropping the Berry in Onix's mouth which instantly heals.
After finally leaving, Tangrowth leaves an Oran Berry for Meowth on the ground. After eating it, he instantly regains his vitality. Next, they decide to capture the Tangrowth while Meowth starts to fantasize again.
The scene turns to Dawn searching for Mamoswine again. Instead, she encounters an Ursaring which attacks her with Hyper Beam. Thankfully, Mamoswine shows up knocking Ursaring with Take Down. Then it continues its search for the Tangrowth along with Dawn. The scene once again changes to Ash, Brock and Veronica who are in search of Dawn and Mamoswine. Thinking it might help them, he sends out Grotle which is instantly attacked by Tangrowth, but manages to dodge the hit.
Ash orders Grotle to use Razor Leaf but Tangrowth evades the attack jumping from branch to branch. Grotle uses Energy Ball this time, but Tangrowth dodges the attack and absorbs its vitality. Then it flees the scene again, leaving a Sitrus Berry behind. Instead of eating the Berry, Grotle uses Synthesis to heal itself. Then it picks up Tangrowth's trail and the group decides to follow.
Once night falls, Dawn finds herself lost in the forest along with Mamoswine. It sniffs Tangrowth's trail again and picks Dawn on its back then rapidly heading on Tangrowth's trail, where they meet other wild Grass-type Pokémon, a Bellsprout, a Cherrim, a Seedot and a Shroomish which all proceed to stop them in their tracks. Cherrim hits them with Razor Leaf, Seedot with Bullet Seed and Bellsprout along with Shroomish both absorb Mamoswine's power. Then Bellsprout wants to offer it a Berry but Mamoswine quickly recovers and pursues them.
Then they arrive at a gigantic tree where Tangrowth appears, and Mamoswine upon seeing it, still angered from Tangrowth's attacks, wants to battle it. After a short dialogue between it and Tangrowth, Mamoswine calms and Ash, Brock, and Verona show up. Verona sees that the tree they are standing behind is the over 1000-year old tree which watches over the forest and was split in half, probably due to a recent thunderstorm, meaning that the tree got struck by lightning. Ash realizes that if the tree goes, then the rest of the forest goes too.
Next, Tangrowth uses Growth on the tree, making the group realize its intentions all along. Then the other Pokémon follow it with the same move but realize that there isn't enough energy in them. And then, Team Rocket shows up with another machine attempting to capture all the wild Pokémon. James claims that it is three times as absorbent as their normal machines.
Mamoswine tries using Take Down on it twice, but it doesn't work. James then claims that it is ten times harder to wreck than the normal machines. Mamoswine is then revealed that it is able to use Hidden Power. Mamoswine uses it, easily defeating Team Rocket. So in the morning, Tangrowth is found using Absorb on Grotle. Grotle uses Synthesis, but Brock points out that Grotle can only use Synthesis so many times. So, Mamoswine willingly lets Tangrowth use Absorb on it.
Tangrowth leaves behind a Sitrus Berry and signals that it has enough energy to try to use Growth again. So, once again, all the Pokémon use Growth on the tree, and it is restored back to its original form. Tangrowth thanks Mamoswine, who now has his full confidence back!
- This is the 600th episode of the main anime if Holiday Hi-Jynx and Snow Way Out! are not counted.
- The opening theme changes to a remix, High Touch! 2009. As with Together2008, the animation footage is completely unchanged from the previous opening.
- Darkrai and Giratina are replaced by Palkia and Dialga, respectively, in the start and end of the Japanese preview clip for the next episode.
- The dub's title is based on the phrase, "Promoting healthy growth".
- With the exception of the first few seconds, Dawn's Mamoswine remains outside of its Poké Ball throughout this episode.
- In one scene, Piplup's crown is the same color as its forehead.
- Two of the Pokémon seen using Absorb are a wild Bellsprout and a wild Seedot. However, Bellsprout and Seedot cannot learn Absorb in the games by any means.
- Near the beginning of the episode, there is a scene showing Piplup on Dawn's head. However, it was not there before or after this scene.
- When Ash and Brock are speaking to Verona, the orange part of Brock's jacket is colored the same color as his shirt.
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