After finally reaching Violet City Ash and co encounter some school children who wanted to play with Pikachu but just as Pikachu was about to zap them Ash grabs it and it zaps him. Brock volunteers the group to help Miss Priscilla, the teacher, at Earl's Pokémon Academy. When one boy, Zackie, wants Pikachu, it runs off. As Ash thought Zackie caught Pikachu, a Bellsprout pops out of the Poké Ball. Can Ash persuade Zackie to give up trying to catch his Pikachu? And Why does Team Rocket have to make a rocket out of Sprout Tower?
The Pokémon Academy from the Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver games is put into the anime, as is Sprout Tower.
This is one of the few episodes prior to Chikorita's Big Upset to show Chikorita's jealousy towards Pikachu.