On the way to Azalea Town Ash and co. encounter a flock of Mareep, a shepherd named Ellen and her daughter Mary. They use a Raichu like a sheepdog rounding up the Mareep. Later that night Mary says that she wants to compete with Fluffy (her Mareep) in a local festival but her mother says she is too young. Will her dream be crushed forever?
This episode's character of the day may be a reference to Mary Had A Little Lamb.
More of James' past is revealed: while he was fortunate to have clothes made of Mareep wool, Jessie and Meowth didn't have that luxury.