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.
This is the first time team Rocket's pokemon didn't blast off with them.