With Ecruteak City drawing closer, Ash and co. decide to take a break. They notice a Skiploom that belongs to a young boy named Ephraim. He says that most people who head to Ecruteak pass through this grass route. Ephraim wants to have a Pokémon battle with Ash to see how strong he's gotten. The result, Ephraim lost. Later they hear about a local tournament for Grass-type Pokémon where the winner gets a supply of Leaf Stones. Who will win the tournament?
Ephraim's father was voiced by Scottie Ray, and Kayzie Rogers provided the voice for Ephraim's mother.