Turning Over A New Bayleef (ベイリーフはどこへいった！？ハーブばたけでつかまえて！ Where did Bayleaf Go!? Capture at the Herb Garden!) is the 43rd episode of Pokémon: Johto League Champions.
After the events of the last episode, Ash now has a "big" problem: His new Bayleef is too big for Ash to handle, on top of that, it has the same problem as a Young Hercules (She doesn't know her own strength). While trying to serve food, Ash then notices Bayleef coming closer to him and yells at her to "Get away from me and stay away from me!" Heartbroken, Bayleef runs away. As if that weren't enough, it probably thought "If Ash doesn't care about me, fine! I don't care if I never see him again." After Ash realizes Bayleef hasn't come back for lunch Ash gets worried. A short while later Ash and co. find her in the care of an elderly lady, but the reunion was not a happy one since Bayleef is mad at Ash and doesn't want anything to do with him. Can Ash find a way to make peace with Bayleef?
Ash and co. decide to have a break. Ash sends out all of his Pokémon and tells them they are going to have some fun. Bayleef is excited and knocks Ash down. The first game that Ash decides to do is his own version of fetch. Ash explains he will give a stick to his Noctowl and then, Noctowl will drop the stick, and the first Pokémon to catch the stick is the winner. Noctowl grabs the stick and drops it. Ash's Pokémon jump in the air in an attempt to catch the stick, but none of the Pokémon can jump as high as Bayleef, who grabs the stick. Ash congratulates Bayleef, and Bayleef tackles Ash again into the stream. Ash is angered and demands an explanation from Bayleef. Brock and Misty try to calm Ash down to no avail. Ash says that Bayleef is going back into her Poké Ball. Brock believes she is tackling him as a way to show affection, but Misty thinks Brock is goofy with such statement.
Brock's stew is ready, so Ash goes to give the Pokémon some food. Bayleef wakes up and rushes towards Ash, but then she takes a moment to think about it. Bayleef's thinks of running up to Ash and tackling him, thus causing the stew to spill on Ash and then Ash scolds her. Bayleef decides to simply walk towards Ash. Eventually, Ash notices Bayleef and yells at her to not tackle him. Bayleef continues to walk towards Ash, but Ash once again yells at Bayleef to stay away from him. Feelings hurt, Bayleef rushes off with tears in her eyes as Ash and Totodile head for the table. Ash's Pokémon are all lined up and ready to eat, but Bayleef is missing.
Bayleef looks down into the river and kicks a rock into the water, as she remembers Ash yelling at her. She then kicks another rock into a bush, and six Beedrill appear. Bayleef runs as the Beedrill chase her. However, a loose part of a rock gives way and Bayleef falls into the river. Meanwhile, Ash and his Pokémon are still searching for Bayleef. Ash does not seem to understand why Bayleef would run away. Misty tells Ash that he told Bayleef to stay away from Ash, and Bayleef is doing just that. Brock then tells Ash that if Bayleef is like a girl in love, logical explanations won't work. However, Pikachu smells a scent, so Ash, Misty and Brock follow. Team Rocket watches from the bushes. Jessie, James, and Meowth have no idea what is going on, but Jessie has a plan and tells James and Meowth to follow her.
Meanwhile, an old woman is walking along a path with a Machoke. Machoke notices Bayleef, and the old woman and her Machoke rush over to Bayleef. Pikachu finds the part where the loose piece of the rock fell off. Ash and the others set off down the river, with Ash blaming himself for letting Bayleef run off. Meanwhile, Bayleef wakes up with a blanket beside a fire. The old woman and her Machoke enter the room and offer Bayleef some hot stew. Bayleef laps it up happily, and the old woman offers to help Bayleef find her trainer, but Bayleef doesn't want to see her Ash. The old woman then says that it would be better to keep Bayleef with them. Then, who peek in the corner but a Bellossom and a Skiploom. The old woman tells her two grass-types not to be concerned.
Ash and the gang had been looking for hours. Togepi then motions toward the house up on the hill where it possibly knows where Bayleef is at. They head up to the house and knock on the door, and Ash and company hear Bayleef. Ash rushes up to Bayleef and is tackled by Skiploom. Skiploom scolds Ash, and then Ash finally gets to the conclusion that he should not walk on the flowers. Ash and co. explain to the old woman that they could not get any answer and that Bayleef is Ash's Pokémon. Ash goes to Bayleef, but Bayleef simply turns away in anger, even hitting him. Ash and company settle down for some tea. As the Pokémon do the gardening, Ash tries to make Bayleef like him again by pretending to like gardening, but the plan fails, as Bayleef walks away while carrying Skiploom. Ash gives chase, though Togepi walks in front of him view. This causes Ash to fall onto his back. Brock then gives Ash advice that Bayleef, like girls, should come to him than other way around. Misty tells Brock it is an interesting advice and thinks Brock should follow it, causing him to get depressed.
Ash then tries to offer some fruit to Bayleef, but this plan fails as well, with Brock saying that his theory on girls was wrong. Misty is not surprised, as any girl that would've liked him would tell the same. The old woman then tells Ash to cheer up or else his other Pokémon would be upset too. The old woman explains that if a flower is treated with either love or care, it senses it and it grows, which Pokémon are just the same. Ash replies that he cares about each and every one of his Pokémon and wants them to be happy. The old woman tells Ash that Bayleef would sense it soon enough. Meanwhile, Team Rocket watches from a tree, and James tells Jessie and Meowth that if they steal the Pokémon, they can grow crops. Jessie replies that Team Rocket is not farmers, but James tells Jessie and Meowth that they can retire as thieves. Jessie and Meowth agree on that. A mecha Bayleef enters the garden. Team Rocket recites their motto and steal the Pokémon. Team Rocket tries to crush the old woman, but is saved by her Machoke. The Bayleef mecha rushes off, but Ash chases after it
Ash crosses a path, then jumps on the mecha and tries to break the glass. The Pokémon try to do the same thing, and Bayleef realizes that Ash does care about her after all - she bashes into the glass as well. After some attacking, the screws finally come loose. Now the Pokémon are free, but they have the Bayleef mecha to deal with. Bayleef uses Razor Leaf and leaves a hole at the neck of the Bayleef mecha. Pikachu then uses Thunderbolt, causing the Bayleef mecha to stop working. Ash and the Pokémon jump off the robot as the others catch up. Team Rocket tries to use their Vine Whip attack, but Bayleef launches another Razor Leaf, cutting off the vines. Ash then pulls off all the stops by telling Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, and Team Rocket is sent blasting off again.
At the old woman's garden, Ash and company say their goodbyes. Then, Ash tells Bayleef that he is sorry for yelling at Bayleef, telling Bayleef that she can tackle Ash anytime she wants. It seems that Bayleef is sorry for hurting Ash earlier, but at least she is showing self-control now. Ash is pleased, and Bayleef then throws up her legs and knocks Ash down, as she leared Body Slam. Ash sees Bayleef is quick learner.
- "No Tackling! Now get away from me and stay away from me!" - Ash yelling at Bayleef
- "Well I don't care when it evolved, it shouldn't be tackling me like that." - Ash about Bayleef
- "I'm sure Bayleef wasn't trying to hurt you Ash, thats probably how it shows affection and just doesn't know its own strength yet." - Misty
- "Tackling you must be Bayleef's way of saying 'I Love you'!" - Brock
- "Hhh...?" - Ash and Misty
- "Love can be painful Ash, Bayleef wants you to fall for it and fall hard thats probably why it keeps using its tackle attack!" - Brock
- "Brock I think you're having a goofy attack..." - Misty
- The English title of this episode is a pun of the phrase Turning over a new leaf.
- The "Who's that Pokémon?" is Machoke.
- When the Pokémon are having lunch, Brock refers to Bayleef as "him", however Bayleef is female.
- When Bayleef denies Ash's offer of fruit and Brock is crushed, he says "My theory about girls are wrong!", though it should be "was wrong".
Victreebel's usage of Vine Whip on Ash was cut out.
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