The episode opens with Ash and company deciding to take a break from their journey and rest at a stream. Ash sends out all of his Pokémon and tells them afterwards that they are going to have some fun. Bayleef is, of course, extremely excited and she tackles Ash and knocks Ash down. Brock and Misty look at Ash, very concerned.
After the title card, the first game that Ash decides to do is his own version of fetch. How it goes is that Ash will give a stick to his Shiny Noctowl and then, Noctowl will drop the stick, and the first Pokémon to catch the stick is the winner. And so, 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. Well, 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, and an explanation from Brock causes Ash to sigh.
Later, Ash and company are serving lunch to their Pokémon, as some of Ash's Pokémon, Bayleef included, sleep in a pile, and when the stew is ready, Totodile stops dancing on the rock and dances beside Ash, with Ash telling Totodile to not make Ash lose his balance. Bayleef wakes up and rushes towards Ash, but then she takes a moment to think about it. The camera pans up to a thought bubble above Bayleef's head, and it shows Bayleef running up to Ash and tackling him, thus causing the stew to spill on Ash and then Ash scolds her. Afterwards, the camera pans down back to Bayleef and the thought bubble above her head disappears. Bayleef decides to simply walk towards Ash. Eventually, Ash notices Bayleef and yells at her to not tackle Ash. 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 something's missing. Where in the Johto region is Bayleef?
Why, at a river of course. Bayleef looks down into the river and kicks a rock into the water. She gets teary-eyed again as she remembers Ash yelling at her. Bayleef then gets angry, since she did not do anything wrong. 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, which is something more worse than getting chased by six Beedrill.
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. Pikachu runs off and Ash and company 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.
Back with Ash and company, 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 burning fire that has no harm whatsoever. 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 trainer again after the way Ash had treated her. 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.
Back with Ash and the gang, they had been looking for hours and still no Bayleef. 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. Ash tells it to back off for trying to stop him from seeing Bayleef. Skiploom scolds Ash, and then Ash finally gets to the conclusion that he should not walk on the floors. The old woman tells Ash that this is not a private garden, but Ash and company explain that they could not get any answer and that Bayleef is Ash's Pokémon. With Ash delighted, it looks like Ash is about to be reunited with Bayleef, but sadly, it's not what Ash expected as Bayleef simply turns away in anger. Ash and company settle down for some tea. Brock then complains that the herbal tea tastes like the garden's smell.
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, and it would've worked out well if Togepi didn't walk into view. This causes Ash to fall onto his back. Brock then gives Ash advice, to which Ash decides to follow.
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, but Ash was hoping for this to work. The old woman then tells Ash to cheer up or else his other Pokémon would be upset too. The old woman explains that if you treat a flower with either love or care, it senses it and it grows, and also explains that Pokémon is just the same. Ash replies that he cares about each and every one of his Pokémon and wants them to be happy, Bayleef included, and 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 just retire as thieves. Jessie and Meowth agree on that.
Afterwards, the gardening is disturbed as a mecha Bayleef enters the garden. Team Rocket recites their motto and steal the Pokémon. The old woman tells Team Rocket to give back her Bellossom and Skiploom, and also Pikachu and Bayleef. Team Rocket tries to crush the old woman, but the old woman is saved by her Machoke. The Bayleef mecha rushes off, but Ash chases after Team Rocket.
Ash finally makes to the Bayleef mecha after crossing a path and then jumps on the mecha and tries to break the glass with his head. The Pokémon try to do the same thing, and Bayleef realizes that Ash does care about Bayleef after all, and then bashes her bulk 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. It looks like Bayleef has learned Body Slam, which can be very useful for later battles. And so, with that happy ending, the episode comes to a close.
- "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 ot 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
- This episode is celebrated as another milestone, the 200th episode, if Holiday Hi-Jynx and Snow Way Out! are not counted as episodes.
- The English title of this episode is a pun of the phrase Turning over a new leaf. Exactly 100 episodes later, a future title makes use of this pun also, Turning Over a Nuzleaf.
- Even though Who's That Pokémon? was random by this point in the dub, the Pokémon featured was Machoke, which did play a role in this episode.
- When the Pokémon are having lunch, Brock refers to Bayleef as "him", however Bayleef is female.
- When Bayleef ignores Ash's offer of fruit and Brock is crushed, he says "My theory about girls are wrong!" however it should be "My theory about girls was wrong!"
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