Still on their way to Olivine city, our friends ecounter a strange circle with X on the ground. Suddenly, something just pops out of the sky and lands just in front of Ash and co. Then somebody yells "Sorry!". The one who yells is Skyler a boy in a Fearow hot-air baloon. He explains that the ball is marker and he tries to center it in the X.
Skyler then introduces Ash and friends to his father. He tells them there will be a big hot-air baloon competition with grand prize new burner. Ash wants to compete but forgets he hasn't got a baloon. Skyler's father give them a Pikachu baloon.
Team Rocket want to steal the burner to make their escape faster but Meowth want to win it fair and square.
Will our heroes win? Will Team Rocket cheat? And why Meowth want so much to win it fairly?