After reuniting with Ritchie and Luka, a child Lugia by the name of Silver has been captured by Team Rocket. They plan to use the child as bait for a trap for the parent. Even worse, Cassidy and Butch have powered up their Pokémon with an aggression raising device. Will this diabolical plan succeed? Can Ash and co. stop them? And why does Zippo look different?
This episode is part 12 of the 13 part Whirl Islands arc.
James does not like the black Team Rocket uniforms, which may serve to explain his and Jessie's unique white uniforms. However, they must be official uniforms in some way, as not even Giovanni has commented on the difference, but what the white signifies is unknown.
Brock's Crobat has the same color scheme as a Golbat in one scene.