At the International Police base, a search for the location of the Team Rocket Boss Giovanni is underway. An agent informs Looker how Team Rocket had taken over the Kanto region's underworld, and is suspected for illegally poaching and trafficking Pokémon. A successful raid was executed at the Celadon City Game Corner controlled by Team Rocket, recovering all of the Pokémon held captive there. Also, Team Rocket's plans to take over the Silph Co. were reported to have been thwarted. All of the Team Rocket Grunts arrested by the police have been both incapable and unwilling to tell anything about Giovanni's future plans. Suddenly, another agent informs Looker that they have finally discovered Giovanni's location: the Viridian Gym.
At nightfall, a squadron of International Police officers equipped with riot gear arrive at the Viridian Gym. Looker orders the men to surround the Gym in three-man teams, taking two men with himself to the front door. Knowing that Giovanni is an experienced Pokémon Trainer, Looker advises his men to take caution. One of the officers sends out a Magnemite, which quickly breaks through the front door's electronic lock. Through his comm-link, Looker orders all teams to move forward, as he and his men rush through the front door and spread out. One team breaks through the wall with the help of their Machamp, while another team uses their Arcanine's Flamethrower to melt a hole into the wall.
Rushing through the Gym with his Growlithe, Looker is confused about why Giovanni would be here, as the Viridian Gym was supposed to have been closed off. He and Growlithe arrive at the door that leads to the battlefield, and after a few seconds of bracing themselves, they rush in, only to find an empty room. Looker examines the floor, seeing relatively recent traces of an explosion. A team of officers enters the room, informing Looker that the Viridian Gym is empty.
During a follow-up investigation, the International Police is surprised to find out that Giovanni was actually the Gym Leader of the Viridian Gym. After handing Badges to two Trainers, he had simply disappeared. On a hill near Viridian City, Giovanni declares that Team Rocket will never fall and that all Pokémon exist solely for the use of Team Rocket, before walking away. As the episode ends, Looker mentions the rumors about Team Rocket having been disbanded, although the truth is shrouded in mystery.