In Viridian Forest, a young girl finds herself lost when a Dratini attacks out of nowhere, but in the nick of time Red intervenes by having Saur faint the Dragon Pokémon with a single Vine Whip. Realizing the girl has no Pokémon of her own, Red lends her his Pika to use on a passing wildRattata, giving her some tips in catching Pokémon while allowing Pika sometime in its home environment. With Red's guidance Rattata is captured as the girl's Pokémon, but as Red mulls over the peculiar presence of Dratini hordes of Golem and Weezing appear on all sides, forcing him to escape with the others on his Aero.
Back in Viridian City, the girl's friends admonish her for wandering into the forest. Red introduces himself and declares his search for strong Trainers to battle, but is informed that the city has no Trainers strong enough to match him, except for the Gym Leader, who was supposedly invincible, but disappeared resulting in the closure of the Viridian Gym. Deciding to go to the Gym anyway, Red releases Gyara to cross the river to the Gym, scaring the others with his Gyarados's appearance. Just before he parts ways, Red offers the girl some advice: while Pokémon can be scary at times, if a person treats them with a kind and gentle heart, they'll always be friends in the end.
Outside the Gym, Red has Saur perform reconnaissance with Vine Whip, only to find nothing. Musing at how he and Professor Oak originally found Saur in the same place, Red follows his Pokémon into the Gym, spotting a damaged statue of the Gym Leader. As Red tries to jog his memory of the somewhat familiar face, a bright light shines as the Gym Leader himself reveals his presence, declaring to know Red's name, and that he had waited a long time for Red to show up.