When Professor Elm isn't watching, Silver drops down from the ceiling and snatches a Poké Ball containing a Totodile from the table. As Silver is making his escape, Gold and Joey are trying to enter the lab, so Professor Elm mistakes Gold for the thief. Gold chases after Silver, and Aibo fights Sneasel.
Gold notices on the table that one of the three Poké Balls is missing, and sees that the Cyndaquil inside one of the other Poké Balls is upset that Totodile is missing. As his backpack full of Poké Balls was stolen earlier, Gold is sympathetic to having a Pokémon friend taken away, so he offers to fight together with the Cyndaquil. He releases it from the Poké Ball, and, not knowing its name, he nicknames it "Exbo*", after the explosive flames on its back.
Meanwhile, the Team Rocket Elite Trio is gloating about having stolen Joey's backpack, but to their dismay they discover it is Gold's, which does not contain Professor Oak's important documents. Frustrated, one of the members tosses the bag aside, and the Poké Ball containing Polibo rolls away into a river.