Silver escapes from Professor Elm's lab, with Gold chasing closely behind. Gold uses Exbo's fire power to contain Silver within a ring of fire, demanding that he return his backpack and return Totodile to Professor Elm. Before Silver can respond, however, Ken interrupts, revealing that it was him who took Gold's bag, expecting it to be Joey's, which had Professor Oak's important documents inside.
Ken challenges Silver and Gold to a battle in an attempt to steal Professor Elm's Totodile and Cyndaquil from them. Despite a type disadvantage, Totodile is able to defeat the Ken's Elekid, since Silver taught it Frustration after stealing it from Professor Elm.
Sometime later, a policeman confronts Gold about the charred lawn, which was damaged by Exbo's fire attacks. Joey explains to Gold that Professor Elm's hip was injured during the altercation with Silver and that he had to go to the hospital. The policeman says that the thief who stole Totodile attacked from behind and that Professor Elm, his assistant, and Joey didn't see the perpetrator clearly.
Gold is taken to the police station to compose a composite image from his memory of Silver. He accurately depicts Silver's hair color and body type, but deliberately adds incorrect facial features. He explains to Joey later that he wants to track down Silver himself, without the help of the police, so he gave them a deliberately incorrect composite to slow them down.
As they are discussing Silver, Professor Oak visits Gold and Joey's campsite. He asks Gold if the perpetrator was carrying a Pokédex, which causes Gold to recall Silver hiding one from Exbo's flames. Professor Oak explains that he only made three new Pokédexes, but one had gone missing three days ago, leading him to believe that Professor Elm's Totodile and his Pokédex were both stolen by Silver.