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= Synopsis =
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[[Ash Ketchum|Ash]], [[Misty]] and [[Brock]] are hiking towards [[Mt. Moon]]. A meteor called "The [[Moon Stone]]" crashed into the mountain in prehistoric times. Near the foot of the mountain, they encounter a man being attacked by a flock of [[Zubat (Pokémon)|Zubat]]s. [[Pokédex|Dexter]] reports that Zubats live in caves and hate to fly outside in daylight.
Misty reminds Ash that the man needs help, and Ash orders [[Ash's Pikachu|Pikachu]] to fire a [[ThunderShock (move)#In the anime|ThunderShock]]. The Zubats fly away. The man, in a lab coat, squeezes Ash, thanking him profusely. He introduces himself as [[Seymour]] the Scientist. (In the English version of the anime, he has a habit of declaiming in rhyme.) He is upset because someone has strung lights inside the nearby cave, disrupting the [[Pokémon]] who live inside - not just the Zubats, but the [[Paras (Pokémon)|Paras]] and [[Sandshrew (Pokémon)|Sandshrew]] as well.
Seymour believes the attackers are after the Moon Stone. He says it's a massive boulder, a million years old or older, hidden deep in the caves under the mountain. Fragments of the Stone can increase Pokémon's power. Seymour theorizes this is because both the Pokémon came from outer space, and the Moon Stone was their spacecraft - which means the Stone belongs to the Pokémon, and the humans must leave it alone.
A [[Clefairy (Pokémon)|Clefairy]] bounces past, carrying something. Seymour stops Ash from trying to catch it. The Clefairy is trapped by [[Meowth (Team Rocket)|Meowth]], who is in turn challenged by Ash. Brock and Ash agree that they have to stop [[Team Rocket]], before they make any more trouble - which immediately leads to [[James]] and [[Jessie]] reciting their intro verse.
Teak Rocket freely admits to putting up the lights; Meowth even says they want a Moon Stone so they can power up their Pokémon. Ash and Brock challenge Jessie and James. Jessie summons [[Jessie's Arbok|Ekans]], while Ash calls [[Ash's Butterfree|Butterfree]]. James calls on [[James's Weezing|Koffing]], and Brock uses [[Brock's Crobat|Zubat]], which he says he captured just before they entered the cave.
James orders Koffing to generate a [[Smog (move)|smog attack]]. Ash counters with Butterfree's [[Whirlwind (move)|Whirlwind]], and Brock asks Zubat to double-team; the two Pokémon turn the smog back on Team Rocket, to their surprise.
Misty and Seymour make a run for it as Ekans attacks Butterfree and Koffing slams Zubat. Brock tells Zubat to "go [[Supersonic (move)|supersonic]]!" The high-pitched signal confuses Koffing and Ekans, and they attack each other. Ash asks Butterfree for another whirlwind, hoping to "blow them all the way out of the cave!" Team Rocket flies away again, but Brock and Ash suddenly realize they've lost track of Meowth.
Misty and Seymour have been following the Clefairy, which makes its way out of the cave. They follow it up the mountain, where Meowth is waiting for them. He demands the Moon Stone. Misty summons her [[Misty's Staryu|Staryu]] by dropping its [[Pokéball]] in the river. She orders a [[Swift (move)|Swift attack]], followed immediately by a [[Water Gun (move)|Water Gun]]. The water stream hits Meowth in the face; he rapidly fills up with water, then flies away like a balloon as the water is expelled from his mouth.
Brock feeds all the Pokémon on his special, secret recipe [[Pokémon food#In the anime|Pokémon food]]. Seymour tastes it and deems it "not bad;" Ash follows suit and finds it awful! Meanwhile, Clefairy and Pikachu are having a conversation on a nearby rock. They hop away, followed by the rest of the group.
They arrive at another cave, where they find the core of the Moon Stone. Clefairy adds its stone to the ring at the base of the core, completing the circuit. All the small stones, then the large core, begin to glow blue in the moonlight. Dozens of Clefairy approach and begin to dance around the Moon Stone. Misty, Ash and Brock play "charades" with Pikachu to learn that the Clefairy are praying to the Stone. Seymour concludes that humans are supposed to ride the Stone back out to the stars, but his rapture is interrupted by the return of Team Rocket.
Seymour attacks Team Rocket to keep them from the Stone, by Meowth trips him and takes him out of the action because his glasses fall off. Ash attacks with Pikachu, while Brock summons [[Brock's Steelix|Onix]]; as usual, Jessie and James call on Ekans and Koffing again. Jessie orders a [[Dig (move)|Dig]] attack, and James orders up a [[Smokescreen (move)|smokescreen]]. Ash then summons [[Ash's Pidgeot|Pidgeotto]] and orders it to Whirlwind the smoke away. When the smoke clears, Team Rocket is gone, and the Moon Stone with them.
Brock orders Onix to Dig and follow them underground, while the humans and other Pokémon run through the caves. One of the Clefairy brings Seymour his glasses.
Team Rocket is sliding downhill with the Stone on a sledge. Onix appears suddenly, upsetting the sledge. Onix attempts to [[Tackle (move)|tackle]] Team Rocket, but Koffing counters, and both Pokémon fall, stunned. Seymour and the Clefairy appear from Onix's tunnel. The Clefairy use a [[Metronome (move)|Metronome]] attack to hypnotize the humans, then what appears to be a [[Hyper Beam (move)|Hyper Beam]] to send Team Rocket flying off once more.
Chips of the Moon Stone drift down from the sky; as they land on the Clefairy, they [[Evolution|evolve]] into [[Clefable (Pokémon)|Clefable]]. Seymour stays with the Clefairy and Clefable, hoping to someday visit outer space with them.
Ash, Misty and Brock move on toward Cerulean City. Gary has left a graffito on the sign saying, "Gary was here! Ash is a loser!" Ash takes off down the road at a run as the episode ends.
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