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The episode opens with {{Ash}} admiring his new {{Badge|Feather}}, a hard-won trophy from his battle with [[Winona]] at the [[Fortree City]] Gym. With six Badges, Ash now needs only two more to enter the [[Hoenn League]]. Ash triumphantly declares that they're heading to Gym battle number seven, before [[Max]] points out that Ash has no idea what or where that Gym is. After consulting his guide, {{an|Brock}} announces that they're now on their way to [[Mossdeep City]], which they will reach by way of ferry in [[Lilycove City]]. On the way, they encounter [[Elijah]], whose heavily burdened {{p|Camerupt}} has gotten stuck in the river. With the help of Ash and {{ashfr}}, Camerupt is soon across the river. When Max asks what his Camerupt is carrying, Elijah reveals that he runs a portable movie theater, with all of the equipment stored on his companion's back. Since Elijah and the gang are going in the same direction, they decide to travel together.
Meanwhile, Ash is being shadowed by {{TRT}}, who are looking to capture {{AP|Pikachu}} as usual. {{MTR}}, meanwhile, notices from up high that Camerupt is carrying movie equipment. For extremely dubious reasons, Meowth decides that Camerupt and the theater system would be perfect gifts for {{an|Giovanni}}. [[James]] and [[Jessie]] are less certain, but decide to go ahead with the scheme anyway. Team Rocket ambushes Ash and friends with a classic pitfall trap at the next river crossing. After cutting the {{motto}} short, they steal Camerupt and prepare to make their getaway. Ash is quick to call out his {{AP|Corphish}}, which promptly frees Camerupt and sends Team Rocket blasting off with a {{m|BubbleBeamBubble Beam}}. With Team Rocket now temporarily indisposed, the group continues to a dangerous mountain path. While fantasizing about "{{an|May}}'s Expedition", May herself nearly gets flattened by a boulder, which then blocks the narrow road. Unable to advance, the party camps for the night.
Over dinner, Elijah mentions that his work is very dangerous, but he does it anyway because he feels he has an obligation to those he entertains. Elijah also reveals a letter he got from a young girl, {{OBP|Mariah|AG086}}, in a town without a movie theater which has reinforced his determination to continue his dangerous unpaid job. Ash, Brock, Max, and May reminisce about movies they saw before leaving on their journey. Elijah offers to read the group the narration of the new {{p|Plusle}} and {{p|Minun}} movie (it is a silent movie for reasons that aren't explained). The group reaches the town the following morning and the group resolves to stay in the town long enough to see the movie. The villagers happily greet Elijah as they arrive, and they meet Mariah on the way into town.