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On the way to [[Fallarbor Town]] for {{an|May}}'s next [[Pokémon Contest]], {{ashfr|the gang}} meets a pair of {{p|Zangoose}}. When the larger of the two starts talking, they recognize it as their old friend, [[Nicholai]]. As they set up a picnic, Nicholai tells them that he went to the [[Petalburg Gym]]. May asks Nicholai if he saw their dad. Nicholai explains that after he told [[Norman]] and [[Caroline]] that he is a friend of May and [[Max]], they invited him for dinner and accepted his Gym challenge -, which he lost. He says that Norman must have worn short shorts during {{pkmn|training}}, irritating May and Max. Patting May on the back as she scolds him, Nicholai explains that he wants to get stronger, and {{Ash}} challenges him to a battle refereed by {{an|Brock}}. As the battle begins, Nicholai gets into a {{p|Marshtomp}} costume, and sends out Marshtomp. Noting that Nicholai's {{p|Mudkip}} has evolved since their last meeting, Ash chooses {{AP|Treecko}}. Nicholai tells Marshtomp to use {{m|Water Gun}}, but Ash has Treecko dodge it and use {{m|Quick Attack}}. However, Marshtomp follows Treecko while still firing its Water Gun, stopping Treecko's Quick Attack. Then, Marshtomp uses {{m|Mud Shot}} to knock Treecko over. Nicholai tells Marshtomp to use {{m|Iron Tail}}, but Treecko manages to get up and retaliate with {{m|Bullet Seed}} before knocking Marshtomp down with {{m|Pound}}.
Meanwhile, {{TRT}} watchwatches the battle from behind the bushes, and plot to steal {{AP|Pikachu}} during the battle. Jessie sends out {{TP|Jessie|Seviper}} in preparation for an attack. Back on the battlefield, Nicholai takes off his Marshtomp costume and replaces with the Zangoose costume. Then, he sends out his Zangoose and orders it to use {{m|Swords Dance}}. Zangoose starts the move, only to freeze as it senses something. Nicholai asks what is wrong, but Zangoose just walks away, and disappears into the bushes. A moment later, Team Rocket runs out of the bushes, followed by Zangoose and Seviper, glaring at each other in anger. Ash asks Team Rocket what they are doing there, but after they say the first sentence of their {{motto}}, Zangoose and Seviper interrupt and roar fiercely. Max explains that Zangoose and Seviper are arch enemies. Brock says that they will start to fight and not give up. After {{m|Tackle|tackling}} each other, they look at each other. Meowth jumps in and tells Seviper to forget about Zangoose and just capture Pikachu together, but he only succeeds in being whacked with Seviper's tail. Meowth is sent rolling down the hill with Team Rocket and falling into the river.
Seviper {{m|Wrap|wraps}} Zangoose, and Zangoose {{m|bite}}s Seviper. Nicholai tells Seviper to stop but is knocked over by the two Pokémon. The two Pokémon fall in the river. Flowing down the stream, Seviper uses {{m|Poison Tail}} and Zangoose hits a rock, unconscious. Just as it is about to attack Zangoose again, Ash sends out {{AP|Corphish}}, it uses {{m|Bubble Beam}} to attack Seviper, and carries Zangoose to shore. Zangoose seems to be hurt really badly. Then, Brock explains that he will help to heal it. After mixing the {{tt|medicine|Antidote}}, he passes it to Nicholai. He feeds Zangoose the medicine. Max says that Zangoose will not stop until it gets revenge. As Team Rocket sit near the river, Seviper suddenly jumps out of the river and lands near them. Without thinking, James yells at it and wants Seviper to apologize. Just then, James immediately apologizes as he notices Seviper’s anger. He kneels and pleads for forgiveness and Seviper decides to forgive him. Then, Meowth asks Seviper if he is finding Nicholai’s Zangoose, and he nods. Then, Meowth says that Seviper still wants to battle Zangoose. Jessie chimes in and says that there IS a fierce hatred in the world, just like her hatred towards [[Cassidy]]. If she sees Cassidy, she wants to kill her. So Jessie, being sympathetic, decides to take Seviper’s side and help find and defeat Zangoose.