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Back at his shop, Ed wonders about the lock picking incident, claiming that only he and his apprentice should be able to pick his locks. In a forest, Locke proclaims that Ed would now have to accept that the Master Thief is good at lock picking, and he thanks Lefty for its help. Their conversation is interrupted by {{TRT}} when [[James]] throws a device at Locke, binding his arms. Locke explains that he does not have the gem they might be looking for, adding that he only picks locks and does not steal. The trio shrugs him off, saying that they have business with him and his Binacle instead.
 
When morning sets in, the group sets off to look for Locke and Lefty, but is confused on where to start looking. Clemont sees this as the perfect opportunity to introduce his [[ListClemontic of Clemont's inventionsGear|Binacle Finder]], claiming that once it is attached to Righty, it will find a Binacle with the same exact bio-metric data. The invention seems to work, and the group sets off on their search. At the [[Pokémon Center]], Team Rocket forces a bound Locke to pick the door lock so that they can steal the Pokémon inside. Locke agrees, much to Lefty's shock, and asks the trio to set him free so that he can uses his hands freely for lock picking. Once free, he pretends to follow their orders, but instead has Lefty use {{m|Brick Break}} on {{MTR}}. He confirms that he will never steal and runs away with his Pokémon. A displeased [[Jessie]] and [[James]] send out {{TP|Jessie|Gourgeist}} and {{TP|James|Inkay}} respectively to attack with {{m|Seed Bomb}} and {{m|Psybeam}}. Dodging the attacks, Locke runs into [[Nurse Joy]] and asks her to contact [[Officer Jenny]] to tell her about the [[Pokémon Center]] thieves. However, Team Rocket catches up to them, and Team Rocket commands Inkay to use {{m|Psybeam}} and Gourgeist to use {{m|Seed Bomb}}. The attacks accidentally blow up a generator connected to the Pokémon Center, blasting them and their Pokémon off in addition to starting a fire. The group also notices the fire, and Clemont states that his device is pointing to the Pokémon Center.
 
A concerned [[Nurse Joy]] tries to enter the ablaze Pokémon Center, but Locke stops her, deeming it to be quite dangerous. The group reaches the Pokémon Center, and Righty gets excited when it sees Lefty. Ash explains Righty's excitement to Locke, but Locke decides that the fire is more important right now. He suggests that Nurse Joy contact the fire department while he and Lefty decide to enter the Pokémon Center and retrieve the [[Poké Ball]]s containing the Center's Pokémon patients. As he sets off, the fire intensifies, so Ash sends out {{TP|Ash|Greninja}} to use {{m|Water Shuriken}} and put out the fire. Bonnie has Righty use {{m|Water Gun}} while Ash, Serena, and Clemont manually decide to douse the fire. Squishy seems curious as Locke passes through the fire, reaches the door, and picks the lock to enter the building. Once inside, Locke and Lefty put all of the [[Poké Ball]]s in a cart. The fire outside, however, moulds the structure of the lock, leaving Locke, Lefty, and the Pokémon trapped inside. Locke shouts for help, and Righty decides to go to Ed for help, carrying Bonnie alongside it. Locke tries to pick the lock open, but starts coughing due to the smoke. Ed reaches the scene, and despite a fireman's warning, decides to try to save his apprentice. Locke and Lefty, still coughing from the smoke, are contacted by Ed, and as they try to pick the lock, Locke feels apologetic and concerned about the idea of him dying in the fire. He reveals that he is indeed Master Thief Keyes, which is an alias he had assumed to gain acknowledgement from Ed. Ed, however, orders him to be quiet and just work his hands, then reveals that he knew about it all along. He further explains that only two people - himself and Locke - are able to pick the former's locks. Praising the Master Thief, Ed claims that he is a fine locksmith, something which overwhelms Locke. After some effort, the door opens. Ed, Locke, and Lefty rush off to safety, with Locke commenting that they did quite well indeed.