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{{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} arrive at a town. {{an|May}} decides to bring out {{TP|May|Bulbasaur}} in order to check out the sights. Bulbasaur suddenly runs to a nearby store rack and wants to eat the displayed fruit, but May explains the concept of buying items. When [[Max]] calls to May, Bulbasaur slips away and climbs into the bed of a pickup truck full of flowers, smelling them. May runs to the truck, but the vehicle pulls away. They pursue the truck, and Ash and {{an|Brock}} speed up, getting the driver's attention and making him stop the truck, allowing May to get Bulbasaur. At the [[Pokémon Center]], {{TRT}} is in disguise and working on the Pokémon Transporter. Unbeknownst to [[Nurse Joy]], they are really altering it in order to steal the imported {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}. Ash and friends arrive as Team Rocket finishes and leaves. Ash calls {{an|Professor Oak}} and Max mentions May's Bulbasaur. She brings Bulbasaur to the screen and earns the professor's approval. Ash asks about his {{AP|Bulbasaur}}, and the professor brings it to the screen. May's Bulbasaur already shows friendliness to Ash's. He asks the professor to send his Bulbasaur through the transporter in order to meet May's Bulbasaur.
Professor Oak agrees and puts Bulbasaur into its [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}} before transporting it. The transport appears to be successful and Ash picks up the Poké Ball, but it won’t open. Other children also point out the same problem, as their Poké Balls are empty. Max immediately suspects that the repair guys were fakes. Nurse Joy does not believe so until the real repair guys arrive. Team Rocket is outside the building snatching the Poké Balls as Nurse Joy leads Ash and friends to the back, encountering Team Rocket. They quickly escape in their balloon. Ash and May send out {{AP|Taillow}} and {{TP|May|Beautifly}} to stop them, but [[James]] fires rocket boosters to evade, even dodging {{AP|Pikachu}}'s {{m|Thunderbolt}}. However, the engines fail, sending the balloon flying far away. A Poké Ball falls from the sky and May's Bulbasaur grabs it. The ball opens and releases the Pokémon inside, and it's Ash's Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur jumps into Ash's arms and May's Bulbasaur reaches out with a vine. Ash's Bulbasaur matches the vine in a high-five style as May brings her Bulbasaur closer. They decide to allow the Bulbasaur to team up to search while Taillow and Beautifly cover from the air.
Team Rocket begins to gather all the stolen Poké Balls into wrapped sacks. James's bag develops a hole and it drops Poké Balls, leaving a trail. Meanwhile, while Ash and the others are searching, May's Bulbasaur drifts to sniffing flowers. Ash's Bulbasaur explains to May's Bulbasaur and gets it back on track. Taillow and Beautifly find the Poké Ball trail. A wild {{p|Shroomish}} and {{p|Nuzleaf}} lead Ash and friends to the balloon's landing site, where they find one of the Poké Balls. Taillow brings another Poké Ball and leads them to the ball trail. Team Rocket gets to their cabin and {{MTR}} notices that James's bag had a hole and he dropped the Poké Balls. They find Ash and friends outside, but they retreat back inside and James activates a switch, raising steel walls around the perimeter and rendering it impregnable. However, Ash notices an open window, allowing May and the others to go onto the roof and retrieve the stolen property. Meowth throws Poké Balls and James uses the skis as a makeshift baseball bat to send them outside, using the Pokémon inside, a {{p|Golbat}} and a {{p|Primeape}}, to attack Ash. May orders the two Bulbasaur to send their vines inside and attempt to grab the sack of Poké Balls. James tries to tie the vines together, but the Bulbasaur smack James back with the vines. Brock recalls the attacking Primeape and Golbat while Pikachu attacks the wall with {{m|Iron Tail}}, forcing Team Rocket out.