Ash and Pikachu make it to Viridian City. As Pikachu rests in the Pokemon Center, after being attacked by Spearow, the Center gets attacked by Pokemon thieves calling themselves, Team Rocket.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rikako Aikawa ...
(voice) (credit only)
Madeleine Blaustein ...
(voice) (as Adam Blaustein) (credit only)
(voice) (as Mandy Bonhomme) (credit only)
Rodger Parsons ...
Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Stuart Zagnit ...
Professor Oak (voice) (as Stan Hart)
(voice) (credit only)
Nurse Joy (voice)
Takkô Ishimori ...
(voice) (as Tatsuyuki Ishimori) (credit only)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
(voice) (as Unsho Ishizuka) (credit only)
(voice) (as Tara Jayne) (credit only)
Ted Lewis ...
James (voice)
Misty / Jessie / Chansey (voice) (as Rachel Lillis)
Jerry Lobozzo ...
(voice) (as Lobozzo) (credit only)
(voice) (as Rika Matsumoto) (credit only)
(voice) (as Shinichiro Miki) (credit only)


Finally arrived in Viridian City, Ash is cornered by Officer Jenny who asks why he is carrying Pikachu instead of having it in a Pokéball. He explains that Pikachu doesn't like Pokéballs and shows her his Pokédex proving that he is one of the Pallet Town Trainers. Jenny takes Ash to the Pokémon Center where Nurse Joy begins treatment on the injured Pikachu. Before Pikachu's treatment finishes, however, the Center is attacked by two members of Team Rocket, an evil organization. Ash and Pikachu fend off Team Rocket and head to the Viridian Forest with Misty in tow because of her fried bike. Written by Anonymous

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the best episode in the series
31 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the best episode in the first season, and probably the entire series (at least what I regard as true Pokemon--anything after Pokemon Gold and Silver don't count to me) In this episode, Team Rocket (Jessie, James, and Meowth) is dark, evil, cruel, and sinister, the way Team Rocket SHOULD BE. It seems the longer the series went on, the more goofy, lovable, and silly Team Rocket became. Um, hello, Team Rocket is an evil organization, why are they complete morons? We should love to hate Team Rocket. I find myself disrespecting them and hating them because they're idiotic. This is the episode where Jesse, James, and Meowth truly shine as the evil trio they should've always been.

Also, the power of Pikachu in this episode is awesome, albeit a bit laughable when he sends out his insanely super charged thundershock. I loved how he was hurt and in intensive care in the hospital, and how Team Rocket was using this to their advantage to catch him. Wicked Brilliance.

Mind you, I haven't seen this episode in at least 5 years, but I still recall it as my favorite episode all this time later, and it is very memorable to me.

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