Panel 1: Two trainers are seen in silhouette on the roof of Ashs house. A woman with exceptionally long hair, and a man holding a rose.
FEMALE: To protect the world from devastation!
MALE: To unite all peoples within our nation!
Panel 2: They leap dramatically off the roof, and are seen clearly. They wear white uniforms with red Rs emblazoned on them.
FEMALE: To denounce the evils of truth and love!
MALE: To extend our reach to the stars above!
Panel 3: They land, gracefully as an assassin.
Panel 4: They straighten up in dramatic poses.
Panel 5: They pose in front of a surreal background, including a giant R against a starry space background.
JESSIE: TEAM ROCKET! Blast off at the speed of light!
JAMES: Surrender now, or prepare to fight!
Panel 6: A Meowth leaps off the roof too, as if pouncing upon pray.
Panel 1: Meowth takes its place at the center of the fanciful display, paws raised menacingly, with a grin on its face.
MEOWTH: Meowth, thats right!
Panel 2: Ash doubles back in surprise, Pikachu furrows its brow.
ASH: Its Team Rocket!
PIKACHU: Duh! But why are they here?!
Panel 3: Ash waves at them, thrilled.
ASH: I havent seen you guys in years! Its great to see you again!
Panel 4: James shifts back, astounded and annoyed. The rose hangs loosely out of his hand. Jessie raises her fist in rage.
JAMES: Thats not quite the reaction I was going for.
JESSIE: You should tremble in fear of the Team Rocket Motto!
Panel 5: Pikachu looks up at Ash, still outraged. Ash is still star-struck.
PIKACHU: Ash, did you forget these guys are real pains in the ass? Even if they do get sent flying when you tap them on the shoulder.
Panel 6: Meowth brandishes his claws in fury.
MEOWTH: Hey! I heard dat, ya yella rat! Why dontcha come say dat ta my claws?!
Panel 1: Pikachu crosses his arms and smirks sadistically at Meowth.
PIKACHU: Cute. The cat-freak thinks he can take me on?
Panel 2: Ash scratches the back of his head, smiling cheerily.
ASH: I didnt think you guys missed me. Did you come here to see me?
Panel 3: James closes his eyes and holds the rose to the side of his face, in a graceful, arrogant pose.
JAMES: Yes, thats exactly why were here. We came to see you, or more specifically, your Pokémon.
Panel 4: Jessie reaches out towards the sky and smiles.
JESSIE: So hand them over twerp, or Ill have Arbok squeeze them out of you.
Panel 5: Ash hunches forward and sighs.
ASH: Are you still doing the whole crime thing? I thought youd have learned by now.
Panel 6: James grins, and a sparkle is seen on his teeth.
JAMES: Deviation is in our education!
Panel 1: Jessie daintily holds the back of her hand against her cheek and laughs.
JESSIE: Its been awhile, boy, but now that our leader has returned, Team Rocket is back and ready to do what its always done best.
Panel 2: Pikachu leers at them.
PIKACHU: And whats that? Blasting off? One shock from me will send you sailing into the next region.
Panel 3: Meowth grits his teeth and shudders with rage.
MEOWTH: Dis mouse should close is trap!
Panel 4: James tilts toward Meowth curiously, Meowth brandishes his claws.
JAMES: Meowth, whats it saying?
MEOWTH: Hes askin us for a face rearrangin, and Santa Claws here is ready ta deliva!
Panel 5: Team Rocket advances.
JESSIE: Put your Poké Balls down, nice and smooth, before we have to get rough.
JAMES: And were real tough when we get rough!
MEOWTH: THATS ENOUGH!
Panel 6: Ash smiles meekly, sweating and shuddering slightly.
ASH (VO): I cant believe Im happy to see them. I feel strangely
excited. Like I havent felt in a long time.
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Panel 1: Ash turns to Pikachu, with his hands shaking.
ASH (VO): Ive got to make this last
ASH: Pikachu, go easy on them
Panel 2: Jessie and James throw their Poké Balls.
JESSIE: Theres no backing out now. Go, Arbok!
JAMES: Cough it up for Weezing!
Panel 3: Arbok and Weezing charge. Arboks mouth is wide open, fangs bared. Weezing pushes forward releasing smog through its pores.
Panel 4: Meowth joins them in their lunge, with his claws out.
MEOWTH: Youll regret tanglin wit dis Tom cat, Jerry!
Panel 5: Ash throws down his hand, directing Pikachu at Team Rocket. Pikachus cheeks spark.
ASH: Pikachu, Thundershock!
Panel 1: Team Rocket and all of their Pokémon are bathed in lightning.
SFX: Krrzz krzzz KERCHAK!
Panel 2: The badly charred Team Rocket are all sent flying skyward amid stray lightning bolts.
TEAM ROCKET: Looks like Team Rockets blasting off agaaaaaiiiiiiinnnnn!!!!
Panel 3: Team Rocket disappears in a flash over the horizon.
Panel 4: Pikachu crosses his arms and looks very proud, as Ash looks up at the sky looking disappointed, still shaking slightly.
PIKACHU: That was the weakest attack I could use. I hope they didnt die.
ASH: That really didnt last long.
Panel 5: Ash closes his eyes and inhales.
ASH (VO): I really thought beating them wouldve felt
Panel 6: Ash exhales.
Panel 7: Ash grabs the doorknob and turns it.
Panel 1: Through the open doorway Ash sees a Team Rocket Grunt standing next to Ashs mother Delia, who is in the many arms of an Octillery.
ASH (OC): Mom?
Panel 2: The Rocket Grunt holds out his hand in a stop gesture.
ROCKET GRUNT: Dont move! Unless you wanna find out what an Octazooka attack will do to your mother at this range?
Panel 3: Ash stands perfectly still.
was a trap?
Panel 4: Five more Rocket Grunts emerge from different hiding places around the living room.
Panel 5: The Rockets jeer as they surround Ash.
ROCKET GRUNT 2: Thats right!
ROCKET GRUNT 3: Lucky those show-boats outside didnt give it away.
ROCKET GRUNT 4: I thought you gave them the wrong address?
Panel 6: We see Ash from above, surrounded by the six Rocket Grunts.
ROCKET GRUNT 1: Youre completely surrounded, and weve got your mother hostage. Put your hands up, and no one will have to get hurt.
Panel 1: Ash puts his hands up.
ASH: I surrender! Just dont hurt anyone!
Panel 2: The Rockets laugh.
ROCKET GRUNT 2: Good to see you understand, kid!
ROCKET GRUNT 4: That was unexpected.
ROCKET GRUNT 3: Stay still while I collect your Poké Balls, or you know whatll happen.
Panel 3: Pikachu watches Ash carefully.
PIKACHU (VO): Ash wont lose this way. We prepared for a situation just like this, and came up with a way-
Panel 4: Ash still has his hands up, but he has a determined expression on his face.
ASH (VO): To give an attack order, without a verbal command.
Panel 5: Pikachu watches Ashs feet.
PIKACHU (VO): Im watching, Ash
Panel 6: Ash taps his heel against the ground twice.
SFX: Tap tap
PIKACHU (VO): Two times
Panel 1: Ash slides his foot forward very slightly.
PIKACHU (VO): Forward,
Panel 2: We see that Delia and the Octillery are straight ahead of Ash.
PIKACHU (VO): At Octillerry. Attack # 2 is
Panel 3: Pikachu launches Thunderbolt at Octillery.
Panel 4: Octillery is thrown off of Delia by the lightning, Delia dives to the side.
Panel 5: Octillery hits the wall, already unconscious, its body smoking.
Panel 6: The Rocket Grunts back away.
ROCKET GRUNT 1: Impossible!
ROCKET GRUNT 3: The Pikachu attacked by itself?
Panel 1: Ash calls out to Delia.
ASH: Mom, hide!
Panel 2: Delia dives under the table while the Rocket grunts all throw their Poké Balls.
ROCKETS: Get him! Go!
Panel 3: 5 Raticates and 7 Golbats fill the room.
Panel 4: Ash points forward and Pikachu jumps over his head, with sparking cheeks.
ASH: Pikachu, Thunder Wave!
Panel 5: The Rockets and all of their Pokémon are overcome by electric waves.
Panel 6: They all fall to the floor, twitching.
ROCKET GRUNT 1: I cant move!
Panel 1: A paddywagon shows up with a few Officer Jennys.
CAPTION: 15 minutes later
Panel 2: The Jennys book the Rocket Grunts and load them into the paddywagon.
Panel 3: Ash is sitting on steps leading up to his room, and Delia hugs him tightly. Despite this, he just stares off into space.
DELIA: Ash, you saved us all. You were so brave. Im very proud of you.
ASH: It was nothing.
Panel 4: Delia kisses Ash on the cheek.
Panel 5: Delia backs away from him.
DELIA: Youve had a really long day. You probably want to up and get some rest now.
Panel 6: Ash is in his dark room, hanging up his hat and jacket.
PIKACHU: Big day, huh?
ASH: Was it really?
Panel 1: Ash kicks off his shoes.
PIKACHU (OC): You had that battle with Gary, almost talked to Daisy,
Panel 2: Ash sits on the bed pulling off his socks. Pikachu sits on the bed next to him, smiling.
PIKACHU: You sent Jessie and James and Meowth packing, always good for a laugh.
Panel 3: Ash pulls off his gloves.
PIKACHU: And we used our secret military-type signal in actual combat to save your mother from imminent tentacley danger.
Panel 4: Pikachu curls up on the foot of Ashs bed as Ash hangs his belt full of Poké Balls, (3 Poké Balls, 1 Ultra Ball, 1 Master Ball) on a hook on the wall.
PIKACHU: Most people would consider that a full-schedule.
ASH: Weve done all that before.
Panel 5: Pikachu rolls the Light Ball back and forth on the bed.
PIKACHU: And that freaky kid did give us this ball o awesome! That was good!
ASH (OC): Sure, we could always get stronger, but whats really the point? Theres no one who can take us now.
Panel 6: Ash starts unbuttoning his jeans.
ASH: Whyd I even get out of bed? Is there nothing left for me to do?
Panel 1: Ashs jeans fall on top of Pikachu and drape over him.
ASH (OC): Give it a rest!
Panel 2: Ash gets under his covers. Pikachu yawns.
Panel 3: Close-up of Ash lying back in bed.
ASH (VO): In life, all everyone tries to do is move forward, and become stronger. But I feel like Im just sitting here, frozen in time. If I cant move forward, can it be called living?
Panel 4: Ash tilts his head toward a window, Pikachu is curled up fast asleep at the foot of his bed.
ASH (VO): Is there anywhere left to go?
Panel 5: We see Felix on the bench on the cliff overlooking Pallet Town.
Panel 6: Felix watches the paddywagon carrying the Rockets leave town.
FELIX: The strongest Pokémon trainer
Panel 7: Felix gets up off the bench, a curious look on his face.
FELIX: But a very weak person.