Well, I've started my annual run-through of Pokemon episodes, so I'll catch up on the episodes that I haven't reviewed.
It's so weird when I watch this episode. The animation from the oldest days is so awful, and the bad puns are running amok as well, but this episode is still touching and very funny in its own way. The part when Ash faces off against the spearows, even at his own peril, is definitely a memorable scene. The part with him carrying Pikachu off at the end is also touching.
It's odd that this is one of the only two regular episodes without Team Rocket (the other being the season eight clip show). At least they came around in the next episode to liven things up.