This episode is a character-builder for Ash. It shows his endless dedication to his Pokemon, even when the going gets tough.
And it was obvious that the mouse (Pikachu) would beat the cat (Meowth). That's the #1 rule of cat and mouse cartoons.
This user supports Brock/Ash and Cilan/Ash
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I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Shippings I support: Ash/Misty, Drew/May, Kenny/Dawn, Ash's Pikachu/Dawn's Buneary, Tracey/Daisy, Cilan/Iris, Clemont/Serena, Harley/Zoey, James/Jessie, Max/Bonnie, Max/Mira, Max/Vivi Winstrate (I multiship Max and only Max), Butch/Cassidy, Gary/Lillie, Kiawe/Lana, Sophocles/Mallow, Lunick/Solana, Wes/Rui, Brendan/Game May
RIP Blake Carrington, Ben Matlock, Joe Mannix, JR Ewing, Jim Phelps