I always defended the way Ash got that second badge from Misty, but I agree entirely that this was really a pity-badge. But still, the episode was really interesting and funny in many ways. Ash cross-dressing with the help of Team Rocket and the gym leader too was probably the most normal and nicest one out of Kanto, comparable with the nowadays female gym leaders in the other seasons. As for the decision for not using Primeape in battle, I still don't really understand why didn't took the risk while it was almost certain Primeape would go feral on his enemies. Good episode though. Unfortunately, I rarely saw it back in the day. It seemed my channel always skipped this for some unknown reason.