I agree that Team Rocket felt even more like forced filler than usual. This episode wasn't centered around one of their schemes; they just happened to get in the way while Ash was recuperating from his League experience. This is one of the few episodes I watched the whole way through (most of this season I watched while gaming), but as the final episode of the Indigo League it plainly shows how played-out the Team Rocket shtick became during the first season. I mean, how many times have we seen Team Rocket dig a pit, capture Pikachu in an electrically resistant whatever, then battle with Weezing and Arbok only to get owned by their own Smog and some sort of fire attack that blows them up. Approximately...infinite times. Still, I guess the writers had to use Team Rocket as this episode's comedic portion, but I don't think it was necessary.
Originally Posted by Ashy Boy
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