First episode of the new season is Domino, Butch, Cassidy, and Pierce staging a rescue mission for Attila and Hun. Pierce debuts his Mega Salamence in this and it makes absolute mincemeat out of Alain's Mega Charizard X and kills both of them afterwards. Team Rocket recovered their agents and Team Flare lost its enforcer. Pierce is then tasked with hunting down those scientist girls I am too lazy and don't care enough to look up their names.
Sliggoo evolves during the Swamp episodes, and it goes about the same. Only.... Florges really was evil. And Team Rocket had NOTHING to do with it. And Goodra stayed with Ash! Florges was put down and her army immediately disbanded.
Wally returns for more ORAS promotion aside from Mega Salamence being a villain and Treecko/Mudkip being cast members. He challenges Ash to a battle and finally gets his win, something he failed to do back in Advanced. Showing how much Wally improved over the years, and Ash underestimated him too costing his loss.
Hilbert and Korrina split off cause Hilbert realizes he's behind. Treecko barely has any experience. And nobody is fully evolved except for Lucario, who he's had since Best Wishes. He's unaware of a shiny Umbreon being around the area though and is immediately surrounded by Team Rocket grunts led by Butch/Cassidy who know how much money a shiny Umbreon would bring in(Reflecting how popular the species shiny is in real life). Hilbert and Korrina struggle to fight all the grunts off while Butch/Cassidy fled to hunt Umbreon down on their own. But Charmeleon and Frogadier evolve simultaneously and
knock out the grunt's Pokemon. Shiny Greninja then runs ahead to scout out Umbreon and is tasked with dealing with Butch's Aegislash and Cassidy's Dragelge by itself. But it wins. Butch and Cassidy get sent flying off and Umbreon comes out to thank Greninja before running off. Giovanni is furious to find out Butch/Cassidy somehow lost to a teenager AGAIN and immediately sends Domino after him.
Cue Gourgeist episode. Absolutely perfect, ain't changing a thing.
Hilbert lets Treecko get some experience during the gym battle before returning him and sending out Charizard to finish the Pokemon off. Treecko evolves into Grovyle from all the experience Charizard gave him.
Ash however has a more difficult time seeing as he NEVER faced a Fairy type before, so he lost.
However, Serena ends up helping him out with her own Sylveon(Caught as Sylveon cause Eevee has enough screen time) causing him to win the rematch. Mudkip starts to grow jealous of the rest of Serena's team.
The group runs into Dawn, whose in Kalos for the Wallace Cup, and is shopping for some of Valerie's unique clothing. Dawn joins the group on the way back to Lumiose.
Hilbert grows worried for Espurr as he's still acting like he has since he was caught. Not showing any signs of evolution despite being powerful enough to knockout a Flygon at the start of the episode all by himself. Espurr is distracted by something for once however and runs off, making Hilbert and Korrina have to chase after him. Espurr apparently found the female version of his evolution and is lovestruck. But Meowstic F is uninterested in him.
Meanwhile the TRio is stalking Ash, only to get lost and Meowth sees Meowstic F too and immediately falls in love much to Pyroar F's jealousy. Meowstic F actually likes Meowth though, seeing how special he is. Jessie and James wonder if they should use her on the Twerps. Meowstic tags along with them, uncaught. Espurr comes back from Hilbert and Korrina awkwardly thinking of ways to get him to win Meowstic over as they have NO experience doing that. Amelia just fell for Hilbert instantly without him trying anything aside from placing in the Top two in Unova.
Meowstic F and the rest of Team Rocket absolutely destroy Serena and Ash. Leaving Pikachu open to steal.
Espurr and Hilbert arrive however and Espurr evolves while using his psychic powers to beat Inkay, Phantump, Heliosk, Gourgeist, Wobbufet, and Pyroar F. Meowth then uses Shadow Claw and actually knocks Espurr back, Espurr evolves however while he throws Meowth into the others and sends them blasting off. Meowstic F is immediately taken down by Meowstic M and wants to be with him, much to his happiness. Hilbert doesn't know how he should handle this however, he doesn't want to say goodbye to Meowstic.
He's saved however, due to Dawn displaying interest in Meowstic F and saying she'll catch it so Meowstic M can be happy. Hilbert and Dawn finally lock eyes and at that point, just like Hilda and N, Serena, and Meowstic M before them they immediately fall for each other but both are too nervous to say anything about that.
Meowth is depressed due to losing out on love yet again, only for Jessie and James to comfort him and tell him somebody loves him for who he is. Pyroar F walks to him then and nuzzles him lovingly, ending the episode.
Cue Talonflame and Moltres episode.
The group of give arrive in Lumiose and the Wallace Cup begins!
Hilbert, still having the Contest Pass from earlier in the saga enters wanting to impress Dawn but only confides that to Serena as he's been keeping her feelings secret from Ash this whole time. It's only fair he can confide in her. Serena grows nervous hearing that as last time they faced, Hilbert would have won had he not forfeited for her.
Miette also appears and starts teasing Serena on when she'll finally tell Ash, and also reveals if she doesn't tell him by the time this Wallace Cups ends. Then she'll ask out Ash himself.
Hilbert, Miette, Jessie, Tierno, Amelia, Dawn, and Serena all make it through the appeal rounds to end the day. Ash is shocked to see Harley's face on the scoreboard as well, wondering what he's doing here due to neither May nor Drew being present.
Wallace himself then comes out and reveals a Dance will be going on for the competing coordinators. To celebrate the eight people who moved on.
Serena doesn't know how to tell Ash, and is immediately asked by Miette. Hilbert meanwhile is having similar issues while looking at Dawn. And is about to go ask her, only to get asked by Amelia. He doesn't have the heart to say no. Korrina and Dawn go together, as just friends.... despite them liking the same boy and wanting him to ask them. Neither know that though.
While Tierno's dream came through, he gets to go out with Serena!
Harley's date is a dude..... yes, date. Not friends. It's the only group aside from Jessie/James, where the two actually wanted to go together.
It works almost like that Showcase dance episode.
Harley/OC: Cacturne and Jigglypuff
Jessie/James: Pyroar F and Meowth
Dawn/Korrina: Meowstic F and Hawlucha
Ash/Miette: Pikachu and Slurpuff
Hilbert/Amelia: Meowstic M and Dragonair
Serena/Tierno: Braixen and Politoed
During the final dance, Hilbert/Dawn and Serena/Ash end up paired up...... only Hilbert actually has the balls to kiss his partner, who returns it. Serena was too shy to do anything.
Harley ends up facing off against Serena
Cacturne vs Mudkip
Mudkip is being beaten horribly physically by Cacturne, but he wins by points due to his ice beam and water gun technique.
Hilbert and Amelia face off, Amelia enraged after the previous night of seeing Hilbert/Dawn kissing. Throwing her off her game and costing her the match.
Noibat vs Dragonair
Jessie beat Tierno
Pyroar F vs Blastoise
Dawn vs Miette
Piplup vs Slurpuff
Piplup, duh. I love Miette but she'd get creamed by Dawn.
Dawn vs Serena
Quilava vs Pancham
Dawn wins, Serena has less experience and she is growing nervous because of Miette's ultimatum.
Hilbert vs Jessie
Grovyle vs Gourgeist
Grovyle won and Jessie is furious and goes on a rant about how he shouldn't even be in this. He's no coordinator.
Hilbert vs Dawn
Noibat vs Togekiss
Togekiss wins, and after Dawn is awarded her fifth ribbon. Hilbert reveals he only entered because he wanted to impress her, Dawn is rather pleased by that. And tells him she'll be back for a date before his League Challenge, she has to go back to Hoenn and compete in her Grand Festival first though.
Miette asks Ash out after seeing Serena hasn't, and Ash cluelessly agrees thinking they're just going out for food and asks if Serena wants to come. Much to Miette's dismay, Serena agrees. Miette realizes Ash DOES care for Serena in the way she likes him, he's just too clueless and a little dumb to notice and decides to pull Serena aside to tell him she can have him during the mid-point of the date. The rest of the date goes well and Serena grows the courage to give Ash a small peck on the cheek.
Back on the road!
Cue Zapdos episode, Noibat evolves and actually beats Zapdos. Swirly eyes are shown and Hilbert debates on catching Zapdos before Domino beats him to it..... though in the Team Rocket way. She realized capturing Zapdos is far more rewarding than offing somebody not that much younger than her. Noivern is too fast for her to escape however and sends her blasting off while saving Zapdos. Zapdos is thankful for their help and Lucario communicates to Hilbert that Zapdos said he owes them a favor and if there's anything he can do to repay them all they have to do is ask.
Seeing two challengers, and knowing their destinies on protecting Kalos. Olympia challenges them both at ONCE! To a tag battle. Her Meowstic against their starters.
Lucario and Pikachu win.
Meanwhile back in Team Flare HQ, in the chaos of Pierce and Salamence rampaging through it. Z1 escapes.