Actually, no. Just because you have some assinine idea about how pikachu should get everything ever, doesnt mean he should. The first gym should be used for showing the potential of Ash's new team-members, not jerk off pikachu.Pikachu should never had been the fall guy at all and certainly not here. The biggest problem with the BW series was that it made Pikachu the 'fall guy' too often and in too many important battles, most disastrously in the final of the Don Tournament but also against Cameron's Lucario.
That considered, this episode is an unmitigated disaster in terms of inconsistencies and unfairness to the protagonists. First having Ash decided to challenge all three gym leaders made him look like childish and thoughtless. Especially since he won his first battle, which should have immediately entitled him to the gym badge. The terms of the challenge are you choose a gym leader and only have to beat that leader. That rule shouldn't change just because Ash wanted to battle all three. Pikachu loosing the second battle (which is utter BS) ends up reflecting poorly on both of them simply because if Ash had just simply chosen to battle Chili he would have the badge and there wouldn't have been a sudden death match between Oshawott and Pansage.
Secondly, as I've documented previously the battle between Pikachu and Panpour as BS. Pikachu is the Pokémon that can defeat a Latios and tie with a Regice. I don't care how well experienced Cress might have been dealing with electric types, Pikachu does NOT loose to weak Pokémon like Panpour and certainly not without landing a single hit. Rubbish writing designed only to glorify Oshawott and Tepig. And how exactly did Cress and Panpour become that good; They've done the same amount of training as Cilan and Chili and their partners yet both Pansage and Pansear go down to a untrained and hyperactive Oshawott (against whom it has a type advantage) and a Tepig that was dying of malnutrition only an episode previous and whom Ash had never battled with before. This is inconsistent to the point of being unbelievable.
Third, just how did Oshawott and Tepig get so strong. Tepig had a previous trainer, so it's not a stretch to consider that he probably had some battle experience, but Ash had never used him before so he didn't really know how to work with him effectively. Oshawott on the other hand is a starter who had probably never been in a battle, other than that fight with Team Rocket. How does he become so skilled as to beat a Pansage who had been a leaders Pokémon for as long as the Panpour that defeated Pikachu. It doesn't make sense.
This battle was absolutely botched. The first Gym battle should give Pikachu the spotlight. Pikachu was the best Pokémon in that gym and he got robbed here. Thank Arceus that XY is finally giving Pikachu the glory he deserves.