During the end of chapter 444 in the HGSS chapter, Gold intends to go back home after only Lance's enraged Dragonite showed up (Which was then calmed down and caught). Whitney chases after him and asks what he's going to do about Team Rocket and Lance.
Gold doesn't seem to care about saving Lance during this scene, while later on he does. Did he want to save him afterwards simply to get more info/help on Arceus, or was this another case of Gold trying to be Mr. Cool?
Gold claims it's because he doesn't know him, so he doesn't care, but Gold has saved many people and Pokemon he didn't know before. Even later on during the HGSS arc he saved Bugsy, who he didn't know was him at first.
This is kind of a silly question, but I was just wanting to see everyone's opinion.