It's been a while, but I figure it's time to move on to the next reposted season. Keep an eye out for more guest stars this season, too.
“The Primeapes of Wrath”
Original Airdate: 9/17/04
Guest Voice: Jeff Davis as Charizard
Ash enjoys having his Charizard back, and feels that he should continue reuniting with his lost Pokémon. The next one of his companions he decides to retrieve is Primeape, feeling the need for a Fighting Pokémon in his repetoire. Heading back to the small-town gym between Saffron and Celadon City, he is shocked to learn that the gym was shut down three years ago, when the Pokémon League made an inspection and closed all unlicensed gyms. Nonetheless, he tracks down the owner of the gym, Anthony, who kept his Primeape for him for years. Ash gets Primeape back, but the creature has been so strengthened over the years that he is virtually uncontrollable. Ash feels the need to take Primeape back to several key training areas. Returning to the mountain range where he caught Primeape in the first place, Ash lets Primeape unleash his energy. But Primeape runs off. Searching the mountains for him, Ash finally corners the ape on a ledge. When he tries to coax him back, recalling the good time(s) they shared in the four weeks they were together, Primeape dismisses him and socks him in the eye. Ash has had enough, and leaves Primeape in the mountains, figuring they never really understood each other anyway. The next day, Primeape comes crawling back to Ash’s apartment, finally agreeing to harness his rage.
Original Airdate: 9/24/04
Misty feels uncomfortable with her appearance – she thinks she needs to drop several pounds. Despite Ash’s reassurances, Misty thinks she should slim down fast. She joins a local weight loss center, where she recieves advice from a personal trainer named Ronaldo. After an hour-long workout session, Misty returns to the apartment raving about how effective her regimen was. Ash is suspicious. Misty returns to the fitness center once a week, every week to train under Ronaldo’s watchful eye. When Ash swings by for a visit, he sees how well Ronaldo and Misty hit it off and fears that Ronaldo is trying to win Misty over. Refusing to let his girlfriend be stolen away, Ash secretly cancels Misty’s membership. When Misty finds out, she is upset that Ash would do such a thing, but Ash explains his motives. Touched that Ash cares enough to do that, Misty apologizes, but explains that nothing was going on between her and Ronaldo. To prove it, she goes down to the fitness center to tell Ronaldo her membership is cancelled. Ronaldo is crushed, having secretly wanted to steal Misty away the whole time.
Original Airdate: 10/1/04
Guest Voice: Jeff Davis as Charizard
After a bank heist, Jessie and James are tracked by the police. When Chief Officer Jenny closes in on their secret hideout, Jessie and James are forced to flee. Not wanting to be arrested and lose their cushy Team Rocket lives, they actually fake their own deaths to throw the police off their trail. They change their names and search for a place to live until they can break the news to Giovanni. Jessie finds them an apartment in Goldenrod City, in the exact same building that Ash lives in. Ash is surprised to see who his new neighbors are at first, but James assures him that they do not want anything of his. Nonetheless, Pikachu is still suspicious. He begins to develop paranoia, fearing that Jessie and James will sneak in during the night and kidnap him, like they had tried to do eleven years before. Pikachu shares his thoughts with Charizard and Togetic, who agree to investigate and see if the two are up to something. Spying on Jessie and James in their apartment, it soon becomes evident that they aren’t planning to steal Pikachu after all. But shortly after, the Johto police burst into the apartment – they have traced Jessie and James to their new location. The two are arrested, and Pikachu feels that he was right in his accusation, until he learns about the bank robbery they committed. Knowing that they don’t want him anymore, Pikachu allows Jessie and James to escape, despite Ash’s scoldings afterwards.
“Terms of Engorgement”
Original Airdate: 10/8/04
Guest Voice: Brad Garrett as Snorlax
Ash’s Internet service goes down after he forgets to pay his bill. In order to use the web, he goes to the Goldenrod Pokémon Center and uses the PC. Nurse Joy insists that he cannot use it for personal use – he can only deposit and withdraw Pokémon and items. Ash covers up by insisting that he is making a team switch, and he randomly exchanges a Pokémon on his team for one of his creatures at Oak’s lab. When he gets home, he realizes he deposited Typhlosion and withdrew Snorlax. The Pokémon Center has closed for the day, and as it is a Saturday, they will not open tomorrow. Ash must make the best of his predicament by reluctantly training his Snorlax, which has remained in the PC for approximately ten years. Naturally, Snorlax is too lazy to do anything. The next day, Ash and Misty go out together, leaving their Pokémon at home. Snorlax’s Poké Ball opens, and he wreaks havoc in the apartment. When Ash returns, Snorlax has cleaned out every scrap of food in the kitchen. Sick and tired of having to care for this behemoth, Ash decides to release Snorlax. He does not inform Snorlax of this fact, who remains blissfully ignorant. Ash takes Snorlax to the Ilex Forest to let him go, but realizes that he just cannot betray one of his own Pokémon like that. He apologizes for wanting to get rid of Snorlax, and the next day, he deposits him again, getting Typhlosion back.
“None Like It Hot”
Original Airdate: 10/15/04
Guest Voice: Kathy Griffin as Edna Miyazaki
Giovanni gives Jessie and James a mission of utmost importance - they must infiltrate the Mossdeep Space Center and find out information about their newest computer technology. However, the only way into the protective chamber containing the information is with a retinal scan, and the only people the scan will recognize are two female Space Center employees. Jessie and James first kidnap those employees and hold them hostage at headquarters, where the Team Rocket scientists make perfect duplicate contact lenses of their eye patterns. However, Jessie and James must now return to the Space Center and infiltrate the protective chamber, and the only way to do it is to go in disguise. This means that, for the first time in years, James has to dress in drag. Initially, he flat-out refuses, but some coaxing from Team Rocket’s top disguise maker, Edna Miyazaki, convinces him in the end that he has to follow the assignment’s orders, regardless of what they ask of him. Jessie and James succeed in getting the information Giovanni wants, but after the mission, James still feels uncomfortable. It’s almost as if he wants to continue wearing feminine disguises again. He repeatedly tells himself that he’s past all that now, but something still nags inside of him. He tells this to Meowth, who thinks James is losing his masculinity. James worries that if he starts to obsess over his old preoccupation with crossdressing, he and Jessie may grow further apart. But still, he can’t stop himself from having certain thoughts. Nearly coming close to trying on Jessie’s outfit in the locker room, James slaps himself in the face and screams at himself to get a grip. Meowth, seeing that his friend is having psychological problems, takes James to the Team Rocket surveillance room and shows him video footage of his F-class crossdressing missions. James knows that he doesn’t want to revert to that, and realizes that it was Edna Miyazaki who kept giving him all these female disguises - not one mission ever really required it. Taking his anger out on Miyazaki, James feels much better after yelling at her, and reassures his masculinity to himself and to Jessie.
Original Airdate: 10/22/04
Guest Voice: Michael Richards as the bike shop clerk
Al sends Ash on a business trip to pick up parts from the Cerulean City Bike Shop. Ash takes Misty along with him, so she can say hello to her sisters. As Ash receives the bike parts he needs, Misty swings by the gym. Violet, Lily, and Daisy inform her that they are in a slump – they haven’t beaten a trainer in six months. They beg Misty to come back to the gym, promising that they’ll let her take on challengers this time. Misty flatly refuses, insisting that she likes living with Ash. Back at home, Misty recieves a phone call – it is Lily, insisting that she is needed at the gym. They compromise, and Misty agrees to come over once a week to take on a trainer or two. Meanwhile, Ash delivers the parts to Al, but they turn out to be defective. Ash is alarmed and tries to find out why. Misty and Ash return to Cerulean the next day. Misty battles a challenger at the gym, finding herself and her Pokémon to be in peak form. Ash, meanwhile, accosts the bike shop owner, claiming he sold him faulty parts. He discovers that the owner is actually an undercover Rocket agent, and the entire bike shop is merely a front for a bootlegging scam. Misty does such a good job at the gym that her sisters urge her to take on a few more trainers. After six consecutive battles, Misty is sore, but her sisters are still eager. Misty realizes that her sisters are merely trying to take some time off, leaving Misty to handle 100% of the gym’s trainers. Outraged that her sisters would use her like that, Misty storms out, and she and Ash return home again.