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Episode 003: Ash Catches A Pokemon
Picking up from the last episode, Ash captures the Caterpie he finds in the forest, making his first Pokemon catch. Excited, he dances around Misty, shoving the Pokeball in her face. Misty freaks out, telling Ash that she hates bugs, and even though Caterpie is a Pokemon, it's still a bug. Caterpie tries to get Misty to like it, but Misty refuses to have anything to do with the Bug Type. Ash gets angry with Misty, and decides to go on without her. However, Misty still tags along, demanding payment for her broken bike. Camping out, Ash and Misty fall asleep while Pikachu and Caterpie chatter to eachother. Caterpie gazes up into the sky and wishes to become a Butterfree so Misty will like it. The next morning, Misty wakes up to find Caterpie lying next to her. Screaming, she wakes up Ash and Pikachu. Misty shouts at Caterpie and hurts its feelings. Rejected, Caterpie crawls back into its Pokeball. Ash scolds Misty for hurting Caterpie's feelings. Suddenly, a Pidgeotto appears and Ash brings out Caterpie to battle it. However, Caterpie is badly beaten by the Pidgeotto and Ash sends out Pikachu. Pikachu uses its Thundershock and Ash captures the fainted Pidgeotto. Misty yells at Ash for using a Bug against a Bird Pokemon, risking Caterpie's life to capture a Pokemon. Misty's lecture is interrupted by Team Rocket, who demands that Ash hand over Pikachu. Team Rocket send two Pokemon into battle at once, and Ash refuses to use two Pokemon himself, since it would break the League rules. James's Koffing uses a Sludge Attack on Pikachu, blinding it. With Pikachu out of commission, Ash uses Pidgeotto. After a lengthy battle, Koffing and Ekans strike Pidgeotto at the same time, forcing Ash to call it back. Ash rushes Team Rocket, but James pushes Ash down to the ground. Meowth tells Ash that only Pokemon can battle. Ash's last chance rides on Caterpie, who was already weakened in the battle with Pidgeotto. Team Rocket laughs when they see the small bug. It looks like Caterpie is outclassed, but Ash calls for it to use String Shot. Caterpie wraps up Koffing, Ekans and Meowth with its String Shot. Team Rocket, defeated, runs off, declaring that they will be back. Ash hugs Caterpie, thanking it for his first Pokemon victory. Misty thanks Caterpie too, and Ash asks Misty to pat Caterpie on the head as a peace offering. Just as Misty is about to touch Caterpie, Caterpie sprays some string into the air and becomes encased in a hard shell, evolving into Metapod! Ash, excited about his new Pokemon, races off into the Viridian Forest with Misty close behind to capture more Pokemon.