The Ice Cave!
|The Ice Cave!|
|Who's That Pokemon?|
The gang heads on to Blackthorn City. One last gym badge and Ash is on his way to the Johto league tournament. Along the way, Brock explains about the city, and the road their on will take them there. However, there's a split. The right path goes through the mountain, the left path goes through Ice Cave. Wanting some change, Ash heads over to the left path, unaware that Team Rocket is spying on them from behind a bush.
The first steps in the cave are a little slippery but everyone gets the hang of it, until a downhilll part came. Brock slips and bumps into everyone else and they soon fall down to the bottom of the icy slide. They all fall in a pit, a bit dazed. Right next to them, two snowmen start to talk. It was none other than Team Rocket in disguise. Their plan is always the same, but this time with a new approach. They all get out hoses and start to spray the gang with water! Ash tells Pikachu to give them a jolt which stuns the Rockets, and soon Misty sends out Politoed to squirt them out of the cave.
Everyone seems alright, just a little wet. Brock on the other hand already caught a bad chill. Brock does note though there happens to be a Pokemon Center here, and it's only a short way. They get to large ice dome that seems to have some light peeking through it. Just behind a few ice rocks is the Pokemon Center. They enter, looks empty like any other Center. Ash calls out for Joy, but a Jynx comes by. It looks like this Jynx is in place for Chansey. Soon Joy comes into the lobby asking if there's anything wrong. Seeing Brock in his condition, he's soon put into a bed to rest up.
After a moment, Joy checks up on Brock's temperature. Brock goes off with saying his expressions to himeself. The thermometer jumps bit too high. Everyone leaves Brock to be for the moment, assuming he's come over with a bad fever. While in a lounge, Ash notices a picture on the wall of the tanned Joy from Orange Islands. Joy says that's her older sister. She may like the warm area, but this Joy likes ice Pokemon.
Team Rocket on the other hand, get a glimpse of all the ice Pokemon in the center. Meowth fantasizes the outcome if they manage to get them all. But it looks like they have to find someway to weaken them. After walking a bit, they run into the climate control of the cave, a huge AC. Looks like they get an idea.
Ash, Misty, and Joy go out of the Center for a while for the ice Pokemon to get some excercise. Soon, something goes haywire in the Center. They all rush back in and Joy checks on the computer. The cave's temperature is getting critically warm. Something's wrong with the AC unit.
At the Center, Brock dreams about Joy taking care of him. Going a little delirious with not really getting reality, Brock almost willingly gets a kiss on the lips, until he actually notices. Brock gets over it though and appreciates the Jynx helping him, such as feeding him some soup and freezing the melted ice bag.
Joy calls out for her Poliswine pulling a sleigh. Ash and Misty come and Joy tells the Jynx to take care of Brock while they are away. Ash, Misty, and Joy finally get to the AC. The ice around it already melted away, soon melting the other ice as well. They find the problem quickly, there's a duct misplaced. They run to a nearby exit and find a jungle is there. Strange, all the Pokemon are shivering. But they soon locate the problem here, the coolant duct is facing outside. They try to get there but they fall in a pitfall trap. Team Rocket taunts them from above and explains how they figured it out. Soon they're off to do their scheme.
Ash manages to get out of the hole with the help of Bayleef. Soon they go inside and hope to fix the problem the hard way. Bayleef soon grabs onto the duct going out with her vines and every one starts to pull. Soon enough the duct starts blowing cold air.
Back at the Center, the Rockets set up dozens of heaters in front of the Pokemon Center. This rendered all the Swinubs and Polswines useless. Jynx tries to stop them but Meowth puts up a heater in front of her, weakening her without a hinch. Soon Jesse and James start their catching spree. Brock notices that the Rockets are out there and goes out there despite his illness. He tries to stop the Rockets by sending out Geodude. Jesse calls out Arbok to deal with the rock Pokemon. Geodude tries to Tackle the Arbok, but the attack didn't work as well. Arbok simply tackles Geodude back and Geodude hits Brock squarely. Arbok soon wraps around the two and gives them a couple of slams before they take Brock's Geodude with the other Pokemon.
In his state, Brock can't do much. Just then Ash and co. finally get to the Pokemon before the Rockets could make another move. As soon as Ash and Misty hop off, they send out Totodile and Corsola to deal with the Rockets. James sends out his Victreebel to help Jesse out. Victreebel however is taken down by a Tackle from Corsola and Arbok gets a beating from Totodile's Bite. Jesse doesn't quit here, she sends out Wobbuffet to deal with them. Corsola tries to Tackle but Wobbuffet Counters it. Totodile fires a Water Gun but it gets reflected back.
Things look bleak for them, but soon the AC unit looks like it finally turned the tide on the temperature. Ash knows how to gain the upperhand and has Pikachu Thunderbolt all the heaters. Soon the captured Pokemon regain their strength and break free. Jynx gives Wobbuffet a Lovely Kiss to stop it from countering and soon everyone else gives the Rockets a Blizzard attack that freezes all the Rockets' Pokemon on the spot. Pikachu gives the finishing touch with a Thunder.
Brock is a lot better later on and he thanks the Jynx for taking care of him. Joy says her thanks to Ash and Misty as well and soon the gang heads off. Just outside the cave, they can already see Blackthorn City. Looks like it's time to get the next badge.