Episode 3: Ash Catches a Pokémon
Ash, Pikachu and Misty leave Viridian City and enter the Viridian Forest, where they discover Caterpie—a forest Pokémon. Promptly seizing it with a Poké Ball, Ash is overjoyed at his first capture. Misty, however, hates bugs, being chased all over the forest as Caterpie tries to play with her. That evening, the party camps out in the woods. While Ash and Misty sleep, Caterpie tells Pikachu of its dream of someday evolving into a beautiful Butterfree. The following day, Ash captures a Pidgeotto with Pikachu’s help. Substituting Pikachu for Caterpie, Ash is victorious in his capture of Pidgeotto. In search of rare Pokémon, not to mention retribution for their bruised egos from their last meeting with Ash, Team Rocket has set their sights on Ash’s Pikachu, making it very clear that they are here to stay. As a battle unfolds between Team Rocket and Ash, things look bleak for the good guys as Pidgeotto and Pikachu are defeated by Ekans and Koffing. In a last ditch effort, Caterpie saves the day by encasing the enemies in its special web and sending them off into oblivion. After making peace with Misty, the victorious Caterpie suddenly spins its thread, encasing its body in a cocoon. Caterpie has now evolved into a Metapod, bringing it one step closer to its dream of becoming a Butterfree.
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