When word gets out that Champion League Master Cynthia is in town, our heroes can’t resist a chance to meet her in person. But Paul is also in town, and he can’t resist challenging Cynthia to a battle! The local Trainers are shocked that he has the nerve to challenge the Champion, and they’re even more shocked when Cynthia agrees to a 6-on-6 battle. Against her mighty Garchomp, Paul’s Pokémon don’t stand a chance: Garchomp knocks out his Chimchar, Weavile, Murkrow, and even his Torterra!
The battle ends there, and Cynthia has to remind Paul to take his Pokémon to the Pokémon Center right away. She even helps care for his Pokémon when Nurse Joy is called away to another urgent case. Ash tries to convince Paul that his training methods are too harsh, but Paul doesn’t care and Ash starts to lose his temper. Ever the diplomatic one, Cynthia steps in to gently remind Paul that there’s more to traveling with Pokémon than simply trying to be strong.
While Cynthia gives our heroes a history lesson, Team Rocket sneaks into the Pokémon Center and steals Paul’s Chimchar as it’s sleeping. Paul and our heroes discover the kidnapping and Paul sends out yet another of his Pokémon—an Ursaring! Ursaring hits Team Rocket with a Hyper Beam and Chimchar escapes, but Paul is annoyed that it let itself be captured in the first place. Before she leaves for Celestic Town, Cynthia politely suggests that Paul take time to bond with his Pokémon. As for our heroes, she’s given them something to think about… but it remains to be seen if her words managed to touch Paul!