Episode #38 - The Battling Eevee Brothers
Ash, Misty, and Brock are walking through a forest, when Pikachu finds and Eevee tied to a tree. Misty unties him, and Brock says that he was abandoned. Ash expresses his interest in having one, but Misty finds a collar on the Eevee. The tag on it says Stone Town, 3-14, and Ash and his friends quickly go there. On the way, Ash listens to the Pokédex entry for Eevee and sees the three Pokémon Eevee can evolve into: Flareon, Vaporeon, and Jolteon. Misty wishes out loud that she could have a Vaporeon and Ash asks her if she wants to keep Eevee all to herself.
They reach the house, and discover that it is one of the largest in the town. In the backyard, they find some sort of party going on. As they watch, they see someone touch some sort of stone to a Poliwhirl's head. The Pokémon glows, and evolves into Poliwrath. Ash and his friends look around, and see many evolved form Pokémon, from a Cloyster, to a Ninetales, to a Raichu. Brock realizes that they were all evolved using stones. Up on a cliff, Team Rocket gazes down upon the party. James raves about all the evolved Pokémon, and Meowth reads from a book that says that Stone Town is at the base of Evolution Mountain, a mountain filled with stones that make Pokémon evolve. Team Rocket plans to steal the evolved Pokémon, as well as the tables of food that are there.
The three brothers who threw the party see Ash and his friends with Eevee and are very glad to see him, as he is the star of the party. They call to their fourth brother and Eevee's trainer, Mikey. He angrily asks Ash and his friends why they brought Eevee back, but before they can answer, his brothers start to talk to him. His brothers say that he must evolve his Eevee in some way or another, as he won't be able to win with an unevolved Eevee. Mikey says that he doesn't care about battling, but his brothers will have none of it. Each brother tries to convince Mikey to evolve his Eevee into his Pokémon, telling him the good points of each Pokémon. They start to argue among themselves about which Pokémon is the best, and Mikey feels even worse, feeling pressured. Ash tries to get them off of Mikey's back, and they ask him if he ever considered evolving Pikachu. They take him to a table covered with stones in padded boxes. They invite Ash to join their club of people who specialize in using stones to evolve, and toss him a Thunder Stone. They ask Brock if he has any Pokémon that require stones, and toss him a Fire Stone for Vulpix.
Meanwhile, Misty lets Horsea out into the fountain for a swim, and she notices Mikey sitting alone with Eevee. She gets a tray of food, and offers some to Mikey. He grabs a sandwich, and Eevee takes a couple Pokémon food pellets. Misty comments that Mikey doesn't seem too eager to evolve Eevee, and he admits that he was trying to hide Eevee for the day. Misty tells him that Eevee looked really lonely out alone, and Mikey says that he only wants Eevee to be his best friend. Misty supports him, much to his surprise, and tells him that he should just tell his brothers that he doesn't want Eevee to evolve. Mikey decides to do so, and just as he is about to do so, Team Rocket attacks.
Team Rocket floats down in their balloon, and do their motto, stuffing their faces in the process. James tells Weezing to use Smoke Screen, and by the time Ash sends out Pidgeotto to Gust away the smoke, Team Rocket is gone with all the Pokémon, the food, and the evolution stones. Ash sends Pidgeotto to bring the balloon that they see in the sky back down to earth, and he does so. They all look inside, but nothing is inside, as they had driven away in a jeep. They think they made a clean getaway, but, unbeknownst to them, Horsea is leaving a trail of ink for Ash and his friends to follow.
After polishing off the rest of the food, Team Rocket decides to evolve Eevee. Unfortunately, they can't agree on what Pokémon to evolve it into, and they start to argue. They finally decide to use all three stones at the exact same time, and see what develops. They are about to do so, when Ash stops them with Squirtle. Team Rocket asks Ash and his friends how they found them, and Misty explains how Horsea left the trail. She then calls Jessie an old hag, making her go absolutely mad. She and James send out their Pokémon, but quickly start to lose to Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon. Team Rocket starts to run away with Mikey's Eevee, but are blocked by a wall of flames thanks to Flareon.
Arbok and Weezing succeed in catching Flareon, Jolteon, and Vaporeon off guard, and put them out of commission. Horsea knocks Eevee out of Jessie's hands, and Pikachu shocks Team Rocket. They, however, are to stubborn to give up, and continue to fight back. Mikey notices that his brother's Pokémon aren't in very good shape, and decides to attack with Eevee. He tells him to use Rage Tackle attack, and he blasts Team Rocket into the air and into the distance. His brothers congratulate him on his victory using an Eevee, and ask him what he plans to do. Mikey decides to tell them that he wants to become an Eevee trainer, and his brothers consent, telling him that he should have told them sooner. They decide to make the party a celebration of Mikey's first victory, and everyone agrees. Mikey gives Misty a flower as a thanks for helping him.
As Misty, Ash, and Brock watch Mikey's brothers toss him into the air, Misty wishes that she had a big brother. Ash mistakenly says that she could pass as his brother, and gets a hit on the head. Meanwhile, Team Rocket dreams of when they'll be the champions again...