Japanese Title: Masara Town! Setting Off on a New Journey!
Original Airdate: January 28st, 1999
US Airdate: December 4th, 1999
After battling in the Pokémon League Tournament, Ash and his friends return to Pallet Town for a hero's welcome. Team Rocket, as usual, ruins the party with another bumbling attempt to steal Pikachu. Professor Oak makes a request for Ash, Brock and Misty to go on another journey to bring back a mysterious looking Pokéball for him. On their way, Ash is in for another surprise when his Pidgeotto evolves into a Pidgeot just in time to save the day!
- Ash Face: Charizard roasts Ash with a fireball to show that, no, saving Pikachu does not mean it has decided to obey him after all.
- Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Team Rocket's scheme in this episode is to distract Ash with super spicy food.
- The Bus Came Back: The Spearow that nearly killed Ash in the very first episode returns as a Fearow, and is now terrorizing a flock of Pidgey and Pidgeotto.
- Curbstomp Battle: Fearow decimates Pidgeotto in their initial battle. Reversed around when the latter evolves into Pidgeot.
- A Day in the Limelight: For Pidgeotto, who evolves into Pidgeot and helps defeat the Spearow.
- Determinator: Pidgeotto refuses to stay down after being roughed up by Fearow, even when Ash insists against it. It's implied it evolved into Pidgeot from this willpower.
- Evil Counterpart: The Fearow for the newly evolved Pidgeot.
- False Reassurance: Ash offers to join up with Team Rocket to get the Spearow out of everyone's hair. His method? Send them out of the tree so the Spearow chase them instead. In Ash's defense, they'd pulled some low moves on him in their earlier attack.
- Godzilla Threshold: With Pikachu about to be taken away by Team Rocket, Ash has no choice but to release Charizard. He gets mixed results.
- It's All About Me: Charizard only goes after Team Rocket because they destroyed a fruit stand he really wanted to try, and then goes on a rampage throughout the town.
- It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Before the Spearow attack.
- Much like its previous appearance, the Fearow seems to attack Ash and Pikachu out of spite.
- Charizard once again. Here however, it even refuses to rescue Pikachu.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Team Rocket, after having escaped with Pikachu, decides to bombard the party from above destroying the food. Made worse when Ash's Pidgeotto is taken out by poison, forcing Ash to pull out Charizard.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ash knocking Team Rocket out of the tree that they and he were stuck in together and leaving them at the Spearows' mercy would seem selfish and cruel...if Team Rocket hadn't bombed the crap out of Ash' homecoming party earlier in the episode and thus Ash warranted a little payback.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Say what you will about their status as villains; Team Rocket really had it coming after what they pulled here.
- Lost Food Grievance: Charizard, more interested in the food, gets royally pissed when the table of food he craves is destroyed, and deflects the bombs back in Team Rocket's direction, blasting them off and freeing Pikachu.
- Made of Iron: Fearow endures repeated attacks by Pidgeotto, who then evolved into Pidgeot, and electric shocks from Pikachu, but still keeps going: It only stops when confronted by the entire flock it bullied.
- Mythology Gag: The Jerkass Spearow of the first episode evolving may be reference to the manga adaptation where it was indeed a Fearow a led the other Spearow. Ash even tries to catch it, as he managed to in the manga.
- Oh, Crap!: Team Rocket understandably has this reaction when Charizard gets angry and flies after them.
- Fearow briefly gets this when Pikachu lands on its back and gets ready to use electric attacks.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Not again. They're not even really disguised, and Ash can't tell that they're cooking food at his party. Maybe he simply can't picture them doing even a facsimile of honest work.
- Put on a Bus: Pidgeot was sent away by Ash to look after the flock until he got back from the Orange Islands: Ash still hasn't returned for it, though he did mention Pidgeot and his desire to meet up with it again during his battle with Falkner, suggesting that the omission is not from Ash (and the writers) being complete jerks about it.
- Redemption Rejection: Ash tries to capture Fearow, but it swats the ball away.
- Undying Loyalty: Pidgeotto for Ash, in contrast to Charizard.
- Villainous Valor: Even though Pidgeot proved more powerful than Fearow, not to mention Pikachu injuring it further with its (particularly painful for Fearow) electric attacks, Fearow refuses to back down and continues fighting them. It does however fly away when the other Pidgeotto and Pidgey decide to join the fight.
- We Need a Distraction: Ash recruits Team Rocket (unwillingly) to send the Spearow their way.