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Our heroes end up missing the last ferry off the island and back to Olivine City. Luckily they meet an old man with a plane who goes by the name Wings Alexander, who agrees to give them a ride back. Unfortunately, the plane is as old as Alexander and his Noctowl and during the flight Ash and his friends must work together, along with a stowaway Team Rocket, to help Alexander navigate through treacherous weather and keep the plane from falling apart.

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  • Breather Episode: In the sense that Team Rocket does not partake in stealing any Pokémon and instead help the twerps in keeping the plane on course.
    • Also for the fact that it follows the epic Lugia arc that went on for the last three to four episodes.
  • Griping About Gremlins: Meowth spots a familiar shape on the plane's wing and it turns out to be Jigglypuff! She then starts to sing, not only causing the group to fall asleep once again, but also causing the plane to take a violent dive. But just as she prepares to draw on everyone's faces, she is swept off the plane by a gust of wind. Everybody then immediately wakes up and the plane is set back in gear.
  • Hero of Another Story: Alexander and his Noctowl are said to have been through many difficult battles during his attempt to become a Pokémon Master.
  • Pet the Dog: While it was probably just so they could steal her later, Team Rocket not letting Togepi fall to her death has to count for something.
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  • Retired Badass: Alexander and his Noctowl together were a force to be reckoned with when they were younger. Now that they are older, Alexander has retired from battling to focus on flying and his Noctowl sleeps most of the time.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Jigglypuff trying to sing her song on an old plane.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Jessie, James, and Meowth were blasted off by Lugia in the previous episode and turn up fine here, yet there is no mention of what happened to Butch and Cassidy, who were also blown away.
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