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The episode begins with our heroes walking happily along a path in the middle of a forest. May is very excited, and Ash asks if it's about Contests. May says that it is, and talks about the exciting new challenges she will face in Kanto's Contest Halls, and a vision of Drew appears in her mind to remind her that she's not alone in her dream. Suddenly, Munchlax pops out of its pokeball and starts to smell the air. Obviously smelling something delicious, Munchlax starts to run off in search of what has created such a smell. May tells Munchlax to slow down, and runs off after her Pokemon.
Munchlax isn't the only one hungry however, as we find Team Rocket slowly walking through the same forest, tired and starving. Jessie and James fall to the ground, and Jessie complains how much hard work it is tracking Ash and his friends. However, their attention is brought away from Ash as Jessie spots what appears to be a restaurant not far away. The three villains instantly run towards the building, excited at the thought of all the delicious food before Jessie stops them and reminds James and Meowth that they have no money. James and Meowth, unable to stop in time, slam straight into the restaurant'sdoor and fall rejected onto the floor. The door opens however, and a pretty girl greets them and invites them in, saying her name is Resu.
Back to the heroes, we find Munchlax has found what it was looking for, and has stopped in front of what appears to be another resturant. May blushes and says that she knows how Munchlax feels... she's hungry too. The doors open, and a girl and her Mr. Mime smile and welcome them in, saying her name is Toran. Max eyes the Mr. Mime with interest, and the girl explains that the Mr. Mime is the chef of the resturant. The girl goes onto explains that they will not only get a good meal, but an amazing performance too as the Pokemon can cook with style. Brock, as usual, proclaims his love for the girl who nervously smiles. Brock then has a fantasy of them sitting alone together, with a delicious meal before Max interupts.
While Ash and co. have just found the Mr. Mime resturant, Team Rocket are already inside and sitting down at the one they discovered. It seems that much like the one belonging to Toran, the chef is also a Pokemon. This time, a Sneasel. As they sit down, the girl mentions Pokemon Contest, and Jessie's interest perks up. Meowth says that Jessie is interested in Contests too, and Resu instantly runs back, shocked at the talking Pokemon. Jessie tries to calm the scared girl down, and tells her that she, Jessie, is a Top Coordinator. Resu instantly runs back over to the group, excited at meeting such a famous person. She suddenly remembers that she must get the menu, and runs off, apologising. Over at the kitchen, the Pokemon chef, Sneasel, looks on sniggering to itself. The group look over, noticing the Sneasel for the first time. Meowth begins to talk again, and Jessie hits him, telling the cat to keep its mouth shut- They don't want to scare the girl off again, especially if they want food. The Sneasel laughs again, this time at Meowth, and Meowth becomes angry at Sneasel mocking it. The two Pokemon argue, but are stopped when Resu comes back in with the menu. She explains that her Sneasel is an amazing cook, and Jessie and James become excited at the prospect of tasting some of it.
Back with Ash and co., we find them sitting inside Toran's restaurant waiting for the performance to start. The curtains are pulled back, and the group look on in wonder at all the cooking equipment. Toran tells Mr. Mime to start, and the Psychic Pokemon does so, using its Psychic abilities to cook, stir and chop the ingredients.
Sneasel has already finishes its meal however, which seems to consist of a simple meat dish with sauce. Team Rocket look on, a little underwhelmed having been told that Sneasel was an amazing chef. James tries a little, and he starts to blush and marvel at how delicious the food actually is. Jessie tries some too, and agrees, with her eyes becoming large and sparkly. Meowth, seeing that Jessie and James seem to like it, tries some. He doesn't have the same reaction however, and finds the food disgusting. As they finish their first meal, Resu brings some more food, this time meatballs. Jessie and James try some, and once again find the food delicious. Meowth dumps his meatballs down his throat all in one bite, but is forced to drink all of his water as he finds the food alarmingly hot. Confused at how they could have such different opinions to him, he steals one of Jessie's meatballs and eats it. Expecting it to taste horrible, he's shocked to find how delicious it is. Meowth instantly becomes angry however, as he realises that Sneasel must have made his food differently to the food he made for Jessie and James.
Unlike Sneasel's rather plain looking food, the meal that Mr. Mime has cooked up looks delicious and extremely edible. The group look on, amazing at such a delicious looking meal. The group instantly tuck in but instantly fall back on their chairs. It seems that while the food looks delicious, it actually tastes disgusting. Toran apologises, and just at that moment, Meowth comes crashing through the wall followed by Sneasel. The two Pokemon are fighting, and Resu desperatelytells Sneasel to stop, but to no avail. Sneasel jumps past her, knocking her over and into Brock's arms who mistakes her for Toran. The real Toran then runs up, wondering what her sister is doing here, and Brock looks at the two twins confused before Resu explains who she is. It seems that the two resturants were not two at all, and instead are actually the same one, but with a wall separating them. Jessie and James walk through the hole in the wall, and the two groups are shocked to see each other. Resu then walks over to the meal that Toran's Mr. Mime created, and remarks that it looks good... but doesn't taste good. She tells her sister that her Pokemon focuses way too much on putting on a show instead of making the food taste right. The two sisters argue, and it seems that the two are fighting over which one will take over their father's resturant. Meowth then steps in and suggests a cooking competition.
That night, we find Team Rocket speaking with Resu. She explains to them that while the food her Sneasel prepares is delicious, it has problems with making it look so and worries that it cannot put on the same performance as her sister's Mr. Mime can. Jessie and James wonder if they could help, and Resu excited, says that with the help of a Top Coordinator such as Jessie, she cannot fail. Jessie smugly says that she will help, and James looks on, confused at his partner's sudden sense of good will. Jessie, sensing this, whispers in his ear that they can use this as an excuse to stick around and find a way to steal Sneasel, Mr. Mime and Pikachu.
Back with Ash and co., we find them talking with Toran, who explains that she has the opposite problem to her sister. While her Pokemon can make food look delicious, Mr, Mime has problems actually making it taste good. She begs Brock to help her improve Mr. Mime's cooking ability, and Brock says that he understands, and will help as much as he can. Toran thanks him, and they instantly get to work. A little later, Mr. Mime is preparing some stew under Brock's supervision. Mr. Mime, who up until that point, had been stirring the meal by itself, tries to use its Psychic power to add flavouring. Brock stops it however, explaining that it must rely on its own cooking ability, and master the art by itself without help from its Psychic powers... after all, it's trying to improve its cooking ability, not put on a performance.
As Brock explains that to Mr. Mime, Jessie is doing the same for Sneasel. Having prepared a huge block of ice, she tells the Pokemon to make a sculpture out of it. Sneasel does so, slashing at the block of ice with its claws to make a sculpture, In the end, it makes an ice Sneasel. James remarks that it's rather small however, as they need magnifying glasses to see it.
Back with Brock and Mr. Mime, Brock tells Mr. Mime to taste the stew it is making to check if it needs any extra flavouring. Team Rocket however, are putting make-up on Sneasel and getting it to try on lots of different stylish clothes.
The two Pokemon work throughout the night, perfecting their techniques.
The next day, the competition begins, with Brock and Meowth acting as referees and Ash, May, Max, Jessie and James acting as the tasters. Brock explains that the object of the contest is to not only make a delicious meal, but to also put on a performance. He tells the two Pokemon to start, and they rush off to their respective food piles and start cooking. Jessie and James wish Sneasel luck, and Meowth does the same for Mr. Mime, but is stopped by Brock who tells him that they must remain neutral. The two groups look on amazed at the two Pokemon, who both seem to have perfected the things that the other could do.
The contest soon gets into full flow, but is stopped when a black whip grabs hold of Sneasel, Pikachu and Mr. Mime. It's Team Rocket, back to their old tricks. The three Pokemon are thrown into small cages and the two villains laugh. They start their motto, but stop in the middle as they wait for Meowth to do his line. Jessie, angry that their performance was stopped, whips Meowth over and asks it why he didn't do his line. Meowth says that he was confused as to why they were helping Sneasel, and James tells him that that was just a ruse to get close to Pikachu. They continue and finish their motto, with Meowth's spirit and confidence restored. Resu asks what they are doing, and Jessie explains that this was their plan all along. Toran tells Team Rocket to give back her and her sister's Pokemon, but Team Rocket ignore them and jump out of the window and into a balloon waiting for them. Ash, frustrated, tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. The attack is useless however, as the cage is electric proof. May then sends out Combusken and Brock sends out Mudkip to use a combination Flamethrower and Water Gun attack, but Jessie laughs as the attack cannot reach them. Jessie starts to mock them, twirling the key around her finger while James cries happily. Back on the ground, Toran tells her sister to let her handle the situation, and shouts to Mr. Mime to get the key with Psychic. Mr. Mime opens the whole cage with the key, and the three Pokemon jump out. Not before Sneasel slices the balloon with its claws, however which sends Team Rocket blasting off again. The three Pokemon land safely, and the three trainers run over to them happily. Resu tells her sister that she is grateful... and that she is happy for her to take control of their father's resturant: She deserves it. Resu apologises to Sneasel, and tells her sister to do her best. As Resu walks off, Toran looks on sadly, and calls out to her twin sister. Toran says that there's no need for her to leave... they can run the restaurant together, as a team.
The episode ends with the group sitting inside the now combined resturant, where Sneasel and Mr. Mime are happily walking together to create a meal for the whole group to enjoy.
Thanks to Alfonso for writing this for us
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