The episode starts with Ash, Misty, Tracey, and Pikachu riding on Lapras. Ash is talking about fighting the final member of the Orange Crew. This moment is suddenly interrupted by a shadowed Pokémon flying just above the water's edge. The Pokémon then flies up into the sky and out of sight. At the Pummelo Island Hall of Fame where records are kept of all the trainers who ever won in the Orange Islands, Ash sees a statue of the Pokémon he saw hover above the water. He takes out Dexter to find out that the Pokémon they saw earlier was the Dragon Pokémon, Dragonite. The caretaker of the Hall of Fame tells Ash that Dragonite is the most powerful Pokémon that Drake, the final Orange Island Crew Gym Leader, has. Ash then gets registered and is told that his battle with Drake will begin at 10:00 the next morning.Meanwhile, in the stadium, Drake is testing his Pokémon for the battle ahead. Team Rocket pops up wanting to steal Drake's Dragonite, but Drake commands Dragonite to use Hyper Beam and Team Rocket blasts off again just as soon as they had appeared. Team Rocket crash lands on the beach where they hear that Drake will face a challenger tomorrow morning. Meowth suddenly has an idea and whispers into Jesse's and James's ears.The next morning, Ash goes into the stadium with Misty and Tracy following shortly behind. Team Rocket is in the crowd spectating and reveal their plan of stealing Dragonite after Ash has weakened it. On the field, Drake and Ash shook hands and went to their separate parts of the stadium. Suddenly, the battle area of the stadium changes from a normal stone area, to a rocky area with a pond in the middle which slightly startled Ash.Drake calls out his first Pokémon, Ditto. Ash then chooses Pikachu. Ditto transforms into Pikachu. Ash then tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. Then Ditto uses the same attack. The two attacks cancel one another out. The two continue battling until finally Ditto faints. Drake recalls Ditto and Ash does the same with Pikachu and congratulates it on a good job. Drake then chooses Onix and Ash chooses Squirtle. Ash tells Squirtle to use Water Gun, but before Squirtle can move, Onix binds Squirtle to make it immobile. Squirtle withdraws into its shell and then uses Hydro Pump. Onix is sprayed with water and then faints. Drake returns Onix to its Pokéball and then chooses Gengar. Ash recalls Squirtle and again congratulates it on a job well done.Ash then calls out Lapras who lands in the pond. Ash tells Lapras to attack, but then Drake tells Gengar to use Hypnosis. Gengar attempts to attack, but Lapras dives under the pond and evades the attack. Lapras then powers up for an Ice Beam while Gengar powers up for Night Shade. The two Pokémon release their energy simultaneously and the energy formed by the two attacks blinds everyone in the stadium. Ash stares at the battlefield, waiting to see the outcome.