Best Friend… Worst Nightmare! (コハルとワンパチと、
Despite being the daughter of Professor Cerise, Chloe has a very unenthusiastic attitude towards Pokémon. The Yamper that lives with the family is very attached to her, but she's concerned about how everyone around her has labeled her as "someone who obviously loves Pokémon, since her father is a Pokémon Professor". But one day, a mysterious Gengar shows up at the Cerise Laboratory and starts annoying everyone.
One morning at the Cerise residence, Chloe and Yamper are asleep in their room when the alarm clock rings. Yamper wakes up and tries to get Chloe to wake up as well, but with no luck. Having an idea forming in its head, Yamper goes to get Chloe's brother Parker, who sees that his sister is still sleeping. Parker calls his mother, Talia, who comes and tells Chloe that she won't be able to braid her hair if she isn't awake. Flustered, Chloe wakes up and groggily fusses about on top of her bed for a while before she eventually comes to her senses, blushing in embarrassment. Later that morning, Professor Cerise discovers a chibi-like drawing of Chloe and Yamper. Afterwards, Chloe prepares herself for school (with the help of her mother) and eats breakfast. At breakfast, Chloe and her family talk about how Yamper seems to love Chloe the most, even though she's the coldest one in the family towards it. Shocked, Chloe leaves her house and goes on a car ride with her father.
Ash and Goh then decide to greet their Pokémon at Cerise Park. Ash compliments Goh on catching a whole lot of Pokémon so far, with the latter saying he's still planning to continue to catch every single one he can. Ash concurs, stating he's still planning to catch some more himself and battle with them as well. The boys then see Ash's Dragonite approaching Goh's Scyther and Stantler. Goh worries that the three Pokémon will hurt each other for a brief moment until Dragonite suddenly hugs them, much to Ash's amusement. However, they do see Goh's Wurmple being attacked by his Taillow, which they rush in to stop. Before the boys reach them, the Wurmple begin to evolve, with Goh hoping that at least two of them won't evolve into the same Pokémon. Much to Goh's shock and disappointment, all three Wurmple evolve into Cascoon instead. However, he quickly changes his mind when the Pokémon come up and rub against him, comforting him.
In the main room, Ren is about to work on the Institute's computer when a blackout suddenly happens. He goes to the basement to find the switchboard, successfully locating it and beginning to tinker with it. He then calls out his Magnemite, Francois, to help him fix the blackout. However, a mysterious Gengar shows up and begins to attack him. Ren orders Francois to use Thunder Wave, but it is unable to as the Gengar tangled it up in wires. The Gengar then attacks Ren and Francois with Night Shade, knocking them out.
Later, Ash and Goh briefly meet up with Chloe and Professor Cerise before the former runs off, worrying about being late for school. Chrysa then arrives, planning to discuss a project with Professor Cerise as they head to the main room together. With nobody else to talk to, Ash asks Goh about Chloe's relationship with Pokémon. Goh states she wasn't as cold as she is before, which surprises Ash. He then tells Ash that people interact with Pokémon differently, including themselves.
On their way to the main room, Professor Cerise and Chrysa see Francois, still tangled up in wires. Francois takes them to the basement, where they find Ren (who is still unconscious). As they try to help Ren, they briefly spot Gengar (utterly terrifying them for a moment) before it disappears. The boys and Chloe's Yamper then encounter Gengar in the Institute's hallway, where it attacks them with Shadow Ball. However, Ash quickly orders his Pikachu to deflect it with Iron Tail, a task at which he succeeds.
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