Ash and his friends continue their journey towards Olivine City when Misty notices that Pikachu looks a bit tired. Brock thinks Pikachu is just tired from walking through the mountains all day when a person sitting on a rock tells them that it isn't the problem. He tells them that the soil in this area contains minerals that absorb electrical energy. Brock is surprised that minerals could absorb the energy.
The man approaches Ash and Pikachu and he asks Ash if the Pikachu belongs to him. He then starts saying Pikachu like voices which Ash's Pikachu instantly responds to. He then tells Ash that Pikachu has lost a lot of energy and if he doesn't do something fast, Pikachu will collapse. He then tells them that he has a little rest stop down the road a bit. He then explains to Misty that Pikachu told him that its too weak to walk to the rest stop and that he can speak fluent Pokémon.
At the rest stop, Team Rocket is disguised in old man costumes and are relaxing while drinking a cup of tea. James is a bit discouraged because they are low on money and they need to find a way to get some more. Meowth says he'll think of something after he eats but soon after he spots the twerps walking towards them. Team Rocket quickly hides under the bench they were sitting on.
The old man and Ash with his friends arrive at the rest stop and he tells them that there is a Pokémon Center at the bottom of the mountain. He then suggests waiting for a bit and using his bicycle generator to recharge Pikachu. Ash hooks Pikachu up to the bike and Ash starts peddling. He then tells Misty and Brock that there is a fee for using his bicycle and his Pokémon Interpreting fee so he can use the money to maintain the rest stop. Realizing that he didn't tell them there was a fee beforehand, he decides to wave the charges.
Team Rocket overhears that Pikachu is low on energy and they pop up from under the bench sending Simon, Misty and Brock flying. They then reveal themselves as Team Rocket and then have a huddle. Meowth is surprised that a human can speak Pokémon. The man goes over to talk to Pikachu to show Team Rocket that he can speak Pokémon but Meowth can hear what he's saying. Officer Jenny then shows up and she also isn't convinced that he can speak Pokémon and puts him under arrest for conducting a Pokémon scam. Officer Jenny explains that there have been a lot of complaints recently that someone has been swindling money from trainers while claiming to be a Pokémon Interpreter. Officer Jenny then says Simon, the old man, fits the description perfectly.
James laughs at Officer Jenny as they know that Pokémon can understand humans and just as he says that, Officer Jenny turns her attention to them. She gets out a bunch of wanted pictures to compare uniforms but she has a picture of Cassidy and Butch and not Jessie and James. They start running away as a bunch of smoke rockets explode and Jenny accuses Simon of working with Team Rocket. Simon says he's never met them though. Jessie is quick to tell everyone they didn't do it either it would be stupid to launch smoke bombs at themselves. Team Rocket manages to get out of the smoke and get away.
Officer Jenny tells Ash and his friends to hop in the car with her as she will take them to Nurse Joy. Team Rocket then spots the old man a bunch of guys in suits walking with him. Meowth suggests they follow them. The Phony Pokémon Interpreter boss confronts Simon saying that he knows he's faking it too and that just like him and his henchmen, they just say what the Pokémon Trainers want to hear and then take their money. Team Rocket overhears them talking and Meowth is a bit upset with the whole situation because he took the time to work hard to learn human talk. Simon then yells at the boss and tells him that he won't join their phony group. Team Rocket decides to help Simon because they realize that a human that knows how to talk Pokémon could make a lot of money.
At the Pokémon Center, Pikachu is hooked up to Nurse Joy's equipment and she successfully recharges Pikachu. Nurse Joy tells Ash that Pikachu will be back to normal in the morning. Ash thanks Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy. Ash decides to contact Professor Oak to see if he knows anything about humans that can speak Pokémon. Professor Oak tells Ash that he cannot find any instances. Simon overhears the conversation and confidently tells Ash that he knows he can speak Pokémon. Ash tells him that Officer Jenny is looking for him to which he replies that he's heading to the police station as they speak. He was worried about Pikachu's health and wanted to stop in first to see if it was all right.
Simon goes to talk to Pikachu and he then tells Misty and Brock that he cannot fully understand Pokémon, only some words and its generally just a feeling he gets. He then continues by saying that long ago, there was a time that he and the Pokémon could understand each other perfectly. 60 years earlier, Simon was caught in a thunderstorm and a tornado was approaching him as he watched in the field. His dad quickly picked him up and threw him in a storm celler and told him not to come out as he was going to check on the neighbors. Scared and wishing for his dad, Simon heard Pokémon voices and he could understand them. Simon was surprised that he could talk to them and he forgot about the storm until people came to get him. His farm was destroyed and he never saw the three Pokémon he talked to ever again.
Over the years, Simon thought he imagined the whole thing but he never stopped trying to talk to Pokémon. He's dedicated his whole life to understanding Pokémon and he knows with his whole heart they known what he's saying to them. Pikachu then showed up to give Simon some encouragement. Magnemite and Magneton appear with the phony Pokémon Interpreter boss and his henchmen. They were there to stop him from turning them into the cops. The Magnemite and Magneton started draining the power of the Pokémon Center as Nurse Joy comes running to get them to stop. Simon decides to talk to the Magnemite and Magneton in human talk and explain the situation to them. He pleads to them and the Magnemite and Magneton stop. The boss got angry with them and just as he was about to kick one of the Magnemite, Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on all the Magnemite and Magneton and re-energizes them. They then attack the boss and his henchmen.
A bunch of police cars show up with Officer Jenny as they surround the con artists. Simon comes running and wants to take full responsibility for the situation. Officer Jenny explains to Simon that Nurse Joy called her and explained the whole story. Simon puts his hands out waiting to be arrested but Officer Jenny then thanks Simon instead. She then tells Simon to tell the Pokémon she said 'Hello!'
Watching from their balloon, Team Rocket sees lightning approaching and they end up blasting off again. Simon says farewell to Ash and his friends as he tells them he's going to give up Pokémon Interpreting. They tell him to keep working at it and he might get a breakthrough. They wave goodbye and as Simon is walking, he encounters Team Rocket Meowth who tells Simon to not give up as well.
English Official SummaryOn the long trek to Olivine City, our heroes notice Pikachu looks a bit worn out. Brock suggests it's the trudging along this trail that has taken a toll. Just then, an old man appears from beside the path and explains the soil in this region contains minerals that absorb electricity. He walks up to Pikachu, kneels down and starts speaking to Pikachu in Pokémon tongue! Upon Pikachu's response, he rises and tells Ash that Pikachu is exhausted and cannot walk much further. Introducing himself as Simon, he suggests the crew follow him to his rest-stop. Upon their arrival, Ash hooks up Pikachu to a nearby bicycle with the electrodes attached to it. The more Ash pedals, the more electricity is pumped back into Pikachu's cheeks. Simon explains to Misty and Brock he won't charge for the recharge and he'll wave his translation fee. Surprised he charges at all for his rest-stop remedies, Misty and Brock are cut short of saying anything by the arrival of Officer Jenny. There to arrest Simon, she explains several local trainers have been swindled out of money recently by a person claiming to be a Pokémon interpreter. Can Simon really talk to the Pokémon, or is he the scam artist Officer Jenny has been looking for?
Italian Official SummaryDiretti a Olivinopoli, i nostri eroi notano che Pikachu ha l'aria stanca. Proprio allora, dal sentiero appare un uomo anziano, il quale spiega che il terreno della regione contiene minerali in grado di assorbire elettricità.
Portuguese Official SummaryUm pretenso tradutor Pokémon ajuda o exausto Pikachu na estrada, mas nossos heróis logo descobrem que ele é procurado pela polícia por fraude. Em qual história eles devem acreditar?
Spanish Latin America Official SummaryUn supuesto traductor Pokémon ayuda a un exhausto Pikachu en el camino, pero nuestros héroes descubren que la policía lo busca por fraude. ¿Qué historia deben creer?
Spanish Official SummaryEn el largo viaje hacia Ciudad Olivo, nuestros héroes se dan cuenta de que Pikachu parece un poco agotado. Justo entonces aparece un anciano al lado del camino y explica que el suelo de esta región contiene minerales que absorben la electricidad.
English Great Britian Official SummaryOn the long trek to Olivine City, our heroes notice Pikachu looks a bit worn out. Brock suggests it's the trudging along this trail that has taken a toll. Just then, an old man appears from beside the path and explains the soil in this region contains minerals that absorb electricity. He walks up to Pikachu, kneels down and starts speaking to Pikachu in Pokémon tongue! Upon Pikachu's response, he rises and tells Ash that Pikachu is exhausted and cannot walk much further. Introducing himself as Simon, he suggests the crew follow him to his rest-stop. Upon their arrival, Ash hooks up Pikachu to a nearby bicycle with the electrodes attached to it. The more Ash pedals, the more electricity is pumped back into Pikachu's cheeks. Simon explains to Misty and Brock he won't charge for the recharge and he'll wave his translation fee. Surprised he charges at all for his rest-stop remedies, Misty and Brock are cut short of saying anything by the arrival of Officer Jenny. There to arrest Simon, she explains several local trainers have been swindled out of money recently by a person claiming to be a Pokémon interpreter. Can Simon really talk to the Pokémon, or is he the scam artist Officer Jenny has been looking for?
Dutch Official SummaryEen zogenaamde Pokémon vertaler helpt een uitgeputte Pikachu, maar onze helden ontdekken al snel dat hij door de politie gezocht wordt voor oplichterij. Wiens verhaal zullen ze geloven?
French Official SummaryPendant leur longue marche en direction d'Oliville, nos héros se rendent compte que Pikachu semble un peu fatigué. Aussitôt, un vieil homme apparaît sur leur chemin et leur explique que le sol de la région contient des minéraux qui absorbent l'électricité.
German Official SummaryPikachu scheint mitgenommen von der langen Reise nach Oliviana City. Da erscheint ein alter Mann neben dem Pfad und erklärt, dass die Mineralien im Boden Elektrizität absorbieren.