It was the first episode in the Advanced Generation of Pokémon TV shows called ‘Get The Show On The Road!’. After a long journey with many ups and downs, Ash eventually finds himself in the land of Hoenn with a sick Pikachu that he must find help for urgently. There is no local Pokémon Center so he calls up Professor Birch to ask for help. May is already on her way to see the professor as she needs to pick up her starter Pokémon. She is the daughter of the Petalburg Gym Leader Norman, and although she’s not a massive Pokémon fan, she sees battling Pokémon as a way of doing more travelling!
Things don’t go according to plan, though, and Professor Birch ends up being chased by a pack of Poochyena and Pikachu goes crazy and bites Ash’s arm. It’s while he’s being rescued by Birch that Ash and May first meet. The two of them must go to Oldale Town’s Pokémon Center to register for the league, but May’s bike is broken after Pikachu zapped it! Instead, May asks if she can tag along with Ash. Little did he know that by agreeing, the two of them would be travelling together for many adventures to come!