Pokemon: Indigo League Champion's Edition s01e81
Titre original : Friend and Foe Alike (Part 6)
After making a promise with Richie that he will have the best battle of his life, Ash is given the choice between letting Team Rocket steal Pikachu or missing his battle with Richie. Ash is not about to let Team Rocket make him break the promise he made with Richie, so he is able to eventually rescue Pikachu and get to the stadium in time. However, he loses due to his Charizard refusing his orders in the final stretch of his battle against Richie. Richie moves on to the quarterfinals.