The Wacky Watcher!
by Josh Nickerson
Ash and the others are headed to the Orange League compitition when a submarine suddenly pops up in front of them. A man climbs out of the submarine and informs them they are just in time. Ash and the rest decide to stay just to see what heís talking about. What heís talking about is a huge school of Magikarp making their way across the island. Tracy notices that they are all marked with colored bands. The man drives off. leaving the kids puzzled. Tracy figures that the Magikarp are headed toward Rind Island. They arrive to find the Magikarp swimming upstream a small river on the island. The strange man shows up again and has them help him carry packages. He introduces himself as Dr. Quincy T. Quakenpoker and as a Pokemon Watcher. Tracy tells Ash and Misty that Quakenpoker is a world famous Pokemon Watcher. Later on Quakenpoker is analyzing the Magikarp as they swim by. He explains the bands on their tails mark how long ago they left the island. He tells them that they come back to the island every year.
Quackenpoker looks at Tracy sketchbook, as Team Rocket spies on them. Team Rocket plans to capture the Magikarp, then evolve them into a Gyarados army. They try to use nets, but the Magikarp just flop out of them. Team Rocket falls into the water and washes away. Meanwhile the group continues up the river bank as Quakenpoker mentions that the Magikarp will soon evolve. They arrive at a small pond as they wait for the Magikarp to evolve. Quakenpoker comments that Ash and Pikachu communicate well. Later that night, the Magikarp become even more restless. Suddenly, Team Rocket pops up in their sub and begin to steal the Magikarp! They distract the trainers by throwing Magikarp at them, and by stealing Pikachu. A Magikarp latches itself on Jamesís head, but no matter how hard Jessie pulls, it stays on. Quakenpoker jumps on the sub and tells them the only way to get Magikarp off is to calm it down. Quakenpoker calms down Magikarp, while Ash snatches Pikachu back.
Suddenly, the Magikarp begin to evolve and Team Rocket find themselves begin blown away by a huge typhoon caused by the evolving Magikarp! The Gyarados and Magikarp swim back out to sea, and Quakenpoker calculate 70% of the Magikarp evolved. Quakenpoker wishes Tracy luck and he, Ash and Misty set back out to sea.