Finally reaching the outskirts of Blackthorn City, Ash pushes to quickly seek out the gym where he hopes to earn his final Johto badge. Before he has the opportunity, he chances into a Dratini and learns that its eager trainer, Clair, is in fact the Blackthorn Gym leader. Ash’s attempt to challenge her to a duel—and Brock’s attempts at getting her phone number—are both cut short when Team Rocket arrives, intent on stealing the Gym Leader’s Dratini right out from under her. After dispatching with these hapless villains, Ash secures Clair’s promise to face him in her gym. Cheerfully Ash and friends march the last few miles into the city.