Gym Fight is the title of the eighth episode. It was originally uploaded to the official Dorkly website on December 17, 2012.
Hit the Cinnabar Island Gym for the ultimate workout.
The episode starts with Rusty walking towards the gym after he washed ashore on Cinnabar Island. Inside, gym leader Blaine listens to the radio reporting about the forest fire on Route 17. Rusty enters and prepares for the fight in order to get his first badge. However, Blaine tells him that most trainers have few or more badges before entering his gym. As he asked why Rusty is all wet, Rusty answers that he had been tracking down Team Rocket on S.S. Anne but gotten kicked overboard for stowing away without ticket. He swam in pursuit but he drowned, but he woke up on the beach and saw the gym, knowing that it's his destiny to defeat the gym leader. Blaine reluctantly accepts the fight.
Blaine selects Growlithe, level 42. Seeing that fire-types can be cooled off because "logic is the rarest candy of all", Rusty chooses Vanillite, level 2. Blaine simply melts Vanillite using Growlithe's flamethrower. Frustrated by his pokémon's terrible fate, Rusty tells that he had spent ten dollars on Vanillite. Criticizing his opponent, Blaine explains the basic "rock-paper-scissors" thing that children can figure it out.
However, denying the gym leader's criticism, Rusty throws in Venomoth but is immediately incinerated. He chooses Cubone, level 11. Blaine pretentiously praises Rusty's move since ground is strong against fire. Rusty proudly tells him that Cubones are "bone-types" and dogs have a weakness to bones. However, Blaine's Growlithe uses bite, killing Cubone in one chomp.
Overwhelmed by his defeat, Rusty exclaims that he doesn't like Pokémon anymore. He runs to the beach and whimpers. Sympathetically, Blaine follows him to comfort. As he takes the beached Shellder, he attempts to offer Rusty the "badge" in order to cheer him up, but Rusty denies it because "losers don't get badges" and because he realizes that he only works with his parents in the deli. Blaine calls his offering a special "Participation Badge" and gives it to him.
Rusty is felicitously happy that he won the badge. He declares that he can stop Team Rocket and follow his dreams. He goes toward the sea, but the waves push him back. Blaine again offers him a water taxi.
- Rusty's overconfidence, tantrum, and gloom are based on real life ten year-old mannerisms (though in Pokémon universe, children above the age of ten are allowed to become Pokémon Trainer).
- Rusty winning a "badge" from his defeat is similar to Ash Ketchum who received few badges even though he didn't win in battles in several Pokémon episodes. For example: Ash was forfeited from battle due to water sprinkler fiasco when Brock's Onix was lost to water which made Pikachu's thundershock more effective, but Brock gave him a Boulder Badge anyway.