Paul and Chimchar Ep. 40
As we know, the group runs into Cynthia, the league champion, and Paul shows up out of the blue again. It's been twenty-four episodes since Paul's last appearance and it looks as though he's up to his old tricks again. Instantly, he challenges Cynthia to a battle because he thinks he can defeat her with his Pokemon team. Cynthia sends out her Garchomp, which we saw going up against a Bronzong earlier, while Paul starts off with his starter Pokemon Chimchar. It doesn't take long for Chimchar to lose the match. Paul then shows that he now has three new Pokemon Murkrow, Weavile, and a Torterra. It appears somewhere along the way his strongest Pokemon, Eleckid, was either tossed aside or given away in disgust for losing a match. Paul gives Chimchar the same speech he gives every Pokemon in his possession that loses against another Pokemon a sure sign that its time with him is limited. Weavile, Murkrow, and Torterra all lose but Paul does not look at them in disgust at all another sign that how he treats Chimchar has changed.
At a nearby Pokemon Center, Paul ignores his Pokemon and their injuries leaving their care to Cynthia who takes it upon herself to treat the injuries that Torterra and Chimchar have. Chimchar takes very well to Cynthia's kindness proving that Paul hasn't been very kind to the little flame monkey lately. Ash and Paul have a few words over Chimchar's treatment and the usual how Paul treats Pokemon in general. Cynthia then takes the boys out to the ruins she had been looking at when Paul showed up. While that is happening, Team Rocket shows up and swipes Chimchar. Once Paul finds out what happens, Chimchar has woken up in James' arms and charred Team Rocket but good. Paul fights back with yet another new Pokemon, Ursaring, who proves to be pretty powerful. Team Rocket gets blasted off for the umpteenth time and when Chimchar hits the ground he gets another good talking to from Paul. However, as Dawn and Ash give Paul their two cents on the situation Cynthia once again gives Chimchar the positive attention he's been lacking during his time with Paul. Cynthia then leaves Paul with a few words of wisdom on Pokemon treatment and possibly the Dialga and Pialka images carved into the stone at the ruins. By the end of the episode Paul, Murkrow, Weavile, and Torterra watch with anger as the others head off to their next destination. However, Chimchar has a smile upon his face from the obvious kind treatment he recieved from Cynthia. Is this a sign that Paul is going to give up Chimchar?
Signs certainly point that way from the treatment he gave the fire monkey compared to Cynthia's treatment of Chimchar in the episode. For one thing Paul hasn't allowed Chimchar to evolve and yet one of his new Pokemon is already an evolved form of a starter, Turtwig. Paul has already gotten rid of Eleckid a Pokemon that was considered to be his strongest Pokemon. Chimchar is the only original Pokemon Paul has left and it looks as though Paul is beginning to tire of the little monkey. The question now becomes will Chimchar be given away, left on the side of the road in disgust, or will he run off to find Cynthia?