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Ash, May and Max are heading towards [[Pallet Town]]. Ash and May are psyched because they're going to have a double battle, and Ash hopes that [[Professor Oak]] is able to see him preform. May adds that even if he wasn't there, At least all the new trainers can watch him. Max wants to meet him to talk about what it takes to be a great [[Pokémon
trainer]], and hopes he didn't forget anything. May says that his memory is like a book, which gives him an idea to write a book about the experiences of Pokémon training, and of his adventures with Ash. Ash decides to use Pikachu for the battle, while May chooses Eevee. They prepare for the battle while Max writes what happens. Later on, it's revealed that both of them were sorely beaten. Max is saddened by the loss, so much so that he isn't able to write about it any longer, he even considers to change the ending. However, Ash and May don't seem to mind the loss: Ash just likes to battle while May got some great ideas for her next contests. Max wonders how he could feel good even after a defeat like that. Ash mentions that there were times when a loss would bum them out, but then they realized that it shouldn't get them down. They call Quinn up to explain things better. He then teaches the group about Self Esteem.
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