The problem was Ash brought his Kanto starters to Johto with him, so the Johto starters didn't get much focus.
Look Forward, Team Rocket!
Also I claim Piplup in the Claim a Pokemon thread =)
Squirtle yes but not Totodile. Besides if you really think Totodile got shoddy screen time with Ash, then it would've gotten the same if not worse treatment with Misty. Remember Psyduck stole Misty's Pokemon's screen time. And at least we still occasionally get to see it. Who know if we'll ever see Misty or a major bulk of her Pokemon again.
But I'm willing to agree that the writers really hate Ash's Johto Pokemon. I mean think about it, only one evolved (in Johto), the Kanto starters were superior. Cyndaquil only evolved most likely to HGSS promotion. And which match got horribly ruined during Ash's match with Nando, Quilava's match (and it ended in a double knock-out). I won't go as far as say the absolutely loathe them, or nothing would've happened with them, but it's obvious that they are the least favorite of Ash's Pokemon. But you know I'm not sure I can buy that, considering they are the writers if they don't like something why not change it?
Btw my new avatar is taken from this episode. Isn't she such a sweet and gorgeous angel? She shouldn't get just a seat of honor when she deserves a throne!
We're really getting off topic here. Let's get back to the episode.
One thing I didn't mind is Corphish getting screentime in this ep, mainly because Corphish had done so much battling in AG that it didn't need another battle.
The odd thing is the writers made sure all of Ash's Hoenn Pokemon got featured, (the two absent later on) even though Glalie doesn't do anything either, sadly.
If anything, Noctowl didn't do anything of importance except flying around.
Anyways, I'm still angry that this episode so obviously wasted its potential.
The writers could have shown Ash standing on the balcony, looking at the night sky and the stars while reflecting on his Sinnoh adventure so far.
Also, I want the obligatory look back with freeze frames of all the eight gym leaders and their signature Pokemon! I guess we would have deserved that!
Squirtle, Charizard, and Bulbasaur. Though Cyndaquil was handeled better than Totodile and Bayleaf(having at least one victory per gym, and having his fire trouble)....He still got screwed over in his own league where neither Cyndaquil, Totodile, nor Bayleaf got a victory(notably favoring Squirtle over Totodile and Bulbasaur over Cyndaquil) and further more, even though the writers decided to give him an evolution, he's screwed over....yet again having his battle with Armaldo ending in a tie and cutting away to unecessary TR shit that nobody even needed to see and nobody cared about.
We should've been at least able to see Quilava dodging a good amount of attacks to show off his speed, getting a hit with a move like Flame Wheel, dodging so much wearing him out and then being hit with X-Scissor or something, then using Aerial Ace and surviving to finish Armaldo with Eruption. Then finally he'd being recalled due to how exhausted he was.