Jokes apart, some kids wouldn't know them otherwise. What would be their reaction if they saw a Charizard coming out of nowhere?
Exactly. It serves as a way of showing the audience what some of the other Pokemon Ash has so that they aren't caught completely off-guard by any of them suddenly appearing or Ash talking about them. Plus, it's a nice way of showcasing some older Pokemon for the older fans.
Watching the episode now!
- Tracey made a non-speaking cameo during Professor Oak's broadcast introducing the Kanto starters.
- Ash now flashing back to when he first Charmander on the rock and he and Brock rescued it from the storm and Spearow.
- Shows Charmander rejecting Damien (who speaks in this cameo) and joining Ash.
- Shows Charmander battling Primeape and Koga (both with speaking cameos).
- Shows Charmander protecting Ash in Snow Way Out. Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Pidgeotto make cameos.
- Ash talks about it evolving into Charmeleon and Charizard (when it battled Aerodactyl).
- Shows Charizard battling Magmar.
- Shows Ash losing the Indigo League due to Charizard not battling Sparky.
- Cilan mentions that Charizard is like Iris's Dragonite.
- Shows Charizard losing to Poliwrath in the Orange Islands and how Ash saved Charizard.
- Iris asks where Charizard is now. Ash tells them that it's in the Charicific Valley now.
- Ash talks about how he left it in the Charizard in the valley after it got creamed by the stronger Charizard. Charla and Liza make cameo appearances.
- Shows Charizard beating Dragonair, Blastoise and Articuno in the Johto League and Battle Frontier.
- Iris and Cilan want to meet Charizard, and apparently Charizard flew to Pallet Town first.
- Ash swaps Unfezant for Charizard. Oak mentions that Unfezant should be good friends with Swellow.
- Ash introduces everyone to Charizard and gets his head fried as always.
- Ash, Iris and Cilan show their Pokemon to Charizard.
- Charizard stares at Dragonite and now they want to battle.
- Charizard knows Flamethrower, Steel Wing, Slash (?), Dragon Tail
Note that all flashback scenes were remade (at least up to the commercial break).