Ruby and his Marshtomp, in the escape pod, surface on Route 118. They pull into a dock, where Ruby immediately catches sight of a TV broadcast detailing the attack in Slateport City, done by a gang in red.
In Littleroot Town, Ruby's mother is looking at a picture of Ruby and worrying about him and her husband, Norman. She then sees the TV news report and, realizing that Ruby has been in true danger and it isn't known if he is dead or alive, faints.Back to Ruby, his makeshift ship catches something: the fishing line of a swimmer. Ruby is immediately roped into helping the guy fish, but all Ruby can catch is an extraordinarily ugly fish. The swimmer turns and, seeing the Pokémon, reveals that this is the exact Pokémon he's looking for. However, Ruby drops it into the river, devasting the swimmer. Ruby then bonds with them, showing the boy a picture of a Milotic and confessing how badly Ruby wants one. Realizing how close he'd gotten the swimmer to his dream, Ruby decides to continue helping the swimmer.
At the Slateport City shipyard, Maryann finds Captain Stern. She pulls him off in private and tells him that the Devon President was attacked while delivering Captain Stern's machine part: attacked by a Team Aqua.
At that moment, they are interrupted by Norman, who wants to hear more.