Meanwhile, Bruno is training with his Pokémon. Lorelei watches and then speaks with him, telling Bruno that she had sent a letter of challenge to the League Champion, Red, under Bruno's name. She says that Lance wants Bruno to test him for certain qualities. Bruno does not respond.
A month later, Professor Oak is on the videophone with Misty, who is worried because Red has not answered any of her calls. Oak is not worried at all, proudly exclaiming over what a great Champion Red is while grousing that Red hasn't been filling his pokédex at all. Red's Pikachu, badly injured, staggers into Oak's lab and collapses.
Oak realizes that Red lost terribly to this previous challenger and has gone MIA.