1) The Pokémon Rescue Team has a huge role!
What is the Pokémon Rescue Team Ash and his friends meet in the mountains?
2) March, Team Eevee!
The group runs into Virgil of the Pokémon Rescue Team. With an Eevee and its evolutions, he works as part of a rescue team.
(Caption 1: Ash and his friends decide to follow Virgil after he's dispatched.)
(Caption 2: He begins a rescue operation at a dam engulfed in ice.)
An apprentice? Eevee does its best too!
Apart from the seven evolutions, there is also an Eevee. It might be unevolved, but it works hard by combining its power with that of its comrades!
(Caption 1: It stops Crygonal's attacks with "Protect".)
(Caption 2: It powers up Flareon's "Flamethrower" with "Helping Hand")
Wow, he actually has all the Eevelutions o.O
Yeah... there goes the 6 Pokémon rule... -.-
The 6 Pokemon Rule only applies to the trainers with Pokedexes. Throughout the Anime history they had people that had more than 6, Misty even hinted that she had more than 6 Pokemon when she and Brock explained the rules to Ash. To keep the teams moderated the writers just never gave any of the non-Pokedex holding members more than 6. I don't remember them having more than 4 in most cases.
But it was established in the early days, you have to have a Pokedex in order for the 6 Pokemon limitation to take effect.
What do the anime writers have against Leafeon? That's all I kept thinking about in this episode. All of the other Eeveelutions, Eevee included, got to take part in the mission of the episode except for Leafeon, who was completely absent after his quick introduction. I thought that was a bit unjust. Leafeon in general, however, has hardly had any screen time to itself other than Zoe's Leafeon during the Sinnoh Grand Festival. Poor guy.
Something else that kept ringing in my head was "Oh my gosh, Ash, you've seen these Pokémon on numerous occasions. Why are you still checking your PokéDex!?" I get that it's for the new viewers, but still... Couldn't they have found a more creative way to describe them without making Ash look, well, stupid? :\
With those two nitpicks out of the way, I generally enjoyed this episode. I liked the rescue aspect of it all and I really liked Virgil's character.
Future episode spoiler below:
It's funny that they mentioned Ash and Virgil battling it out in the league and being rivals, when none of that ever happens. I hope Virgil shows up again though and showcases Sylveon with his current un-evolved Eevee.