It was cool to see Cassidy and Butch for the first time. I wished they would of explained Victreebel but it was the start of a gag that most Pokemon of James' would either bite him of hug him.6.5/10
but James having a Victreebel was random. 8/10
Yea I would've liked if we had seen James catch it before instead of it just showing up in the breeding center. I remember being really confused about where and when he caught it when I was younger.
I think it was implied during a Johto episode flashback that he caught Weepinbell at the Safari Zone.