Jirōbō is impressed that the Sasuke Retrieval Team was able to escape but, having consumed most of their chakra, is confident he can defeat them. Shikamaru suggests splitting the team up, the others going ahead while he catches Jirōbō with his shadow and Naruto fights him. Jirōbō ridicules the plan and Shikamaru's jutsu, expressing his sympathies that the team has a leader as useless as Shikamaru. Chōji demands that he, and only he, be allowed to fight Jirōbō while the others follow the rest of the Sound Four. He gives them Military Rations Pills to restore their chakra which Shikamaru, confident in Chōji, accepts. They leave and Jirōbō tries to go after them, but Chōji takes the first of his Three Coloured Pills, the green Spinach Pill (ホウレン丸, Hōrengan) to stop Jirōbō.