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Summary:

In the past, Rolo had assassinated many powerful figures using his Geass power, and when he was given his current role, he had accepted Lelouch as his older brother. As he now holds a gun to Lelouch’s head, Rolo reveals that he was instructed to kill Lelouch if Lelouch’s memories returned or if Zero was resurrected. To Rolo’s surprise, Lelouch points out a nearby clock and observes that it doesn’t match the internal count he’s been keeping since Rolo appeared. He then activates a security camera recording from a moment ago and watches as Rolo froze him in place, confirming his suspicions that it’s not actually time that Rolo stops – it’s the victim’s sensation of time. With this in mind, Lelouch tries to convince Rolo that killing him means that Rolo won’t be able to accomplish his mission of capturing C.C. He offers to bring C.C. out tomorrow and promises that he won’t lie to Rolo. Meanwhile, at the Chinese Consulate-General, Kallen is talking with C.C. about what’s going on since she already suspects that Zero had used his Geass on Gaohai. Li Xingke then enters the room alone and tells the two that Gaohai is scheduled to die. Under threat by Li Xingke, C.C. agrees to let it look like Gaohai died fighting them.

Having bought some time with regard to Rolo, Lelouch goes with Rivalz to the police station get Rivalz’s motorcycle back. While he’s doing this, he thinks about Rolo’s loyalties and what he should do about Toudou and the others’ impending execution. He realizes that even if he killed Rolo, the Secret Intelligence Agency would know that his memory is back, and that would mean bad things for Nunnally. Thus, until he can save Nunnally, he has to continue pretending to be a student. As for now, Lelouch has to come up with a plan that both saves the Black Knights and gets rid of Rolo. During this time, Rolo returns to the secret base underneath the school and overhears the members of the Secret Intelligence Agency protesting with Villetta about how he killed another one of them. When he hears them say that they feel that they can’t have a team with someone who kills allies, Rolo walks away thinking that the mission is what’s important, not the team. Back outside the Chinese Consulate-General, Guilford is telling his men that it’s fine if Zero doesn’t show up on the following day. He believes that if this Zero can’t produce miracles, then he won’t win the people’s support, though for Cornelia’s sake, Guilford personally still wants Zero to appear.

Inside the Chinese Consulate-General, Li Xingke confronts Gaohai about having recognized the United States of Japan without confirming it with the Forbidden City. When he finds out that Gaohai cares more about Zero than their young Empress, Li Xingke executes Gaohai as a traitor. The following day, Guilford’s forces, the media, some Japanese onlookers, and the captured Black Knights all are waiting for Zero to arrive. Before things can get going, Lelouch dresses us as a Britannian soldier and pretends to have secret instructions for one of the Glaston Knights who is in a sniper position on a nearby rooftop. At the same time, Rolo knocks out one of the Britannian pilots, secretly boards the yellow Vincent, and pilots it out to where Guilford’s main force is waiting. He privately vows to kill Lelouch if Lelouch doesn’t fulfill his promise. When it comes time for the execution and Zero still hasn’t appeared, Guilford announces to all the Japanese onlookers that the Zero that they believed in is a fraud that ran away from this fair match. Before his men can execute the prisoners though, Zero suddenly appears on his Burai.

Since Guilford wants to duel in their Knightmares, Zero gets him to agree to a 1-on-1 fight where they each have only one weapon. Guilford chooses his Gloucester’s Lance, and to everyone’s surprise, Zero chooses the large shield of a nearby police Knightmare. Before they start fighting though, he questions Guilford about what he’d do if there were an evil that justice cannot prevail over. Zero presents two options – tainting one’s hands with evil in order to defeat evil or yielding to the evil – but Guilford’s response is that his justice is under Cornelia. Zero’s own answer is that he’d become evil to crush the greater evil, and him broadcasting this to everyone triggers the Geass effect on the man in the Britannian floor elevator control room. This man proceeds to release the locks on the floor elevator, causing the platform that Guilford’s forces are standing on to rise up on one end and thus creating a steep incline. As all the Britannian Knightmares are losing their footing, Lelouch orders Kallen to enter the battle, and she leads her forces to rescue the prisoners. He then uses the shield from earlier as a snowboard in order to ride the incline like a wave, and his Burai flies past all of the Britannian forces, including Guilford’s Gloucester.

While the Black Knights ground forces are freeing their allies, Kallen takes out one of the Glaston Knights and earns the ire of the others. Unfortunately for them, they can’t shoot her because they’re now on the Chinese Federation’s extraterritorial zone. The one person who is now doing something is Rolo who is now chasing after Lelouch’s Burai in the Vincent. Realizing that Lelouch lied to him, Rolo blows off the left side of the Burai, but before he can do anything else, the Glaston Knight from the rooftop sniper position fires down at them. The bullet is headed straight for the Vincent, and since Rolo can’t use his Geass on a physical object like this, it looks like he’s going to take a direct hit. To Rolo’s surprise, Lelouch pilots his Burai into the line of fire and lets the bullet knock off the right side of the Burai. When Rolo wonders why Lelouch saved him, Lelouch says that it’s because Rolo is his little brother, even if those memories were planted. He claims that the time they spent together wasn’t a lie, and all this has a profound emotional effect on Rolo, especially when he remembers how Lelouch gave him the locket as a birthday present. That is why, when Guilford throws his Gloucester’s lance like a javelin, Rolo has the Vincent catch it in order to protect Lelouch. This causes Guilford to accuse the Vincent’s pilot of being a friend of Zero’s, and that throws Rolo into a lot of internal turmoil over what he’s doing.

Rolo’s phone then rings with a call from Lelouch who is patching in a call from Villetta. She had been watching what was happening from the secret base underneath Ashford and had thought that Rolo and Lelouch were out at a theater. Lelouch of course lies to Villetta, and Rolo keeps silent because he knows that he can’t let the Secret Intelligence Agency find out about this. Knowing that Rolo is listening, Lelouch tells Villetta that he won’t get Rolo involved with anything dangerous any more, and he claims that Rolo isn’t suited for a world filled with murderers. As for the rest of the battle, Li Xingke gets the Britannian forces to withdraw from Chinese territory, and in the aftermath, Ougi and the others are reunited with Kallen. They then turn their attention to the Vincent that Kallen still calls an enemy unit, but C.C. disagrees with that assessment because it had protected Zero. Since Rolo is still conflicted over what to do, Lelouch tells him that he belongs here instead of with Britannia. What Rolo doesn’t know is that Lelouch had earlier used his Geass on the rooftop Glaston Knight to get him to fire at the Knightmare chasing Zero. Lelouch had given strict orders to destroy that other Knightmare if Zero escaped and to just standby if Zero didn’t. Having now gotten Rolo onto his side, Lelouch relishes the thought of using him and then throwing him away like a tattered rag.

That night, Suzaku arrives at Ashford Academy.

Preview

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After having watched this, I still can’t believe how Lelouch pulled off freeing his allies, converting Rolo to his side (not quite just yet but pretty close), and giving Guilford fits. Much of it was a combination of genius, good timing, luck, and a little redux from the Black Rebellion (and perhaps a bit of Eureka Seven with the way Lelouch’s Burai rode that shield like a snowboard). I think the moral here is that you don’t ever want to go up against him or trust him to keep his word, especially when he has time to plan things out. What I really liked seeing though was Lelouch treating Rolo like he would Nunnally in order to manipulate him. I had pointed out to a friend earlier this week the key line in first series (episode three) where Lelouch had promised that he wouldn’t lie to Nunnally. So you can imagine how cool it was to see him use the exact same line to Rolo in this episode. Rolo’s mistake was to not just shoot Lelouch in the head when he had the chance and go after C.C. on his own in some other way. It’ll probably be a decision that’ll cost Rolo his life, assuming that Lelouch ultimately succeeds in getting his way.

Of the other things that happened in this episode, it was interesting to see that Villetta still might have feelings for Ougi since she looked visibly relieved (even happy) after he was freed. With the shot from the OP of them together in mind, I’ve been waiting to see some signs the revival of this subplot, and this is as good as any. The question now is how the two meet again – I would guess a chance encounter. I also liked how the episode ends rather emphatically with Suzaku’s reappearance. What I don’t get is how exactly he and Lelouch are able to be in the same room together without trying to kill each other. Do they agree not to fight in school for the sake of their friends or something? Looks like we’ll find out next week, as well as see some more Zino and Anya.

April 27, 2008 at 6:37 am
230 comments »
  • April 28, 2008 at 6:25 pmnarumai

    “What I don’t get is how exactly he and Lelouch are able to be in the same room together without trying to kill each other. Do they agree not to fight in school for the sake of their friends or something?”

    OMNI:They have to act as if nothing ever happened, because you have to remebre that Suzaku still thinks that Lelouch hasn’t recover his memory yet or at least has to act like he doesn’t know and Lelouch has to keep acting like he doesen’t remember anything about Zero, C.C. and Nunnally.

  • April 28, 2008 at 6:47 pmzalem

    I think too many people can’t get past Rolo’s cute puppy-dog face. They’re all like “OMG! He just needs a hug!11!ONE!!! Lelouch you are an evil bastard! Die!”

    Except that Rolo is a psycho little assassin who runs around killing people left and right without a thought. He’s the guy in on the mind-wipe plot of the Emperor’s, who basically stole Nunnally’s place and was ordered to kill Lelouch if his memories returned. Yeah, well sorry, I wouldn’t be having warm, fuzzy feelings for this guy either if I was Lelouch. I’d be freakin pissed. So I can’t blame Lelouch for being a bit mean or vindictive at the moment. Maybe he’ll get over the anger though and learn to think better of Rolo…who knows…

    Not to mention the fact that manipulating Rolo on to his side somehow was really the only real choice he had. Killing Rolo was not an option at the moment and leaving Rolo alone and fleeing was also not an option (because Rolo would then tell Villeta that Lulu’s memories were back. Lulu fears Nunnally will be hurt if this happens).

  • April 28, 2008 at 8:04 pmJ.J.

    Anya in a lolita-style dress? Oh, yes.

  • April 28, 2008 at 11:26 pmryuk

    whoa…the debates of Lelouch VS. Suzaku are going on and on….reminds me of Light Vs. L…LOL

    Except that Suzaku is not a good chess player and not like L because L is smarter than Suzaku and Suzaku follows his decisions through his emotions…unlike L who made quick decisions…

    For one, I admire Lelouch despite of him being evil and all, but he’s doing it so he can find out who killed his mom and build a peaceful world for his sister….Lelouch plans carefully like Light except that Light killed his surbordinates and thinks much about himself being a god ….

    As for Rollo, hmm….the more we learn his past, the more his character becomes interesting…and also for Li Xingke, I’m beginning to like this guy…

    Hey, maybe Li Xingke and Suzaku should a one-on-one showdown….LOL

  • April 29, 2008 at 12:30 amwait321

    Lelouch is trying to make the world better and Suzaku is screwing it up. Lelouch is trying to drive out invaders and Suzaku is helping them invade more countries. Does it get any simpler than that?

  • April 29, 2008 at 2:46 amZero

    Man, I loved the game Lost Colors, the story is so great and you can avoid the scenario where Euphemia goes crazy because of the geass by using geass yourself. Thus Nippon is created and everyone lived happily ever after, the happiest ending I had unlocked so far. The game is so COOL!!!

  • April 29, 2008 at 3:55 amZero

    man, they got different animators for Turn 4, Lelouch does not look like how he was in Turn 3, they make his face worse. I knew it because when I compare the CG in Lost Colors when Lelouch wears Zero’s cape, his face is exactly the same as in Turn 1-3. Turn 4 is a successful episode, but it fails in the animation department because it does not keep up with the animation from previous episodes. I feel slightly disappointed when I watched it. No wonder I felt something was off when looking at Lelouch’s face.

  • April 29, 2008 at 8:10 amSigurd-kun

    Woah …………….this is awsum!! very awsum!!!

  • April 29, 2008 at 8:42 amVR

    >>I was thinking Lulu was evil too in this episode, but come to think of it, Lulu could’ve let Rolo die from that bullet coming from behind or ordered that knight who’s Darlton’s son to kill Rolo and make it look like an accident.

    Lulu can’t let Rolo die there because then the team that watch him will know that he regain his memory. The team think that Lulu and Rolo are somewhere else.

  • April 29, 2008 at 9:43 amobethx

  • April 29, 2008 at 10:41 amfaizuddin

    alright, just let it be
    Lelouch sides WIN!!
    It’s obvious that the majority people vote lelouch’s way compared to the fcuking bastard Suzaku…too obvious..
    No matter what forum i searched, people like lelouch more than suzaku…
    including me, hahaha…

  • April 29, 2008 at 12:11 pmKallen

    Lelouch is pure bliss! Suzaku is pure fail.

  • April 29, 2008 at 4:19 pmZero

    Lelouch is the incarnation of suffering, agony, and evil. Suzaku is the incarnation of friendship and naivety. I personally like Suzaku for a friend and Lelouch for a leader. For the question by obethx, I don’t think C.C. ever give Rolo the geass, it is just impossible! C.C. only ever give Mao and Lelouch he geass and no one else. She said she never gave the Emperor the geass so we can deduce that she never give the Britannia side the geass at all! Most people guessed V.V. is the one who gave both Emperor and Rolo their geass and I think it is logical. Let’s see how the Black Knights react when Rolo join their side in the next episode on Sunday so we can confirm whether C.C. had met Rolo before or not.

  • April 29, 2008 at 5:40 pmmysterious

    let just hope that rollo wont mass killing the members of the black knight as he did to the tokyo division. Since the black knight already is short on manpower =.=’
    ps: ah the geass withdrawn has started again ~__~

  • April 30, 2008 at 12:01 amwoo

    So far R2 has been one disappointment after another. This episode didn’t do much to change my mind. So many coincidences have to happen for anything to work out. Good planning? Not really. It just everything works out for Lelouch.

  • April 30, 2008 at 12:17 ammiko-chan

    @woo
    Yeah, not everything will work out for Lelouch. For the next sets of episodes of the month, that is. It depends, sometimes he wins, sometime he has to withdraw and lose. It’s only working now because he’s just getting started, letting out some steam, getting his OotBK back and manipulating again before the huge problem would start. Frankly, I though that R2 is doing good, though it is annoying how they use S1 >.>…but it will bound to stop soon when Code Geass R2 will take its own turn.

  • April 30, 2008 at 1:04 pmRaiji

    @woo:
    WATCH DEATH NOTE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 1, 2008 at 2:01 amF_chan

    DAMN… I definitely can’t wait till Lulu kick Suzaku’s very ass XD Why is Suzaku such a pain in the neck?
    Btw, my bloved C.C gets cuter and cuter ><

  • May 1, 2008 at 12:02 pmNeko

    I’m sooo hopping for a Hamlet ending. At this point Lelouch is just as black as his father and Suzaku has allowed himself to be dragged down by them. Best ending all the ey characters die!

    Hard to root for an anime were both sides come off as the bad guy.

  • May 1, 2008 at 12:16 pmritsuko

    where’s cornelia and nunally????

  • May 1, 2008 at 12:16 pmritsuko

    where are cornelia and nunally????

  • May 1, 2008 at 12:27 pmshadowblack

    That’s what we would all like to know.

    I suspect that we will soon get to see Nunnaly, and that the real R2 will begin once Lelouch rescues her, as he can do almost nothing until then (because he doesn’t want to put her in danger).

  • May 1, 2008 at 5:17 pmBrian

    If I heard correctly, Cornelia is in hiding right now. As for Nunally…
    According to a spoiler I saw, she’s the Governor-General of Area 11

  • May 1, 2008 at 7:02 pmanna

    whatttttttttt??? she’s the Governor-General of Area 11??????????? and Cornelia???? she will come back??

  • May 1, 2008 at 11:36 pmTakumi

    Where is my beautiful Cornelia?…..

  • May 2, 2008 at 1:58 amTmoo

    @lelouch vs. suzaku fanboy/girl battle: i would take the megalomaniac over the deluded extremist any day.

    3 days to ep 5 raw. 7-8 days for subs maybe? ;_;

  • May 2, 2008 at 5:18 amZero

    Eclipse and gg fansub groups only take about 10-15 hours to finish subbing one episode of Code Geass R2 so Tmoo, you do not have to worry so much. This is the first time I had know that one episode of a series got subtitles in less than one day since the time it was aired in Japan.

  • May 6, 2008 at 4:37 pmXanathos

    I don’t understand what happened when Li Xingke entered the room to talk to Kallen and C.C.
    I mean, C.C. said something like “Zero unleashed something without noticing…” maybe refering to Xingke’s behaviour.

    Can someone clarify me this?

  • March 27, 2009 at 2:35 pmgirl

    I don’t know why Lelouch DOESN’T have any feelings for Rolo (even Villetta finally felt bad about Ougi, apparently). It was a flaw of Death Note’s that Light reverted so instantly and completely back to character after retrieving the Note and his memories; it looks like CG hasn’t learned much from DN’s mistakes.

    It also seems that they’re having Lelouch betray Rolo so that there’s a parallel to Lelouch’s relationship with Suzaku, as it currently stands. Suzaku doesn’t understand what happened with Euphemia, so he’s convinced that Lelouch no longer bears any resemblance to the friend he once had.

    So Lelouch still cares for Suzaku (why wouldn’t he?) but Suzaku CAN’T care for Lelouch (because he misunderstands him). Rolo still cares for Lelouch, but Lelouch CAN’T care for Rolo.. because the writers just decided it had to be that way.

    Or that’s how it seems to me. Lelouch, hitherto, has seemed too logical, and too good, to take out his frustration over Nunnally on Nunnally’s replacement, since that’s unfair and makes no sense.

  • June 8, 2009 at 2:05 amDimeric

    To answer the 7th post, the students all think Karin is some sick person that misses school due to illness. Probably just think she got sick again, either that or there memories about her were blocked.

    Well, a comment about my previous episodes post. It looks like Rolo may not be who I though he was but now I question where he got this power from. Did V.V. the emperors trap male immortal give it to him or is there a 3rd Geass giver?

    Will be interesting to find out. Now on to episode 5, its nice not having to wait. xD

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