Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 17
In the wake of her arrest, Ross is interrogated about her use of ammunition because it matches the bullet type used to kill Hughes. Henry Douglas doesn’t believe her claim that she used her bullet at the Fifth Laboratory or that she was with her parents when Hughes died, and he’s not accepting either the fact that Brosh fired his gun at the lab too. Unaware of this, Ed, Al, and Winry are unsure of what to do with themselves now, and Ed asks for Winry’s opinion. Winry admits to being scared that the two brothers are fighting in dangerous places because she doesn’t want to lose them like she did her parents. She still wants them to get their old bodies back, but at the same time, she wants them to stop their dangerous journeys, so in the end, she admits that she doesn’t know what she wants. A little later, Ed and Al find out about Ross’s conviction through the newspaper, so they head out to try to figure out what’s going on. Falman meanwhile is still babysitting Barry the Chopper and finds out about Ross’s conviction through the newspaper as well, so he calls up Mustang.
Later that night, Barry attacks the prison where Ross is being kept, and he frees both her and Ling after he finds out where Ling is from. When he hears about it, Henry Douglas puts out an order for Ross’s capture with the provision that she can be killed if she resists. By chance, Ed and Al run into the escaping Ross and Barry, but Barry covers for her and has her escape down an alleyway before the brothers can really talk to her. Unfortunately, this leads her straight to Mustang, and he proceeds to use his flame powers on her. Seeing the ensuing explosion, Ed rushes to the scene and finds Mustang with Ross’s charred body. He’s angry that Mustang didn’t tell him anything, and Al has to keep him from hitting a superior officer. Mustang only reveals that a kill order went out on Ross, and he apologizes to the brothers for hiding Hughes’ death from them. When Douglas arrives to question Mustang about it, he claims that he killed her after she resisted, and he denies that his subordinates had anything to do with her jailbreak.
At the morgue later, Armstrong also apologizes to the brothers for not telling them about Hughes’ death. The coroner then comes out to confirm that the dead body did belong to Ross based on her dental records, and he chides Mustang for the excessive damage done to her body. When Armstrong tries to apologize to Mustang for his subordinate, Mustang suggests that Armstrong take a vacation out East where there are a lot of beautiful girls. Barry meanwhile has returned to Falman with Ling, and Ling is able to summon his two bodyguards using smoke signals. Back at Mustang’s office, Hawkeye asks for and is granted some time off. While she’s gone, Mustang spends his time chatting on the phone with someone he calls Elizabeth. Ed meanwhile gets dragged off by Armstrong under the pretense that they’re going back to Resembool to get his arm fixed, leaving Al and Winry behind. When Mustang hears about this, he smiles because it means that there are now no more obstacles. During all this, Lust and Envy have continued to spy on him and have figured out Barry’s involvement, so Lust decides to employ a creature she calls Barry the Chopper.
The beginning of the episode felt a little slow (that Winry scene in particular), but it was otherwise quite interesting, and watching Barry run amok was fun. I actually want Barry to stick around now, and I wonder if the Barry the Chopper that Lust has is his clone or original body or what. Speaking of fun, Ling still isn’t serving as anything other than brief comedic relief. I’m not sure what his role is supposed to be here, but I doubt that’s it. We haven’t seen much of the other Xing girl either whose name I’ve already forgotten. As for Mustang, with all the hints he gives, it’s pretty clear that he didn’t really kill Ross, but if he faked her death, then where’d he get a spare body with matching dentals, and how’d he get it all switched out so quickly? I also wonder what he’s planning now with Ed out of the way (I was surprised that the brothers didn’t insist on sticking together for once), and I guess we’ll find out soon enough.