On the way back from Narita aboard a train, Lelouch questions if C.C. is his enemy or ally since he now knows that Mao has a GEASS power that allows him to read minds. C.C. reveals that Mao’s power has a range of 500 meters and she contracted with him eleven years ago. She thinks that his objective is only her, but Lelouch is worried because Mao knows he is Zero. Since Lelouch wants to know more about it, C.C. explains that Mao’s GEASS doesn’t have the eye contact limitation that his has. The problem with Mao’s power is that he can’t turn it off, so he can always hear the minds of the people around him whether he wants to or not. This is actually why Mao wears earphones that repeat C.C.’s voice over and over. Lelouch is now afraid that Mao might go after his biggest weak point: Nunnally. C.C. recognizes how important protecting Nunnally is to Lelouch, but she thinks that searching the city for Mao with the Black Knights is a waste of time. Instead, she suggests that he should use her as a decoy since she’s Mao’s goal. Lelouch cuts her off before she can finish speaking and asks her if he’d become like that if he continued using the GEASS power or if becoming like that was the result of not fulfilling the contract with her. C.C. admits that using the GEASS increases its power, and so a person could be swallowed up by their own power. Lelouch then gets angry that she knew that yet still proposed contracts with him and Mao. He calls her cruel because of how she didn’t clean up after herself once she abandoned Mao since he wasn’t able to fulfill their contract. Lelouch thinks that she should have taken away Mao’s powers or his life and blames her for what happened to Shirley. In response, C.C. decides to move to the place next door that’s currently being used for the school council and the cultural department.
Meanwhile, Suzaku learns from Cecile that he’s obligated to get a medical check-up as a Knightmare pilot. He agrees to get one after school tomorrow, and then inquires if there’s a way he can meet Euphemia. Lloyd doesn’t think that it’s possible for Suzaku, but Cecile points out that a person with the position of Earl could. It is here that Suzaku is shocked to find out that Lloyd is actually an Earl. The next day, Lelouch asks Milly to make the clubhouse off limits for a few days because of C.C. Milly reveals that she’s got another marriage interview coming up and asks him what she should do. Before Lelouch can really answer, Shirley comes running up and recognizes Lelouch from last time, but doesn’t know who he is. After Shirley’s friends call her away, Lelouch explains to a confused Milly that he and Shirley are having a fight, and she assumes that they’re pretending to be strangers. Later that night, Shirley finds her diary missing, not knowing that Lelouch actually has it and is burning it. During all this, C.C. is out in the city looking for Mao, as are Zero’s Black Knights. Not with the other Knights is Kaname, who has taken in Villetta. He still remembers how she had muttered about Zero when he rescued her, but when she wakes up and he tries to question her, he finds out that she’s forgotten all her memories. Villetta accidentally exposes herself and then covers herself back up, but she’s glad that a good person – Kaname – found her. At the clubhouse, Lelouch runs into C.C. and then gets a phone call from Mao, but Mao wants to speak with C.C. She takes the call and then informs Lelouch that she’s parting with him because she’ll be starting over with Mao. When Lelouch asks if she’s betraying him, C.C. says that she didn’t intend to be partners with him – they were only accomplices. He tries to stop her by using his GEASS power, but it doesn’t have an effect on her. As she leaves, she promises that she has no intention of talking about him with Mao and that Mao would not appear in front of him ever again.
At the hospital, the doctor has good test results, but asks Suzaku if he unconsciously compares himself with his father and notes that Kururugi Genbu was a great prime minister of Japan. By this time, C.C. has arrived at an amusement part and is greeted by Mao riding a carousel. She sees that he’s still a kid and tries to tell him something, but he’s still caught up with how C.C. supposedly loves him, and displays the recording that playing on his headphones as proof. She yells for him to stop and remembers how she had taken care of him when he was young. The voices were too much for him, so she had calmed him down with her voice and promised to be always by him. However, as Mao approaches her now, C.C. pulls out a gun on him. A gunshot rings out, but it’s not from C.C.’s gun – Mao actually drew his gun and shot her in the arm before she could do anything. What’s more, he interprets her not shooting him as a sign that she likes him. C.C. denies it and declares that she only used him, but Mao doesn’t believe it and starts shooting her repeatedly in her arms and legs. He then rambles about how he built a white house in Australia, and that C.C. is too big to take on an airplane there. That’s why he’s going to make her compact, which he plans to do so with a chainsaw. As he approaches her again, C.C. wonders if this is punishment, but Mao calls it gratitude. It is at this point that Lelouch appears on the video screen nearby. He had learned that they were at Clovis Land from the phone recording from earlier and is now broadcasting from Tokyo Tower – out of Mao’s mind-reading range. Playing his trump card, Lelouch raises the subject of C.C.’s name and reveals that he knows her real one. Mao can’t believe that she revealed it to Lelouch yet she never told him, and he’s made even angrier when Lelouch asserts that C.C. belongs to him. Lelouch keeps going, saying that he’s obtained all of C.C., including the parts that Mao hasn’t seen. As Mao starts to destroy the television screens, Lelouch declares that Mao has lost.
However, Mao then starts to hear voices approaching. These are the thoughts of the police who soon surround Mao completely. With them is Lelouch, who is also dressed as a policeman, and he rescues C.C. Mao can’t believe that Lelouch is here since he was just on the screen at Tokyo Tower, but it turns out that that was just a recording. In fact, Lelouch had anticipated all of Mao’s answers and had pretended to be conversing with him. Mao claims that he still has a way to defeat Lelouch, but Lelouch isn’t about to let anything go to chance. He has put the police squad under the control of his GEASS, and they now execute Mao in a hail of gunfire. In the aftermath, C.C. explains that Mao was only a six-year-old orphan when she formed a contract with him. At the time, he didn’t know how to read or write, didn’t know his parent’s love, and didn’t know good or evil. The GEASS power that she gave Mao kept other people away from him, and that’s why she was Mao’s friend and lover – she was everything to him. Having been brought to the roof of a building by a police helicopter, Lelouch now tells C.C. that he doesn’t want to be defeated by the GEASS. Lelouch vows to control and master this power and declares that he will change the world. He will collectively grant her wish and his – he will fulfill the contract that Mao was not able to. Hearing all this, C.C. wonders if Lelouch is comforting her, pitying her, or feeling an attachment to her. Not answering, Lelouch suggests that they form a contract, but this time from him to her. Stretching out her hand, C.C. agrees to bind this contract, and the two shake on it.
As usual, there a lot of stuff to talk about. I would say that the big surprise this episode was seeing Villetta’s breasts, but taken in context of Kallen’s shower scene and Nina’s masturbation scene, that’s not that big of a deal. If nothing else though, it once again shows how much they’re pushing the limits. I still think that we might see a sex scene before this is all over. Focusing more on Villetta herself, it would seem at first that they took the easy way out by giving her amnesia. Still, I’m curious to see where they go with it, and there definitely seems to be grounds for a KanameXVilletta relationship now.
However, that was only a minor part, and most of the episode was about Lelouch, C.C., and Mao. In a way, I do hold C.C. responsible for how Mao developed into a crazy nut job, though it’s arguable whether she gave him a better life than he might have had as an orphan on the streets. That probably wasn’t her intention though, and she’s still got a job to accomplish that Lelouch has taken on. Actually, when they contracted again at the end of the episode, I thought Lelouch and C.C. would do something more than just a handshake – like a kiss or something – but that didn’t happen.
As for Shirley, they more or less seem to have wrapped up her involvement completely, and she seems destined to become a background character again. It’s still frustrating to see such an end to her part of the story, though I’m keeping a little hope that this isn’t the end. Maybe they were just trying to conclude things, but it seemed slightly odd that they would go to the lengths to show Lelouch burning Shirley’s diary. In any case, next week seems to be about Nunnally and there seems to be a chance that Mao isn’t actually dead. Perhaps that’s his sleeve in the corner there.