Suzaku wakes up alone on the beach of an island without the Lancelot or any memory of what happened. As he climbs up the nearby cliffs and enters the forest, he realizes that this isn’t Shikinejima. He heads towards a waterfall, and much to his surprise, he finds Kallen bathing there. Kallen reacts to Suzaku by getting her knife and trying to rush him, but he uses his superior skills to throw her to the ground. Having noticed that she’s a member of the Black Knights from her uniform, Suzaku addresses her as Kallen Stadtfeld, but she insists on being called Kouzuki Karen because she considers herself Japanese. Referring to her by this name, Suzaku then restrains her and charges her with treason against Britannia. After getting her dressed and tying her up, Suzaku concludes that Kallen doesn’t know what happened back then either. Talking tough, Kallen says that if her comrades come, Suzaku will become the prisoner of war, and she is absolutely sure that Zero will come save her. Suzaku then asks her about Zero’s true identity, but quickly figures out that she doesn’t know. When he questions why she follows Zero, she doesn’t feel inclined to answer him.
At the same time this is happening, Zero is encountering a very wet Euphemia on the beach of the same island. He points his gun at her, but she knows immediately that he’s actually Lelouch. Because of this, Lelouch takes off his mask and shows her that she’s right. Back on Shikinejima, the Britannia forces are desperately searching for Euphemia while Lloyd and Cecile have boarded Schneizel’s Avalon. Impressed with the flying battleship, Lloyd is talking with the interested Schneizel about his work, though Schneizel is equally interested in meeting Cecile. She gets startled enough to fall off the platform after the rotund General Bartley yells at her for being impolite to the prince. As he checks if she’s ok, Schneizel formally introduces himself to Cecile and helps her back up. Lloyd and Schneizel have some minor business to take care of and will be taking the opportunity to look for Suzaku. When Cecil starts to realize that Schneizel was the one who gave the order yesterday, the prince admits to ordering the firing of the Hadron cannon and says that he was gambling on it.
Back on the other island, Lelouch asks Euphemia when she realized who he was. She answers that she’s known since the hotel hijacking incident, and she hadn’t told her sister because she didn’t want her sister to be sad any more. Euphemia then asks about Nunnally, and Lelouch reveals that they still live together. When he questions her back about his mother’s death, she tells him that her sister has been investigating it because Cornelia admired Marianne. Since Euphemia is still a little confused about whether to think of him as Zero or what, Lelouch tells her that right now he is the Lelouch that she knows and addresses her as Euphie. Because she gets hungry, Lelouch heads out to the forest with Euphemia and starts digging a hole to trap some wild animals. Lelouch quickly gets tired from doing this, but he doesn’t want Euphemia to have to do any physical labor. Hearing this, Euphemia decides to go search for fruit, so Lelouch tells her to be careful. Suzaku meanwhile is catching fish for himself and Kallen. He is willing to untie her if she helps him with getting food, but she turns down this attempt to win her over. This causes Suzaku to call her stubborn, and he comments on how she is completely different from how she is at school.
Onboard the Black Knights submarine, Toudou thinks that it’s too dangerous for them to stay out at sea with all the Britannian forces nearby. Diethard disagrees because they need to search for Zero, but Toudou points out that they can’t even send out search parties and there’s no guarantee on the survival of Zero and Kallen. While Toudou is worried about what one wrong step can mean for the organization, Diethard feels that there would be no organization without Zero. The two continue arguing until C.C. finally interrupts to tell them that Zero is still alive. However, she then trades insults with Tamaki who thinks that she’s Zero’s lover, and Kaname is ultimately the one who decides that they will wait in a safe place down in the ocean for a certain amount of time. Afterwards, C.C. walks through the hall addressing someone and blaming their mischief for her having to have a conversation with the boring men. Dinnertime on the island has Lelouch having to eat the fruit Euphemia found and Kallen relaxing after having eaten too much of the fish Suzaku caught. Seeing her acting like her true self, Suzaku comments on how she’s more lively and attractive than how she is in school.
Suzaku then tries to get Kallen to leave the Black Knights, but she isn’t so easily convinced and reveals that she’s already fought with him since she’s the head of Zero’s bodyguards. She thinks of him as a dog of the ruling establishment and feels that she’s different because she will change the world. If she doesn’t, her brother won’t be able to rest in peace, and for that reason, she fights without care for what methods she uses to win. It is at this point that Suzaku reveals that he killed his father. He feels that Zero is the same as his father in that they both think the world exists around them. Suzaku also says that he knows obtaining results the wrong way leaves only emptiness and regret. Hearing this, Kallen loses the fire in her voice and asks Suzaku to tell her the meaning of her brother having been alive – right or wrong, who decides this? Across the island, Euphemia is staring at the stars as she reminisces about how she, Lelouch, Nunnally, and Marianne used to all look up into the starry sky. Both she and Lelouch think about returning to back then. As the girls fall asleep, both Suzaku and Lelouch think to themselves about the shameful struggles of looking for the meaning to live. Both of them also see a search light coming from the middle of the forest, so both also lead their respective girls towards that direction the next day.
In the center of the island, Schneizel has brought Lloyd to some ruins in a cave, but Lloyd isn’t very familiar with archeology. After Schneizel says that his father has an infatuation with these, General Bartley explains that he’s found several of these throughout the world, but they’ve all been taken under the Emperor’s control. He guesses that it maps the invasion plans to each country, making Lloyd wonder if the Gawain is going to be used to analyze this data. It is indeed for that exact reason that Lloyd was called here by Schneizel. Meanwhile, Lelouch and Euphemia are nearing a clearing in the forest when she asks if their time together will end when they find a search party. Lelouch feels that it can’t be helped and is about to ask her about Suzaku being her knight when he gets interrupted by the arrival of Suzaku and Kallen. He gets enough time to hide himself and put back on his Zero mask before Euphemia recognizes and calls out to Suzaku. In this situation, Zero pulls out his gun and declares that Euphemia is his prisoner. He proposes a hostage exchange for Kallen, but when Suzaku doesn’t go for it, Zero buys Kallen enough time to free herself and restrain Suzaku. Euphemia tries to get Kallen to stop, but this results in Kallen calling her a doll princess who can’t do anything alone. This gets Euphemia mad enough to tell Suzaku to fight without worrying about her.
Suzaku frees himself from Kallen’s hold and rushes towards Euphemia, but a large red GEASS symbol suddenly appears beneath them. The ground starts lowering, and the platform crashes down into the room where Schneizel, Lloyd, and the Gawain are. Kallen notices the Gawain immediately and points it out to Zero, so he goes over and boards it. As he starts up the Knightmare, Lelouch notices Schneizel below, and, at the same time, Schneizel gets acquainted with the sight of Zero. After Kallen gets on top of the Gawain, Lelouch pilots it towards the cave entrance and uses its cannons to try to blow them a path through the enemy. After it fires erratically, he figures out that the weapon’s still incomplete. In the end, Zero flies the Gawain away over a pack of Sutherlands, but Schneizel doesn’t mind losing the Knightmare because it was just an experimental unit. He’s happier that Euphemia and Suzaku are safe. However, Suzaku then gets arrested for a class two military violation. Euphemia tries to protest, but the military has damning evidence against him.
As he flies the Gawain over the water, Lelouch remembers how he had used his GEASS to order Suzaku to live back when the Avalon was about to kill them all. Under the control of the GEASS, Suzaku had piloted the Lancelot away from the blast area, and the military has a recording of him saying that he must live. In the Britannian military’s view, Suzaku lost the once in a lifetime chance to take care of Zero back then because he suddenly valued his life, and thus he was disobeying orders. The news about Suzaku soon reaches Cornelia, but more startling to her is the other news that Kyuushuu has suddenly come under attack. Cornelia thinks at first that it’s the Chinese Federation, but Gilbert reports that the enemy vessels display Japanese national flags.
I found the Euphemia and Lelouch pairing to be a lot more interesting than the Suzaku and Kallen one. We actually got to see the nice side of him usually reserved for Nunnally, which would seem to imply that he cares about Euphemia as a sister. It was also interesting to watch the contrast of him trying to get food while Suzaku had no trouble catching fish. However, I found Suzaku and Kallen to be overall less exciting because they predictably stuck with their ideals the entire way through, so it didn’t feel like either of them gained much from the experience. Of course, now that Euphemia knows Lelouch is Zero and Suzaku knows that Kallen is in the Black Knights, there could potentially be some awkward or interesting moments in the future if Suzaku runs into Kallen at school or if Euphemia meets up with Zero on the battlefield.
The clues from this episode would suggest that the mysterious girl is behind what happened both last episode and this episode. We saw a flash of the girl before the incident that brought everyone to this island, and then she was shown smiling again when the GEASS symbol appeared where Lelouch and everyone was standing. This leaves me to believe that she may very well be who C.C. was addressing and blaming for mischief.
Turning to Schneizel now, he wasn’t portrayed this episode as such a bad guy, and there could very well be a SchneizelXCecile relationship. I still highly suspect that he’ll be evil in some way, but things are never quite as black and white as that. Cornelia, for example, is quickly becoming someone who may not be such a bad guy after all. At least according to Euphemia, her sister admired Marianne and has been investigating the death – further evidence that Cornelia wasn’t responsible.
Other highlights this episode for me include being amused that both Kallen and Euphemia just had to be naked at some point in this episode. I’m excited as well to see what will happen now that the Japanese have attacked Kyuushuu and how the Black Knights will get involved. The preview shows that the Lancelot is getting it’s new Aile pack for a large scale battle, but perhaps more importantly, it also shows that Nina is finally going to get some one-on-one time with her beloved Euphemia.