Because they’ve both missed so much school, Suzaku and Lelouch are forced to stay behind in class with a teacher yelling at them about how they’ll have to repeat a year if they don’t attend enough. While the population has reacted to what happened in Kyuushuu in various ways, the Black Knights themselves are discussing how everyone was surprised that Zero intends to create his own country and Tamaki agrees with Zero. He feels that if he hadn’t gotten involved with the Black Knights, his dream would have been decided by the drug Refrain. The next day, Milly has the school festival started with Nunnally saying “nyaa” over the announcement system, and all the noise awakens the sleeping C.C. With the festivities going on below, Lelouch is on the phone with Diethard when Milly comes running about a crisis. Although Lelouch hangs up, Diethard still manages to hear a little of Milly’s voice. Milly scolds Lelouch for not doing work, and Lelouch turns the subject to how Milly wants to make a 12-meter diameter pizza to top last year’s 2-meter one.
Ougi meanwhile has brought Villetta to the Ashford Academy and mentions that he used to be a teacher. The reason he stopped is because a childhood best friend died and left him in charge of his friend’s dream. Hearing Ougi call the dream a little burdensome, Villetta tries to pull him into the festival, and a group of students urge them in. Suzaku is at that moment working on chopping up crates of onions when Kallen approaches him from behind with her knife drawn. She is surprised when Suzaku says that he’s glad she’s here because he thought she wouldn’t come to school anymore. When she questions why he didn’t tell anyone about her real identity, Suzaku affirms that she’s Stadtfeld Kallen right now, not Kouzuki Karen. He says that he won’t go easy on her on the battlefield, but he’s going to continue to try to persuade her here because he wants to choose persuasion over fighting at school. All Kallen can reply back to this is that something about him changed. When Lelouch then enters the room and finds them together, Suzaku tells Kallen that what happened before has nothing to do with school.
Kallen is then sent back to class to help with the horror house and isn’t too happy that she has to be a grave that pops up to scare people. She comments to herself that she only takes orders from Zero and then notices another couple coming. When she scares them, she finds the couple to be Ougi and Villetta. Cecile is also here at the festival, and she’s outside playing a whack-a-mole game that’s populated by actual students, but she’s only hitting the one student who resembles Lloyd. Her hammer accidentally hits the sitting Lelouch on the head, so she goes over to apologize to him and recognizes that he’s Suzaku’s friend. However, before she can say anything else to him, C.C. interrupts them to ask Lelouch where she can eat the best pizza in the world. Over at a Britannia military base, Schneizel is getting ready to depart and is being seen off by Cornelia and her new Glaston Knights. Schneizel embarrasses Cornelia a little by saying that she shines more beautifully on the battlefield than any flower or butterfly at a ball. Cornelia then wonders where Euphemia is, and Schneizel only reveals that he talked to her last night. When Schneizel changes the topic to the matter that General Bartley is taking care of, Cornelia wonders if that has any worth. What they are talking about is Jeremiah, who is currently suspended in a vat of liquid and connected by several tubes.
Back at school, C.C. continues to pester Lelouch about pizza, but he’s more concerned about getting her out of the view of all the soldiers and media who are here. Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival in the warehouse by Kallen, Ougi, and Villetta. Recognizing that Villetta is not an Eleven, Kallen questions who she is. As Ougi is struggling to find an answer, Lelouch approaches them to tell Kallen that this place is off-limits and recognizes Ougi. Unbeknownst to all of them, a disguised Euphemia has also come to the festival because she wants to talk with Suzaku. The previous night, she had approached her brother with an idea, and he had said that it was wonderful. Schneizel had also told her that it was fine for her to go down the path that she believed in. As she’s thinking about her brother’s approval, Euphemia nearly bumps into a girl in a wheelchair: Nunnally. Euphemia quickly recognizes her, and Nunnally soon realizes that she’s hearing Euphemia’s voice.
Kallen didn’t want Lelouch to see Ougi and Lelouch doesn’t want them to see C.C, but before either side can act, Suzaku and Shirley come into the warehouse looking for a gas cylinder for the burner. Out of sight, Lelouch prepares a trigger button he has ready while C.C. inches over him to suggest using his GEASS. Lelouch, however, thinks that it’s dangerous to use on Ougi and a person he doesn’t know, and plus he’s already used it on the others. When C.C. lectures him about the consequences of his actions, Lelouch raises his voice with her, only to be heard by Shirley. She wants to talk with Lelouch, but he tries to put it off until later. Deciding to create a commotion so that Ougi and Villetta can get away, Kallen suddenly cries out and looks up at the ceiling. While everyone is trying to see what she was looking at, Kallen cuts the tie on a set of boards. They fall over, and as Lelouch tries to warn Shirley, he presses the button he had ready and pink gas comes spewing out of several prepped canisters. In the aftermath, Lelouch and Suzaku are holding the boards from falling on Kallen and Shirley.
Ougi and Villetta made their escape outside during the chaos and he apologizes for getting her involved in something strange like that. She claims she actually had fun, but then Ougi turns serious. He asks if she’s going to leave Area 11 because of the person who shot her coming after her. Villetta responds by questioning if the previous her was happier and thinks that it’s fine for herself to become an Eleven. Meanwhile, Nunnally and Euphemia have returned home for some tea, and Nunnally remembers how they once fought about who could be Lelouch’s bride. She questions how Euphemia feels about Lelouch now, but Euphemia doesn’t answer. At that moment, Lelouch is watching Rivalz start the main pizza event, and he comments to himself about how carefree it is. When Milly enters the control room and Lelouch mentions how optimistic everyone looks, she says that that’s the reason festivals are needed. Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Nunnally and the still disguised Euphemia. Recognizing her, Lelouch excuses himself and rushes out.
By now, Rivalz has unveiled the Ganymede-type Knightmare of the Ashford Family being piloted by Suzaku. With all the cheers coming from the crowd, Nunnally’s maid Sayoko explains to Kallen that there are a lot of Elevens here because the festival is open to everyone and because this is the school that Suzaku attends. In other words, Suzaku is a star of hope for the Elevens. Watching from nearby with Milly, Lloyd notes that the Ganymede is a 3rd Generation Knightmare that had been used by Marianne. Because of Marianne’s death, it was removed from the next generation competition. These words cause Milly to comment on how he must be marrying her for this purpose, and Cecile steps in to interject that Lloyd doesn’t have any sensitivity towards the opposite sex. As Suzaku uses the Ganymede to toss around the huge pizza dough, Lelouch sits off to the side with Nunnally and Euphemia. He feels that today is the last time they can meet, but Euphemia thinks that they’ll find a good way. Lelouch then gets spotted by Shirley who thinks that Lelouch is making a move on some girl. When a strong wind blows away Euphemia’s hat and unfurls her hair, Shirley realizes that that girl is actually the princess.
Everyone in the crowd hears Shirley say Euphemia’s name, and they all turn towards her. While Lelouch wheels Nunnally away, everyone rushes towards the princess. Realizing that she’s in danger, Suzaku accidentally lets the pizza dough fly away from the Ganymede’s hands and onto a nearby tree. C.C., who already had a plate ready, views this with shock because her pizza just got ruined. Cecile and her co-workers form a protective circle around Euphemia, but that’s not enough to keep them from getting mobbed by the crowd. During all this, Sayoko has approached Diethard, and he tells her to stay in the Britannian settlement as a spy until he eventually introduces her to Zero. Back at the commotion, Suzaku uses the Ganymede to pick Euphemia up from out of the crowd. Lelouch has brought Nunnally out of harm’s way, but she surprises him by saying that Euphemia and Suzaku have done well together and are well-suited for each other. After seeing that Lelouch and Nunnally are safe in the distance, Euphemia decides to make an important announcement to everyone here and to everyone watching the live television broadcast.
To everyone’s surprise, Euphemia declares the establishment of a Japanese Special Administrative Region around Mt. Fuji. She explains that inside this Special Administrative Region, the Elevens will regain their Japanese name. They will also not be restricted and the Britannians will not have any special privileges – in other words, the Elevens and the Britannians will be equal. As she makes her speech, Lelouch thinks to himself that she should stop because this is an empty dream. To his shock, she calls out directly to Zero and says that she’s not asking for his past or what’s underneath his mask. She wants him instead to participate in this Japan, and she proposes that they create a new future together inside Britannia. The Elevens in the crowd start cheering her on, but the Britannians aren’t so sure of what to think. Some go even as far as to suggest that this is all because she has an Eleven as a lover. Lelouch meanwhile frustratingly realizes that whatever he ends up choosing, the Black Knights will now collapse. Euphemia thinks to herself that it will be like old times again with Lelouch, but he knows that it’s already different from how it used to be.
I had expected that the school festival would be a pizza-centric comedy episode almost akin to the chase-Arthur episode, but that ended up not being the case. In fact, I don’t even think I saw Pizza Hut appear in this episode. It was, however, hilarious to see C.C. so caught up with the prospect of pizza. I thought her gasping from the preview last week was because of something serious, but no, it was actually just because her pizza got ruined.
In any case, the festival brought a lot of people together, but it didn’t quite end up being the clusterf*ck I envisioned that it could be. The secret that Zero is Lelouch hadn’t been revealed to anyone who didn’t already know, no one saw and recognized C.C., and neither Shirley nor Villetta got their memories jogged by seeing each other (and that’s assuming that they did see each other in that brief moment). Euphemia did manage to run into Nunnally and then see Lelouch again, but at best the only thing that resulted from that was her announcement at the end.
Speaking of that announcement, as soon as she said it, I got the feeling that Euphemia’s days are numbered. She may be a hero to the Elevens now, but I can imagine either her getting assassinated by a disgruntled Britannian or even by Lelouch himself. This all smell like a set-up by Schneizel, who I keep thinking is much more evil than he lets on. Cornelia, on the other hand, again shows that she’s almost the opposite of that because she keeps getting more likable with each episode. This week, it was the scene where she takes Schneizel’s compliments.
The other thing of note is that Jeremiah appears to be getting ready for an Orange comeback soon. I wonder if he’s getting cybernetic enhancements or something and what will happen if he runs into Villetta again while she’s still in her amnesia state. After seeing him in the current opening sequence, I’ve looked forward to his return. As for next week, it looks like maybe Kaguya is finally going to make a significant appearance. I’m kind of hoping that Lelouch doesn’t do anything to Euphemia that he’ll regret, but we’ll have to see what happens. Given that next episode is called “Bloodstained Euphie,” I’m doubt things will turn out all right.