Because they’re in the middle of a war, Louise isn’t happy that the city of South Gotha is celebrating the Silver Advent festival. She gets even angrier when Saito claims that he likes festivals more than war, and she heads off to meet Henrietta by herself. Henrietta notices that Saito isn’t with her, but she gives Louise a reconnaissance mission anyway. Seeing Saito hard at work repairing the Zero, Louise decides to ask Julio to help her instead, but Saito then comes running over when he notices her getting on Julio’s dragon. Louise tells him about the mission, but she’s not going with him because the Zero is still being repaired and because Saito doesn’t want to participate in the war. What’s more, she says that she doesn’t need a familiar who complains all the time, and she bids him farewell. Once they’re up in the air, Julio wonders if it’s okay that she hurt Saito, but Louise feels that it is because Saito doesn’t understand at all. Julio, however, thinks that Louise asked him on this mission for Saito’s sake because she didn’t want to force him to cooperate in the war since he’s a pacifist and because she didn’t want to put him in danger. He thus suspects that she’s angry because Saito doesn’t notice her feelings.
Their conversation gets interrupted when they come under attack by three enemy dragon riders, so Julio has his dragon shoot them all down. Louise is relieved that this didn’t actually kill any of the enemy, so Julio suggests that her concern about the enemy’s life or death is due to Saito’s influence. Back in the city, a frustrated Saito is walking through the streets when he suddenly runs into Siesta. She had come here with Scarron, and Saito is later taking a break at Scarron’s tavern when Guiche suddenly shows up sporting a big medal. Louise meanwhile returns back to her room to find Saito still gone, so she asks Derfflinger where he is. The sword doesn’t know, but he does figure out that she gave Saito the cold shoulder again. When Louise voices her annoyance with how Saito doesn’t follow her orders, Derfflinger thinks that it has to do with his feelings for her. The sword points out how Saito gave up going home for her and came to the battlefront despite not wanting to get mixed up in the war. The reason he did that wasn’t because he’s her Familiar, but because he loves her. Derfflinger then suggests that she clearly tell Saito her feelings and make some bonds with him by confessing and marrying him.
Louise gets so embarrassed by this that she blows up the room because she feels that someone of nobility can’t say that to a Familiar, but Derfflinger points out that this is the problem. The sword know that there are no nobles or commoners in Saito’s world, and that’s why he doesn’t understand her point of view. To help her understand him, Derfflinger thinks that she should become Saito’s Familiar for a day and has her put on a skimpy cat costume. Unfortunately for Louise, Saito arrives back with Guiche and the others from the tavern, and they all have a good laugh about it afterwards. When Derfflinger tries to explain the situation to Saito, Louise shuts the sword up and claims that it was all for Julio. Saito doesn’t believe her, so she starts talking up how Julio is better than him, and the two begin arguing again. To make things worse, Siesta decides that she doesn’t want to lose and comes back in a skimpy bunny outfit. She puts Saito on the spot by asking him if she or Louise is cuter, but Louise then butts in and Siesta’s top comes off in the ensuing struggle, leading to Saito fainting from a nosebleed.
Elsewhere in Albion, Sheffield enacts a plan to repel the enemy by dropping the gem from the Ring of Andvari into a source of water that feeds into South Gotha. Back at Scarron’s, things have calmed down, and Guiche is telling the others about the elf that had supposed saved him during a battle. The others don’t believe him, but Siesta is still glad that he survived. Guiche, however, claims that he’s not afraid of dying because he’s a noble and that he’d be willing to die anytime for the sake of honor. This gets Saito angry enough to call that a fool’s thinking, but Louise sticks up for her fellow noble because honor is more important for them than their life. In her ensuing argument with Saito, Louise says that she’d happily sacrifice her life for Henrietta, causing Saito to leave in anger. Even though Derfflinger tries to explain again about the cat costume, Saito doesn’t care because he thinks he understands now: his real rival in love is Henrietta. Siesta meanwhile runs after Saito thinking that this is all her fault, and she claims to be cold, so Saito takes her up to his room. However, when they get there, she confesses her feelings for him and kisses him.
While this has been going on, the Tristain forces have been drinking the spiked water and have fallen under Sheffield’s control. Henrietta loses her top adviser to a fireball, and chaos soon breaks out on the streets. Since Saito has to go, Siesta gives him a sleeping potion to give to Louise if she wants him to do something dangerous. Siesta knows that the nobles will die for Henrietta, but she doesn’t want Saito to get mixed up in that. At that moment, on the streets outside where soldiers are fighting each other, Louise cries out for Saito.
All I could think about when Guiche was talking about not being afraid to die was this week’s episode of Gurren Lagann. They need a Kittan-type character in there to talk some sense into him and Louise. Still, that issue of honor was part of what’s coming between Louise and Saito, and they did a decent job of developing that angle this episode. I say only “decent” because it really seems like too little too late, and I’m almost certain the last episode will feel rushed unless they end it on a to-be-continued for a third season.
A cliffhanger seems unlikely, but I could definitely see the possibility of a third season, especially since they threw in the part with the elf that saved Guiche. She (her name is Tifania) plays a fairly large role in several of the more recent volumes of the novel, so I’m wondering if she’s either going to be put in the final episode (which would feel rushed and very deus ex machina to boot) or if they’re setting up for the third season. In any case, I’m trying not to get my expectations too high for next week’s finale, which, from the preview, hints at Louise and Saito getting married.