Although the initial fight against their clones isn’t too hard, every time Renji and Ishida splatter one of them, each resulting puddle forms into another clone. This creates tons more clones, and since they can’t fight that many, Renji suggests to Ishida that they escape. Given how they failed earlier to do so, Renji comes up with a plan of initiating ban kai and getting all the clones to copy him. That creates a giant explosion that collapses the building, and Ishida and Renji find themselves back outside afterward. However, Szayel is still around, and he’s not pleased. He dissolves all of the clones so that he can handle Ishida and Renji himself, and his subsequent attack involves extending one of his wings and wrapping it around Ishida. It eventually spits Ishida back out, and from it, Szayel receives a voodoo-like doll of Ishida. What he does to the doll is reflected on Ishida’s real body, though when Szayel twists the doll open, Ishida doesn’t get split in two. Instead, Szayel fishes around the various organs inside the doll and picks out the stomach piece. When Szayel crushes that, Ishida feels the same happen inside of himself and coughs up a ton of liquid. Renji tries to retaliate, but Szayel uses his wing to surround Renji and creates a doll of him as well.
Meanwhile, Nel has to continue her fight against Nnoitra, though at one point both stop short of dealing potentially killing blows to each other. Nnoitra gets irritated because this reminds him of how he fought with Nel in the past, and he feels that she hasn’t changed at all since then.
Well, the censoring department was hard at work here keeping this episode as bloodless as possible. Szayel crushes Ishida’s stomach, so logically Ishida throws up tons of…water. It’s ultimately not a huge deal, but it does ruin the perceived impact of that attack, and so now instead of having his stomach crushed and having lost tons of blood, Ishida’s probably just a bit dehydrated. In any case, I’ve noted before that the Szayel fight drags on for a while, and it ended up taking the majority of this episode. However, given Nel’s voice, I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing. At least she looks kinda cool in her original outfit (compared to the rags she has on now), and I assume next week’s episode will show how her somewhat interesting past with Nnoitra. There was no preview for next week’s episode though because it’s the time of year again for the next Bleach movie (focused on Rukia, due out December 13th), so those advertisements are out in full force. I wouldn’t be surprised either if they changed the OP and ED animations to advertise the movie sometime in the near future like they did last time.