Having figured out where Ashura is, Arachne, Giriko, and Mosquito pay a visit to a mountain stronghold. Arachne goes in alone to propose an alliance, but Ashura assaults her and tries to strangle her. Nevertheless, Arachne succeeds at convincing Ashura to come to Arachnophobia with her. Back at Shibusen, despite being told by Eruka that the mission is over and despite Ragnarok reminding her of her betrayal, Crona doesn’t want to leave Shibusen because of the friends she’s made. During lunch with Maka and the others though, Crona gets uncomfortable at the mention of Marie and the thought of going to see Stein. Crona excuses herself to go to the bathroom and feels that she can’t tell her friends the truth, and to make matters worse, she experiences a vision of Medusa saying that Crona can only return to her. Maka, however, has chased after Crona and hands her the picture of them together that she dropped. This gives Crona a chance to talk with Maka, so Crona asks about Maka’s mother, and Maka reveals that her mother is missing. To Crona’s shock, Maka’s best memory of her mother is during the divorce because of how cool her mother was, and Maka matter-of-factly tells Crona that she loves her mother.
Joe meanwhile asks Sid to procure large amounts of building materials. Kid is now following Joe secretly, still bothered by what Joe is up to and how Joe’s manner is similar to his father’s, but Joe manages to elude them. A little later, Maka’s father discovers that Crona has disappeared, and Soul suspects that Crona has left. Maka decides to look for Crona and heads out of the city with Soul’s help. By now, Crona is already trudging through the desert, but her intent is not to return to Medusa – it’s to go to a place with no people. She ends up falling into a pit, and sitting there by herself reminds her of how she felt before and after she met Maka. When Maka eventually finds her there, Crona tries to get Maka to go away and reveals the details of the betrayal. Not wanting to hear more bad things about Crona, Maka goes into the pit and almost punches her. Maka wants Crona to say that Medusa made her do it, but Crona isn’t able to because Medusa is her mother. In tears now, Crona doesn’t want to hurt anyone any further and admits to not wanting to separate from Maka. Crona thinks that because she’s a coward, she’ll probably betray them again, but Maka refuses to let that happen and convinces Crona to return to Shibusen.
Unfortunately, they have to report all this to Shinigami-sama, and although he understands how they feel, violation of the terms of the original agreement to let Crona stay means that Crona has to be kicked out. Maka tries to stand up for Crona, but a more urgent matter interrupts the discussion: Medusa has arrived at Shibusen and has surrendered herself.
Well I have to say again that bad guys fighting each other is always fun, though I guess Arachne didn’t really put up much of a fight. I’d love to see what kind of battle there’d be if Arachne actually did seriously want to fight – she’d still be no match for Ashura but it would be cool to watch anyway. But given that Ashura is more or less on Arachne’s side now, I can understand a little why Medusa might want to join with Shibusen temporarily. It might help her manipulate the Shibusen side so that she can orchestrate the two sides’ mutual destruction. I’m not sure though if Medusa’s surrender means that the anime is trying to return to the manga story or if they’re just taking certain elements of that story and working them in.
As for Maka and Crona, I thought the writers did a good job of working in the mother aspect. It was an interesting way of looking at what else the two had in common since it was pretty obvious that Maka would be the one to redeem/rescue Crona again. I also hope that Medusa showing up at Shibusen like this gives Crona the opportunity to finally stand up to her and break out of this rut, though that’s probably unlikely.