Ed wakes up in the hospital with Ross and Brosh watching over him, and they report that the laboratory was destroyed. Ross also slaps him for putting his own life in danger and not relying on those around him. Ed then calls Winry and asks her to come to Central to do some maintenance work on him, and to his surprise, she’s not mad at him for getting it broken in a fight. With Winry on her way, Ed notices that Al is sitting by himself in a dark hallway, and Al acts distantly. What Ed doesn’t realize is that Al is still brooding over what Barry suggested during the previous battle. A short while later, Winry arrives at Central via train, and she’s brought to the hospital by Armstrong. She blames herself at first for Ed’s injuries because she didn’t properly maintain his automail, but when she realizes that he didn’t notice the missing screw, she goes back to her normal self. Al meanwhile briefly looks in on the conversation right as everyone is lecturing Ed about drinking milk, but he leaves soon after, and Ed has realized by this point that something is bothering his brother.
Shortly after Winry completes the maintenance, Hughes shows up and meets her. When Hughes mentions Ed and Al’s escorts, Winry becomes suspicious of the danger that they’ve been getting into, but Ed claims it’s not a big deal. This causes Winry to comment on how the brothers never tell her anything. Hughes ends up offering Winry a place to stay for the night, and it just so happens that it’s Elicia’s birthday party today. During the party, Winry tells Hughes about how she and the brothers are like siblings, but she laments again that they never tell her anything. Hughes suggests that Ed and Al didn’t feel the need to discuss it and that they thought that she’d understand without them saying, but Winry feels that there are things that need to be said. Hughes responds by citing how men show with actions rather than words and how they don’t want to burden others, and he thinks that Winry’s role is to catch them if they give up.
Elicia becomes attached to Winry, but Winry decides to leave Hughes’ home the next morning. Over at the hospital, Ed is at odds with his milk again, and Al feels that he should drink it since he’s got a living body. Ed still refuses and offhandedly mentions that Al is lucky to have a big body, however this causes Al to angrily state that he didn’t want it. When Ed tries to apologize and reiterates that he wants to return Al to his old body, Al questions if there’s any guarantee of that. His suspicions that he could be fake finally boil over and lead him to suggest that that’s the thing that Ed had wanted to talk to him about but couldn’t. Ed is initially angry with all this, but he ends up just walking out silently by himself. Winry, who had arrived in time to hear the entire conversation, beats up on Al and starts crying because Al doesn’t know how Ed feels. She reveals that the thing that Ed was afraid to ask was if Al hated him, and this all goes back to how he felt after Al lost his body.
Winry makes Al realize that Ed is his only brother, and she gets him to chase after Ed. Al finds Ed on the rooftop, and Ed wants to spar. This time, Ed manages to win, and afterward, the two reminisce about all they fought over when they were young. Al knows now that these weren’t lies, and the two share a renewed determination to move forward and return to their old bodies. Watching them from nearby, Winry tells Hughes that there are indeed things that have to be said through words. Meanwhile, Scar wakes up from a nightmare about a State Alchemist who was in charge of annihilating an area, and he finds himself being tended to by an Ishvalan kid and old man in the East City slums. Though badly injured from his fight with Lust and Gluttony, Scar still has his right arm, and he reveals that the tattoos on it are important bonds from his family.
Well that wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be, particularly the parts about Al’s doubts. I still didn’t really care to see it, but it was over before I knew it, and what I did really enjoy was the music during the rooftop scene when the brothers came to terms with each other. Having so much Winry and Hughes in it was great as well, particularly with Winry’s wide range of emotions. It makes me wonder how far this series (and by association the manga) will take her relationship with them and with Ed specifically. Unfortunately, the preview reminded me of what was coming up next week, and that’s a real downer. It’s a shame that Hughes has to go in this version as well since he’s such a fun character (as demonstrated several times this episode), but I guess it’s unavoidable.
On a side note, the eyecatch announcer dude really made me shudder this week. Can’t they just get rid of him entirely?