Winry is very excited to be at Rush Valley where there’s automail equipment everywhere, but it’s Ed’s arm that attracts everyone else’s attention. In the middle of this, Ed’s State Alchemist pocket watch gets stolen, and so they go after the culprit Paninya. Ed and Al make full use of their alchemist abilities, but it’s Winry who catches Paninya because she wants to get a good look at Paninya’s automail legs. Paninya ends up leading them to the home of an automail mechanic named Dominic, and after seeing Dominic’s expertise, Winry asks to be his apprentice. Unfortunately, he immediately rejects her. Al meanwhile becomes interested in how Dominic’s daughter-in-law is many months pregnant, and he and Ed touch her belly. Later that day, Paninya tells Winry how Dominic saved her when she was young and gave her automail legs. She wants to pay Dominic back, so Winry advises that she not pickpocket and work hard instead because that’d make Dominic happier. Paninya agrees to do so, and she gives back the pocket watch.
Curious about what’s inside the watch since Ed isn’t around, Winry pries it open and sees that there is a note, “Don’t forget 3.Oct.11”. Understanding its significance, Winry becomes motivated again to try to become Dominic’s apprentice. Before she can ask him though, Ed comes running because Dominic’s daughter-in-law has gone into labor. They can’t take her to the hospital due to the storm that’s started outside, so Dominic goes out to get a doctor. The baby can’t wait however, and while everyone else is panicking, Winry swings into action and takes charge of the delivery. Ed knows that she is qualified to do this because she had been raised reading medical books instead of picture books, and he and the others urge her to do her best. While the baby is being born, Ed and Al wait outside and hear terrible screams, and even though Ed doesn’t think that there is a God, he prays this one time. Fortunately, the baby is delivered without any major problems, and Ed can’t help but marvel at the birth of a life, something that alchemy can’t do.
Unable to get up after the delivery, Winry has Ed carry her to chair, but he drops her after she admits that she saw what was inside his pocket watch. Ed isn’t angry though, and he reveals that he hasn’t even shown it to Al. The message serves as a warning to himself and as his own resolution, and Winry starts crying because she can remember that it was on that date that Ed and Al burned down their old house. Ed then suggests that Winry return home, but she refuses because she wants to improve her skills so that she can equip him with better automail. Given this, Ed tries to help her become Dominic’s apprentice after Dominic returns with the doctor, but he rejects her again. Dominic, however, does offer to introduce her to another skilled automail technician, and he permits her to come visit him and his new grandchild. Winry thus stays behind in Rush Valley while Ed and Al board a train to continue on to go see their old teacher.
Like many of the episodes so far, this wasn’t a great episode, but not bad either. It felt like there was a frenetic pace through the first half of it where there’s tons of humor and action (I liked the joke about Ed being taller than everyone else), however things settled down a little in the latter part of it when everything got more serious. The manga apparently spends a number of chapters on this, but I don’t see Paninya and Dominic and company as very important characters, so maybe it’s for the best that they got through it all in one episode. It’s also hard to compare with the first series since the contents were significantly different the original episode 26, with Winry staying behind to train her automail skills and Izumi not appearing until next time. At least the Ed and Winry scene was nice, and I think the series could use more of those moments.
On a slightly different note, the second OP and ED were announced recently. The OP will be Hologram by NICO Touches the Walls, and the ED will be LET IT OUT by Fukuhara Miho. Both will apparently premiere on July 12th (episode 15).