The first thing that Hohenheim brings up upon seeing Ed is how he heard about the failed human transmutation. He also accuses Ed of burning down their old house because Ed was running away from bad memories and wanted to hide what he had done. Despite this contentious meeting though, he goes with Ed back to Pinako’s place, and later that night, he enters Ed’s room and almost pats a sleeping Ed on the head. He then asks Pinako if it was really his wife in terms of her physical features that his sons transmuted, and Pinako is surprised at the implication that it wasn’t Trisha. This shocks Ed as well since he had been secretly trying to listen in. Back in Central, Winry gets mad at Ling for suggesting that Al’s body is really convenient. She can still remember how, back when he first got it, Al had realized that his armored body couldn’t sleep.
At around the same time, Ed has a nightmare where he’s accused of being responsible for putting Al in that body. He wakes up to Pinako yelling to him about his father leaving, but he doesn’t see Hohenheim off. Hohenheim pockets a picture of the entire Elric family before heading out, and he also warns Pinako to run away to another country because something bad will happen soon in this one. Later that day, Ed has Pinako take him to where she buried the corpse of the failed transmutation. Despite his mental determination, Ed’s body revolts and he’s greatly pained as he tries to dig it back up. He soldiers on though and eventually succeeds in digging up what’s left of the corpse. Inspecting it confirms what Hohenheim had been implying – that it wasn’t Trisha – and Ed now believes that Al can return to his original body.
In light of this, Ed calls Izumi to see if what she transmuted was actually her child, but she doesn’t answer him and hangs up. Before leaving Resembool, he visits the graves of Winry’s parents and tells Pinako what he found out about them. Pinako also reveals that Trisha’s last request was to tell Hohenheim that she couldn’t keep her promise with him and that she’s sorry. Pinako doesn’t know what the promise was referring to though, and she had forgotten to pass the message along to Hohenheim. Ed then takes a train back to Central and is surprised to find part of Al’s armor missing. After transmuting it back to normal, he tells his brother about what he found out concerning the corpse and how he’s confident that Al can get his body back. Since he was able to get Al’s soul from the other side of the Gate, then that means they can get the body back too.
Along these lines, Al remembers that back when he was inside the Truth, he saw himself. He also remembers being able to see out from inside the creature that they transmuted, but his soul hadn’t been permanently fixed onto it. Ed then gets a call from Izumi because she had confirmed that what she transmuted wasn’t her child, and she thanks him. Sharing similar sentiments, Al admits that he had blamed himself for what happened, and he’s now relieved to know that he hadn’t actually killed his mother. Al also doesn’t want Ed burdening only himself with the responsibility of getting his body back. Recounting how his feelings about living with this body have changed, Al declares that he doesn’t want nights alone anymore. The two brothers are thus determined to get Al’s body back from the Truth, and, watching them from behind, Winry notices how big Ed’s back is.
Hohenheim’s appearance wasn’t quite as great as I’d hoped it’d be since he wasn’t around for very long. He veered between being soft-spoken and creepy, and he disappeared again as quickly as he appeared, so I’m still not quite sure what to make of him. I’m not ready to call him a villain, but he seems cognizant though of what’s going on in terms of the overarching plot concerning the entire country. The rest of the episode felt like a long-winded way to figure out that Al’s body still exists on the other side of the Gate, which didn’t seem like a very big revelation to me, but it was nice at least to see them work Izumi into it and for the brothers to be back together. I don’t know if their determination is going to amount to anything though because returning to the Gate isn’t such an easy endeavor.
On a different note, I assume Winry’s line at the end is the start of her noticing him more as a man and potential romantic interest. It was a nice way to end the episode, and it makes me think that this particular aspect is going to get more focus in the near future. Speaking of which, there is no new episode of FMA next week thanks to the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics. Episode 21 will air August 30th, 2009. Also, the official site announced a few days ago that Sukima Switch will be singing the third OP, and I’ve very excited about that because I love their music.