While recovering from his injuries, Mustang lectures Hawkeye on losing her will to fight during the previous battle. However, he continues to entrust her with watching his back, and he’s more concerned now with why no one has come to finish him off. As it turns out, Envy does want to kill him, but Wrath has other plans for him. Meanwhile, Al is worrying about the state of his body, and Ed theorizes that his and Al’s spirits got mixed in the aftermath of the failed transmutation of their mother, so it’s possible that their bodies are connected. The two later go to visit Mustang and Havoc in the hospital, and they get involved in a discussion about how the Fuhrer might be connected to the Homunculus. Mustang ends up warning Ed not to act rashly, but he’s still excited about this development and expects the fullest out of his subordinates. Havoc, however, counts himself out because he can’t feel either of his legs thanks to the spinal cord damage he suffered. Not content with seeing Havoc having to retire because of this, Breda asks and gets permission from Mustang to go look up Dr. Marcoh.
Ed and Al meanwhile try to investigate on their own, and although they’re not able to find any worthwhile leads, Ed does remember how the Homunculus called him a valuable human sacrifice whose death would be troublesome. He suspects that it has something to do with opening the Gate and wants to find out more from the Homunculus. By chance, he then learns that Scar is back in town. Aside from the fact that he’d like to confront Scar about killing Winry’s parents, he’d also like to use Scar attacking him to lure out the Homunculus. The problem is how they would capture a Homunculus, and that’s when Ling suddenly shows up to offer his services. He’s still interested in the Homunculus immortality, and Ed decides to accept his help. Ed also wants Winry to stay in Central for a while longer in case Scar breaks his arm, and she shows her concern by telling him not to do anything too dangerous.
Back at the hospital, Roy learns from Breda that Marcoh is missing, and to make matters worse, Havoc is seriously getting ready to retire from military service. Havoc knows that he’s useless if he can’t move and wants Mustang to let him give up. Mustang decides to leave him behind for now, but he wants Havoc to catch up with him at the top. After Mustang leaves, Hawkeye tells Havoc that Mustang isn’t the kind of person to abandon them, and when Havoc calls Mustang stupid, Hawkeye suggests that it’s good to have an idiot like that around. Mustang then discharges himself from the hospital and he goes to track down Ed and Al. As it turns out, Ed has been doing good deeds around town to draw attention to himself, and right as he and Mustang are talking, Scar strikes. Ed springs into action to fight him while Al explains everything to Mustang, and they get Mustang’s help in keeping the military away so that the Homunculus can show up. Mustang thus gets to work spreading misinformation around the military intelligence network about Scar’s location. Unbeknownst to him, Wrath and Gluttony have already shown up on the scene. Ling and Lan Fan are waiting for them, but Wrath demonstrates such speed that Lan Fan is caught off guard and gets her mask shattered.
I don’t know if it was me missing watching this series after the break last week, but this episode felt longer than usual. That’s not to say that it was slow or boring though. The middle parts of it were great, starting with the powerful confrontation scene between Mustang and Havoc (it’s a shame to see Havoc out of the picture, but I suspect he’ll be back) and then moving to hilarity when Ed went around fixing things. That humor then turned real serious real fast with the appearance of Scar and then Gluttony and Wrath, all of which were pretty cool scenes. They also ended on a good cliffhanger with Wrath injuring Lan Fan, so I came out of this very excited about where the series is going.
I think my main question from this episode is about Marcoh. Whatever did happen to him? Aside from being mentioned a few times, including this episode, I don’t remember seeing him since episode six when he met Lust. They’re just now finding out that he’s missing 15 episodes later, so I guess they’re finally going to do something with his character. In any case, I’m looking forward to the continuation of the battle next week, and the preview seems to indicate that it’ll be more Winry and Scar focused than anything else.