Teppei and company don’t find out that Charlotte was kidnapped again until after his grandfather arrives at Arima Hills and indicates that her carriage is still on its way. Teppei gets frustrated because, although they figure out that it’s Hartmann behind it all and that he has escaped overseas, Sylvia’s father calls it an international problem, so Teppei can’t just go and rescue Charlotte. Charlotte herself finds out something’s wrong after Hartmann picks up Josephine, and Josephine knocks her out. When Charlotte wakes up again, she’s on a train with Hartmann, and he explains that he wants to crush the Arima family. Sometime later, Josephine gets frustrated after Hartmann doesn’t answer any of her questions about what he intends to do with Charlotte, and she takes it out on Charlotte during a shower confrontation. Charlotte, however, refuses to back down. Teppei meanwhile spends the next day thinking about Charlotte and realizing his feelings for her, and when he gets home, he finds Seika waiting for him. She doesn’t want to see him feeling like he can’t do anything because that’s not the Teppei she fell in love with, and she kisses him. Sylvia takes a harsher stance towards him but makes the same point that she’s not giving up on going to save Charlotte. With Teppei still unsure, Yuu’s the one who comforts him and gives him the extra push he needs. Teppei thus sets out, unaware that Hartmann is laying a trap for him.
This episode felt a little wasted to me. The first half had a bit too much recap, and then the second half spent a lot of time on each of the girls trying to get Teppei to go save Charlotte even though it already seemed like he was getting to that point all on his own, given all the time they devoted to him thinking about her. Even if he did need that extra push, having all three girls contribute in their own ways is a nice idea on paper, but the execution here where they do it in quick succession made it feel rather forced. What made me laugh was Vincent telling them that they couldn’t go after Charlotte because it was dangerous, even though they had just proved by rescuing him and by disarming the bombs that they could handle it. I laughed even harder when I saw Hartmann’s new look because he apparently went to the Aizen Sousuke school of how to look like a villain.
On a different note, as I’m sure many of you might have heard by now, animate.tv and BIGLOBE’s Animeone streaming of this episode accidentally showed the uncensored version. This NSFW shot uploaded by someone on 2ch should give you a pretty good idea of what the DVDs will be like. I’m not really shocked by the fact that someone screwed up – you may remember a streaming leak happened for GEASS R2 last year – but it’s amusing at least to see what the uncensored version shows.