Inside the dark world, Ed struggles to find if anyone else is there, and he eventually comes across Ling. After they both confirm that the other isn’t Envy, they figure out that they’re inside of Gluttony, and Ed finds Al’s missing left arm. In order to try to get out, Ed transmutes a hole in the ground, but the torch they drop down first never appears to hit bottom, so they abandon that idea. Meanwhile in the real world, May Chang is worried about the missing Shao May, and she recalls how she found and bonded with the panda. She’s after immortality now for the sake of the survival of her weak clan, and after hearing all this, Scar decides to help her find Shao May. Back inside Gluttony, Ling gets tired and has to be carried by Ed. They’re both starving, so Ed comes up with the idea of cooking and eating a leather shoe, and afterward, Ling apologizes for how Ed has to take care of him. The two are then found by Envy, and Envy reveals that there’s not an exit from this place. It turns out that Gluttony resulted from their Father failing to create the Gate, and they’re inside that world now with no way out.
In frustration, Ed questions who this Father person is and guesses King Bradley, but Envy reveals that King Bradley is just a Homunculus. Putting the pieces together, Ed figures out that the Homunculus must have been responsible for the Ishbal conflict, so Envy confirms that it was he who shot the child that triggered the conflict. This plus Envy’s glee in talking about what he did infuriates Ed, and he tries to punch the Homunculus. That only pisses Envy off, and he decides that since they’re going to die there anyway, he’ll fight them with his true form – an enormous beast. Back in the real world, Al learns about Father from Gluttony and gets the Homunculus to take him to this person. Over in Central, King Bradley has decided to let Mustang live and reveals that the military has been under Homunculus control since the country was formed. King Bradley’s doesn’t show any weakness facing Mustang and instead takes aim at Mustang’s weakness: Hawkeye. He’s having all of Mustang’s men reassigned, but Hawkeye specifically is going to be serving directly under him.
The first half of the episode was a bit slow, but the rest was pretty exciting. It was interesting to find out that Envy started the war (in what was a rather creepy child-killing scene), and Envy’s true form was quite the sight. No wonder he doesn’t show it often. It’s a shame though that more wasn’t shown on Ed and Ling trying to fight him, but I guess based on the preview that that’ll probably be next week. Speaking of which, once Envy talked about the Ishbal stuff, it made a bit more sense why Scar and May Chang are being focused on again. I still can’t look at the two of them though without thinking of Sesshoumaru and Rin, especially since the new InuYasha series is starting soon.
On a different note, King Bradley sure is a sly one in getting Hawkeye reassigned under him in order to keep Mustang from interfering. Still, I could see how that could backfire if she uses that position to help Mustang anyway. Keeping Mustang alive seems like a bad idea as well. Regardless, now that Hawkeye is in more danger, I hope her character doesn’t get killed off. As for Al, now that he’s more vulnerable than usual without his left arm for alchemy, I wonder if he should really be following Gluttony…