After leaving Hawkeye’s place, Ed runs into Al, and the two talk about what they want to do after they return to their original bodies. Al wants to eat Winry’s apple pie, and Ed just wants to tell Pinako and Izumi that he’s back. Ed also reveals his realization that Scar and May Chang’s alchemy is different, but when they try to find May Chang the next day, they discover that she’s already left Knox’s home. Meanwhile, Mustang’s former subordinates say their farewells before departing, and Hawkeye pays Mustang a visit to pass along a message from Ed that Scar is still around. Afterward, Mustang reflects on the emptiness of his office and on his subordinates, and he decides to enact a certain plan. He then heads out and finds Ed and Al who have been searching for May Chang. After they tell him what’s going on, he asks Ed to return the money he borrowed, but Ed decides that he’ll pay it back once Mustang becomes Fuhrer. In fact, Ed promises to continue borrowing money and attaching each amount with one of Mustang’s goals for the country. Mustang then drops the brothers off at their hotel and heads to a bar where he has the madam call a special number, that of Lt. General Grumman.
The Elric brothers meanwhile find Fu waiting for them in their room, and they take him to see Lan Fan at Knox’s place. Though angry at her, Fu is also devastated that his granddaughter lost an arm, and he ends up turning down the brothers’ offer to introduce her to an automail mechanic because he decides that they’ll find a way on their own. Both he and Lan Fan thank Knox before leaving, and this plus May Chang’s earlier gratitude has Knox reflecting on his profession. After everyone leaves, Knox receives more visitors, this time his son and wife. His son is actually aiming to be a doctor like him, and Knox invites them in, happy to have family to share coffee with. Sometime the next day, over at the prison, Solf J. Kimblee is suddenly released after having spent all this time incarcerated for killing his superiors at the end of the Ishval conflict so that he could keep his Philosopher’s Stone. The Homunculus are behind his release, and Envy picks him up to give him a mission: to kill Scar and to recapture Marcoh who had likely faked his death and escaped. As it turns out, Marcoh had indeed escaped because Scar still wanted him alive to help decipher some of his brother’s research concerning the strangeness of alchemy in Amestris. Scar also intentionally disfigures Marcoh to disguise him, and he has the newly returned May Chang heal Marcoh before heading North to where the research is hidden.
For the most part, this was another decent episode that was light on the action and heavy on the plot. It’s got its share of good scenes though, like the one where Mustang compares his ex-subordinates to chess pieces (with Hawkeye as the queen of course and him as the king), and I found it very curious that he got back in contact with his old boss. Fu also appeared and took Lan Fan away in what was a nice scene, but I found the Knox stuff directly after to be much more powerful. It’s funny too because my initial reaction to his family showing up was that it was really random, but I ended up really liking seeing that side of him.
As for Marcoh, he did survive after all, and Scar has now disfigured him. Poor Marcoh, the man just can’t catch a break. They’re heading North too, so I imagine the stuff in the OP will be showing up soon. On the other side, the Ishval stuff with Kimblee has built up nicely to his reappearance here, and it looks like we’re headed for a Kimblee and Scar confrontation too at some point which should be pretty interesting to see. For whatever reason, I don’t quite see Kimblee as a villain yet (maybe because his voice still reminds me of Allelujah), but I’m sure that can change quickly. I also found it a bit odd that the preview indicates that next episode will be focused on, of all people, King Bradley’s son…