Gray is defeated by Lyon, and he’s later found by Natsu who’s still encased in ice. After remembering how Ul told him that he couldn’t fight Deliora, Gray feels bad now for telling Natsu earlier that he couldn’t take on this S-class quest, but Natsu just reminds him that they’re a guild that doesn’t know the meaning of stopping. The two then return to the village where Lucy has been trying to prepare for the arrival of Lyon’s subordinates, and after taking a fall in Lucy’s trap, Natsu finds that the ice around him is gone. It’s fortunate too because Lyon’s subordinates arrive by air and try to bomb the village with an acidic jelly, and Natsu is the one who saves everyone with his fire magic. Natsu also knocks out Gray to keep him from fighting again since he’s already injured.
As for Lyon’s three subordinates, Lucy finds herself caught on the flying giant rat and is matched up against Sherry while Natsu battles both Yuuka and Toby. Yuuka is able to use wave magic that allows him to neutralize other magic, but Natsu is able to defeat him with a hard-hitting punch. Toby, on the other hand, has claws of paralysis, so Natsu outwits him by having him prick himself. Lucy meanwhile gets the giant rat to crash in the ground and brings out Taurus to fight Sherry’s creatures. Unfortunately, Sherry can use magic that lets her control anything other than humans, including Celestial Spirits, and she turns Taurus against Lucy. Lucy is only able to save herself by reminding Taurus of his promise to protect her, allowing her to close his gate and unsummon him. Motivated by her own growth, Lucy is ready to fight once again.
For an action episode mainly focused on the battle against Lyon’s minions, this was a bit better than I thought it’d be. The enemies weren’t particularly impressive, especially not Toby, but on the flip side, the battles didn’t drag on for too long, there wasn’t too much stock footage, and it was nice to see Natsu use his brain for once to win a fight. In fact, Natsu’s battle was much more interesting to watch than Lucy’s, the outcome of which was a bit on the cheesy side. Still, I guess the scene with Taurus counts as character development for her, and I’m curious to see how she plans to win a fight against someone who counters her magic so well. Maybe she doesn’t, since the preview seemed to show her captured, but it also showed the arrival of Erza, so maybe Erza helps.