Given Sherry’s ability to control her summons, Lucy tries to outwit her by bringing out Plue, but Sherry counters with a rock golem. This chases Lucy all the way to the beach, and Lucy then decides to summon Aquarius. Sherry predictably takes control of Aquarius too, but this backfires because Aquarius’s wave attack hits them both. Afterward, Lucy is able to knock out Sherry, but she’s then faced with the giant rat Angelica. Erza fortunately arrives in time to save her, but Erza has no interest in the job and is entirely dedicated to bringing everyone back. Sometime later, Gray wakes up in a storage tent set up by the remaining villagers, and he’s directed to the tent where Erza is waiting. When he refuses to return to the guild with her, she threatens his life, but he calls her bluff because he’s chosen his path. Unable to stop him, Erza decides to help resolve the situation and frees Lucy and Happy, and they all join Gray. Meanwhile, Natsu has gone back to the temple and has started attacking the structure in order to tilt it so that the moonlight can’t reach Deliora. In the process, he runs into Lyon, the shaman Zalty, and Toby, and Natsu starts fighting Lyon. What Lyon doesn’t know though, and what Gray is revealing to Lucy and company, is that Ul is still alive.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this episode. It mostly consisted of action, and in general, I appreciated how that action got better with Lucy beating Sherry and with Natsu battling Lyon, all without too much stock footage. The latter fight feels like it’s barely even started though since neither side has shown any particularly impressive abilities. However, I ended up not liking Lucy’s battle because it was a bit too comedic for my tastes. Lucy already seems to be the weakest out of the four main characters, and while her summons can be useful in certain situations, this made it even harder to take her character seriously for a real fight. What I did like though was how Gray stood up to Erza. It’s very classic shounen series material, but it was nicely delivered here, helped along by the music. Based on the preview, I’m curious too to see what we’ll find out about him and Ul in the next episode.