Guilford comes alone to a warehouse to meet Jeremiah because he claimed to have information about Cornelia’s whereabouts. At the Kagoshima settlement coastline, the Black Knights begin their invasion of Area 11. Along the coastline, Sutherlands and Gloucesters unleash a barrage of bazooka fire to hold the Black Knights back. In the Shen-Hu, Li tells his forces to head for their true objective. In a situation room, Bismarck says that if they hold Area 11, Odysseus and others will close in on the Black Knights. However, Kaguya believes that if Area 11 is liberated, it will inspire the other Areas to revolt. Lelouch arrives at the Kururugi Temple and recalls how he met Suzaku there eight years earlier. In the midst of the battle, Luciano’s Percival destroys an air transport. Two Akatsuki squads attack him head on, but he easily destroys them. Zhou informs Li that Luciano is breaking through, and he tells her to reinforce that area with another team. Schneizel reassures a crowd that Kyushu is being protected by Bismarck, and he tells Nunnally that the war will be over soon. On the frontline, Bismarck launches in the Galahad and thinks to himself that this battle seems to simple for Zero. Suzaku says he’s surprised Lelouch came, and Lelouch says he monitored 31 routes to find the least-patrolled one. Suzaku corrects that and says he’s surprised Lelouch has the nerve to show his face. He says he can’t believe Lelouch anymore and adds that he’s tired of lying. He says he’s lying to Nunnally now too, and Lelouch has betrayed him multiple times. The Ikaruga travels underwater, and Asahina and Chiba express doubt in Zero. Asahina cites Jeremiah and Rolo joining them, as well as Zero secretly using Kinoshita’s team, but Tohdoh says they need Zero’s power now to liberate Japan. In another room, Ohgi asks how Diethard is going to threaten him by holding Viletta hostage, but Diethard says he just doesn’t want Ohgi to interfere with Zero’s plans. Suzaku pulls out the knight’s insignia that Euphemia gave him and asks Lelouch if he used Geass on her. Lelouch confirms that he did give the command to make the Japanese rise up. Suzaku asks why Shirley died, and Lelouch says it was his fault. He says it was all his fault, but that Nunnally is innocent. Kallen wonders who the real Lelouch is, and Gino comes in while looking for Suzaku. Bismarck attacks Li directly and pulls out the the large sword Excalibur, which he uses to deflect Li’s baryon cannon. Lelouch gets on his knees and begs Suzaku to save Nunnally, and Suzaku responds by kicking his face into the rocks. Lelouch says he has nothing else he can do, and Suzaku asks if he expects forgiveness for what he’s done. He tells Lelouch he can apologize by saving the world with his evil intentions. Lelouch says he can’t create miracles, and that Zero is only a tool to create lies. Suzaku thinks that if that’s a lie, Lelouch should lie until the very end. He then knocks Lelouch aside and asks him why he cast the “live on” Geass on him.
Suzaku states that the “live on” Geass is a curse that runs contrary to his beliefs, and Lelouch explains that he did it to survive. Suzaku asks why Lelouch saved him from execution and saved the hotel hostages, but Lelouch only answers with simple political reasons. Suzaku looks into Lelouch’s eyes and knows he’s lying because he wants to accept punishment and hide a secret. As he thinks of that, he’s reminded of how he murdered his own father and joined the army. Suzaku tells Lelouch that he’s lying, and that the only way to atone is to turn his lies into the truth. Lelouch asks how he can do that, and Suzaku tells him to end the war and make a peaceful world everyone can live in. Suzaku offers his hand and says that for Nunnally’s sake he’ll join Lelouch again. Just as Lelouch is about to reach out and take Suzaku’s hand, the Glaston Knights arrive in their Gareth Knightmares and the temple is swarmed by ground troops. Lelouch accuses Suzaku of planning this from the start, and Kanon congratulates Suzaku for a job well done. Lelouch believes that Suzaku intended to sell him out again and calls him a traitor. Gino and Kallen look through a photo album from school, and Gino explains that he wanted to show it to Suzaku because he’s been acting strangely lately. Looking at the pictures, Gino comments that he’s never seen Suzaku smile like that. He then comments that if Kallen had gone with her Britannian side, she could’ve had a good life and even become a Knight of the Round. On the battlefield, Luciano uses a slash harken to grapple onto a damaged Britannian airship and use it as a weapon against the Leung Tan. Li tries to stop Luciano, but Bismarck blocks him. Li responds by intentionally taking a hit from Excalibur so that he can get in the right position and blast the incoming airship with his baryon cannon. Guilford throws Lelouch into a truck, and on a video monitor Schneizel says he’s surprised the murderous Zero was his little brother. However, he promises to intercede on Lelouch’s behalf with Charles and maybe spare his life. Kanon tells Suzaku that he acted on Schneizel’s orders because they figured following him would lead them to Zero. Schneizel asks Lelouch to trust him as a brother, but Lelouch says he won’t trust anyone because his friendships have betrayed him. He then tucks on his collar, which triggers a Geass on Guilford. Lelouch placed a Geass on Guilford at the warehouse to see Lelouch as Cornelia when he makes that pose. Feeling that he must save his princess, Guilford uses his Vincent Commander Type‘s lance to slice the roof off the truck and rescue Lelouch. As Guilford flies away, Lelouch says goodbye to his first and last friend. On the Avalon, Nina is annoyed that they’ve been ordered to just stand by. Kanon plays a recording of Lelouch’s conversation to Suzaku, and Schneizel asks him if he knows why Guilford would betray them. In a nearby forest, Lelouch takes off in the Shinkirou and is followed by Guilford. Schneizel asks Suzaku who he really is and if he intends to prolong the chain of tragedy. At the Tokyo settlement, Lelouch activates the Gefjun disturbers mounted on the trains, which makes the entire settlement go dark. Lelouch gives Tohdoh the order to attack, and the Ikaruga surfaces from the water and heads for the settlement. Luciano asks Bismarck for permission to go to Tokyo and destroy stuff, while Rolo prepares to infiltrate the government building and rescue Nunnally. Kanon tells Suzaku that if he’d informed Schneizel earlier, the war could’ve been prevented. Suzaku wonders if he’ll have to pilot the Lancelot Conquista and use FLEIJA on Lelouch.
Things are certainly heating up with Lelouch and Suzaku finally coming face-to-face with everything out in the open. It’s surprising to see someone as proud as Lelouch literally get on his knees to beg, but he literally has no other options to save Nunnally. Obviously, Suzaku is filled with anger (mainly over Euphemia’s death), but in the end he reaches out to Lelouch and they’re mere seconds away from reconciling when Kanon shows up and ruins everything. It’s obviously a misunderstanding, but Lelouch doesn’t know that and assumes that Suzaku betrayed him again. The second battle for Japan begins, and we get to see Li hold his own against Bismarck and the Galahad. We also see Luciano live up to his name, as he toys with his victims and even kills allies in an attempt to score some enemy kills. Since Lelouch was expecting trouble, it was certainly prudent of him to use the most insidious Geass command possible on Guilford and make him a bodyguard. Also, the Gefjun disturbers first shown in episode 13 are put into play here, and they allow Lelouch to make Tokyo go dark and begin his invasion. With this battle, we’ve pretty much entered the final stretch of the show, and so far it isn’t disappointing.