A Sutherland squad climbs up the side of Babel Tower and opens fire on the Burais, and Kallen tells the pilots to hold out a while longer. She then recalls the showdown between Lelouch and Suzaku, where Lelouch hit Suzaku’s communicator and Suzaku drop kicked Lelouch. Kallen rushed over to them, and Suzaku told her that Lelouch used them all. He removed the bomb from Lelouch’s chest and said he would stop him. In the present, Lelouch thumbs through the activity log and recalls what happened after his capture. Suzaku brought Lelouch before Charles and kept his head to the ground so that he couldn’t use his Geass. Suzaku asked to become one of the Empire’s 12 strongest knights, the Knights of the Round, and Charles asked if he wanted a reward for capturing Zero. Suzaku reminded Lelouch he would change the world from the inside, and Lelouch asked if that would include selling out his best friend, to which Suzaku answered yes. Charles approved of that answer and granted Suzaku’s request. He ordered Suzaku to cover Lelouch’s left eye and said he could make use of Lelouch. Lelouch was shocked to see Geass in both of Charles’ eyes, and Charles replaced Lelouch’s memories with false ones. In the present, Lelouch addresses C.C., but she preemptively answers his question by saying that she didn’t make a contract with Charles. He asks where Nunnally is, and she tells him the Black Knights have been searching for her. Maid Sayoko Shinozaki and Diethard Reid escaped to the Chinese Federation, so Sayoko doesn’t know how important Nunnally is. Lelouch vows to find Nunnally, but he recalls that he never had a brother and wonders who Rolo is. In another part of the building, Rolo encounters several Britannian soldiers. A Sutherland pilot approaches, and Lelouch acts as though the dead baron is injured. When the pilot dismounts from his unit, Lelouch uses Geass to get the Sutherland’s authorization code. At the Chinese consulate, Gilbert G.P. Guilford informs Carales that the Black Knights are putting up a fight and have captured Sutherlands. Carales decides to skip the diplomatic meal and head for the frontline. Inside Babel Tower, a Sutherland fires at fleeing civilians, but Kallen smashes through a wall and destroys it with the Guren‘s modified radiation surge arm. Lelouch gives orders to the Black Knights in Sutherlands as though it were a game of chess, and they easily destroy the Britannian forces on multiple levels. Although Urabe is still surprised that Zero is actually a student, he can’t deny his skills. Lelouch watches the situation in the control room, and Kallen joins him against orders and pulls a gun on him. Elsewhere, Charles tells Suzaku that someone has taken the bait in Area 11. He takes Suzaku to the floating temple and tells him that no one else knows about it, not even the rest of the Knights of the Round or his son Schneizel El Britannia. Charles tells Suzaku that the temple, the Sword of Akasha, is a weapon to overthrow the gods. Lelouch asks Kallen what she could want since she abandoned him, and she brings up his deceit. She asks him if he used Geass on her to bend her to his will, but he answers that her heart is her own. He then walks up to her and takes away the gun, and she tells him she believes in Zero, not Lelouch. C.C. calls Lelouch to inform him that a large number of Britannian air reinforcements have arrived. Carales wants to show the power of Britannia to the Chinese. Sutherlands drop from their transports and break into Babel Tower. Because Carales has taken action, Lelouch is confident about victory.
Carales issues orders from the G-1 Base to coordinate with the media so they can film another public execution. Lelouch tells everyone that the enemy is confident about victory, but all the conditions have been cleared for them. Lelouch then gets a frantic call about an attacking enemy Knightmare. More Black Knights fall to the mysterious Knightmare, which begins to worry Lelouch. Kallen and Urabe close in to protect Lelouch. Urabe tells Lelouch to get away since they’re just disposable pawns, but Lelouch tells Urabe he’s wrong because they can’t beat Britannia just by reducing their numbers. Two Burai pilots encounter the Vincent, a Knightmare Frame based on the Lancelot. Lelouch tells them there isn’t time to capture it, so they should destroy it. The Vincent suddenly disappears, and it reappears next to the Burais and easily destroys them. Lelouch calls C.C. and tells her to hurry up with the planting of explosives, and suddenly the Vincent smashes through the floor. Lelouch knows it’s not Suzaku and thinks to himself that he can’t lose. Kallen and Urabe move in to attack the Vincent, but it vanishes and instantly reappears next to Lelouch. The Vincent combines both of its swords, and Lelouch opens fire. The Vincent quickly shifts spaces, and Urabe knocks Lelouch aside to block an attack from the Vincent. Urabe tells Lelouch that he doesn’t think he was lying about what he said before, and he asks Kallen to take care of Lelouch. Urabe runs his sword through his Gekka and the Vincent, but the subsequent explosion only lightly damages the Vincent. Kallen steps in front of Lelouch, and C.C. tells Lelouch that the preparations are complete. Lelouch sets off the explosions, which separates them from the Vincent. The Black Knights reach a lower level of safety, but outside Babel Tower begins to collapse. The collapsing tower falls onto the G-1 Base, killing Carales. At the Britannian base, Guilford decides to take temporary command, and the officers support him. Suddenly, Zero breaks in with a transmission that is broadcast everywhere. Diethard jumps up in joy because the transmission is coming on a line that only the real Zero knows about. Zero says that he’s sad because the world hasn’t changed, so he has returned. He mentions that Carales has become to first to face retribution. An officer tells Guilford that the transmission is coming from the Chinese consulate. Watching the broadcast, Gino wonders if this Zero is a fake, but if they attack the consulate, it’ll be an international incident. Li is impressed by Zero’s intelligence, and Guilford declares that the transmission is from the real Zero. Elsewhere, Nina Einstein is shocked to see Zero again. Zero once again announces the creation of the United States of Japan. Outside the consulate, Li faces the Britannian soldiers and wonders if Zero will be of use to them. The Vincent arrives, and Rolo exits the cockpit. He tells Li that he wants to know the truth about Zero and has come to kill him.
Things are certainly heating up in this episode, but we also get to take a look at what happened with the cliffhanger. Kallen abandoned Lelouch, and Suzaku dragged him back to the homeland to present him to Charles. This scores Suzaku an appointment as a Knight of the Round, and he prattles off his usual nonsense about changing Britannia from within. We learn that Charles also possesses Geass, and his power allows him to implant false memories. He also shows Suzaku the floating temple, which he describes as a weapon to fight the gods. Kallen confronts Lelouch about his Geass, and although he neglects to mention that he did indeed use it on her, he does tell the truth about her choices being her own. This episode sort of resembles the second episode, with the Vincent appearing and ruining some of Lelouch’s plans. Aside from Rolo’s piloting ability, it also moves around very quickly, almost getting Lelouch. Rolo is certainly a mystery, and he also has Geass power as well. Now that Zero has returned to the world stage, we’ll have to see how Lelouch will fight the Britannians.