In the jungle, Kamjin’s men toil away in the heat to make his gun destroyer operational. The ship now has power, but Kamjin is informed that they need a new power condenser for the reaction engine. Kamjin decides that he will attack a human city and steal one. Skull Squadron flies patrol over Onogi City, and Hikaru thinks about what happened with Misa. He wonders if he can smooth things over by asking her out for a drink. He calls the command center to speak to her, but Shammy is there in her place. He asks where Misa is, and Shammy tells him Misa left early. As Skull Squadron leaves, workers in an industrial factory begin unloading some power condensers. In Macross City, Warera, Loli and Conda sell plastic model kits for Christmas, but they aren’t making too much money. In a nearby playground, Minmay sits alone in the swing and thinks about Kaifun’s departure. Warera, Loli and Conda walk by and call out to her, but she runs away. At home, Hikaru watches the news and hears that Minmay and Kaifun have both disappeared. Just then the doorbell rings, and he opens the door and is shocked to see Minmay standing there. He asks her what’s wrong, and she begins to cry in his arms. Elsewhere, Misa says goodbye to Claudia in front of a pub and takes a taxi. Minmay tells Hikaru that she was fed up with her life and having people fawn over her. She tells him she feels like she isn’t herself anymore, and he tells her she still has her songs. Minmay says she’ll never sing again because her songs don’t make her happy. He asks her what happened with Kaifun, and she asks him not to mention Kaifun ever again. Misa walks up to Hikaru’s door and finds that it has been left ajar. She hears Minmay’s voice and listens in on their conversation. Minmay tells Hikaru he’s the only person that ever really cared about her, and she asks him if she can stay with him. Misa closes the front door and runs away. Claudia leaves the pub, and as she sees couples walking down the street, she thinks of her time with Roy. She decides to go to another bar to drink his share of the alcohol. Inside, she finds Misa drunk and singing “Sunset Beach.” Elsewhere, Minmay gets out of Hikaru’s bed and goes over to the couch to fix his blanket while he sleeps.
The next morning on Christmas Eve, Misa drives to work hungover. Kim and Shammy gossip about Misa having a hangover, and Kim tells Shammy she can find out at the Christmas party. Vanessa tells Misa about the party and suggests that she bring Hikaru with her. Misa says that Hikaru probably wouldn’t go to the party because he’s in bed with a cold. In Onogi City, Kamjin’s Regults attack the industrial sector and search for the power condensers. Exsedol finds it strange that Kamjin would attack a rear line city instead of Macross City, and Global realizes Kamjin must be after a reaction engine. Misa scrambles the Valkyrie squadrons, including Max and Milia’s squad. As the Valkyries attack, Laplamiz’s Queadluun-Rau squad attacks from the ocean. Milia realizes very quickly she is fighting her former commander. Hikaru launches in his Valkyrie and wonders why he wasn’t told to scramble. As the citizens escape, Kamjin locates the power condenser and loads it onto his Glaug. A Quel-Quallie pod lands in the middle of the city to pick him and the rest of this forces up. He gives a signal, and Zentradi suicide bombers disguised as giant Santa Clauses set off explosives all around Onogi City. Hikaru, Max and Milia give up their pursuit of Kamjin to put out the fires in the city. Hikaru fires missiles filled with water at the fires, and Milia carries survivors to safety. By nightfall, the fires finally come under control. At a burned out church, parishioners sing “Silent Night.” In Macross City, Hikaru asks Misa why she lied to Vanessa and said he was sick. Misa tells him it’s dangerous to leave his door open. In front of them, the Macross is illuminated with Christmas lights. Hikaru goes home and finds that Minmay has made a Christmas dinner. She asks him to quit the military because she can’t bear waiting for him to come home. After dinner, they blow out the candle of a cake and kiss.
Well, things are coming down to the wire here. Only one episode left to go, and the love triangle is reaching its boiling point. It seems that Hikaru has almost completely gone over to Minmay, and Misa is at the point of giving up. It’s really quite sad when you see her in the bar drunk and singing Minmay songs. These sort of awkward situations keep coming up, such as her overhearing Hikaru and Minmay’s conversation. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Max and Milia, but they seem to be fighting in top form. It’s also been a while since Kamjin has shown up, and again he comes out the winner by stealing the parts he needs for his ship. The Christmas backdrop really adds to the awkwardness felt by all in the love triangle. On a side note, if you look closely when Claudia enters the first bar, it’s next to an adult theater. Though most of the world’s population is dead, the porn industry seems to be alive and well in Macross City.
Original Review: May 1, 2000