Hamon examines her remaining forces, which includes a Samson hovercraft, four Magella Tops, and a Zaku. She plans to attack the White Base and avenge both Garma and Ramba. Meanwhile, repairs continue on the White Base as it heads for the location of Operation Odessa. Fraw visits Ryu in the infirmary and asks how he’s doing. He’s in bad shape, but he says he’s okay. He asks her if Bright placed Amuro in the brig again, and she says yes. Ryu limps over to the bridge and asks Bright why Amuro is in the brig. Bright answers that if Amuro thinks the crew relies on him it will swell his head. He also thinks that Amuro is like a tiger that needs taming, but Ryu says that’s just an excuse because Bright hasn’t even talked to Amuro about it. He says that Bright is afraid and leaves. Hamon gives her soldiers a speech about avenging Garma and Ramba, and she asks if anyone doesn’t want to come along. They all agree and move out. Ryu limps over to the brig and asks Amuro if he’s angry at Bright. Amuro says that he’s not anymore, and Ryu says that Bright doesn’t understand. He tells him how Bright compared him to a tiger, and Amuro is surprised to hear that. Sayla and Fraw find Ryu and escort him back to the infirmary. While Kai conducts patrol with the Guncannon, the Zaku attacks the ship. Kai attacks it and finds it isn’t so easy to destroy. Ryu tells Sayla to let Amuro out of the brig, and that he will take responsibility for it. She asks Bright for the password to the lock and says she will take responsibility also. Bright reluctantly agrees, and Sayla sets Amuro free so he can fight.
The Guncannon fights off the Zaku while the Guntank piloted by Hayato and Job is damaged on its tire tread. Amuro launches in the Core Fighter because the other Gundam parts aren’t ready yet. Bright wonders why Amuro launched in the Core Fighter and figures he will do what he wants anyway. Ryu hears that the battle isn’t going well and the Guntank is damaged. He gets up and leaves the infirmary to help. Amuro runs out of ammo, and he is sent the two modules to form the Gundam. He sees the Zaku attacking the ship with the heat hawk, which prevents Amuro from using the beam rifle. He moves in closer to fight hand-to-hand when he’s attacked by the hovercraft with Hamon’s Magella Top attached. He tries to slow down the hovercraft when he realizes it’s filled with explosives and is trying to ram the ship. The Zaku begins slicing at his back with the heat hawk, and he’s able to flip it over his head and destroy it with a Magella Top. Hamon ejects her Magella Top and starts attacking Amuro from behind at point blank range. From his position he cannot stop both the hovercraft and Magella Top. Suddenly, Ryu appears and slams his Core Fighter into the Magella Top, destroying both. Amuro is then able to disable the hovercraft and destroy it. He asks Sayla who piloted the Core Fighter, and he can’t believe it was Ryu. He thinks she’s joking, but she tells him it’s true. The crew gathers around the wreckage of the Core Fighter, and Hayato and Job blame themselves because Ryu tricked them into letting him use the Core Fighter. Amuro, Bright and the others all cry and each blames themselves for Ryu’s death.
All I can say here is that Kill ‘Em All Tomino strikes again in this episode. The atmosphere of death is everywhere here, on both the Zeon and EFF sides. Hamon and her men are trying to recover from the loss of Ramba, while the crew of the White Base tries to recover from their losses. As I’ve seen in other series, when the focus of an episode suddenly shifts to one character, it is very likely that they will die. Since injured Ryu appears everywhere, I figured he would die (of course I already knew this from the movie). Speaking of the movie, most of this episode is present in it, except that the combination sequence from the Gundam was deleted. Also, the crying scene (which is quite cheesy) is not in the movie. Ryu goes out in a blaze of glory to save all his friends, and from now on a likable character will be missed. That’s just the way it is in this series.