The Argama and Radish travel on course for Earth, and Kamille criticizes Fa for not being ready because she’s fixing her hair. He comments that the upcoming battle will be tough and that she seems to have failed as a pilot. Fa responds that he doesn’t have to take care of her, and she tells him to just leave. Apolly runs into Kamille in the corridor and asks what’s wrong, but Kamille tries to dismiss it as just recreation. Apolly insists that he tell the truth because Quattro is coming back and can’t worry unnecessarily about Kamille’s problems. Kamille explains that he’s bothered because every conversation with Fa turns into a fight, and Apolly awkwardly responds that there are some worries you can only experience when you’re young. Bright conducts a joint briefing about the upcoming operation, and Saegusa notes that the Titans fleet that left A Baoa Qu will make Earth geostationary orbit at the same time they do. Henken asks if they can take a different route, but Saegusa counters that doing that will force Quattro’s shuttle to wait in orbit longer than necessary. Bright notes that being in enemy territory to receive laser communications is now working against them, and Henken concludes that they’ll have to fight their way through. Apolly joins the meeting late and reports that he thinks the Zeta Gundam and Methuss should be kept apart due to pilot problems. Bright laments this ongoing problem and comments that he’s not suited to be Kamille’s father figure. Elsewhere, the repaired Alexandria departs from A Baoa Qu under Gady’s command, and he’s annoyed over Jamaican’s actions because they otherwise could’ve caught up to the Argama. Jerid reports to the bridge and is surprised to see Mouar, and Gady comments that he wants to show the Alexandria’s true potential. Jerid comments that Yazan didn’t need to be included, and Gady privately explains that it’s due to Scirocco and his ties to the leaders of the Gate of Zedan, the new name for A Baoa Qu. Jerid gets an urgent call from the mobile suit hangar that Yazan is causing trouble. He rushes down and finds Sarah arguing with Yazan, who is in his Gaplant and trying to throw the Hi-Zacks into space because he sees them as junk. Jerid demands that Yazan open the cockpit and threatens to charge him with treason if he doesn’t comply. Yazan gets out of the cockpit and explains that he doesn’t want to be on a ship with junk mobile suits and incomplete battle dolls like Sarah. Jerid tells him that if he has any complaints, he should set them aside until defeating the Zeta Gundam. Yazan responds that he’ll take those words seriously, and he removes his pilot suit’s glove to slap Jerid in the face with it. As Jerid fumes, Mouar tells him that Scirocco asked her to join him on the Jupitris, but she was delighted when Gady asked her instead to come to the Alexandria because she knew Jerid was there. She comments that Scirocco is very unpredictable, and Jerid takes her aside and kisses her. Mouar tells Jerid that she’s going to launch in the Hi-Zack that Yazan was messing with because the Mega Launcher is ready to use. Jerid notes that the Mega Launcher uses that particular Hi-Zack as an energy tank. He doesn’t know if she can return safely, but she vows she won’t die. The Argama and Radish enter Earth orbit, and Bright warns the crew that an attack could come from any direction. Apolly orders Kamille to stay behind the Argama, and when Fa arrives late, Kamille wonders what difference she can make. On the Radish, Emma reminds Katz that he’s not to launch without her or Henken’s permission. Katz responds that the last thing he wants is to be corrected by Quattro, so he gets into the G-Defenser’s cockpit on standby. The Alexandria detects both AEUG ships, and Gady is informed that Yazan’s team has already launched. On the Audhumla, Quattro tells the children Shinta and Qum to behave or he won’t take them to space. Hayato comments that it’s great to help people, but one can only sacrifice so much of themselves. Quattro understands and says he feels he just needs to take care of someone in Blex’s place. Hayato tells Quattro that he needs to find the right time to tell everyone in the AEUG that Blex is dead. He also comments that the colony drop has terrified the colonies and that many are feeling pressure to ally themselves with the Titans. Quattro boards the docked shuttle and responds that there’s also an increasing number of people who hate the Titans. Hayato tells Quattro that he needs to become the AEUG’s new leader, and he also asks him to deliver a letter from Mirai to Bright. The shuttle detaches and takes off, eventually detaching its booster.
On the Radish, Emma launches in the Gundam Mk-II, followed by the Nemo team. Yazan directs his Marasais to engage the Nemos while he attacks Emma. In another part of Earth orbit, the shuttle pilots discuss using inertia to travel to Sweetwater instead of waiting for the Argama, but Quattro says that won’t do. Quattro states that he’s aware of the danger in staying where they are, and he asks if he can just use a space boat instead. The Radish fires its mega particle cannon and grazes the Alexandria. Emma continues to engage Yazan, while the Nemos are rendered unable to fight. The Argama advances at full speed to the rendezvous point and launches the Rick Dias team, Fa’s Methuss and Kamille’s Zeta Gundam. The Alexandria launches Jerid’s team, including his Gabthley, the Mega Launcher and Mouar and Sarah’s Hi-Zacks. He tells them through direct contact that the Mega Launcher can only be fired once and their suits will be drained of power. Jerid plans to lure the enemy closer to them and fire two signal flares. The Gabthley flies past Fa, but Apolly orders her to ignore it and go support Emma’s team. Sarah spots the Zeta Gundam on radar, and Katz feels pressure from her. Jerid corners Emma but is called away to back up Jerid against Kamille. Katz arrives in the G-Defenser and docks with Emma so they can chase Yazan. Although the Radish’s defensive line behind them is collapsing, Bright wants to press on and pick up Quattro. The shuttle ascends enough to allow Quatro to launch in a space boat. Kamille engages Jerid and feels pressure from someone watching just before Yazan attacks. With Kamille and Yazan grappling onto each other, Jerid fires his two flares to signal Sarah. Kamille feels Sarah’s pressure and yells at her not to fire, which causes her to momentarily hesitate. When she does fire, Kamille breaks free of Yazan’s grip and dodges the beam cannon blast. The blast hits the shuttle and destroys it, although Quattro’s space boat safely lands aboard the Argama. Gady recalls the mobile suit teams and is annoyed that they didn’t take down the Argama. After returning to the ship, Kamille stops Fa and she comments that he was right earlier. He raises his hand to slap her, but then stops himself and says this isn’t the time for them to be fighting because they can be killed at any moment. He states that he has his own faults and will apologize for them as much as Fa wants. He adds that she’s still immature and that they’re not longer children. Bright comments to Quattro about not being suited to be Kamille’s father figure, and Quattro responds that Kamille doesn’t need any such person anymore. Quattro delivers Mirai’s letter, and Bright cries in his quarters as he watches the video message from Cheimin and Hathaway.
The Argama and Radish engage in a high stakes battle to pick up Quattro, and nothing goes quite as anyone expected. Kamille argues again with Fa and acts like a jerk. While he has definitely matured compared to the start of the series, he also seems to have internalized some of the more toxic habits from the adults around him, including the slapping that’s hilariously commonplace in this show. Fa admittedly is not a good pilot, but Kamille’s negativity doesn’t help her to improve. We can see continued tension between how Jerid and Yazan do things, and this approach prevents them from coordinating and fighting the AEUG effectively. Jerid doesn’t hesitate at taking the opportunity to kill both Kamille and Yazan, but it’s dangerous to be on Yazan’s bad side, as Jamaican found out. Hayato makes a brief appearance and discusses the AEUG’s situation with Quattro, urging him to become the group’s leader. I’m not sure how Quattro went from Blex’s assassination to picking up two random kids to bring to a warship, but they’ll be sticking around for the rest of this series and into Gundam ZZ as well.
Original Review: August 1, 2001