In Von Braun, Melanie goes to a Chinese restaurant for a secret meeting with Quattro and Wong, where Wong complains that the AEUG is acting too defensively. Quattro counters that aggressive tactics will only serve to reinforce the false perception that the AEUG are terrorists. Wong asks if Quattro knows why Axis is making its move, and when Quattro says that he doesn’t, Wong can’t believe how someone who used to be with Zeong doesn’t know. Melanie asks if Axis has arrived in the Earth Sphere and if Quattro intends to approach them about an alliance, and Wong confirms both. After Wong leaves, Melanie asks Quattro how he really feels about this, and Quattro asks if Zabi loyalists propping up Mineva Zabi have honorable intentions. Melanie responds that talking doesn’t hurt and it’s worth the try. On the Alexandria, Yazan launches in his Gaplant and joins up with Hi-Zacks and Marasais from other Titans ships. Jerid asks Gady why he and Mouar have been pulled off the operation, and Gady explains that they haven’t – he just wants them to take different actions. He orders them to lie in wait in an abandoned colony to ambush the Argama when it passes nearby to evade the other Titans forces. Jerid asks if it’s that simple, and Gady answers that it’s what he’d do as the Argama’s captain. Mouar asks if Yazan is a decoy, and Gady explains that he had to keep Yazan in the dark or else he wouldn’t have participated. Gady adds that destroying the Argama will give Jerid the chance to defeat the Zeta Gundam. As they change in the locker room, Jerid tells Mouar that he can’t move forward until he beats Kamille. After commenting that it’s dangerous to be obsessed like that, Mouar kisses Jerid and says she’ll always be with him. Mouar and Jerid launch in their Gabthleys and head for the ruined colony. In the Argama’s mobile suit hangar, Fa is interrupted on Nemo maintenance by Shinta and Qum, who say no one will play with them. Kamille thinks it’s not a bad idea because a battle could happen at any time, and when Fa answers that she has duties as a pilot, Kamille says to leave the piloting to him. Bright summons them both for a scolding about how the ship isn’t a daycare center, and when Kamille tries to object, Bright tells him not to talk back. Haro says that Bright is mad, and Shinta and Qum start aping what Haro said until Bright leaves. Fa laughs over how the kids think of Bright as a playmate. Hiding behind small asteroids, Jerid tells Mouar they have to wait until the last possible moment to attack. He also tells her not to try too hard or worry about him. Yazan wonders if Jerid is sulking in bed and thought he had more guts than this. The Argama and Radish go on battle alert as the Titans suits approach. The Radish launches Emma’s Gundam Mk-II and Katz’s Nemo, followed by the Argama launching Kamille’s Zeta Gundam and Fa’s Nemo. Emma makes direct contact with Kamille and asks if the enemy seems to be acting strangely, and he responds that it’s like they’re waiting for the AEUG to make the first move. The Titans fleet approaches from below and opens fire on the AEUG ships, grazing the Argama. Spotting the enemy fire, Kamille reverses course and is joined by Fa, even though Emma says there’s no reason for her to go. Bright decides to hide in the nearby abandoned colony so they can regroup, and he blames himself for having played into the enemy’s hands. Jerid and Mouar take off and open fire on the Argama, causing damage to multiple areas.
Shinta and Qum, wearing adult sized normal suits, are knocked around inside the ship’s corridors. Kamille rushes back to the ship and immediately opens fire on Jerid, who dodges and boasts that luck is on his side this time. Emma also returns to the area and briefly engages with Mouar before the Gabthley moves away from the AEUG ships. Jerid grapples onto both of the Zeta Gundam’s legs and aims his Fedayeen rifle at the cockpit, but Kamille breaks free and attacks with his beam saber. Kamille retreats into the abandoned colony and comments that Jerid feels like a totally different person now. Fa returns to the Argama and senses that Shinta and Qum are in danger, so she ignores Emma’s order to help her protect the bridge. Yazan approaches the ship and fires on it and Emma, while Fa extinguishes the living quarters fire from outside and sees Haro floating in open space. Kamille senses that the ship is in danger and emerges from hiding, only to be immediately attacked by Jerid and Mouar. Fa enters the living quarters and finds Shinta and Qum hiding in a corner. They’re relieved to see her, and she declares that they’ll escape together. Kamille senses that Fa is in danger and yells at her not to go the way she’s walking, and suddenly a door explodes in front of Fa and the children. Kamille destroys a Marasai and Hi-Zack with one shot each and then trades fire with Jerid, and their two beams hit each other and explode. Kamille recovers first and gets off a shot, but suddenly Mouar moves in front of Jerid and takes the hit. Her Gabthley explodes and fills Jerid with rage, so he attacks Kamille. In response, Kamille fires off several shots and blows off both of the Gabthley’s legs. Jerid has the sensation of floating in a strange place and hears Mouar’s voice, so he wonders if he’s dead. He sees a spectral image of Mouar and tries to touch her, but his hand passes through nothing. The image of Mouar vanishes, and her voice tells Jerid that he’ll never lose because he’s the person who can guide the world in the right direction. Jerid wants to grasp everything in his hands and asks why Mouar had to leave him. Jerid comes to his senses in his cockpit and sees the spectral image of Mouar again. Jerid rushes toward the Argama, blowing off the Methuss’ arm and destroying two Nemos. Jerid fires his cannons and knocks the rifle and shield out of Kamille’s hands before pressing on to the Argama. Emma blows off Jerid’s right arm, and Kamille tells her that he’s gone berserk. Hiding behind asteroids and colony debris, Jerid makes another attack run and hits the ship again before taking on more damage and realizing he can’t do it alone. Jerid escapes, and Yazan breaks off when the Alexandria fires the signal flare to retreat. Kamille wonders how Jerid could’ve lasted for so long, and two crewmembers find the kids and injured Fa. In space, Jerid gets out of his cockpit amidst the wreckage of Mouar’s Gabthley and cries as he calls out to her. Bright thanks Emma for protecting the ship, and she gives credit to Kamille for helping keep the enemy occupied. She also asks Bright not to be too hard on Fa, but he notes that Fa disobeyed orders during battle. Emma responds that she doesn’t think this problem can be solved with just “corrections.” Bright asks if Emma is saying that Fa isn’t cut out to be a pilot, and she responds that that’s his decision. Reccoa escorts Fa to the bridge, and Bright thanks her for saving the kids and helping extinguish the fire in the living quarters. The kids then run onto the bridge and thank Fa for saving them. Kamille thinks about the battle and says to himself that the dead don’t shed tears.
The Argama takes a lot of damage this episode, and it’s rather surprising to see a veteran commander as Bright get thoroughly outplayed by Gady. At every step of the battle, he makes reactive decisions and completely plays into Gady’s traps. Jerid has a chance to finally sink the ship, but as usual, his overconfidence and his fixation with Kamille holds him back. This leads to Mouar sacrificing herself to save him, and like Lila before her, it’s another case of a competent woman giving up her life to save a total loser. Jerid isn’t at all deserving of these sacrifices, and he’s only lasted this long because of those sacrifices and dumb luck. Although he clearly has feelings for Mouar, he’s a terrible person and thus I don’t feel sympathy for any losses that he experiences. At the end of the day, Jerid is an utterly pathetic character who is kept alive only to serve as a foil for Kamille. Too bad the pilots with better skills have to keep dying for his sake, as either Lila or Mouar would’ve made better rivals for Kamille.
Original Review: January 24, 2002