Kallen: THIS HAND OF MINE GLOWS WITH AN AWESOME POWER. ITS BURNING GRIP TELLS ME TO DEFEAT YOU. Zero: That was SO worth it.

While this episode felt somewhat unnecessary (was there really a need to kill Mao twice?), it managed not to be a complete waste of time, as several important details were revealed.

– As some had previously suspected, Suzaku killed his father. It turns out that Suzaku, in reality, is psychologically in the same boat as many other “selfless goody two-shoes” characters – he seeks to protect others even at the expense of his own life in order to achive a sense of self-fulfillment and to make up for sins of the past. This makes him a more interesting character in my mind; he was boringly single-minded before, and this new development gives his character some much-needed depth. I don’t know if it’s enough to make him into a likable character, but it’s a start. Hell, it’s not inconceivable that what Mao told him could be a big enough wake-up-call (or kick in the nuts, depending on how you look at it) to drive him to defect to the Rebellion, feeling some sort of responsibility to fulfill the mission his father wanted. Or something.

– Amusingly, Millay’s arranged marriage is with Lloyd. I was expecting it to just be some generic rich prince-boy she ends up rejecting; instead, now there’s potential for some drama from this branch of the storyline. It’s a small world, after all…

– After what happened last episode and this one, it is clear that C.C. is completely over Mao. Is this a sign that she wishes to get closer to Lelouch? Or is she now completely focused on her mission?

– Lelouch’s strategy arranging to make himself forget pertinent pieces of knowledge seems awfully familiar… something about a notebook? ^_^ Also, I know it’s a plot device, but you’d have to be pretty terrible at chess to lose that many pieces unanswered, even if your opponent could read your every move. Sometimes the level of suspension of disbelief Sunrise expects out of the viewer is simply baffling.

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