By and large, this episode is spent showing the characters in their downtime. Allen is still under suspicion, but he doesn’t seem too fazed by it. The fact that Howard Link, the man assigned with investigating him, comes bearing pie. It seems that baked goods are their way of generating good will with their subordinates as Levellier implements a similar tactic with Komui in a later scene.
Really, the investigation only becomes a problem when Allen learns that he’s not allowed to associate with Cross for the duration. Given their relationship, one could argue this isn’t much of a punishment, but it is an inconvenience nonetheless.
It gets worse when Allen sees the weird shadow figure he met in the ark. No one else can see him, but it leads Allen to suspect that not everything is as it seems. It’s one of the more tense and engaging aspects of the episode. It builds tension effectively and paints Allen in a whole new light.
We also see Lenalee as she once again declares that she wants to be strong again during a brief talk with Kanda. While he’s not the “shoulder to cry on” type, Lenalee appreciates that he doesn’t show her any pity. Credit to him, he does manage to reassure her in his own taciturn fashion.
Steps are taken to get her back into the fight, at least. Hevlaska removes and examines her innocence. She explains that Lenalee is no longer synched with it. The quasi-deity compares it to what happened to Allen, saying that it evolved into a parasite type. Considering how long it took Allen to regain his abilities, it doesn’t bode well for seeing her in action before the show ends. Worse yet, being a parasite type means that it feeds off her life force, resulting in a shorter life.
It makes perfect sense given the name, though it is surprising that it hasn’t come up yet until just now. It seems like something that would have been mentioned or established at some point.
As all of that goes on, the science team reveals that they have acquired the egg and intend to study it. One scientist notes that by learning more about it, they could potentially bring an end to the war. It seems superfluous as they have already greatly hindered the Earl’s endeavors by shutting it down, but from a genre-savvy standpoint, you just know that their efforts are going to backfire horribly.
Of course, it doesn’t even make it that far as one of the Order heads is revealed to be Lulubell in disguise, who makes a grand return after a lengthy absence. She maims one of the scientists and opens a door, revealing a vast army of akuma. It makes for a solid cliffhanger and it really does catch you off guard. It’s initially unclear what happens, but it still works out.
Overall, the episode is a bit of a lull. There are some highlights peppered throughout, but it’s mostly filler. You could call it a calm before the storm, but it wasn’t the most engaging watch.