A chess game resumes with people’s lives on the line.
America decides to join (more like take over) the investigation, citing the stolen plutonium as the reason for their interest in a domestic case of serial bombing. But since Five is part of the American delegation, I’m sceptical about their intentions. She has already allowed one explosion to take place and is now actively working towards another so that she can play a game with Nine. Even capturing the two seems to be a secondary priority. With heroes like these, who needs villains? Alright, Five and the blond guy with her are most certainly not our heroes but still, they are in positions of authority that should be used for protecting the people, not endangering them.
The subway bomb had no casualties but then Five, posing as Sphinx, sends out a riddle. Its solution reveals that there’s a bomb at an airport which is on Nine and Twelve’s list of targets. Shibazaki and the rest of the Metropolitan Police Department are ordered to stay put and twiddle their thumbs and leave everything to the bomb disposal squad (y’know, the same one that did jackshit during the subway incident). Shibazaki has doubts not only about the riddle’s authenticity but also of the way the bomb threat is being handled. He sets out to do his lone wolf thing but is joined by a number of other detectives.
Meanwhile, Twelve and Nine also set out to disarm the bomb. Knowing it’s a trap and assuming they’ll be caught, they reluctantly take a very willing Lisa with them. She made me cringe a little in this episode but I’m eager to see her actually do something.
Anyway, now we have three distinct groups: Nine and Twelve whose ultimate goal is still unknown, Shibazaki and the rest of the police who are (officially) helpless, and the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division whose motives are rather suspicious.