The Minerva sails into Orb’s docking facility of Morgenroete for repair and re-supply.
Cagalli returns to government affairs as Orb’s representative. She is informed of the inextricable standoffs between the Earth Alliance and PLANT from Unato and the other leaders, and that Orb is faced with the decision of where they should stand.
In the meantime, the crew enjoy their brief time off.
During which, some encounter each other without knowing who they are.
Murrue and Thalia meet at the dock.
Wrestling with his confused thoughts, Shin returns to the place where his family was killed and meets Kira standing there alone.
  Athrun also reunites with Kira and starts to search for the path he should choose once more. He gives Cagalli a promise ring and takes off to join Durandal.