At Cosmos, an APE says their parasite reserves have dwindled to 60% after the last battle. The Vice Chairman believes the ‘end justifies the means,’ since they now control Gran Crevasse. Papa says he has sent two messengers to ‘them,’ while another APE says it is unnecessary to have two ‘keys’
Back at Mistilteinn, the parasites are unknowingly being kept in isolation. Hiro and Mitsuru discuss their water sources, while Hiro comments that they were being asked to stay put in the aftermath of the battle in Episode 15. Their caretakers are nowhere to be found.
Hachi and Nana call Dr Franxx, who is happy when they say they have not made contact with the parasites. Nana says she doesn’t understand what this is all for, but Dr Franxx replies, saying, ‘You’ve been down this path too,’before hanging up.
Goro and Hiro then discuss how it’s been a month that they’ve been living off rations, and standing by for orders. Hiro comments, saying that Goro just ‘wants to get back in a Franxx,’ leaving Goro confused, since he believed that Hiro was the one who wanted to pilot a Franxx the most out of all of them.
Mitsuru later goes to the greenhouse and asks Kokoro to cut his hair for him. Kokoro happily obliges, and kisses Mitsuru.
Zero Two and Hiro later go on a walk. Zero Two is fascinated by Sakura buds, and asks Hiro about them. He says that the Sakura flowers are pretty, much like her hair, to her delightfulness.
The parasites soon have a meeting to discuss their food and water shortages. Zero Two suggests cooking their own food, and Hiro and Mitsuru agree, with the latter remembering cookbooks in the library. The parasites catch fish to cook, and Goro talks to Ichigo about her current thoughts about Zero Two.
The group proceed to eat the freshly cook fish, before having a heart to heart, wondering why Papa wasn’t making contact with them, and of the disappearance of their caretakers.
That night, Zero Two draws pictures out of her picture book, when Hiro comments, saying that it was a sad story. She replies, saying that it was her first pretty thing, before she met him and wanted to have something beautiful with him. She realises what it is to be human, and cherishes it.
A klaxosaur scream is heard, and a horned girl reminiscent of Zero Two is shown in the shadows.