Hey…Hey…Is that a Dr. Pepper? Hey, hey, you wanna gimme some..?
I feel like I keep saying this but, WE’RE BACK. No really, we’re actually back now. Thanks for not abandoning us in these hard times. From now on, we shall all wear maid outfits to make up for the lack of service! Oh, right, you can’t see us. Hmm. Well, just know in your heart that somewhere in the world, there is someone wearing a maid outfit just for YOU.
After Okarin’s spent all this time searching for the IBN 5100, it’s not surprising that he rushes to grab a crowbar as soon as he knows the location. Kurisu is there to stop him and calm him down enough so that he doesn’t get arrested for cracking open the coin locker. He may know the location, but he’s not getting his hands on that computer as long as he’s in this timeline. He’ll have to cancel Moeka’s D-mail if he even wants to think about touching that old thing again.
Okarin ditches the crowbar plan and decides to stake out by the lockers so that he can find FB and use her phone to undo Moeka’s D-mail. Except he runs into Moeka. She suddenly decides that she wants to meet FB afterall so she can learn the truth, and so she accompanies Okarin on his stalking event. He’s doing all this to save Mayuri, and yet he hasn’t even talked to her in ages. Mayuri is starting to get worried that Okarin is talking to everyone else as per usual except for her. Luckily, Mayuri is instantly cheered up by her loli cohort, Nae.
Yo Okarin, you got burgers? Damn boy, why didn’t you bring your homegirl Kurisu any, huh?
Moeka receives a text from FB that’s basically just assuring her that she’s important and useful. He refers to Moeka as M4, which is a codename only FB and Moeka are aware of. Other than that, not much else happens until morning rolls around and a man takes the IBN 5100 and wheels it away. They follow him to a train station, where they lose him after he transfers it to another guy and he gets on a subway.
All would be lost, except this is an anime about time travel. Okarin sends a D-mail to himself so he doesn’t lose the guy, and follows the line of exchanges all the way to the airport. The IBN 5100 is on its way to France, so they give up there. Instead of suddenly becoming Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, they decide to just question Mr. Braun. He was one of the guys that handled the package in the crazy baton pass transfer process, so he must be a member of Rounder.
You know what this means? ROOAAADDD TRRIIPPPP!!!!
Kurisu, Moeka and Okarin all pay Mr. Braun a visit to ask what the hell is going on. He stays mellow and calm despite as he tells him he’s just MOTHERFECKING FB. Naturally, everyone spazzes and loses their shit over FB not being a woman. Not only that, he’s someone they know. Mr. Braun asks them if they don’t mind continuing the conversation elsewhere, so as to not disturb Nae.
It’s a bit of a tip-off to disaster if a mastermind behind any sort of organization wants to meet in a DESERTED, CLOSED-OFF, CONSTRUCTION SITE. Nonetheless, they decide to continue talking there. M. Braun explains that he lived a life of poverty until SERN saved him. He had no choice but to continue working for them, since he can’t risk Nae dying. But he hates every second of working for them. That’s why he made Rounder, where he could text to weak individuals and act as whatever savior-type they needed at the time.
With the IBN 5100 delivered to SERN, there is no more need for Moeka. Guess that means Mr. Braun thought the logical course of action would be to leave her alone. Oh no wait, let’s shoot her. Yeah, that’s good. Then shoot myself! Okarin and Kurisu know just as much as Moeka, but pshhh, they can live. Only brought 2 bullets anyways. It’s not like Okarin will steal my phone, tell Moeka to not search for the IBN 5100 anymore in a D-mail, and make everything right again.
As soon as Okarin erases the D-mail, things are set back so Moeka and Mr. Braun are alive. Now that Moeka no longer needs the IBN 5100, Okarin can go to the shrine and take it. Now he can get Daru to erase all ties they have to SERN’s database and keep going back to the original worldline where SERN doesn’t take over. There’s just one minor detail everyone forgot. The original timeline is the one where Kurisu dies.
Kurisu, I promise you, crowbar sex is the BEST SEX.
Oh my God…I recognize that guy…He’s…HE’S A NOBODY!
…and now to hatch them.
End Thoughts: Another brilliant episode of Steins;Gate. It actually made me gasp in shock, and that doesn’t happen very often. I simply did not expect Mr. Braun to pull out that gun and kill himself. I can usually predict when someone is going to pull a gun-in-the-mouth sort of suicide miles away, but Mr. Braun was an exception. He didn’t have the face of someone who is worn out, he had the face of someone completely calm. He must have spent so long keeping up appearances for Nae so she wouldn’t worry that he ended up wearing that mask to the very end. At least with the D-mail, we won’t have to worry about what Nae would do without her dad. Although I doubt Okarin will look at Mr. Braun in the same light again, knowing the extent of self-loathing for being SERN’s lapdog. Not that he had much of a choice.
Another big shocker was finding out that Mr. Braun was FB. Moeka looked pretty devastated to find out that her motherly figure was a bald guy who sells TVs. That’s what happens when you just blindly trust someone without questioning it…it’s kind of her own damn fault. Of course, it was still sad when she died. It was Okarin’s name she was calling as she faded out of consciousness as well, not FB’s. Because she was so convinced this whole time that FB was the one that gave her a place to belong, she never realized she found something better with Okarin and the lab members. She could have had friends and someone to trust WITHOUT the bullet in the heart bit!
The same sort of tragedy is happening to Okarin, where he’s ignoring one thing and concentrating on another. Saving Mayuri has become so important to him, that he doesn’t actually talk with her anymore. He’s become detached from her almost, showing no interest in her until he’s saved her. Like it’s his life mission or something. Given this development, I wonder how he’ll alter his action to deal with Kurisu’s death. The one he’s been spending time with, confiding in, and getting close to all this time has been Kurisu. In every timeline. He’ll probably try to save both of them, but I doubt such a thing can happen. I hope they can save Kurisu, because I like her more…El Psy Congroo, and see you next time~