While the Minerva crew praises Shinn for his incredible fight, Orb joins the Earth Alliance much to Cagalli's abhorrence. Meanwhile, Kira and his friends are attacked by Coordinators who attempt to assassinate Lacus using the new UMF/SSO-3 ASH mobile suits. Kira reactivates the Freedom to protect his friends. Although he only disables the enemy mobile suits, the assassins activate self-destruct mechanisms for their mobile suits.
Thanks to Shinn’s effort, the Minerva is out of crisis and takes course toward Carpentaria. Meanwhile,Yuna appears in front of Cagalli, who is lost in deep thought, and urge her to marry him. Yuna says that with the current unstable situation, their marriage will help bring the country together.
At night, a special ops squad of Coordinators assault Kira’s house. Their mission is to assassinate Lacus. Kira and the others evacuate into the underground shelter, but the amphibious MS ASH’s firepower destroys the outer wall of the shelter.
The ASH squad begins to bombard the shelter…just as a white unit suddenly appears and wiped out the ASH units in the blink of an eye.