As the White Base continues across the deserts in South East Asia they come across a Zeon mining operation near Odessa. Amuro launches in the Guntank with Hayato, instead of the Gundam which Bright ordered. The ensuing battle attracts the attention of Ramba Ral who engages Amuro in the Guntank. Realizing the disadvantage the Guntank is in, Amuro returns to White Base under Brights orders to switch to Gundam.
Meanwhile, the Zeon prisoner captured in the previous battle, manages to escape his cell and sends a message to Ramba Ral. In his attempt at escape, Sayla is let out of her cell by Ryu so she can pursue him. The pursuit ends when he manages to find an open hatch, but is killed in the process of extracting himself from the Ship. Ral awaits Amuro's return in the Gundam, but Amuro is uneffective in engaging the gouf. Ral is hit with the White Bases port side guns and his mobile suit is damaged, causing him to retreat.
Later on, Amuro dozes off while working on algorithms for the Gundam's combat computer when he dozes off. He is awoken to Bright and Mirai talking nearby, unaware that Amuro is at the computer; their conversation is over Amuro and his fitness to be a pilot, upon hearing this Amuro is seen and storms from the room. Amuro then proceeds to leave White Base and takes Gundam with him.