At the end of the last episode Clain and Phryne were captured by Phryne's "father". In this episode a number of things are revealed, mostly centering around the nature of both Phryne and Nessa. It turns out that Phryne and Nessa are "keys". For what purpose is yet to be revealed. However, in this episode we also find out that the girl that looks like Nessa (that Clain saw during the ceremony in Ep 3) is actually one of many many clones of Phryne. Phryne herself says that she ran away because she couldn't deal with the fact of only living for the purpose of being a key. Also the clones that look like Nessa are actually of when she was younger.
This episode continues to use it's, with what I think is appropriate to call, "light ecchi" humor to great effect. When Phryne awakes, she is with her father, and the father embraces her, rubbing his head at her stomach level, saying she smells good. All the while, Phryne looks down at him helplessly and with some disgust. Also later in the episode, the father takes Phryne to test her "so that she can still be used as a key." I think you know where this is going, but essentially she lays down on one of those chairs that gynecologists use to examine their patients. And of course this is done in a very dark, poorly lit room. As a result of these scenes with Phryne and the plot reveals in this episode, Phryne seemed more attractive after this episode and it became easier to sympathize with her as reasons are given for why she ran away in the first place.
Leaving that aside, this episode also tries to show that cloning is bad. For Clain there is only one Phryne and one Nessa. These two persons are themselves separate individuals. Clain is able to identify with these specific Phryne and Nessa because of the experiences that he has had with them in the past. Likewise, we the viewer can identify with them because we have also watched them interacting together. The upshot of this, of course is that true cloning is not actually possible. Sure you can clone their body, but there is still the mind which holds memories, thoughts etc. Even if we are able to also clone memories, thoughts, emotions etc., once the clone is created and begins having new experiences (and consequently new thoughts, memories etc.), the clone becomes a new person. The extended aim of all this is to empower the individual. Namely, we are all special because we have our own bodies, memories, thoughts and everything which are in turn densely inter-connected to those around us.
There is also something to be said about being created "for a purpose", in this case Phryne and all her clones are keys for something. Like in previous episodes, since we don't know yet in what sense they are "keys", it is fun to be confused at the same time as Clain. I find that so far it has been a good way of keeping the pace of each episode. I'm predicting that essentially, the conclusion that Clain will come to is that, we are all individuals and create our own purpose in life, and we shouldn't let others control over us etc. How exactly this will play out, remains to be seen and I am still excited to watch the next episode!
Nessa came across as more of an airhead than usual in this episode, but an airhead with amazing powers to blow stuff up (like the explosion in last episode). Before you think that the whole episode was a bunch of philosophizing, the main action and culmination of this episode is the Lost Millennium's rescuing of Clain and Phryne, or at least an attack on the base where they are being held, giving Clain and Phryne enough time to escape into an underground passage among the chaos. Animation is sweet as always.
P.S. Sorry no screens.