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”Y’all want my arm? Come and get it!”

MD-5 travel to Silica City's most dangerous part of town to find Masa a new Meta Runner arm. Only doing so comes with a price.
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MD-5 have officially reunited, but Masa needs a new Meta Runner arm before they can take on TASCorp again. With no money to buy a new arm, Sofia has the next best solution: MD-5 must compete in a game of Turbo Crash 9 in the Rustworks, an arena where low tier players compete with high stakes, run by the four-armed Marco, for the chance to win a new arm for Masa.

Episode 13 provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: The first episode of the show where Theo is absent. Lucks is also absent.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While Tari appears in a brief scene where she almost gets busted by Evelyn and Belle while trying to acquire the scientist’s phone, only to get bailed out by the latter, MD-5 and their efforts to get Masa a new arm through Marco’s tournament is the primary focus of the episode.
  • Death from Above: How Masa ultimately destroys Marco’s vehicle, by shooting a chain suspending a skull-shaped boulder from a crane, dropping the boulder onto Marco’s vehicle and crushing it.
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  • Noodle Incident: Sofia has a past with Marco, and she apparently owns him for getting bailed out after an incident involving the the “Rolling Cartridge Gang”.
  • Pink Is for Sissies: The moment Tari steps into Evelyn's room, she looks like she's ready to puke.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Tari gets caught by Belle and Evelyn while trying to retrieve the scientist’s phone, but just when it seems Belle is about to take Tari down to Lucks to report her (while Evelyn isn’t looking), she instead gives her back the phone and makes her promise not to tell anyone about it.
    Tari: You’re... not gonna tell Lucks?
    Belle: Please... he and his rules can go suck it for all I care. Besides, it’s just some weeby dating sim. What’s the worst you could do with it?
  • Wham Shot: Right near the end of the episode, with Masa looking at the EMP he used to short out Marco’s extra arms, confirming that he resorted to cheating.
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