The second day of the Friendship Cup begins, and the next battle is Yuya vs Duel Chaser 227! Yuya tells the Commons citizens about the fates of losers in the tournament, to be sent to an underground facility to do slave labor, but to his horror the city already knows and have no problem with that. 227 invites Yuya to surrender if he won't duel and defeat him, and the duel begins. The crowd's favor swings between duels along with the tide of the match, and though Yuya has the means to win the duel, he hesitates and 227 is able to get an Action Card to stop Yuya before he can attack.
To everyone's surprise, 227 activates Polymerization, fusing his two Goyo monsters into the new Goyo Emperor. The Emperor takes control of Yuya's Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, and 227 attempts to end the duel. Yuya's Berserker Mode activates and he defends himself, and on his next turn summons Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon, and uses its effect to destroy Goyo Emperor and take back his Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon to end the duel. The wounded 227 is carried away as Yuya is held back from seeing him.
This episode contains examples of:
- Berserk Button: Yuya's was pushed hard this episode when the crowd began cheering for him to lose.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Yuya, this episode, kept trying to make everyone happy and expose the horrible truth about the Friendship Cup. He ends the duel by having Odd-Eyes ram 227 off his bike.
- Conspicuous CG: DC 227 riding up the wall to grab an Action Card is jarringly obvious. Yuya's draw during his final turn is also rather obvious.
- Crapsack World: City has officially hit this. Turns out everyone knew that the losers of the Friendship Cup are made into slaves and don't care.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Between Yuya and the City. Everyone in the city believes in competition to the extreme, meaning they personally don't understand why the loser being made a slave is such a horrible thing.
- Jerkass: Pretty much the entire City is this. Sawatari as well when he didn't really care that Yuya was being booed by the audience but...
- Kick the Dog: As soon as Jack saw Yuya acting like a rampant psycho, he reacts in total contempt.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: The Commons to the Tops. While the Commons are horribly oppressed by the Tops. This episode revealed that they have similar ideals as the Tops and are very blood thirsty.
- Loophole Abuse: Defied. Goyo Emperor's effect doesn't Special Summon destroyed monsters to 227's field; it negates the destruction of monsters it battles and takes control of them. This means Yuya can't exploit Pendulum Monster rulings to return his destroyed monsters to his Extra Deck before a normal Goyo monster could take control of them.
- The Mole: 227's use of Fusion clues Reiji in that someone in the Synchro Dimension (likely Jean-Michael Roget) is working for the Fusion Dimension.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Yuya's reaction after he wins.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: As soon as Jack sees Yuya's more serious demeanor, he instantly realizes that it's the herald of bad news.
- Pet the Dog: Sawatari was nervous for Yuya, when it looked like he was going to lose.
- Rule of Symbolism: Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon represents the Deva Realm, which is the real of bliss. It is sometimes also referred to as the "God's Realm" or "Heavenly Realm" because, when compared to humans, its inhabitants are so powerful that they could be compared to deities. However, while the Devas may be referred to as gods, they are not immortal, omniscient, nor omnipotent, and they do not act as creators or judges in the afterlife. In this case, Yuya is so naive, self-righteous, and somewhat ignorant to the point where he thinks of himself as someone who's better than others, he fails to realize that he's an inferior being beneath the Gods.
- Took a Level in Badass: Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon was described as this for Odd-Eyes Dragon by Yuya himself.
- Wham Line:
- Yuya attempts to warn everyone in the audience about how the losers are forced into slave labor, only for Melissa Claire to reply, "What's wrong with that?"
- 227 activates Polymerization, shocking everyone since Fusion Monsters are entirely foreign to the Synchro Dimension.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: At the end of the episode, Yuya finally does manage to get the crowd to cheer for him... Because he sacrificed his ideals to keep from being sent the underground facility and went partially into Berserker Mode in addition to causing 227 to crash and go flying off his bike in the process, likely seriously injuring him. As Yuya's actions make apparent at the end, he is not happy about their cheers.