Not far from the baths in Konoha is Jiraiya, who is “gathering material”. Two elders approach him, offering to take over the position of Hokage. Sannin refuses, answering that he is not suited for it. He offers another candidate, a former member of his team, one of the three Sannin – Tsunade. Jiraiya offers to find her for Konoha along with Naruto.
Orochimaru, meanwhile, is in his hideout with Kabuto. They discuss the failure of the mission to destroy Konoha, but there is some success – the Cursed Seal has been put on Sasuke.
The action moves to the desert, where the Suna shinobi find the corpses of the Fourth Kazekage and two of his subordinates. They realize that Orochimaru did this and then took the form of their leader.
Kakashi meets Kurenai and Asuma outside a tea shop. In the same place are strangers in black cloaks. The Joonins realize this, but don’t show it. Noticing them, the strangers retreat, and Kurenai and Asuma go in search of them. Kakashi takes away the approaching Sasuke, whom he himself called to the shop.