The Sound Four notice that Orochimaru is wasting his time with Sasuke. Sasuke activates his Cursed Seal in an attempt to prove them wrong, but they are not impressed since they have more control over their own Cursed Seals. They remind him of his desire to kill Itachi and promise that Orochimaru can give him the power he needs by improving his Cursed Seal, which is only one of many possibilities. They leave Sasuke to choose between Orochimaru and Konoha, and Sasuke makes his decision.
In the meantime, Rock Lee reflects on his dreams of becoming a magnificent ninja who excels in taizyutsu. Once he remembers what Gai always had confidence in him, Gai comes to him.