Before the Sasuke Return Team departs, Shikamaru asserts his leadership and establishes a basic approach to how the mission will be carried out. Despite the crazy nature of the mission, the team and Rock Lee cannot find any flaws in his plan. Sakura stops them before they leave and begs Naruto to bring Sasuke home, believing that he is now the only person who can reach him. Admitting that he knows Sakura’s feelings, Naruto vows to do so without much enthusiasm, encouraging the team and forcing Sakura to acknowledge all of his selfless actions. Elsewhere, Four Sound informs Sasuke of the assignment given to him by Orochimaru, explicitly telling him that he must die once.