Kimimaro’s manipulation of his skeleton allows him to block or neutralize all of Lee’s attacks. This, combined with Lee’s sobering up, again leaves him unable to hurt Kimimaro. Lee persists despite his recent surgery, knowing that he must buy time for Naruto. Elsewhere, Sakon searches for a hidden Kiba. Kiba thinks he has avoided detection when Sakon begins to move away, only to be met by Ukon, who might have approached unnoticed by wearing Kiba’s coat, masking his scent with Kiba’s own scent. Shikamaru, meanwhile, can no longer contain Taya and she makes a move to finish him off. The three Konoha ninja prepare to receive the final blow, but Shikamaru saves Temari, Kiba Kankuro, and Lee Gaara. Reinforcements from the Sand have arrived.