Because of the pain caused by the application of the cursed seal, Sasuke loses consciousness. As Naruto is similarly incapacitated, Sakura wonders what to do. Elsewhere, Anko advances through the Forest of Death and discovers Orochimaru. She attacks him and tries to kill him at the cost of her own life, but stops at the last moment when she realizes that she attacked the fake Orochimaru. He appears before her and advises her not to use the forbidden techniques he taught her so innocently, and informs her of his interest in Sasuke. Before he leaves, he warns her not to interrupt the exam prematurely, as he says it would not be in Konoha’s best interest. Meanwhile, while Gai’s team scouts the area and Sakura grooms Naruto and Sasuke, Dosu’s team prepares to attack Sasuke on Orochimaru’s orders.