We continue immediately after the events of episode 7. Ed is still standing in the alley, staring at Nina/Alexander's
remains. Hughes and his investigations team drives up to the scene. Ed has a horrible flashback of the time he and Al attempted
to bring their mother back to life, and passes out. He feels terribly guilty about being a National Alchemist, and turns in
his resignation. He bumps into Scar, who asks if Ed is a National Alchemist. Ed says "no." Scar inwardly decides that Ed has
just saved his own life.
Winry, Ed and Al's childhood friend, came to Central City to personally congratulate Ed's passing the National Alchemist
exam, but gets kidnapped by a serial murderer, who has recently been harassing the city. Ed tracks Winry's location, only
to be trapped by the murderer and knocked out. When he comes to, he finds his right arm has been removed, disabling his ability
to instantaneously perform alchemy. The murderer goes on and on in the usual psychotic speech-ifying mode, scaring Ed, who
had already been down in the dumps about his inability to do anything for Nina. After a fight where Ed nearly loses his life,
he is about to kill the murderer when Al arrives just in time to stop him.
Ed later accepts his position back as National Alchemist, after a condecsending lecture from Roy. Scar sees
Ed walking down a street with National Alchemist pocketwatch in hand, and feels regret that he has to put Ed back on his "to
kill sometime" list.
In this episode we learn:
-Scar is definitely a whack-job
-Winry is far too interested in machines for her own good
-insane murderers all act alike
-Ed's automail is extremely painful to re-insert into its socket