Ed and Al rushed back to Central City, looking forward to finding Marco's research on the Philosopher's Stone, only to
find that the library branch containing the papers was destroyed in a fight between Scar and the homonculi, Lust and Gluttony.
They also pick up a new pair of bodyguards from the army, Ross and some unimportant guy. The Elrics are super bummed, but
find a former employee of the library with a perfect memory, and who has happened to have read Marco's notes. Scieszka
rewrites the notes word for word, a list of cooking recipes. Ed realizes this is just code, a very difficult one. After days
of poring over the code, and making a deal with Hughes to get the former librarian hired for Hughes's branch in exchange for
extra yet less strict bodyguards, the Elrics finally discover that living humans are one of the components necessary for making
the Philosopher's Stone.
In this episode we learn:
-Murphy's Law works overtime for the Elrics
-There is some relation between Lust and Scar
-Ed isn't actually used to not being recognized as the Fullmetal Alchemist
-Ed gets a LOT of money from the government in order to conduct his research