The Dawn is the eighteenth story arc in the main canon of EGS. It opened February 4, 2013 and ended March 7, 2014 and was 269 pages long. It followed right after the first major timeskip of the comic (although, the last story line deals with few moments during the timeskip).
On launch, both Family Tree and Identity were just single story line. Later they were split to 7 and 11 parts, because Dan though they are too long.
- 1 End Of An Era
- 2 End Of An Era Pt 2
- 3 Family Tree
- 4 Family Tree Part 2 - Arrival
- 5 Family Tree Part 3 - Par-TAY
- 6 Family Tree Part 4 - Weirdness
- 7 Family Tree Part 5 - A Troll
- 8 Family Tree Part 6 - Banhammered
- 9 Family Tree Part 7 - Hangover
- 10 Q&A 6
- 11 Identity
- 12 Identity Part 2 - Reactions
- 13 Identity Part 3 - Cat Attack
- 14 Identity Part 4 - Detective Sarah
- 15 Identity Part 5 - Basement Chat
- 16 Identity Part 6 - ILLOGICAL!
- 17 Identity Part 7 - Dreams
- 18 Identity Part 8 - Ashley
- 19 Identity Part 9 - Detective Susan
- 20 Identity Parts 10 - Ashley and Elliot
- 21 Identity Part 11 - Epilogue
- 22 Summer Moments
End Of An Era
The Dawn started on December 23, indeed about six months after the end of the previous arc (not counting its last two panels), with Elliot and Susan, Susan in a Starfleet uniform, reviewing one of the Star Trek: The Next generation movies. Susan noted how these movies were not considered canon in the Star Trek community and Elliot put emphasis on on how he had managed to find a plot hole.
As Elliot and Susan were watching this review on the couch in Tedd's basement together with Justin, the three talked about how the Starfleet uniform Susan was wearing came from Next Generation rather than the original series. Susan said it would have been alright for Elliot to tease her about that during the review, accidentally misspeaking in a way that made Justin suspicious about the nature of their relationship.
Nevertheless, Justin quickly changed the subject to Susan's 18th birthday on New Years Day. Susan explained that she didn't want to celebrate this event, mainly because people would already be partied out after Christmas and New Years.
Elliot showed his disbelief over the fact that Ellen and Nanase got invited to a party with college students. It was implied that the two girls had been solving mysteries ever since the There Be Whales Here storylines.
As the conversation returned to the topic of Susan's birthday, Elliot said that it simply wouldn't be right to celebrate "the Earth's birthday" and not that of Susan. He then came up with the idea of eating cake and singing birthday songs shortly after the ball had dropped.
They asked Tedd, who would be hosting the party, but he had not been paying attention and changed the topic to Nanase's magic, wondering whether her magic was lying dormant on purpose for the sake of having extra power when it activated again. He then revealed that he still worried about magic-using "tourists" with ill intent coming to Moperville, but said that he wasn't quite sure about the whales anymore, as he hadn't sensed them at all during the six months since and his father had told him that the whale-story is absurd, confirming that he had no knowledge of such creatures existing. However, he had also confirmed the unusual amount of ambient magic in Moperville and promised Tedd he would never lie to him or feed him misinformation, but
Tedd asked the group to prepare in case "magic jerks" ever would show up. The comic then moved to Ellen and Grace ready to spar, with Greg as the referee. Ellen shot transformation beams at Grace, which she gracefully blocked. Ellen fired a strong one and Grace got hit by the full blast, turning her into her Venus-form.
After turning her figure back to normal, Grace asked Greg whether it would be a good idea to go into battle completely flat-chested. Needless to say, Greg didn't have an answer to this question and quickly fled the scene. Grace then revealed that she was afraid she wouldn't be able to do the blocking when flying, walking or moving at all.
Sarah and Nanase were sitting in a restaurant. Sarah revealed that she didn't want to be in a relationship with Elliot anymore, but wanted to stay friends with him. She said that Elliot was a gentleman and a great friend, but that he was simply too "passive" in their relationship. He never did anything new and Sarah felt the relationship wasn't going anywhere.
Nanase explained Elliot's abstinence by speculating about his feelings on teen pregnancies. Apparently, Elliot's mother was still in school when she got pregnant with her son (revealed back in a 2003 comic), and that may have had an effect on Elliot's view on such things.
Sarah said it would be great if Susan could "take Elliot over" if she ended their relationship (though doubted that Susan was even interested in Elliot), then Nanase casually replied that this was basically what happened when Nanase broke up with him so Elliot and Sarah could be together. Sarah, shocked that it hadn't been Elliot who ended their relationship, got mad that he hadn't even managed to take the initiative in such a central part of his life.
Sarah and Nanase concluded that Elliot was just such a nice guy, something that only made it harder for Sarah to end their relationship. She also wanted to wait until after Christmas and New Years, so as to not ruin the holidays for him.
The comic switched focus to Elliot and Ellen. At night, as they were about to go to bed, Elliot tried to settle on a standard form to use for his nightly burn-off of energy. Ellen revealed that since she went out of town for a short while (to solve The Mystery of the Were-Goat), her energy build-ups were over. Elliot, however, refused this solution, claiming to hate traveling, and mentioned that he was already used to periodically switching sexes, so he didn't really mind it anymore.
They talked about how they would be watching old Christmas specials with Grace and Tedd the next day, since Grace had never seen any of those. Ellen expressed hope that Susan would come as well, as she would like some snarky commentary to go with the movies. Elliot explained that she would have to work that day, however, and mentioned that it kind-of felt like "cheating" on her when he watched movies without her.
Ellen told Elliot he needed to be more introspective and figure out why he felt the way he did, despite his discomfort thinking about such things. Elliot tried this, first pondering whether his past violence was really justified by his noble intent. However, he soon started to dream about Susan in Counselor Troi's uniform justifying his actions, telling him he was maturing and coming close for a... kiss?
Suddenly awake, Elliot jumped up from his dream, mad at himself for thinking that way about Susan. He blamed his hormones for it (not thinking there might be something more behind it), but still felt like he had cheated on Sarah. Ellen implied that Elliot might have a thing for Susan and that, at the very least, he owed it to himself and his girlfriend to figure out his own feelings.
She then started talking about how 'they' never really loved Sarah in a "true love" kind of way, but stopped as she realized that she was telling Elliot how to feel, rather than letting him figure it out himself.
Later, as Elliot was showering, he realized he really might just have a thing for Susan. This gave him much to think about and made him reevaluate his relationship with Sarah.
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End Of An Era Pt 2
Elliot told Ellen how confused he was about his feelings, and during this conversation he made it clear that he had considered Ellen family from the first time he saw her.
As the time of the Christmas special party drew near, Sarah—already in Tedd's basement together with Grace—obsessed over how she would need to act normal around Elliot despite her new feelings. Luckily, Grace managed to supply her with a much needed distraction just by being her bubbly self.
As Elliot came in, he immediately hugged Sarah, stating that he "just really wanted to hug [her]." Grace noticed something was going on and asked Ellen about it, but she merely pointed out that the two of them would need time to sort it out on their own. Grace then quickly changed the topic by yelling out to start the party.
The first movie Grace wanted to watch was Die Hard, not having realized that it isn't really a Christmas movie in the traditional sense. She explained she wanted to watch something violent in which the main character triumphed without guilt, despite her own non-violent nature. Once he had heard her explanation, Elliot immediately and enthusiastically agreed, as it matched his earlier introspections.
A few days later—December 26, to be specific—Justin and Susan met up in a chatroom. Justin's avatar was dressed up like Vault Boy from the Fallout series, while Susan's avatar was dressed up like Vanellope Von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph (including skirt!). After having chatted a bit about how their respective Christmases had been, Justin asked a rather personal question: whether Susan was attracted to Elliot.
Susan confirmed this, although only due to her being a heterosexual woman and Elliot being the only heterosexual man, other than Tedd, she spent any significant amount of time around. Basically, she blamed her attraction on hormones, much like what Elliot had blamed his feelings on earlier. She went so far she even created list she should avoid to not seduce Elliot accidentally ... with dressing up as Counsel Troi included. She also explained that she did not want to risk their friendship or betray Sarah, though her reaction to the question of what she would do if Sarah and Elliot would ever break up was ambiguous.
At the same time, Diane was visiting Rhoda's house and Rhoda told her about Elliot's (and Susan's) review show. She mentioned Susan being a friend of Catalina, to which Diane replied that she had yet to meet Catalina.
They watched an episode of the review show together, which was the first time Diane actually saw Elliot, and she found him good looking. Rhoda tried to make clear how much Susan looked and sounded like Diane, but Diane didn't buy it at all.
Diane shared her dreams about wanting to meet and marry the perfect man, one that would be "rich and handsome, kind and compassionate, independent and assertive, and do everything [she told] him to do." She didn't expect Elliot to be that man, but she believed that dating him would be a good experience. As Rhoda expressed her own, more traditionally romantic, views on how to find one's life partner, Diane declared them to be "adorable".
From this point forward, Diane became a fan of the series, enjoying every video, usually watching them in bed on her phone.
On December 27, as Tedd and Elliot were playing videogames together, Elliot asked a question that had been bothering him for the past few days: What is love? Being unsure of what the line is between friendship and love, he wanted to know what it was like for Tedd and Grace.
Tedd explained that, at first, it had just been him being nice to her and she being... Well, a girl in his house. It just grew out to something "amazing." Tedd then asked why Elliot was asking about this, but immediately realized the answer to that question himself.
Put on the spot, Elliot eventually confessed that he might want to break up with Sarah, because he didn't really love her in a romantic way. Worrying about what it would do with the group, Tedd got a traumatic flashback to his mother leaving him, and then Elliot stated that he loved him (quickly adding that he didn't mean it romantically), to which Tedd replied quite emotionally.
In the following scene, Elliot explained how Sarah is "artistic, fun, familiar, cute" and "like a sister" to him, the latter being the moment that he realized why he wasn't romantically interested in his oldest friend.
Absolutely shocked, Elliot called Ellen to ask whether she felt the same way, to which she replied that she did. Elliot hung up the phone, still making exactly the same shocked face. Elliot stated that he had to break up with Sarah now, but didn't know how to go about with it. Tedd suggested asking Nanase, seeing as she was experienced in breaking up. Elliot, however, decided not to ask for help and took the initiative for once.
Shortly after, once he was back home, he called Sarah to ask her to meet him somewhere. Sarah quickly realized that he might be wanting to break up with her and decided to come over right after a quick shower. During this shower, however, she started to wonder why he wanted to break up with her, which broke her spirit.
Once Sarah had arrived at Elliot's house, he again took the initiative, telling her that they had to break up. When Sarah, looking rather sad, asked why he felt this way, he explained how she was more like a sister to him. Sarah didn't take this well, but thinking about it for a bit, she quickly realized that it actually made a lot of sense. She then revealed that she had been planning to break up with him as well, for her own reasons. This was also the point where Elliot realized he wasn't really a bad guy, as he wasn't angry at Sarah in any way.
Sarah and Elliot decided to stay friends, now joking about how no one would ever believe that their break-up went so smoothly, and how they should tell people that Sarah was throwing stuff at Elliot, at least a couch, possibly multiple couches.
Later, a potential customer in the Video Rental Store asked Susan about her being in a relationship with Elliot, which she denied. Just after this conversation was finished, Sarah came in to tell Susan that she broke up with Elliot.
Later, and without potential customers listening in, Susan brought up the possibility that Sarah had also started to become less attracted to Elliot because he reminded her more of her sister since he'd begun transforming. Sarah, however, emphatically did not want to consider this possibility.
As Elliot told his sister about the break-up, Ellen asked whether he was planning to ask Susan out, but Elliot didn't think that was a good idea as he didn't want to settle again that quickly. He then explained that he wanted to take a "break from himself" and transformed into his Heidi form, simply to play videogames. Ellen noted that using a mind-bending transformation to relax may not be wise, but agreed to multiplayer.
The parting shot showed everyone lying in their beds: Elliot (still in Heidi form) and Sarah sleeping well, Susan not being able to sleep at all and Diane, watching a review video of Elliot, stating "You will be mine, oh yes. You will be mine"
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Usually, when they helped solve "mysteries", Nanase and Ellen received little but a "thank you". After the Mystery of the Haunted Lockerroom, however, Rhea invited them to a New Year's Eve party—as was mentioned earlier. Nanase's mother agreed to it, on the strict condition that neither of them drink (and that they run away if they see drug use), something Nanase herself didn't mind promising but Ellen only grudgingly accepted. Nanase's mother also warned Nanase that her reputation might attract enemies.
Family Tree Part 2 - Arrival
They arrived early—actually first not counting Rhea, her roommates and sister, who, surprisingly, turned out to be Diane. They found out that she had been adopted AND that it was her birthday; she was born 10 minutes before midnight. Considering they had already found Susan and Diane surprisingly similar-looking, finding out they were born 20 minutes from each other (which is totally possible for twins) convinced them that the two were sisters. Diane complained about not being allowed to drink, before leaving for an internet chat room.
Talking with Rhoda (who had Catalina as part of her avatar), she found out Ellen was Elliot sister. Meanwhile, prompted by a piece of Christmas decoration, Nanase explained some details about her guardian form spell to Ellen. Diane returned and changed the subject to Elliot, talking about the review show. Ellen didn't get it immediately, but realized in time how dangerous an encounter with her might be so close after Elliot's breakup.
Then two hosts arrived, Rick and Elijah. Elijah, being a big fan of "the teen girl detectives", wasted no time getting to know the two of them, while Diane went back to the computer, this time trying to get advice from Lucy. Lucy recommended forgetting about Elliot, saying he wasn't so special, whereupon Diane admitted that she may want a real relationship for once, something that surprised her even more than Lucy. Meanwhile, Charlotte made a brief appearance downstairs, mostly to say hello, and mentioned that it was she who had recommended them to Rhea. Upon learning that Ellen and Nanase wouldn't be drinking, she offered them "sanctuary" in her room upstairs before withdrawing. As soon as more guests had arrived the drinking games started.
Family Tree Part 3 - Par-TAY
Nanase and Ellen went upstairs, remembering Charlotte's offer to keep them company instead of the the other guests with their drinking games. Diane tried to secretly get to the punch, but was stopped by a student with a Santa's hat, who claimed to owe her sister a debt.
Meanwhile, Charlotte played Mario Party with Nanase and Ellen, talking with them about the possibility of real supernatural elements. She mentioned having one of Nanase's fairy dolls (one of those created in Sister II), and that she had been discussing stuff on forums, learning about guardian forms... and correctly guessed that it was an attack, that the attacker was after Ellen and that Nanase was the guardian. Then she explained that she simply wanted to know whom to call if she noticed something "truly spooky". Ellen confirmed that she could call them and that they would either be able to solve it themselves or contact someone who could—probably hinting at DGB.
As the party continued, Rhea seemed to not drink quite as responsibly as she had thought... and in the background people started to change, most obviously boys to girls.
Family Tree Part 4 - Weirdness
Diane came down to get some soda and a slice of pizza, but as she talked with Rhea she noticed that there was something weird with the guests... then she realized that some of them whom she knew as boys were now girls. Already frightened by this, she became outright scared when first Rhea seemed to accept anything she said, calling her "my lord", and then everybody else mindlessly obeyed her command to cluck like chickens. She quickly ran upstairs and tried the same on Nanase, Ellen and Charlotte, and was immensely relieved when it didn't work.
She then asked Nanase if she could fix it with her magic, proving that she hadn't always been very discreet, but Charlotte explained how Nanase didn't have magic at the moment. Nanase responded that what they should do was call her uncle Edward, and picked up her mobile phone—only to find out there was no signal. Internet was also down, and there was no landline phone. In the following discussion, Diane mentioned the guy in Santa's hat owing her sister a favor, which made Nanase remember Jerry.
Ellen suggested they go out into the snow to search for a spot with better reception. When she also mentioned that staying inside a house full of people who were apparently getting under control of some non-friendly magic user might be even more risky, the others easily agreed. Everyone got Mr. Verres' phone number added to their phones, and they went downstairs to leave. This time, the party guests were not only all female, but obviously looking very similar to Nanase in everything except hair and clothes. Diane mentioned how she considered Nanase the coolest person ever and that this had to be someone who had a grudge against her.
Family Tree Part 5 - A Troll
While walking to Nanase's car, Ellen noticed two snow angels without any footprints around. Then a flying monster landed before them, talking about Noriko Verres. Charlotte recognized him as a visitor to her message board, using the nick Tengu, and criticized his form for not looking like an actual tengu. Nanase noticed Diane had disappeared, so she tried to keep the conversation going in order to give her more time. Not-Tengu confirmed that he had transformed the party guests and casually mentioned that killing him would free them, but then pointed out that he would not attack them unless they attacked him first.
Nanase quickly assumed that he didn't want to attack because he feared the defensive power of her guardian form. The moment being suitably dramatic, she got her magic back and quickly turned into said form, explaining that since its purpose was about protecting others, rather than self-defense, she could use it offensively as well. At this, Not-Tengu laughed, replying that it had actually been manipulation, because he was more confident about facing a guardian form than a magic user of unknown capabilities who might have any kind of nasty surprises up her sleeves. (Of course, if he had known her spells, he might have thought otherwise.)
Remembering the two snow angels, Ellen decided to help Nanase by using her copy beam spell on her. Although things like this had not been mentioned in either's spellbook, it worked: Ellen first changed to Nanase and then to the guardian form. The two of them noticed they shared some sort of telepathy and agreed that their combat instinct were telling them not to attack. Not-Tengu was not attacking either; he assumed the guardian forms wouldn't last long. After a silent conversation about ambient magic energy, Ellen got the idea that they needed to make Not-Tengu chase them so that the three of them together would use up all the ambient energy in the immediate area, which would reverse the transformation of the party guests.
The strategy worked: they kept flying and evading Not-Tengu, who chased them getting more and more angry, threatening to kill Noriko, her ex-husband, her sister, her children (suggesting that Tedd might not be her only child)... Unfortunately, neither Nanase nor Ellen could hear him over the rush of wind past their ears. He continued the chase until his flying stopped working and he fell down, hitting the pavement of the parking lot several times.Barely conscious, he tried to get up, just to see Grace in tri-tail form (but no horns) and Uryuom work suit trying to threaten him. Then he fell unconscious.
Family Tree Part 6 - Banhammered
Elliot in Cheerleadra form arrived next, surprisingly not affected by the low temperature despite her (usuall scanty) clothes. Nanase and Ellen talked to them, then powered down the guardian forms, both burned out with Ellen having blonde hair.
Next, Charlotte and Diane returned. Diane suggested killing "it", quickly surprised by Not-Tengu's form wearing off and revealing it to be a transformed human. She then commented on their hair, concluding that neither of them had magic at the moment, and went to stand by the superhero, rather confusing Elliot who hadn't met her before.
Finally Mr. Verres also arrived, followed by Agent Wolf and Agent Cranium. Cranium identified Not-Tengu (without saying his name), making Wolf surprised they had been able to defeat him—as, he explained, the last time he had been defeated it had been by "a legendary monster hunter with a long family history of fighting monsters and evil wizards"... at the mention of which, both Mr. Verres and Cranium looked at him rather crossly. Then Wolf emphasized the need to keep all this secret. Mr. Verres confirmed this and when Nanase objected, took her aside and explained how secrecy was the only thing keeping the world from being overrun with people like Not-Tengu. As a rejoinder, Nanase asked him somewhat pointedly about Tedd's mother being a legendary monster hunter, to which he reacted by cautioning her not to mention that fact to Tedd. At first he refused to explain why and then implied that telling Tedd about his mother might make him so withdrawn as to appear mute, as had apparently been the case when they were younger.
Once Cranium had used an observation-from-a-distance ability of hers to confirm that everything was back to normal in the apartment, Diane rushed home; Nanase, Ellen and Charlotte followed at a more sedate pace after Cranium fixed Ellen's hair color. They talked about the experience, Charlotte commented that it was good to have a couple angels to call on, and Ellen coined the phrase "Charlotte's Angels". A teenaged Jerry, sitting on a roof top, gave some closing remarks, tying up some of the loose threads, but in the end realized that this was not enough to fulfill his promise to Susan at the end of the Hammerclorians storyline
Family Tree Part 7 - Hangover
The next day, Nanase got a wake-up call from her mother, who asked her about the party, but after considering what she now knew about her aunt Noriko and their family history, as well as her mother's already previously expressed worry, she decided not to tell her anything about what had happened. As she told Ellen the day after that, either her mother knew full well and had a reason to pretend she didn't, or she had no idea and then Nanase didn't know where to start. This of course didn't mean that she was happy about their "web of selectively not shared information", and the two talked about what hey ought to tell whom. In the end, they decided that they wouldn't tell Susan about her sister immediately, but wait for her mother to do it, possibly talking to Susan's mother first to give her a final chance to tell her daughter before they did. They didn't agree about Tedd; Nanase suggested trying to persuade Edward into telling him about his mother, while Ellen believed Edward's explanation.
Having had her magic returned a second time after the minimum waiting period of a day, Nanase spent the whole discussion in fairy form (and most of it flying).
The first question is why Agent Cranium used magic to change Ellen's hair back to (almost) normal but didn't for Nanase. The answer is that Nanase was expected to be burned long time, so keeping the enchantment going would have beein impractical. We also get new information: that it's hard to predict exact enchantment duration for anyone with higher than "normal" resistance.
The second question is what would happen if Ellen used her copy spell on Nanase's fairy doll. We get new informations about the fairy doll: when Nanase is not using it, it's inanimate object (and therefore can't be copied) - it's like a common doll with a Nanase-like head, when Nanase is using it, its physiology is exactly like a tiny Nanase with wings and tail. Then Amanda points that Ellen's spell supposedly doesn't work on summons, so she couldn't copy Nanase's "Fox" duplicate ... but Lisa ask if fairy doll really count as a summon, considering Nanase occupies doll she already made. So the final answer is "not sure".
The third question references a point brought up by the Interdimensional Whale: Spell catalysts that small (as Tedd's magic watch) should require a lot of energy to use. Amanda explains that in addition to letting someone cast spells, spell catalysts can store energy, meaning that caster doesn't need to use as much of their own energy. Capacity of catalysts depends on size, material and quality, but Tedd's watches have basically zero capacity.
The fourth question explains the effect of magic on Uryuoms and Seyunolus: Grace was not canceling enchantment when she reduced her breast size after Ellen hit her, because she never was enchanted. Uryuom magic (and Ellen's beams) don't actually enchant Uryuoms and Uryuom hybrids (although it transform them). Also, while Uryuom enchantments replace each other, on Uryuoms the transformations stack and you can get combined result that way.
The sixth question return to enchantments again: Elliot's magic is his own and his forms are not replaced or canceled out by TF gun beams, and he can't cancel TF gun transformation using his magic. Ellen's V5 beams, however, are like the TF gun: they will replace different Uryuom magic morphs and cancel out identical ones.
The seventh question is what Susan thinks of the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies. Lisa is not sure if it's safe, considering those put women back in skirt uniforms. Susan replies that while the skimpy female uniforms seem off from modern perspective, the show was groundbreaking in it's era in terms of equality and representation. So she have a soft spot for the original series that includes it's uniforms. Regardless, she doesn't like the reboot movies.
The eight question is how much control Grace have over individual parts of her body. The explanation is that TF gun can be programmed with partial morphs that result in small changes, and she can mix them up with no known limit. Tedd and Sarah both helped with deciding on and programing such morphs and Grace now can dramatically change her appearance using just combinations of those.
The ninth question is if Not-Tengu was aberration and if not why. He wasn't; we are given the basic common points for aberrations (see the aberration page) and Not-Tengu doesn't match them. He had a monster form and didn't seem to care much about other people's feelings, but still, aberrations are WORSE.
On next page, Nanase explained that Aberrations are universally difficult to harm with physical attacks, but are weak against magic weapons. In French. Apparently, neither Amanda nor Lisa know French.
The tenth question is how Justin thinks of the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies. Justin started with some nitpicks, but then admitted he love them: they fail as Star Trek, but they're entertaining and fun and have Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto and Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) ...
The eleventh question is if there will ever be shrinking in the main story to smaller than the current limits of the TF Gun. Amanda says "yes" and when Lisa protests that it's spoiler, Amanda objects that it's been foreshadowed all over the place and that it's very non-specific confirmation. She then goes on with "example" consisting of apparent Elliot-Justin shipping. Lisa comments that saying that would almost guarantee it will not happen, but it wasn't all that likely anyway.
The twelfth question is about limits of the TF Gun. Answer of "could it make someone inanimate" is huge no. It also can't really change people into something other than mammals - it won't make target cold blooded or give him hollow bird bones. But it can be used to give someone scales or feathers. Tedd comments that he didn't want to use that because it's not comfortable. Amanda (in lizard-like form) answers that lizards are cool, while Lisa (with wings and feathers) confirms that it feels weird.
The final question is how did Amanda's date with (Adrian) Raven go. Amanda answers that it's personal, but it did go well, and there was dancing. Then she continues with how weird is dating out of continuity and mentions Lisa asking some girl. Lisa tries to stop her because of running gag that Amanda is not aware of Lisa liking girls, but then admits that the joke is long dead anyway.
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When they watched the review with Tedd and Grace Sarah mentioned that the couch was supposed to look fake, and was not sure if they needed to add the disclaimer that hey really broke up and remained friends. Susan assured her that the disclaimer was necessary. Grace was apparently nervous from idea it could happen to her as well. Susan then mentioned that they have little over one thousand subscribers. Everyone except Elliot was surprised and Sarah got retroactive stage fright. Tedd commented that people can watch the reviews without being subscribers and that the subscribers are likely not evenly distributed and many of them may be their classmates. Elliot got retroactive stage fright.
Identity Part 2 - Reactions
We are then shown few people reacting to the review, including Ashley (not yet named at this point) and Diane. Two men watching it together approached Sarah next day in school, one introduced himself as Cecil and they talked a bit. Susan was surprised that noone approached her due to the show. Sarah claimed that it was just random and that Cecil knew her from the art class, then one girl who watched the review approached her.
Elsewhere, Elliot talked with Tedd about the stage fright. He said that show had been around for months and people would not suddenly start noticing him. Tedd objected that even without the show, people were noticing him and there were dozens of rumors about him. As example of why, he pointed out how Elliot just returned a dropped phone to some girl ... by jumping over some people and bouncing from wall. Then he pointed out outher things - his stance against bullies, the Goo incident, the Bloodgrem ... and that he tried to help a griffin find Avalon. Elliot tried to downplay it saying that she was just asking for directions.
Elliot felt like spending the rest of the day transformed and anonymous, as he disliked being the center of attention. Tedd calms him that it's not that bad, that people know about him but he wouldn't get more attention.
Sarah was still being approached by people, mostly boys, who saw the review and they want to talk about "geeky stuff" with her (comics, video games, video editing). She talked with Susan about it, mentioning that she's trying to stay positive about it, but that she suspected most of them are flirting with her because they know she's geek and single.
Identity Part 3 - Cat Attack
On lunch pause, Catalina glomped Sarah. Sarah asked why she never glomps Susan and Catalina said she wants to live. Then she congratulated her how she handled the break with Elliot, but got confused when Sarah mentions the couch throwing. She said that she didn't watch the review, but that she heard that Elliot realized he is gay. Sarah though about it and said that it would make sense, while Susan complained that it doesn't. They talked about it over lunch. Sarah explained that while it sort of make sense to her, it wasn't the reason for the breakup mentioned in the review, while Susan searched the review comments for where this rumor started. She's very surprised when she found it: it's long comment with lot of long words and no spelling or punctuation errors. It sounds very smart, but Sarah noted that revealing the "secret" showed the author to be dumber that they think or a self-serving jerk with an ego to stroke. The screen name of author was Ronin and some numbers, and his avatar was an anime guy with a sword. But Susan also found someone who argued against Elliot being gay, someone just as articulate. Susan said that she didn't know who that was, but she would send them a thank you. (We are shown that it's Diane).
Catalina wanted to redeem her part in spreading the rumor by helping stopping it ... and she did it by glomping and kissing Elliot in front of full hallway of people and talking about him as her lover. Not everyone was buying it, Sarah commented that it's like train wreck and she can't look away, and Susan was blushing. Elliot himself was surprised and conflicted about it (as illustrated by five Elliots, two of them woman, arguing about it, then sixth one appeared to point out that both Sarah and Susan were watching it).
Elliot asked and Catalina explained there was a rumor that he's gay. Instead of playing along, he said that's ok, then explained that he's not, but if people want to think it, it's their business. Unless they're gay-bashing. People around heard that explanation, and while not everyone believed it, generally the plan worked, to Sarah's surprise. Elliot thanked Catalina and said that her girlfriend is a lucky woman. Catalina panicked, as she forgot, and said she must come up with the most ultimate apology plan ever. Elliot recommended be honest and explain it. Sarah and Susan updated Elliot and Tedd.
Identity Part 4 - Detective Sarah
Sarah started thinking that the rumor might've been attempt to get to her good side (although, as Susan commented, not GOOD attempt).Sarah then asked the boys various questions trying to find out who might be the Ronin.
Meanwhile, Susan was thinking about why she found Catalina and Elliot kissing sexy and was pretty confused by it. Just when she thought about this being another reason why people not like her, someone told her people like her. He then explained that her willingness to fiercely stand up for her beliefs is intimidating - so Susan is not approached so much because she's likeable, but scary. He introduced himself as Tom, mentioned the reviews and that he likes Star Trek. Then he started leaving, but Susan calls him back and they agreed to meet online. Ashley saw this and made a grumpy face.
Identity Part 5 - Basement Chat
At home after school Grace told Elliot that she could imagine Elliot kissing Tedd and then clarified that she was thinking of herself transformed to look like Elliot. After Tedd and Justin arrived Justin told the others that Grace had told him about the rumor that Elliot is gay and Grace told them that Rhoda told her even though she doesn't usually reads internet video comments. After Elliot told the others that Catalina kissed him Grace became angry on Catalina's girlfriend's behalf. Meanwhile Catalina apologised to Rhoda, who forgave her.
After Elliot said that he didn't care if people thought he's gay and Justin talked about how he was bullied in the past Grace asked them why some are bothered by homosexuality. When Elliot told her that homophobia doesn't make sense he became so angry that Tedd asked Grace to hug him. When Justin asked him why became so angry he explained that he had lost a friend over homophobia. (There are hints later in the storyline that the mentioned friend is Tony).
Identity Part 6 - ILLOGICAL!
While Susan was waiting for Tom in a chatroom Justin joined her and they talked about her feelings when Catalina kissed Elliot. Justin deduced that Susan found it sexy. Susan complained that it wasn't logical for her to feel that way and then thought of how she could be in control of those feelings while acknowledging them. During this, Tom was actually logged but was using invisible mode in order to make Susan miss him.
Identity Part 7 - Dreams
When Elliot was about to go to bed he talked to Ellen, who was disappointed that no one, as far as Elliot knew, took a picture of Catalina kissing him. She also mentioned that she had a good idea of who Catalina's girlfriend was. Elliot deduced that she meant Rhoda.
In Elliot's dream Catalina, Susan, Diane, Nanase and Grace declared themselves Elliot's lover. Elliot decided to wake up. When he was awake he changed back to his male form hoping to avoid such dreams.
In Elliot's next dream Tedd told him that the erotic dreams were not caused by sleeping in a female form. Tedd also said that Elliot wanted a girlfriend and turned female himself. When Tedd suggested Diane Elliot objected that she looked too much like Susan. Then Tedd suggested dating women who weren't already his friends to see if they are the right one for him. Elliot objected that he didn't want to date strangers. Tedd then suggested dating acquaintances or women he happened to meet. Then they kissed.
When Elliot woke up he didn't remember who he talked to and kissed, only that she had a ponytail or pigtails and that she was Asian, but he remembered what she said.
Identity Part 8 - Ashley
At school on the next day Susan tried to hug Sarah but stopped because she wasn't ready for it so she gave her a pat on the head instead. She explained that she was trying to become more comfortable with touching. Catalina heard this and became flustered at the thought of Susan asking her or Rhoda for help.
Just after Elliot told Tedd that he had spent part of the night untransformed he felt that he was about to transform. Because the men's room was too far away Elliot transformed in a stairwell and was seen by a young woman. The woman, who had been fascinated by transformation since she read Ranma ½ as a child, asked if she should help him transform back. When Elliot told her that he could transform back on his own she offered to be a lookout to make sure that he could transform unseen.
Elliot, hoping that the woman hadn't seen who he was, asked if they had met before. The woman gave her name as Ashley and told him that he had retrieved her cellphone the day before. She also told him that she was a fan of his review show with Susan. Elliot concluded that Ashley had been in his dream because she looked Asian and had an off-center ponytail.
When they had arrived at the place where they went for privacy to transform and Ashley had made sure that no one was around Elliot asked Ashley if she wanted to look. Ashley turned around fast to look and was impressed when she saw the transformation. When Elliot asked Ashley if she had any questions she said that there were things that she would very much like to ask eventually.
Then she remembered that she had followed him into the stairwell to talk about her ex-boyfriend manipulating Susan into asking him out. Elliot couldn't believe that Susan could be manipulated but Ashley warned not to underestimate Tom's sneakiness. Elliot still thought that Tom didn't have a chance because Susan wasn't interested in dating. Ashley told him that she had heard Tom reassure Susan that she was likable and then left saying that he was bothering her. Elliot became angry and said that he might have to hurt Tom.
Ashley said that hurting Tom (whose name she said for the first time) would hurt his own chances with Susan. She also said that Susan might not believe her because she was Tom's ex-girlfriend. When Elliot asked what Ashley meant by her talk about chances she said that she thought Elliot was in love with Susan and Elliot replied that he didn't want to date her because he preferred their current friendship, Susan was friends with Sarah, who was his ex-girlfriend, and Susan didn't want to date anyone.
Elliot pointed out that he would have to tell Susan who told him about Tom. Ashley, who was ashamed that she hadn't thought of that, told Elliot that she was in love with him to improve her credibility. An embarrassed Ashley tried to leave but Elliot, impressed by her selflessness, declared that he loved her. Elliot asked her out for a date and Ashley enthusiatically said yes even though they both noted that it wasn't really the right time.
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Identity Part 9 - Detective Susan
Susan left Sarah to go to Tom while he was talking about her with a friend. Tom apologised for missing the chat the day before. Susan apologised for any impression of flirting that she might have made and said that she didn't want to date, which shocked Tom. Tom said that she might want to date him later but Susan was sure that she wouldn't. As Susan noted that he seemed persistent about wanting to keep the possibility of dating open Tom said that he was irrationally feeling rejected.
Susan noticed that he had seemed certain that she had been in the chatroom when he apologised for missing it and accused him of having been there in invisible mode. Tom said that he had been nervous. Susan objected that he had seemed confident and asked him why he suddenly walked away even though she was smiling and called him the worst liar ever. This caused him to say "I am a fantastic liar!" so loudly that every woman in the cafeteria heard it. Tom admitted that he tried to manipulate her into asking him out. He said that everyone lie and he at least admitted it to himself. Susan objected that most people who lie have good or at least non-harmful intentions and the same couldn't be said of him manipulating her. She said that they could have become friends and that she and many people couldn't trust him. Tom told his friend that Susan had changed to something more than the Hammer Queen.
When Susan came back to Sarah she hugged her, apologised for hugging without asking for permission and, after Sarah said that she might hug her, hugged Sarah again.
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Identity Parts 10 - Ashley and Elliot
Elliot persuaded Ashley to tell Susan about Tom herself. When Susan, Tedd and Sarah saw them Tedd speculated that Elliot made Ashley with his magic. Ashley hesitated to go to Susan's table and suggest to Elliot that they ask to speak in private with her. Susan, who assumed that Ashley was a fan of the review show, waved at Ashley to invite her, which made Ashley nervous.
Ashley awkwardly introduced herself to Susan. Ashley started to warn Susan about Tom but Susan already knew that he was a jerk. Susan told her and the others about her conversation with Tom. Ashley was surprised that she had realised that Tom was a jerk that fast and ashamed that it took herself two months. Susan angrily told her not to feel ashamed. Susan points out that the fact that she didn't want to date Tom made him react in a way that made her suspicious and that Ashley shouldn't blame herself for Tom manipulating her. This impresses Ashley.
After first Ashley and then Elliot left Sarah said that she thought they were in love with each other. Sarah suggested to Susan that they encourage their relationship. Susan agreed because she saw the alternative as wanting to put Elliot's life on hold for her own sake. Tedd pointed out that Elliot might transform suddenly while about to kiss Ashley. When Sarah told him that it never happened to her Tedd was disappointed. Tedd and Sarah talked about imagining transformation scenarios involving each other and Elliot and when Elliot came back they held their hands to the sides of their heads.
Elliot told Susan, Tedd and Sarah how he met Ashley. They were very surprised when he told them that Ashley saw him transform. He also told them that he had asked Ashley out. When Elliot told Tedd that Ashley loved him partly because of his transformation Tedd asked if Ashley was bisexual. When Susan asked Elliot if they could trust Ashley Elliot said that she offered to help him when she saw her transform and that she thought that Elliot loved Susan. Susan declared that she couldn't understand why people would think that and Sarah and Tedd talked about shipping.
When Susan and Sarah talked about Tom another man named Tom overheard it and apologised for his reaction when he was told that they referred to another Tom. Sarah told Susan that she would ask the men who talked to her the previous day about Ronin because the events of the day had taught her that honesty gives results. When she asked the men they said they wouldn't do anything as stupid as Ronin's comment and all but Cecil mentioned that they were gay.
Tony's friend overheard Elliot and Ashley talking about their date and was surprised because he had misunderstood a remark by Tony to mean that Elliot was gay and Tony used to be friends with Elliot. Tony addressed his friend as Ronin and called his internet comment stupid.
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Identity Part 11 - Epilogue
Susan told Justin about Tom and Ashley by chat. She told him that Elliot having a girlfriend was a relief and compared her relationship with him to her relationship with Justin. She also said that she liked to watch other people's relationships.
On the night Diane couldn't resist the temptation to read internet comments. She found that she had received a private message from the review show's channel. Afer dismissing the thought that it was Elliot asking her out she concluded that he was thanking her for combating the rumor that he was gay. The message turned out to be from Susan. She remembered Rhoda saying that Susan looked like her and Nanase's reaction when told that the busybody from the party acted on a favor for her sister but told herself that she wasn't sure they were sisters. She read the message, which praised her comments about the rumor that he was gay, and finally concluded that Susan was her sister. The thought made her unable to sleep.
The second is titled "Guess Which Of Us Is Who". It contains Tedd and two persons: one is Sarah with Grace color scheme, other is Grace with Sarah color scheme. Presumably, one of them is Grace, one is Sarah, but which is which ...
The third is titled "At The Movies". It contains movie audience of Rhoda and Catalina (kissing), Mr. Tensaided, Ashley and Liz (goth), Rick and Elijah, George, four more college party guests, Susan, Elliot and Sarah.
The fifth is titled "Hazards Of Clone Form Pranking" and features a Tedd figure kissing one Grace figure and a second Grace figure behind a curtain, both Grace figures appearing somewhat surprised. It is left unspecified which of the three figures is actually Sarah, but considering the "Hazards" title, it is likely to be the one being kissed.