Clobber, hacking into the loop again, tries to warn some Cybertronians to snap out of the loop to no avail. However, another Decepticon, Dead End, breaks out of it. Exploring the actual room and that his fellow Decepticons were also caught in the loop, Dead End is forced to flee when he accidentally alerts the invaders, the Quintessons. Finding Clobber and Hot Rod at one of Shockwave's old labs, he attacks the latter, having assumed that the Autobots were responsible for bringing the Quintessons to Cybertron. Even though Hot Rod explains everything (also mentioning how he evaded capture and that he found Perceptor who freed himself from the loop much earlier), Dead End remains unconvinced until the Quintessons and their troops, the Prosecutors, find the three Cybertronians and chase them. It is only when the trio hide out at Maccadam's bar that they are able to shake off their pursuers.
When Bumblebee can't remember what his current mission on Earth is, Windblade repairs his memory chips, enabling him to rediscover his past adventures on Cybertron. When his memories are being repaired, Bumblebee gets a clue that will lead both him and Windblade to complete their mission and save their friends, unaware that Megatron sent his Decepticon assassins to hunt them down.