Hot Rod hacks into the loop again in a bid to free Optimus Prime from it. Despite his efforts, he is unable to free the Autobot leader, especially when his actions are met with resistance from those enjoying the parade loop. Hot Rod is eventually caught by the Quintessons but is rescued by Clobber, who noticed Hot Rod's absence from Maccadam's bar, and Whirl, who managed to break out of the loop while Hot Rod tried to rescue Optimus. Meanwhile, Perceptor examines Maccadam's bar to find out why the Quintessons did not attack them when they entered in and discovers that it is actually part of a Titan which they had been hiding in the whole time.
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.