Everyone has returned to the Hidden Leaf Village. Kakashi is hospitalized for a week due to the strain caused by his Mangekyo Sharingan. But he is scheduled to meet with Orochimaru's contact in four days' time. Despite Shizune's pleas to send another team, Tsunade declares that she will send Team Kakashi to do the job. Hearing this, Naruto hurries back to the village in search of reinforcements for the team, but is attacked on the way by the mysterious Sai!
After attacking Naruto, Sai predicts that they will meet again soon, then vanishes. Tsunade meets with the village elders, Homura and Koharu, who feel that Naruto, as a jinchuuriki, should not be sent on missions involving the Akatsuki. Tsunade refuses to comply. In return for accepting her unreasonable refusal, the elders demand that she add a ninja recommended by Danzo to Kakashi's team.