I never cease to be amazed at Kubo-sensei's ability to surprise us. Here I was expecting a series of fights and now we have effing PLOT and these three killer happenings:
1. That was Chad's blood alright
2. Orihime slaps Ulquiorra
3. Kaien is the ninth espada.... yes.... KAIEN... is it really him? Oh Rukia! Oh man, this is the way to flip her over. She was all better and now--can she put another blade through his heart and her conscience? Woo.