In Konoha, Kakashi rests in a hospital, while Sakura tells Tsunade that the deceased Akatsuki member Sasori told her that he was supposed to meet a spy within Orochimaru's ranks at the Tenchi Bridge in ten days' time.
As four days had already passed, Naruto realizes the need of another teammate and so, starting searching Konoha for a willing recruit.
Yamato conducts a simulation of the meeting, with himself as "the spy", to gauge Naruto and Sai's abilities and teamwork.
After Naruto makes a mistake, Sai immobilizes him and goes off alone.
Given an ultimatum between being locked up or spending the night at a hot springs by Yamato, the team chooses to visit the springs to improve team cohesion. Sakura sees Sai drawing by a river and finds out that he has artistic talent, but has never given titles to anything he ever drew.