Dan is having a hard time without Drago around. He's feeling guilty about the things he said and about throwing him into the river. Then Dan gets all worked up when he hears Ryo talking about the game of Bakugan like he's an expert even though he has never actually fought in a battle. Dan accidentally makes Ryo drop his computer, and he runs off guiltily, leaving Ryo feeling hurt. Later, Masquerade takes advantage of Ryo's feelings and recruits him to do his dirty work. Ryo challenges Dan to a brawl and wins! Dan finds Drago, they make peace with each other, and Dan attempts to reconcile with Ryo. But Ryo is under Reaper's influence, and a second battle is on! Dan is able to beat Ryo, but not easily. In the end Dan makes peace with Ryo, and breaks Masquerade's influence over him.