Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 1 Episode 2

Body of the Sanctioned

Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Nov 13, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Ed and Al discover the truth behind Father Cornello's miracles. However, if they reveal this truth, they will destroy the hopes and dreams of Rose and the other citizens of the city. Would it be more compassionate to withhold the truth and allow them to continue to live comfortably in the deception? First, though, they must survive Father Cornello's Alchemy before they can make that decision.moreless

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  • Ed and Al pull one over on Cornello

    Well, if you've been following the story... Or if you've seen the pilot episode, you know that Ed and Al were visiting the city of Liore and they met a girl there named Rose. Rose believes in this false prophet named Cornello, and he tells her that the Elric brothers are evil. So, she turns them in. Now Ed and Al are currently engaged in battle with Cornello. They manage to get him to confess that he is doing alchemy with a Philosopher's Stone, however, Rose is still skeptical. After taking on many beasts, Ed's shirt is torn off and Rose can clearly see his automail arm. Ed tells her that this is what happens when you mess with God. And Al lost his whole body. Cornello has both brothers imprisioned, and appears to have Al's armor melted down. However, it wasn't really him. Al breaks Ed out, and they uncover a plan. Meanwhile, Rose is confused, so she goes to talk to Kane. But she quickly discovers he is nothing more than a bird who can immitate Kane's voice. Cornello then commands the bird to kill Rose, and locks her in. Just as she is about to die, Al kills the bird and saves her. Then they place a microphone behind Ed's back in the jail, and get Cornello to say that he really doesn't care what happens to Liore, just so long as he has power. So in the end, the Elrics return to Central, Cornello is murdered by Gluttony and Lust, and Envy masquerades as him. This can only lead to more problems.moreless
  • I like the first episode better, but this was a great follow up!

    Even though I personally preferred the first episode to this episode, I still enjoyed it! Great animation, humor, and the ending leaves room for future episodes having to do with the city (which they did for a quite a bit of the seasons).

    I've mentioned before that since it was early in the series, the animation isn't as great as the last few seasons and movie, but still, even so it was great!

    Ahh, yes. This is another episode that had me laughing for quite some time in some parts, such as when he spazzed out for being called Small... again. XD And also when he meets up with Rose in the dungeon, "Great, you came to feed me! And I thought you were mad! *sticks out tongue to be feed*"

    The writing through out the entire series never failed to impress. If the writers were thinking as far ahead as other seasons when they wrote the ending, their amazing!

    Overall, great episode! The only thing that I would have to say i'm not crazy about is finding out that the stone was a fake, well, the way they found at least, with father cornello's arm practically being ripped apart. Uck. Still, great episode!moreless
  • Ed and Al's physical faults have been revealed to Father Cornello and Rose, and they soon have to fight for freedom against the tyrannical Cornello, who is actually a puppet of the mysterious Homunculi. "Episode 2: Body of the Sanction - Nomoreless

    The second episode is full of surprises, and Cornello looks surprisingly awesome with a machine gun. Then again, Edward looks awesome with a bladed arm!!! The story pace moves on nicely, but Lust and Gluttony needed better introductions. The best scenes included the red snake attacking Cornello, Alphonse stealing the bell and knocking out the scary demented bird, and the city hearing Cornello's claims over the radio.

    "No my children he lies, don't believe him!" The highlight of the episode was when Ed controlled the giant Leto statue to move out of the cathedral. I was turned away by the scary bird and Cornello's morphed arm, but that wasn't going to stop me from continuing to watch this series. Excellent episode! Deaths: Father Cornellomoreless
  • The Elrics' adventure in Liore comes to a end and they aren't any closer to finding the philosopher's stone than when they first arrived.

    This episode revealed quite a few things that wasn't much elaborated upon in the first episode. We got to witness some of Edward's true abilities, the secret of the fake stone is revealed and we learn that the homomculi were the puppet masters behind the charade. Overall this episode was a decent way to finish the Elrics' desert journey and it even had a flashback at the end revealing a time when their mother was alive and the boys were happy.

    Continuing with the confrontation of the Elric's attempts at forbidden alchemy, Cornello concludes that the Elrics need the stone to successfully bring their mother back. Edward corrects him and reveals that the true reason they need the stone is to make their bodies whole again. Refusing to just hand over the stone, Cornello transmutes his cane into a machine gun and fires at the Elrics. Edward immediately transmutes a wall from the sand to block the bullet shells. Suddenly Cornello's assistant barges in the door and fires a gun at Al. The two brothers make a break for it right into a dead end. Edward claps his hands together and transmutes a door and the two escape.

    Cornello rewards Rose for her faithfulness and takes her to a room where he makes her believe he has done what the Elrics could not. In a bed covered in drapes a figure stands up and calls Rose's name. It seems to be her boyfriend and he appears to be back from the dead. She attempts to advance forward near him but Cornello stops her. He tells her that his body still needs time to recover and she looks onto the floor next to the bed and sees feathers mysteriously laying there.

    Edward and Alphonse are ouside near a statue talking over what their next move should be. The are interrupted by an announcement throughout the streets in which Cornello's assistant informs the people of Liore that the Elrics tried to take the life of their prophet and warns everyone to stay inside. Believing they'll be ok the townpeople are off to find the two and confront them for their betrayal.

    Ed tries to tell the townpeople them that it is in fact Cornello who has been tricking them and that his miracles are fake. Just then Rose appears and tells Ed of how she spoke with her boyfriend and that cornello brought him back. Apparently others have been brought back as well but they suddenly "left town" before anyone had a chance to see them. Out of nowhere Sun God statues begin marching towards the Elrics along with some of Cornello's assistants. The statues knock Edward out and smash up what they think is Alphonse. Edward passes out as he watches his brother's destruction.

    Ed wakes up inside the church altar where he spoke to Rose earlier and finds Cornello. Cornello snatches his pocket watch knowing it was given to Ed when he joined the military and that is enhances and amplifies alchemic reactions. Ed demands it back but Cornello tells him he's helpless without it. As he begins to laugh a small smirk crosses Ed's face, hinting that his plan is going just the way it should be.

    We find Al sneaking off with a church bell as a follower tries to ring it. Al was in fact not smashed up after all but everyone thinks he's history. Ed has been put into a prison-like cell and Rose brings him bread and water to eat. He can't really eat since his hands are chained to the wall so he jokes for her to feed him. She turns and heads toward the door when Ed tells her he hopes that her boyfriend is really back. She rushes off and we hear digging behind the wall where Ed is. Knowing it is Al, Ed smiles.

    Cornello is in bed having a nightmare of a snake trying to kill him. He awakens and finds the strange woman (later identified as Lust) watching him from a chair. She confirms that the secret of the stone is to be kept only between the two of them. Meanwhile Rose has snuch into the room where her boyfriend is recovering and just wants to speak with him to confirm his return. He calls her name again and before she can move forward, Cornello walks in behind her. He tells her she has fallen out of the Sun God's favor and that she shouldn't have disobeyed him. He continues to tell her that he could not bring back her love. Just then a gust of wind blows open the drapes where her boyfriend was and reveals a bird-like creature. Even with the philosopher's stone Cornello couldn't forge a human soul. He used the souls of birds since they can mimic the human voice. By using the stone he readies the creature to attack Rose. As he exits going after Ed now the bird lunges at her and is suddenly knocked out. She opens her eyes to see it was All who helped her and the two leave.

    Cornello has made his way to where Ed is being held captive. Ed asks Cornello what's in it for him for keeping up the charade. Outside Al is connecting pieces of wire together and explains the basic laws of alchemy to Rose. When asked how he escaped the massacre of the statues Al informs her that Ed transmuted the statue they were sitting near to look like him and this was all apart of their plan. Rose asks about their mom and Al seems to ignore her and proceed with their plans. He turns on an intercom that broadcasts Edwards current conversation with Cornello to the entire town.

    Cornello explains that the townspeople believe he can work miracles and even bring them back from the dead if they were to parish. One day he plans to create an army of followers and tear the town apart. Ed knows that once he's cut down that's all for him since Cornello really can't bring him back. Cornello affirms that theory as Ed begins to eat. Noticing that Ed should be chained to the wall, he realizes something is wrong. Ed smiles and scoots over revealing a hole in the wall and a microphone. Cornello yells and finds out that conversation has been heard by the entire town. He transmutes another gun and tries to get rid of Edward. Ed transmuted his automail into a blade and cuts the gun in half and tells Cornello his skills don't come from the pocket watch. Cornello runs out.

    Stumbling into the crowd who's supposed to be his loyal followers, the townspeople ask Cornello what that was all about. He tries to lie and say that an imposter has impersonated him and tries to redeem hisself by showing he can perform miracles and transmutes the statues to move again. Edward walks out and tells him to give up the charade. As Cornello still claims Ed to be the imposter Ed uses his alchemy to transmute the largest statue in the land and brings it forth in front of everyone. Cornello knows that not even the philosophers stone could move something as big as that and Al reveals that Ed is a prodogy.

    Moving closer to take the stone from Cornello the stone begins to react and shatters into pieces. Realizing it has been a fake the entire time Ed gets upset and yells to whomever ay be in control to stop jerking him around. After the ordeal the Elrics realize they're back to square 1 and that the trip has been a waste. Rose confronts them to say they had no business to take away their hope and she doesn't know where to go from there. Ed tells her that she has a strong pair of legs and needs to get up and use them. She falls to her knees and ed walks off.

    Cornello confronts Lust that Edward was right and that the stone she gave him was a fake. She tells him that anyone seeking the stone eventually will come to her. After having no more use for the "old preacher" Lust's companion (later revealed as Gluttony) eats Cornello. As the townspeople are grieving they are suddenly approached by the real Cornello. This man claims that someone has been posing as him while he was away and reaffirms the people's faith by bringing the birds that were used to make Rose's boyfriend back to life. However as they fly off they suddenly vanish. Lust looks down at the Cornello and tells Envy that he needs to keep that shape for a little while longer.

    We finally come back to Rose where she remembers Al's words. He was telling her about their life and where they come from so that she doesn't repeat their mistakes. Al is narrating revelaing they come from a town near Resembool and they were once happy. After seeing a flash back of Al and Ed with their mother, the episode draws to a close.moreless
  • Episode 2 of Fullmetal Alchemist is very interesting in its plot, and way of delievering a great episode.

    In the second episode of FMA, Ed and Al try to stop Father Cornello form fooling the citizens. It is a very intriguing episode as Cornello shows Rose that he has brought her boyfirnd back to life, and another neat part is in the end as more characters are introduced, and a plot starts to emerge. Watch this one for yourself, its very well done, and it really gets the mind going as Ed and Al put an end to Cornello and his swindeling, but realize that the philosphers stone was a fake.moreless
Andy Mullins

Andy Mullins

Sir Cornello

Guest Star

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey


Guest Star

Sophie McNut

Sophie McNut

Additional Voices

Guest Star

Tyler Walker

Tyler Walker

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Rose Thomas

Recurring Role

Bob Carter

Bob Carter


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Inside Joke: Can you tell me how to get...
      As the angry mob of townspeople search for Ed and Al, someone mentions that they were seen down on Goma Street. 'Goma' is 'Sesame' in Japanese; in essence, Ed and Al were on Sesame Street.

    • This is the first time Ed turns a part of his automail into a blade.

    • On April 1, 2006, Adult Swim re-aired the "Body of the Sanctioned" with farting noises inserted through out episode as an April Fool's joke.

    • This episode was based on "The Price of Life" -- Chapter 2, Volume 1 of the Manga.

    • Alternate Titles for The Homunculi:
      Lust: The Ultimate Lance
      Gluttony: The Ultimate Mouth
      Envy: The Ultimate Disguise

    • Instrument of Torture: Iron Maiden:
      Father Cornello has an Iron Maiden in the cell that he keeps Ed in (it's to the our hero's left). An iron maiden is a particularly nasty torture device where the victim is placed inside and the doors are closed slowly. As they do, spikes within the doors pierce the victim's body at key places ensuring that the victim stays alive for longer than they would wish. More information can be found here.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ed: Who are you calling a mousy little pipsqueak!?

    • Father Cornello: I see. Now I understand you, Elric. You crossed the line. You did what is strictly forbidden. You tried to create human life, and your bodies were taken to the other side. You were crazy to find out for yourself. You are the Full Metal! The Full Metal Alchemist!

    • Father Cornello: Oh? Then why are you so anxious to get the stone? You want to beat the laws of equivalence just as I do and bring your mommy back.

      Ed: Wrong holy man. All we want is to get our bodies normal again. See, we don't lie about what's possible. We didn't start a cult.

    • Ed: Like I always say. Can't find a door... make your own!
      (Claps his hands together and, using alchemy, creates a giant door on the side of the wall.)

    • Ed: I hope he's real Rose. I just don't want you to get disappointed.

    • Ed: You know what? You're not the only one who can't stand doubters, preach!

    • Ed: You've got a good, strong pair of legs, Rose. You should get up and use them.

    • Al: Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world's one, and only, truth.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Lust, Gluttony, and Envy are three of the Seven Deadly Sins, which are the basic vices thought, in Christian tradition, to underlie all sinful actions. The four others are Pride, Greed, Wrath, and Sloth.

    • The Sun God Leto, whom the townspeople of Lior worshiped, refers to the mother of Greek god Apollo (god of the dance) and his twin sister Artemis (goddess of the hunt). Leto was the daughter of Titans Coeus and Pheobe. Apollo later became equated with Helios, the God of the Sun. Leto's children were fathered by Zeus.