Throughout the episode, the cuts on Lee's face appear and disappear.
It looks like Kimimaro is younger than Haku in the flashback, but really Haku is around Naruto's age.
Kimimaro: (Thinking back to his youth and first battle) What is it that I fight for? What am I? I knew none of these answers. I continued to fight.
Kaguya leader: (During flashback) The time has come for you to be of use.
Kimimaro: (Thinking) Someone needed me. That was all that got my body moving. That and the obvious of course, I had to fight to survive.
Naruto: Oh man, I can't see anything in here. The darkness is too thick.
(An apparition of Neji appears)
Neji: Sometimes your eyes are better than mine.
Neji: Sasuke is in the darkness now.
Neji: If you stay here too long, you'll never catch Sasuke.
Naruto: Neji?! You were right. You were right about all of it. What am I standing around here for? Just you wait! I'm gonna bring Sasuke home for sure if it the last thing I do!
Kimimaro (Thinking) I was put on this earth to protect Lord Orochimaru and his ambitions.
Orochimaru: Maybe, just maybe, there is no purpose in life. But if you linger for a little while longer in this world, you might discover something of value in it... Like how you discovered that flower, or how I discovered you one fateful night. Come, it's time to go.
Young Haku: His eyes were the same as mine, before I met Zabuza.
Orochimaru: What you're seeking is just below this ridge, child. Go on, have at it.
Kimimaro: (Thinking back to his youth) I don't mind the darkness. It was in the darkness in which I was raised.
Gaara: When I look at this guy, it reminds me of him.
Gaara: Uchiha. His eyes... Sasuke had the same eyes this guy does.
Lee: The same eyes?
Gaara: (Thinking) Seeking to prove the value of their own existence, eyes like that.
Kimimaro: Gaara of the Desert, rather a foolish nickname, isn't it? You're nothing without that sand of yours. (Thinking) Why else would you go through the trouble of lugging it around?
Lee: (Thinking) Nothing is wasted in his movement. His level of Taijutsu is considerable.
Kimimaro: You are Gaara of the Desert. You wield sand, hence the name.
(Lee charges Kimimaro, but Gaara uses his sand to trip him and he falls into it)
Lee: (Muffled) I've got sand in my mouth!
Young Kimimaro: I'm alone again.
Gaara: Orochimaru's brainwashing? You're pathetic.
Kimimaro: No! You're wrong!
Orochimaru: (From Kimimaro's memories) There probably isn't any meaning in life. Perhaps you can find something interesting to do while you are alive. Like how you found that flower. Like how I found you.
Kimimaro: If I can't be of any use, then there's no reason for me to live.
Gaara: What an annoying guy!
Rock Lee: This is my fight. You be my backup! (Gaara trips Lee) Agh, there is sand in my mouth.
Gaara: You're not doing anything in that condition.
YTV Airdate: March 14, 2008
Gaara has two new techniques: Sand Tsunami and Sand Shower.
Original Airdate: March 16, 2005
Original Episode Title: Battle of the Strongest! Gaara vs. Kimimaro
Romaji Episode Title: Saikyou Taiketsu! Gaara VS Kimimaro
Kanji Episode Title: 最強対決！ 我愛羅VS君麻呂！
Zabuza and Haku are seen in Kimimaro's flashbacks. This is Zabuza's first appearance since episode 19, and Haku's first appearance since episode 80 (from Naruto's flashback).