Gaara is quick to detect Deidara’s presence, and an aerial battle ensues with Deidara on his giant bird and Gaara atop sand. Sand jonin Yuri is actually an Akatsuki sleeper agent, and the Village Hidden in the Sand suffers great damage. Back at the Leaf Village, Naruto and Sakura continue their survival challenge and get a firsthand look at the amazing power of Kakashi the Copy Ninja. The battle is at a stalemate. Finally, the duo implement their ace in the hole.