- Episode Title: Zugzwang
- Episode Number: 04
- Series: Last Exile
- Original Air Date: 4/28/2003
- English Air Date: 3/9/2004
Claus and Lavie take Alvis back to their house. While there, Al finds and becomes enamored with a stuffed goat toy. However, when Lavie runs their vanship's engine to remove the water from their trip through the canals, it attracts the attention of the Starfish. It attacks during the night and demolishes the house; Claus and Lavie escape with Al by taking their vanship back into the canals.
Lavie wants to take Al to the Vanship Union, but Claus insists on fulfilling Ralf Wednesday's mission of bringing her to the Silvana. As the vanship floats down the Claudia-lit canal tunnels, it is once more found and attacked by the Starfish. They manage to drag it over a waterfall, but it shoots their vanship in the process.
The damaged vanship crash-lands at the Palace Ruins, where the Silvana will come to pick Al up. The Starfish continues to pursue them and grabs Al. Claus and Lavie attack it ineffectually, and it nearly kills Claus before its pilot is killed by a single shot from Alex Row.
Silvana crew members
- The title "Zugzwang" refers to a situation in chess where a player has only bad moves available; any move they can make is worse than no move at all would be.
- When Claus is shifting his vanship's throttle prior to dragging the Starfish over the waterfall, the greek characters ΝΕΥΤΡΑΛ can be seen inscribed on the throttle. This is a transliteration of "NEUTRAL".