Japanese Title: 人の造りしもの (Hito no Tsukurishimono) (The Human Creation)
English Sub-Title: A Human Work
Airdate: November 15, 1995
NERV Commander Gendo Ikari sits at his desk as he wraps up a telephone conversation with some mysterious stranger. The two men discuss their efforts to cover-up certain data regarding the Human Instrumentality Project from the Freedom of Information Act that the Japanese government recently enacted. Another problem is mentioned, but as Gendo looks over a photo of a giant robot, he dismisses it as 'taken care of'.
Shinji Ikari and Pen² are eating breakfast when Misato Katsuragi finally wakes up. After a discussion of traditional Japanese breakfasts (while Misato chugs down a can of beer), the doorbell rings and Shinji's classmates, Kensuke Aida and Touji Suzuhara arrive to pick him up.
Later that day Shinji is inside Evangelion Unit-01, at which time he begins to wonder what an Evangelion Unit really is, and that the inside of the Entry Plug smells an awful lot like blood. While Misato Katsuragi and Ritsuko Akagi discuss the costs and repercussions of the Evangelion Units and the Angels, Ritsuko comments that hopefully their jobs will become easier once Evangelion Unit-02 arrives from Germany.
Gendo Ikari is on a plane en route to a conference when an unidentified man enters the cabin. They discuss the enormous costs associated with the production and maintenance of the Evangelion Units, but that the UN Security Council has nonetheless approved the budget for Evangelion Unit-06.
In the meantime, Misato, Ritsuko, and Shinji make their way down a corridor in NERV Headquarters. Ritsuko goes on to explain that everything Shinji was thought about the Second Impact was a lie. While the public was told the incident to be caused by a meteorite impacting Antarctica, the truth is that an Angel was discovered there, and that during the investigation it had exploded, thus causing the Second Impact. She goes on to explain their efforts at NERV are to prevent a probable Third Impact. Misato glares but remains silent in the background. Whether something about that explanation does not sit well with her or she has something else on her mind remains unknown.
The next morning Shinji and Pen² are having breakfast when they are shocked to find a fully dressed, serious, and sober Misato come out of her room. She explains that she is going to Old Tokyo on business, and that she will be back late tonight. With Shinji and Pen² still in shock, the door closes behind her.
Misato Katsuragi and Ritsuko Akagi arrive at Old Tokyo, at what appears to be a celebration for the completion of a project dubbed 'JA'. Ritsuko quickly gets into a scuffle with the spokesperson for the project after pointing out that incorporating a nuclear reactor into a land-based weapon designed for hand-to-hand combat is dangerous. Before she knows it, Evangelion Unit-01 is revealed to the audience to go out of control, and NERV is accused of squandering large amounts of money on the doomed construct.
After the exchange, Misato and Ritsuko are in their locker room, with Misato herself going berserk and taking it out on a locker. The two wonder how vital intelligence such as the berserk Evangelion Unit-01 or the AT Field could be leaked out. Ritsuko however remains calm, instead burning a file folder labelled Jet Alone.
Moments later the pride of the project is finally revealed. Jet Alone, the giant Evangelion-sized combat robot produced by an independent corporation as a possible replacement for the unstable Evangelion Units. As the activation test commences and the robot begins to walk, something goes wrong. Suddenly the cooling systems malfunction, and the pressure inside the on-board nuclear reactor begins to escalate. An emergency abort signal is sent, but still fails to stop the construct. As the out-of-control Jet Alone stomps through the control building, it becomes evident that a nuclear meltdown is imminent.
Misato takes charge, asking for the password to erase all programming on board Jet Alone. The representative in charge of the demonstration is quick to point out has does not have the authority to release that information. After a fruitless appeal to several high-ranking politicians, Misato declares that she is taking charge and will handle the situation her own way. Back at their locker room, Misato orders Evangelion Unit-01 to be airlifted to her location. Ritsuko declares her efforts pointless, urging Misato to stop.
Outfitted in a heavy anti-radiation suit, Misato prepares to enter Jet Alone and deactivate the program herself. Before she leaves, the man in charge gives her the password to do so. When Shinji hears of Misato's plan, he is concerned for her safety, and urges her to stop.
The operation proceeds, and after some close calls, Misato reaches Jet Alone's onboard auxiliary control room. Meanwhile Shinji and Evangelion Unit-01 attempt to slow the robot down. Unfortunately, the password to delete Jet Alone's programming is rejected by the system. Misato is shocked, realizing that the programming must have been altered. With a nuclear meltdown minutes away, she tries to manually retract the cooling rods.
With only moments before the reactor explodes, Jet Alone's programming resets, and cooling functions are restored. In an instant, the near-critical reactor shuts down and Jet Alone goes silent. As everyone celebrates Misato's success, she thinks to herself that this miracle was arranged.
Back at NERV Headquarters, Ritsuko Akagi and Gendo Ikari discuss the event. She explains that the recovery of Evangelion Unit-01 is complete, and that except for Captain Misato Katsuragi's operation, everything went according to plan. Gendo acknowledges coldly.