Sakura revealed to Sasori that she had taken an antidote to his poison which she had brought with her. Meanwhile, Deidara attempted to split up Naruto and Kakashi by creating a swarm of explosive jumping crickets out of his clay and having them pursue Kakashi. Kakashi made a shadow clone as a decoy, and the crickets, mistaking the clone for the real Kakashi, detonated harmlessly. Kakashi then caught back up with Naruto and formulated a plan. Sakura and Chiyo readied themselves for the battle with Sasori, who revealed the reason behind his eternal youth: he had transformed himself into a human puppet.