>>171479494>>they literally overlap 02s APE history of being mindwiped, having her darling taken away, and being confined to a solitary room with Ichigo taking away Hiro, APE transferring her from the team, and her being confined to a solitary room
Yes, this episode had a number of parallels with previous scenes. A comparison can be made between episode 1, in which Hiro and 02 meet, and 14, in which they're actually separated for the first time since the beginning, representing a regression to Hiro's state before the series began. Without 02, he can't pilot and is again reduced to being a flightless bird in a cage.
There's also the scene in episode 4 in which 02 is to be taken back to the Nines but Hiro chases her and gets her to return, contrasted with the one in episode 14 in which he seems to begin chasing after her but is stopped by Ichigo.
Finally, there's the obvious comparison between their separations in episode 13, when they were children, and in episode 14. In the episode 13 ending scene, Hiro blames his unability to find answers and protect people on his being a powerless child (the flightless bird he's become again), and it's likely he'll come to the same realization again.
An interesting point is that 02, on the other hand, blamed her lack of humanity for their separation in 13, and I think it's almost certain that she'll double down on this explanation now given that Hiro rebuked her in episode 14 by saying she was acting like a monster, which in her fragile mental state, she might interpret as describing her as insufficiently human in the literal sense.