Title: Ikkyoichijitsu (一虚一実) - Highly Unpredictable
Japanese Date Aired: 14 January 2010
English Date Aired: 2 July 2011
Narrated by Celty Sturluson
The episode opens with the introduction ceremony of Raira Academy, then the class introductions of Mikado Ryūgamine, Masaomi Kida, Anri Sonohara, and Rio Kamichika. Seiji Yagiri arrives late only to inform the class that he will be leaving as there is something he needs to take care of.
In a flashback to 2 days ago, Rio is texting a man named Nakura on her cell phone. She tells him that she found pictures of her dad having an affair with another woman, but that everything kept going as normal. Rio dropped the pictures in the family mailbox for her mother to find, but still got no reaction. Nakura texted her about his girlfriend cheating on him with his dad, but what annoyed him more was that his mom was more concerned with protecting the family image than Nakura's feelings. Nakura then asks Rio to disappear with him, so that their deaths would show their families what they were missing.
When Rio went with the kidnapper 'Nakura', Izaya Orihara is seen spying on her from a cafe. Rio states that she had suspicions about 'Nakura', but that she decided to go with him anyway. After the kidnappers take Rio, Izaya asks Celty Sturluson, the headless rider, to do a rescue mission for him. On her way, Celty watches Shizuo Heiwajima throw a vending machine at a man, shaking her head. Izaya calls Celty and tells her not to kill the kidnappers, just to scare them a little. She rescues Rio, who comments that riding on the bike with the Dullahan is surreal. Celty then drops Rio off at an abandoned building, where Nakura (Izaya) is waiting for her.
On the roof, Izaya introduces himself to Rio as Nakura, and after confirming that he organized the rescue, asks if she was scared, to which Rio replies yes. Izaya then reveals that he orchestrated the kidnapping as well as the rescue, then tells Rio that since she wanted to die, she accepted the kidnapping as her 'disappearance'. However, he points out, she now was thrilled she was still alive.
Izaya tells Rio that he loves all humans, not just her specifically, and that he just wanted to see the look on her face when he told her what he did. He then takes Rio to the edge of the roof and shows her the stain on the ground below, where others had jumped to their death. "Everyone lies, everyone hides things, no one goes through this life completely honest," says Izaya, so why should she be able to keep secrets but it's not ok for her dad to have his? Izaya then leaves the roof, promising Rio that she was just as ugly, immature, and boring as he thought she would be.Rio thinks that she could get back at Izaya by actually jumping, and does. However, Celty catches her in a net of shadows. When Rio asks her why she saved her, Celty answers, "Because the world isn't as terrible as you think." Izaya, observing the sequence from the roof, notes that Celty is always going to save the innocent. As she walks home, Rio decides to forgive her family and to keep their secret.
Back at Raira Academy, Anri stops Seiji from leaving, asking him if he knows anything about "her" whereabouts. Seiji angrily replies that he doesn't know anything, but that he must leave immediately. Masaomi asks Anri if she's ok, then tells Mikado that she has the hots for him, to which Mikado shakes his head at his friend.
Elsewhere, Izaya stops Celty on her bike and wonders when she changed professions to be a protector. Celty asks him if he was responsible for the others who jumped, too, but Izaya laughs and denies it. However, he goes on to say that if someone wants to disappear, who would he be to stop them. Celty then drives away, leaving Izaya to muse about Celty.
Adapted from? which chapter of manga and/or novel
The events in the primary story arc in this episode intermix with those in episode 1 and "shed new light" on those events
Izaya: "Thanks a lot for proving just how ugly and immature you are. Its been real and just so you know, I don't care about your problems."