I'm honestly going to have to disagree with your first remark. This was a phenomenal episode that truly shows the writers are being creative with the way they link new plots and characters to previous established events. I definitely understand your frustration, something that I too experienced in the early episodes, but honestly, I've forgiven it. You speak of a "multitude of scenarios", but I only recall the one you mentioned with Lloyd (which I completely agree with). What other moments were there?
The Great Devourer flashback was an incredible highlight for me. From the way did was written, to the way it was animated and lit, it's all won me over...
As you also mention, the Lloyd and Harumi conversation was amazing, and was really unique and memorable.
This is definitely a top 10 episode for sure.