I just got into FMA recently, but I figured I'd say hi to everyone here and that I hope to contribute to this cool community... somehow. ^_^; I adore the anime and I've been trying to get my hands on the manga (I even went to Kinokuniya today just to get FMA but it was completely sold out! Argh! >_<). My appetite for Fullmetal Alchemist is insatiable already! :P
In any case, I noticed something interesting about episode 9...
At the end of the episode, when the story jumps 3 years ahead and Ed ends up chasing that rude driver across the desert, Al mentions that they're heading to the city of Rior(sp?).
I had to go back and check, but it seems to be the exact same city that the Elric Brothers arrived in after crossing the desert in episode 1. That means the story took a full circle to return to the present! Damn, that's so cool! XD