Showdown: Gaara vs. Kimimaro (最強対決！我愛羅VS君麻呂！！, Saikyō taiketsu! Gaara tai Kimimaro!!) is episode 126 of the original Naruto anime.
Lee, not wanting help, tries to bypass Gaara and attack Kimimaro. Because Lee is still recovering from his operation, Gaara forces him to sit. Using his sand, Gaara tries to crush Kimimaro, though by activating his cursed seal Kimimaro survives the attack. Calling upon a greater amount of sand, Gaara tries to bury Kimimaro, though advancing his cursed seal to level 2 allows Kimimaro to survive and escape this as well.