Best Starscream at his best!
I'm not sure how often he's actually lying to cover up schemes vs. being truthful but with an amazing eye for opportunity.
Megatron apparently saved Starscream from being crushed to death. Why? Who knows, doesn't seem like he needs him, and Airachnid immediately tattles on something he did... or didn't do, rather. Do the Decepticons just need a punching bag? Is it all an elaborate punishment? Whatever the case, the Nemesis has gotten really unpleasant...
Airachnid and Starscream pair up to look for the crashed ship Screamer neglected to report about (hmm...). He reveals that he was the one to kill Cliffjumper and Airachnid sounds rather impressed -- like *A* kill is a huge deal for Decepticons. Er, right.
They find the ship and Airachnid turns on the computers, immediately drawing the Autobots attention. Which Starscream just warned her about. Man, he is seriously the only Decepticon that knows what he's doing. The 'Bots arrive, Arcee immediately chases after Airachnid (criminey this is happening a lot), while Starscream surrenders to an optimistic Optimus. Hurray for a Prime with an olive branch!
Airacnhid finds the immobiliser and the Autobots give chase (Bee has a neat fake out move), with Arcee staying behind to watch Starscream so she doesn't fly into a fit of revenge. Just as it the two find some common ground, Starscream lets it slip he killed Cliffjumper and Arcee flies into a fit of revenge. And OH GOD Starscream's caught Megatron's eye problems. What the hell, animators? Is this why the Autobots have exposed eyeballs?? Do the Decepticons have corrective lenses that weirdly refract their eyes or something???
Well anyways, they fight and Arcee is about to decapitate Screamer, but lets him go because Bumblebee shows up with sad puppy dog eyes (actually, Bumblebee's eyes are kinda weird here, too, with the 'pupils' turning on and off from scene to scene). So Starscream scampers off and the 'Bots return to base, where Ratchet calls Arcee "resilient for a two-wheeler"... which sounds kinda wrong. Like, I assume the idea is that it's a miracle someone could survive getting stabbed by nails as big as they are, but it sort of comes across like Ratchet's prejudiced.
Megatron recognizes how valuable Starscream is! ...or at least what Starscream knows is. Not that is really explains why Megs kept sparing him, but it's an interesting truth about Screamer that rarely gets brought up.
And Starscream goes off to do his own thing, hurray! But not in this season, aw...