- This one starts with some girl talk. Draupadi and Satyabhama get bored of Markandeya's endless mythologies, and sneak off for a more private conversation. Satyabhama wants to know how Draupadi maintains her hold over all five husbands. Draupadi then advises us on the behaviors a woman should perform to keep her husband from straying to other women's beds.
Krishna too finally gets bored of Markandeya and decides it is time to head for home. He loads up the wife and they head out. If he knew of the impending attack on his friends, he didn't bother to tell them. The scene then changes to the court at Hastinapur, where Dhrtarastra is getting news of Arjun's return from heaven with the WMD and how they seem intent on waiting out their exile before taking revenge.
Duryodhana overhears Dhrtarastra's lament, and calls a meeting of his cronies. Karna suggests they go out to watch the Pandavas in their misery and laugh at them. What ensues is the Cattle Expedition.