Aubrey's story: Aubrey takes the train to the village where Kayako's mother (Kim Miyori) still lives. When Aubrey accuses Mom of poisoning Kayako by making her eat the spirits she exorcised from sick people, Mom explains that Kayako created the curse herself when she was killed by her husband. Kayako wants everyone to suffer as she did, Mom says. It is a rage that will grow and cannot be stopped. Suddenly, Kayako's mom sinks to the floor, realizing that Aubrey has brought Kayako with her. Kayako kills her mother. Aubrey phones her own mother to tell her that Karen is dead. Her mom berates her, as usual, and Aubrey tells her that she won't allow her to talk like that anymore and hangs up. She then returns to the Saeki house, goes inside, and starts hollering at Kayako for killing everyone. She has a vision of Karen going upstairs in search of her boyfriend Doug (Jason Behr) and follows her. The vision of Karen turns into one of Takeo Saeki (Takashi Matsuyama) reading Kayako's journal. Takeo turns on Aubrey and attacks her as she tries to crawl down the stairs, breaking her neck exactly as he broke Kayako's neck, with Toshio watching from the landing. As Aubrey's death rattles can be heard, we see her face turning into that of Kayako's face.
The Chicago subplot: The opening scene in the film (where Trish kills Bill with the frying pan) is repeated. When the Kimble children, Jake and his sister Lacey (Sarah Roemer), come home from school, they find that the lights don't work. Filled with apprehension because he knows that something bad is happening in the apartment building, Jake gets a flashlight and goes looking for his dad and Trish. When he comes upon Bill lying dead on the floor, he panics and goes in search of Lacey. He finds Lacey with her head submerged in the bathtub and Trish sitting in the water. "It's time for your bath," Trish says to Jake as two small hands rise up and pull her back under the water. Jake runs out into the corridor where he hears crying. It is the sweatshirt-wearing person from the Fleming apartment. As she turns to look at Jake, we can see that it is Allison. "They followed me here," she sobs. Hands suddenly rise out of the sweatshirt and pull Allison into it, leaving only the sweatshirt lying on the floor. As Jake picks up the sweatshirt, a hand reaches out from the sleeve and grabs his arm. A head begins to emerge, and we can see that it is Kayako.