The party is at Timber on a vague contract with Rinoa and the Forest Owls. Because of this, they find themselves at the old Timber Television Station, where the President is going to be airing the first live broadcast in seventeen years. Seifer Almasy shows up to assassinate the President, and Zell is furious with him for disobeying the Garden. He yells at him, and lets it slip on live television that they are all from Garden. The president threatens an attack on all Gardens if he is not released.
Seifer is declared by Garden a rogue student, and the President orders him to be found and killed - a development that makes Zell feel horrendously guilty and depressed. Eventually, Garden is attacked anyway - missiles are fired upon Trabia Garden and destroy it. Squall takes a group to warn Balamb Garden while Zell (and others) stay to infiltrate the military base and attempt to stop the missiles from being fired.
A royal slip-up, but I still love him~