You know I actually liked this episodes mainly because it had some of the best scenes from part 1.
Also something interesting I thought of is if Kakashi had not interfered and Sakura got hit by their jutsu she probably would have died or been seriously injured. I think this would have changed Sasuke in a different way sort of like Kakashi's Obito moment that forever changed his look on things. Sasuke probably would not have left the Leaf after that.
Interesting point of view. Not quite sure on whether it might have changed him completely but it might have delayed him from going into the darkness for sure. N im not so sure naruto would have been so hesitant about not killing him during their 1st fight.