"Hello, we're in volume 4 already! I'd like to thank all you faithful readers. The other day, I saw some high schools girls buying Boys Over Flowers vol. 3. It was the first time I'd seen anyone buying my comics. After agonizing over it, I just watched them and thanked them in my heart."
"Shizuka makes a shocking announcement at her birthday party, which could create some very intriguing possibilities for Tsukushi. Could Tsukushi possibly have Rui for herself? Tsukasa, clouded by the sound of flying planes, asks Tsukushi out on a date that goes very, very wrong."
At Shizuka Todo's birthday party, the press surround her following her announcement to give up her family name and plans to return to France. Shocked, Tsukushi Makino looks to Rui Hanazawa, who leaves after a few words. She then wanders over to where Tsukasa Domyoji is. The air around them remains tense. She apologizes for the other day, though he refuses to do likewise, saying "It's your fault, anyway!" Tsukushi becomes dizzy and leans on Tsukasa's chest, before throwing up on his suit. The next morning, the news about Shizuka is in the newspapers and the talk of Eitoku Academy. Tsukushi starts to think "I might be able to make him mine" now that Shizuka is leaving.
Rui is not surprised by Shizuka's decision and has calmly accepted it. Tsukushi is concerned but holds back her feelings. Tsukasa later suggests that she got drunk the previous night "because [she was] so happy that Shizuka was going away." Tsukushi rushes off, disgusted that she was "scheming." She finds Shizuka and begs her to stay in Japan. Shizuka explains to Tsukushi why she wants to go, wishing not to have any regrets. Once Shizuka leaves, Rui confronts Tsukushi about her interfering, declaring "It's none of your business!" She runs away crying. At the airport, Rui fails to come see off Shizuka. When he does show up, Tsukushi yells at him to "Go after her." He then confirms "I'm taking the next flight."
While watching Rui's plane take off, Tsukasa asks Tsukushi on a date which she does not hear. He later gives her a time and place. That Sunday, Tsukushi spends several hours shopping with her mother. She eventually decides to go see if Tsukasa is actually waiting. When Tsukushi finds him, she feels guilty and offers to treat him to tea. Now stuck in an elevator, Tsukasa leans towards Tsukushi which causes her to pummel him. He does not fight back, leading her to discover he has a fever. Tsukushi begins taking care of him. In the morning, they are found by a construction crew. At school, everyone begins acting nice to Tsukushi. She learns that they believe she is dating Tsukasa after a photo of them was posted.
Neither Tsukushi nor Tsukasa clear up the misunderstanding about them dating. For her part, Tsukushi misses having female friends and decides to take advantage of the situation for a bit. Her classmates take her dancing at a night club. There Tsukushi is approached by a handsome foreigner, who reminds her of Rui. He asks her "How about slipping out of here with me?" The following morning, Tsukushi wakes up alone in a hotel room. She does not remember anything after taking a drink from the guy. Tsukushi goes to school and decides to hide what happened, fearing that she will be bullied again. Later, Sakurako Sanjo invites Tsukushi to her house after expressing a wish to be friends.