"I just want to enjoy some time with you. I'm sick and tired of sneaking around. It's no fun. She's mean as an ogre, but she's my mother. I can make her understand. All you have to do is believe in me."
Holding tickets to New York, Tsukasa Domyoji declares "I have no intention of spending the rest of my life living this secretively." Becoming nervous, Tsukushi Makino quickly tells him to "calm down" and promises to "think about it." He answers "Tomorrow then." She begins babbling about Tsukasa's mother. He eventually interrupts her, saying "I'm sick and tired of sneaking around." Tsukasa claims that he will make his mother understand. He then leaves about saying "All you have to do is believe in me."
At work, Tsukushi remains shocked by Tsukasa's declaration. Yuki Matsuoka arrives, sporting a new haircut. Wondering about the change, Tsukushi is about to ask about Sojiro Nishikado but Yuki interrupts. She tells her that she is ready for a new love and will tell her everything later. Tsukushi is amazed by Yuki. Thinking about Tsukasa, she decides that she will trust him. Meanwhile, Kaede receives a report about Tsukasa living next door to Tsukushi. She orders her employee to "Go ahead with that plan."
After work, Tsukushi meets Tsukasa for a date. She feels nervous at first, but grasps his hand as they cross the street. At a restaurant, Tsukasa comments that Tsukushi always seems to enjoy eating. She begins talking about how a table with a hot pot "is the best" and offers to make one for Tsukasa. He teases her before smiling. The waiter then presents the bill. All of Tsukasa's cards are rejected, so Tsukushi ends up paying. Outside, Tsukasa goes quiet before saying "My mother's made her move."