"But it's not your usual beauty contest. You'll be competing in beauty, intelligence, and the qualities required in marriage and motherhood. For you information, the winner three years ago was Shizuka. Six years ago, it was my sister."
Tsukushi Makino walks home with a "bad feeling" about Tsukasa Domyoji's plans. She finds her family's home in disarray, questioning if a thief had been there. Her brother, Susumu reveals that their father borrowed one million yen from a loanshark and he lost it all at a race track. Her mother declares "I want a divorce," before being reduced to tears over their future. Seeing her family in this state, Tsukushi promises to take care of the debt and promptly heads off.
Servants greet Tsubaki Domyoji as she arrives back home. She immediately confronts Tsukasa Domyoji, who acts nonchalant about disappearing from New York some days previously. When she asks him why he left, he answers "I remembered something I had to do, sorry about that." Tsubaki angrily hits him and tells him their parents had been worried about him possibly being kidnapped. Their argument is interrupted by the doorbell. A servant then escorts Tsukushi into the room.
Bowing her head, Tsukushi asks Tsukasa for a loan and explains the situation with her family. Tsukasa says "That's what I hate about poor people," but agrees to lend her the money. She promises to pay him back. He proposes that she enters the Teen of Japan contest in lieu of paying him back. Tsukushi hesitates for a second but agrees to it. Tsukasa sees her off at the gate. He asks for a kiss on the cheek as "interest." Tsukushi, embarrassed, reluctantly does it.