"When I was pursuing Rui Hanazawa and I found out he was in love with someone else, the first time I saw Shizuka, I felt as though my heart were being squeezed. But it was different with Ayano. I didn't feel like I was being torn to shreds. She's a better match for Kinsan. I can honestly say that."
After announcing Ayano Kurimaki and Tsukushi Makino as the finalists, Teen of Japan goes on a fifteen minute break. Ayano asks Tsukushi if she did read "that bestseller." Tsukushi has no idea what a bestseller is. Ayano calls her "lucky," as well as "wonderful" for helping Mrs. Grand. She then declares "Next time though, I won't let you win on luck alone." Seeing Ayano's confidence, Tsukushi states "I really have no business here, but I don't intend to lose either!" She recalls everyone who has helped her so far.
Seinosuke Amakusa interrupts Ayano and Tsukushi. He asks Ayano why she left her home in the United States without telling her parents. She suddenly becomes impassioned, yelling "Did you or did you not promise to marry me?" Ayano then reminds him about their childhood promise. Shocked, Seinosuke answers "But Ayano, it's her that I..." Tsukushi then promises to give him her answer after the contest. As the final round begins, Tsukushi thinks "[Ayano is] a better match for Kinsan."
People in the crowd becomes unruly, accusing Tsukushi of bribing the judges. Tsukasa Domyoji punches the loudest guy complaining. He states "If you say anything to shake her confidence, I'll kill you." On stage, Ayano says "He must truly love you to get so angry over that heckling." Twenty-one children, the round's "judges," enter. The girls are tasked with entertaining them to determine which is the better "mother." Ayano quickly adapts to the task, while Tsukushi gets off to a weak start.
Chapter seventy-one was originally accompanied by a color illustration in Margaret No.9 of April 1995. It pictures Tsukasa wearing a traditional Japanese kimono and holding a hyottoko mask. The illustration was not re-released until the publication of the complete edition's volume six in 2005.