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- "What I saw just now... Was that really Rui Hanazawa? I can't believe it. The Rui Hanazawa I know is aloof and removed from everything. I can't believe he kissed a girl for fun."
- —Tsukushi Makino
"Will You Go Out with Me?" (
Rui Hanazawa makes a surprise return from France. His new flirty attitude confuses Tsukushi Makino. Meanwhile, Sakurako Sanjo is bullied after a childhood photo resurfaces. Tsukushi ends up standing up for her.
Rui Hanazawa walks onto the roof of Eitoku Academy, having just arrived back from France. He surprises his friends, who immediately run up to greet him. Rui then notices Tsukushi Makino staring. She stutters out "Welcome home." Instantly jealous, Tsukasa Domyoji puts his arm around Tsukushi and announces that they are dating. She tries to stop him to no avail. Rui then replies "That's too bad," seemingly accepting it. Tsukasa is put at ease, though he still adds "So back off." Sojiro Nishikado suggests that they should skip the rest of their afternoon classes. As the F4 leaves, Rui looks back and tells Tsukushi bye. Now by herself, she becomes dizzy thinking "Too many things are happening at once."
As she walks home, Tsukushi thinks of Rui as well as Tsukasa's kiss from the previous night, compounding her confusion. Thomas interrupts her thoughts. He pleads with her to "hear [him] out." Tsukushi is not interested until he reveals that it is about Sakurako Sanjo. In a park, he shows her the photo album that Sakurako had stopped her from seeing before. Thomas launches into a story, starting when she was in kindergarten. Sakurako confides her crush on Tsukasa to two girls, who then proceed to tell him. He gets teased by Sojiro and Akira Mimasaka. Embarrassed, Tsukasa calls her an "ugly freak." Thomas reflects "Sakurako probably decided right in her little heart that she'd become beautiful someday."
Sakurako seeks comfort from her grandmother, telling her "I thought I'd have the world at my feet once I became beautiful." She now feels as if she has "nothing." The next morning, Yuriko Asai and her friends show off a photo of Sakurako's old face. The revelation that Sakurako has had plastic surgery quickly spreads around school. Tsukushi thinks "Serves her right," despite being noticeably bothered. She even becomes annoyed by the F4's attitude about it, telling them they are the ones to blame. Tsukasa gives her a pager and orders her to come whenever he pages. She feels as if he is treating her like a dog. Her annoyance grows when she discovers her home crammed full of furniture sent by him.
Tsukushi receives a page from Tsukasa telling her to call him. She calls to complain about the furniture though he ignores her and tells her to meet him at a club. Tsukushi storms into the club. Tsukasa informs two girls that she is his girlfriend. One asks Tsukushi "How much is Tsukasa paying you?" She hits the two girls until they leave. Tsukushi then proceeds to yell at Tsukasa about his "high-and-mighty attitude," but becomes distracted by Rui. A girl flirts with him and asks him for a kiss, which he obliges. Tsukushi is left shocked. Tsukasa tells her to sit down. She declines and leaves. That night, Tsukushi asks her toy if she should start dating Tsukasa. Despite the yes answer, she cannot get Rui out of her mind.
The next day, Tsukushi is about to walk past Sakurako until she sees Yuriko and her friends. As they make fun of her, Tsukushi imagines how Sakurako was treated as a child. She steps in, saying "What's so wrong about buying beauty?" and points out that they do the same thing. Turning away from Sakurako, she tells her that she has not yet forgiven her. Sakurako hesitantly places her hands on Tsukushi's back and repeats "I'm sorry" several times. Later, Tsukushi heads to the emergency exit where she finds Rui. She tries to talk about Shizuka Todo, which he deftly avoids by asking whether she really is dating Tsukasa. She replies "It's not like that," leading him to ask "Why don't you forget Tsukasa and go out with me?"
Cast and characters
- Script: Reiko Yoshida
- Director: Ryo Tachiba
- Animation director: Tomoko Ito
- Art director: Shinzo Yuki
- The episode covers the final chapter of the "Sakurako Story Arc" and the first chapter of the "Southern Resort Arc."
- Scenes from "Please Believe Me!" and "Mine at Last" are used in this episode.
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