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Summary:

After Tsukasa abandoned dinner to run to the hospital where Tsukushi was taken, his mother is forced to apologize to Shigeru’s parents. Pissed off that the dinner was a disaster, Kaede tries to call her son, but by now he’s already at the hospital and turns off his phone. However, all the energy of his run is taken away from him as soon as he sees Rui already arriving at Tsukushi’s room. In fact, Tsukasa peeks in the door and sees that her parents can’t thank Rui enough. Rui even offers to look after Tsukushi for the night because her parents look so tired, so they decide to leave her with him. Tsukasa meanwhile leaves without them knowing he was ever there and heads back home. His mother catches him on the way in and, having figured out that he left because of Tsukushi, she once again talks about his rash actions causing an innocent person to be sacrificed. Reminded of the past, Tsukasa claims that he’s given up on Tsukushi and ends the conversation. Nevertheless, all the pent-up emotions cause him to return to his own room and yell with frustration.

The next morning, Tsukushi wakes up and finds Rui at her bedside after having held her hand all night long. He informs her about her collapse during her job, but also tells her that she doesn’t need to worry because she can leave the hospital in a day or two if she rests. When Tsukushi panics because she remembers that today is the day of her entrance exams, Rui calms her back down by saying that he’ll go talk with the school. After he explains that he helps her out when she’s in a pinch because he likes her, Rui surprises Tsukushi by kissing her. Because of this, she tries to hide herself under the bed sheets and claims that friends shouldn’t do such things. Rui, however, says that he wanted to do it, so it couldn’t be helped. Tsukushi’s parents visit her later and ask her if there’s a possibility of love with Rui, but she denies it. Around the same time, Shigeru is waking up Tsukasa with a round of tickling and asks him if he went to see another woman with the way he ran out last night. He calls her a perverted woman for the tickling, but she keeps doing it until he throws her away from himself. Since he’s once again referring to her as a monkey, she makes it clear to him that she’s Shigeru – his lover and fiancée.

Having lunch at Eitoku later that day, Rui tells Akira and Soujirou about watching over Tsukushi all night. Akira and Soujirou wonder if Tsukasa knows, but Rui feels that Tsukasa and Tsukushi have nothing to do with each other anymore. It is at this moment that Tsukasa arrives, claiming that he wanted to eat with everyone. He acts strange around them and asks Rui what he was doing last night, but when Rui starts to explain about the hospital, Akira interrupts him so that he doesn’t tell Tsukasa. Rui eventually asks back if a date for the wedding was decided since Tsukasa met with Shigeru’s parents last night. He even suggests that that’s why Tsukasa is so nervous. Tsukasa tries to reply, but then gets a phone call from Shigeru and gets dragged out for a date with her. Back at the hospital, Tsukushi discussing the kiss from Rui with Yuuki. Tsukushi still doesn’t think that Rui can like her, especially since there’s still Shizuka. Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Akira, Soujirou, and Rui, but the first two soon realize that they have something to do and leave, taking Yuuki with them so that they can leave Rui and Tsukushi alone.

Soujirou is quite surprised when he learns from Yuuki about the kiss between Rui and Tsukushi. He explains to Yuuki that it’s not so easy for Tsukushi to be with Rui because Tsukasa still has feelings for her. Yuuki points out that Tsukasa is going to be married to Shigeru and feels that it’s selfish for Tsukasa to be like that. When Soujirou claims that it can’t be helped because this is what’s really going on, Yuuki gets emotional because of all Tsukushi’s gone through this past year. Staying silent for a moment, Soujirou finally replies that love isn’t so logical – it can be unfair and cause pain for simply liking someone. Tsukushi is meanwhile packing to leave the hospital when the hospital administrator comes asking about the hospital expenses. Rui ends up paying them for her and kisses her on the forehead before telling her to be careful going home. She arrives home safely, but is surprised to find the main room completely empty except for a small table. Only her younger brother is there to explain that her father lost his job, so their parents have gone off to become fishermen in a fishing village. Tsukushi ends up calling Yuuki and explaining that she needs to find another place to live now, and by chance Yuuki’s tea ceremony instructor Hinata Sara overhears the phone conversation.

Across town, Shigeru has spent the entire day with an unresponsive Tsukasa. They got a hotel room together on Shigeru’s suggestion, but when she goes to take a shower, Tsukasa is overcome with memories of Tsukushi. In actuality, Shigeru had suspected something wasn’t right and isn’t really taking a shower, so she hears the door slam as Tsukasa leaves. Tsukasa takes a taxi to the apartment complex where the Makino family lives, but before he gets out, he sees a headline about a Nikkei average plunge on the news ticker inside of the taxi. This reminds him of one year ago when the Doumyouji stock prices also dropped because of something he said. His mother had told him that a lot of people would lose their jobs because of him, and there was that man who jumped off the building. In the end, Tsukasa never gets out of the taxi and instead orders it to leave the apartment complex. Inside, Tsukushi gets a call back from Yuuki with news that she found a free apartment thanks to Hinata. It seems that Hinata’s father works in real estate and has a run-down apartment Tsukushi can live in.

At her new apartment, Tsukushi is moving in and cleaning up when Shigeru comes by to help. She tells Tsukushi of what happened at the hotel, and then asks if Tsukasa fell in love with Tsukushi a long time ago. After Tsukushi nearly chokes on her tea, Shigeru changes the subject to how nostalgia-evoking this small room is. She realizes that the reason for this is because she used to have a pigeon coop that was just like this place. Tsukasa meanwhile learns of what happened to Tsukushi’s father from Soujirou and goes to confront his mother about it. She claims that she didn’t do anything, and then wonders if he’s infatuated with Tsukushi again. Tsukasa denies it, but Kaede later asks Nishida to keep an eye on him. Around the same time, Rui is having dinner with Shizuka, who he picked up earlier from the airport. He tells her all about Tsukasa’s marriage situation, which he calls the choice of a grownup. Shizuka feels that there’s no such thing in this world and instead suggests that you can only choose a compromise or else selfishly carry out your own free will. When Rui asks her what she thinks of his choice, she tells him (in French) that he made a wonderful selection.

As night falls, Tsukushi and her little brother notice that someone is standing outside their door trying to peer into the room. They charge this person with a bat and a large fly swatter, but it turns out to be just Tsukasa. It seems that he found out there was an open room next door and has decided to live alone so that he can refine himself as a man. But since this is Tsukasa, instead of renting, he simply bought the place and is the new owner. He thinks it’s all a big coincidence that Tsukushi also moved here. Rui and Shizuka meanwhile have finished eating and he’s telling her during the ride home about Tsukushi’s ambitions to become a lawyer. Shizuka comments on how Rui’s grown up, which makes him think that she always saw him as a kid before. When he wonders if the him right now would have been ok for her back then, Shizuka replies that he’s a precious person to her both now and back then. Rui drops her off at home and is about to leave, but Shizuka stops him first and tells him to make Tsukushi happy and not to make her cry. He nods his head and turns to go, but stops again and thanks Shizuka for everything up until now.

Upon learning that Tsukushi’s little brother has exams tomorrow, Tsukasa offers up his own room and effectively kicks her brother out. This leaves him and Tsukushi alone in the room together, but she tells him not to say anything strange to her. Out of the blue, he asks her about the taste of figs and explains that when you split a fig in half, it turns into the shape of a heart. The sweetness of figs is like the taste of love – that’s something he learned from a Pakistani in New York. However, the taste of love for him is the taste of the cookie that she made. Tsukasa is about to say something else, but Tsukushi’s phone then starts ringing. The person calling is Rui, and Tsukasa tries to keep her from answering it. In the ensuing struggle, Tsukasa lands on top of Tsukushi, and the phone gets accidentally answered anyway, allowing Rui to hear everything that’s going on. By chance, Shigeru also comes barging into the room at this very moment and sees the two in this position. A surprised Shigeru simply says that she’s not a monkey and then runs out in tears. Tsukushi tries to chase after her, but Tsukasa stops her and tells her not to go.

Preview:

Hana Yori Dango 2   04   Preview 01 Hana Yori Dango 2   04   Preview 02 Hana Yori Dango 2   04   Preview 03

I burst out laughing at the very end when all the players in the Shigeru/Tsukasa/Tsukushi/Rui relationship web came together. It was just the perfect dramatic way to do it and I couldn’t help myself. Rui already knew that Tsukasa still had feelings for Tsukushi, but this had to have come as a huge shock for Shigeru since she considered Tsukushi her best friend. I can’t help but feel sorry for her since she’s been such a lovable character. Still, I doubt she’ll give up on Tsukasa so easily.
It seems to me that Shizuka’s appearance this episode was almost entirely for the purpose of letting Rui go so that he could pursue Tsukushi without those feelings getting in the way. Of course, he had already started going after Tsukushi with the kiss this episode even before Shizuka came back. The preview for next week shows Rui and Tsukasa getting into a fight, so it looks like things are going to heat up even more. And for better or worse, they appear to be developing a love story for Tsukushi’s little brother Susumu too, and it looks like Tsukasa is going to be his mentor. I think he’d probably be better off going to someone else for advice.

January 26, 2007 at 10:27 pm
54 comments »
  • January 26, 2007 at 10:39 pmSarah

    Yay, Episode 4! I look forward to your reviews every week because I can’t watch it when it airs. Keep up the good work!!! \( ^_^)/

  • January 26, 2007 at 10:57 pmremoted

    This episode was so much better than last week. But there are too many relationships going at once. Even in episode 5, Makino’s little bro will begin to crush on someone too. T___T Haha, I can’t wait!

  • January 26, 2007 at 11:09 pmRaine

    THANK U OMNI!! Are my eyes deceiving me or is that the evil mommy crying o.O Horray for the return of Shizuka!!

  • January 26, 2007 at 11:09 pmDee

    Hello there. I always look forward to your summaries. Will one be up soon? I’ve been watching all the episodes on either crunchy roll or google video, but it’s always a couple of days before someone even posts it on there. Where do you watch your episode at? Do you get TBS Japan?

  • January 26, 2007 at 11:14 pmtensai_otaku

    (LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL)…AHAHAHAHAHAHAH…..AHAH…(HOLY SHIT NOW MY STOMACH HURTS) :P

  • January 26, 2007 at 11:36 pmlisavajjchiicka

    LOL! I wanna see this so much!

  • January 26, 2007 at 11:43 pmalex

    ahh! thank you so much for putting this entry! x]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

    meh love HYDDDD!! =DDDDDDDDDD

  • January 27, 2007 at 12:09 amLissa

    NO WAY. Is that rui kissing tsukushi? (love oguri shun)

  • January 27, 2007 at 12:26 amMag

    thank you so much for the photos! just wonder if there will be a summary later~

  • January 27, 2007 at 12:59 amnamakeruViFFY

    aww where’s the summary ? >

  • January 27, 2007 at 1:01 amJanie

    OMG OMG OMG OMG…….RUI IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT! SO HOT! SO SMOKING HOT! ESPECIALLY the pic of him holding the phone, like he’s concentrating really hard to convey his sexiness to the other person…or not? lol. ack, i should be rooting for the other guy, i liked him so much last season but rui is so hot THIS SEASON!! thankx for the pics

  • January 27, 2007 at 1:06 amRainySkies

    Just look at the preview shot of Rui… he looks oh-so furious..

  • January 27, 2007 at 1:08 amWendy

    Ahaha, I come here to your blog every time a new episode airs too. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your -very detailed- reviews. LOVE THEM. It’s so much easier one me because I have exams and I can’t watch them ahead of time, so whee~ Thank you so so much. And I love screenshots as well. *O*

    Please continue!

    Episode 5 looks great with the little brother liking a girl?! And Rui yelling at Tsukasa probably. Wheee~ Love love love.

  • January 27, 2007 at 1:18 amLadyLobelia

    I like Rui and Makino to be together more than Tsukasa and Makino. :]]

  • January 27, 2007 at 1:21 amSarah

    WOW! IM EXCITED I HAVE TO WATCH THIS EPISODE!!!! I LOVE RUI OMG!

  • January 27, 2007 at 2:13 amDils

    Yes.. I think I am missing the review too. Can’t wait for it. And I with LadyLobelia. I much, much better like Rui and Makino together.

    Can only dream..

  • January 27, 2007 at 2:45 amchoco

    ahahahaha!!!!! rui looks so frekin funny
    in the preview!!!!! i like him but he
    also happens to have a funny face!!!

  • January 27, 2007 at 2:48 amCristal

    Where can i download the hana yori dango someone pleeese help me

  • January 27, 2007 at 3:07 amtyrea

    i am loving Shigeru more and more every week she’s just an adorable character. and that last scene where she burst in to see makino and doumyoji on the floor… Kato Natsuki’s acting with the look in her eye and the quivering lip NICE ACTING! i feel so bad for her!

  • January 27, 2007 at 3:44 amjodie

    ahhhh thnkyou so much!!

  • January 27, 2007 at 4:04 amadeline

    heyyy!!
    omgg i lovee hana yori dango 2!!!
    thxx sooooooooo much for taking your time and blogging each week!!!

  • January 27, 2007 at 4:12 amnamakeruViFFY

    omg ! the moment ive been waiting for when rui nd makino kissssssss .. =D

  • January 27, 2007 at 5:00 amAlisha

    thank you for the summary. i watched the raw version of this episode and i kind of knew what was happening but your summary made it a lot clearer. thank you once again. ohhh cannot wait for the next episode. i actually want rui and tsukushi together.

  • January 27, 2007 at 12:08 pmdarkredeyes

    I MUST SEE EP 4 CANT WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK

  • January 27, 2007 at 1:09 pmNINYA

    OMG… I am about to watch the RAW episode of this. Thanks!

    Shox, I am forever a Tsukasa-Makino fan but I LOOOOVE that Rui is making his moves on Makino! WHAAAAA OGURI!! I LOVE YOU! He’s so hot! And Jun is freaking fantastic. And Inoue is so cute.

  • January 27, 2007 at 1:20 pmsushi

    thank youuuuuuu so much for the blog! ^.^ i watched the raw after i read your summary and it helped alot =)

  • January 27, 2007 at 3:16 pmStephanie

    Watching RAW version right now. It’s okay so far, but the preview sounds so exciting! Can’t wait for episode 5!

  • January 28, 2007 at 1:15 amally

    OMG this episode was so much better than last weeks. i cant wait till episode 5. its getting really interesting! dude the nurses at the hospital were so funny… screaming over 3 hot guys, how professional;)
    thanks for the summarys! keep up the hard work!

  • January 28, 2007 at 1:43 amchrissy

    Thanks for writing such detailed reviews! I visit every week just to read them. Hana Yori Dango is probably the best series that I know of :-)

  • January 28, 2007 at 9:16 amNINYA

    I am slowly turning into the Makino-Rui route after watching this episode.

    Tsukasa is so funny!

  • January 28, 2007 at 12:41 pmRienei

    Why do you always have to take the pictures of people’s worst face. For instance Rui’s face where his hole is so damn big and funny. However, somehow he reminds me of LIGHT in DEATH NOTE movie when he gets angry.

  • January 28, 2007 at 5:28 pmJen

    Ahhhh it’s soooo cuteeee!!!!
    Rui is such a wonderfullll guy!! Right now after seeing how he likes Tsukushi so much..I kind of want them to be together~~

  • January 28, 2007 at 6:54 pmjt

    hey guys.. i jsut wanted to know where do you download these ?? and do they come with english subs?

  • January 28, 2007 at 6:58 pmStar

    I am so happy you take time out of your busy schedule to keep us updated on the show. I really can’t wait for next week. Hugs from me to you. Bye Bye.

  • January 28, 2007 at 8:10 pmsyu77

    hi…thanks for the summary and also the screencaps…appreciate it vey much…can’t wait for next week!!!

  • January 28, 2007 at 11:43 pmJaQ

    thank you for your giving us your summery of episode 4 x3 makes us want to watch it more =) i go for makino and rui x3 even thou their not meant to be together TT_TT to me they make the perfect couple

  • January 28, 2007 at 11:46 pmtao

    omg omg i just finished watching this omg and i just fell in love with Hanazawa Rui and Makino aaaalll over again aiii >w

  • January 29, 2007 at 1:41 amagnes

    yup
    thanks for sharing
    this ep was fun…
    but still rili look forward of ep5
    ^^

  • January 29, 2007 at 2:40 amSteph

    thanks so much for these updates…i’d watch episode 4 but i can’t get ahold of the english subs since I don’t understand japanese :( i wish i did though….thanks again for all your hard work!

  • January 29, 2007 at 1:14 pmlingling

    I always come to this site to get an update on the latest episode. Thanks for your hardwork!

  • January 29, 2007 at 3:07 pmgyabooo

    “I think he’d probably be better off going to someone else for advice.”
    Hahaha…I think many of us would agree with this.

  • January 30, 2007 at 1:10 amcurrybreadman

    DUDE Doumyouji and Makino all the way >:OO:D::D

  • January 30, 2007 at 10:59 amellie

    Hi! you are a lifesaver for these reviews, I always look forward to them because it takes a week before I could get the subbed version from SARS fansubs!!
    Its getting interesting.. thanks again!

  • January 30, 2007 at 11:24 pmMougie

    hey i juz wanted to say that i can’t sat how much i loved hana yori dango the first time i saw it but gosh it’s good but for some reason i cam’t get the episodes of season 2…aniwaiz juz wanted to say how interesting the show is i love love love love it so so so so so so so much……….luv alwayz………..Mougie

  • January 30, 2007 at 11:57 pmmiah

    thank you so very much! i look forward to your detailed summaries! i love all of the characters. i love rui!! he makes me blush. :)

  • February 1, 2007 at 1:26 ammochi-aa

    Waahhh, this was a really great synopsis of the next episode…i havent watched it yet…but your summary + screencaps make it nearly play right in front of my eyes…I love this episode…go Rui!!! lol.

  • February 1, 2007 at 8:34 ammichhtam(:

    are me and currybreadman the only ones going for makino & doumyouji ? (:
    anyways . thanks for all the awesome summaries. : D
    looking forward to the next one . .

  • February 4, 2007 at 4:01 pmMika

    Cristal,You can find the episodes up to 4 with subs at dailymotion.com

    I want Rui and Makino to be together ssooooo badly, they’re soo cute

  • February 5, 2007 at 9:45 amaoi

    Gah! I really want Tsukushi and Rui to be together. They’re so much better for each other imo.

    Thanks for the summary!

  • February 13, 2007 at 7:06 amadeline cheong

    BESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT DRAMA EVER!~

  • June 19, 2007 at 2:28 amdomyoji

    ang gwpo tlaga n domyoji!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • July 26, 2007 at 12:39 pmYuu

    I don’t know, I was screaming so loud when Rui (and out of the blue, take note!) kissed Tsukushi. I laughed when she said, “I wasn’t emotionally ready” (SARS subs).

    Darn, I wanted Rui and Tsukushi to end up together. But, of course, jumping of a tall building would be easier done than them being a couple … darn producers!!

    I feel sorry for Rui … he liked Makino so much. Tsukushi was being selfish, but no one could blame him … after all, they’ve been through so much. I loved Oguri Shun after this =D And I’ve become a fan of Arashi. Haha, how fun.

  • February 18, 2008 at 10:28 amjaeca

    amm shes beautiful i lyk u….

  • December 29, 2008 at 11:32 pmDessa

    Wow, your reviews are awesome! I finished season 2 already but I’ve been looking for some screen caps of the Makino/Rui kiss, haha. Thank you. (: