Rui surprises everyone with his return, and Tsukasa immediately moves to claim Tsukushi as his. The F4 leave, but Tsukasa first gives Tsukushi a gold coated cell phone. Tsukushi returns home to find it filled with new furniture, courtesy of Tsukasa. He then calls her to a club with the rest of the F4. When she gets there, Tsukushi is shocked to see Rui openly kissing two random girls. And when she sees him again the next day, Rui suggests that they should go out, even if in secret. Tsukushi initially takes him seriously, but when he laughs it off as a joke, Tsukushi has no choice but to do the same.
Having returned to Japan after learning that her mother had already done the same because of Tsukasa’s relationship with Tsukushi, Tsubaki suggests to Tsukushi and Yuuki that they go on a double date. The night before the date, Rui visits Tsukushi’s home. He tells her that he and Shizuka had some great times together, but that she was busy, and so he was mostly alone. He realized that he still couldn’t do anything for the one that he loved. But Tsukushi says that it’s because of him rescuing her in the beginning that she’s there today. When Tsukushi’s father calls her in, she accidentally drops the gold cell phone, which Rui picks up and takes with him.
On the double date, Yuuki and her boyfriend are late, and her boyfriend turns out to be quite rude. When Tsukushi takes a picture of some penguins with her own cell phone, Tsukasa notices that she’s not using the one he gave her. She lies and says that she left it at home. Yuuki’s boyfriend’s rudeness continues through the day, really getting on Tsukasa’s nerves; it finally reaches the limit when he insults Tsukushi. When the girls arrive on the scene, they find Tsukasa hitting the guy. Without explaining what happened, Tsukasa and Yuuki’s boyfriend separately storm off, and Yuuki knows that her relationship with him is over.
At home, Tsukushi is surprised to find the Domyoji matron there, offering 300 million yen for Tsukushi to give up on her son. Before Tsukushi can act, her angered mother dumps salt on their guest. Meanwhile, Tsukasa finds out that Rui had the gold cell phone, meaning that Tsukushi had lied to him earlier. The next day, after the two argue about why Tsukasa hit Yuuki’s boyfriend and about the cell phone, Tsukushi goes to her usual spot to vent her anger. She’s surprised when Rui speaks up from behind her, and even more surprised when he hugs her. However, things quickly go sour again when she spots Tsukasa watching their embrace from the top of the stairwell.
The focuses of this episode, and probably the next one too, are Rui vs. Tsukasa and how much Tsukushi and Tsukasa like each other. The cell phone plays a key role in moving Tsukasa and Tsukushi apart, both in Tsukushi lying about it, and Rui having it. You can tell that Tsukasa’s jealousy is just boiling over, especially by the end of the episode. However, I still find it a bit hard to take his and Tsukushi’s relationship seriously, mainly because he still acts so much like a spoiled little kid sometimes. I do have to note that in the manga, that final scene involves Rui kissing Tsukushi. Granted, she’s also kissed Tsukasa by that point, so it’s not a first kiss or anything.
A couple of random thoughts:
-The African American servant of Tsubaki’s is completely unnecessary, in a very Gone with the Wind sort of way. That entire scene is just cheesy, from the engrish to the smiling and speaking straight at the camera.
-Imperial March ringtone? Overused….
Anyway, next episode it looks like Tsukushi is gonna go out with Rui for a while, while Tsukasa jealously follows them around. Oh and it seems like Sakurako will play a part too – her lines in this episode were similar to the manga’s, but they came off as very fake-sounding to me. Thankfully the preview shows the “evil” side of her.
Closing Thought: They were so close to getting through the entire episode w/o playing Planetarium, but then it just had to come on in the last few minutes. -_-;;