Since they’ve joined the school, Azusa gives Yukiho and Haruka an official tour of the place. She ends by taking them down the elevator to the iDOL hanger where Joseph and the rest of the team are waiting. After Joseph introduces them to the various members, Azusa continues the tour of the facilities and explains that once a week, the girls have to be on standby here for asteroid drops. When they get to the shower room, the girls run into Iori who takes this chance to reiterate that it’s impossible for Haruka to pilot the Imber. Back in the hanger, Makoto is attempting to start up the Imber, but it doesn’t want to move. Haruka and Yukiho get to meet her briefly, and Azusa then takes them back up to the classroom for some studying about Drops. Yukiho is able to answer Azusa’s questions, but the advanced reading quickly overheats Haruka’s brain. Conversely, when they get into the simulator, Haruka performs very well while Yukiho struggles. Right as Haruka is getting out of the training simulator, the power flickers off and then back on. Azusa finds out when she gets to the control room that Ritsuko was trying to power up the Imber to allow Iori to move it. Since Iori failed, Azusa decides to allow Haruka to try getting on the Imber the next day.
When the time comes, Haruka gets dressed up in the Idolmaster uniform and boards the Imber. Unfortunately, she’s not able to move the Imber either, but the mecha does proceed to show her some images of the waterfront on the cockpit screen. This is followed by a heavy rumbling from the Imber that forces the team to stop the test and disconnect power. As a result, Haruka gets stuck inside the cockpit while the maintenance team tries to open it back up. Several hours later, as she’s getting hungry, Haruka starts talking to the Imber and it responds by showing her video of herself. This is interrupted by a phone call from Yayoi who wanted to have dinner with her. Since Yayoi doesn’t know about Haruka’s real situation and instead thinks that Haruka is having trouble with a guy, she reminds Haruka of how she was when she was little and how they became friends. During the call, an alarm goes off to signal a Drop occurring, so the Nebula with Iori as its pilot gets ready to launch. Still inside the Imber, Haruka starts talking to the machine and explains to everyone in the control room that the Imber is simply scared. She feels that the Imber must go out on its own and discover for itself, so Azusa clears the Imber for launch too. It takes off soon after the Nebula does, but drops straight down towards the ocean once it’s airborne. Not panicking, Haruka calms the Imber by telling it that the ocean and the asteroid belt aren’t scary. She explains that if you have a scowling face, then everyone will have one too, but if you smile, everyone else will also show a smile. Haruka then urges the Imber to fly with her, and a split second before it would crash into the water, it rights itself and takes off. This occurs just in time too because the Nebula has started sending out emergency signals.
Well, I’m back to being disappointed with this show. It didn’t seem like all that much happened this episode, and the ending felt rather corny with Haruka’s speech and the whole connection to her past. I guess I was waiting for something exciting to happen, and nothing ever really did. For me, the closest they came was during this shot. I hope next week’s episode can pick up the pace a little, and at least the beginning of the episode should have some good Imber vs. asteroid action.