After Tomoya finds out from Nagisa that the student council is forbidding her from recruiting using posters because the drama club has technically suspended its activities, he urges her not to give up since there has to be another way. Sunohara sees the two of them together, and he starts thinking that Tomoya got involved with the drama club because he’s going out with Nagisa. Tomoya, however, tells Sunohara that the reason is because Nagisa’s mother makes great bread at their bakery, and becoming friends with Nagisa means that he can eat all he wants of that bread. Sunohara’s main focus remains on Tomoyo though, and the following day he tries to trick her into admitting that her breasts are removable, but this invariably leads to him getting beat up again. Afterwards, he and Tomoya are walking through the halls when they encounter Fuuko who calls Tomoya a strange person. She actually finds Sunohara strange too, but that’s mainly because his hair is unnaturally colored whereas she thinks Tomoya’s existence itself is strange.
The reason Fuuko wants to talk to Tomoya is because her sister is getting married soon to Yuusuke, and she wants Tomoya to go celebrate this at the marriage ceremony in exchange for the star-shaped present she gave him. It seems that her sister was an art teacher at the school until three years ago, and Fuuko has been giving out these presents so that everyone can celebrate her sister’s wedding. After hearing this, Tomoya points out that none of the current students would be acquainted with her sister if she worked here three years ago, and no one would go to a stranger’s wedding. Fuuko nevertheless remains resolute in her goal of getting everyone to celebrate the wedding. Later that day, Sunohara takes Tomoya with him to confront Tomoyo again, and though he manages – after she feels bad for reflexively kicking him – to momentarily catch her off guard by leading her into the men’s bathroom, she promptly responds with another kick that sends him flying out the window. When Tomoya informs her that Sunohara wanted to confirm if she was a girl because he thinks she might be a guy based on her strength, Tomoyo is actually a bit shocked. She had thought that she was able to behave like a normal girl at this school and admits that she is trying to change herself.
At lunchtime, Tomoya is discussing with Nagisa about how to recruit people when Sunohara comes into the room after having overheard their conversation. Sunohara’s first suggestion is to beat up the student council president behind the school since it’s the student council that’s getting in the way, but Nagisa rejects turning to violence. He then proposes that they discuss this with someone else, and the three go to see Ryou who would know about the school regulations since she’s their class representative. Ryou is with her sister though, and to separate them, Tomoya has Sunohara pretend that there’s someone who wants to confess to Ryou. Unfortunately, when they do manage to get just Ryou, she thinks that it’s Nagisa who wants to confess, and so she misconstrues everything Nagisa ends up saying. It all gets cleared up once Nagisa actually asks Ryou to help her establish the drama club, though Kyou – who was eavesdropping – nearly strangles Tomoya and Sunohara for making fun of her sister. Kyou then suggests that Nagisa become friends with her and her sister instead of the guys, but Nagisa doesn’t want to leave them behind since they’ve been helping her up until now.
As for the school regulations, Ryou explains that a club that has suspended activities first needs at least three members and a staff adviser. Kyou thinks that there are enough people if they include Tomoya and Sunohara with Nagisa, but both guys reject the idea. The next day has Sunohara going after Tomoyo again, this time with Tomoya supposedly helping him talk with her, but Tomoya just has Sunohara do some embarrassing things, and Sunohara ends up trying to attack Tomoya anyway. After Tomoyo beats Sunohara up yet again (with Tomoya helping her combo), Tomoya asks if she’s interested in joining the drama club. She tells him that she is, but she doesn’t have time for a club because of the upcoming student council president elections. Tomoya then goes to the library to try to talk to Kotomi about joining the club. She only notices him after he calls her Kotomi-chan, and she doesn’t express a specific interest in theater, so Tomoya leaves her to let her think about it. Nagisa hasn’t had much luck either, and the only other person Tomoya can think of to ask is Fuuko.
However, when they go see her, Fuuko tells them that she’s too busy because she’s working on her star-shaped presents all day long. The strange thing is that Fuuko claims to be at school all day and never goes home, though she isn’t sure why she’s always there. She only remembers that she almost got hit by a car on the way home from the school’s opening ceremony, and she then found herself at school. When Nagisa learns that Fuuko’s family name is Ibuki, she realizes that Fuuko is the younger sister of the art teacher who was around when Nagisa was in her first year. However, Nagisa privately tells Tomoya that she heard that the art teacher’s younger sister was in a traffic accident and has been hospitalized for a long time. Fuuko’s sister had come to Nagisa’s family bakery after visiting the hospital yesterday, and all this reminds Nagisa of the rumor of the ghost of the girl who got into a traffic accident.
There was again a lot of humor this week – like Tomoya helping Tomoyo combo or the rooftop confession scene between Ryou and Nagisa – but by the end of the episode, I got the feeling that the show was finally starting to focus the story a little more. Part of it might be that Fuuko’s story is the first one other than Nagisa’s that we’ve delved deeper into, and part of it might be that the mention of Yuusuke being Fuuko’s sister’s fiancé ties his appearance last episode into this story. There was also a lack of a scene from the other world, which has in the past has always left me a little confused. Anyway, Fuuko’s background reminds me a bit of Ayu’s from Kanon, but the fact that Nagisa knows and mentions the accident and hospital stuff so quickly makes me think that there’s a lot more to it than that. If she really is a ghost though, then I guess her unfinished business is getting everyone to celebrate her sister’s marriage, though that by itself lacks an emotional oomph, so I’m expecting something more.