As part of the city’s promotion for traffic safety, the idol Chikorin was supposed to take Ryou’s place as chief for the day. Having breezed through a stack of papers, Ryou is informed by vice chief Kubo that Chikorin’s arrival had been postponed due to bad weather. This becomes a problem since Chikorin was to judge the drunk driving exhibit. Ryou tells the staff that even without Chikorin there to judge, the events will continue as planned with the inspectors acting as the judges. Inspector Narasaki suggests that they find someone else be the chief for the day and asks if they could let one of Ayanagi’s citizens be the chief. Ryou agrees and gets Kubo to make arrangements.
Back at school, Shin goes over to Takurou’s dorm to see how he is holding up from the shock of his friend’s death. He runs into Megumi in front of the dorm building as she was leaving to visit her friend in the hospital. She tells Shin that Takurou is apparently still sleeping since he didn’t answer her phone call. Megumi goes on to say that he and Takurou shouldn’t take out their Persona’s anymore and that they should leave matters to the police from now on. She then suggests that Shin that take Takurou to see Chikorin at the park since that would cheer him up. As they finish talking, Jun walks up to Shin. He is introduced to Megumi and they exchange formalities.
Later on at the bus stop, Megumi finds a wallet on the ground, looks inside, and decides to turn it in to the police. In the city, Inspector Narasaki stops his car at an intersection to search for possible “Chief for a Day” candidates and sees Kanaru. She is apparently lost and approaches his car to ask him where she is. Kanaru tells him that she often winds up in places where she doesn’t know how she got there. As he listens to what she says, Inspector Narasaki gets and idea and asks Kanaru to lean in closer to the car. He looks at her then tells her that she has a cute face. When she jumps back in shock, he tells her that he didn’t mean it that way and tries to explain himself. However, in his chaotic rambling he asks her if she wanted to “do it.” Meanwhile back at the police station, Ryou is on the phone and tells the caller that he is relieved that Chikorin is not coming – he is not good with famous people. The caller tells Ryou that he shouldn’t look down upon the Chikorin, but that he would have picked Fukorin, the cosplay idol, as his choice for Chief of the day. His phone call is interrupted when Eiko arrives. He thanks her for coming in on her day off, but he tells her that she is being asked to officially help with Imuseido inspection and not for help on the reverse cases. He also tells her that she should stay away from him for the time being and that she not visit him as often. Soon after Kubo and Inspector Itou arrives and tells Ryou that a charming girl had turned in a lost item and they would like for her to be the chief for the day. All of the sudden Ryou receives a phone call saying that there is a possible reverse situation at the harbor. Ryou departs immediately and leaves the decision for the chief to Kubo. Soon Ryou arrives at the harbor but finds out that it was a false alarm. Annoyed, Ryou starts to walk back to his car, but sees a man in a bear suit pass out on the boardwalk. Ryou runs over to the man and asks if he is ok.
Back at the police station, Megumi and Kanaru are both surprised to see one another there. Kubo enters and tells the girls that he brought them to the station because he wanted to ask them to help him with their traffic safety event. Kanaru asks what they would be helping out with, but as Kubo starts to explain, his subordinate rushes in to tell Kubo of a situation. Meanwhile in Takurou’s room, they boys talk about the Personas and the past week’s events. Takurou asks Shin if Ryou had any information, but Shin said that although he thinks that Ryou does, he will not tell them. Shin then has a heartfelt conversation with Takurou about his strained relationship with Ryou while Jun listens quietly. Takurou notices the time and says that they have to hurry to Kaehen Park because the Chikorin will be featured there. Takurou’s spirits seemed to have risen as they walk out of the dorm. He then turns to Shin and Jun and says that he believes that Takashi is still alive somewhere – even though his Persona had been stolen.
At the harbor, the man in the bear suit tells Ryou that he became dizzy because he was hungry. The man struggles to keep the bear head on as Ryou tries to help him out of it. Ryou tells the man to stay put as he gets him some food to eat, but when he returns, only the empty bear suit is left. A half naked Yuuji watches Ryou from behind a tree and let’s out a sigh of relief for not being discovered by Ryou. Nearby a boy is consoling his little brother who is crying because he wanted a balloon, but had just missed the bear.
A situation arises at the police station as they are informed that the Hiiragi children were kidnapped. Kubo reads the ransom letter and tells them to call the chief as soon as possible. Meanwhile back at the harbor, Ryou dresses up as the bear and cheers the crying boy up by giving him a balloon. As he walks away, his phone rings. Ryou decides not to answer his phone when the little brother says that he believes that the bear is truly real. Back at the station, Kubo informs the team that the kidnappers have contacted the Hiiragis and that they have requested the ransom to be paid at the event. When Kubo tells Narasaki to send the girls home, both Megumi and Kanaru refuse to leave and asks to be apart of the rescue mission. Itou agrees that the girls should stay and help saying that it is the best option that they currently have considering the fact that the event had already started and that they would arise suspicion if they changed anything now.
Back at the harbor Ryou entertains the two boys by dancing for them in the bear costume. The kidnappers approach the two boys and they run to the bear for safety. Across the harbor Shin, Takurou, and Jun are surprised to see Megumi and Kanaru on stage talking about the dangers of drunk driving. The girls tell the crowd that ten years ago the city of Ayanagi lost many people because of crimes and accidents, so they should value their lives even more so now. The police scan the crowd for the kidnappers while the girls continue their speech. Itou and Narasaki vows to protect the girls with their life, but Itou remembers the events at the karaoke bar and says that they thought probably wont be much help. As the crowd listens, Jun suddenly lifts his head as if he can hear the thoughts of Inspector Itou. He tells Shin and Takurou that there has been a kidnapping and that they are at the exchange place. As Jun spots the undercover cops, he tells Shin and Takurou that everyone maybe in danger but that they should not use their Personas. As tension builds up, Jun suddenly knows that everything is safe again – the boys have been rescued and returned to their father.
As the sun sets across the ocean, Ryou bear looks at the row of balloons that he has left. Ryou sees a blue balloon and begins to daydream of a much happier past with Shin when their parents were still alive. Much to Ryou’s surprise, Shin appears before him and asks the bear for a blue balloon. As Shin and the rest walk back home, Takurou tells Shin that he thinks he is weird for getting a balloon but that the weirdness suited him. He then asks the girls how they became chief for the day. After the girls explain, Shin asks what the real chief does when there is a chief for a day. As they continue to walk home, Jun turns around and watches Ryou bear relaxing after a hard day’s work.
This episode sucked! The plot sucked and the humor sucked too. How is Gonzo getting away with this filler episode in a 13 episode series? I know some of you kitties are going to comment on how cute Ryou was and how funny this episode was – are you freaking kidding me? I think the only good thing about this episode is that we finally see that Jun has some type of ESP. I wonder how they are going to develop that gift. Do all Personas have special abilities like that? I would love to blog more about this episode, but I would just be rambling… Hmm – interesting. First off, I don’t consider a teddy bear a viable foe, unless it is Gloomy bear. Where the hell was the action? They didn’t even let us see Ryou bear kick the kidnapper’s asses – why – WHY? Maybe I’m being too harsh kitties. I should be thankful for what we have right? Thankful for the cosplaying Megumi and Kanaru, thankful for the lighter side of Ryou, and thankful for falling asleep half way through the show. You guys tell me what the point of this episode is – I’m all yours.