Sawako finds it hard to believe that Kurumi was the one who spread the rumors, but Kurumi makes it clear that it was indeed her and that she hates Sawako. She makes Sawako cry by claiming that she never truly thought of them as friends, and that causes Chizuru to give Kurumi a piece of her mind. Kurumi stays defiant though, even when Ayane threatens to tell Kazehaya. Sawako lingers after Chizuru and Ayane walk off, and she ultimately requests for them not to tell Kazehaya because she doesn’t think that Kurumi wants to be thought of poorly by him. They agree, and Ayane also apologizes for the earlier shock. Thanks to all this, Sawako starts thinking about her friends and her own relationship with Kurumi. The way Kurumi had pretended that they were friends had made Sawako happy even if she now knows that it was a lie, and so Sawako decides to go talk to Kurumi again. She finds Kurumi in the same spot as earlier and tells her what she wanted to say before: that she likes Kazehaya too. She compares how she’s feeling now to how Kurumi must have felt when Kurumi told her the same, but Kurumi lashes out over how she thought she could win against Sawako. She feels that she likes Kazehaya more than Sawako, and she’s frustrated over how her looks are meaningless if Kazehaya won’t fall in love with her. In tears now, Kurumi questions why Sawako came back, and Sawako answers that it’s because Kurumi knows all of Kazehaya’s good points, so it’s possible to talk to her about this.
Compared to previous episodes, this one was much more emotional than funny (although the Pin scene was pretty funny). In fact, thanks in part to the strong music, I even felt a little sorry for Kurumi at a few points, particularly towards the end, though I’m still not a fan of her character. It was fun to watch her be defiant in the face of Ayane’s threat to tell Kazehaya because I really wanted to see Ayane carry through with it, so I was booing when Sawako asked her not to, even though I knew it was coming. Kurumi ultimately doesn’t deserve that kind of leniency, but she’s getting it because Sawako still basically thinks of her as a friend, and friendship, of course, is such a strong theme in this series. This probably marks the end of all the enjoyment I got out of watching Kurumi’s plans blow up in her face, and the two girls will probably become less-than-bitter rivals if the “Rival” title of next episode is any indicator, although the preview also seems to hint that Kurumi will confess to Kazehaya or something.