We open with the kids heading back for their first day of school after their vacation. Haruta, one of their classmates is entirely too cheerful. He is extremely excited about the upcoming high school “cultural festival.” This is apparently a very big deal and each of the classrooms has to arrange their own special project or performance for the festival. They are interrupted by their homeroom teacher, who is extremely unhappy about being thirty and without a boyfriend or husband.
The next scene features the student council, who are discussing the plans for the cultural festival. The school president wants to make this the best festival ever, since this is her last one. Then the scene shifts to Ryuji, who is in gym, thinking about his conversation with Minori. While he is thinking, a fight breaks out between Taiga and Ami. The reason for this particular argument is that Ami is refusing to catch the ball because she does not want to break her nails. Since Ami had not caught the ball, the ball nearly hit Ryuji in the head.
After the gym class, Haruta proposes that their class create a maid café. (Which means all the girls in the class will be in maid outfits.) The boys are very excited about this idea, but one of the other boys would prefer to see the girls in cheongsam. (A cheongsam is a tight, high collared dress.) Ryuji thinks Minori would look great in a cheongsam but he quickly realizes that if Taiga ends up wearing a cheongsam, he will probably end up having to make Taiga breast pads again. He immediately proposes a “Lolita” style of dress. (This style has nothing to do with the novel. Lolita fashion involves vaguely Victorian costumes that are often elaborate with ruffles and lace.) The boys start to go off-topic as they all propose their own ideas for what kind of clothes the girls are going to have to wear. Kitamura ends the argument by proposing that they do a “cosplay” café. (Cosplay is a hobby involving making costumes based off of characters from favorite TV shows, movies, or books.)
I little later, we see Taiga, who is ignoring a call she is receiving on her cell phone. He pants were ripped during gym and she turns them over to Ryuji to repair. She blames Ami for the rip, prompting Ami to come over to argue with Taiga. Ryuji puts his foot down, telling them both to cut it out, and that he is going to repair Taiga’s pants. Ami sulks, complaining that Ryuji always takes Taiga’s side.
In the next scene, Ryuji and Taiga are both at Ryuji’s house. Ryuji is repairing Taiga’s pants and Taiga is doing some reading. Her cellphone begins to ring, but she ignores it. Ryuji tells her to answer the phone, but she refuses, saying it is only “the old man” (her father, in other words). They end up arguing about it, with Taiga telling Ryuji to mind his own business and Ryuji being very persistent about Taiga talking to her father. (Ryuji very clearly does not understand that Taiga’s relationship with her father is very strained. In this episode we see that Ryuji has very idealized notions where fathers are concerned.)
The next day, Haruta talks about whom they are going to nominate for the beauty contest. He suggests Ami, who refuses, since she is going to be the host. Ami nominates Taiga, who is not initially cooperative. She changes her tune when Kitamura encourages her to accept the nomination. From there, Haruta proposes that the class project be a cosplay café. This starts an argument, with the girls saying that it is too geeky and that other classes will probably be doing the same thing. The boys plan to create an unbeatable majority backfires when Haruta tells everyone to write down their ideas, because he picks from them at random, lottery style instead of depending on the majority vote. The end result is that the boys do not get their cosplay café. Instead, they class project will be “professional wrestling.”
Next, Taiga and Ryuji are at the store when Taiga discovers that her bank card is not working. Apparently, her father emptied her account because she hadn’t returned his calls. Taiga has some very harsh words concerning her father. Ryuji scolds her, but this does not have very much effect on her. She gets another call from her father. Ryuji tries to convince her to answer, but she is extremely unwilling. When she does pick it up, she sends Ryuji to meet with her father.
The father asks Ryuji about his relationship with Taiga. He also says that the cares about his daughter a great deal and wants to have a closer relationship with her. He also returns the money he took out of Taiga’s account. Ryuji is all for family sticking together and agrees to convince Taiga that she should get into contact with her father. This does not go very well, as Taiga has some deep seated resentment toward her father. They argue about Taiga’s father, with Ryuji pushing her to talk to her father and Taiga saying she does not want to have anything to do with him. (She does not however explain why.)
The next day, Haruta reveals that he has come up with a script for the planned “pro wrestling” event. There is a storyline, dialog and everything. The other kids in the class are dubious at first, but change their minds when Ami supports the idea. (The reason why Ami supports the script can possibly be attributed to Haruta having cast her as the heroic protagonist and Taiga and Ryuji as the villains.) The other kids read the script themselves and decide that this crazy plan might actually work. Taiga however is throwing a fit because she does not want to be the villain. (The interesting part here is that Ami could have done a “mean girl” thing here. Instead, she makes it look as if Taiga’s fit is just Taiga “getting into character.”)
While everyone is becoming enthused, Kitamura interrupts to let everyone know that the festival will also be an interclass competition. He lists a bunch of really great prizes that everyone thinks are extremely wonderful. (Except for the grocery store coupons, which only makes Ryuji enthused.)
When they get home, Taiga’s father is waiting for them. Taiga is really not happy to see him. She kicks her father and runs, prompting Ryuji to run after here. They have another argument, and during the course of the argument, Ryuji realizes the reason that he wants her to get along with her father is because he does not have one. He backs off, but Taiga decides to listen to him and goes to speak to her father. We end the episode with Ryuji hoping he did the right thing.