One morning, Alice awakens to her bedroom. She gets her hair ready and gets Poppy to go out for a walk, and thinks about how her morning routine is back in Japan. It consists of grabbing the mail after trying to wake up Shino, then going to try again if she is still asleep after greeting Isami and her mother and getting ready. She asks Poppy if he remembers Shino, when suddenly Shino shows up - much to her surprise. Shino mentions how she came to see Alice, but just as Alice is getting ready to embrace her, Shino removes her wig, revealing that it is actually Karen.
After she complains over having to pretend to be Shino so often, she grabs her camera and begins to record various things in their surroundings. She comments that Alice keeps talking about Shino, then reveals her plan to show everybody what she has been filming when they go back. Alice supports the idea, until Karen reveals that it is actually a film collection of a depressed Alice as she misses Shino. This annoys her until Karen suggests they spend another day shopping for gifts, in which Alice points out that because they bought so much yesterday they don't need to get anymore. The best gift would be returning home safely, but Karen worries that Shino may forget about them. Alice finds this idea hard to believe since Shino did remember her from their seperate of three years. So Karen thinks about an incident involving Shino from the other day, before they left. But Alice claims this is a normal memory lapse so it can't count.
After they return from the walk, the girls return to Alice's bedroom to play Hanafuda. Alice recalls the past when she played it with Shino a long time ago, so Karen offers to let Alice call Shino with her cellphone. Alice refuses, and reminds her that it is night time there and it would be rude to call her now, which depresses Karen since she really wanted to help.
With that the girls run off to help Alice's mother make scones in the kitchen. They describe their time trying to make them back in Japan when Shino wanted to have an English Tea Party, including how long it took to make everything and how they ended up eating them at school. They bring up having a picnic, how Shino spilled orange juice before Karen showed up, and the Sesame cookies. Alice's mother finds their excitement amusing and she asks to hear more about their time in Japan. After the scones finish the girls grab everything and head outside to enjoy a small tea party with Alice's mom, and they continue to chat and hang out.
Eventually, it is evening and as it turns out, it has been a week. The girls are at Alice's home, having dinner with Alice's mother and father. Her mom explains that her dad will give her a ride to the airport the following day, while Karen plans to be meeting her parents there. Alice feels a little bit down since Karen didn't actually spend that much time with her parents during this trip, but Karen claims it to be fine since they will come back sometime soon anyway. Alice's mom starts to comment on how used to Japan the girls are now, and she points out various things when they respond with curiousity. After they finish the girls head to Alice's bed and they resume chatting, expressing a desire in having the entire group come to Japan next time, instead of just the two of them. Alice points out that this might not work since Aya doesn't like flying, but Karen is convinced that she would come if it meant being with Yoko.
They also discuss how the secend semester of school will be starting when they return, but they are excited because they have sports and festivals to look forward to, along with Shino's birthday. Noticing how tired they have become, the girls decide to go to bed and lay down. Alice thanks Karen for inviting her back to England with her during the trip, but Karen remains quiet, instead pointing out that they really need to sleep.
The next morning, they are busy throwing their items into the vehicle. Before she leaves, Alice wants to give Shino a call since she didn't get to speak to her on the day she arrived. She is very nervous though, after Karen begins to bother her and make her anxious, since it's been a week since they last spoke.
Meanwhile, Shino is half asleep again, spending another night with Yoko and Aya. They are playing another card game and decide to turn in for the night, only for Shino's mother to suddenly arrived to tell her that Alice called. Right away Shink awakens and she runs into the other room to speak to Alice. But Alice is so startled that she speaks in rapid english, slowly calming down before admitting in english that she doesn't know what to do. She snaps out of shock when Shino says the first thing in English Alice ever heard her say, which is "hello". Alice responds by greeting her in Japanese, then apologizes for getting so worked up.
Karen intervenes and asks for the phone afterwards to greet the girls. She then recaps what Alice said, using Japanese, then hangs up the phone after saying goodbye. This angers Alice and she starts to yell at her, considering she hardly spoke to her at all. Karen claims that Alice spoke a ton though, even if she couldn't understand it. She runs up to her bedroom to make sure she didn't forget anything when she spots the Kokeshi Doll and is joined by Karen, who questions her before spotting the Hiragana Chart. They girls are called by Alice's mother, as it is time for them to go now, and they run outside to say goodbye to her mom and Poppy. Before going, Alice tearfully embraces her mom and promises to write very soon before they take off.
The next day at Shino's, Aya and Yoko wait for Shino. She has decided to take a bath, despite knowing they would be returning very soon. Shino quickly gets dressed in a fancy gown she believes is one of her best outfits and runs outside to wait for their arrival. Aya is surprised by this and they follow after her. As she spots the girls, Shino embraces her friends for a moment until Aya notices the hair ribbons they have on. They question it, causing Karen to point out that they are gifts, which leads Yoko to believe they are acting like the gifts instead. The girls brings out the actual gifts they got for their friends and head inside to show them.
They tell the girls to just take whatever they want from the pile of items and right away, Aya spots a small, cute container of Earl Grey Tea. The group is joined by Isami and they greet her before telling her that she can have a gift too, but she decides to go last. As she walks by she spots the video camera and sets it up to see what is on the video. She turns it on to find Karen, dressed like Shino again. She introduces the video collection as a surprise Alice hears this and she stares in shock while watching the other girls observe the video. She tries to explain that it isn't anything important as everyone else sees amusement in the video.
Shino helps Alice bring her suitcase up to the bedroom and she asks to hear about some of her time in England. Alice agrees, but she stops upon noticing that Shino didn't finish her summer homework.
The following day, Aya and Alice are watering the plants. They discuss how Shino somehow managed to do it that morning. Aya is disappointed to hear this, as Alice explains how she tried to help her finish it but she struggled too much. They remark that she will never change, and true to their suspicion, Shino is in class reading a Blonde Girl Magazine. Honoka joins her and mentions that she dropped something, but upon seeing the shocking test paper she hands it back and takes off running. Aya happens to pick up the paper and immediately scolds Shino for not taking her studying more seriously and reminds her that they only have six months left before they start to study for entrance exams.
Karen scolds Aya and tells her to be nicer to Shino, saying that even if she utterly flunks her tests, she is many talents. She tries to demonstrate by making her balance spinning plates and ventriloquism, but she fails at them both. They are joined by Alice and a depressed Yoko, who is carrying a torn teddybear. Yoko responds by revealing she accidentally ripped it yesterday, and that it belongs to Mitsuki. She tried to fix it, but this only upset Mitsuki worse. While explaining what happened, the girls are surprised to find out that Shino managed to fix it within a few seconds and Yoko thanks her for the help. The girls compliment her, including Aya, who tells her that she could grow up a designer. While the girls are excited in knowing this, Shino mentions that her true dream is to be an interpreter. Alice isn't entirely convinced she can do it, but she promises to give Shino everything she got and makes her buckle down to focus on studying. Shino accuses her of being too strict, and Yoko reveals that she probably wouldn't remember anything unless she was actually motivated. So, Alice tries to help her out by luring her with her blonde hair, which seems to work.
Throughout the day the girls help Shino study as much as they are able to. Shino has been able to finish everything by herself by this point and she admits to feeling smarter. The girls are really happy for her, but Alice wants to keep working and moves onto the next book of basics, causing Shino to beg her to stop.
With school being over, the girls prepare to leave school while trying to decide on where to stop and grab something to eat. They decide on crepes and discuss the flavours they want to get; which Yoko deciding on Chocolate custard, Karen picking Chocolate marron, Alice wants something with strawberries in it, and Shino is struggling to choose and Aya settles on Apple Cinnamon. Yoko asks to have a bite of it and promises to let Aya have a bite of her own. The girls exit the school and decide to race to the Crepe place since they didn't have Gym Class that day.
As the girls run off, Sakura and Akari approach the exit of the school to watch them. They discuss how nice being young is, and Akari admits that she didn't get to enjoy much of her own youth since she spent most of it studying. Sakura convinces her that as long as you have fun, you can always feel young. She then says they should share a high-wave, but they end up missing the first time. They share a small awkward moment before Akari asks to try again, this time they succeeding.
Honoka is out in the tennis court practicing with Kana. Now they both are saying "Golden" and "Hair" with each hit and doing really good.
Meanwhile, Karen decides to send a picture to her through text message involving a sleeping cat.
Yoko returns home and gives her sisters bear to her, in an extremely good mood. They question this, but Yoko claims it to be "just because", and voices her opinion on seeing Shino become a great interpreter some day. After her brother remarks that Yoko acts like an older sister to her, Mitsuki enviously tells Yoko that she should worry over herself first, which offends her considering her poor grades and general clumsiness. She runs off as Yoko stands there stunned, and her brother believes his twin to be jealous.
Aya sits in her bedroom, attempted to send a text message to Yoko. She wishes to check on her and see if she made up with Mitsuki yet - but she finds herself unable to do it.
At home, Isami is laying on the couch watching television. Their mom asks her to help make dinner since the girls will be arriving soon and she slowly gets up, agreeing to it.
Outside of Shino's home, Alice and Shino find a letter from Alice's mom. Alice believes it may be the pictures they took back at home and Shino voices excitement in seeing them. She then asks if she can write something in Alice's correspondence letter, because she believes it would be the first step to her dream of becoming an interpreter. She promises to use a dictionary for help and mentions that while it may take her some time to do, she really wishes to do it, so Alice agrees as they slowly head inside...
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