The episode begins with Maya pondering the identity of her purple rose fan. She was so touched by his praise that she pressed one of the roses in glass to preserve it. Meanwhile, Masumi's smear campaign begins to have negative effects on the Tsukikage troupe: students drop out, Tsukikake's health deteriorates due to all the stress. Tsukikage's sponsors become nervous and give her an ultimatum: the troupe must win the upcoming National Drama competition or the troupe will be dissolved. Maya begins to vehemently dislike Masumi, due to her realization that he is behind the smear campaign. Determined to win the competition, Tsukikage announces that the troupe will perform "Takekurabe" or "Growing Up," for the first round of the competition. Maya is given the lead role, Midori.