This episode was centered around Momiji and Tsubame, more so the former.
We joined three of the main four discussing a welcoming party for the newcomers (and I imagine Nene also) as they debated on whether to go all out or keep it grounded. Both sides had their pros and cons. Then Director Hazuki showed up and immediately said they should go to a maid cafe. Some of the ladies didn’t know what it’s like so…
Fun times were had and Hazuki’s naughtiness was at an all-time high. It was dearly missed. Professional Girls Club aficionados could recognize a familiar phrase one Aoba Suzukaze uttered. The fun times didn’t last long. In fact, it had an end that was both predictable and surprising.
Back to the party. It was decided they would all go to a simple bar & restaurant.
The few tidbits we got from Momo early on was that she loved eating, came from Hokkaido and shared an apartment with Tsubame. Not much else really.
Aoba was the most determined to “break the ice” with Momo. When Ko jokingly brought up Momo having a crush on her…Aoba interestingly considered what to do if that were the case, which told me she wouldn’t mind if by some miracle life had the two hook up.
Meanwhile we had Leader Hifumi still doing her best to be a great leader by breaking the ice with Momo herself. We learned that Momo wasn’t really shy or anything, just a “by the books” person. She didn’t really consider socializing with anyone but Tsubame at work. Again Momo made it difficult with her stoic expression. Hifumi tried to help Momo chill by introducing her to Mr Sojiro. Rin then praised Hifumi for the effort she’s putting into her leadership role.
Seeing Hifumi’s efforts and how quickly Tsubame got along with her fellow programmers Momo decided to do her best and open up more to her colleagues.
Later when Aoba and Momo were walking home we got a better idea of what her was with her specifically. We already know Momo sees Aoba as her rival so she wanted to be all serious and stuff with her. When she told Aoba this she was surprised by how relaxed she responded. It was like Aoba did take her seriously but wasn’t going to war with her like Momo was. Basically Aoba saw it more as a competition between great athletes than a war between soldiers, if that makes sense. Also I imagine this episode gave Aoba X Momo shippers more fuel to add to the fire.
To cap off this post, some bonus Hifumi goodness: