This episode was dedicated to L.V. She’d been waiting for this episode since the founding of Jellystone Park, meaning 1958.
Getting right into the flashback since that’s where we left off previously. Baby Nicole was very shy and cowardly to the point she developed a stutter and got teased for it by other kids because most kids are jerks. It’s a fact of life. Nicole was inspired by idols to one day grow strong and confident.
Then one day she met a familiar shy cutie. Miu wasn’t much different to how she was before joining 22/7, someone who kept to themselves. Nicole initially saw her as more “boxed in” than her but was intrigued.
One day the teacher asked the class who wanted to play the role of the witch in an upcoming Snow White play. The girls wanted to play Snow White so the class nominated Nicole. The teacher FOR SOME REASON didn’t ask for her input and immediately wrote her name. She tried objecting but didn’t have enough courage. She noticed the witch having some songs, remembered her fav idols and was like “I can do this”. Bullies sarcastically rooted for her.
While the above happened Miu saw all of it and after class teleported to the music room to help Nicole practice by showing her already mad piano skills.
The play went well at first but the bullies had other plans. Things looked bad for Nicole when suddenly…
Miu channeled her inner Roman Reigns (or Edge for nostalgic fans). She transferred schools afterward. Nicole didn’t get a chance to thank her, which explained her harshness toward her years later. Notice the sarcasm while writing that line. Thus Nicole was motivated to toughen up thanks to pro wrestling, proving once more it is one of the best sports in history.
This has been my gripe with these kinds of stories for a long time. People expecting someone who had a strong influence on them long ago to remember them as much as they do years do. Not everyone has the memory of an elephant. Heck, before this episode I had forgotten my last girlfriend from college.
Miu returned to the 22/7 building. She had a score to settle with a certain enigmatic barrier. Fortunately a ray of sunshine was there also. A month had passed since the group disbanded. This day was their anniversary too.
The gang talked about what they’ve been up to followed by reminiscing of the good times and how they’ve grown stronger since teaming up.
As everyone let it all out Nicole saw a familiar flame lighting inside Miu. The same flame she saw when Miu speared the bully. The same flame she saw when Miu declared her joining 22/7. Her inner power to fight for what’s most precious to her. Will we see it again in the finale?
Won’t say what happened after the ED this time but I have a feeling the finale’s going to be a wild one.