Two stories with similar dilemmas.
We joined The Champ taking a phone call from Komari asking about her free study project. The girls had to build robots. The Champ put the final touches in her magnificent invention.
Thus the Mecha Koma-Plushie was created. It came equipped with voice recording and infrared sensors to detect incoming obstacles and change direction though its ability to detect organic obstacles needed fine tuning.
Pechi’s like “She’s MY friend, not yours!”
See? Plush Story.
Meanwhile we cut to Akane in front of Konomi’s house. She didn’t dare go in. When Renge passed by she explained she’s too embarrassed to meet Konomi because she came to practice a day earlier than planned.
Renge suggested she play with her instead. The slug game seemed a bit too advanced for Akane so they played hopscotch instead.
To their surprise Konomi was passing by. Renge did her best to distract Konomi and it seemed the plan would work when a certain hyperactive redhead showed up.
Guess she knew how to play slug after all.
In the 2nd half of the episode we went back to The Champ. Mecha Koma-Plushie found her way home before commercial. In the last call Komari invited The Champ to study but was busy that day. She came over the next day. Akane was there too due to Konomi being busy. As they helped her calm down Akane stared at Komari. The reason was she recalled seeing Koma-Plushie but her memory of the encounter was sketchy. As she slowly remembered what she saw The Champ grew more and more worried. I won’t go over the details but it was The Champ once again at her best.