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Akira: "If it gets too serious...In the end the one who'll get hurt is Makino, right?"
Tsukasa: "I'm not gonna hurt her. I would never hurt Makino."
Tsukasa shocks Akira and Sojiro

"First time coming home in the morning!?" ( 初めての朝帰り!? Hajimete no asagaeri!?) is the fourth episode of the Japanese drama adaptation of Boys Over Flowers. The episode aired in Japan on November 11, 2005[1] and was followed by the fifth episode on November 18.

Tsukasa Domyoji and Tsukushi Makino are trapped in an elevator for a night. Someone snaps a photo of the two the next morning and the school now believes they are dating. Tsukasa does not clear up the misunderstanding.

Plot

Tsukushi is surprised to find Tsukasa Domyoji waiting for her in the rain. As an apology, Tsukushi offers to treat him to some tea. She shows him to a cheap place, where they get stuck in an elevator. Tsukasa lifts Tsukushi to the roof and climbs up after her. Tsukushi nearly falls down the elevator shaft, before Tsukasa helps her. However, he loses his balance and they fall back into the elevator. Tsukasa then appears to be attempting to kiss her. Tsukushi feels his forehead and realizes that he has a fever. She gives him some medicine, and wraps him up with her jacket and scarf.

In the morning, construction works discover them sleeping in the elevator. Tsukushi apologizes to Tsukasa for the situation. In turn, Tsukasa also apologizes and goes in for a kiss. Sakurako Sanjo interrupts Tsukushi's story at this point to ask, "did he kiss you?" Tsukushi reveals that she "just ran away". She then tells Sakurako that the other students think she and Tsukasa are dating, after a photo of the two together is posted at school. Tsukasa makes no attempt to deny the rumor, instead declaring that it is true. Tsukushi encourages Sakurako to return to school since their red cards are rescinded.

At Tsukasa's home, Akira Mimasaka asks Tsukasa if he is "serious" about Tsukushi. Akira believes that they will eventually "have to go with whoever [their] parents choose." He tells him that Tsukushi will get hurt "in the end", but Tsukasa simply says "I'm not gonna hurt her." His response surprises both Akira and Sojiro Nishikado. Tsukasa admits that he is "not even going out yet" with Tsukushi, but appears optimistic about their future. At work, Yuki Matsuoka teases Tsukushi about Tsukasa, though she insists that "[their] relationship isn't like that." Tsukushi later thinks about Okami-san's statement that "a new love can heal a wounded heart".

That night, Tsukushi arrives home to find her family fawning over Tsukasa. Tsukushi drags him out of the apartment and he directs her to a nearby restaurant. She wonders why the place is empty and Tsukasa reveals that he bought the place out. Tsukushi begins talking, but Tsukasa notices her holding Rui Hanazawa's handkerchief. He asks her if she likes Rui, to which she replies "it has nothing to do with you." Tsukasa insist that it does and starts telling about how he ruined Rui's love of apples. Tsukushi is confused about the point of the story, so he explains that he now owes Rui a favor. He believes that Rui will fall for her, if she does like him.

Tsukushi takes the day off of work to go clubbing with her classmates. Yuki promises to talk to their boss just as Akira and Sojiro walk in. They ask her about Tsukushi's intentions towards Tsukasa. Yuki tells them "it's up to the two of them" and refuses to get involved. At the club, a guy gives Tsukushi a drink and asks to "go somewhere". She begins to feel dizzy and wakes up by herself in a hotel room. Tsukushi worries about what would happen to her, if Tsukasa found out. The following day, Yuriko Asai and her friends show Tsukushi photos of herself with a guy. Tsukasa arrives and sees the pictures. Tsukushi asserts that she has "been framed". In shock, Tsukasa walks away and the other students circle Tsukushi.

Cast and characters

Character Actor Notes
Akira Mimasaka Tsuyoshi Abe
Chieko Makino Mako Ishino
Erika Ayuhara Aki Fukada
Haruo Makino Susumu Kobayashi
Kaede Domyoji Mariko Kaga
Minako Yamano Emiko Matsuoka
Nishida David Ito
Rui Hanazawa Shun Oguri (Flashback only)
Sachiyo Sengoku Takako Kato
Sakurako Sanjo Megumi Sato
Sojiro Nishikado Shota Matsuda
Susumu Makino Satoshi Tomiura
Tsubaki Domyoji Nanako Matsushima (Flashback only)
Tsukasa Domyoji Jun Matsumoto
Tsukushi Makino Mao Inoue
Yuki Matsuoka Aki Nishihara
Yuriko Asai Saki Seto

Other

Guest roles[2]

Ratings

Video Research Ltd.
Kanto Kansai
19.0% 19.7%

Notes

  • This episode condenses the events of the "Sakurako Story Arc", covering rougly chapters twenty-one through thirty.
  • Tsukasa switches the word "yusuru" (許す () , "forgive")[4] with "yusurane" ("not shake"). He also uses the word "bero", meaning "taste" or "tongue", which is mostly used by children. Later on in the episode, Tsukasa says "RAM sleep" instead of "REM sleep".
  • While in the elevator shaft, Tsukasa references the movie Die Hard.
  • Susumu studies the phrase "kiki Ippatsu" (危機一髪 () , "a close call")[5], also meaning "a serious event at a critical moment". He takes the phrase to a be a reference to the children's toy, Kurohige Kiki Ippatsu.
  • In this episode, Okami-san claims she had a boyfriend named John Lennon as "Give Peace a Chance" plays in the background. To this, Tsukushi asks if her real name is Yoko Ono. Takayuki Takuma, the episode's screenwriter, portrayed John Lennon for the segment.
  • The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" is playing at the club Tsukushi goes to with her classmates.

References

See also