A full course meal made entirely of desserts? What’s wrong with that? Especially when it’s made by the devilishly delicious Usui? That’s even better, righ – oh. Actually, I don’t think my sweet tooth could handle too much of that either. However, for various reasons, Misaki’s competitive fire is kindled and she certainly has a go. Good times. And so does Hinata. Still Good times. In Maid Latte. Interesting times. With Usui watching them. Very interesting times…
Erika fesses up to Misaki that she accidentally promised one of her regular customers that she’d go on a date with him if he wins the forthcoming all you can eat sweets eating contest at the maid café. Given that this is strictly against Maid Latte staff conduct policy, Erika is understandably in a bit of a pickle. However, Misaki agrees to get Trap-ed up and take part in the contest in order to beat the other guy. The day of the contest looms, and Erika’s fellow turns up, as do the three bakas and Hinata, as well as Misaki in her K.D. Lang meets Visual Kei outfit. All seems to be going well for Misaki and Erika’s plan, until there are only Hinata and Misaki left in the running and they realise that the top prize for the winner will be to have his photo taken with the maid of his choice. Misaki realises what is at stake and puts her all into eating the devilishly delicious desserts that the merciless Usui keeps sending out (yes, he clearly knows it’s really her, along with the rest of the staff, lol). However, Hinata (of course) wins and (of course) picks out Misaki’s name from the staff list as the maid with whom he’d prefer to have his picture taken. Misaki slips away and nurses her very full tummy while lying on a nearby bench to recover, while Usui comes along to lend her his lap/ torture her. Misaki gives in, in the end, while covering her face with her jacket, while Usui steals a kiss through the fabric from the oblivious Misaki.
Later in the week, Hinata is happy to have Misaki accompany him to Maid Latte to share his prizes, though less happy to have Usui tag along as well. Soon, Hinata mentions that he has a part time job at a petrol station (he’s still wearing his uniform), then asks Misaki if/ where she works. Misaki, flustered (especially as Usui has also been playing footsie with her under the table while Hinata is happily reminiscing about the good ol’ days with loli Misaki), wishes that Usui would lie to Hinata about her job and soon makes an excuse to leave the table, in order to don her disguise for the dreaded picture taking. soon, Hinata is telling Usui all about how Misaki looked out for him after his parents died when he was young, and how much he’s liked her ever since. At this, Usui challenges Hinata’s feelings with his own.
Meanwhile, Misaki is torturing herself with wanting to keep her secret, but not wanting to lie to her childhood friend, who has since always been straight with her. In the end, she comes out on to the shop floor without any disguise, and Hinata is suitably awed by how hot she looks. But noisily demands to know why she tried to lie to him, while grabbing her arm. At this, a suddenly uniformed Usui appears and tells Hinata off for touching the maid, and promptly drags said maid off to punish her. Out the back, Usui is in the middle of questioning Misaki’s change of mind regarding the plan to fool Hinata and is also trying to understand if/why Hinata is someone to whom Misaki can’t seem to bring herself to lie. Then Hinata joins them, and swiftly resumes telling Misaki how cute she looks and how much the outfit suits her. And grabs her arm again. At this, Usui, again, shoves Hinata off, and tells him that if he touches her again he’ll [in his manliest voice yet] rip his throat out. Cue more raised hackles as the epi ends.
Well. For an epi where pretty much all anyone did was eat dessert, there was a heck of a lot of sparkles and growling going on. Clearly, the sweet-eating contest was mainly a device for establishing the love-triangle contestants, and for developing Hinata’s character. It was certainly dramatic and somewhat touching seeing loli Misaki telling off little (or, should that be, rather large) Hinata for trying to lie about his feelings during those flashback scenes. And funny. For example, I liked the fact that their current (chibi) selves could all see the memory bubbles above their heads in the café. However, if the main point of this epi was to have Hinata become closer to the current Misaki (e.g.: by finding out about her part-time job) and to crystallize Usui’s jealousy and thus heighten the whole drama and romantic tension side of things, then the epi largely succeeded.
While the whole sweet-eating thing was pretty silly, really (though I did vicariously enjoy the various heavenly treats that Usui laid out), I guess it was a fun way to include some kyaarific comedy moments, not least of all the three bakas doing their thing. Or rather, desperately trying to do their thing, but being spectacularly thwarted in their efforts to win a picture with their favourite maido. And get punished even more spectacularly by the megane maid whose name I forget. Yes, a sadist am I. And, lest such kyaarific moments are in danger of losing their sparkle, the stolen kiss was a nice touch, and half the reason why I imagine people read/ watch this show. Personally, I’ve been missing these sweet little moments; I don’t know if there are less of them, or if they need to be more dramatic, to get the same effect across now. Hmm…
Aside from the kyaa kyaa, the comedy and the love triangle stuff, the main plot development, of course, was the fact that Hinata now knows about Misaki’s part-time job. And it was interesting seeing Misaki’s reactions as she struggled with whether or not she should lie to Hinata about it all. She certainly had no problem with lying by omission, when she (and Erika) allowed the rest of the staff to think that she was Bisanki-san, though I guess this was all in the cause of saving her co-worker/friend from getting a bollocking, so that was ‘okay’. However, clearly Misaki is not a girl to feel okay with lying to someone just to save face, especially not when it would make her a big fat hypocrite in this case. Thus, though it was probably inevitable to us, it was pretty satisfying seeing her fessing up to Hinata. And seeing his reaction. Poor guy, eh.
Finally, let’s briefly mention the testosterone fuelled growl fest at the end. I.e. the declaration of the dogfight for the oblivious Misaki’s affections. [Btw as I wrote the word ‘oblivious’, I remembered ‘Black’ Honoka’s words about wanting to kick Misaki’s arse. Lol. I’m thinking, maybe she really should.] Usui as a Doberman? Yes, I can see it, I guess. Though I would have painted him as more of an Alsatian, I dunno, something with longer hair. But LOL at Hinata as… um, some kind of a cross between a husky and a corgi?! I.e. he was still too cute, aside form the red eyes, of course. Either way, Misaki’s ‘What’s with these guys?’ at that point was the only outright silly (i.e. stupid) point in the show, as you’d think she’d at least start to have some clue, given the fact that she’s now literally got two men playing tug-o-war over her maido self.
Either that, or it’s all one epic sugar rush.