Yamada is feeling very upset after having turned down four of childhood friends, but Ippei consoles her by saying it isn’t her fault. At his request, she promises to help with Ippei’s bakery come Christmas time. That night, back from a job interview, Takemoto introspects that he feels lost in life because he doesn’t have a goal. He proceeds to smash his tower piece for the festival. Christmas time soon comes around and Yamada keeps her promise to Ippei and, with Hagu-chan, sells cakes for the bakery. Because of the cold, her childhood friends come out and provide a stove for heat and pants for warmth causing Yamada to feel grateful that everyone is still her friend.
The group has their yearly Christmas party with only Hanamoto-sensei, Hagu-chan, Yamada, and Takemoto. After getting drunk, they decide to play Twister again, but he game ends when Hanamoto-sensei hurts himself trying to stretch his leg forward. After Christmas passes, Takemoto decides to concentrate on what is in front of him and starts to rebuild his tower. He works too hard though, and lands himself in the hospital with a stomach ulcer. Lying in the hospital bed, he is reminded of the time when he had the measles and his father took him to the hospital and held his hand. Waking up, he finds Kazu-san doing the same. At his mother’s suggestion, he decides to delay his graduation another year. Hagu-chan arrives to visit, and her smile reminds Takemoto of how worried for him Hagu-chan had been. Unfortunately, before he can confess his feelings, Hanamoto-sensei interrupts them with a portable television, with Yamada and Mayama following close behind. The group starts to watch an awards program and sees something that astonishes them all.
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