Nanako wonders what is going on between Rei and Fukiko, as well as about the origin of Rei's nickname, Saint-Juste.
On the commute to school the next day, Nanako and Tomoko are in the same train car, and Nanako earnestly asks Tomoko if she can call her that evening. Tomoko completely ignores her, and I kind of want to punch her for not wondering by now if Mariko manipulated her perspective at all. Especially given this.
That look isn't sadistic at all.
As much as I like Rei, flaming weirdo that she is, Kaoru is a jovial breath of fresh air. She runs into Nanako in the library, helps her find what she needs to learn about Rei's nickname, and they talk about reading and Kaoru's friendship with Rei. And there's a great flashback to how Kaoru and Rei became friends. Rei smiles in it, also! The only person we've seen Rei earnestly smile at so far has been Kaoru. I'm not sure why I never romance-shipped them instead of friendshipping them.
Like Youko dragging Sachiko into the Yamayurikai, Kaoru drafted Rei into the basketball club because she seemed happier when she participated in it. Kaoru admits that as close as she and Rei are, even she doesn't fully understand where Rei's coming from, though.
And Tomoko redeems herself by charging to Nanako's defense when she sees Aya and her friends bullying Nanako.
In her room, Nanako reads about Rei's namesake, the French Revolution's Saint-Juste, and ponders the similarities between them. I like how this scene bridges a connection between this series and the setting of Rose of Versailles. Different though this series and RoV are, they have some very similar themes- but I'll discuss that more as it becomes more apparent in this series.
I also appreciate that this is a show that can do a full-body pan of its female protagonist lying down without my being dubious of its intent at all.
Because of the resolution of Nanako's fight with Tomoko, this episode is the most feel-good in a while. Savor it, because up next the show starts delving more into Mariko's life.