In the opening of this episode, it appears to be a fairly quiet day. (Despite Agemaki sticking his foot into his mouth by saying he has gotten used to the smaller spirits because Zakuro is much scarier.) She stomps off and encounters a maid who is bringing in a guest. When the girl, a servant of the Agemaki household jumps into Agemaki’s arms, Zakuro is less that pleased. (Zakuro is destined for a day full of irritations.)Then we go to the opening theme.
After the opening theme, everyone is behind the door trying to listen to what is going on, even Ganryu. (Obviously, he is picking up bad habits from Bonbori and Hozuki.) They are all gossiping about what they had seen, and making various speculations. Their attempt at spying is interrupted by Zakuro who gives them a glare that causes them to scatter. Then she returns to her seat next to Tamaki, who is talking to the servant. While talking to the servant about what he’s been up to, he makes the claim that Zakuro is his assistant, rather than his partner. (Zakuro is not pleased and grows increasingly annoyed with Agemaki throughout the conversation.)
He questions the servant further, and Agemaki learns from her that his father wants him to pay a visit. He looks extremely unhappy about this, and then drags Zakuro off to talk with her in private. (Zakuro does not protest this very much, though she looks bewildered and a little annoyed with Agemaki.) When he gets her out of earshot, he begs her to come with her, though he does not explain why. (She addresses him as “young master” for the rest of the episode–it is clear he will never hear the end of the “assistant” thing for his entire life, and probably most of his afterlife.) She doesn’t want to go, but changes her mind–she’ll go on the condition that every time he insults her, he has to buy her some kind of sweet. (She had tickets, stamp pad and everything.)
Of course, she also has to hide her ears (which she does, under double buns.)
It turns out that Agemaki’s family adopted a lot of Western customs, and lives in a Western style mansion. She meets Agemaki’s little sister, who refers to Zakuro as “mysterious lady.” There is also a cat present, but Agemaki does not seem to see it. Zakuro discovers that there is a spirit present, and she asks Agemaki if the spirit is the reason why he wants her with him, Agemaki immediately panics, but is diverted because dinner is ready.
At dinner, Zakuro discovers at least part of the reason he had been invited. It turns out that Agemaki’s dad is a blustering loud mouthed jerk, and Agemaki needs a conversational shield. The father also hates spirits, and thinks the purpose of the ministry is to exterminate yokai, not to find ways to coexist with them in a modern way. Agemaki spends some time showing Zakuro how to eat with Western silverware, while Agemaki’s father blusters along. When the father’s speech turns more insulting toward yokai, Agemaki manages to de-rail him into talking about battle stories.
Later that evening they talk about various things, including Agemaki’s father who is part of the reason Agemaki is afraid of spirits. Apparently, one of the other reasons that Agemaki is afraid is because he believes that his pet cat Itsue was stolen by a spirit. Zakuro reveals to Agemaki that the spirit who had “stolen” his cat was in fact his cat.
The cat had become a spirit, and when she appeared in her transformed shape, he had gotten a bad scare, and assumed Itsue had been stolen. (Agemaki can’t see her in her real shape, though his sister apparently can.)
So, there is a happy ending, and Agemaki reveals that he wanted to introduce her to some members of his family, and because he needed a shield from his father. (Agemaki manages to keep from getting smacked by Zakuro, so it is all victories here in this episode, even if Zakuro does say that Agemaki’s family is “really something.”)