Laura and family are heading to the bus station and Hamtaro is tagging along. (It's an official "tagalong," Laura took him with her, he didn't sneak aboard.) Laura's Mom is going on a trip. Laura and her Dad assure her not to worry: she and Dad will take care of the cooking and cleaning while she's away. She playfully tells Hamtaro to stay out of the garden. It's a particularly nice, clear, day and Boss catches Bijou sitting alone in a field. He thinks that it's his chance to tell Bijou how he "really feels." He comes up to her with a flower, which he tries to present to her, but he freezes up and starts stammering. Then, Hamtaro comes and sees the both of them. He gives Bijou a couple of flowers he just picked that are exactly like the one Boss has. Boss gets irritated and walks away. The camera changes to Sabu, who's been watching this. He wonders what's wrong with Boss. Boss chastises himself for blowing his one chance to show his feelings for Bijou. Later on, the ham-ham gang are all out in the field, except for Boss. Sabu comes up to them, peddling his seeds. Those that haven't met Sabu before are pleased to meet him. Hamtaro's told them so much about him. Oxnard mentions the events of "Laura's Valentine" and how he and his girlfriend Francois helped him. Sabu notes that he hasn't seen Francois lately. Sabu offers them his seeds, saying that he's got a whole bunch of them and no hmasters to eat them up. Sabu talks about his life and about Francois. Howdy says that there's two sides to Francois, urging Sabu to "look out below." Hamtaro, Oxnard and Penelope are shown as the ham-hams all groan. Howdy says a flippant "you know what I mean" and Sabu states that he doesn't know what Howdy means. Dexter urges Sabu to ignore Howdy, as Howdy is, well, "different." The ham-hams invite Sabu to the clubhouse to tell them stories about his journeys. At the clubhouse, Sabu and the ham-hams wonder about Boss, who's been napping. Boss goes out to get some fresh air. Hamtaro tries to stop him, but Sabu says that if Boss wants to go out, then Hamtaro should let him go. He tells the ham-hams some stories and they munch on some seeds, then all settle down and take a nap. Sabu heads out and finds Boss. Boss tells Sabu about how he likes "a girl," but always freezes up when he tries to talk to her. He thinks he must be a loser. Sabu says that if Boss is a loser, then he must be one too. Boss doesn't understand, since Sabu has a girlfriend. Sabu agrees, but says that when "the moment came," he choked. But he thinks he's found the secret: you don't have to be perfect, just don't give up. We see flashback scenes of him creating wings and attempting to fly like Francois, in an effort to win her love. That evening, Sabu leaves. The ham-hams want to stay, but he tells them that he has other customers he needs to serve. The next morning, at Laura's, Laura's Dad tries to make an omelet. (Or is it that evening? Given what happens later, the omelet might have been intended for dinner.) But he ends up burning it. Hamtaro, seeing all of the commotion, figures that this is a lot of work to have breakfast. If he wants breakfast, all he has to do is crack open a shell. At the clubhouse, Boss packs up at leaves, saying that if he stays at the clubhouse, he'll never be a "real man," like Sabu. He leaves a note, saying that he's going to find Sabu and learn courage. When Hamtaro arrives at the clubhouse, Bijou calls him in worriedly. They show him the note that Boss left. Hamtaro wants to go after him, but the ham-hams suggest that he not, noting that if Boss left last night, Hamtaro will never catch up with him. We see Boss join Sabu. He gets himself a cart just like Sabu's and peddles seeds to a group of orange hamsters. Sabu seems to like his sales pitch. Sabu and Boss talk and Boss says that he thinks that maybe this is the life he should have had, being a field hamster and all. That evening, Laura's Dad tries to cook again. It's even worse than before, though, he makes cupcakes for dinner. He calls himself a failure at cooking and cleaning. Laura and her Dad both realize that they miss Mom. Hamtaro compares their feelings to his about Boss being gone. That night, Boss thinks about the ham-hams. He misses them, but tells himself that he can't go back. He tells himself to "start being a man." Sabu overhears and says to himself that Boss has a funny idea of what being a man is. The next day, Francois comes and finds Hamtaro. She leads Hamtaro to Sabu and Boss. Hamtaro urges Boss to come home and Sabu does too. He says that Boss misses home, so he should go home. Boss thinks that Hamtaro and Sabu don't understand, but Sabu tells him that if he wants to be a man, he can't turn his back on his friends. He also notes that Boss was crying and that a real man has the courage to cry. Boss finally agrees and Francois carries him and Hamtaro back to the clubhouse. Along the way, Boss tries to talk to Hamtaro, but is irritated when Hamtaro starts laughing. Hamtaro explains that he's not laughing at Boss and points towards the ground. Boss looks down and sees a giant representation of himself that the ham-hams have created. He tears up and says that he loves them all. That evening, Hamtaro arrives home. He overhears the conversation in the house and hears that Laura's Mom is home. She wasn't supposed to be back so soon, but apparently she decided to return early. Hamtaro scurries up the drainpipe, as Laura is heading upstairs to go get him. After she gets him, she returns downstairs and Laura's Dad is forced to admit that things didn't go so well while she was gone and that he's terrible at cooking. That night at the clubhouse, Boss hears Snoozer snoring. He wonders if a man snores in his sleep, then decides that it really doesn't matter. At Laura's, Laura reflects on the events of the past couple days. She thinks that Dad is a great man and a lot of fun, but things are going to be even better with Mom back home.moreless
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