Kana and Laura are stopped in front of Maria's house, listening to her play a piece on the piano. (Which sounds suspiciously like background music used in past Hamtaro episodes.) However, they hear arguing inside. Inside, Maria's not in a good mood and seems to be having trouble focusing on her playing. She won a scholarship to a music school. However, she's worried that she's losing her gift for playing and that she doesn't deserve the scholarship. She's supposed to play a piece for the award presentation, but she's not sure she can do it. Outside, Laura wonders if there's something she can do to cheer her up. Meanwhile, at the ham-ham clubhouse, the ham-hams are struggling with the heat. Their fan is broken. Panda repairs it, but Boss complains, as he now has it spinning the opposite direction of the way it's supposed to. Things seem to be pretty tense with the ham-hams too and they decide that they need a vacation. Howdy protests that they don't need a vacation, they're ham-hams and every day is a vacation for them. Still, everyone agrees that they have been rather on edge lately. So they decide to start planning a day-trip. As they're planning, Bijou comes over. They invite her on their day-trip, but Bijou doesn't want to come. She tells them about the situation with Maria and says that she's going to stay home and watch over her. At first, the ham-hams are still going to go on their trip anyway, but Boss insists that they follow Bijou and help out. At Laura's, Laura wonders if maybe she isn't being nosy by wondering about what's happening with Maria. Still, she decides go over and talk to her anyway and stop by with some cookies (health-food cookies) that her Mom is making. She talk Brandy along with her and use the excuse that she's walking Brandy and just happened to stop by. The ham-hams head toward Maria's and along the way, encounter Jingle. They tell him about Maria's situation and ask him, as an artist, if he's ever had a situation where he felt like he'd lost his creative energy. But Jingle dodges the question and instead comes up with some sort of advice about green thumbs, then leaves. At first, they don't understand him, but then it's soon figured out that what he's trying to say is just that Maria needs some fresh air. When they reach Maria's, they find her being directed by her bossy music teacher - Mr. Sharp. So they concoct an elaborate plan to get Maria out of the house, by creating a breeze causing stuff to go flying and also hiding under a hat and running out of the house. The plan begins with Boss tickling Mr. Sharp's neck and escalating from there. The plan succeeds in getting outside, where Maria runs into Laura, who's just arriving with Brandy. Maria doesn't stop to talk, however, as she's chasing after the hat and Bijou. The ham-hams, seeing Brandy, enlist his help. They get Laura and Maria to folow them all to a beautiful riverbank. There, the ham-hams are in seventh-heaven, as they find a huge patch of sunflowers, with enough seeds to stock up nicely for a good, long while. While they're doing that, Maria and Laura admire the gorgeous view. They also find Bijou, who peeks out from behind a tree. While sitting there, they talk. Maria finds this place very relaxing and says that she hasn't had a chance to relax this way in a long time. She says that it was getting to be that playing the piano wasn't fun anymore. She's been working so hard. But feeling the way she does now, she wants to play a song about it. She thanks Laura for helping her out and says that she wasn't being nosy. Laura says that she should thank Brandy, since it would seem he's the one that led them there. Eventually, they head home and on the way, they talk about hamsters. Maria gives Laura a picture of Bijou, for Kana to use on her website. That evening, Laura reflects on getting out and on helping out Maria. Hamtaro comments that he "gets out" at least once a day.moreless
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