Mr. Yoshi has given an assignment. He wants the class to read a novel and then write an essay about it. Kana can't believe it and laments that comic books probably don't count. Laura says that she's going to read something "adult," as she's going to be a teenager soon and needs to be more mature. The ham-hams are playing a game. It's a bandits/detectives type game. The female ham-hams are upset because the boys told them that they couldn't play. They said that bandits have always been men in the past. Then, Snoozer rattles off a huge list of famous female warriors. The girls demand that they be allowed in on the game. At the library, Laura tries to read her book. But there are so many words that she doesn't understand that she has to check a dictionary every five minutes. She falls asleep and goes into a dream sequence. In the dream seqquence, Hamtaro finds himself in seventeenth-century France. He's chasing a band of female bandits who are after the famous "sunflower star jewel." Boss, acting as "the Capitan" comes to Lady Lauralina (Laura), tending a garden. He presents her with the sunflower star jewel. He says that Count Jokester has requested her presence at his castle. He wants her to be wearing the jewel when she comes. But Lady Lauralina doesn't want to come. The Capitan insists that Count Jokester's orders are law. Count Jokester wants her there because he thinks that Lady Lauralina will appreciate his jokes. Just then, the Little Bandits appear. They release a smoke cloud of bath beads and steal the jewel. The Little Bandits consist of Bijou, Pashmina, Penelope and Sandy. Although they've all changed their names. The Capitan is ready to surrender right away. Maxwell tells him to get a hold of himself. The Little Bandits escape. Hamtaro shows up, riding Brandy. He says that the Little Bandits seem sweet and innocent, but they're notorious thieves. He promises to go after them on Lady Lauralina's behalf. At the castle, the Capitan and his men have to explain the loss of his jewels. They also are subjected to his awful jokes. Hamtaro is on the trail of the thieves. He has a close encounter with a rolling stone trap, but escapes. He continues, but then Brandy sees a bone hanging from a string. Hamtaro tries to stop him, but Brandy goes for the bone, triggering a spike trap. Hamtaro finally catches up to the bandits. He tries to get them to give up the jewel. They compliment him on his appearance and then make a getaway on a balloon. Hamtaro chides himself. He doesn't have much time for this, though, as something goes wrong with the balloon. Penelope (Squeak) falls out and tumbles towards the ground. Hamtaro and Brandy save her. As thanks for saving her, the bandits agree to give Hamtaro the sunflower star jewel. And it's not a trick either. There's a problem however: it's cracked! At the castle, Count Jokester is trying to manipulate Lady Lauralina. Since she won't laugh at his jokes, he's going to send her out to find the jewel. Hamtaro arrives. He exposes the "jewel:" it's a fake. He throws it to the ground and it shatters, proving that it was made of cheap, cut glass. Count Jokester, desperate, tries to force everyone down to his dungeon with his sword. But they fight him off. Then, one of the ham-hams cracks a joke. Count Jokester laughs and declares himself defeated. At the end of the dream sequence, the Little Bandits all give their names: Bijou - Ribbons, Pashmina - Blinky, Sandy - Little Tiger and Penelope - Ookwee! (Squeak) Laura wakes up from her dream. Kana finds her yelling out "En garde, Little Bandits" and wonders if they're characters in her book. At the clubhouse, Howdy complains about always being the bad guy and never getting the girl. Hamtaro reflects that it would probably be best for them not to leave out the girls again.moreless
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