This episode starts out with a bang. Mimi's family forgot to change their clocks for Daylight Savings Time and so Mimi's Father is running late for work. He's all in a panic and Mimi's Mom suggest that he settle down, or else he might choke on his granola. As he heads out, she suggests that he should be an actor, as he loves drama. The topic among the family turns to his birthday, which they figure he's probably forgotten is coming up, once again. Mimi's brothers think they have a great present and tell Mimi that she's running out of time to think of a present. The scene changes to Kana and Laura, who are talking about Mimi. Kana mentions that last year Mimi chipped in on a present with the help of her brothers, but this year she wants to come up with something all by herself. Laura and Kana reflect back on the very first presents they ever gave their Dads. Laura's was a paper crayon and Kana's was a fly for fishing. The fly didn't exactly work out, but she still managed to make something out of it and of course her Dad appreciated the thought. We check in on the ham-hams, who are over at Bijou's. Bijou wasn't at the clubhouse that morning and so they decided to come check on her because they were worried. But it turns out that Bijou was just sleeping in and so she's okay. Oxnard notices Maria's piano playing. He comments on it and Hamtaro thinks it's neat that Oxnard notices music and "stuff like that." Then, Oxnard comments that hearing music gives him an appetite. Boss doesn't like this idea, after all, it's the music that's supposed to fill you up. Just then, Mimi's Father passes by on his way to work. He hears Maria's piano playing and starts to admire it, as well as acting as if he's conducting it. Mimi watches all of this interestedly, as do the ham-hams. Mimi heads home, where she asks her Mom about a toy piano that she had when she was a little kid. He Mom remembers it - Mimi used to play on it all the time, but after a while, she lost interest and so it got put away. With her Mom's help, Mimi is able to find the old piano. But it's in bad shape. It's not looking too good and additionally, one of the keys is broken. Panda takes the problem of the broken piano to the ham-hams. They're all surprised that he wants their help with Mimi's birthday present, but they're eager to help him out. Not before Howdy gets off a few bad piano-related jokes, though. Dexter criticizes his jokes with another bad pun and Boss rightly suggests more bad puns will probably only encourage Howdy. Bijou says that listening to Maria has given her a sense for music, so she can help Panda with the actual repairs of the piano. The rest of the ham-hams will work on cleaning it up and getting it presentable. After completing the repairs, the ham-hams present the piano to Mimi. They apologize for waking her up. Hamtaro tells her that she can a song for her Dad's birthday present now and she sets to work. However, she's not very good at playing at first and sounds bad. Outside, her Father is doing some lawn work and asks her Mom where the "awful piano playing" is coming from. She informs him that it's Mimi and he changes his tune very quickly. Inside, Mimi herself realizes that her playing sounds awful. She's not happy, but the ham-hams tell her that they can make up a song together and play it. They create the Ham-Ham Band. Hamtaro tells Mimi that she doesn't have to be an expert musician. She just has to put her heart into her music. The scene changes to Mimi's Dad who is arriving home. It's his birthday, but when he hears Kana and Laura mention "birthday," he starts to panic, thinking that he forgot one of his kids' birthdays. It seems that once again he's forgotten his own birthday. Kana and Laura were just stopping by drop off gifts, but they're invited in for the birthday festivities. After some exchanging of gifts, Mimi announces her piano presentation. Her Dad hypes it and she gets very nervous and nearly decides not go through with it. But the ham-hams start up their band and encourage her to play along. So Mimi delivers a beautiful performance that impresses everyone. One of her brothers wonders about the music in the background, but the other says he's just imagining it. Everyone's impressed with Mimi's performance. They then sing Happy Birthday to Mimi's Father as Mimi plays along on the piano. (It's the same odd birthday song as in "Maria's Birthday Party.") Afterwards, Mimi's Father admits that when he was young, he always wanted to be a musician. He was in a band called "Liquid Squid," but he got kicked out because he was tone deaf. Mimi is congratulated on her piano playing and she says that Hamtaro and Panda helped her, but everyone just thinks she's imagining it. That evening, as Laura reflects on the day's events in her journal, Hamtaro comments that he thinks the Ham-Ham Band should go on tour.moreless
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