The ham-hams are all gathered around Elder Ham. He's showing them how elastic he is because he's been stretching out his "ham"-strings. At the same time, he's having sepia-toned flashbacks, not that the ham-hams know anything about this. After his little demonstration, they ask him what he called them there for. He called them all for a ham-conference for a reason, but he hasn't gotten to it. At first, he can't remember why he called them, or even that he called them at all. He soon remembers the reason. He wants their help spring-cleaning his second house. They're all surprised that he even has a second house. He shows them - it's inside the ground underneath a rock. The ham-hams all try to move the rock, but it won't budge. Then, Elder Ham opens it like a hatch. They head inside, but it's very filthy. They seem to be thinking of ditching out, particularly Howdy, but Elder Ham stops him before he can go anywhere. So they go down and are amazed. It's a cozy little place that Elder Ham has got. Hamtaro says that he never knew places like it existed. They get to work with the spring cleaning. As they do, Boss and Hamtaro find a door. They go inside and Elder Ham says that it's his room. They find some nuts and bolts, which Elder Ham was using for building something, but he can't remember what. Then, the rest of the ham-hams call them over. They've found something that appears to be a treasure map. The big giveaway is that it is has a red "X" on it. Elder Ham looks at it and says that it's been passed down through his family for generations and that apparently his hamcestors buried a treasure somewhere. The ham-hams, particularly Boss, like this idea and get visions of jewels. They study the map to figure out where to go. Maxwell deduces that their first clue is "inside a mirror that you can see from the sky." They all head out to look for the treasure. Over at Laura's house, Laura's Mom is missing gold broach with pearl's on it. She wanted to wear it to an occasion recently, but couldn't find it. Laura's there and she wonders just why the broach is so important. In the meantime, the ham-hams have made their way to the general area the treasure map indicated. Boss is now wondering what a mirror is. Maxwell figures out that since water reflects, the clue could be referring to a pond or a lake. They find a pond which they decide must be it. They're not sure what to do until they notice a small island in the middle of the water. Now they just need to get to it. Penelope comes up with the solution. She climbs along a hanging branch which droops down to the island. The ham-hams all follow and now they're all stuck on the island. They decide that to continue, they'll need to dig down. After digging for a while, they finally end up in a field. Maxwell notes that it's getting dark and suggests that they pick up the hunt tomorrow. So they all go home. Back at Laura's house, Laura and her Mom have turned over all sorts of things looking for the broach. Laura's Dad arrives home a bit early from work. He wonders what's going on. They just dodge his question and suggest that he order a pizza. So he goes off and orders a pepperoni and mushroom. That evening, Laura asks Hamtaro if maybe he knows what happened to the broach. Hamtaro listens and thinks that Laura must be on a treasure hunt too. The next day, the ham-hams continue the hunt. The treasure map now leads them to something with a cross on it. Back at Laura's house, Laura's Dad wants some coffee and waffles, but Laura and her Mom are still busy looking for the broach. They direct him to instant coffee and pancake mix. He wonders whatever happened to family time. The ham-hams find the cross and are now looking for the next location. They determine that it must be a chimney, but they see three chimneys and wonder which it could be. They go back and ask Elder Ham, who says that it must be the chimney to the far left, since it's the only one that was around when his hamcestors were alive. Once they leave, he begins to suspect that maybe he was the one who actually wrote the map. The ham-hams continue to the chimney, but find their path blocked by a wall. Still, they carry on and eventually find themselves heading back where they started. The last treasure map clue is a rock - could it be the same rock where they started? They return to Elder Ham's second home, where the mystery is solved. It turns out that Elder Ham did write the map when he was young and hid the treasure behind a picture. The treasure is an acorn with "VIV and ME" carved on it. It turns out he used to be in love with Auntie Viv and carved it to show his affection for her, but he could never bring himself to give it to her. Back at Laura's, Laura's Mom finally finds the broach. It turns out that she hid it in a secret drawer in her jewelry box. It's important to her because it was the first gift that Laura's Dad ever gave her. Laura's Dad comes in and now he knows why they turned the house upside-down and why it was so important that they find this. That evening, Laura reflects on the hunt for the broach. Hamtaro figures that the best treasure is one that has a fond memory attached to it.moreless
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