It's the Cantonna International Competition for piano - Yunlong and Tanya participate and deal with their fears and disappointments. Nodame becomes inspired by the finals of the competition and dedicates herself to her desire to play it with Chiaki.
Chiaki comes home courageously to face Nodame's wrath. They discuss their relationship, and Chiaki realizes the consequences of neglecting quality time. Also, Nodame's apartment complex gets a little noisier...
Nodame has been given an opportunity to play at a salon concert! However, her problems go beyond the piano - Chiaki never spends enough time with her. Meanwhile, Rui is having her own frustrations with her desire to study.
Nodame and Chiaki, still in Paris, are working hard on their respective career paths. Chiaki is extremely busy with conducting while Nodame continues to struggle with dealing with living alone. Will Nodame get a much needed breakthrough?