This episode of “A.B.C-Z オーストラリア縦断 資金0円 ワーホリの旅” (A.B.C-Z’s working holiday trip through Australia with 0 yen) continues with the second half of the group’s working day in Gold Coast. Last time, all five worked on a golf course during the afternoon. Now, Tsukada-kun and Hashimoto-kun have to spend the evening working at a Japanese restaurant washing dishes.

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I don’t know whether they got there on-time or not (they only had half-an-hour for travel time), but they had to make a dash for the door.

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In the kitchen, they first take stock of the situation . . .

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. . . and quickly get down to hijinks. Actually, it was the smell of food that threw them off (hungry guys + kitchen work isn’t a good combination), and Tsukada-kun ultimately aimed to get a sniff of a meal and Hashimoto-kun had to tell him to do the work properly.

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Meanwhile, the other three members had to pay more than a hundred bucks for a berth, so they decided to at least take advantage of the chance for a car wash. We got a reprise of the Totsuka Wiper and Kawai-kun demonstrated his confidence in their cleaning by kissing the vehicle twice.

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Back in the kitchen, Tsukada-kun interprets kindness from Miho-san to indicate that she’s falling for him, but I think that she’s just a kind type. Maybe he’s falling for her?

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Then Hashimoto-kun, not playing sufficient attention, chipped a cup by letting it slip out of his grip.

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He has to confess his crime to Miho-san . . .

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. . . but he actually blames Tsukada-kun, the little devil.

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In the end, they worked for three hours, and got their lowest pay per hour yet. To be fair, though, this was the least complicated or strenuous work they’ve faced so far . . .

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. . . and they did get perks in the form of a free meal. Tsukada-kun wanted to dig in right away, but Hashimoto-kun insisted on eating with the other members.

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So, they decided to bring the meal back for the others. Since the others hadn’t already cooked dinner, I suppose either they were waiting for the other two before doing so, or there was an expectation that the other two would be bringing food back.

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To decide who got the last chicken karaage, they did janken:

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The next day, they pursue two of the other listings they picked up at the NaviTour.

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One was at Three Waters High Country Holiday, and the other was at a place that offered Sapphire prospecting.

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Totsuka-kun managed to get an okay on both, but the Three Waters place only needed three people, and I don’t know what the sapphire place is all about – the guy on the phone wasn’t clear about whether he had a job for them. I like the look of the Three Waters one better, and it had $20/hour right on the front, so we know what they’ll get paid.

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Oddly, both people Totsuka-kun called were named Steve. At least it wasn’t Bruce, or we’d be in the middle of a Monty Python sketch.

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Both locations are only a short distance outside Gold Coast . . .

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. . . so the guys decide to splurge a bit and have a proper breakfast/early lunch.

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They went for seafood, and Goseki-kun gave them a budget of $100 for the meal.

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They eagerly received the $100 platter with a lot of verbal salivation.

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Hashimoto-kun’s eating habits . . . .

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Driving a bit further after the meal, they spotted an Aborigine dance group in the park. It was more of an art/culture thing than an actual ritual thing. Anyway, the guys decided to park and take a closer look.

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Eventually, since there was dancing, they decided to join in.

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Tsukada-kun earned his stripes.

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On the way out from the park they were still pumped up from the encounter with the Aborigines (and possibly the seafood meal, too) . . .

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. . . when the van carrying the dance group passed them on the highway, and they exchanged waves.

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Ending on that note, this was an excellent episode of the series with a nearly perfect conclusion. The park scene felt a bit short, but the episode was packed full of stuff with at least nine discrete scenes. It was a bit shaky early in the episode, with the kitchen scene seeming awkward for some reason – perhaps because everyone else was hard at work, but Tsukada-kun and Hashimoto-kun seemed . . . less so. After they got through that job, though, things got better with every scene right up to the fun ending.

The episode moved very quickly, and there was probably a lot more usable video, including plenty of video of Tsukada-kun and Hashimoto-kun working properly in the restaurant.

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