We head off to Boston for this week's Wizard Barristers, as Cecil and company do a little international training and swapping of advice between law offices in Japan and the US.
With this training completed in short measure and with time still to spare, it's suggested that perhaps Cecil should make a "quick" trip over to Canada to visit her father - something that she's incredibly keen to do, but has neither the money nor the plan tickets to carry out. There's a simple solution to this problem however, as Hotaru is volunteered to hire a car and accompany her on the long drive from Boston to Canada.
Given the strained relationship between these two girls, it's not a big shock that this doesn't initially prove to be the most enjoyable road trip of all time, with Hotaru's temper never far from fraying and issues with the car breaking down and petrol-buying difficulties only adding to the tension in the car. It takes a third party to truly break this cold war, and that saviour comes via a hitchhiker who just happens to be both female and a would-be wizard barrister herself - with this friendly girl in tow, both Cecil and Hotaru find themselves opening up to one another, before ending up embroiled in some more criminal activity as a meal in a diner goes awry.
I imagine it'll go on to rack up a lot of its major coincidences as part of the conspiracy surrounding Cecil (at least, I hope it does), but that doesn't really stop this week's Wizard Barristers from being... well, pretty dumb. Admittedly it was about time Hotaru's character was broken down a little and brought closer to Cecil - there's only so much you can do with her being constantly miserable, after all - but that aside this week's episode was a lot of setup with next to no payoff, which left the whole thing feeling like a bit of a waste of time. Perhaps next week's episode has enough in store to restore the current imbalance, but after last week's equally lacking effort I'm starting to wonder if Wizard Barristers is losing its magic.