|The episode begins with a bit of background on the two players in the Single's 1 match, Tezuka and Atobe Kiego. |
The match begins with Atobe walking onto the court while the Hyotei club chants "Hyotei" over and over again. With Seigaku watching incredously, Atobe offers cues so that the chanting progresses to "Atobe," then "The winner will be Hyotei," "The winner will be Atobe," then the two phrases mixed together. Atobe stops them at "The winner will be..." and finishes it by saying "me" as he throws off his coat. Obviously, Atobe is very confident going into this match.
We see quick glimpses of team members from Yamabuki and Rikkaidi, while Horio questions where Atobe is really that good, to which Inui replies "You'll understand when you see him play."
Atobe has service first, and to the shock of Seigaku (except Inui), he wins first point, at which he declares "Be awed by my prowess."
More commentary from Yamabuki, St. Rudolph, and Fuji Syuusuke. Atobe serves again, and more Yamabuki commentary, including a comment about Atobe's scary insight into opponents weaknesses.
The point continues. It looks like Atobe has the upper hand (he returns Tezuka's drive volley), but Tezuka wins the point via "Tezuka Zone" where all balls hit with a spin will return to Tezuka.Atobe's teammates are shocked at the dropped point, but Atobe just laughs and says that Tezuka is good, and asks if Tezuka's arm is bothering him.
No one Seigaku understands what Atobe means until Oishi yells out that Tezuka's elbow is healed. Atobe smiles at the confirmation, the rest of Seigaku finally gets filled in on Tezuka's injury.
Flashback to Tezuka and Oishi's first year. Tezuka easily defeats current seniors in the club. As him and Oishi walk home, Tezuka promises that they will lead Seigaku to Nationals "in our time." Oishi is surprised at such a bold claim, but enthusiastic. We learn that Tezuka beat the senpais with his right hand (a la Echizen). When they discover that he's a lefty, one gets angry and deliberately swings his racket into Tezuka's elbow. The blow, plus daily hard use and his drop shot have worn out the muscles there. The others relax when Echizen reminds them that the injury is healed. Oishi suddenly looks very hesitant about that fact.
Flashback: We see Yamato-bucho come out and order everyone to do 100 laps. Tezuka tries to follow thorugh on his plans to quit, but Yamato won't let him until he gets his resignation form and makes him run. Oishi makes Tezuka stop running and tells him that he can't quit. Yamato-bucho sees them and commands Tezuka to become Seigaku's pillar of support. We get various shots of Tezuka and Echizen.
We return to the match, and Tezuka's zero-shiki shot wins Tezuka the point and the game. Episode ends with Tezuka telling Atobe to not hold back.