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Aired: 25th Oct 2003
As you've probably noticed by now, the live action show seems to be following the basic storyline from the manga rather closely though changing some of the subject matter to make it more modern and relatable to the modern Japanese girl. i.e. Crown is now a karaoke house and no longer a video arcade, the relationships between the girls develop at a normal speed rather than becoming instant friends, and in this act instead of the Sailor Soldiers infiltrating a princess' ball, they sneak into a celebrity's halloween party.
Act 4 starts with Usagi, Ami and Luna talking about Rei and why she doesn't want to be her friend. Usagi can't believe that she doesn't like karaoke, (Heaven forbid that Japanese schoolgirl could like something different in Japan) and Ami says that they can't rush her. Meanwhile in the Dark Kingdom, Beryl is angry at Jaedite for not getting enough energy and requests Nephrite, who makes his very dramatic first appearance!
Rei senses that the enemy is moving and heads out to find the latest Youma. Usagi and Ami are then, for some reason going all the way to Ikebukuro to watch the newsreport being told on an outdoor bigscreen tv (kind of a plothole here me thinks) and see the report for a mysterious blue crystal that will be presented at a celebrity's birthday party (which is refered to in this ep as a Halloween party by some due to the costumes). Luna thinks they should check it out. Usagi bumps into Mamoru again. As usual they fight and she comments on how wierd he is. Luna appears to sense something from him. Across the way, Nephrite is in civilian form and also sees the news report. And, Tokyo being the small world it is, Rei is also there and senses Nephrite. Usagi and Ami decide to investigate the blue crystal. Rei decides to go by herself.
Flashing forward to the party, Ami has dressed like a kinky frensh maid catwoman, Usagi in a giant bear suit and Rei, a master of disguise, wears her Shinto Priestess outfit with a red mask. The birthday party begins but it's interesting that all the decorations feature jack-o-lanterns and everyone seems to be dressed up as goblins and politically incorrect witches. Guess the writers couldn't agree on something.
Usagi goes a bit party crazy so Ami and Luna decide to ditch Usagi and look around. In the back, Nephrite plants a crystal in a potplant which spawns a new Youma! Back at the party, Usagi (in the bear disguise) bumps into Tuxedo Mask who came dressed as himself. Usagi smells him and hugs him and Mamoru gets a bit freaked out by the strange bear.
In the back (again) Ami (out of her cat costume) and Rei (no mask) seem to bond over their lack of social skills. Rei explains that all her family and friends have left her. After agreeing to look around together they see the birthday girl opening the blue crystal's box. However after a struggle they realise that the woman is being controlled by the Youma which seperates itself from her and attacks the girls.
This episode marked the first appearance of the very different from the manga and anime, live action version of Nephrite.
Sailor Mars scored herself a second attack already in the episode with the first use of Akuryo Taisan.
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