Title: Bewildered heartbeat (Tomado Kodo )
Opening theme: Itooshii Hito no Tame nii
Ending theme: Tokimeki no Doukasen
Hotohori questions Tamahome about Miaka's illness, and tells Tamahome that if he caused it, he will make him pay. Miaka is seriously ill, so Hotohori resolves to send her home, using Taiitsukun , a great magician. Hotohori tells Miaka of this, on one condition: for her to come back to the palace once she's well again. Outside,Nuriko accuses Tamahome of being jealous of Hotohori, telling him to apologize to Miaka so that Hotohori will be free for Nuriko. They set off to go to Taiitsukun, with a tense feeling between Miaka and Tamahome. That night, Nuriko tells Miaka to bathe in the spring near where they are camped.
She tells Tamahome to go to the spring, saying that Miaka asked him out there. Miaka undresses to bathe and her leg is caught by a snake . Tamahome comes running, and they both apologize. Tamahome is very embarrassed and annoyed by Miaka's appearance. Tamahome leaves and Nuriko reveals herself. Miaka hugs Nuriko and Nuriko's top falls off enough to reveal that she has no breats and she's a man. The next day, Hotohori and Miaka have a heart-to-heart discussion, which makes Tamahome and Nuriko jealous.Taiitsukun decides she will have to test the group. She then sends out a thick fog. Tamahome insults Miaka and she runs off. She sees a dinner table with lots of food and runs towards it, and is trapped in a mirror, where she is confronted by a another Miaka, his Miaka is her alter ego and evil.