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Full-Throttle Stress! Being the Madonna is tough (ストレス全開!マドンナはつらいよ "Sutoresu Zenkai! Madon'na Hatsurai yo?), dubbed Practice Makes Perfect in the edited English dub, is the 16th episode of the season Futari wa Pretty Cure, and also the 16th episode of Pretty Cure franchise overall.

Synopsis

Nagisa struggles to try to understand the school superstar after she believes the girl doesn't like her. Meanwhile, Poisony decides to use Yuka as part of her plan to defeat Pretty Cure. 

Summary

In the Dotsuku Zone, the Evil King speaks with the remaining villains. Kiriya asks to be left alone to his own devices for now, claiming that he has his own ways of doing things. Poisony rudely retorts that he is just a child with a big mouth. Evil King goes on to say that with the Cures already possessing two of the Prism Stones, they cannot allow the girls to get any more. 

A limousine drives on the way to school, inside of it, a pretty girl who steps out of it upon arrival. She thanks the driver and heads inside of the school, unaware that Poisony is watching her. 

Nagisa is in the middle of lacrosse practice, and watches as everyone takes off to observe the school superstar as she plays volleyball. The gymnasium is packed with spectators, including the lacrosse team. During the match, the ball flies towards Nagisa; who it hits, goes into the air, falls into her lacrosse stick, only for the dizzy Nagisa to swerve the ball towards the basketball hoop, making what she calls a 'nice shoot' as everyone around her cheers. Yuka regains the ball, and the match continues, with Verone winning in the end against Otakagu. Impressed, Nagisa and her friends chat about Yuka while walking away, commenting that she isn't even on the volleyball team. It turns out she was only helping out, just as she had done for the tennis club. They try to determine which club Yuka actually is in, when Honoka comes by to reveal that she is another member of the science club. Of which she has been a member since her first year.

As Honoka and Nagisa begin to leave, they are approached by Yuka. She apologizes for not being around lately and asks for an update as to what has been going on in the club lately, then mentions how beautifully Nagisa handled a situation earlier, although she asks her to be more careful next time and takes off. Nagisa worries that Yuka now hates her, but Honoka assures her otherwise.
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Nagisa notices a limo

The following morning, Nagisa rushes to school and decides to take a shortcut, when suddenly she notices a limousine behind her. She moves out of the way and spots Yuka in the limo; Who after locking eyes with Nagisa, quickly ducks down to avoid being seen, prompting her to have her chauffeur drop her off at a nearby alleyway, so that she can secretly arrive at Verone Academy. She is embarrassed to have her chauffeur drive her to school two days in a row, due to her oversleeping, thus she is afraid of the other students seeing the 'Madonna' act like this.

Nagisa continues to rush to school, but unfortunately doesn't make it to class in time and has to clean the blackboard erasers as punishment. 

As she is doing this, Honoka comes by and offers to help Nagisa, and they begin to play around, causing Yuka to walk by and observe them when she notices how much fun they are having. Nagisa asks if she would like to join them, and at first Yuka considers it, only to quickly reconsider and call it childish. She walks away as Nagisa remarks that Yuka must hate her again, although Honoka isn't sure this is the truth, with both of them unaware that Yuka is still there listening.

As the girls leave, Yuka is still watching them, now feeling saddened. She hurriedly attempts to rid of it and takes off, only to come across a fortune teller's stand. The mysterious woman claims to know what Yuka wants, that she wishes to 'play around just like an ordinary girl,' and puts Yuka under her control. The mysterious woman puts a Zakenna in Yuka's shadow, which creates several shadow clones in the shape of Yuka, all of which take off into the sky as the real Yuka walks away.

At the park, Nagisa and Honoka are walking when they see Yuka. Honoka greets her, but she does not say anything, causing Nagisa to claim she hates her again. After Honoka mentions that she's acting weird, a bunch of other Yuka begin to walk by as the girls stare in disbelief. The Yuka start bothering the park-goers by playing around in the park. Seeing Poisony, they quickly transform into Pretty Cure, but are then surrounded by the many Yuka clones. Poisony tells them that the real Yuka is among the clones, so they risk hurting her if they fight too roughly. Knowing that the Zakenna possessed her shadow, White manages to escape to a nearby garage, and flips a switch that turns on the lights in the park, thus vanquishing the shadows. Black is able to find the real Yuka, who is the only one left after the lights turned on. Poisony reverses this however, by forcing the lights off with the flick of a finger. The clones start to reappear again, but Black still spots the real Yuka in the midst of the clones. She asks White for a marker, then uses the marker to mark the real Yuka. Black draws facial details with the marker, along with a heart on her forehead. White takes the real Yuka away from the other ones, leaving a confident Black to take on the clones. Poisony orders the Zakenna to fuse together, making a giant purple blob-like monster this time. Black and White try to fight it, but get stuck in it. The Zakenna then tries to eat them, but the two girls perform Marble Screw from inside the Zakenna, destroying it. Black and White check on the unconscious Yuka, then leave her be.

That following day at school, Nagisa asks if Honoka thinks the scribbling is gone from Yuka's face. Nagisa pictures it and bursts into laughter, much to Honoka's dismay. But Yuka, who was walking by, gets flustered and runs away, believing she still has the marker on her face. This causes them to both laugh now.

Major Events

  • Verone Academy's 'Madonna,' Odajima Yuka makes her first appearance

Characters

Cures

Mascots

Villains

Secondary Characters

Trivia

  • The Singaporean English title of the episode is Stressed Out! It's Not Easy Being a Superstar.
  • Muromachi is the surname of Yuka's chauffeur.
  • In the 'next-episode' preview for this episode, Honoka admires Yuka for being a 'Madonna,' to which Nagisa replies 'what do you mean?' (ま どんな? 'Ma don na?'?).

Dub Edits

  • In the English Dub, the clubs that Yuka/Emma belong to are slightly changed from the original context.
    • In the original, she was part of the tea ceremony club. The dub changed that to her being the president of the 'Japanese Cultural Society'.
    • In the original, she was part of the wind instrument club. The dub modified that to her playing in the school band.
    • In the original, she was part of the English conversation club. The dub change it to her 'debating' at one of the school's 'public speaking competitions'.

Errors

  • When Nagisa says that they cannot let Poisony get away, the top part of her shirt is purple. 

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