-Soma asks what hayama meant and hayama says it doesn't concern soma, and tells them to leave. Kuga scolds soma for blowing a chance at challenging hayama to a shokugeki.
-Soma goes to the bathhouse and finds doujima there in a lewd pose. He asks doujima for more details about what happened to shiomi seminar.
-soma comments that hayama doesn't seem like the type to simply obey central. Doujima agrees, saying that hayama never intended to from the beginning
-At the night of the last day of the moon banquet shiomi seminar was approved for a budget increase from a certain business partner. Soon after hayama gets call from other business partners, telling him that they're ending they're cooperation with the shiomi seminar.
-Hayama demands a reason in which azami replies "all independent clubs are to be terminated, tootsuki will become one unified entity". Then a bunch of people in black suits surround hayama, along with a boss-like figure.
-Later on azami offers hayama to join central in which hayama immediately says no. Azami offers that if hayama joins he can create a new research society, hayama decides to join for jun's sake.
-After soma hears this he rushes out the bath and goes to hayama
-Soma tells hayama he knows the burden he has been shouldering, and tells hayama if he wins he can continue doing what he wants. Soma "this match is only for that reason, and nothing more"
>hayama "that's what is has come to"
>soma "you shouldn't underestimate people"
>hayama is shocked
>soma "this is the revenge match for losing to you at the autumn election"
>soma "having a serious match with you got me fired up"
>soma "and yet you were thinking about something else"
>kuga "ehhhh why are you mad"
>soma "wasn't that place important to you?"
>soma "and yet you didn't even try to defend it"
>soma "that pitiful act. have you lost yourself as a man?"
>pissed off hayama "Yukihira!"
>and so that day arrives, the day of the third promotional exam!