The episode opens in the park with Sakura dressed in one of Tomoyo's
costume creations. Sakura and Kero-chan are riding the sealing wand,
which is powered by The Fly. They are chasing The Dash, which Kero
says is very fast and good at running. That is why Sakura is having
difficulty catching up to it. Kero tells her not to worry, because
Dash is only good at running short distances. A form, presumably the
card, shoots out from some bushes and across the night sky. Kero says
that it is getting tired. Sakura summons Windy and tries to bind it,
but Dash breaks free. Kero is worried that the card will hurt itself
if it continues to fight like this. At that moment, a crash and the
sound of something breaking can be heard in the direction the card
Sakura, Kero-chan and Tomoyo follow the noise. Sakura uses her powers
and finds the direction the card went. Sakura tries to see over
the large wall of where she senses the card, but has to jump many times
to get a hold. Just as she grasps the wall, voices can be heard
rounding the corner. The girls duck behind a bush and a pair of adults
appear, discussing the strangely dressed girl they saw in the park.
Tomoyo sulks and says that she thinks Sakura looks really cute.
One of the adults is a guard. He shines his flashlight about,
searching for the girls but does not see them. Kero tells the girls to
go home, since Dash can not move again until its injury is healed. They can
come back the next day to capture it.
Just after they leave, a girl enters the backyard of the home
Sakura was trying to look into. She sees Dash and thinks it is a hurt
animal. She runs back into the house and reappears with bandages. Dash
seems to trust her and lets itself be be bandaged. It chirps happily
at her in a bright little voice as she rubs its chin.
The next day, Tomoyo dresses Sakura in a baseball uniform so that
Sakura can pretend to have lost her ball in the house's yard. Sakura asks
permission to look for her ball. The girl tells Sakura that they are
not supposed to play baseball in that park. She returns Sakura's ball
and promises not to tell. But Sakura can not go check the backyard. So
she decides to come back during school the next day.
During sports practice the next day, Tomoyo prepares to tell Sakura
her new plan to capture Dash. Just then, she notices a girl on the
track team. It is the same girl who lives at the house where Dash is
recouperating/hiding. The teacher calls the race and the girl runs
down the track. She loses to her opponent.
Sakura and Tomoyo go up to her, but she is called away by the teacher
to run again. THis time, there is a strange glow about the girl
just before she runs. And this time, she is much faster and wins the
race with her best-ever time. A whopping 20 seconds faster.
After school, Kero tells them that the girl must be under the
influence of Dash. The card is making her faster. Sakura and Tomoyo
are on their way to visit the girl's house. They are invited inside
and have snacks with the girl. She tells them of a creature she found
in her backyard that was injured. She has named it Pewei. The girl
also expresses interest in Kero-chan, who Sakura passes off as a doll.
The girl offers to go get Pewwei and suddenly Sakura lurches to her feet,
announcing she must go home for dinner. Wishing her new friend luck
in the race the girls leave.
Kero chastises Sakura for leaving, she gave up a good chance. But Sakura aruges that she couldn't capture the card in front of the girl. Kero notes, that while that is true, they can not leave the card in a place like that. So he suggests they sneak into the house that night. Sakura looks troubled by this, but doesn't explain.
Flashing back to the mysterious girl, she has taken Dash out of its
cage. It is shaking with fright and she soothes it, telling it that
everything will be ok. It does not have to be afraid. It calms down
and she snuggles it.
At school again, the girl is running even faster and breaking further
records. Sakura, Tomoyo and others are watching from one of the school's
upper windows. Chiharu suggests that the girl will take first place
at the upcoming track competition. Mizuni-sensei approaches and reveals
the girl's idenity as sixth grader Tachibana Rei (Rei being the first
name, if you're confused.) Kaho tells the girls that Rei is very good
and that the gym teacher has been praising her to her collegues. Sakura
feels very guilty at this and attempts to sneak away. As she steps away,
Sakura's friends tell her that they are scheduled to cheer at the next
track competition. They want to do a special cheer for Rei. Yamazaki-kun hears this and comes over to tell a big lie about how
cheering was invented. Sakura uses this opportunity to walk away.
Sakura goes down to the track and watches Rei run. Rei sees her, and
tells her Pewei has improved. She invites Sakura oever to see him.
Walking home with Tomoyo, Sakura suggests that they wait to capture
Dash until after the next week's competition. Kero is horrified by this
idea because the next week Dash will be healed and able to run away
again. Sakura ignores Kero and beings to stalk off. Kero follows her
and says that while he understands her worries for her friend, using
Dash to run fast is not fair. And cheating will not make a good
victory for Rei.
Sakura goes home and her father asks whether Sakura will be cheering
at Saturday's race. Sakura says yes, so he tells her he will make her
a sack lunch for that day since he must be at the University. Touya and
Yukito ask about the race and Sakura tells them about the sixth grader
from her school (Rei) who will be running in it. Yukito comments
that Touya had been selected to run in that same race. It turns out,
though, that Touya didn't participate because it was on the same day
as his part time job.
At school, Sakura and the other are practicing cheering for the race.
Sakura sense Dash's presence as Rei begins to run. Syaoran and Meiling
are passing and he sense it as well. Meiling, having no magic, does not
and is confused by Syaoran's far off look. He does not explain about
the card to her.
Later, at Rei's home, she takes Dash from the cage and notices that he
is all healed. She tells him all about her sucess at the day's practice.
Outside the house, Sakura and Tomoyo are passing. They notice Syaoran
staring at Rei's house and that he has found Dash with his lasin board.
Rei is playing with Dash, who jumps very high into the air, enabling
Syaoran to see him. Syaoran yells at the card, which immediately runs off.
Syaoran chases the card and attacks it with his magic. Sakura is
reluctant to give chase as well, until Kero tells her that using
Dash's power to win the race would not make Rei happy. So Sakura seals
the card, which is award to Syaoran because he weakened it with his
magic. As it is done, they can hear Rei calling desperately for Pewei,
who will not be found. Sakura is very sad about this.
Finally, the day of the race arrives. Just as Rei's turn has come,
Pewei appears before her for a brief moment, at the finish line. Sakura
sees him as well and yells encouragement to Rei. Rei wins the race and
Sakura goes off to thank Syaoran . He tells her that he didn't use
the card on Rei, but only brought Rei's friend to see her run.
The Card's Power:
To make things run very quickly over short distances.
Appearances and Uses in Other Episodes (up to ep. 31)