Upon waking up, Shizuku was greeted by a breaking and entering Haru, and the bad news that Shizuku's dad's store had gone under (for the sixth time!). Shizuku immediately got to work on it and could not spend much time with her friends, who were doing a study group. Shizuku also remembered when her mom decided to work, apparently, as a result of her dad's ineptitude.
While at a restaurant, Natsume and Sasayan ran into a pair of gossiping girls, who talked bad things about Asako. When Mitsuyoshi suddenly showed up, Natsume could not hide her happiness for him being there. Yamaguchi ran into Shizuku at the library and chatted about Haru. In the next to last scene, Haru asked Yamaguchi if he was in love with Shizuku. Yamaguchi replied if there was a problem with it.
Episode 9 of My Little Monster was full of revelations and surprises. To start, the fact that Shizuku's mom is a working woman reveals why the daughter wants to follow an independent path. Natsume keeps being cute, and her behavior indicates that she might be in love with Mitsuyoshi; poor Sasayan. Finally, Yamaguchi seems to be falling for Shizuku, and a confrontation (possibly very ugly) between him and Haru. This episode also seems to set the table for the conclusion of the series. This episode gets a 9 out of 10.