Sophie walks down a back alley and is confronted by two soldiers who act inappropriately towards her, taunting her vulnerability. Fortunately, Howl appears and offers himself as her escort. The scene deals with gender politics, power and aggression.
Alison upsets Erica by insulting the low academic and social standards of her high school. Later, Alison visits Erica at home and meets her family. Erica, embarrassed by her family and social position, invents stories about their "real" lives. Alison plays along. Erica walks Alison home but on the way is ditched by Alison for her other friends.