Francis approaching, unnoticed, except by Mary. Their gaze locks and it is electric. He seems thrown by her beauty, stopping momentarily to take it in. To herself, a wide smile forming as he nears —
what a relief, what luck… (original pilot script)
Mako and Ami watching Usagi out of the corner of their eye, obviously not sure what to do. I can’t imagine Mako hasn’t tried hugging. I feel, in fact, completely confident that the day began with Mako basically being Usagi’s chair in class as she just sat Usagi in her lap and kept hugging her. It was only after the teacher’s increasingly forceful threats leading to Usagi’s insistence that she didn’t want Mako to get in trouble for her (USAGI CANNOT HANDLE MORE PEOPLE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF HER RIGHT NOW) that they were sitting in separate desks in the earlier shot.
But if hugging doesn’t work, and all the sincere and emphatic “It’ll be okay!”ing doesn’t work, Mako’s not sure what to do. It’s particularly hard when her mind’s so occupied with the WANT to make it better that there’s not much room left for planning.
Ami, of course, is with everyone else, wanting to cheer Usagi up. Her solution though, you guys. HER SOLUTION IS THE MOST PERFECT AMI SOLUTION. You can practically see her thought process.
"Okay, what makes Usagi-chan happy? Being with us, but we’re here, and she’s still sad. Hugs, but Mako-chan’s been doing that, and if a Mako-chan hug isn’t working then no hug will. Mamoru-san, but he isn’t here, and the letters/phone calls they’re surely already exchanging haven’t been enough either. What would be the next— Yes, that’s it! FOOD."
So Ami lies. Ami smoothly and perfectly makes up a story about Crown having a new cake menu, which would normally turn Usagi into a quivering mass of excitement just at the mere suggestion. AMI LIES SO PERFECTLY EVERYONE AND WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT
JUST AS WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT BEAUTIFUL PERFECT MAKOTO COMPLETELY MISSES IT
BECAUSE MAKO IS A CRAP LIAR: THE BIOGRAPHY
Even here, when Mako is trying so so hard to figure out how to make Usagi happy, and Ami dangles the answer right in front of Mako’s nose, MAKO STILL DOESN’T SEE IT.
Then when she does, she’s a stammering mess trying so hard to play along and being so awful at it, because Mako you are all that is good in the world and don’t you ever change even a tiny bit except to become real so that I may hug you and be hugged in return.