The biggest news I seem to have about this fine episode is that the narrator’s sarcastic comments actually add something to the humor of the story. Rather than just commenting on the obvious (which the characters then comment upon in turn), the narrator actually gives perspective, albeit a jaundiced one, to what Hayate is thinking and feeling. I actually laughed at more than half his comments.
The references to other anime continues apace as well. Most amusing: the Evangelion-like promise of more “sabis-sabisu!” in the preview. (There was also another example of the “false ending followed by fan service” in this episode too.)
Plotwise, this episode was nothing new (lead girls who can’t cook and the guy manfully accepting the dish anyway is a very old staple in shounen romance), though again the narrator gave it some extra humor. The turn that takes place at the reveals that the character-introduction mode of the show isn’t over yet.
Question: does anyone know if the little paper-cutout thing at the end with Hayate’s image song playing is parodying or making fun of anything? It vaguely reminds me of the infamous episode of Kare Kano where the animation was replaced with crayon drawings glued to popsicle sticks. Or is it just one of those omake-type features every show has?