Tsumugi uses a cell phone like it's no big deal? I'm not even surprised anymore at this point. They're really trying to anthropomorphize her in any way possible, aren't they? And then there's also a scene with her pouting like a little child. Cute, though.
Typing this reminded me that we still don't know anything about what happened to Hoshijiro. Honestly, I'm not holding my breath that we will during this season.
Contrasting fragoff's assessment, I'm having more fun with this 'new style' of season 2, which should come as no surprise to any of you.
However, I agree it's a problematic genre shift because we expect continuity from a direct sequel. At least Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu, as an example, was clearly presented as more of a spin-off than a sequel. Same with Soul Eater NOT.
In any case, the last part of this episode has switched course towards the main storyline again. Only 3 more episodes to go, so it's probably about time to set the stage for the finale.