On Monday, NHK starts a new morning drama, which means U.S. actress Charlotte Kate Fox, who played the female lead in the previous series, “Massan,” will be leaving Japan soon. But before she does she has to do at least one variety show, so she’ll be the guest for the regular “SMAP Bistro” segment on “SMAP X SMAP” (Fuji TV, Mon., 9 p.m.).
In the segment, SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai entertains the guest, while his bandmates, divided into two teams, compete to make dishes that will please the guest’s taste buds. In this instance, Fox has requested a “Japanese-style breakfast.” While the two groups cook away, she relates anecdotes about the making of “Massan” and her life in Japan. She also reveals a previously undisclosed talent for picking up objects adroitly with her toes, a skill also possessed by Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, who challenges her to a contest.