He does end up taking Marten's suggestion as to how to approach Marigold (via Pokemon), but Marigold botches it - leaving her DS with him in fear. Being intelligent (and thinking she was WONDERFUL!), he took advantage and composed the cutest nerd note ever: "MARBEAR YOU ARE VERY PRETTY WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO LOOK AT THE STARS AND HOLD HANDS Y/N".
After an aborted attempt at Null-G makeouts, Francis patiently waits for Marigold the following morning outside her quarters. They share a passionate embrace and kiss in strips 2161 and , but are unintentionally interrupted by Hannelore and Marten. She "touched his weiner," as well.