Previously on Shinryochu (心療中 – in treatment) ~In the Room~, we found out that Tenma Ryo (Inagaki Goro)’s wife Kanae (Sakai Miki) was having an affair. She went on a trip to Florence explicitly to perpetuate this affair, leaving Ryo profoundly depressed and uncertain about himself.

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At the beginning of this episode, Kanae returns and clearly wants to talk with Ryo, but Ryo spurns her.

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In sharp contrast, the couple who were having serious difficulties in episode 2 – Kitahara Ren (Senga Kento) and Ito Nana (Yoshikura Aoi) – are perfectly lovey-dovey now:

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They’re even picking out baby names:

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Just to remind us how big a change this is, we get a flashback of their previous session with Ryo:

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But no worries now, right? With eyes beaming, Nana tells Ryo that Ren has promised not to cheat anymore. Problem solved.

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Ryo, of course, is not entirely sold on this picture.

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Nana tries to psychoanalyze him – pointing out that he would surely be relieved not to have to deal with them anymore.

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Ryo doesn’t hesitate to point out the flaw in their cheerful solution – duration. Having a relationship and a child are long-term commitments, and they seem satisfied with the fact that they have avoided fighting for two weeks.

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It’s also pretty clear that Ren is the one most eager to end these sessions.

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But Nana isn’t so quick – she wants some assurances that they really don’t need any more help from Ryo.

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And Ryo is not ready to give such guarantees.

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Then Nana suddenly panics and rushes to the bathroom.

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What’s happened to Nana? Has Ryo unnecessarily complicated the relationship between Ren and Nana, or is there really a need for his intervention? You’ll have to watch to find out!

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Between his appointments, Ryo speaks to his wife briefly, but even though she’s apologetic, assuring him nothing happened in Florence, he takes it all badly.

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The trouble is, when a person is already depressed, they have a tendency to do things that perpetuate that depression, and that describes what Ryo did here pretty well.

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That night, Ryo sleeps in his office . . .

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. . . and gets a call from Tanaka Shun (Takada Sho)’s father saying that Shun is nowhere to be found and wondering whether the troubled kid was at the clinic.

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Right after the call, Shun shows up at Ryo’s door.

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Actually, Shun seems rather more sane this time than the last time we saw him.

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Sure, he says he wants to set fire to his house because his parents are getting divorced and actually bought the kerosene to do it . . .

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. . . but he told his parents that he wanted to burn his house down – a clear sign that he really didn’t intend to go through with it. He also listens attentively when Ryo talks about how kids react to their parent’s divorce – especially when Ryo reveals that his own parents divorced (I wonder how that plays a part in his relationship with his wife, especially given recent events . . .).

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Shun accepts Ryo’s statement that he can bear through his parent’s divorce, and acknowledges that threatening to burn the house down was probably going to far, but also worries that he’s not entirely in control of his actions.

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Meanwhile, Shun’s father is getting rather pushy, calling the house phone:

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Ryo tells his wife to deny that Shun has showed up. But what is Ryo going to do with young man?

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Perhaps another little game:

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It’s actually pretty interesting. We only get a taste of what it all means, because the session is interrupted. I’ll leave the reason for the interruption and what revelations we get out of this game as a surprise.

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In the end, Ryo asks the question we would all like an answer to:

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Most of the Ren-Nana part was predictable – at least, more predictable than these sessions have been so far – but what happened at the end of it totally made up for that.

The highlight of this episode, though, was the development of Tanaka Shun as a more sympathetic character. In his last appearance in episode one, he just came off as . . . well, as crazy. In that respect, it was hard to distinguish between him and Aikawa Sakuya (Sanada Yuma‘s character), since they both seemed dangerously unhinged. With this episode, we get some differentiation – the viewer is a bit more comfortable with Shun now, and might even come away rooting for him to turn out all right. Aikawa, on the other hand, just seems like an avoid-at-all-costs situation (not that Ryo has that luxury).

So, it’s all looking good from here. The preview for the next episode looked spectacular, so I’m looking forward to catching up with it.

Thanks as always to yanie02 at livejournal for the subtitles.

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