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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