With the problems mounting up for Tenma Ryo (Inagaki Goro) in Shinryochu (心療中 – in treatment), he seems resolved to deal with one of them. He begins the episode contemplating divorce papers, though before he puts pen to paper . . .

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. . . an old student shows up. It’s Hasegawa Haruto (Nozawa Yuki), who embarked on a career in music after graduating.

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In fact, it’s precisely the fact that he pursued music instead of going to college that has brought him back to Ryo’s door. You see, he blames Ryo for the decision because his music career is not going as well as planned.

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Of course, if he had become a successful musician, I doubt he would have given Ryo any credit for the decision, but we won’t hold that against him, right? Certainly, he seems like he needs someone to talk to about this.

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Ryo tries to get Haruto to stop thinking about what might have been, since what’s done is done . . .

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. . . and Haruto decides to put on a smile when the conversation turns to a touchy topic – his dependent father.

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He seems to be in some pain or discomfort and asks to use the bathroom . . .

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. . . where, with the door closed, pretty much anything can happen. Honestly, if I was Ryo, I’d be petrified about what they might do in there.

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While Haruto comes out apparently okay, he really isn’t.

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And I don’t realize how, after things go horribly wrong with Haruto . . .

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. . . we just suddenly jump to the Kitahara Ren (Senga Kento) situation. There really need to be a bit more closure to the Haruto scene first.

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Ren wants a bit of counseling for himself, but Ryo doesn’t feel it’s right, since this was supposed to be couple counseling for both Ren and Nana, and keeping any information from Nana would undermine that effort.

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Ren decides to talk anyway.

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Turns out he can’t stop himself from cheating . . .

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. . . and yet he has a lofty view of Nana, and is worried that she might not want to get married. You think?

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Frankly, I have no idea what he thought Ryo could say to any of this . . .

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. . . and I’m sure Ryo was thankful when Nana (Yoshikura Aoi) showed up at the door.

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So, back to couple counseling, and Nana is quite ready with her thoughts.

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Ryo prompts her to say how she feels about Ren, and she basically calls him an animal hungry for . . . well, you know.

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This line about a pregnancy having a chance of making Ren human was particularly insulting.

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And suddenly, from saying how great she was and how worried he was that she might want to break up the marriage, Ren takes offense and decides to walk out.

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Ryo tries to keep things together, but can he? Can this volatile relationship be kept together? Should it be kept together, or are Ren and Nana better off without each other?

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It doesn’t seem to occur to Ryo at first, but when Nana says this . . .

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. . . Ryo starts to see how the relationship between Ren and Nana has parallels to his own shaky marriage.

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Will it lead him to decide against a divorce, or push him into going through with it?

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I didn’t like the abrupt way they ended the Haruto part and the unrealistic transition to Ryo’s next session, but perhaps that’s the price we have to pay for half-hour episodes. On the other hand, the Ren-Nana part was excellent, especially with the way it tied back into what was happening with Ryo’s personal life.

Throughout this episode, Ryo was less than his usual calm self during the sessions. He was visibly more expressive and pensive. I hope that’s Inagaki-san deliberately taking into consideration the character’s inner turmoil, since it’s about time we saw more of that come through in his professional life (except for the bit where he attacked Aikawa, of course).

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