I feel like I’ve seen this episode of Aiba Manabu (相葉マナブ) before . . . wait! It’s the same format they had in the August 18th episode and the September 8th episode, where they have a pretend family acting out household situations, and then the hosts discuss how to solve the problem!

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So, are we going to have this every third episode or something? (and is it always going to start with a long VTR?)

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It took them two minutes to bring us to the star of the show and his companions this time. Aiba-kun was joined by the two frequent offenders – Sawabe Yuu-san and Watabe Ken-san. Can they get Watabe-san to break a sweat this time?

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At this point, I’m wondering: do I really need to do a new review on basically the same sort of thing? I’m definitely going to conclude that the actual material is interesting (just in the opening VTR, they discussed what to take medicine with – water, coffee, or juice – so this is very applicable stuff). The only question is whether the guys get to do some interesting demonstrations.

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So, that’s what I’m going to talk about – the demonstrations they do and whether those were interesting to watch. The first one looked like the proper way to handle clothes after they’ve come back from dry cleaning. The mother of the household just dumps them in a bin:

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Well, that can’t be right.

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Actually, the best part of the episode might be where the sensei – the same specialist who led the previous two episodes of this type – actually came in through the open window!

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She sure knows how to make an entrance!

So, Aiba-kun gets the first crack at how to deal with the clothes:

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I don’t think I totally understood the correct answer – it seemed pretty involved, and there wasn’t a good demonstration of it.

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The next point had to do with what to do with a suit jacket after a long day at work:

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Watabe-san played the husband returning from work and Sawabe-san was his wife welcoming him back (don’t get me started on the traditional roles thing – just once I’d like to see the Japanese have a woman coming back from work and her husband welcoming her back and taking her coat).

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Anyway, with two comedians at it, they naturally turned it into a comic skit. Looks like Aiba-kun and the sensei appreciated the result:

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The key to dealing with the jacket was how to effectively get the odors of the day out of it so it’ll smell fresh for its next wearing.

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To my surprise, the next one had to do with the storing of mayonnaise. First of all – wow, do they use a lot of the stuff! I mean, they had four bottles to deal with!

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Being a Miracle Whip guy, I don’t really have any problem with mayonnaise. The only thing that makes me want to do this . . .

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. . . is honey. In general, I think we Americans have moved beyond containers with narrow necks that you can’t get a spoon into. Putting it upside-down like that wasn’t the right answer – it was just Aiba-kun’s solution. He put the other three in a refrigerated drawer:

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Sawabe-san got closer . . .

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. . . but they made one critical mistake that should have been obvious – why the heck were they putting it in the fridge before it was opened? What I didn’t expect was that the graphic showed the correct answer was to store it under the sink, which I totally don’t get. That’s usually where I put cleaning stuff, so there’s no way I’m going to have food down there.

And what about beer storage?

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Surely Aiba-kun will know this one. Unfortunately, it was the most sober of the three – Watabe-san – who made the attempt:

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Sawabe-san was delightfully over-the-top as he walked in with the beer:

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Apparently, beer placement in a fridge is a serious matter . . .

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. . . requiring temperature precision plus or minus one degree Celsius and seasonally dependent:

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I don’t drink beer, so I wouldn’t know. Never developed a taste for the stuff.

Here’s a good question: right after eating something sweet, should you brush your teeth?

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Aiba-kun seems to think that the answer is yes:

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But perhaps his reason was wrong? Or is it that you shouldn’t brush your teeth right away?

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This one came with a more thorough explanation than some of the other points.

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I have no idea what was up about the eye drops . . .

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. . . but watching each of the three put the drops in was hilarious.

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So, it was still a fun episode thanks to the fact that the guys gave everything a try. The information was certainly relevant to viewers, so no problems there.

I suppose they keep going back to this format because it’s such a surefire win, but now I want to see what they do for the next two episodes. I’m worried that they might get into a pattern – something they’ve avoided since the show’s inception – which will eventually become a rut. It’s okay for now, though.

This is studio activity, though, which means it feels like they’re turning away from the on-location stuff. We’ll have to see in the next episode.