lol. So I love Rintaro’s mom, especially when she called her “Kin.” lol. Anyway, it doesn’t sound like the siblings are blood-related. Phew! But would she take her stepfather’s name? But since Hiroto’s name changed based on custody, perhaps it’s not uncommon.
Sakura wakes up to someone knocking at her door. Who can’t wait till later in the day? It’s Rintaro. His mom has set up a marriage meeting for him and he wants to talk to Sakura about it. After some persuasion, she lets him in and he shows her the lady’s photo. He’s absolutely not interested and as they talk, Sakura suddenly notices that her toenails are long and starts clipping them right there. lol. Girl, have some manners.
She wonders why he doesn’t want to go out with the girl – is he gay? Rintaro almost has a heart attack. No? Then does he suffer from Nohei’s problem? Rintaro tells her to stop talking like an idiot. He’s just not into it and somehow during the discussion with his mom, he mentioned he had a girlfriend so could she please pose as her?
Sakura immediately remembers that Hiroto isn’t comfortable with their relationship and refuses. He begs her, bringing up all his past favors (I personally hate guilt tripping but I’ll let it pass since it’s Rintaro. lol), and after looking at his pleading face, she agrees.
They end the conversation by bickering about coffee. He wants some but she has none so he decides to go back to his place and when she tries to follow, he tells her to at least try to look presentable before leaving her place. But since he literally lives next door, she sees no reason to. How about brushing your teeth, though?
It’s time for the other guy to knock at the other girl’s door. Hiroto interrupts supersane Chiyoko who’s spending her morning with photos of Rinatro on her projector. She turns it off and lets him in explaining that she’s depressed because she’s been dumped. Girl, don’t you need to have been dating first?
They lie on her bed and he asks her why she likes Rintaro so much. Back in middle school, she experienced a growth spurt and was teased a lot and had no friends. He was the only one who cheered her up with his jokes and told her she looked cute when she smiled. Hiroto grunts at this and she tells him that he’s at least better than someone who does hit-and-runs. Hiroto seems to take it to heart so she takes it back and they start tickling each other. If this is supposed to convince me of their platonic sibling relationship, it’s not working.
Miki goes job hunting, spurred by a need to pay off the mortgage and her mother’s omnipresence. She fails at her first interview due to a lack of job experience and low qualifications.
Rintaro shows up at Sakura’s with a new wardrobe for the date. His mom runs a boutique so Sakura’s black suit won’t cut it. She is particularly pleased with the shoes because she’s always wanted a pair like it. Apparently, since childhood, she’s had a Cinderella fantasy, even to the point of making fake glass slippers and hurting herself. Rintaro isn’t surprised that she’s always been dumb.
He leaves her with an educational video on table manners (lol) and when he’s gone, Sakura tries on her high heels and of course, she can’t walk in them.
Miki gets rejected for every job she applies to and at dinner, when she complains to Nohei, he tells her she was naive to even think she could find a job with no experience. And can she give him seconds? She heaps his plate then walks out.
The next morning, while Shima is getting her hair done at Sakura’s salon, they receive a sad text from her. So Shima comes up with the brilliant plan to cheer her up at a host club.
It’s Miki’s and Sakura’s first time and they feel uncomfortable. Two hosts are immediately assigned to the pair and then a group of them make an elaborate toast when the champagne is brought to the table. They all share the drink and Sakura is confused as to why she’s only getting one glass of champagne when they bought the bottle. lol. Very practical woman.
Shima goes to the restroom and on the way back, one of the hosts welcomes her back after a while and asks if they can meet for the “after party.” She must be quite good in the sack because these guys always want seconds, thirds, fourths… she thinks back to what Nohei said about not having meaningless sex and agrees to the rendezvous.
Back at the table, Sakura is obsessed with the strange, unfair champagne toast and doesn’t notice Miki trying to catch her attention. Then another host shows up and sits next to Miki. He notices she’s uncomfortable and attempts to relax her. He gives her a mini quiz, asking her to choose from a list, the vegetable that best describes her. She picks pumpkin and he reads out what it represents: uncertainty from her future stresses her and while she faces difficulty and wants to quit, once she finds something she’s confident in, there will be great changes. It hits home and she starts to cry. Everyone around her is immediately concerned and she runs out.
She leaves behind a job application which the host, Masaomi, finds.
In a different part of town, Hiroto walks into Ken’s bar and Rintaro is there as always. It’s time for the men to have a chat. Rintaro asks him about his name change. He explains that it was changed after his parents divorced and he moved over to his mother’s side. However, when he moved back to his father’s side, he thought it would be too confusing to change it again. Then Rintaro asks him another question – what’s his relationship to Chiyoko? He says she’s his sister by marriage (stepsister). Cool. So why is he hiding this from Sakura? He explains that he never felt a need to disclose it since he didn’t know that Chiyoko went to their salon. Rintaro pretends to accept the explanation.
Miki returns home late, depressed and smelling like a club so her bitch-in-law scolds her about it. This old woman needs to be sent packing.
Sakura shows up at Ken’s place and tells them about going to the host club. She and Hiroto separate themselves and act cute. Rintaro looks at them, troubled, then leaves. For someone who’s so not in love with Sakura, he sure gets bothered by her affairs.
Shima is at a hotel with her host boy trying to have sex but she’s not feeling it and stops it.
After thoroughly washing their bodies, Hiroto and Sakura try to have sex but before he even sticks it in, she starts to scream that it hurts. lol. Bro, this girl can’t even kiss you, what made you think you’d successfully have sex? But I have to say that when I first watched this scene, I chuckled but later in the day, when I was walking home, I thought back to it and burst out laughing. Because imagine being Hiroto and being on top of a woman watching her scream in pain when you’re not even doing anything. LMAO. I think he might need to give Momo a call.
Anyway, it turns out the pain came from her tooth and Sakura visits a dentist the next day.
Chiyoko is having a meal with her parents when Hiroto walks in. They ask him to join them and he agrees. Things are a little awkward so Chiyoko mentions that her brother won the BMX competiton. His father isn’t impressed and wonders when he’ll grow up and join the company and Hiroto shocks them by asking for some time to think about it.
It’s time for the fake girlfriend to meet the mother and I love how after the makeover, the woman always has to walk down a flight of stairs. And just like in She’s All That, Rintaro is shocked by how beautiful she is after she washes her hair and wears nice clothes.
She introduces herself to Rintaro’s mother and the older woman immediately connects her with “Kin.” lol. As they say, blood is thicker than water.
Sakura has trouble walking in her shoes and Rintaro just drags her. His mother notices a run in her stockings and gives her a spare. They sit down to eat and Sakura is a complete mess. She keeps staining her clothes with drink and food because the anesthesia from the dentist hasn’t worn off. Rintaro constantly cleans her up like she’s a baby. lol
Lol. It was obvious that she would disgrace herself but I’m glad they at least gave her a plausible reason. Despite the novocaine, she manages to eat the fish right to the bone. Something tells me that if they weren’t in public, she would have chewed those bones.
While Sakura struggles to open one of her bowls, Rintaro’s mother brings up marriage which he promptly says hasn’t been discussed. Then Sakura drops the bowl and Rintaro has to rush over to help her with it. You really can’t take this woman out in public. As they bicker over it, Rintaro’s mom chuckles.
After dinner is karaoke, says Rintaro’s mom. The fake couple didn’t expect this but they go along with it, anyway. As they stand up to leave, Sakura quickly grabs on to Rintaro because her legs have gone numb. Rintaro’s mom can’t hold it in any longer and bursts out laughing.
His mom hasn’t laughed this much in so long and to both their surprise, she really likes Sakura. Back in the days, she was just like her so she tells her to take her time changing (or maturing). This woman is damn near 40 so how much more time does she need? She tells her to take her time with the marriage but she would like to see her grandchild’s face. And they should also work at her company (apparently, that’s what she wants Rintaro to do).
The siblings are out for a bite and Chiyoko asks Hiroto if he’s really serious about Sakura since he’s not really into older women. Or is he the type to look for his dead mother in the woman he dates? Then he asks her for a big favor – can she please never mention their diabolical plan? She gets all Chokrazy because he’s in love with Sakura too? WHY OH WHY? Her glass falls to the floor and Hiroto sticks around to pick up the pieces.
She runs out and bumps into Rintaro’s mom. Rintaro is holding Sakura who can’t walk in the heels and they immediately break apart when they see her. I don’t know why, though. Rintaro turns and sees Hiroto looking at them and it’s on, guys! The love triangle has officially begun.
As Rintaro’s mom sings karaoke, the Bickering Couple discuss the Chiyoko non-issue. Sakura hopes she didn’t misunderstand and Rintaro says he’ll take care of it. There’s nothing to take care of, guys. Although I bet Sakura doesn’t want her telling the salon folks that she and Rintaro are dating.
It’s Sakura’s turn to sing but instead of just picking up the mic and belting out a tune, she decides to confess the truth. She tells Rintaro’s mom that they aren’t dating and pleads with her to be patient till they find their life partners. I think it’s cute how she tells her the truth but also tries to tell her to be easy on her son and not pressure him to find a wife.
This only impresses the mom who declares that she likes Sakura even more. Apparently, she already knew that they weren’t a couple because she’s not his type. Rintaro dates the graceful type who’s opposite of his mom. Oddly enough, the mother is very classy and graceful but she’s probably comparing Sakura with her old self. So my interpretation is that Rintaro has been running from his fate but he can only run so far. He calls her a traitor. lol. Sakura picks a song from a band Rintaro’s mother is a fan of. Okay Writer, we get it – they are twins.
Miki is walking about, failing at finding a job when Masaomi, the host, shows up. He convinces her to have a quick drink with him. She ends up pouring her troubles out to him and he has a suggestion for her – why doesn’t she work for him? See, he’s into stock trading but can’t do it while he’s at work so he’d like to pay her to do it for him. This sounds like a scam if I’ve ever heard one. You know, she’ll see him double his money then she’ll decide to invest her life savings and boom, he runs off with it.
Later in the evening, Hiroto and Rintaro run into each other outside his building. Rintaro asks him why he didn’t come out of the restaurant earlier in the day. What is he hiding from Sakura? Hiroto tells him that if he would just date Chiyoko, everything would be settled. Huh? He explains the situation and Rintaro goes Chokrazy (it must be rubbing off). But it’s warranted this time. He grabs him by the collar and tells him never to let Sakura know and just break things off. Hiroto pushes him off and reminds him that he doesn’t take orders from him. Also, who is Sakura to Rintaro? He hesitates for a moment and says she’s his coworker. Hiroto scoffs, saying that he cares a bit too much for a coworker. He leaves him saying that if he wants to protect Sakura, he should be with Chiyoko.
Hiroto arrives at Sakura’s place but she’s distracted, looking at Rintaro’s shoes. Eventually, the tension builds and she just has to confess something to him at the moment he wants to confess his too. She goes first and tells him about her fake date with Rintaro. She’s sorry because she knows how he doesn’t like their friendship. Hiroto is okay with it and tells her that he has something to confess – he’s been lying to her all along.
I don’t know if he will tell the whole truth. I think he’ll just tell her that he lied about them having sex on their first night but we’ll find out soon enough.
Prediction time, in like episode 10, Rintaro will leave “Happy Go Lucky” to work at his mother’s place.
Why does Sakura act like she was raised by wolves? However, if they decide to pull a Rintaro/Sakura, I think she will start acting differently around him i.e. if she sticks her butt in his face it might be done differently. lol. They might pull a Cher in Clueless.
I still think there’s something funny going on between those siblings. I still expect some tension to explode between them in a later episode.
And while I think Hiroto has genuine feelings for Sakura, I still think there’s a part of him that’s with her for Chiyoko’s sake. And him telling Rintaro to commit to Stalker is for both their sakes – it’ll get Chiyoko what she wants and will keep him away from Sakura. And how funny would it be if Rintaro starts dating Chiyoko to “protect” Sakura? lol
Either Miki (almost?)gets scammed or it will be a happy story of her becoming a millionaire from stocks. I believe those two actors (Miki and the host) previously played mother and son in Tumbling. LOL. I do think Miki’s story is finally getting interesting.
There was no Shima/Nohei and I can’t say that I missed them.
Episode 7 looks great and I can’t wait. Till then!