Syusuke and Syuri’s stepmother gets drunk and goes to sleep with another man. Meanwhile, the two go to visit their mother’s grave, and then spend the night out. They reflect on their childhood a bit. In order to cheer Syuri up, Syusuke decides to buy her a bracelet as a present while in the toy store. She decides to get one for him as well. Eventually, they end up holding hands. In school, they’re called to the principal’s offers, and told that the school received a letter saying that they were seen in a love hotel. Though they defend themselves, they have no proof of what they were really doing. Yuzuki-sensei tried to help, and so the principal decides that she won’t pursue the matter further, but she’ll have to tell their parents. When their father finds out, he’s furious, mostly because he doesn’t want his reputation damaged. The next day, the matter only gets worse, as rumors are spreading through the school. Syuri explains the situation to Sana and Asami later, while on the way to the nursing home. She’s glad to be able to come with them, because she doesn’t want to go back home. They first go to see Kaji, who’s recovering from sickness. Syuri tries to peel her an apple, but cuts herself. Seeing the bloody knife scares Sana again, and he has to leave. Asami goes out to see him, leaving Syuri alone with Kaji. Kaji admits that she’s trying to bring Makoto back, and that she sacrificed the bird and the cat, and she now wants to sacrifice Syuri. Asami and Sana return, and Asami protects Syuri, but gets hurt herself. She’s okay after surgery though. When Syuri finally returns home, her father informs her that she was accepted into a public boarding school in London. He knows that his children were innocent, but is still too concerned about the public reaction, because he needs to win an election. Syuri refuses to go and runs to her room. Hearing this, Syusuke comes in and finds her crying. She explains everything to him, and Syusuke offers to take her some place far away.
Okay, I gave her the benefit of the doubt for awhile, but I can officially say that Syuri and Syusuke are right in calling their stepmother a slut. I’d be very willing to believe that she was the one who wrote the letter. She did express hate for the kids, so it’s quite possible. Though doing this would also hurt her husband, by giving him bad publicity, I doubt she’d care about that either. She obviously isn’t that in love with him, if she was fine with going off with that other man she was with in the bar. Regardless of who did it, I felt really bad for Syusuke and Syuri, particularly Syuri. On top of having a letter sent to the school saying she was sleeping with her brother, she also nearly got sacrificed by Kaji, and then had to watch Asami get hurt trying to save her. Even though Asami seems to be okay, having that extra guilt probably made it harder on Syuri. I didn’t much like Syuri for a while, not that there was anything about her to dislike, but just because she seemed like a pointless side character. She was really great in this episode though, and I’m starting to find her and Syusuke’s problems more interesting than the Nanaka/Sana/Asami love triangle. To an extent, it’s because I’m wondering about the validity of the letter. Obviously, they didn’t go to a love hotel, but I’ve been curious about their relationship ever since Syusuke looked at Syuri to decide what his ideal woman would be like. They obviously have a really close bond, so in that case, Syusuke might just respect Syuri very much, and in that case see her as an ideal woman, even if he doesn’t mean that in the sense of a lover. I hope they’re successful in going off together, and getting away from their obnoxious father and stepmother. I also hope Kaji gets put in a mental institution or something, because she’s still creepy.