A father's love versus his responsibility is the catalyst that leads two of our boat mates to say goodbye to the open seas. But will one man's last harvest broadcast and a child's understanding heart change the course of decisions already made? Or will this be their last island stop on Kashin-maru?

Unnichan: Family, and the relationships within it, is a consistent thread throughout this drama and I can't tell you, how much I appreciate that drama brings up the pitfalls of choosing to serve remote communities. That choice of service and adventure, equals close quarters, bare rations and little communication with those you love, even if it’s a small sacrifice.

The spotlight this week was on fathers and while Captain Sea Chef spoke briefly about his family, this week we learn, not only does he have a brood, it’s growing, changing and forgetting he's around.

That realization stung so badly that his contemplation to chuck it and steer homeward was not only understandable but warranted. His interpretation of the importance of Kashin-maru and his role on it, was sincere and determined, which made getting his etch-a-sketch portrait all the more heartwarming.

However, the father of the hour was Uemura Eriko's (Adachi Yumi) cancer ridden dad.Though keeping the secret of his illness was laced with loving care and protection--- allowing Mom to take the brunt and responsibility, which led to constant misunderstandings with Eriko, with his reserve and silence, unsettled me. But seeing that smile during the broadcast melted all qualms. And reminds me those are the choices parents make for their kids. It's not that dad was hiding; he wanted peace and to see his daughter smiling till the end, and the best way to obtain that was through omission and pretense.

The most beautiful moment was Eriko tasting the orange, choking down her emotions,and savoring the taste, knowing what she must do once the cameras stop rolling.

As for Kota, I love these small moments of sanity, revealing he's an insightful, caring man. It's just unfortunate it's always with strangers. Maybe it's because he's a doctor but he has a way of saying the right thing to everyone that doesn't really know him. Or perhaps, he much more complicated than we've given him credit for?

Either way, he and Mako end up in the same place every week, and I'm beginning to believe Mako is more than a little irritated with herself for being drawn to a man than appears so clueless.

Stephanie: Call me a soulless jerkwad, but this is the first heartwarming medical story of the season which actually warmed my heart. Eriko deciding to leave the island, knowing it would be the very last time she’d see her father, instead of staying with him because she knew it was best to do what he wanted rather than what would make her feel better?

Yeppers, the tears were not just onscreen.

There was a bit of a missed opportunity to add in some Mako backstory when Kota asked her if she’d ever received a second button. They gave us hints at the beginning to her motivation and backstory, but we haven’t really seen anything since.

Kota is not the only interesting character on this boat, and I feel like the writers forget that in the joy of writing zany Kota.


However, we did get the side story revolving the boat captain wanting to leave to be with his family. Makes you realize what they have given up by working on the boat. Do they get time away? Does the boat have seasons? Like a time it’s not running?

The captain has a passel of kids he doesn’t see, the doctor and purser are forced to live in separate cabins and Mako’s need for a steady supply of flan? As good as they feel being on the boat, they are certainly giving up a lot to be there.

Love that Kota offered Mako his second button--but it makes me wonder--was that in the box when he was going to give it to ____? If not where would he have gotten a ring? Or does he carry a ring with him wherever he goes on the off chance he’s able to rope in a bride?

One size fits all?


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