Stephanie: Boo and Yeah. I knew the cartoon at the end of the episode had to have hidden bits of information to the plot--and this episode proved it! Finally we get back-story on Kota. When he told this episodes miss-in-distress that his reason for becoming a doctor was inspired by losing his first love who was a doctor, and figuring being a doctor was the best way to get chicks (okay, so that was added by me--Kota, of course, is starving for love) I figured it was one of his exaggerations. But at the end of the episode, whoop--there it was--in black and white.

So the loss of a first love is why he became a doctor, but is this why he's currently so desperate for love? He still wants to replace her? I'm guessing probably not, so Kota still has some tale to tell.

What I was wrong about was the idea that we were going to finally meet the stalker in this episode. Which, at episode 4, I guess is still too early. And to be honest? I'm in no hurry for that to happen--although it wouldn't be horrible to give this plot a good kick in the pants. Our over-arcing storylines (the stalker, the mother, the reasoning for Kota's need for love) are mere passing mentions to the case of the week. (Case meaning more miss-in-distress rather than actual patients.)

One thing we were able to glean: Kota is not in hiding from the stalker, so he didn't dump and run. How do we know this? Well, if he were really in hiding, he certainly wouldn't have left the boat to become an entertainer/doctor.We're being fed back-story in tiny slivers, and I find myself hungry for more.

Maybe not that hungry...

Unnichan: A visit from the boss’ daughter (Tokimoto Miori) brings out the best and mostly the worst in everyone. For, while Akira-san sharpened his sycophant ways, Mako’s assuming self-righteousness reared it’s ugly head and once again, Kota is masterful in surgery yet also shows himself to be a thoughtful and encouraging teacher.

I enjoyed the idea of the once burnt, fraidy surgical student, Michiru, learning the meaning of teamwork and re-identifying her dream. However, I did not enjoy Mako’s brash and disrespectful attitude. Perhaps she has some deep-seeded reason for belittling and disregarding others but I’ll take a page from her and decide not to care. Oh, how I’d hoped we’d seen the last of that part of Mako’s character makeup back in episode one, but I guess I was jumping ahead of myself.

But, if nothing else, Kota-sensei is the one constant; forever bitten by the idea of love, whether it’s his mind’s eye or the window to his heart taking charge. And I suppose that is what makes Kota so endearingly quirky as a character. That he allows himself to be hopingly taken in by romantic notions.

The mystery of whether Mom is his reason for finding a wife and leaving the boat every week remains questionable, given the quick but telling conversation he has with her. He doesn’t seem to be privy to the information we “think” we have, therefore, it begs the question if all this desire for romantic dalliance is decidedly all Kota’s own.

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